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Debian's Project Leader Was Re-Elected

Mon, 14/04/2014 - 2:49pm
The Debian Project Leader elections are over for the year...

Fedora 21 Gets Proposals For Many More Features

Mon, 14/04/2014 - 1:47pm
It's certainly looking like Fedora 21 will premiere with a massive amount of features, perhaps the most ever. Fedora 21 already has a ton of features but another large batch of proposals have been submitted for this next major Linux distribution release due out at the end of 2014...

X.Org Server 1.14.6 & X.Org Server 1.15.1 Released

Mon, 14/04/2014 - 3:32am
There's stable release updates out this Sunday evening for the X.Org Server...

Linux 3.15-rc1 Was Just Released & It's Real Big

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 11:20pm
The first release candidate to the Linux 3.15 kernel is now available and it marks the close of the kernel merge window for about two months. Linux 3.15 is poised to be a very exciting kernel release...

AMD Athlon 5350 / 5150 & Sempron 3850 / 2650

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 6:30pm
It's been a busy past few days since AMD launched their "AM1" Socketed Kabini APUs. After the initial Athlon 5350 Linux review on launch-day, I did some tests involving a faster kernel and newer Mesa code along with some reference DDR3 memory scaling benchmarks for these APUs with Jaguar processor cores. Since then the Athlon 5150 and Sempron 3850/2650 APUs arrived. After a busy weekend of benchmarking, here's the initial Ubuntu Linux benchmarks of all four AMD AM1 APUs that are available at this time: the Sempron 2650, Sempron 3850, Athlon 5150, and Athlon 5350. With these four new AMD APUs are also a number of thermal and power consumption tests.

Pass 1.5 Open-Source Password Manager Released

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 5:39pm
Version 1.5 of pass, the aptly named Unix standard password manager, has been released after about eighteen months of development...

Linux Benchmarks Of Many Lightweight Window Managers

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 3:56pm
An individual has been doing a lot of benchmarks recently from various lightweight window managers ranging from Openbox to Fvwm2 to Fluxbox with Compton and Awesome and Cairo-compmgr...

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Is Coming To Linux

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 3:10pm
Sid Meier's next major game release in the Civilization franchise will see a native Linux game port...

Link-Time Optimizing Improved, But Still Takes A While On GCC 4.9

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 2:58pm
The GCC 4.9 compiler that's about to be released has many improvements, including in the area of LTO (Link-Time Optimizations), but you must still have a fair amount of patience to compile with LTO support...

Fracture: Another Open-Source Decompiler Project

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 1:38pm
Fracture is another open-source project aiming to offer users/developers the ability to decompile binaries back into an intermediate form...

GStreamer 1.4 Will Make OpenGL A First-Class Citizen

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 1:00pm
The GStreamer 1.4 release that will happen in a few weeks time is officially making OpenGL a "first class citizen" and can be used by all platforms / operating systems supporting this open-source multimedia framework...

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 12:43pm
While GNOME has been riding high lately with driving the development of its Wayland-based compositor and being the first major desktop getting there natively for most of its applications, and the overall work on the recent GNOME 3.12 release being fairly exciting, on the foundation side they are running into a budget shortfall and funds are becoming very tight within the GNOME Foundation...

Linux 3.15 Can Almost Be Compiled Under LLVM's Clang

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 2:27am
A few hours ago I wrote about the most interesting features for the Linux 3.15 kernel from my perspective as it didn't look like anything else interesting would be introduced this late in the merge window before the imminent 3.15-rc1. However, this time I've been happily proven wrong with Clang patches being added to the Linux 3.15 kernel...

The Linux 3.15 Kernel Is Going To Have A Lot Of Great Features

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 10:00pm
There's likely just a day or two left before the Linux 3.15-rc1 kernel will be released to mark the end of the Linux 3.15 kernel merge window. With all of the major features appearing to have been merged by now, here's an overview of the exciting features to look forward to with the Linux 3.15 release...

DDR3 Memory Scaling Performance With AMD's Athlon 5350

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 5:00pm
Our latest benchmarks of AMD's AM1 Platform this weekend is looking at the performance impact of the DDR3 memory frequency on the overall system performance while running Ubuntu Linux. The AMD Athlon 5350 APU was tested with DDR3 at 800MHz, 1066MHz, 1333MHz, and 1600MHz (the maximum for these current socketed Kabini APUs).

GNOME Aims To Get Mutter-Wayland Running With LLVMpipe

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 2:51pm
There's a set of new Mesa patches for turning Mesa's swrast driver into supporting DRI2 with GBM/DRM support in order to support running GNOME's Mutter-Wayland compositor on a software-based graphics stack within virtual machines...

Slides From The 2014 European LLVM Conference

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 2:25pm
The annual European LLVM Conference happened this past week in Edinburgh, Scotland. Slides and other media from the LLVM compiler infrastructure presentation are now available...

Running GCC 4.9 On AMD's AM1 Kabini With Jaguar Cores

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 1:16pm
Using the AMD Athlon 5350 AM1 APU with its four "Jaguar" cores operating at 2.05GHz, I ran some benchmarks from Ubuntu 14.04 Linux comparing the performance of binaries compiled under GCC 4.8.2 and this week's GCC 4.9.0 RC1. Is GCC 4.9 better able to exploit the potential out of AMD's Jaguar microarchitecture? Let's see...

Linux 3.15 Can Resume From Suspend 7~12x Faster

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 12:17pm
Early on in the Linux 3.15 merge window there were improvements to significantly speed-up suspend and resume for systems, but now there's another late merge of a patch that has the capability of speeding up the resume time from suspend by 7~12x for at least some laptop/desktop systems...

GNOME's EasyTAG 2.2 Supports GTK3+ By Default & New Features

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 8:01am
The GNOME EasyTAG application is a simple, open-source way for editing audio tags within popular audio file formats. The much-revamped EasyTAG 2.2.0 is now available...