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Intel GVT-g GPU Virtualization Moves Closer

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:56
For months we have been talking about Intel XenGT as mediated graphics pass-through support so virtual machines can access Intel Haswell HD Graphics GPUs from the host under Linux and the GPU shared directly with the VMs running on the system. This work is finally closer to being realized to end-users with the code working towards being mainlined...

GTK+ 3.16 To Bring Several New Features

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:00
Already on Phoronix we have begun writing about features in Git for the GNOME 3.16 due out in March. GNOME contributor and Red Hat employee Matthias Clasen is excited too, particularly around some of the GTK+ tool-kit improvements...

Debian 8.0 Jessie Has Many Multimedia Improvements

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:31
While init system discussions have dominated the discussions about Debian 8.0 Jessie, on a brighter note, there's many multimedia improvements found in this next release...

What Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See Next?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:36
At Phoronix.com and with the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org we're always looking to cater to the interests of more parties and as such are interested to see what other benchmarks you'd like to see incorporated...

Open-Source, Linux Support For Corsair Link Devices Slowly Materializing

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:22
Corsair Link comes down to a proprietary protocol for allowing Corsair products within the "Link" ecosystem to allow for a centralized, easy-to-use control panel for fans, water coolers, and more. Corsair doesn't provide any Linux support for Corsair Link, but open-source developers are filling in the gaps...

Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:00
With Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" due for release today, here's some benchmarks showing how the standard Unity 7 desktop on Ubuntu 14.10 is comparing to the still-experimental Unity System Compositor and using XMir for running traditional Linux OpenGL games.

Cairo-Dock 3.4 Shows A Lot Of Progress, Works Toward EGL/Wayland Support

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:11
It's been about one year since last hearing any Cairo-Dock news, but this evening there's a new release! Cairo-Dock has various improvements to its desktop interface offering that continues to work in replace of -- or in addition to -- the standard Linux desktop environments...

Mesa 10.4 Tentatively Planned For Early December

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:39
Emil Velikov, the new Mesa release manager, has issued a straw-man proposal to release Mesa 10.4 in early December...

SteamOS Update 145 Brings Compositor, Update Fixes

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:37
Valve has released to stable their SteamOS Update 145 today after the changes were in their alchemist beta testing area since last week...

GStreamer 2014 Conference Videos Posted: Wayland, HTML5, 3D

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:53
The GStreamer Conference 2014 took place last week in Düsseldorf alongside other Linux Foundation events. For those that missed out on being there in person, Ubicast has once again provided wonderful video recordings of each of the sessions...

Btrfs RAID HDD Testing On Ubuntu Linux 14.10

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:00
With the Btrfs file-system continuing to stabilize while still adding more functionality and is generating continued interest from more Linux distributions and other open-source projects, I've found it time to run some fresh Btrfs RAID benchmarks to see how the next-generation Linux file-system is performing with its built-in RAID handling.

The Top Contributors To Mir Ahead Of Ubuntu 14.10

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:29
With Ubuntu 14.10 due for release tomorrow and the development branch of Mir at nearly 2,000 revisions, here's some quick Bazaar stats...

Nouveau Now Supports DRI3 Without GLAMOR

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:26
The Nouveau DDX driver now supports the Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 when using its traditional EXA-based acceleration rather than only with GLAMOR...

Ubuntu 14.10 Linux 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:18
Given yesterday's story about Ubuntu 16.04 LTS potentially being the last 32-bit release if that proposal goes through, and given the number of people still running 32-bit Linux distributions on Intel/AMD hardware that is 64-bit capable, here's some fresh x86 vs. x86_64 benchmarks using Ubuntu 14.10.

Features Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:10
With Linux 3.18-rc1 arriving one week early I didn't have a chance to write a feature overview of Linux 3.18 prior to this first development release that marked the close of the merge window. For those that didn't stay up to date with our dozens of Linux 3.18 kernel articles about changes and new features, here's a concise overview...

Automatic Feedback Directed Optimizer Merged Into GCC

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:04
The latest merged feature for next year's GCC 5 compiler release is AutoFDO support!..

Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:50
Back in September Debian switched back to the GNOME desktop by default in place of Xfce for the upcoming Debian 8.0 "Jessie" release. However, as of today, the non-x86 versions of Debian have flip-flopped once again back to Xfce...

Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:44
Apple unveiled the Swift programming language at this year's WWDC event but sadly it's still not clear whether Apple will "open up" the language to let it appear on non-Apple platforms. Swift is built atop LLVM and designed to be Apple's successor to Objective-C in many regards while suppoorting C/Obj-C/Obj-C++ all within a single program. With non-Apple folks being interested in the language, it didn't take long before an open-source project started up around it...

Facebook's Hack Language Making Progress To Advance PHP

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:27
Earlier this year Facebook launched the Hack language powered by their HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) and being based off PHP. Good progress is being made on enhancing the language with interest in the project continuing to grow inside and outside of Facebook...

Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:07
Now that Linux 3.18-rc1 is out, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center developers responsible for their graphics driver work have begun submitting their changes to drm-next for landing with Linux 3.19...