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GSoC 2014 Yielded Some Improvements For Mesa/X.Org This Year

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 03:00:00 PM
Google's annual Summer of Code project ended last month and I've been meaning to write a brief update about the work done by the student open-source developers on their X.Org-related work...

GCC 5.0 Adds DragonFlyBSD Support

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 01:53:30 PM
The latest addition to GCC 5's growing list of features is official support for DragonFlyBSD on i386 and x86_64 architectures...

webOS Lives On As LuneOS With New Release

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 01:21:08 PM
Formerly known as webOS Ports, LuneOS was officially released today for letting the HP TouchPad and select Google Nexus devices re-live what's best about webOS...

AMD Launches New FX CPUs, Cuts Prices On Existing Processors

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 12:00:00 PM
AMD today is rolling out three new FX-Series processors (the FX-8320E, FX-8370E, and FX-8370) while cutting prices on their existing Vishera AM3+ FX processors. AMD sent over the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs last week to Phoronix (the FX-8320E is still forthcoming) so we are here with the rundown on the Linux performance of these new FX CPUs compared to a wide variety of other Intel and AMD Linux systems with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Ondemand vs. Performance CPU Governing For AMD FX CPUs On Linux 3.17

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 04:00:00 AM
Given recent comments by Phoronix readers, here are some fresh results from the AMD FX-9590 Eight-Core CPU when testing the different CPU scaling governors with the CPUfreq driver on the Linux 3.17 kernel.

Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 12:30:01 AM
Well known open-source Radeon driver developer Marek Olšák has landed a number of commits today inside mainline Mesa Git for improving the state of HyperZ for AMD hardware, a feature that remains disabled by default for the open-source Radeon Linux driver due to stability and artifact issues...

Mozilla Firefox 32 Surfaces With HTML5, Developer Changes

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 12:18:44 AM
If you checkout the Mozilla FTP servers tonight the official 32.0 builds have surfaced for the Firefox web-browser...

Android Build Support Improved For Libdrm

Monday 1st of September 2014 04:36:19 PM
Emil Velikov, the new Mesa release manager, just landed a large set of libdrm patches for improving the open-source graphics drivers for Android...

Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux

Monday 1st of September 2014 03:30:00 PM
Since last year AMD's had the FX-9590 as the top-end Vishera CPU that can top out at 5.0GHz with its Turbo Frequency, but initially this processor was only available to OEM system builds. Over time the OEM version of the FX-9590 became available to consumers while earlier this summer AMD launched a retail version of the FX-9590 that included the eight-core CPU with a closed-loop water cooling solution. Today we're reviewing this highest-end Vishera CPU to see how it compares to other AMD and Intel processors on Ubuntu Linux.

Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR

Monday 1st of September 2014 01:32:41 PM
The Nouveau development community released the xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.11 driver update to kick off the start of September. While you wouldn't guess it from the version number, this driver update is actually very significant and introduces a lot of new functionality and other improvements...

XBMC/Kodi 14 Is Going To Be Mostly About Cleaning Up

Monday 1st of September 2014 01:11:49 PM
XBMC, which renamed itself to Kodi, is out with a new alpha release for the Kodi 14 media center software. While XBMC 13 introduced a lot of new features, Kodi 14 is going to be mostly about minor refinements...

Microsoft & AMD Release C++ AMP Compiler With Linux Support

Monday 1st of September 2014 12:57:04 PM
AMD and Microsoft jointly released C++ AMP version 1.2 compiler that supports Linux alongside Windows. Ubuntu is the officially supported distribution at this time...

AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users

Monday 1st of September 2014 05:00:00 AM
August was great on Phoronix with 22 multi-page, featured articles and 242 Linux news stories being written by your's truly. Of all the content published in August -- much of which continues to not be covered elsewhere on the web -- here's the most popular stories...

Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule

Monday 1st of September 2014 02:01:59 AM
Linus Torvalds is back to his rhythm of releasing new kernel release candidates on Sundays...

Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs

Monday 1st of September 2014 01:30:00 AM
Lennart Poettering of systemd and PulseAudio fame has published a lengthy blog post that shares his vision for how he wishes to change how Linux software systems are put together to address a wide variety of issues. The Btrfs file-system and systemd play big roles with his new vision...

Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager

Monday 1st of September 2014 12:50:19 AM
The second weekly release candidate for the upcoming Mesa 10.3 is now available...

Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD

Sunday 31st of August 2014 07:47:33 PM
Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver...

MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

Sunday 31st of August 2014 02:44:46 PM
While most if not all of the modern motherboards produced by MSI allow BIOS/UEFI updating to happen from within the BIOS setup utility and done using a USB flash drive -- as is also the case with most other motherboard vendors -- for Linux users the updating can be a bit more of a headache for MSI motherboards...

See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs

Sunday 31st of August 2014 02:10:38 PM
This holiday weekend (in the US) can be a great time to test your Linux system to see how it's performing against the latest AMD and Intel processors to see if it's time for a good upgrade...

How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers

Sunday 31st of August 2014 05:30:00 AM
As earlier this week I did a 20-way AMD Radeon open-source comparison, looked at the most energy efficient Radeon GPUs for Linux gaming, and then yesterday provided a look at the fastest NVIDIA GPUs for open-source gaming with Nouveau, in this article is a culmination of all the open-source graphics tests this week while seeing how Intel Haswell HD Graphics fall into the mix against the open-source Radeon R600/RadeonSI and Nouveau NV50/NVC0 graphics drivers.

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