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Daily Builds Of Wayland & Weston For Ubuntu Linux

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While Canonical may be set on making Mir the default display server across all Ubuntu platforms by this time next year, this isn't stopping others from using Ubuntu for Wayland development and using it as an alternative to Mir or the X.Org Server.

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Also: Ubuntu Online Summit 15.05 to Start in May

AMD Releases New "AMDGPU" Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support

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At long last the source code to the new AMDGPU driver has been released! This is the new driver needed to support the Radeon R9 285 graphics card along with future GPUs/APUs like Carrizo. Compared to the existing Radeon DRM driver, the new AMDGPU code is needed for AMD's new unified Linux driver strategy whereby the new Catalyst driver will be isolated to being a user-space binary blob with both the full open-source driver and the Catalyst driver using this common AMDGPU kernel driver.

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Also: AMD Open-Sources "Addrlib" From Catalyst

Linux 3.16 Through Linux 4.0 Performance Benchmarks

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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The Linux community's on-again, off-again relationship with Nvidia appears to have soured once more, amid reports that the GPU maker is back to its old tricks – and worse – when it comes to open source hardware drivers.

Nvidia does release Linux drivers for its graphics cards, but they are proprietary and ship in binary-only format, which is unacceptable for many Linux enthusiasts.

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Also: Nouveau: NVIDIA's New Hardware Is "VERY Open-Source Unfriendly"

Here's a BSOD Error on Linux, Thank You, AMD Radeon

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The Blue Screen of Death is a common occurrence on Windows systems, less now than a few years ago, but it still happens. Seeing one on a Linux system is like spotting a unicorn, not impossible, but highly unlikely.

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AMD Catalyst 15.3 Beta Driver Backported to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from Ubuntu 15.04

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The AMD Catalyst 15.3 Beta driver was made available a few weeks ago, but only for the Ubuntu distribution, which was rather odd. In any case, the drivers have been backported to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as well.

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NVIDIA 349.16 Beta Drivers for Linux Feature Native Lossless H.264 Decoding

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NVIDIA released a new Linux driver in the Beta branch, and the developers have implemented support for a number of new GPUS and quite a few fixes and improvements.

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Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks

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The benchmarks in this article are looking at the EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS file-systems under the Linux 4.0 Git kernel as well as the Linux 3.19.0 stable kernel. These four file-systems were tested on a 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 solid-state drive. The stock mount options for each file-system on Linux 3.19/4.0 were used during testing.

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Also: Linux 4.0 Might Be Released Today With Its Numerous New Features

The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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Simply put, there is no actual official NVIDIA support for Optimus technology for Linux. Or at least, not completely. Until recently, there was none at all. As of 2013, NVIDIA did start to provide initial support for Optimus, but it is extremely barebones and arguably doesn't actually properly implement the Optimus features as it's meant to be.

But let's look at the current options for running an NVIDIA Optimus-enabled computer with Linux...

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Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / NTFS / NILFS2 / ReiserFS

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It's been a while since last running any Linux file-system tests on a hard drive considering all of the test systems around here are using solid-state storage and only a few systems commissioned in the Linux benchmarking test farm are using hard drives, but with Linux 4.0 around the corner, here's a six-way file-system comparison on Linux 4.0 with a HDD using EXT4, Btrfs, XFS, and even NTFS, NILFS2, and ReiserFS.

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