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ACPI & Power Management Get More Updates In Linux 3.15

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 2:04am
A second Git pull request has been made for the ACPI and power management code within the kernel for Linux 3.15...

Google Chrome 35 Beta Adds New Features

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 9:45pm
Two days after the Chrome 34 debut, Google has announced the first beta of Chromium 35 Beta...

Linux 3.15 Picks Up New Notebook Support

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 9:40pm
The x86 platform driver update was pulled today for the Linux 3.15 kernel, which includes new notebook support...

Upgraded Kernel & Mesa Yield A Big Boost For Athlon R3 Graphics

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 3:00pm
Yesterday I delivered the first Linux benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 with Radeon R3 Graphics. Benchmarks of the socketed Kabini APU are ongoing at Phoronix in a variety of different software and hardware configurations. The tests that have just wrapped up today are checking out the performance when upgrading the Linux kernel and Mesa compared to what's shipped by default in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Gallium3D LLVMpipe Performance In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 1:30pm
For those curious about the current performance level of the LLVMpipe software-renderer OpenGL driver for Mesa's Gallium3D in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, here's some new benchmarks.

Linksys Begins Shipping The WRT1900AC

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 12:56pm
Belkin announced today they are starting to ship the WRT1900AC, their WRT54G open-source router successor that now supports 802.11ac and other modern features. Belkin is working on open-source OpenWRT support for this new router...

Fedora 21 Receives Another Helping Of Features

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 12:48pm
Another round of features have been approved by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee for this year's Fedora 21 release...

ARM Adopts Using The LLVM/Clang Compiler

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 3:12am
ARM Compiler 6 is beginning to use the LLVM/Clang compiler...

Coreboot Adds Support For The Lenovo ThinkPad T530

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 3:01pm
The Coreboot open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement now has initial support for the Lenovo ThinkPad T530 notebook...

AMD Athlon 5350 APU On Linux

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:10pm
Now that we've covered the general information about the new socketed Kabini APUs, here are our first benchmarks from the Athlon-branded Kabini APU we were seeded with by AMD: the Athlon 5350 with Radeon R3 Graphics. Let's see how this 25-Watt APU with four processor cores can perform under Ubuntu 14.04 Linux.

AMD Brings Back Semprons & Athlons With The 2014 AM1 Platform

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:00pm
After much information being made public in March concerning AMD's AM1 platform that delivers socketed APUs for low-cost desktop systems, the first of these new socketed APUs are shipping today under the restored Athlon and Sempron branding. We've been fortunate enough to have one of the new Athlon AM1 APUs at Phoronix for a few days of testing.

Intel Publishes Full Linux Driver Support For Cherryview

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 11:00am
A few days ago I wrote about Intel adding Cherryview support to their Mesa 3D driver and now waking up this morning they have dropped a huge patch bomb that implements Cherryview Atom support within their DRM kernel driver. We now have a much better understanding for the Cherryview graphics hardware capabilities for when these Atom SoCs begin to ship in some months down the road...

Reiser4 Gains Support For Different Transaction Models

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 6:29am
For the past few years the Reiser4 file-system has mostly been in maintenance mode with there being just a handful of developers left working on the out-of-tree code, the former ReiserFS lead developer in jail, and most code activity these days just revolving around bug-fixing and adding support for newer kernel releases. However, in March the Reiser4 file-system did gain support for a new feature...

Torvalds Is Unconvinced By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 4:02am
Yesterday patches were published via a pull request to enable experimental LTO support for the Linux 3.15 kernel, but Linus Torvalds hasn't yet decided whether he will accept this code in the upstream Linux kernel... Linus doesn't yet see the benefits in link-time optimizations for the kernel and isn't sure whether this code is ready yet to be mainlined...

Gallium3D's HUD Gains More Features For R600g, RadeonSI

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:55am
The Gallium3D HUD has gain some new reporting capabilities for the Radeon Gallium3D R600 and RadeonSI drivers...

X.Org Server 1.16 Merge Window Closes, Pre-Release Issued

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 10:05pm
Keith Packard has released xorg-server 1.15.99.902 this afternoon with the X.Org Server 1.16 feature merge window having been closed...

Chrome 34 Release Supports Responsive Images & More

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 8:57pm
Google officially released the Chrome 34 web-browser this afternoon and with it comes new features...

Realtek RTL8723AU Support Added To Linux 3.15

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 8:30pm
A second staging pull was submitted for the Linux 3.15 kernel that adds the new r8723au driver for handling an increasingly used WiFi adapter common to some new notebooks/ultrabooks...

How To Overclock New NVIDIA GPUs On Linux

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 6:23pm
With this morning's release of the NVIDIA 337.12 Beta Linux driver there is finally GPU overclocking support for the NVIDIA "Fermi" GPUs and newer, a.k.a. the GeForce 400 series and newer. This long-awaited overclocking support, however, isn't setup the same as when overclocking older GeForce GPUs with the NVIDIA Linux graphics driver...

Fedora 21 Looks To Have A "Playground" Repository

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 5:26pm
Fedora developers are working towards having a "playground" repository be part of the Fedora 21 release as a staging area for new packages...