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GNU Emacs Finally Switching Over To Git From Bazaar

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 04:31:34 PM
GNU Emacs is finally in the process of transitioning to Git for their revision control system rather than GNU Bazaar...

The Release Of Qt3D 2.0 Is Making Progress, Not Too Far Out

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 04:04:48 PM
Sean Harmer of KDAB has provided a brief status update concerning the state of Qt3D 2.0 that gives hope that it will be officially released soon. Qt3D 2.0 overhauls the tool-kit's support for 3D rendering and visualization...

Previewing The Next-Gen Phoromatic For Centralized Test Orchestration/Management

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 03:15:52 PM
As outlined in last night's Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki M5 release, the official release of this huge update to our open-source (GPL) benchmarking software is due out in the next few weeks. The major focus of the 5.4 cycle has been on finishing the overhaul of the next-generation version of Phoromatic that's open-source and built into the Phoronix Test Suite for serving centralized test management and test orchestration needs for clusters of systems running the Phoronix Test Suite for routine (or in some cases, continuous) benchmarking...

The Ubuntu 15.04 Online Developer Summit Starts Tomorrow

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 01:04:48 PM
The first Ubuntu Online Developer Summit for the 15.04 Vivid Vervet kicks off on Wednesday and runs through Friday...

GNOME Foundation To Finally Challenge Groupon Over Trademarks

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 12:21:17 PM
Back in July I wrote about how there was a rather apparent trademark collision with Groupon's Gnome. Groupon launched a product earlier this year called Gnome that's a software solution, runs on tablets, and is meant to help merchants with point-of-sales software, etc. Of course, that directly collides with the well known GNOME desktop environment and GNOME Foundation...

GCC Compiler Optimization Benchmarks With A 16-Thread Haswell-EP

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 09:17:06 AM
The latest Linux benchmarks to share of our two new Intel "Haswell-EP" Xeons are some compiler optimization performance tests with the Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 running with Fedora 21...

PTS 5.4-Lipki Milestone 5 Keeps Furthering Automated, Open-Source Benchmarks

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 01:13:11 AM
Just last week Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 Milestone 4 was released but already there's enough changes to warrant the release of PTS 5.4 Milestone 5, with the end of the Lipki development cycle being in sight...

LibreOffice 4.4 To Have A New OpenGL Back-End

Monday 10th of November 2014 09:00:00 PM
Michael Meeks has shared that LibreOffice 4.4 will feature some dramatic OpenGL improvements...

LLVM 3.5.1 Planned For December Debut

Monday 10th of November 2014 08:38:42 PM
It looks like the first point release to LLVM 3.5 will be out in December...

AMD Radeon Graphics Performance On The Linux 3.18 Kernel

Monday 10th of November 2014 06:00:00 PM
If you're curious whether the Linux 3.18 kernel will bring any performance improvements for users of the open-source AMD Radeon graphics driver, here's some benchmarks compared to Linux 3.17.

NVIDIA NVPTX Port Added To GCC

Monday 10th of November 2014 04:58:24 PM
The NVPTX back-end has been committed to GCC 5 as part of the process for offloading support to NVIDIA graphics processors from the compiler...

Rich Geldreich On The State Of Linux Gaming

Monday 10th of November 2014 04:10:45 PM
Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer who did a lot of work on the VOGL OpenGL debugger before leaving the game company, and has been critical of OpenGL and its drivers, has written a new post on the state of Linux gaming...

Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0 Trial Benchmarks With A Haswell-EP

Monday 10th of November 2014 03:35:04 PM
With the new 20-thread Intel Xeon Haswell-EP processor I ran some basic benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 14.10 against the Red Hat Enterprise Linux derived Scientific 7.0...

Firefox OS 2.0 Developer Preview Gets WebNFC, H.264 Hardware Encode/Decode

Monday 10th of November 2014 02:26:24 PM
Besides releasing Firefox Developer Edition today, Mozilla also has Firefox OS 2.0 news with making the latest developer preview available for the Flame development phone...

Mozilla Launches Firefox Developer Edition

Monday 10th of November 2014 02:15:56 PM
For the past week we've been teased by Mozilla launching a new web browser for developers and today they've lifted the lid on Firefox Developer Edition...

Limba: Experimental Linux Software Installer Using OverlayFS

Monday 10th of November 2014 02:00:00 PM
Running off systemd's new Linux software/packaging vision, Matthias Klumpp has proposed Limba, an experimental software installer that doesn't depend upon Btrfs but rather technologies that have been mostly mainline for a while...

Enlightenment Releases EFL 1.12 With Better OpenGL & Wayland Support

Monday 10th of November 2014 01:33:48 PM
Version 1.12 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries was released bright and early this morning...

Raspberry Pi Model A+ Launches, Costs Just $20

Monday 10th of November 2014 01:22:17 PM
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is out with the new Model A+ board that follows in the foot steps of this summer's release of the Raspberry Pi Model B+...

Linux 3.18-rc4 Shows Kernel Development Finally Calming Down

Sunday 9th of November 2014 11:20:00 PM
While Linus Torvalds was a bit unhappy about the continued flow of late changes for the Linux 3.18 kernel, with today's 3.18-rc4 release he's happy that the past week has indicated a slowdown in changes for Linux 3.18...

There's A Push To Try To Release Debian 8.0 Jessie Before February

Sunday 9th of November 2014 11:10:22 PM
Lucas Nussbaum, the Debian Project Leader, is pushing to try to have Debian 8.0 "Jessie" ready for release within the next twelve weeks...

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