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Coreboot Adds Support For The Lenovo ThinkPad T530

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 3:01pm
The Coreboot open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement now has initial support for the Lenovo ThinkPad T530 notebook...

AMD Athlon 5350 APU On Linux

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:10pm
Now that we've covered the general information about the new socketed Kabini APUs, here are our first benchmarks from the Athlon-branded Kabini APU we were seeded with by AMD: the Athlon 5350 with Radeon R3 Graphics. Let's see how this 25-Watt APU with four processor cores can perform under Ubuntu 14.04 Linux.

AMD Brings Back Semprons & Athlons With The 2014 AM1 Platform

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:00pm
After much information being made public in March concerning AMD's AM1 platform that delivers socketed APUs for low-cost desktop systems, the first of these new socketed APUs are shipping today under the restored Athlon and Sempron branding. We've been fortunate enough to have one of the new Athlon AM1 APUs at Phoronix for a few days of testing.

Intel Publishes Full Linux Driver Support For Cherryview

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 11:00am
A few days ago I wrote about Intel adding Cherryview support to their Mesa 3D driver and now waking up this morning they have dropped a huge patch bomb that implements Cherryview Atom support within their DRM kernel driver. We now have a much better understanding for the Cherryview graphics hardware capabilities for when these Atom SoCs begin to ship in some months down the road...

Reiser4 Gains Support For Different Transaction Models

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 6:29am
For the past few years the Reiser4 file-system has mostly been in maintenance mode with there being just a handful of developers left working on the out-of-tree code, the former ReiserFS lead developer in jail, and most code activity these days just revolving around bug-fixing and adding support for newer kernel releases. However, in March the Reiser4 file-system did gain support for a new feature...

Torvalds Is Unconvinced By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 4:02am
Yesterday patches were published via a pull request to enable experimental LTO support for the Linux 3.15 kernel, but Linus Torvalds hasn't yet decided whether he will accept this code in the upstream Linux kernel... Linus doesn't yet see the benefits in link-time optimizations for the kernel and isn't sure whether this code is ready yet to be mainlined...

Gallium3D's HUD Gains More Features For R600g, RadeonSI

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:55am
The Gallium3D HUD has gain some new reporting capabilities for the Radeon Gallium3D R600 and RadeonSI drivers...

X.Org Server 1.16 Merge Window Closes, Pre-Release Issued

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 10:05pm
Keith Packard has released xorg-server this afternoon with the X.Org Server 1.16 feature merge window having been closed...

Chrome 34 Release Supports Responsive Images & More

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 8:57pm
Google officially released the Chrome 34 web-browser this afternoon and with it comes new features...

Realtek RTL8723AU Support Added To Linux 3.15

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 8:30pm
A second staging pull was submitted for the Linux 3.15 kernel that adds the new r8723au driver for handling an increasingly used WiFi adapter common to some new notebooks/ultrabooks...

How To Overclock New NVIDIA GPUs On Linux

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 6:23pm
With this morning's release of the NVIDIA 337.12 Beta Linux driver there is finally GPU overclocking support for the NVIDIA "Fermi" GPUs and newer, a.k.a. the GeForce 400 series and newer. This long-awaited overclocking support, however, isn't setup the same as when overclocking older GeForce GPUs with the NVIDIA Linux graphics driver...

Fedora 21 Looks To Have A "Playground" Repository

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 5:26pm
Fedora developers are working towards having a "playground" repository be part of the Fedora 21 release as a staging area for new packages...

Xine-lib 1.2.5 Supports Libav 10, New Plug-Ins

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 5:11pm
A new release of the Xine library from the free multimedia player project now works with the FFmpeg-forked libav 10 release and has other improvements...

AAEON EMB-BT1: A Linux-Friendly, Mini-ITX, Atom "Bay Trail" Board

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 4:00pm
For those after a low-cost mini-ITX board for use within an HTPC, SOHO file server, or other low-power situations, AAEON has out an interesting board called the EMB-BT1, or more formally the AAEON EMB-BT1-A10-3825. This mini-ITX motherboard has onboard an Intel Atom E3825 "Bay Trail" SoC for delivering decent performance out of the six Watt SoC and having open-source-friendly graphics under Linux.

CRYENGINE For Linux Appears Within The Steam Database

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 3:21pm
As a potential sign of Linux gamers soon to see CRYENGINE outside of Windows, a Steam database listing for Crytek's flagship game engine has appeared...

MongoDB 2.6 Release Brings Extensive Changes

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 3:05pm
Version 2.6 of MongoDB represents the largest release yet of the open-source NoSQL database software...

NVIDIA Releases 337 Linux Driver With Overclocking, Better EGL

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 2:07pm
This past weekend I wrote about NVIDIA planning to release a huge Linux driver update that would finally bring overclocking support under Linux to GeForce 400/500/600/700 series hardware. That milestone has now been realized with the 337.12 Beta driver release and besides overclocking it has a bunch of other features...

Unity 7 X11 Running Together With Unity 8 Mir

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 2:00pm
A new video out of Canonical is showing off the Unity 7 desktop with an X11 session running side-by-side with a Unity 8 Mir-powered session...

AMD Releases The Radeon R9 295X

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 1:51pm
As expected AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 295X graphics card this morning as the "world's fastest" for those with $1500 USD to spare...

Open-Source Graphics Performance With Unvanquished

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 10:30am
Unvanquished remains one of the most advanced open-source, cross-platform games available that comes free with an advanced OpenGL 3 renderer. For those curious how it performs for Intel and AMD Radeon graphics on Ubuntu Linux, here's a number of benchmarks using the latest release.