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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...

SIMD8 Vertex Shaders For Broadwell

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:01
Kristian Høgsberg has published a new patch-set but it's not for Wayland, it's for the Intel Mesa driver...

X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 Released, Exciting For GLAMOR & Modesetting

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:11
Keith Packard has made available the first test release for the upcoming X.Org Server 1.17 release. This release is coming a bit late but Keith is still hoping to have xorg-server 1.17.0 ready for release at the end of the year or around early January...

6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Driver Comparison

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:00
As a follow-up to last week's Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 AMD Performance Comparison and yesterday's Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison, here's taking things further in looking at the performance of the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver in several configurations while compared against the closed-source AMD Catalyst graphics driver as found on Ubuntu 14.10.

OpenGL 4.x Support For Mesa Still Inching Along

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:00
While there hasn't been much to report on lately with regard to major OpenGL 4.x advancements, the OpenGL 4.0+ support is still being worked on by the open-source developers wishing to expose GL4 compliance within the Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau Linux graphics drivers, among other potential Mesa/Gallium3D drivers...

AMD's R300 Gallium3D Driver Enables VDPAU Again

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:50
For those stuck running on the R300g driver, which supports the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series and older GPUs, you really should consider upgrading your graphics card and likely your system. But if you're set on using the R300g driver going into the foreseeable future, you might as well upgrade Mesa...

Systemd 217: Many New Features, Even More Bug-Fixes

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:13
Lennart Poettering announced the release today of systemd 217 and it's quite a big update...

Humble Indie Bundle 13 Arrives For Halloween

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 21:34
The Halloween-themed Humble Indie Bundle 13 is now available for the next two weeks where you can pay-what-you want for a collection of cross-platform royalty-free games...

Intel VA-API Driver Gets Improved De-Interlacing

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:43
Linux video expert Gwenole Beauchesne has landed some Video Acceleration API (VA-API) improvements for the open-source Intel driver...

AMD Radeon R9 290 On Ubuntu 14.10: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:00
Our latest performance benchmarks of last week's release of Ubuntu 14.10 is looking at the performance of an AMD Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card using the latest open-source (RadeonSI Gallium3D) graphics driver code compared to the Catalyst driver that's packaged for Ubuntu 14.10. The latest open-source tests do include the in-development Linux 3.18 kernel and Mesa 10.4-devel.

Canonical Announces Its Own Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:29
Canonical has come forward today to announce the Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack that offers various advantages over the free, community version of Ubuntu OpenStack...

OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:59
Interestingly the OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution's next release...

GtkInspector Now Supports Dealing With Multiple Back-Ends For GTK

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:35
Matthias Clasen did some weekend hacking to allow GtkInspector to work across different display connections, e.g. debugging a GTK application running in Wayland while GtkInspector is running under X11 or the HTML5 Broadway back-end...