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Fedora 24 Server Plans To Drop i686 Support

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 05:01:45 PM
Besides the recent call to drop i686 from being a primary Fedora release architecture so that i686-specific issues wouldn't be release blockers, the Fedora Server SIG is planning to drop i686 entirely with Fedora 24...

Qt QPA Plug-In For KDE's KWin

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 02:26:00 PM
KDE KWin developer Martin Gräßlin as part of his KDE Wayland porting work has announced a Qt Platform Abstraction (QPA) plug-in for KWin...

Arch-based Antergos Refreshed, Installer Overhaul

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 02:08:29 PM
The rolling-release, Arch-based Antergos Linux distribution has refreshed their ISO images with their 2015.08.18 update. Besides the latest packages, the Antergos Cnchi installer has seen some significant updates...

Mozilla's Servo Engine Now Capable Of Rendering GitHub Near Flawlessly

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 01:19:31 PM
Mozilla's Servo next-generation layout engine is now nearly spot-on with its rendering of the GitHub.com web-site...

GTK+ 3.17.7 Adds Wayland Touchpad Gestures

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 12:54:19 PM
Released this week was GTK+ 3.17.7 as the latest tool-kit update leading up to the GNOME 3.18 Beta. With the GTK+ 3.17.7 release does come a few interesting changes...

Gallium3D Gets A Hack So It Can Now Play BioShock Infinite

Wednesday 19th of August 2015 12:45:15 PM
With the latest Mesa Git code and one minor workaround, you can now start running the BioShock Infinite game on the open-source Gallium3D drivers...

Google Rolls Out OnHub Router, Powered By Gentoo Linux

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 09:14:02 PM
For those that didn't hear yet, Google announced another hardware product today -- a WiFi router called the OnHub...

NetBSD 7.0-RC3 Brings Fixes, Enables SMP For The Raspberry Pi 2

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 07:49:16 PM
The third -- and hopefully final -- release candidate for NetBSD 7.0 is now available...

Intel Skylake HD Graphics 530 Performance On Linux

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 06:00:00 PM
Intel's Core i5 6600K and i7 6700K processors released earlier this month feature HD Graphics 530 as the first Skylake graphics processor. Given that Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has been working on open-source Linux graphics driver support for over a year for Skylake, I've been quite excited to see how the Linux performance compares for Haswell and Broadwell as well as AMD's APUs on Linux. In this article is the first of these OpenGL benchmarks comparing the Core i5 6600K to other offerings from Intel and AMD.

Debian Puts Out New APT 1.1 Pre-Release "Supercow Powers"

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 05:45:04 PM
Announced today from DebConf '15 during a talk entitled "This APT has Supercow Powers" is the ninth preview release of APT 1.1...

Libdrm 2.4.64 Brings Fixes For AMDGPU & Freedreno

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 04:34:45 PM
Just days after the big libdrm 2.4.63 release that brought initial AMDGPU DRM support, version 2.4.64 of Mesa's DRM library is now available...

Company of Heroes 2 Is Coming To Linux Next Week, Works With Intel & NVIDIA Graphics

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 01:15:51 PM
If you're not interested in Virtual Programming's Linux release yesterday of the eON-powered DiRT Showdown racing game, just wait until next week when Feral Interactive is expected to release Company of Heroes 2...

Kdenlive 15.08 Adding Long-Awaited Features

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 12:45:53 PM
While at one point it looked like Kdenlive had a dark future, things turned around. This non-linear video editor was ported to Qt5 / KF5 and is added to KDE Applications 15.08...

14-Way AMD vs. NVIDIA Linux Gaming Performance For DiRT Showdown

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 04:05:46 AM
Yesterday marked the release of DiRT Showdown for Linux as ported over by Virtual Programming using their eON technology. With being able to use it as an automated, reproducible benchmark, I spent most of the day and into the night working on some initial AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce graphics card benchmarks using this DiRT game that's finally available to Linux/SteamOS gamers, three years after it was released for Windows. This initial comparison is a 14-way Linux gaming graphics card comparison.

DATTOBD: Block-Level Snapshots/Backups For Linux

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 04:03:31 AM
The Dattobd driver was open-sourced earlier this month by Datto Inc. The Datto Block Driver is for taking block-level snapshots and incremental backups...

An i3-Compatible Tiling Window Manager For Wayland

Tuesday 18th of August 2015 04:00:50 AM
Sway is an open-source tiling window manager that supports Wayland and is fully-compatible with the i3 configuration files...

Google Starts Pushing Out VP10 Open-Source Code Into Libvpx

Monday 17th of August 2015 11:58:04 PM
Google has begun committing open-source code to the libvpx repository for supporting their next-generation VP10 video format...

