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NVIDIA 346.16 Beta Adds VP8 Decoding, NVENC, GTK3 & Much More

Thursday 13th of November 2014 09:09:47 PM
NVIDIA just introduced the 346.xx Linux graphics driver series with the introduction of the 346.16 beta driver, and it's a big freaking update! New features for users of the proprietary NVIDIA Linux graphics driver!..

AMD Gallium3D Marks Huge Win: Beating Catalyst In Steam On Linux Game

Thursday 13th of November 2014 08:28:48 PM
As a follow up to yesterday's 16-way AMD GPU comparison with the latest open-source Linux graphics drivers, here's some numbers with the same graphics cards when adding in the Catalyst Linux graphics driver... The numbers may very well surprise you...

Canonical's Plans For Unity 8 & Mir In Ubuntu 15.04

Thursday 13th of November 2014 08:06:40 PM
Kevin Gunn of Canonical laid out some of Canonical's plans for Unity 8 and Mir for the Ubuntu 15.04 development cycle...

Ubuntu Developers Still Thinking What To Do About Adobe Flash Support

Thursday 13th of November 2014 06:00:00 PM
Besides figuring out what to do about 32-bit Ubuntu, another session of interest today during the online/virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit was trying to decide what to do about Adobe Flash support on the Ubuntu desktop. There's three years before Adobe plans to end-of-life their support of Flash on Linux...

Ubuntu Linux Will Work To Slowly Demphasize 32-bit

Thursday 13th of November 2014 05:44:17 PM
Canonical isn't yet prepared to drop 32-bit Ubuntu ISOs outright, but over time -- and particularly at or just after Ubuntu 16.04 -- they will work to demphasize the existence of the 32-bit releases and work to push more users to 64-bit Ubuntu as a main focus...

Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux

Thursday 13th of November 2014 03:00:00 PM
While the Intel X99 series motherboards are popular right now with the Intel Core i7 Haswell Extreme Edition CPUs, some of these motherboards are also compatible with the Haswell-based Xeon processors. The MSI X99S SLI PLUS does support a number of the Haswell-EP Xeon processors, including the E5-2687W v3 that's a ten core processor plus Hyper Threading. In making for some interesting Linux results, MSI kindly sent over the Xeon E5-1680 v3 and E5-2687W v3 to test them with their X99S SLI PLUS motherboard under a variety of conditions with Linux.

GNOME 3.14.2 Released

Thursday 13th of November 2014 02:54:59 PM
Frederic Peters has announced the release of GNOME 3.14.2...

OpenMP 4.0 Offloading For Intel MIC Lands In GCC 5

Thursday 13th of November 2014 02:41:10 PM
GCC 5 seems to be getting more exciting by the day! The latest feature being piled onto GCC 5 for release next year is OpenMP 4.0 offloading support to target Intel MIC platforms...

Intel Updates Its Linux Graphics Installer For Ubuntu 14.04 & Fedora 20

Thursday 13th of November 2014 12:48:31 PM
This week Intel updated its Linux Graphics Installer for Fedora 20 and Ubuntu 14.04, but as usual, it's really nothing too special and doesn't earn my high recommendation as there's better ways for users to be running the latest open-source graphics code...

Scientific Linux 6.6 Released As RHEL 6.6 Spin

Thursday 13th of November 2014 12:25:43 PM
For those currently bound to the RHEL6 series rather than the newer RHEL7 series and use Scientific Linux to avoid the associated Red Hat costs, Scientific Linux 6.6 is now available...

Intel Xeon P-State vs. CPUFreq Scaling Tests Show Some Odd Numbers

Thursday 13th of November 2014 12:03:44 PM
As we've seen a lot of variation in results with different Intel processors when switching between the Intel P-State and CPUFreq scaling drivers and the different governors, here's some tests when using a 16 thread (eight core + HT) Haswell-EP Xeon processor and testing the different CPU frequency scaling settings in Fedora 21...

Ubuntu's File Manager App Has A Long TODO List

Thursday 13th of November 2014 02:27:48 AM
Besides finally moving onto BlueZ 5, developers during the first day of Ubuntu 15.04's online summit also discussed the improvements still needed to be done for the "File Manager" application used by the Ubuntu Phone/Touch stack and eventually by the desktop Ubuntu under Unity 8...

OpenBSD Finally Has USB 3.0 Support

Thursday 13th of November 2014 01:04:17 AM
OpenBSD's latest feature is support for USB 3.0...

Ubuntu 15.04 Might Finally Migrate To BlueZ 5 Bluetooth

Thursday 13th of November 2014 12:26:48 AM
Discussed today during the first day of the Ubuntu 15.04 Online Developers' Summit was about finally migrating over to BlueZ 5 for its Bluetooth stack. BlueZ 5 was originally released at the end of 2012 but still hasn't shipped by default in Ubuntu Linux...

Radeon For Linux 3.19 Picks Up DPM Fixes, Better TTM Performance

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 11:45:28 PM
While AMD's new GPU kernel driver isn't coming for Linux 3.19, another pull request has been sent in for the current Radeon DRM driver and it offers up a few last minute enhancements...

Microsoft To Open-Source .NET, Bring It Officially To Linux

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 04:35:40 PM
While Mono has been around as an open-source, unofficial .NET implementation for years on Linux, OS X, iOS, etc, Microsoft announced today they are officially open-sourcing their .NET implementation and making it cross-platform -- Microsoft explicitly mentions Linux support...

CS:GO & TF2 Extensively Tested On The Newest Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 03:20:00 PM
The latest massive set of Linux test data we have to share with Linux gamers and enthusiasts is a look at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 when using the very newest open-source Radeon graphics driver code. The very latest open-source Radeon driver code tested with these popular Valve Linux games were the Linux 3.18 Git kernel, Mesa 10.4-devel, LLVM 3.6 SVN, and xf86-video-ati 7.5.99. With this bleeding edge code there were sixteen AMD Radeon graphics cards tested from low to high-end and spanning several generations. Beyond looking at the frame-rate results, there's also power consumption, performance-per-Watt, GPU core temperature, and CPU usage to go along with all of these results. Enjoy!

Mageia 5 Beta Released 1.5 Months Late

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 02:26:44 PM
While Mageia 5 has been in an alpha state going back several months during the summer, the beta release of this Mandriva-derived distribution has finally materialized... one and a half months later than was originally anticipated...

Just-In-Time (JIT) Compilation Support Merged For GCC 5

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 02:05:23 PM
Just in time for posing more competition to LLVM's compiler infrastructure, the GNU Compiler Collection now has JIT support...

QEMU 2.2 Release Candidate 1 Now Available

Wednesday 12th of November 2014 01:10:07 PM
QEMU 2.2 is near with a plan to release at the beginning of December while QEMU 2.2.0 RC1 was released yesterday...

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