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Fedora 22 Looks To Have RPM-OSTree For Atomic Upgrades

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 10:17:56 PM
With Snappy Ubuntu being out there for atomic upgrades in the cloud and on servers, Fedora 22 is looking to have RPM-OSTree for providing atomic upgrades and server-side composes...

NVIDIA Pushes CUDA 7 RC With C++11 Features, Runtime Compilation

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 07:15:19 PM
NVIDIA announced the release today of the CUDA 7.0 Release Candidate that brings new features to their popular but proprietary parallel programming toolkit...

Open-Source Radeon Driver Reworks Audio Code, Adds DisplayPort Audio

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 06:46:00 PM
The open-source Radeon DRM driver will finally support audio over DispalyPort for all relevant AMD GPUs...

Freedreno User-Space Driver Stack Continues Stabilizing

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 05:49:36 PM
Rob Clark's work on the open-source Freedreno driver stack the past few years is turning out quite nicely and suitable for end-users wanting an open-source graphics stack for Qualcomm Adreno hardware...

Qt 5.5 Is Packing On New Features, Going Into Feature Freeze Soon

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 04:34:42 PM
Qt 5.5 is less than one month away from entering its feature freeze. This half-year update to the open-source Qt tool-kit will bring several new features when its scheduled to be officially released in April...

22-Way AMD+NVIDIA Graphics Card Tests With Metro Redux On Steam For Linux

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 03:20:00 PM
A few days back I wrote about being able to finally get the Metro Redux game benchmarks running in an automated manner under Linux to the point that we're now able to test it with the Phoronix Test Suite. With Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux now running well for our testing purposes, I've carried out performance tests of these two games with twenty-two AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on Linux. Besides looking at the normal FPS result there's also frame latency metrics, power consumption data for each of these graphics cards, performance-per-Watt metrics, and GPU thermal results. If you're wondering what graphics card works best for your needs for OpenGL 4.x Linux gaming, here's an interesting look with the Metro Redux titles that premiered on Steam for Linux back in December.

AMDKFD Driver Does More Prepping For Carrizo / VI APUs

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 02:36:00 PM
Earlier this month I wrote about AMD preparing open-source HSA support for Carrizo APUs that aren't launching until later this year. Today more patches were published for the AMDKFD kernel driver in preparing for the forthcoming Volcanic Islands APUs...

AMD Loses Three More Executives

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 01:00:00 PM
It seems the corporate restructuring at AMD isn't yet over with the post-CES announcement yesterday of three more top-level executives leaving the company...

The Plans For The New VIA Gallium3D Driver & DRM/KMS Linux Driver

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 11:30:00 AM
Last week I wrote about a new Gallium3D driver under development for VIA Chrome hardware that was being done under the OpenChrome umbrella along with new work on the VIA DRM/KMS driver. I now have some answers from the developer about his plans for this open-source VIA graphics work under Linux...

Fedora 22 Looks To Have A Default Local DNS Resolver

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 09:45:40 AM
After it didn't pan out for Fedora 21, Fedora developers are now looking at having a default local DNS resolver used by Fedora 22 as one of its new features...

Early Preview Release Of Git 2.3

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 06:02:44 AM
Beyond announcing Git v2.2.2 on Monday with various bug-fixes, Junio Hamano announced the release of Git 2.3.0-rc0 as a preview release towards Git 2.3...

My Next Linux Ultrabook: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon With Core i7-5600U

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 05:00:01 AM
As a follow-up to my post from this weekend about plans to get a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Broadwell ultrabook for Linux testing, I've now finalized in my decision and have some more thoughts to share for any Linux users planning to soon get an Intel Broadwell laptop/ultrabook for your favorite open-source operating system...

Firefox 35 Is Ready For Release, Available For Download Now

Monday 12th of January 2015 11:56:11 PM
In usual Mozilla fashion, Firefox 35.0 is scheduled to be released tomorrow but if you're so tempted to upgrade to the latest release of this open-source web-browser you can do so tonight...