Automated Benchmarking With DiRT Showdown On Linux

Monday 17th of August 2015 10:21:38 PM
There are many graphics card tests imminent for DiRT Showdown, the latest high profile game ported to Linux. These AMD and NVIDIA graphics card results should be particularly interesting considering DiRT Showdown is a port to Linux using Virtual Programm's controversial eON layer...

Wayland & Weston 1.9 Alpha Released

Monday 17th of August 2015 08:32:52 PM
Bryce Harrington has announced the first alpha releases today for the upcoming Wayland 1.9 and Weston 1.9 releases...

Steam On Linux Crosses 1,400 Games

Monday 17th of August 2015 07:30:11 PM
As of today there are now 1,400 games listed on Steam that have compatibility for Linux / SteamOS...

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today's leftovers

  • GTX 760 Vs R7 370 4G In Company Of Heroes 2
    Liam has done his initial port reports and such so it's my turn to feed you some information. I'm once again putting my GTX 760 against the R7 370 to see what kind of performance we can expect from Company of Heroes 2.
  • KDE Plasma 5.4 Enhances Linux Desktop Experience
    The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is one of the earliest Linux desktop environments, dating all the way back to 1996, predating even the popular GNOME desktop environment, which was started in 1999. On Aug. 25, the core KDE desktop, Plasma, got an incremental update to version 5.4 that builds on the innovations that the first Plasma 5 release introduced in July. Among the many changes that users will notice with Plasma 5.4 are more than 1,400 new icons for all KDE applications, providing a more streamlined, modern look and feel to the desktop. Also new to Plasma 5.4 is an optional Application Dashboard that provides a different way to open up applications. Finding an application, or anything else on the KDE desktop, is also improved by way of enhanced search history in the integrated KRunner search tool that is part of the desktop. Plus, the 5.4 update now provides initial support for the Wayland display server that is intended to be a replacement for the decade-old X-Window server. KDE as a desktop environment is available on multiple Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some of the key features of the KDE Plasma 5.4 desktop.
  • KDE Sprints - who wins?
    To start with, KDE sprints are intensive sessions centered around coding. They take place in person over several days, during which time skillful developers eat, drink and sleep code. There are breaks to refresh and gain perspective, but mostly sprints involve hard, focused work. All of this developer time and effort is unpaid. However travel expenses for some developers are covered by KDE. KDE is a frugal organization with comparatively low administrative costs, and only one paid person who works part time. So the money donated for sprints goes to cover actual expenses. Who gets the money? Almost all of it goes to transportation companies.
  • GNOME Developers Discuss Codenames, GNOME 3.18 Might be Dubbed "Gothenburg"
    Allan Day, a GNOME UX designer working for Red Hat and renowned GNOME developer/contributor, opened an interesting discussion on the official GNOME mailing list, about possible codenames for upcoming releases of the acclaimed desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.
  • ReadySpace Joins Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program
    Hong-Kong based cloud service provider ReadySpace announced Thursday that it has joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program. The new Red Hat partner program, launched in July, allows ReadySpace to deliver solutions based on Red Hat’s open source technologies. ReadySpace CEO David Loke said customers building on open source software and Linux servers had been asking for Red Hat solutions by name to run critical workloads in private and hybrid environments. The company will now offer private cloud build-outs, Linux infrastructure and PaaS solutions based on Red Hat.
  • Ubuntu, Canonical, and IP
    Recently there has been a flurry of concerns relating to the IP policy at Canonical. I have not wanted to throw my hat into the ring, but I figured I would share a few simple thoughts.
  • Canonical urges customers to ditch Windows 10 for Ubuntu
    In a recent posting, Canonical has tried new methods to appeal to Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and cost conscious home users that they should switch to Ubuntu in lieu of Windows 10.

Leftovers: Software and Games

  • Gnome Boxes – A Front-end Tool For QEMU And KVM
    As we all know, there are is no doubt that Linux has tremendous support for Virtualization. There are so many virtualization softwares available including VMWare, VirtualBox, OpenVZ, XEN, KVM, Docker and the list goes. These software are mainly for intermediate and advanced Linux users. If you’re a beginner and having very little knowledge in Virtualization, then it is bit difficult to use the above mentioned tools. You may, probably, need an Intermediate or an expert user’s help. I bet you what? you don’t need anyone help. Yes. Meet Gnome Boxes, a beginner friendly, lightweight, graphical tool that makes virtualization lot easier.
  • Zbackup 1.4.3 Has Been Released. Install It On Ubuntu Or Arch Linux Now
  • Company of Heroes 2 Released on Mac and Linux
    Developed by Relic Entertainment and previously published by SEGA for PC, Company of Heroes 2 is also available now for Mac and Linux via Steam, with the Mac App Store version to follow shortly afterwards, Feral Interactive announced.
  • Carmageddon: Reincarnation Is Still Coming to Linux
    Carmageddon: Reincarnation is a game developed by the same team that made the first title all the way back in 1997. They have already released the game on Windows, and they plan to make it available for Linux users as well.

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