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Dead Island GOTY Now Available On Linux/SteamOS

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 20:04
For those longing to play the Dead Island action RPG / survival horror game on Linux, the Game of the Year Edition of Dead Island is now available!..

Ubuntu 14.04 In The Power8 Cloud From RunAbove

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:37
Yesterday I shared my preview of RunAbove's PowerPC cloud using IBM's latest POWER8 CPUs. RunAbove's PowerPC cloud currently offers an instance type up to 176 threads, for which I've spent the past few days of benchmarking. While initially the only operating system enabled in the POWER8 cloud was Fedora 19, now Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is also an option...

KDE With Theoretical Client-Side Decorations, Windows 10 Influence

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 16:33
KDE contributor and graphics designer Ken Vermette has penned an interesting series of KDE "What if..." articles where he talks about (and has some visual mock-ups) about what KDE might look like with client-side decorations along and separately if KDE were to use Windows 10 design components...

Sandusky Lee: Great Cabinets For Storing All Your Computer Gear

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 14:55
If you're after some metal storage cabinets for housing all your extra computer gear, the Sandusky Lee Welded Steel Classic Storage Cabinet is a winner...

Open-Source Radeon 2D Performance Is Better With Ubuntu 14.10

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 14:30
While we're most often looking at the OpenGL 3D performance of the Linux graphics drivers, in the tests currently being done of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Ubuntu 14.10 are also a number of 2D graphics benchmarks. In the article today are our 2D benchmarks between Ubuntu 14.04.1 and Ubuntu 14.10 for various AMD Radeon graphics cards and it shows off significant performance improvements.

Fedora 21 Beta & Final Release Slip Further

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:30
At the beginning of today I wrote how the Fedora 21 Beta was pushed back but just by one day. Now after another Go/No-Go meeting today, Fedora 21 beta and all subsequent deadlines have been pushed back by one week...

Mesa 10.3.2 Has A Couple Bug-Fixes

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:00
For those living by stable Mesa releases rather than the exciting, bleeding-edge Mesa Git code for open-source Linux graphics drivers, Mesa 10.3.2 is available this Friday night...

RadeonSI/R600g HyperZ Support Gets Turned Back On

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 02:41
As a quick update to a Phoronix story from earlier this week, the HyperZ performance boosting feature has been re-enabled in Mesa Git for RadeonSI and R600g!..


Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:30
For Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Linux testing I originally bought an MSI X99S SLI PLUS motherboard as it was one of the most interesting, lowest-priced boards available at the time of the Intel X99 chipset debut. While I initially ran into some problems, those issues have now been confirmed to be isolated, and with a replacement X99S SLI PLUS motherboard I have been stressing it constantly for the past few weeks on Fedora and Ubuntu. The X99S SLI PLUS has now proven itself to be a reliable motherboard that's still among the least expensive X99 ATX motherboards on the market.

RunAbove: A POWER8 Compute Cloud With Offerings Up To 176 Threads

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:43
RunAbove has launched the first major public cloud built around IBM's latest-generation Power 8 processors that when properly implemented can deliver up to 100 times the power of a classic x86 setup, according to the company. I've been running benchmarks in RunAbove's Power8 cloud the past few days and have been impressed, both with the performance and as my first time using the RunAbove cloud service.

openSUSE Factory & Tumbleweed Are Merging

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:52
openSUSE's Factory and Tumbleweed rolling-release projects will be merged into one next month around the time of the openSUSE 13.2 release...

More Fedora Delays: Fedora 21 Beta Slips

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:38
While the Fedora 21 Alpha release was challenged by multiple delays that put it back one month, the delays aren't over yet. At yesterday's first Go/No-Go meeting for the Fedora 21 Beta, it was determined that the beta release isn't quite ready yet...

Mono Brings C# To The Unreal Engine 4

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:39
Miguel de Icaza has announced Mono for the Unreal Engine 4 today...

Coreboot Now Has Support For Intel Broadwell Hardware

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:38
It appears that Google engineers are getting ready Intel Broadwell support for future Chromebooks/Chromeboxes. Broadwell support is now present within Coreboot...

Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:05
The first alpha release for the 1.12 version of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) was released this week...

FreeBSD 10.1 RC3 Has ZFS, UDPLite Fixes

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:23
FreeBSD 10.1 RC3 was a few days late but it's out there this Thursday afternoon. FreeBSD 10.3 takes care of an API incompatibility between 10.0-RELEASE and the earlier 10.1-RC2 state (due to the libopie library) and aside from that this third release candidate has a lot of other fixes...

GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:38
GTK+ apps now run not only on X11 and Wayland under Linux with native support but the mainline GTK+ Git code now also supports running Ubuntu's Mir Display Server. That's right, there's now mainline Mir support in GTK for the GNOME/GTK 3.16 release...

Ubuntu 14.10 Officially Released

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:00
The Utopic Unicorn release, Ubuntu 14.10, is now officially available...

Mesa 10.4 Might Re-Enable HyperZ For R600g/RadeonSI

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:15
The performance of the upcoming Mesa 10.4 might be better out-of-the-box for R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D driver users if a new patch is accepted to re-enable HyperZ by default...

6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:50
In celebration of Ubuntu 14.10's Utopic Unicorn release today, here's some fresh benchmarks of one of the most requested topics: 2D/3D benchmarks of different desktop environments. In this article is a look at six of the popular desktop offerings found in Ubuntu 14.10.