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x86 Will See KVM Improvements In Linux 3.17

Monday 4th of August 2014 05:04:26 PM
For Linux 3.16 the KVM improvements were mostly about POWER, S390, and MIPS architectures while for Linux 3.17 the table has turned to focus upon x86 improvements to the Kernel-based Virtual Machine...

AMD's R600 GPU LLVM Back-End To Be Renamed

Monday 4th of August 2014 04:43:51 PM
AMD's "R600" LLVM back-end is likely to be renamed for LLVM 3.6...

Linux OpenCL Performance With The Newest AMD & NVIDIA Drivers

Monday 4th of August 2014 12:40:00 PM
The latest Linux GPU benchmarks at Phoronix for your viewing pleasure are looking at the OpenCL compute performance with the latest AMD and NVIDIA binary blobs while also marking down the performance efficiency and overall system power consumption.

Xen EFI Support Being Added To Linux 3.17

Monday 4th of August 2014 12:35:57 PM
With the Linux 3.17 kernel that's now officially under development since yesterday's Linux 3.16 release is now support for Xen EFI...

The Linux 3.16 Kernel Has Been Released

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 11:31:59 PM
As anticipated, the Linux 3.16 kernel has been released this Sunday afternoon...

The GPLv3 GPU Is Now Available

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 04:06:23 PM
The GPLGPU is now available, a GPLv3-licensed Verilog design for a 2D/3D graphics engine...

X.Org Server 1.16, Rootless X Now Available For Arch Linux

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 02:13:03 PM
This week X.Org Server 1.16 was promoted for Arch Linux with a number of end-user changes as a result...

Steam Survey Results For July 2014 Show A Slight Drop In Linux Usage

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 01:49:51 PM
With the start of a new month comes updates to Steam's hardware/software survey by those running this multi-platform gaming software...

The Best Features Of Linux 3.16

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 01:27:13 PM
The Linux 3.16 kernel could be released as soon as today with its development having calmed down but if you've refrained from reading up on this new kernel, here's the rundown on the new features and capabilities of this 2014 late-summer kernel debut...

Steam On Linux Now Offers 600+ Games

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 01:09:17 PM
Two months ago I wrote about Steam having 500+ Linux games while now to start off August they have crossed the 600 game threshold...

Mesa 10.2.5 Officially Released

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 12:59:28 PM
Carl Worth of Intel has released Mesa 10.2.5 this weekend as the latest bug-fix for the Mesa 10.2 stable series...

Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Power Monitoring Results

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 04:53:16 PM
In complementing the Nouveau vs. NVIDIA OpenGL benchmark results published earlier this week on Phoronix, here are the power consumption and performance-per-Watt metrics...

Belkin's WRT54G Router Successor Is Crap On The Software Front So Far

Friday 1st of August 2014 09:23:10 PM
Belkin revived the Linksys WRT54G in a new 802.11ac model earlier this year and one of its selling points has been the OpenWRT support as what made the WRT54G legendary. However, OpenWRT developers and fans are yet to be satisfied by this new router...

QEMU 2.1 Officially Released

Friday 1st of August 2014 09:07:30 PM
QEMU 2.1 has been officially released!..

XBMC Is Being Renamed To "Kodi"

Friday 1st of August 2014 05:00:00 PM
The XBMC project has shared with us that they're renaming the project entirely to something very different in order to no longer reflect its past Xbox Media Center name...

SteamOS Beta 126 Better Handles XBMC

Friday 1st of August 2014 12:00:37 PM
Valve has pushed another update out to SteamOS, with this time around there being benefits to fans of the XBMC multimedia software...

Ubuntu 14.10 Alpha 2 Released

Friday 1st of August 2014 11:55:08 AM
For the Ubuntu derivatives participating in the tagged alpha/beta releases during each Ubuntu Linux development cycle, the alpha two releases are now available for the 14.10 Utopic Unicorn...

KDE 4.14 Release Candidate Ships

Friday 1st of August 2014 01:27:25 AM
The first release candidate to the upcoming KDE 4.14 release has shipped...

Drivers & Drama Dominated Linux Talk In July

Friday 1st of August 2014 01:24:07 AM
With the end of July comes our monthly recap about the most popular events and tests that took place on Phoronix...

Fedora Assembles A Security Team

Thursday 31st of July 2014 02:02:02 PM
A Fedora Security Team has been setup to clean up vulnerabilities and other security-related issues present within the popular Linux distribution...

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AMD's Catalyst Linux Driver Preparing For A World Without An X Server?

AMD's proprietary Catalyst Linux driver installer is interestingly being prepared for an environment without an X.Org Server. While there's no announcement out of AMD indicating any future support directions for their Catalyst Linux driver, it seems their Catalyst driver will soon be equipped with an option for building the driver packages without X.Org Server support, a.k.a. no building of the fglrx DDX driver. Read more

KDE Applications and Development Platform 4.14

for the release of KDE SC 4.14 are available for Kubuntu 14.04LTS and our development release. You can get them from the Kubuntu Backports PPA. It includes an update of Plasma Desktop to 4.11.11. Bugs in the packaging should be reported to kubuntu-ppa on Launchpad. Bugs in the software to KDE. To update, use the Software Repository Guide to add the following repository to your software sources list: Read more

What is a good EPUB reader on Linux

If the habit on reading books on electronic tablets is still on its way, reading books on a computer is even rarer. It is hard enough to focus on the classics of the 16th century literature, so who needs the Facebook chat pop up sound in the background in addition? But if for some reasons you wish to open an electronic book in your computer, chances are that you will need specific software. Indeed, most editors agreed with using the EPUB format for electronic books (for "Electronic PUBlication"). Hopefully, Linux is not deprived of good programs capable of dealing with such format. In short, here is a non-exhaustive list of good EPUB readers on Linux. Read more

Qt Licence Update

Today Qt announced some changes to their licence. The KDE Free Qt team have been working behind the scenes to make these happen and we should be very thankful for the work they put in. Qt code was LGPLv2.1 or GPLv3 (this also allows GPLv2). Existing modules will add LGPLv3 to that. This means I can get rid of the part of the KDE Licensing Policy which says "Note: code may not be copied from Qt into KDE Platform as Qt is LGPLv2.1 only which would prevent it being used under LGPL 3". Read more More: Protecting Software Freedom – the Qt License Update