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4 hours 13 min ago
For Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Linux testing I originally bought an MSI X99S SLI PLUS motherboard as it was one of the most interesting, lowest-priced boards available at the time of the Intel X99 chipset debut. While I initially ran into some problems, those issues have now been confirmed to be isolated, and with a replacement X99S SLI PLUS motherboard I have been stressing it constantly for the past few weeks on Fedora and Ubuntu. The X99S SLI PLUS has now proven itself to be a reliable motherboard that's still among the least expensive X99 ATX motherboards on the market.

RunAbove: A POWER8 Compute Cloud With Offerings Up To 176 Threads

6 hours 8 sec ago
RunAbove has launched the first major public cloud built around IBM's latest-generation Power 8 processors that when properly implemented can deliver up to 100 times the power of a classic x86 setup, according to the company. I've been running benchmarks in RunAbove's Power8 cloud the past few days and have been impressed, both with the performance and as my first time using the RunAbove cloud service.

openSUSE Factory & Tumbleweed Are Merging

6 hours 50 min ago
openSUSE's Factory and Tumbleweed rolling-release projects will be merged into one next month around the time of the openSUSE 13.2 release...

More Fedora Delays: Fedora 21 Beta Slips

7 hours 5 min ago
While the Fedora 21 Alpha release was challenged by multiple delays that put it back one month, the delays aren't over yet. At yesterday's first Go/No-Go meeting for the Fedora 21 Beta, it was determined that the beta release isn't quite ready yet...

Mono Brings C# To The Unreal Engine 4

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:39
Miguel de Icaza has announced Mono for the Unreal Engine 4 today...

Coreboot Now Has Support For Intel Broadwell Hardware

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:38
It appears that Google engineers are getting ready Intel Broadwell support for future Chromebooks/Chromeboxes. Broadwell support is now present within Coreboot...

Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:05
The first alpha release for the 1.12 version of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) was released this week...

FreeBSD 10.1 RC3 Has ZFS, UDPLite Fixes

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:23
FreeBSD 10.1 RC3 was a few days late but it's out there this Thursday afternoon. FreeBSD 10.3 takes care of an API incompatibility between 10.0-RELEASE and the earlier 10.1-RC2 state (due to the libopie library) and aside from that this third release candidate has a lot of other fixes...

GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:38
GTK+ apps now run not only on X11 and Wayland under Linux with native support but the mainline GTK+ Git code now also supports running Ubuntu's Mir Display Server. That's right, there's now mainline Mir support in GTK for the GNOME/GTK 3.16 release...

Ubuntu 14.10 Officially Released

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:00
The Utopic Unicorn release, Ubuntu 14.10, is now officially available...

Mesa 10.4 Might Re-Enable HyperZ For R600g/RadeonSI

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:15
The performance of the upcoming Mesa 10.4 might be better out-of-the-box for R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D driver users if a new patch is accepted to re-enable HyperZ by default...

6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:50
In celebration of Ubuntu 14.10's Utopic Unicorn release today, here's some fresh benchmarks of one of the most requested topics: 2D/3D benchmarks of different desktop environments. In this article is a look at six of the popular desktop offerings found in Ubuntu 14.10.

Intel GVT-g GPU Virtualization Moves Closer

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:56
For months we have been talking about Intel XenGT as mediated graphics pass-through support so virtual machines can access Intel Haswell HD Graphics GPUs from the host under Linux and the GPU shared directly with the VMs running on the system. This work is finally closer to being realized to end-users with the code working towards being mainlined...

GTK+ 3.16 To Bring Several New Features

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:00
Already on Phoronix we have begun writing about features in Git for the GNOME 3.16 due out in March. GNOME contributor and Red Hat employee Matthias Clasen is excited too, particularly around some of the GTK+ tool-kit improvements...

Debian 8.0 Jessie Has Many Multimedia Improvements

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:31
While init system discussions have dominated the discussions about Debian 8.0 Jessie, on a brighter note, there's many multimedia improvements found in this next release...

What Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See Next?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:36
At and with the Phoronix Test Suite / we're always looking to cater to the interests of more parties and as such are interested to see what other benchmarks you'd like to see incorporated...

Open-Source, Linux Support For Corsair Link Devices Slowly Materializing

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:22
Corsair Link comes down to a proprietary protocol for allowing Corsair products within the "Link" ecosystem to allow for a centralized, easy-to-use control panel for fans, water coolers, and more. Corsair doesn't provide any Linux support for Corsair Link, but open-source developers are filling in the gaps...

Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:00
With Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" due for release today, here's some benchmarks showing how the standard Unity 7 desktop on Ubuntu 14.10 is comparing to the still-experimental Unity System Compositor and using XMir for running traditional Linux OpenGL games.

Cairo-Dock 3.4 Shows A Lot Of Progress, Works Toward EGL/Wayland Support

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:11
It's been about one year since last hearing any Cairo-Dock news, but this evening there's a new release! Cairo-Dock has various improvements to its desktop interface offering that continues to work in replace of -- or in addition to -- the standard Linux desktop environments...

Mesa 10.4 Tentatively Planned For Early December

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:39
Emil Velikov, the new Mesa release manager, has issued a straw-man proposal to release Mesa 10.4 in early December...