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AMD Catalyst 14.4 On Linux With Radeon R3 APU Graphics

3 hours 51 min ago
Tested yesterday at Phoronix was the AMD Catalyst 14.4 Linux performance where several newer, high-end graphics cards were tested from a Core i7 Haswell system. With that hardware, there was little in the way of OpenGL performance changes except for a couple of tests. Several Phoronix readers expressed interest in Catalyst 14.4 AMD AM1 APU tests in seeing if there are any improvements for the new APUs with Radeon R3 Graphics or performance improvements in general out of Catalyst 14.4 for reduced OpenGL overhead on lower-end processors. In this article are Catalyst 14.3 vs. 14.4 Ubuntu Linux benchmarks with an AMD Athlon 5350.

NGINX 1.6 Brings SPDY 3.1 & Other New Features

7 hours 27 min ago
The lightweight NGINX web server has released its major version 1.6 update...

Linux Foundation Announces A Core Infrastructure Initiative

7 hours 32 min ago
The Linux Foundation has announced a multi-million dollar Core Infrastructure Initiative to fund critical open-source projects. The first project receiving money from this pool is OpenSSL...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 RC Benchmarks

11 hours 51 min ago
Now that the release candidate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 is publicly available, here are the initial benchmarks of RHEL 7.0 RC compared to Oracle Linux, CentOS, and Fedora Linux.

More Steam Linux Tests/Benchmarks Might Be Coming

13 hours 12 min ago
Thanks to changes being made to the Steam Linux client, it looks like we might be closer to being able to deliver more often benchmarks of Steam Linux games...

NVIDIA's Amazing Single-Board ARM Computer Might Be Delayed

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 06:45
Last month NVIDIA announced a really exciting ARM development board based around their Tegra K1 ARM SoC called the Jetson TK1. This high-end ARM board was supposed to begin shipping this week, but it looks like that might be in question...

Fedora 21 To Get A Playground, New Features

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 05:29
Another Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee meeting took place on Wednesday where another round of features were approved for the Fedora 21 Linux release...

PC-BSD Is Developing Its Own Desktop Environment

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 01:46
The PC-BSD project is developing its own desktop environment from scratch! The ultimate plan is for Lumina to become a full-featured, open-source desktop environment that may ultimately replace KDE as its default desktop environment...

Valve Is Bringing VOGL To Windows & Working On Regression Tests

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:04
Valve's VOGL OpenGL debugger is being ported to run on Microsoft Windows. Besides the work on making the open-source debugger for game developers to work on non-Linux platforms, VOGL also is receiving some other interesting work...

AMD Catalyst 14.4 Brings Few Linux Performance Improvements

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:20
On Monday AMD made publicly available the release candidate to the Catalyst 14.4 Linux driver that brings full OpenGL 4.4 support. Some Phoronix readers have reported performance changes with this new driver update, so I have done some comparison tests on several AMD Radeon graphics drivers to see how the performance compares with Catalyst 14.4 on Ubuntu Linux.

Canonical Is Taking Over Linux 3.13 Kernel Maintenance

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:56
Greg Kroah-Hartman released the Linux 3.13.11 kernel this week and then called it end-of-life with the Linux 3.14 kernel now being available. However, the Ubuntu Kernel Team at Canonical has now pledged to take up the upstream maintenance of the 3.13 kernel...

Google Web Designer Is Now Natively Available On Linux

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:37
Last year Google unveiled the Google Web Designer as a program to put out clean, human-readable HTML5 code and this WYSIWYG editor can take advantage of the full realm of new HTML5 and JavaScript possibilities. That tool for web developers is now finally available to Linux users...

Ubuntu 14.10 Is Codenamed The Utopic Unicorn

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:19
Mark Shuttleworth has finally revealed the Ubuntu 14.10 codename and other details about this next Ubuntu Linux release...

Audacious 3.5 Lightweight Audio Player Released

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:36
Audacious, an open-source audio player derived from XMMS that aims to be lightweight yet advanced, is out with a major release...

Steam Updated For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, SteamOS

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:09
Valve has rolled out another updated version of Steam for Linux gamers...

DNF 0.5 Yum Replacement Now Supports Groups

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:13
DNF, the next-generation replacement to Yum on Red Hat systems, now has support for groups and environments...

Rosewill RS-MI-01: An Ultra Low-Cost Mini-ITX Chassis

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:00
After spending $30~60 on an APU, and as low as $30 on a motherboard, you are probably looking for an ultra low-cost computer case / PSU to go with a new budget AMD AM1 build, right? If so, the Rosewill RS-MI-01 is a very cheap mini-ITX enclosure that also includes a 250 Watt power supply, but its $45 price tag may raise concerns over quality.

What Else Would You Like To See On Phoronix This Spring?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 06:05
This month so far on Phoronix there have been an exciting number of Phoronix articles from our prolific tests on AMD's AM1 Platform to a number of GCC 4.9 compiler benchmarks and everything in between, but is there anything else you would like to see this month on Phoronix?..

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Is Looking Fantastic

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 05:08
Since yesterday's public availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 release candidate I have been busy at Phoronix testing out this upcoming release of RHEL codenamed Maipo...

Intel Is Launching An Interesting Bay Trail NUC Next Week

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 01:30
Intel next week is expected to begin shipping a new NUC Kit that is fan-less and suited for "value-conscious businesses and organizations." This new NUC Kit has just a single-core "Bay Trail" processor that runs at 5 Watts but overall it looks like it could have some interesting applications if the price is right...