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Glibc 2.22 Will Have NaCl Support For ARMv7-A, Libmvec Vector Math Library

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 05:12:23 AM
One of the features coming for glibc 2.22 is a port to Google's Native Client for ARMv7-A while separately there is also a new vector math library (libmvec) for OMP4...

"Glados" Is A Forthcoming Chromebook With Skylake SoC, Now In Coreboot

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 04:01:04 AM
A Google engineer has added support in Coreboot for Glados, a forthcoming Chromebook that will feature a next-generation Skylake SoC...

Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension Marked As Done In Mesa

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 01:23:44 AM
The latest OpenGL 4.x extension wired up within Mesa and enabled for all present Mesa/Gallium3D drivers is GL_ARB_get_texture_sub_image...

Kodi 15.0 Released, Adds Adaptive Seeking & More

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 09:50:04 PM
Kodi 15 was released today as the second major version since its renaming from XBMC...

Debian Installer Releases First Alpha For 9.0 "Stretch"

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 05:45:33 PM
While Debian 9.0 "Stretch" most likely will not be officially released until 2017 given that Debian 8 "Jessie" was just released a few months ago, the Debian Installer team has already put out their first alpha version for Stretch...

Intel Core i7 5775C: Once Going, This Broadwell CPU Is Great On Linux

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 05:00:00 PM
For the past few weeks I've been testing out the Core i7 5775C on Linux as mentioned in a few posts up to this point. While there were some initial headaches on getting this socketed Broadwell CPU playing nicely under Linux, once working around those problems, this processor is great on Linux. With its Iris Pro Graphics 6200 is able to serve as a compelling choice for those who want a powerful open-source system.

Aspyr's New Linux Port Is A Decade-Old Game

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 04:58:39 PM
Yesterday Aspyr Media was teasing a new Linux game launch and today they've indeed ported over another game now available from the Steam Linux store...

Radeon R9 Fury In Stock & Ordered, Linux Tests Are Imminent

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 03:00:00 PM
In the middle of the night I got an auto-notification... The Radeon R9 Fury is finally in-stock! Few minutes later, this Fiji HBM graphics card was ordered for some Linux testing. We'll have out the first major AMD Fury graphics card tests under Linux in the next few days...

LibreOffice Should Now Be Working Okay On Wayland

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 02:07:48 PM
A few days ago was the milestone of LibreOffice starting to work on Wayland and now it seems the support seems good enough for day-to-day use...

KDE Plasma 5.4 Getting New Wallpaper, Some New Icons

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 01:36:23 PM
There's some new artwork coming to the next KDE Plasma update due out next month, including a new wallpaper...

GTK+ 3.17.5 Brings Mir Improvements

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 12:44:53 PM
GTK+ 3.17.5 has been released today as the newest version of the toolkit to coincide with GNOME 3.18 in just a few more months...

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti Is Running Strong Under Linux

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 12:13:24 PM
The GeForce GTX 980 Ti as NVIDIA's current highest-end desktop GPU is running great under Linux, assuming you don't mind running the proprietary graphics drivers...

GCC 5 Is One Week Away From Landing In Ubuntu 15.10

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 08:05:15 AM
Debian unstable is switching to GCC 5 and so is Ubuntu 15.10. Here's the latest update on the planned transition from GCC 4.9 to GCC 5.2 by month's end...

HTTPS Is Now Enabled For Embedded Graphics

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 06:40:00 AM
For those viewing the HTTPS version of Phoronix, the embedded Phoronix performance result graphs embedded from will now work...

Intel's Haswell Iris Graphics vs. Broadwell Iris Pro

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 04:05:04 AM
This past weekend I posted an open-source Linux graphics driver comparison with an A10-7870K Godavari vs. i7-4790K Haswell vs. i7-5775C Broadwell. Beyond the already-published discrete AMD/NVIDIA GPU results to see how Intel's socketed Broadwell with Iris Pro 6200 Graphics stack up, there were also requests from readers for seeing some Haswell Iris results...

MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 4G

Tuesday 21st of July 2015 12:00:00 AM
The latest graphics card we've been testing the past few weeks under Linux is the MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 4G. This mid-range graphics card is equipped with a very quiet heatsink fan and will work on both the latest open and closed-source AMD Linux graphics drivers. Of interest to many Linux enthusiasts who are concerned about noise is that with MSI's ZERO FROZR feature, the fans will stop completely while the system is idling or just engaging in light gaming or multimedia tasks.

Plugins, Plugins, Plugins: Supporting Them On Wayland

Monday 20th of July 2015 09:34:06 PM
Long time Kwin maintainer Martin Graesslin penned another blog post today, this time discussing his work getting KGlobalAccel, KIdleTime, and KWindowSystem to play nicely under a Wayland session, rather than an X11 based session...

