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GTK+ 3.16's New GtkGLArea Widget Gets Improved

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:50
Earlier this month GTK+ 3.16 development code gained native OpenGL support. This GTK+ OpenGL support involved adding support for wrapping an OpenGL context for native windows with GLX on X11 and EGL on Wayland to use OpenGL to paint everything. A GtkGLArea widget was also added for providing OpenGL drawing access within GTK+ applications. The GtkGLArea has already seen some more improvements to better GTK's OpenGL support...

X.Org Server 1.17 ABI Bumped

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:00
For those wondering whether there's ABI breakage with this week's X.Org Server 1.17 Release Candidate, there is indeed some breakage that will warrant the proprietary driver ABIs to be updated and released...

Fedora 21 Beta To Be Released Next Week

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:23
While Fedora 21 Beta was delayed, today it received the go ahead to be released next week Tuesday...

Go 1.4 Beta Release Brings Big Runtime Changes

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:29
Google's Go language implementation is now in beta for the upcoming 1.4 major release...

SIMD For JavaScript Continues Coming Along

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:30
SIMD for JavaScript continues to be worked on by Mozilla, Google, Intel, and others for better accelerating particular workloads in the web...

Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:05
For those curious how the latest open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is performing against Intel's newest closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, we've put Ubuntu 14.10 (including a second run with the latest Linux kernel / Mesa) against Microsoft Windows 8.1 with the newest Intel GPU driver released earlier this month.

GNOME 3.15.1 Released

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:01
The first development snapshot for the GNOME 3.15 cycle is now available, which will end up being GNOME 3.16 come next March...

Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Adds GCC 4.9, Nginx 1.6

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:54
Red Hat has released their third update to their "Software Collections" that provide updated development tools/packages to RHEL6/RHEL7 users as an alternative to their default packages...

GLAMOR Acceleration Continues To Be Cleaned Up

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:29
Now that X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 has been released with a focus on improving GLAMOR and integrating the xf86-video-intel DDX, Keith Packard has written a blog post about the work that has gone on so far since GLAMOR's inception for optimizing and cleaning up this 2D-over-OpenGL acceleration method...

Russia's Yandex Web Browser Finally Released For Linux

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:13
After a several year wait, the Yandex Browser is now available for Linux...

GCC 4.9.2 Released Today To Fix Regressions

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:28
GCC 4.9.2 was released today as the latest point release in the GCC 4.9 series for the compiler originally released earlier this year...

Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:58
The Linux kernel is finally being optimized for use of solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) that follow the ATA 3.2 standard...

GPU Profiling Support Lands In Mozilla Firefox

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 03:06
The built-in profiler for Mozilla's Firefox web browser now has the ability to provide GPU profiling information...

Kubuntu 15.04 Will Use KDE's Plasma 5 By Default

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:17
Kubuntu's Jonathan Riddell has shared that "Kubuntu Vivid", a.k.a. Ubuntu 15.05 for the Vivid Vervet, will use Plasma 5 by default...

GDB 7.8.1 Brings Various Fixes For The GNU Debugger

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:38
Version 7.8.1 of the GNU Debugger is now available and it brings various bug fixes over the major GDB 7.8 release...

KDBUS Submitted For Review To The Mainline Linux Kernel

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:28
It looks like KDBUS, the Linux kernel D-Bus implementation, is posed to be added to the next kernel release after Greg Kroah-Hartman sent out its patches today...

Btrfs On 4 x Intel SSDs In RAID 0/1/5/6/10

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:00
Earlier this month I published Btrfs RAID benchmarks on two HDDs but as some more interesting results are now Btrfs RAID file-system benchmarks when testing the next-generation Linux file-system across four Intel Series 530 solid-state drives. All RAID levels supported by the Btrfs file-system were benchmarked atop Ubuntu 14.10 with the Linux 3.18-rc1 kernel: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 levels along with testing a Btrfs single SSD setup and a Btrfs file-system linearly spanning all four drives.

An Intel-Based Ubuntu Touch Tablet Is Planning To Launch Soon

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:09
Today we've received some information a device dubbed the "UT One" that is an Ubuntu Touch tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor and aims to ship in December...

OpenMW 0.33 Re-Implements More Of Morrowind

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:44
OpenMW 0.33.0 is out to offer the latest of this open-source project striving to reimplement Elderscrolls III: Morrowind as open-source...

MIAOW: An Open-Source GPU Design Based On AMD's Southern Islands

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:34
A new open-source GPU design has been published designed to run on FPGAs... What makes this "open hardware" project more interesting than past designs is that their compute unit was designed around AMD's public "Southern Islands" instruction set architecture...