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Wayland 1.6 Is Under Planning For Release

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:25
We haven't heard much talk lately about Wayland 1.6 but Pekka Paalanen is stepping up and is trying to begin organizing work towards the Wayland/Weston 1.6 release that's quickly due...

Direct3D 9 Support Stands A Chance Of Being Added To Mesa

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:52
For several months now there's been a Direct3D 9 state tracker under development for Mesa that's making some headway and working out for bettering the Wine performance with D3D9 titles rather than using Wine's translation layer to OpenGL. While no official request for pulling the code has been issued, it looks like it might stand a chance of hitting mainline Mesa...

Viber 4.2 Finally Released For Linux

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:34
Several Phoronix readers have written in this weekend to share that the Viber Linux client is finally up to par with the Windows version...

Red Hat Is Hiring To Work On Open-Source GPU Drivers

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:16
Those wishing to work for one of the best open-source companies while focusing on improving open-source Linux graphics drivers, Red Hat has an opening...

Apple's MacBook (2,1) Now Can Boot With Coreboot

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:28
After the Lenovo X200 support the latest laptop supporting Coreboot is Apple's second-generation MacBook...

Mageia 5 Alpha 2 Works To Add KF5 & LXQt Packages

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:03
The second alpha release to Mageia 5 was released this weekend and it incorporates updated package "under the hood" and is working towards KDE Frameworks 5 and LXQt support for Mageia 5...

Nouveau Works On Maxwell Fan Management

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:02
Nouveau developer Martin Peres has published a set of ten Nouveau DRM patches working towards proper fan/power management support for NVIDIA's latest "Maxwell" GPUs...

The New Features Of The Linux 3.17 Kernel

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 16:41
Now that the merge window has passed and Linux 3.17-rc1 released, here's a rundown of the new features for the Linux 3.17 kernel...

Git 2.1 Released

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 15:42
Version 2.1 of the Git revision control system is available this weekend...

KDE's Konqueror Is In Need Of A New Maintainer

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 15:21
KDE's Konqueror web-browser is in need of a new maintainer and for some love to port it to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5...

Linux 3.17-rc1 Kernel Released

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 23:40
A day shy of two weeks since the Linux 3.17 merge window opened, Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.17-rc1 kernel...

AMD Compiler Optimization Benchmarks With GCC 4.10 (GCC 5.0)

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 16:57
As a continuation to yesterday's brief GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 4.10 (GCC 5.0) comparison with the AMD A10 A-Series "Kaveri" APU, here's some benchmarks when using the GCC 4.10 development snapshot and trying a variety of CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS to see the current impact on their performance for a variety of Linux benchmarks...

Intel Starts Sending In Graphics Patches For Linux 3.18

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 15:34
While Linux 3.17-rc1 isn't even out yet, the merge window is coming to an end and Intel OTC is already starting to send in pull requests to the drm-next branch for merging into the next cycle, Linux 3.18...

Coreboot Now Has Native Graphics Initialization For Intel's GM45

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:30
The latest feature hitting mainline Coreboot is native graphics initialization support for the Intel GM45 chipset...

Linux 3.17 Will Detect If Your Toshiba Laptop Is Falling Down

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:54
The x86 platform driver updates were sent in on Saturday by Matthew Garrett and besides some clean-ups and various quirks / minor additions for new devices, there's a new driver for generating falling laptop events for Toshiba laptops...

BFS Scheduler Update Brings SMT Nice Support

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:10
Con Kolivas released a new version of his BFS scheduler and besides porting it for Linux 3.16 compatibility it also contains a big new feature...

Intel's Idle Driver Supports Broadwell With Linux 3.17

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:56
The native hardware cpuidle driver for Intel CPUs now supports the upcoming Broadwell processors with Linux 3.17...

GCC 5.0 Doesn't Show Much Difference Yet For AMD's Steamroller

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:40
There's been a lot of AMD APU tests this week on Phoronix with having the newest Kaveri APUs. Our latest APU adventure is seeing how well the GCC performance compares between GCC 4.9 and GCC 4.10, what's expected to become GCC 5.0...

Mesa Picks Up Support For Some OpenGL 4.5 Extensions

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 13:18
Mesa developers continue making headway in supporting more of the Khronos OpenGL 4.x specifications... OpenGL 4.0~4.2 is hopefully not too far out, at least for the Intel Linux driver...

CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:58
In past months on Phoronix we have done many CPUfreq tests to see the impact of the different scaling governors and with Intel hardware how the CPUfreq driver compares to Intel P-State in terms of performance and power consumption. As we haven't done such ACPI CPUfreq tests on the AMD side in a long time, here's some benchmarks using a Kaveri APU and selecting the different scaling governors during performance benchmarking.