Aspyr Media Is Launching A New Linux Game Tomorrow

Monday 20th of July 2015 08:45:33 PM
Aspyr Media, the company that's ported games like Civilization V: Beyond Earth to Linux and Borderlands 2, will be launching a new Linux game port on Tuesday...

NVIDIA's Latest Open-Source Tegra Work Focuses On VIC Support

Monday 20th of July 2015 07:07:29 PM
The latest work that NVIDIA's been working on for the open-source Nouveau driver is to enable VIC support...

Doing Fedora Snapshots/Rollbacks With Btrfs & Snapper

Monday 20th of July 2015 04:55:36 PM
All the way back to Fedora 13 has been work on supporting Btrfs system snapshots / rollbacks using this Linux next-generation file-system's CoW snapshot abilities. Those abilities were tied into a Yum plug-in for making a Btrfs snapshot whenever a Yum transaction would take place. Another alternative for Btrfs system snapshots on Fedora is by using Snapper...

More in Tux Machines

Zorin OS 10 Core & Ultimate have arrived

We are excited to finally announce the release of Zorin OS 10 with the availability of the Zorin OS 10 Core and Ultimate editions. Zorin OS 10 is our best, most beautiful release yet. We have made major strides with the visual styling in Zorin OS. In addition to the refined & perfected desktop theme and the new default FreeSans desktop font, we have introduced a stunning new icon theme, based on the elementary and elementary-add icon themes. This is its first major overhaul since Zorin OS 2.0. Read more

Zidoo's 'X1' is a $59 Android media box that touts its 4K prowess

Bottom line, the Zidoo X1 checks all the boxes when it comes to streaming and playing local media. The X1 is affordable with an MSRP of $59 USD and comes with a one year warranty. Despite its paltry specifications, the X1 was able to handle pretty much all movie files and streaming duties. The only concern would be how well Zidoo would continue to support the device via software updates. While this doesn't quite beat pricing from the likes of the Chromecast or the MK808B it does provide more features. While this is my first time with an true Android media box, I found that the experience as pretty seamless when it was all set up. While the X1 was able to stand up the challenge of 4K, the real question is: when will see more 4K UHD content that is easily accessible. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Dawn of the data center operating system
    How microservices architecture and Linux containers will tame distributed computing for developers and ops
  • 30 Sys Admins to Follow on SysAdmin Day
    Systems administrators: They keep our high-tech world up and running. From capacity planning, to 3 a.m. phone calls, to retiring that 10-year-old server that uses more power than your whole house, sys admins do it all. Open source communities would not be able to thrive without the networks, services, and tools that allow for communication and collaboration, and sys admins are the ones who work thanklessly year-round to keep them going. July 31 is System Administrator Appreciation Day, a day for all of us to express our undying gratitude for sys admins. Sure, you could buy your favorite sys admin cake and ice cream, or perhaps a nice gift card. You could even go as far as not breaking the server for just one day. You also can follow these 30 sys admins.
  • See What Systemd 223 Brings New
  • Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia Benchmarks Against Other ARM SBCs
    Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia os a $119 USD development board powered by a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC with Mali 400 graphics. There's 1GB of RAM and other connectivity options for this board.
  • Linux Based Solus OS Now Boots in Flat 1.2 Seconds
    Solus OS is a Linux distro that was built from scratch and uses a new desktop environment called Budgie. You can consider it as the next version of the Solus OS as it was built by the same developer team, so they didn’t bother changing the name for a new operating system.
  • Arch Linux 2015.08.01 Has Been Released. Upgrade Now!
    Arch Linux 2015.08.01 has been released and is powered by Kernel 4.1 and includes all the update patches since the 1st of July 2015.
  • uReadIt 3 – The Best Reddit Client For Ubuntu Touch
    As you may know, uReadIt is an open-source Reddit client for Ubuntu Touch, being one of the best native apps for Ubuntu mobile.
  • You Can Now Watch Flash Content With MPV On Ubuntu
    As you may know, Adobe Flash is not the safest thing on the internet this days. Mozilla even disabled it from the Firefox browser a while, due to the vulnerabilities found lately.
  • Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Running on the Rikomatic MK808B
    Ubuntu MATE, the latest member of the Ubuntu family, has been spotted running on the MK808B Plus Quad-Core mini TV box device. The device runs with Android 4.4 by default, but a third party developer has tweaked it to run Ubuntu.
  • LEGO Smart Home
    We spoke to Bhavana Srinivas and Geremy Cohen from PubNub about their LEGO Smart Home model, a proof of concept project that shows how you can use the Raspberry Pi with communication platform PubNub in order to automate your household electronics and other Internet of Things devices. You can read the full piece in the latest issue.
  • Compact module runs Linux on quad-core Braswell
    Congatec announced a compact, low power computer-on-module based on Intel’s 14nm “Braswell” SoCs, and featuring triple display outputs, and up to 4K video.

Leftovers: Software