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Imagination Launches A MIPS Development Board

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:11
To compete with the growing number of single-board development computers in the ARM space and even in the x86 space, Imagination Technologies has introduced their first public MIPS single-board computer for developers. While it won't likely see the success of the Raspberry Pi, it's an interesting piece of hardware to say the least and hopefully we'll be able to benchmark it at Phoronix...

Getting Involved With The New Raspberry Pi Graphics Driver

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:36
Eric Anholt, formerly a lead developer on Intel's Linux graphics driver, has been quickly working away at the VC4 Gallium3D driver and related code now being a Broadcom employee tasked with making an open-source driver for the Raspberry Pi. If you're looking to try out his in-development driver or help him out in the driver creation process, he's published a brief guide to lower the barrier to entry...

Learning The Process To Review Linux Kernel Patches

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:29
Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has putout some slides covering the general process for reviewing patches, in order to help out those new to contributing to the open-source community...

The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:00
Earlier this week I ran a 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming and that was followed by looking at The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming. The tables have now turned as we benchmark a variety of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs using the latest open-source NVIDIA driver article.

A New AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Unofficially Surfaces

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:14
A German web-site is hosting a yet to be officially released Catalyst Linux driver...

LibreOffice Ported To 64-bit ARM (AArch64)

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:11
As more and more open-source programs get brought up for 64-bit ARM, LibreOffice is the latest to receive such AArch64 enablement...

Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:00
This morning Intel is lifting the lid on their Intel Core i7 high-end desktop processors for the LGA 2011-v3 socket. This new CPU line-up is what's been referred to as Haswell-E. We are in the process of testing Intel's Core i7 5960X Haswell-E under Linux but for now here's an overview of the new hardware.

Enlightenment E19 RC3 Shows Off The New Wayland Compositor

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:22
The third release candidate to Enlightenment E19 is now available...

Metro Redux Is Going To Require OpenGL 4.x On Linux

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:39
Metro Redux is on its way to Linux and it will require Linux gamers have OpenGL 4.x core support. For now this means that right off the bat the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers are off-limits for the time being...

Haiku OS Gains Rudimentary Support For Haswell Graphics

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:18
Haiku, the open-source operating system that maintains compatibility with the defunct BeOS, now appears to have basic support for Haswell graphics...

Jailhouse v0.1 Released As A Basic Hypervisor For Linux

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:55
Nearly one year ago we wrote about the announcement of Jailhouse as a new Linux hypervisor and after being in development all of this time they have announced their first release that comes with the necessary features to properly support Intel x86 CPUs...

Google's Chromebook "Samus" Now Supported By Coreboot

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:31
As of today Google's upcoming "Samus" Chromebook is supported by Coreboot...

Quick Test: PHP 5.6 Against Facebook's HHVM

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:06
While PHP 5.6 was just released, Facebook's HHVM remains a competitive, alternative implementation that continues gaining new features and is being ruthlessly optimized by Facebook engineers...

Chrome 38 Now In Beta With Exciting Advancements

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:43
Google released the Chrome 38 Beta on late Thursday and this newest web-browser version adds in support for new HTML and JavaScript features...

Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:00
As I wrote about yesterday, there appears to be a new Linux kernel power regression that's yet to be solved by the latest Linux 3.17 code. The issue was originally tracked down to being a regression introduced during the Linux 3.15 stable cycle that disabled frame-buffer compression support by default for the Intel DRM graphics driver, but the impact it's had on the system power draw is much greater than what was anticipated by the Intel developers. A separate Intel employee is also reporting increased power draw, so I decided to run some tests on a few local systems to see what I'm encountering in the power consumption primarily between Linux 3.15 and 3.16.

Ubuntu's Utopic Unicorn 14.10 Beta 1 Released

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:31
Participating Ubuntu Linux flavors are doing their first beta releases today of the Utopic Unicorn, a.k.a. *buntu 14.10...

LLVM 3.5 RC4 Released

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:02
A fourth release candidate for LLVM 3.5 had to be issued today over running into a pesky issue that needed to be resolved...

Genode OS 14.08 Has New GUI Architecture, Pluggable VFS

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:21
Version 14.08 of the Genode general purpose operating system is now available. Genode OS 14.08 brings with it a ton of changes but most pressing is the new GUI architecture...

Another Intel Linux Power Regression Is Being Investigated

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:06
Power regressions are still easy to come by with the Linux kernel and other areas of the open-source stack... Multiple users have been reporting of a recent power increase on newer versions of the Linux kernel, which seem to track down to the Intel i915 DRM driver...

DNF Makes It A Step Closer To Replacing Yum On Fedora

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:48
DNF 0.6.1 was released today and this updated open-source package manager picked up a few more features as it's still in pursuit of replacing Yum on Fedora systems...