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Significant ACPI & Power Management Changes In Linux 3.19

Tuesday 9th of December 2014 02:15:02 PM
Rafael Wysocki of Intel mailed in the ACPI and power management changes for the Linux 3.19 merge window. As said by the ACPI/PM subsystem maintainer, "This time we have some more new material than we used to have during the last couple of development cycles."..

LibreSSL 2.1.2 Previews The LibTLS Library, Works On Windows Support

Tuesday 9th of December 2014 01:56:59 PM
Version 2.1.2 of LibreSSL, the OpenSSL fork by the OpenBSD crew, is now available with a variety of new work...

AMD Catalyst 14.12 Linux Driver Released -- Huge Update!

Tuesday 9th of December 2014 01:47:09 PM
As said last week that a huge new Catalyst Linux driver release would be coming on Tuesday and sure enough it has arrived. Catalyst 14.12 is the biggest AMD proprietary Linux graphics driver update in quite some time...

Intel Skylake Support Merged Into Mainline Mesa

Tuesday 9th of December 2014 02:01:20 AM
With being early on in the Mesa 10.5 development cycle, Intel developers have gone ahead and merged their initial Skylake support branch into Mesa Git master...

NVIDIA 346.22 Beta Adds X.Org Server 1.17 Support, Fixes

Monday 8th of December 2014 07:15:13 PM
Just a few days after the NVIDIA 343.36 Linux driver release, NVIDIA has outed the next beta in the NVIDIA 346 Linux driver series...

The Future Direction & Purpose Of Wayland's Weston Is Being Revisited

Monday 8th of December 2014 05:07:32 PM
Pekka Paalanen, the Collabora developer who has effectively been serving as the Wayland/Weston release manager with Kristian Høgsberg still being away from Wayland development, is seeking some discussion from Wayland developers about their intended view of Wayland's Weston compositor and what direction it should take moving forward...

LLVM 2014 Developer Meeting Slides & Videos

Monday 8th of December 2014 02:57:30 PM
The slides and videos from the 2014 LLVM Developers' Meeting that took place in San Jose at the end of October are now online...

Unvanquished Alpha 34 Brings Fixes, Still Being Ported To PNaCl

Monday 8th of December 2014 02:18:17 PM
The last monthly alpha release is out for the year of the popular Unvanquished open-source first person shooter game...

Cockpit In Fedora 21 Makes Linux Administration Easy

Monday 8th of December 2014 12:00:00 PM
One of Red Hat's newest software projects was the Cockpit Management Console that was announced near the beginning of the year. With the Fedora 21 Server release due out tomorrow, Cockpit is shipped by default and is a great new service for easy, web-based administration of servers.

LiveUSB-Creator Is Ready For Fedora 21

Monday 8th of December 2014 09:34:26 AM
Fedora's liveusb-creator utility is ready for this week's arrival of Fedora 21...

Valve's Dota 2 Game Can (Still) Run Natively On Mir

Monday 8th of December 2014 05:45:48 AM
Canonical developers have been successful in getting Valve's popular Dota 2 battle arena game running natively under Mir once modifying the necessary libraries. Well, it's been possible since this summer, but they seem to be re-promoting the accomplishment...

Mesa 10.4 Is Delayed A Few Days As It's Busted On Older GPUs

Monday 8th of December 2014 02:24:16 AM
The release of Mesa 10.4 is being dragged out by a few days due to a regression affecting older GPUs/drivers that causes this new Mesa version to be in bad shape. Hopefully by the end of this coming week though, Mesa 10.4.0 will be christened...

Linux 3.18 Kernel Released, But It Doesn't Fix That Odd Regression

Monday 8th of December 2014 12:19:36 AM
As anticipated, Linus Torvalds officially released the Linux 3.18 kernel this Sunday evening...

New Features On The Horizon For The Linux Kernel

Sunday 7th of December 2014 11:30:00 PM
Besides the many Linux graphics driver changes for Linux 3.19, there's many other non-graphics features out on the horizon in kernel land -- some of which might land in Linux 3.19 but most of the other items are post-3.19 material. Linux 4.0 also isn't likely far out...

AMD A10-7800 Kaveri: Radeon Gallium3D Improves, But Still Tough Catalyst Fight

Sunday 7th of December 2014 04:00:00 PM
It's been a while since last running any open-source vs. closed-source Linux graphics driver benchmarks with AMD Kaveri APUs, but with being busy adding some Kaveri systems to the new Linux test farm, I ran some fresh Linux GPU driver tests on an AMD A10-7800 system. Here's results on Ubuntu 14.10 -- plus with Linux 3.18 and Mesa 10.5-devel -- while compared to the latest Catalyst binary blob.

Fedora 21 Is Coming In Just Two Days With Big Improvements

Sunday 7th of December 2014 03:00:13 PM
After one year of waiting, Fedora 21 is still on track to be released this Tuesday, 9 December...

Sporadic Behavior With Linux 3.16 vs. 3.17 vs. 3.18 Test Results

Sunday 7th of December 2014 02:39:11 PM
Here's some more Linux 3.18 kernel benchmarks I did with the final release due out likely today. However, these results seem to be a bit odd...

Exciting Graphics Driver Changes Coming In Linux 3.19

Sunday 7th of December 2014 02:05:02 PM
With Linux 3.18 likely coming out today, we can begin focusing more of our attention and testing on the code that will become the Linux 3.19 kernel over the weeks ahead. Once again, when it comes to the DRM graphics driver changes, there's lots of exciting improvements...

Antergos Is Working Out Well For Measuring Up Arch Linux

Sunday 7th of December 2014 03:00:56 AM
This past week I've been carrying out a number of system installations using Antergos as an Arch-based distribution with its quick and easy GUI/CLI installer. In seeking somewhat of a stable/sane base of settings and default packages that's easy to reproduce by others on independent systems yet still rolling-release with Arch, I've been happy with Antergos thus far...

The Linux 3.18 Kernel Brings Many Great Changes

Saturday 6th of December 2014 06:39:57 PM
The Linux 3.18 kernel is expected to be released this weekend and with this major update to the kernel are -- as usual -- an exciting number of changes and new features...

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