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A Company of Heroes 2 Linux Test Profile

5 hours 35 min ago
This week marked the launch of Company of Heroes 2 for Linux and this game is benchmark-friendly!..

DirectFB Has (Temporarily?) Disappeared

6 hours 52 min ago
It was pointed out to me that is no longer present and it looks like it may have been for some time...

Fedora Linux Moves Ahead With Effectively Demoting 32-bit x86 Support

12 hours 30 min ago
Fedora Linux is moving ahead with plans to place emphasis on i686 / 32-bit x86 support, but they stopped short of a proposal to outright eliminate 32-bit Fedora 24 ISOs for all spins...

Mesa 11.1-dev Tests With The Reverted RadeonSI Performance

12 hours 58 min ago
This week I posted some AMD RadeonSI/R600g tests on Mesa 11.0 with DRM-Next along with a Intel Skylake vs. Radeon comparison using this new version of Mesa that will be officially released next month. Of course, following those tests, the requests turned to testing Mesa 11.1-devel rather than the Mesa 11.0 Git code.

GNOME's Web Browser Enables AdBlock & Do-Not-Track By Default

13 hours 42 min ago
With GNOME 3.18 the Epiphany web-browser will now enable AdBlock usage by default as well as setting the Do-Not-Track headers by default...

A Linux Driver Is In Development For The Corsair Vengeance K90

14 hours 6 min ago
The Corsair Vengeance K90 is a gaming keyboard featuring Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches and a whole lot of other extra functionality suited for gamers and tailored for MMO and RTS titles. A open-source Linux driver is in the works for properly handling this high-end keyboard...

Systemd Introduces Its Own "su" Like Command

14 hours 21 min ago
The latest addition to systemd is offering its own command to provide su-like behavior on Linux systems. The machinectl shell command is meant to replace su for running privileged sessions...

GDB 7.10 Released: Better Python Scripting, DTrace USDT Probes & More

15 hours 50 min ago
Version 7.10 of the GNU Debugger (GDB) has been released with various new features and updates to existing functionality...

Open Benchmarking: More Windows Than Linux

16 hours 3 min ago
Earlier this week I posted some statistics about the increasing rate of Linux news and some OS/browser stats for Phoronix. As many readers found it interesting, here's some stats for

NeXTBSD Is Creating Lots Of BSD Excitement

16 hours 37 min ago
NeXTBSD was announced last weekend and it's easily been the most emailed in tip all week. Lots of Phoronix readers are curious about this new operating system derived from FreeBSD 10.1 that adds in various Mac OS X components. NeXTBSD seems like a very interesting open-source project while this morning I finally found the time to explore more about it and write-up a post...

DragonFlyBSD's Intel DRM Code Up To Linux 3.17 Match

17 hours 7 min ago
François Tigeot has landed his i915 Intel DRM driver update that brings the DragonFlyBSD's Intel graphics driver up to parity with the Linux 3.17 kernel...

GNOME To Start Using Codenames

17 hours 12 min ago
GNOME has been one of the few key open-source projects not using a codename in one form or another, but that is changing...

NVIDIA 352.41 Driver Brings New GPU Support & Fixes

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:06
The latest stable update to the NVIDIA 352 Linux driver series is now available, for those not riding the current NVIDIA 355 driver series...

Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison: Skylake HD Graphics vs. Radeon Gallium3D

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:00
With my Skylake HD Graphics 530 Linux tests earlier this month from the new Intel Core i5 6600K processor, I compared the performance to several Haswell/Broadwell CPUs as well as AMD APUs. In this article I'm providing some fresh benchmark results of Intel's "Gen9" graphics compared to discrete AMD Radeon GPUs tested on the same Skylake system. All tests were done with Mesa 11.0 code and the DRM-Next code for Linux 4.3.

The Big Nouveau Rework Will Indeed Land For Linux 4.3

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:17
A few days ago I wrote about the open-source NVIDIA kernel driver going through a big rework and now that code has been queued up into DRM-Next for Linux 4.3...

An Overview Of The Vulkan API

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:04
If for some reason you haven't been keeping up with our many articles about Vulkan and SPIR-V, there's a nice overview out about the new graphics API emerging from The Khronos Group...

The Valve/HTC Vive VR Headset Won't Fully Ship Until 2016

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 13:50
While many Windows and Linux gamers were looking forward to the Valve VR headset, a.k.a. the HTC Vive, it will only end up shipping in limited quantities this year...

Company of Heroes 2 Is The Latest Linux Game Showcasing AMD's Performance Wreck With Catalyst

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 22:20
While Company of Heroes 2 was released for Windows two years ago, this game that's now available on Linux as of earlier today is a disaster if trying to use the AMD Catalyst Linux driver... The performance means an unplayable game. A low-cost GeForce GTX 950 offers much better results.

NetworkManager 1.0.6 Exposes Metered Connections, Configures WoL

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 20:48
The GNOME team responsible for NetworkManager have announced the release of NetworkManager 1.0.6 as yet another update prior to NetworkManager 1.2...

FFmpeg Adds VA-API HEVC/H.265 Hardware Acceleration Support

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 19:29
Last year Intel developers added HEVC decode support to VA-API followed a few months later by HEVC encode support to this Video Acceleration API used by the Intel open-source driver on Linux...