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Star Citizen Will Be Coming To Linux

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:00
For those that missed the news from this past weekend at PAX East 2014, a Linux game port of Star Citizen has been officially confirmed...

Ubuntu 14.10 Convergence To Focus On Replacing Core Apps

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:32
With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due to be shipped this week, Canonical developers are already well at work on formulating their plans for the Ubuntu 14.10 release due out in October. Given Ubuntu's tablet/phone focus and convergence strategy, that will be the big aim of this post-LTS release...

EFL/Elementary 1.9.3 & Enlightenment 0.18.7 Released

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:13
For those users of Enlightenment out there, there's new stable release updates out today...

The Results Of Optimizing Radeon's VRAM Behavior

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:45
At the beginning of the year Lauri Kasanen had issued a call for help via Phoronix for collecting Radeon video memory statistics as he was looking to optimize Radeon's vRAM handling for his university thesis. The code and thesis are now available...

Kernel Developers Discuss Improving Kernel Configurations

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:20
Jean Delvare, a name commonly associated with the LM_Sensors project while being an employee at SUSE, has raised an important discussion item on the kernel mailing list about improving the kernel configuration (Kconfig) options when building the Linux kernel...

Apple, LLVM Developers Figure Out Their 64-Bit ARM Approach

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 02:33
Two weeks ago Apple open-sourced their 64-bit ARM back-end to LLVM. Following last week's EuroLLVM meeting, they have decided that the community's existing open-source 64-bit ARM back-end will likely be merged into Apple's now-public back-end...

Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon & Sempron APUs

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 21:00
With the initial Linux tests of the AMD Athlon 5150 / 5350 & Sempron 2650 / 3850 out of the way, I ran some basic overclocking tests on all four of these week-old AM1 APUs.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Maxwell GPUs Light Up On Linux 3.15

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:47
With the Linux 3.15 kernel is initial open-source support for NVIDIA's Maxwell GPUs. I've tested the Linux 3.15-rc1 code today for the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 "GM107" graphics cards...

PlaneShift Open-Source 3D RPG Gets Enhanced

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:25
The PlaneShift role playing game, which is open-source on both the client and server ends, is out with version 0.6.1 that represents a few months of improvements...

It Doesn't Look Like AMD Mantle Is Coming To Linux, SteamOS

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:18
A few days ago when word got out that Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming out for Linux, many speculated and wondered whether this game would be the launch title for AMD's Mantle graphics API to be introduced on Linux. It's already been confirmed that Beyond Earth will feature a Mantle renderer to complement OpenGL, but will AMD's Catalyst Linux driver bring support for Mantle?..

Cinnamon 2.2 Desktop Supports HiDPI, GTK CSD Support

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:49
The Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop project has graduated to version 2.2 and it's a very large update for this GNOME3-forked environment...

Mono Brings C# To The PlayStation 4

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:36
For those wanting to work on console games in C#, Mono's PlayStation 4 support work appears to be progressing well...

GCC 4.9 Compiler Optimization Benchmarks For Faster Binaries

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:16
For those curious about the impact of modern compiler tuning CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS when using the GCC 4.9 compiler with an Intel Core i7 "Haswell" processor, here are many benchmarks of many C/C++ code-bases when testing a variety of compiler optimization levels and other flags.

Debian's Project Leader Was Re-Elected

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:49
The Debian Project Leader elections are over for the year...

Fedora 21 Gets Proposals For Many More Features

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:47
It's certainly looking like Fedora 21 will premiere with a massive amount of features, perhaps the most ever. Fedora 21 already has a ton of features but another large batch of proposals have been submitted for this next major Linux distribution release due out at the end of 2014...

X.Org Server 1.14.6 & X.Org Server 1.15.1 Released

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:32
There's stable release updates out this Sunday evening for the X.Org Server...

Linux 3.15-rc1 Was Just Released & It's Real Big

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 00:20
The first release candidate to the Linux 3.15 kernel is now available and it marks the close of the kernel merge window for about two months. Linux 3.15 is poised to be a very exciting kernel release...

AMD Athlon 5350 / 5150 & Sempron 3850 / 2650

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 19:30
It's been a busy past few days since AMD launched their "AM1" Socketed Kabini APUs. After the initial Athlon 5350 Linux review on launch-day, I did some tests involving a faster kernel and newer Mesa code along with some reference DDR3 memory scaling benchmarks for these APUs with Jaguar processor cores. Since then the Athlon 5150 and Sempron 3850/2650 APUs arrived. After a busy weekend of benchmarking, here's the initial Ubuntu Linux benchmarks of all four AMD AM1 APUs that are available at this time: the Sempron 2650, Sempron 3850, Athlon 5150, and Athlon 5350. With these four new AMD APUs are also a number of thermal and power consumption tests.

Pass 1.5 Open-Source Password Manager Released

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 18:39
Version 1.5 of pass, the aptly named Unix standard password manager, has been released after about eighteen months of development...

Linux Benchmarks Of Many Lightweight Window Managers

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 16:56
An individual has been doing a lot of benchmarks recently from various lightweight window managers ranging from Openbox to Fvwm2 to Fluxbox with Compton and Awesome and Cairo-compmgr...