Linux.Conf.Au 2015 Kicks Off In Auckland

Monday 12th of January 2015 09:00:00 PM
The very popular, annual Linux conference Linux.Conf.Au kicked off today in Auckland, New Zealand...

C4 Engine Drops Linux Support, Calls It "Frankenstein OS"

Monday 12th of January 2015 07:27:23 PM
Version 4.2 of the cross-platform C4 Game Engine was released today. The big change of C4 Engine 4.2 is that it gets rid of Linux support after its lead developer has had a very unhappy and difficult experience with Linux...

Lua 5.3 Brings Support For Integers & UTF-8 Support

Monday 12th of January 2015 06:18:42 PM
Lua 5.3 was released today with a variety of new features for this lightweight scripting language...

New Mesa 10.3 & 10.4 Series Point Releases

Monday 12th of January 2015 06:09:06 PM
For those users relying upon stable Mesa point releases rather than Mesa Git master, kicking off this week are the release of Mesa 10.4.2 and Mesa 10.3.7...

X.Org Apps Now Running On Ubuntu Touch/Phone

Monday 12th of January 2015 05:54:54 PM
Canonical now has X.Org/X11 applications running on the Ubuntu Phone/Touch via XMir...

Open-Source NVIDIA/Nouveau Tests On Linux 3.19

Monday 12th of January 2015 05:00:00 PM
After last week delivering initial open-source Radeon DRM driver tests on Linux 3.19, here's similar treatment in testing out the new Linux 3.19 kernel with the Nouveau DRM driver for open-source NVIDIA graphics.

Intel Releases New Version Of XenGT Graphics Passthrough

Monday 12th of January 2015 02:55:04 PM
The latest quarterly update to XenGT for Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology is now available that allows providing a complete vGPU solution with mediated GPU pass-through...

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Android Leftovers

  • OnePlus Will Reveal Details Of Its ‘Oxygen’ Android ROM On February 12
    OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed that it will unveil its own ROM which can be installed on third-party Android devices on February 12. Correction: OnePlus tells us that, in fact, it won’t launch the ROM on the 12th. This is a tease-of-a-tease, and instead we can expect to see “more information about the ROM” not an actual download for third-party Android devices.
  • Android is suddenly surrounded by enemies
    Cyanogen is one of these forks. It has just raised $70 million from a number of investors including Microsoft to continue producing its own version of Android that it can position as a direct competitor to Google's.
  • Working New Android 5 Lollipop Features into Your Apps
  • Major Blackphone Security Flaw Discovered
    You might want to think twice before sending that sensitive text message over your supposedly secure Blackphone. A security flaw discovered by an Australian communication security expert could have allowed attackers to decrypt a Blackphone user’s messages, gather location information, and run additional code of the attacker’s choosing.
  • World’s most ‘NSA-proof’ phone vulnerable to simple SMS hack
    A smartphone marketed as the most anti-surveillance, NSA-proof personal device – the BlackPhone – has been found vulnerable to a simple SMS attack that allows the hacker to steal contacts, decrypt messages, and even take full control of the device.

Ubuntu vs. Fedora Linux On Lenovo's X1 Carbon With Core i7 Broadwell

The latest distribution I tried on the X1 Carbon (and the OS I'll ultimately use for running the X1 Carbon in a production capacity as my main system) is Fedora 21. Fedora 21 booted up on the X1 Carbon wonderfully without any issues aside from the trackpoint button clicks being wonky (though the button clicks in the corner of the trackpad works fine). Fedora 21 with Wayland also ran fine on this system with Intel HD Graphics 5500. Overall, it was a pleasant experience without any major problems. Read more

Plex Media Server Review – The Ultimate Steaming Server

Plex Media Server is a media center application that allows users to stream video and audio content to local and remote clients, such as mobile devices or smart TVs. We now take a closer look at this powerful server and client and see what's the fuss all about. Read more