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Expensive "Free/Libre Software Laptop" Uses A NVIDIA GPU

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:35
While there's been an ongoing discussion this week about delivering a $500 "open to the core" laptop that runs Ubuntu Linux and would be comprised of open-source software down to the firmware and Coreboot, announced last week was a high-end laptop that also aims to promote free/libre software. Though don't get out your wallets quite yet...

QEMU 2.2-rc3 Released, Final Release Pushed Back By Couple Days

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:10
QEMU 2.2-rc3 was released today but there's still a few release-critical bugs that will warrant an unscheduled release candidate and thus push back the official QEMU 2.2 version, hopefully only by a few days...

64-bit ARM FreeBSD Support Is Taking Shape

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:51
While Linux/Android on AArch64 is what's usually talked about, FreeBSD developers continue making progress on porting their kernel to 64-bit ARM...

Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:30
While I delivered some OS X 10.10 Yosemite preview benchmarks back in August, here's my first tests of the official release of Apple OS X 10.10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 Linux. Tests were done of OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.10.1 against Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn when running the benchmarks under both GCC and LLVM Clang compilers.

GCW Zero Starts Seeing New Game Releases

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:15
The Kickstarter-funded GCW Zero open-source gaming handheld console is finally starting to see more games out there for those that backed the device last year...

Intel's Cherry Trail Delayed To Next Year

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:01
While we've been quite excited to get our hands on Cherry Trail hardware after the great encounters with Bay Trail on Linux, it looks like we'll be waiting a few more months...

Bq Introduces More Android Devices, But Still No Ubuntu Phones

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:46
Bq held a media event today where many were hoping the first Ubuntu Phone would be officially unveiled, but that was not the case with Ubuntu receiving no mentions during the event...

Qt 5.4 Release Candidate Expected Later This Week

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:21
The first release candidate to the Qt 5.4 tool-kit is expected later this week while out today are some preliminary test packages...

Lipki's Phoromatic Now Supports WoL / System Power Controls

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:09
More exciting code continues to be pushed into the Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki Git repository ahead of its planned stable debut next week...

ArrayFire Accelerated Compute Library Open-Sourced

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 22:57
The ArrayFire GPU compute library that allows for simplified GPU computing via targeting its own optimized library and API for GPGPU kernel generation than writing your own CUDA/OpenCL kernels, has been open-sourced...

Amazon's Fire TV Stick: A Nice, Affordable Media Center Option

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:17
Last week Amazon started shipping their new Fire TV Stick device to compete with the likes of Google's Chromecast. I've been trying out the Fire TV Stick since its launch date last week and have been happy with the device, especially considering its low cost...

Google Puts Chrome NPAPI Support On Final Countdown

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:32
Google is moving towards the final steps in eliminating Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plug-in support from the Chrome/Chromium web browser...

Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 18:15
With Mesa 10.4 having recently been branched and Mesa 10.5-devel now the version for Mesa Git master, here's some benchmarks comparing the performance of the latest Git code compared to Mesa 10.3.0 as shipped in Ubuntu 14.10.

There's New In-Fighting Over The Future Of Compiz

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:06
Unless you're a user of Ubuntu with Unity 7, you probably haven't heard much about Compiz in quite some time. However, some developers are looking to further revive its development but not everyone is in agreement...

GTK+ Inspector Gains More Features Ahead Of GNOME 3.16

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:36
For those doing much development in GTK+, the GtkInspector integrated debugger continues making much progress and will offer a wealth of more development and debug capabilities with GNOME 3.16...

Clang 3.6 Will Hopefully Have OpenMP Support

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:30
OpenMP support within LLVM/Clang has been a long time coming but hopefully for the next release -- LLVM 3.6 -- there could finally be out-of-the-box Clang OpenMP support...

A Go Front-End Could Soon Be Landing In LLVM

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:01
The "llgo" Go front-end to LLVM could soon be accepted as a new sub-project. This Go front-end is written in the Go language itself...

Grep 2.21 Brings Performance Improvements

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:42
Grep 2.21 has been released and represents nearly a half-year worth of improvements to this commonly used GNU utility...

Linux 3.18-rc6 Released, A Worrisome Regression Remains

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 01:43
Linus Torvalds put out his usual weekly release candidate to the Linux 3.18 kernel...

HandBrake 0.10 Brings H.265 & VP8 Encoders

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:34
Version 0.10 of the HandBrake open-source video transcoder has been released...