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PHP 5.6 Officially Released With New Debugger

2 hours 41 min ago
The PHP community this morning put out the awaited PHP 5.6 update that brings several language changes and other improvements to the popular web programming language...

LibreOffice 4.3.1 Released

2 hours 51 min ago
LibreOffice 4.3.1 (codenamed "Fresh") has been released ahead of the LibreOffice Conference next week in Bern, Switzerland...

Re-Clocking Your NVIDIA GPU With Nouveau On Linux 3.17

5 hours 28 min ago
If you are trying to re-clock your NVIDIA GPU with the Nouveau driver when using the Linux 3.17 kernel, there's an extra step involved, but still your mileage may vary and the re-clocking is still mostly for Kepler GPUs...

Radeon DRM Queues More Changes, RV6xx UVD For Linux 3.18

7 hours 47 min ago
With the DRM merge window for drm-next now closing earlier going forward than in past kernel releases, another Radeon DRM-Next pull request was already submitted for Linux 3.18...

Nouveau On Oibaf PPA Is Back To Running Well

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:30
For those following my Linux driver tribulations with constantly trying out and benchmarking the latest Git code for the Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA/Nouveau drivers, the Nouveau screen corruption problem noted earlier this week has been resolved...

Fedora 21 Will Try To Release Before Thanksgiving

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:49
Today was another FESCo meeting but fortunately no further Fedora 21 delay was announced today, but it could happen with the F21 alpha change deadline being today and the developers trying to get an approved build...

Metro 2033 Redux Will Hopefully Hit Linux Real Soon

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:38
The Metro 2033 Redux game was released yesterday to US gamers and while we've known a Linux port was in the works it looks like its release isn't too far off...

New Virtual Monitor Software Might End Up On Linux

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:39
An open-source project that's currently Windows-only allows for creating virtual computer monitors that are then rendered on an extra computer, tablet, or smart-phone as a secondary display. Making this different from other VNC-like programs is that the secondary system's monitor can be rendered to an HTML5 web-browser window. The developer behind this software is now working on bringing it to Linux...

Company of Heroes 2 Might Be Coming Out For Linux

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 18:52
While last year developers on the Company of Heroes 2 game said a Linux port was unlikely, recent Steam activity indicates that a Linux port is likely in the works...

NIR Still Being Discussed For Mesa, LLVM Gets Brought Up Again

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 18:37
Last week NIR was announced as a new intermediate representation for Mesa. Discussion around this new but experimental IR continues to happen among upstream developers while Mesa developers are back to discussing LLVM too...

Plasma Active Is Mostly Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:32
With this year's Google Summer of Code over, Antonis Tsiapaliokas shared a status update concerning the state of KDE's Plasma Active being ported to KF5...

20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:30
When it comes to Linux gamers wanting a discrete graphics card backed by open-source drivers, the only solution right now to truly recommend for those serious about performance and making use of the hardware is really AMD Radeon graphics. While Nouveau has been making much progress, until re-clocking and other issues are worked out the performance can be unbearably slow depending upon the particular graphics processor or run into other problems. (Of course, when talking about proprietary graphics drivers on Linux, the story is entirely different, or if considering integrated Intel HD Graphics.) For those pursuing a AMD Radeon GPU for their own Steam Box/Machine build and hope to use the open-source Gallium3D drivers, here's some Steam on Linux gaming benchmarks from almost two dozen different GPUs.

Google Chrome 37 Brings Many Security Fixes

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:01
Google released Chrome 37 as stable on Tuesday and with this update comes more fixes and other improvements...

MenuetOS Updated With SMP Threads & Onscreen Keyboard

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:04
MenuetOS, the operating system written in Assembly and now primarily focused on 64-bit x86 systems and fits on a 1.5MB floppy disk image, is out with a new release...

Mesa Has A New Release Manager

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:31
Mesa has a new release manager to allow the two existing managers from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center to get back to more driver wrangling rather than release wrangling...

Enlightenment E19 Lands Its New Wayland Compositor Code

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:20
Enlightenment fans can celebrate today that the big Enlightenment compositor work has been merged to mainline Enlightenment ahead of the upcoming E19 release...

Nouveau Turns Into A Mess In Latest Linux 3.17 + Mesa 10.3-dev Tests

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:31
This week I've been running a large open-source graphics card comparison using Mesa 10.3-devel and Linux 3.17 from Git. While the intentions were nice with featuring Intel/NVIDIA/AMD graphics, running several benchmarks of Steam / Source Engine games on Linux, and also measuring the power efficiency and thermal performance, the testing was cut short when it came to the Nouveau driver testing...

New GCC 5.0 Changes, Command-Line Options That Landed So Far

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:37
While we're just a few months into the GCC 4.10 release cycle that's going to be released as GCC 5, there's already some release notes forming for this 2015 open-source compiler update...

AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:08
After yesterday delivering the first open-source benchmarks of the Radeon R9 290, here's the open-source driver (RadeonSI Gallium3D) vs. closed-source driver (Catalyst) Linux OpenGL benchmarks for this high-end AMD Hawaii graphics card.

SteamOS Update 133 Has Better Intel Performance, VA-API

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:02
Valve released this morning the 133 update to the SteamOS Alchemist Beta. With this update comes new packages and other updates...