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KDE Plasma 5.1 Now In Beta

4 hours 50 min ago
The beta for KDE Plasma 5's second release is now available ahead of its planned launch in October...

Systemd & Debian Were Most Popular In September

5 hours 5 min ago
Debian and systemd news were among the most popular Linux and open-source stories during the month of September...

Microsoft Announces... Windows 10 With A Start Menu

9 hours 34 min ago
While most were expecting "Windows 9" to be Microsoft's next operating system, they've announced today the next OS update will be Windows 10...

Borderlands 2 Launches On Steam For Linux

10 hours 18 min ago
Borderlands 2 is available today as the newest action RPG / first person shooter on Linux. Borderlands 2 -- a game powered by a modified Unreal Engine 3 -- is now available natively via a port done by Aspyr Media...

Debian Jessie Might Get Rid Of The kFreeBSD Port

11 hours 34 min ago
For years there's been the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port that ships the same Debian GNU user-land as Debian GNU/Linux but replaces the Linux kernel with that of the FreeBSD kernel...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980: The Best GPU For Linux Gamers

12 hours 48 min ago
Earlier this month NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 as their highest-end offerings based on their Maxwell architecture. Since the GTX 750 series debut I have been anxious to see Maxwell succeed Kepler in the high-end space and finally last week I got hands on time with the GTX 980. As long as you are not committed to using pure open-source graphics drivers, the GeForce GTX 980 is the best you can get as a Linux gamer/enthusiast for high performance graphics for ending out 2014.

Fedora Might Try A New Scheduling Strategy For Its Releases

14 hours 16 min ago
It's no secret that Fedora has had a challenging time sticking to their release schedules for a long time. With taking care of blocker bugs, Fedora Linux releases tend to frequently slip -- with Fedora 21 it's about two months behind schedule and we're just past the alpha stage. By the time Fedora 21 actually ships, Fedora 20 will have been at least twelve months old. However, a new release scheduling strategy might be tried starting with Fedora 22...

AMD's Catalyst Working On A GLSL Shader Cache

14 hours 39 min ago
There's a lot of work going on right now to the AMD Catalyst Linux graphics driver. We've written about new features coming to an upcoming Catalyst Linux driver but silently being pushed into the latest round of release is a GLSL shader disk cache...

OpenMP 4.0 Offloading Is Closer For GCC 5

14 hours 53 min ago
While GCC 4.9 features OpenMP 4.0 support, it doesn't feature the OpenMP offloading support, but that should be coming soon to mainline GCC...

Wayland Presentation Extension Added To Weston

15 hours 5 min ago
Pekka Paalanen of Collabora has landed the new presentation extension for Wayland that currently is living within the Weston compositor code-base until it's fully vetted...

Intel Skylake Support Rolls Out To Mesa's DRM

15 hours 16 min ago
The latest open-source component of Intel's Linux graphics driver stack receiving hardware enablement for Skylake is libdrm...

VA-API's Libva 1.4.0 Brings VP8 Encoding Support

15 hours 32 min ago
Intel's Haihao Xiang has announced the version 1.4.0 release of the VA-API library along with the company's updated VA-API driver...

Operating System U Fails To Live Up To Its Goals

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:07
Back in July we wrote about the Linux distribution based on Arch and powered by Wayland aiming for commercial success to compete with the likes of Ubuntu. Well, that distribution has now thrown in the towel...

AMD Catalyst 14.9 Officially Released For Linux

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 22:26
AMD has released the Catalyst 14.9 Linux graphics driver today with some modest changes but it's not the really big driver update we're waiting for...

Nouveau Memory Re-Clocking Comes For More NVIDIA GPUs

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 21:34
Roy Spliet, the student developer behind funded by the X.Org Foundation to work on Nouveau re-clocking, continues making great progress on this critical feature for the open-source NVIDIA graphics driver. With the latest patches, DDR2 / DDR3 / GDDR3 memory re-clocking should be working for a lot more NVIDIA graphics cards...

NVIDIA Suggests Explicit Synchronization For Nouveau

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:09
As another interesting NVIDIA Linux news item before ending out the month are some patches published just before the start of the weekend by NVIDIA. A NVIDIA developer has proposed explicit synchronization support for the Nouveau driver, complete with some "RFC" patches...

Adobe Brings Streaming Photoshop To Chromebooks

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:19
Adobe's popular Photoshop software landed on Linux sort of today with a streaming version that will be available to Chromebook users running Chrome OS...

OverlayFS Proposed For The Linux 3.18 Kernel

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:14
After years of development, more than two dozen versions of the file-system, and real-world deployments in some Linux distributions, OverlayFS is trying again to get in the mainline Linux kernel...

NVIDIA To Issue An Update On Their Support Of Mir & Wayland

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:20
While there's no supportive driver out at this time, NVIDIA continues to be working in the direction of supporting non-X11 windowing systems like Mir and Wayland...

NVIDIA Is Still Working On The New Linux OpenGL ABI

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:31
It's been a while since hearing anything new about the proposed overhaul of the Linux OpenGL driver ABI, but it's continuing to be pursued by NVIDIA...