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Cross-Desktop Collaboration During FreeDesktop Summit 2014

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:40
Taking place earlier this month in Nürnberg at the SUSE office was the 2014 FreeDesktop Summit where members of GNOME, KDE, Unity, and LXDE-Qt desktops collaborated over joint topics important to the success of the Linux desktop in a cross-desktop world...

EmScripten Merges Its Speedy "Fastcomp" Backend

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:54
EmScripten, the innovative project for turning C++ code into JavaScript that can be run within web-browsers, has merged its brand new LLVM compiler back-end that is faster and also yields other benefits...

Nuclear Dawn Update Has Full Linux Support

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:47
Nuclear Dawn, the post-apocalyptic first-person RTS hybrid video game powered by Valve's Source Engine, is now out of beta on Linux -- two years after the game was formally released for Windows gamers...

Gigabyte AM1M-S2H

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:00
The Gigabyte AM1M-S2H motherboard is an AMD AM1/FS1b motherboard that's sized for micro-ATX enclosures, offers a fine set of budget features, and costs just over $30 USD.

Oracle Linux 6.5 vs. Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta Benchmarks

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 02:38
Released earlier this month was the first beta of Oracle Linux 7.0, Oracle's spin of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 development source-code. With some days having passed we've now had the time to take Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta 1 for a test drive and see how the performance compares to Oracle Linux 6.5...

Easter Yields The Linux 3.15-rc2 Kernel Release

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 20:06
Linus Torvalds just tagged the 3.15-rc2 kernel a few minutes ago in Git...

The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:49
While we see lots of interesting OpenGL tech demos and graphics benchmarks at Phoronix, a demo we saw this weekend is perhaps the most impressive yet... And the compiled size of the GL4 demo is only 64kb!..

Packard Bell LM85 Now Supported By Coreboot

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:10
Packard Bell's EasyNote LM85 notebook now has mainline Coreboot support for those wishing to replace its proprietary BIOS...

AmazonBasics External USB 2.0 DVD Writer For Linux

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 16:54
Those in need of an affordable external DVD writer that's USB 2.0 based and will work with Linux, Amazon has a simple yet reliable and Linux-friendly slim external DVD burner that doesn't cost too much...

TP-LINK TG-3468: A $12 Linux PCI-E Gigabit Network Adapter

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 16:30
For those that may be looking for a PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet adapter, the TP-LINK TG-3468 is a suitable choice and costs just $12 USD and runs well with Linux...

AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 07:00
Curious how AMD's new AM1 platform APUs compare to the original AMD Phenom processors? Wondering myself, I ran some tests showing how the Sempron 2650 and 3850 along with the Athlon 5150 and 5350 compare to the original Phenom 9500 and Phenom II X3 710 processors with RS780/RS880 motherboards. Besides the new APUs being competitive against the old hardware while costing much less than the original Phenom CPUs, their power consumption is also at a fraction of AMD's former high-end processors. Here's a brief but nice look at AMD's processing evolution in going from Phenom CPUs to today's AMD budget APUs.

OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 6 Works On 4K Graphics, RPi ALSA

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 05:44
The OpenELEC Linux distribution aimed for home theater PCs and other multimedia Linux experience is nearing its 4.0 release and is powered by XBMC 13...

Linux 3.15 Lands Some DRM Graphics Driver Fixes

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 23:03
Linus pulled into the mainline Linux 3.15 kernel on Saturday afternoon a big DRM queue that contained a lot of open-source graphics driver fixes...

AMD Is Disabling DPM Support For RV770 GPUs

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:00
For the many owners of "RV770" hardware out there with the once popular Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870 graphics cards, AMD open-source developers are now proposing the dynamic power management (re-clocking) support be disabled by default to deal with open bugs...

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 RC1 Released

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:48
The first release candidate to the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 release has now taken place...

ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:44
A few months after ReactOS announced plans for a Cloud OS, the open-source project aiming for binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows platforms, is now trying to spin a community edition of its operating system...

How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:16
For those wondering how much video memory you should allocate from your system RAM for the Radeon R3 Graphics with the new AM1 APUs, we have up some new Linux OpenGL benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 performance with varying amounts of video memory available.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Cloud Benchmarks

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:00
Our latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS benchmarks up this morning to complement our preliminary Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server benchmarks and desktop benchmarks are of the past two Ubuntu Long Term Support releases running within DigitalOcean's public cloud.

eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:26
One of the newer supports of Phoronix.com is eRacks, a company specializing in open-source systems -- primarily rackmounts and other high performance hardware -- since 1999...

Borderlands Is Being Considered For Linux

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:41
Gearbox Software is currently evaluating consumer interest in bringing Borderlands 2 to Linux...