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Our Favorite Features So Far For Fedora 21

Sun, 06/04/2014 - 4:34am
While Fedora 21 is still within planning and early development stages, there's already a number of changes that have us looking forward to this next Fedora Linux release toward the end of 2014...

ARM SoC Changes Merged For Linux 3.15 Kernel

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 11:20pm
There's continued work with the Linux 3.15 kernel for bettering ARM hardware support on Linux, but overall there isn't anything overly exciting by the SoC changes this merge window...

Intel Atom E3825 "Bay Trail" Linux Benchmarks With AAEON

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 9:19pm
AAEON, a company owned by ASUS that specializes in industrial and embedded platforms for applications ranging from railroads to the military, sent over their AAEON EMB-BT1 board that's loaded with an Atom E3825 Bay Trail SoC. A full Linux write-up of this exciting mini-ITX board will be coming soon on Phoronix, but for some weekend benchmarks are some initial results for the E3825 when running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS...

Amazon Fire TV: A Nice Device For Internet Video Streaming

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 7:00pm
This week Amazon unveiled the Fire TV as a small network appliance primarily for HD video streaming and complemented by some gaming and mobile app capabilities. The Fire TV is powered by Amazon's Android-based Kindle Fire OS so in this weekend review are my initial impressions of this Linux-based media system after using it the past two days.

Kernel Developers Look At QR Codes For Error Messages

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 4:35pm
Linux kernel developers have been discussing for the past few days about the possibility of encoding kernel oops messages into QR codes that would be shown on the screen...

oVirt Is Planning Some Virtualization Improvements

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 3:48pm
The oVirt open-source virtualization management software led by Red Hat saw its 3.4 release last week. The oVirt 3.4 release delivered a self-hosted engine, PowerPC 64 support, CPU hot-plug support, and other capabilities. While oVirt 3.4 just left the building, there's a lengthy list of features being planned for future releases...

Phoronix Global Is Still Planned To Be Decommissioned

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 3:16pm
Originally I planned to shutdown Phoronix Global at the end of 2013 but out of continued usage of the service, Phoronix Global is still being kept online for the time being...

HL2-Based GoldenEye: Source Gets Open-Sourced

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 1:38pm
For those Linux gamers that want to reminisce over the fond days of GoldenEye 007 from two decades ago on the Nintendo 64, it will hopefully be easier going forward. GoldenEye: Source has gone open-source...

Fedora 21 Aims To Have LBZIP2 Replace BZIP2

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 10:11am
Fedora developers are eyeing the independent lbzip2 compression implementation to become the default bzip2 on the next release of this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution...

New Media/V4L2 Drivers For Linux 3.15

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 7:55am
There's numerous new hardware drivers for the Linux 3.15 kernel when it comes to the media subsystem...

Flourish: Chicago's Linux Event Is This Weekend

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 6:29am
Flourish, one of the few Linux conferences held in the Chicagoland area each year, is happening this weekend. To much sadness, Flourish 2014 isn't as exciting as past years...

Upgrading The Linux Kernel, Mesa/X.Org Packages On Ubuntu 14.04

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 4:00am
Upgrading the Linux kernel and Mesa/X.Org graphics driver components past what Canonical shipped in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and other recent releases of Ubuntu Linux isn't actually that hard... Here's the Phoronix-recommended approach for Linux enthusiasts wishing to upgrade their key software components for yielding better open-source graphics driver performance and features...

EXT4 & XFS File-System Updates Land In Linux 3.15

Sat, 05/04/2014 - 1:27am
EXT4 and XFS file-system updates for the Linux 3.15 kernel merge window are now clear...

A Look At The Ubuntu 14.04 Kernel Configuration

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:45pm
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is shipping the Linux 3.13 kernel by default but besides that we now know the kernel configuration that Canonical will be using for this upcoming Long Term Support release...

Wine 1.7.16 Stubs Out DirectX Video Acceleration

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:50pm
Wine 1.7.16 was released this afternoon as the latest Wine development release...

VOGL Now Supports Unreal Engine 4 On Linux

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:41pm
Valve developers have gone out of their way to ensure that the VOGL OpenGL debugger for Linux works with Unreal Engine 4...

13-Way Radeon Graphics On Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:00pm
To complement last week's Radeon Windows Catalyst vs. Linux Gallium3D vs. Linux Catalyst OpenGL performance comparison on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, here's benchmarks of thirteen different AMD Radeon graphics cards on the near-final state of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" in its current development form.

Debian Developers Release APT 1.0

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:50pm
Debian developers announced this week version 1.0 of APT, their Advanced Packaging Tool, on the day that the packaging project turned sixteen years old...

Belkin Begins Releasing OpenWRT Code For The WRT1900AC

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:00pm
A few months ago we wrote about Linksys Reviving The WRT54G Router In 802.11AC Form. Belkin, which owns Linksys, has begun releasing code for this new router -- the WRT1900AC -- but with this early code is still some glaring problems...

Qt Creator 3.1 RC1 Released, Qt 5.3 Advances

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:44pm
Digia is working hard and fast to get the next version of the Qt5 tool-kit out the door along with their Qt Creator integrated development environment...