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GNU SRC Updated: BSD Ports-Like System In The GNU World

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:30
A new release of SRC is out this weekend, the GNU's package management solution that is its GNU/GPL version of a BSD Ports-like system...

Recapping All The Interesting Talks Of XDC2014

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 16:40
The XDC2014 conference officially ended on Friday and was followed on Saturday by X.Org developers drinking wine and cycling around Bordeaux, France. For those not in attendance that haven't been keeping up with all of the Phoronix articles, here's a summary...

ChromeOS Drops Support For EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 File-Systems

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 15:00
For the past year Google developers have been looking at dropping support for EXT* file-systems from ChromeOS while only today it's making the rounds on the Internet and of course Linux fans are enraged...

Features Coming This Winter With Xen 4.5

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 14:48
The first release candidate for the forthcoming Xen 4.5 is imminent ahead of the project's plans to do the stable release in December. For those not keeping up to speed with Xen development, here's a brief look at some of the changes expected for Xen 4.5...

FreeRDS Talked Up For X & Wayland

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 13:41
The FreeRDS project was talked about at this past week's XDC2014 conference in Bordeaux, France. FreeRDS is an open-source RDP server derived from FreeRDP...

Mailbox Framework Comes With Linux 3.18

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 13:29
On top of many other changes with Linux 3.18 is also a common mailbox driver/framework for the kernel...

Linux 3.18 Has PCI Support For 64-bit ARM

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 13:11
Going back two years with the Linux 3.7 kernel was the initial 64-bit ARM support and now eleven kernel releases later the initial enablement is still being battened up. With Linux 3.18 there's finally PCI support for ARM64...

Changes So Far For The Linux 3.18 Kernel

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 02:01
While we're just one week in for what's expected to be a longer than usual merge window, here's a look at the top work so far for the Linux 3.18 kernel...

Btrfs In Linux 3.18 Has RAID Recovery/Repair Improvements

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 19:42
Chris Mason at Facebook sent in his Btrfs pull request on Friday for the Linux 3.18 kernel...

SteamOS: Desktop vs. Big Picture Mode Benchmarks

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 19:17
Curious if running Linux games via Steam's Big Picture Mode causes a performance impact over a conventional desktop session? Here's some benchmarks...

NVIDIA Is Still Pushing For A New Linux OpenGL ABI

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 15:59
Besides going over their Mir/Wayland support plans, NVIDIA's Andy Ritger also provided the latest update concerning their work to push a new OpenGL ABI on Linux. This new Linux OpenGL ABI has been talked about every year since 2012 but it's still not yet fully materialized...

Like The Other BSDs, DragonFlyBSD Lags Greatly Behind With Its GPU Support

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 15:19
Besides FreeBSD having poor open-source graphics driver support, DragonFlyBSD is in a similar boat with regard to their port of the Linux DRM/KMS drivers. In fact, it's gone from porting the driver to DragonFlyBSD to more like porting DragonFlyBSD to be more compatible with the Linux APIs...

StarPU Tries To Make Hybrid CPU/GPU Programming Easy

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 15:03
StarPU is described as a unified run-time system for heterogeneous multi-core architectures that is a task programming library with support for CPUs and GPUs. StarPU tries to be more effective than OpenMP, OpenACC, and the many other multi-threaded/multi-device programming interfaces...

Libinput Is Great For X.Org & Wayland, Maybe Mir Too

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 14:12
Libinput is the library that's been under development for one year now to try to work out a single input library implementation that can be shared by all Wayland compositors and other potential use-cases. Peter Hutterer gave an update on this input stack during this week's XDC2014 conference in Bordeaux...

The State Of The X.Org Foundation In Late 2014

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:04
Peter Hutterer on the behalf of the X.Org Foundation Board of Directors issued an update regarding their state at this year's XDC2014 Bordeaux conference...

Wine Direct3D Command Stream Not Landing Anytime Soon

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 01:59
As a continuation of the article earlier about a kernel-like staging tree for Wine, there's one mailing list post in particular that deserves its own post... It appears for at least the time being that the Direct3D command stream patches have been stalled from being mainlined...

Wine Developers Contemplate A Kernel-Like Staging Tree

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 00:50
Wine developers are contemplating a staging-like tree where new changes could be introduced faster before being mainlined inside Wine, but this idea doesn't catch the fancy of all Wine developers...

Mesa's GLSL Compiler Improved Significantly Over The Past Year

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:57
Matt Turner, an Intel OTC developer and long-time open-source graphics contributor, presented at XDC2014 Bordeaux about progress made with their GLSL compiler. Connor Abbott, fresh out of high school who was an Intel intern this summer, presented his work on the new "NIR" intermediate representation...

NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 17:00
As anticipated, Andy Ritger of NVIDIA presented at XDC2014 in Bordeaux, France the company's plans to support alternative window managers beyond X11 when it comes to their Linux graphics driver. NVIDIA is working on some significant improvements to their closed-source Linux driver to support Mir and Wayland...

Nouveau-PerfKit Still Being Worked On, Perf Counter Code Expected For Linux 3.20

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:15
Samuel Pitoiset has been working hard to reverse-engineer NVIDIA's hardware performance counters of their GPU and to allow them to be taken to their full potential under the open-source Nouveau Linux graphics driver...