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Wayland 1.8 Alpha Released

Thursday 7th of May 2015 01:58:39 PM
While there was a small delay, Wayland/Weston 1.8 Alpha is now available...

Ubuntu Benchmarking Workloads + Clouds

Thursday 7th of May 2015 02:05:03 AM
Besides all the other Ubuntu 15.10 chatter happening this week, which is heavily centered around Unity 8 / Ubuntu Convergence and Snappy topics, there was also talk of "Ubuntu Benchmarking Workloads" in the Ubuntu Cloud track...

Ubuntu Touch Is Making Progress On Porting To Systemd

Thursday 7th of May 2015 12:54:22 AM
For Ubuntu Touch/Phone users interested in seeing Upstart go out on their device in favor of systemd, progress is being made by Canonical on the switch...

Macaw-Movies: A KDE Movie Organizing Application

Thursday 7th of May 2015 12:39:20 AM
Macaw-Movies is the latest KDE incubator project, which is focused on providing movie organization/management features to open-source fans...

SteamOS 159 Drops Support For NVIDIA's Pre-Fermi Graphics Cards

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 11:35:33 PM
Valve today pushed out the SteamOS 159 update into the Alchemist repository today, which matches the recent changes to the Alchemist Beta repository. This update isn't too exciting as it's mostly stable fixes, branding updates, etc, but the NVIDIA Linux driver update does remove the support for pre-Fermi graphics cards...

AMD Radeon R9 290: Linux 4.0 vs. Linux 4.1 Git

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 05:44:26 PM
Now that the Linux 4.1 kernel is starting to stabilize, I just started some Radeon DRM open-source graphics tests from this new kernel. So far I did some preliminary tests with the AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card...

Ubuntu 15.10 Will Use The GCC 5 Compiler By Default

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 05:08:02 PM
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but Ubuntu 15.10 will be using the GCC 5 compiler by default...

A Demo Of Ubuntu's Unity 8 On The Desktop

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 04:33:24 PM
In continuation of this morning's Ubuntu 15.10 UOS session about plans for Unity 8 on the Ubuntu desktop, that was followed by a demo of the current Unity 8 desktop experience -- including some experimental code shown by Canonical developers...

The Unity 8 Items Being Worked On For The Ubuntu Desktop

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 02:49:50 PM
Discussed this morning during the second day of the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 15.10 was "Unity 8 as the default desktop." Unity 7 will remain the default for Ubuntu 15.10, but a lot of progress is expected this Wily Werewolf cycle...

Fresh, 5-Way Linux Distribution Benchmarks On Amazon's EC2 Cloud

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 01:12:07 PM
It's been a while since last running any extensive Amazon EC2 cloud benchmarks. However, in trying out the latest releases of a few distributions, I ran some quick cloud benchmarks yesterday...

OpenGL 4.1 Extension Implemented For Intel Mesa Sandy Bridge

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 12:35:56 PM
In January of 2014 there was ARB_viewport_array added to the Intel Mesa driver, an extension needed for OpenGL 4.1 compliance, but at the time it was only enabled for Ivy Bridge graphics hardware and newer. Intel has now extended that support back to Sandy Bridge...

Xubuntu Team Announces "Xubuntu Core"

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 12:26:31 PM
The latest Ubuntu-related announcement this week is the debut of Xubuntu Core...

Many Ubuntu Phone Updates Are Coming Up Soon

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 11:44:57 PM
Revealed today during this first full day of the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 15.10 were some of the roadmap items and features coming soon for the Ubuntu Phone...

Nouveau Lands GL_AMD_Performance_Monitor Support

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 11:27:57 PM
Thanks to work by Samuel Pitoiset, NVIDIA's hardware performance counters of their recent GPU generations are now being exposed through the open-source Nouveau Linux graphics driver...

Deb-Based Ubuntu Will Continue To Be Offered For The Foreseeable Future

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 07:41:48 PM
While there's work on getting a Snappy version of Ubuntu's Desktop-Next in time for the Ubuntu 15.10 release in October, Debian based packages of Ubuntu Linux will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future...

Linux Game Publishing Remains Down For The Count

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 07:22:03 PM
This week marks one year since Linux Game Publishing vanished from the Internet...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta Released

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 06:33:56 PM
Red Hat has announced today the immediate availability of the first public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7...

Keeping The Humidity Out Of The Basement Linux Server Room

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 06:05:00 PM
Since writing about turning a basement into a large Linux server room, The New Linux Performance Test Lab Is Already Being Expanded, and the most recent follow-up that detailed adding extra ventilation to the basement server room that has 50~60 systems running benchmarks constantly, many have been asking about dehumidification for this server room...

It's A Long Road Ahead To Get Ubuntu Snappy On The Desktop

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 04:02:44 PM
The session concerning bringing Snappy package management to the Ubuntu Linux desktop just ended during today's Ubuntu Online Summit...

NetworkManager 1.0.2 Arrives As First Post-1.0 Release

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 02:47:37 PM
NetworkManager 1.0 was released after more than one decade of development at the end of 2014. Nearly six months later, the first point release to NetworkManager 1.0 is now available...

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