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Exploiting The Full Potential Of ZFS On BSD Systems

Sunday 31st of January 2016 12:36:33 AM
With ZFS file-system support continuing to spread via OpenZFS, you may be one of the many out there still wondering about the benefits of ZFS...

Another Intel Motherboard Has Been Set Free All The Way Down To The BIOS By Libreboot

Sunday 31st of January 2016 12:07:57 AM
This morning was news about Libreboot supporting another AMD server motherboard. Another motherboard -- this time an Intel board -- was added today since then to this Coreboot downstream that initializes the hardware without any proprietary firmware/microcode...

Nouveau Continues Making Progress On Compute Support, SPIR-V

Saturday 30th of January 2016 11:16:07 PM
Hans de Goede of Red Hat and Pierre Moreau, an independent Nouveau contributor, are speaking at FOSDEM's graphics development room tomorrow about compute support for Nouveau...

Switching From Water To Air Cooling With Some Linux Benchmarking Systems

Saturday 30th of January 2016 07:47:52 PM
Here are some thermal test results when switching from some Intel and AMD water coolers over to $20 Arctic Cooling heatsinks in the test lab...

More AMDGPU & Radeon Benchmarks Of Linux 4.5 With Mesa 11.2 Git

Saturday 30th of January 2016 06:15:14 PM
This week I've already delivered a number of AMDGPU/Radeon benchmarks from the in-development Linux 4.5 kernel now that there's AMDGPU PowerPlay and other improvements. With the week not being over, here are some more AMD Radeon graphics card benchmarks from Linux 4.5 while also using Mesa 11.2-devel Git with LLVM SVN...

Debian Is Still Working To Land ZFS On Linux Support

Saturday 30th of January 2016 05:07:05 PM
Debian is still working to add a ZFS kernel module to the Debian GNU/Linux repository...

KDE Neon Is Now Live: Providing Bleeding-Edge KDE Packages For Ubuntu

Saturday 30th of January 2016 03:35:20 PM
Following the news yesterday that KDE is incubating a new "KDE Neon" project, it's now been launched from FOSDEM this weekend in Brussels, Belgium...

Accelerating Color Management With OpenCL On Intel Hardware

Saturday 30th of January 2016 02:45:31 PM
Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has been working on speeding up color transformations for color management on Intel Linux systems using their Beignet OpenCL implementation for Iris/HD Graphics...

You Can Now Play Around With The New OpenBenchmarking.org Beta

Saturday 30th of January 2016 02:15:48 PM
Assuming you are now reaching the new server, the beta of the new OpenBenchmarking.org should be publicly accessible...

To No Surprise, It Appears NVIDIA Is Already Working On Pascal Linux Support

Saturday 30th of January 2016 01:52:34 PM
Landing as a fix this week inside the Linux kernel appears to be an indication that NVIDIA's Linux engineers are already working on their next-generation hardware support...

Libreboot Now Supports Another AMD Motherboard

Saturday 30th of January 2016 12:55:30 PM
Libreboot, the version of Coreboot that is 100% free software without relying upon any proprietary blobs, has added support for another AMD motherboard...

Arch Linux Releases Pacman 5.0

Saturday 30th of January 2016 12:47:08 PM
The Arch Linux crew has announced the release of their Pacman 5.0 package manager...

Scientific Linux 7.2 Planned For Release Next Week

Saturday 30th of January 2016 12:40:42 PM
Building off Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 that was released back in November, coming next week will finally be the Scientific Linux 7.2 release...

OpenBenchmarking.org Server Migration In Process

Friday 29th of January 2016 10:13:17 PM
This weekend OpenBenchmarking.org is being moved off to some new server infrastructure for preparing for the new OpenBenchmarking.org, delivering HTTPS by default, and yielding quicker load times for both it and Phoronix.com...

Qt 5.7 Feature Freeze Planned For Next Week

Friday 29th of January 2016 08:44:14 PM
The Qt 5.7 release is running slightly behind schedule due to the recent licensing changes with open-sourcing some new components and other reasons, but upstream Qt developers are now planning for the feature freeze to happen next week...

16.04 Xenial Xerus Alpha 2 Released For Ubuntu Flavors

Friday 29th of January 2016 08:20:19 PM
While earlier this week it was looking like Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 might not happen for the opt-in flavors, it ended up getting released today...

Catalyst vs. AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM On A R9 290: Experimental AMDGPU Can Be Faster

Friday 29th of January 2016 04:00:00 PM
While the AMDGPU Linux kernel driver right now exposes support for AMD GCN 1.2 GPUs and newer, like Carrizo, Fiji, and Tonga, it is possible to get GCN 1.1 Sea Islands hardware working with this driver if jumping through a few hoops. In this article are some tests of a Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" when using the proprietary Catalyst driver, Radeon DRM driver as is the default for this card on open-source, and then using the experimental AMDGPU DRM open-source support.

New "KDE Neon" Project Launching This Weekend

Friday 29th of January 2016 02:35:32 PM
Jonathan Riddell, the former Kubuntu release manager that was ousted from the project, will be announcing a "KDE Neon" incubator project this weekend at FOSDEM...

A Big Push For More OpenCL Hardware Acceleration With GEGL / GIMP

Friday 29th of January 2016 02:16:47 PM
Dutch software firm StreamComputing has launched an educational project aiming to get more developers using OpenCL and as part of this initiative they will try to port as many GEGL operations to OpenCL as possible...

Seek Thermal Turns Your Android Phone/Tablet Into A Thermal Imaging Camera

Friday 29th of January 2016 01:00:00 PM
If you have ever wanted a thermal imager to get an idea for the hottest areas of your PC, look how to improve the thermal efficiency of your server room or house, or other purposes, you've likely noticed how thermal imagers are generally quite expensive. A lower-cost solution that's also very versatile is the Seek Compact Thermal, which can attach to your Android smartphone or tablet and turn it into a thermal imaging solution paired with the ease of use of being able to save the captured video or still images to your device.

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Phoronix on NVIDIA

  • Compute Shader Support Patches For NVIDIA Fermi On Nouveau
    Samuel Pitoiset has published a set of twelve patches for implementing compute shaders support within the Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D driver for the GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" graphics processors.
  • NVIDIA Posts Latest PRIME Sync Patches On Road To Better Support
    Alex Goins of NVIDIA has spent the past several months working on PRIME synchronization support to fix tearing when using this NVIDIA-popular multi-GPU method. The latest patches were published this week.
  • The Best Graphics Card Brands For NVIDIA/AMD GPUs As A Linux Consumer?
    One of the most frequent topics I'm emailed about is any brand recommendations among NVIDIA and AMD AIB partners for graphics cards. For Linux users, is there a particular brand preference for graphics cards? The short story is, no, there isn't one particular brand when selecting either a GeForce or Radeon graphics card that a Linux gamer/enthusiast should go with over another AIB partner. Over the past 12 years of running Phoronix, there has been no single AIB partner that superbly stands out compared to the rest when it comes to graphics card AIB partner brands like ASUS, Zotac, HIS, MSI, etc. They all work under Linux, rarely the AIB differences extend beyond the heatsink/cooler and any default clock speed differences, and I haven't seen one that's over-the-top crazy about Linux. I also haven't seen any major partner consistently put the Tux logo or other Linux markings on their product packaging, let alone incorporate any Linux drivers onto their CD/DVD driver media.

Now Zenwalk 8.0 BETA 2

Zenwalk 8.0 release is very close : BETA2 is ready now ! Beta 2 fixes several minor bugs in Zenwalk "z" serie of packages, and also provide all beta2 bugfixes at Slackware level. Read more