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Sfdisk Gets Redone, Supports MBR & GPT Disk Labels

Thursday 15th of January 2015 10:58:21 AM
Version 2.26-rc1 of the util-linux package is now available...

Fedora 22 To Use Libinput On X.Org, Change Console Font & Have Local DNS Resolver

Thursday 15th of January 2015 09:42:30 AM
Besides deciding to stick to Fedora 22's time-based release schedule, the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee also approved some new features for Fedora 22...

New Patches Will Have Cherryview & Broadwell Owners Looking Toward New Kernel

Thursday 15th of January 2015 02:53:46 AM
While Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has publicly had Broadwell Linux GPU driver code to post public since the end of 2013 and they've already started on Skylake enablement, there's still yet-to-be-mainlined patches for the Linux kernel to benefit Broadwell graphics performance...

SteamOS Update 153 Brings Updated AMD/NVIDIA Linux Graphics Drivers

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 11:41:02 PM
While some are pondering the state of SteamOS and Steam Machines rumors, Valve has put out SteamOS Update 153 after being in the Alchemist Beta state for the past week...

Running X11 On 64-bit ARM Hardware Is Sort Of Working

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 10:56:27 PM
Marcin Juszkiewicz, the ARM developer at Red Hat responsible for a lot of RHEL/Fedora ARM work, has finally managed to get an X11 Server running on real AArch64 hardware...

Release Schedule For KDE Applications 15.04

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 10:17:10 PM
KDE Frameworks 5.6.0 was released a few days ago and Plasma 5.2 will be out later this month. Meanwhile, the KDE Applications release is coming out in April...

Fedora's FESCo Makes A Bold Move To Try To Release Fedora 22 On Time

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 09:00:00 PM
This morning I wrote about Unless Fedora 22 Is To Be Delayed, GCC 5 Might Not Make It due to needing a mass rebuild of all the Fedora packages and the time involved on the short time-line. The Fedora FESCo committee convened today and their outcome is a bit surprising...

Fitlet: A Linux-Friendly, Fanless PC Smaller Than A NUC

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 08:19:10 PM
The Linux-friendly CompuLab PC hardware vendor has unveiled their newest fanless, tiny PC...

AtomicRNG: Feeding The Linux RNG With Java & Alpha Ray Visualizer

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 07:54:44 PM
AtomicRNG is an open-source project started by a Phoronix reader that's an experimental random number generator that feeds the Linux entropy pool and is based on an Alpha Radiation Visualizer...

PC-BSD 10.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Fedora 21 Benchmarks

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 06:10:00 PM
For your viewing pleasure today are some benchmarks of PC-BSD 10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 and Fedora 21 when testing with both the GCC and LLVM/Clang compilers.

C Framework For OpenCL Now Supports Device Fission & Native Kernels

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 05:14:16 PM
The C Framework For OpenCL has reached version 2.0. CF4OCL allows the rapid development of OpenCL host programs in C/C++ while making it easier to provide OpenCL, simplify the analysis of OpenCL environments, etc...

Unless Fedora 22 Is To Be Delayed, GCC 5 Might Not Make It

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 03:48:27 PM
While Fedora developers have been trying hard for Fedora 22 to be released on time and be stricter about time-based releases with Fedora releases currently being notorious for delays, there's already some challenges with the fresh Fedora 22 plans for releasing in mid-May...

Google Is Making It Easier To SSH Your Chromebook, Load Linux

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 02:54:13 PM
Google's Chromium team is making it easier to modify the software stack of your Chromebook, boot a Linux distribution from a USB drive, and carry out other tasks...

Fedora 22 To Have Direct3D 9 Mesa State Tracker, Add Wine Support

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 02:08:16 PM
For those doing Windows gaming with Wine on Fedora Linux installations, the experience will potentially be better for Fedora 22 if using the open-source Gallium3D Radeon or Nouveau drivers...

Automated Unreal Engine 4 Benchmarks For Linux

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 12:00:00 PM
In the past few days there's been some progress in benchmarking newer Steam Linux games thanks to support from Valve developers and separate from that was now support for automated benchmarking of Metro Redux (Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux). The Metro Redux test ability led to yesterday's 22-way AMD/NVIDIA GPU comparison for this OpenGL 4 Linux game. The latest excitement? Getting automated tests up and running for Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4!..

Systemd Gains IP Forwarding, IP Masquerading & Basic Firewall Controls

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 10:00:00 AM
The systemd project is off to a quick start in 2015 with already seeing over 200 commits (granted, in 2015 systemd development skyrocketed with nearly 5,000 commits). With the newest work that's landed, the networkd component to systemd has been improved with new features...

DragonFlyBSD Pushes Big Sound System Update, Borrowed From FreeBSD

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 08:11:22 AM
Users of DragonFlyBSD on the desktop (or otherwise using sound on this popular BSD platform) will benefit from the next major update of the operating system...

Phoronix Test Suite 5.6 M1 Brings Stress-Run, Libframetime Parsing

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 05:00:00 AM
The first development release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.6 "Dedilovo" is now available. This release brings exciting new functionality to our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking framework...

Wayland 1.7 Enters Planning For Release In One Month

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 03:26:23 AM
Plans were expressed today for releasing Wayland/Weston 1.7 in one month...

KDE Plasma 5.2 Beta Brings BlueDevil, Muon & GTK App Style

Wednesday 14th of January 2015 12:12:18 AM
The first beta release of KDE Plasma 5.2 is now available ahead of its planned official release later this month...

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