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Intel Sends In More Graphics Code For Linux 3.19

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Intel has sent in another round of graphics driver changes to be queued up in DRM-Next for the Linux 3.19 kernel.

The Intel DRM driver for Linux 3.19 already has initial Intel Skylake graphics support and numerous other changes. Daniel Vetter today sent in yet another drm-next pull request and he says the Intel team will have one more pull request in the coming days once it clears their QA/validation process.

Today's "drm-intel-next-2014-11-07" pull request has Skylake watermark code, reworked audio codec/ELD handling code, Skylake force-wake support, Cherryview support improvements, golden context support for Skylake, and tons of other fixes and improvements.

Find out the full list of these exciting Intel open-source Linux kernel graphics driver improvements via the mailing list pull request. The Linux 3.19 kernel cycle will get underway officially next month once Linux 3.18 has been christened.

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Top 10 Linux desktops part 2

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The Linux desktop is one of the most important things about your Linux experience, aiding or supporting your workflow and tasks in many ways. We look at the top ten available for various distros right now to try and help you decide.

The first part can be found on our website.

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Jolla Begins Teasing Possible New Device, Announcement Next Week

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Gadgets

It looks like next week there will be a new Sailfish device announcement from Jolla.

Jolla, the Finnish phone company behind the MeeGo-derived, Wayland-using, Linux-based Sailfish OS mobile Linux platform, tweeted today, "The countdown to something big begins now. Sign up at http://jolla.com #jolla #unlike."

Embedded below is the teaser picture accompanying this tweet.

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Linux Mint 17.1 RC "Rebecca" to Land in a Couple of Days

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The Mint devs have been working very hard on the upgrade for Linux Mint and it really shows. It will feature the latest Cinnamon 2.4, which packs a ton of improvements, but it will also come with some of it's own changes. In any case, from what the developers have revealed until now, it's likely that very few people will choose not to upgrade to the new release.

In fact, some users might say that there are enough changes for a brand new release, not just a simple point update. We have to keep in mind that most of the updates released so for Linux Mint have been rather consistent, so this new one is not all that surprising.

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NVIDIA Launches Massive Linux Driver Update

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Graphics/Benchmarks
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A new NVIDIA Beta Linux driver has been released, and this is one of the biggest updates in a long time. It's considered unstable, but if you're having problems with the system or you want better performance, then you really need to try this one.

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Linux Lite 2.2 Beta 1 Is Fast, Light, and the Perfect Replacement for Windows Systems

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Just like the 2.0 release of this operating system, the base is still Ubuntu 14.04, but the devs have made many improvements. In fact, all Linux Lite versions are only using LTS releases, which means that they show up occasionally. It also means that all releases made for this distro are actually very stable, even if the OS it's still in the Beta stages.

By basing the operating system on Ubuntu LTS, the developers also ensure that users benefit from the same kind of support, which should run until 2019. This is especially useful when you have a system that needs to run out of the box. Developers need to focus more on updates and less on security, a part that's been taken care of by Canonical and its team.

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Intel Publishes More Skylake Linux Graphics Patches

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We're still likely about one year out before seeing any Skylake processors released from Intel, but their open-source Skylake graphics enablement continues to flow.

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CS:GO & TF2 Extensively Tested On The Newest Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver

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Graphics/Benchmarks
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Gaming

The latest massive set of Linux test data we have to share with Linux gamers and enthusiasts is a look at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 when using the very newest open-source Radeon graphics driver code. The very latest open-source Radeon driver code tested with these popular Valve Linux games were the Linux 3.18 Git kernel, Mesa 10.4-devel, LLVM 3.6 SVN, and xf86-video-ati 7.5.99. With this bleeding edge code there were sixteen AMD Radeon graphics cards tested from low to high-end and spanning several generations. Beyond looking at the frame-rate results, there's also power consumption, performance-per-Watt, GPU core temperature, and CPU usage to go along with all of these results.

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Shrunken SODIMM-style Cortex-A9 COM delivers the goods

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Variscite announced a reduced-sized, Linux friendly COM based on Freescale’s i.MX6, featuring extensive I/O including HDMI, GbE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more.

In September, Variscite refreshed its i.MX6 COM line with a VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 model that added built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and eMMC flash. Now, the company has introduced a “VAR-SOM-SOLO” that provides nearly all of the V2′s features on a significantly smaller board.

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Linux Security Distros Compared: Tails vs. Kali vs. Qubes

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Linux
Security

If you're interested in security, you've probably already heard of security-focused Linux distros like Tails, Kali, and Qubes. They're really useful for browsing anonymously, penetration testing, and tightening down your system so it's secure from would-be hackers. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of all three.

It seems like every other day we hear about another hack, browser exploit, or nasty bit of malware. If you do a lot of your browsing on public Wi-Fi networks, you're a lot more susceptible to these types of hacks. A security-focused distribution of Linux can help. For most of us, the use cases here are pretty simple.

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