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PulseAudio 6.0 Is Coming & Other Linux Audio Plans For The Future

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:50
Last month during the Linux Foundation events in Düsseldorf, Germany was also a PulseAudio Mini Summit where the developers behind the once controversial Linux sound system had plotted some of their plans for the future...

Facebook Announces The Hack Transpiler

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:20
Facebook today announced the Hack Transpiler as a tool to encourage the growth of their Hack programming language by allowing Hack code-bases to be converted back into legitimate PHP5 for use on platforms where Facebook's HHVM isn't available...

Gizmo 2 Development Board Powered By AMD SoC

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 18:50
The Gizmo Explorer Kit has been available for a while now as an open-source, mini x86 development board to compete with the many ARM development boards available to consumers and developers. The Gizmo 2 has now been announced as the second-generation development board. Like the original Gizmo, the Gizmo 2 is powered by an AMD SoC with Radeon graphics...

GNU Emacs Finally Switching Over To Git From Bazaar

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:31
GNU Emacs is finally in the process of transitioning to Git for their revision control system rather than GNU Bazaar...

The Release Of Qt3D 2.0 Is Making Progress, Not Too Far Out

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:04
Sean Harmer of KDAB has provided a brief status update concerning the state of Qt3D 2.0 that gives hope that it will be officially released soon. Qt3D 2.0 overhauls the tool-kit's support for 3D rendering and visualization...

Previewing The Next-Gen Phoromatic For Centralized Test Orchestration/Management

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:15
As outlined in last night's Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki M5 release, the official release of this huge update to our open-source (GPL) benchmarking software is due out in the next few weeks. The major focus of the 5.4 cycle has been on finishing the overhaul of the next-generation version of Phoromatic that's open-source and built into the Phoronix Test Suite for serving centralized test management and test orchestration needs for clusters of systems running the Phoronix Test Suite for routine (or in some cases, continuous) benchmarking...

The Ubuntu 15.04 Online Developer Summit Starts Tomorrow

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:04
The first Ubuntu Online Developer Summit for the 15.04 Vivid Vervet kicks off on Wednesday and runs through Friday...

GNOME Foundation To Finally Challenge Groupon Over Trademarks

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 13:21
Back in July I wrote about how there was a rather apparent trademark collision with Groupon's Gnome. Groupon launched a product earlier this year called Gnome that's a software solution, runs on tablets, and is meant to help merchants with point-of-sales software, etc. Of course, that directly collides with the well known GNOME desktop environment and GNOME Foundation...

GCC Compiler Optimization Benchmarks With A 16-Thread Haswell-EP

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:17
The latest Linux benchmarks to share of our two new Intel "Haswell-EP" Xeons are some compiler optimization performance tests with the Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 running with Fedora 21...

PTS 5.4-Lipki Milestone 5 Keeps Furthering Automated, Open-Source Benchmarks

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:13
Just last week Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 Milestone 4 was released but already there's enough changes to warrant the release of PTS 5.4 Milestone 5, with the end of the Lipki development cycle being in sight...

LibreOffice 4.4 To Have A New OpenGL Back-End

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 22:00
Michael Meeks has shared that LibreOffice 4.4 will feature some dramatic OpenGL improvements...

LLVM 3.5.1 Planned For December Debut

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 21:38
It looks like the first point release to LLVM 3.5 will be out in December...

AMD Radeon Graphics Performance On The Linux 3.18 Kernel

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 19:00
If you're curious whether the Linux 3.18 kernel will bring any performance improvements for users of the open-source AMD Radeon graphics driver, here's some benchmarks compared to Linux 3.17.

NVIDIA NVPTX Port Added To GCC

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:58
The NVPTX back-end has been committed to GCC 5 as part of the process for offloading support to NVIDIA graphics processors from the compiler...

Rich Geldreich On The State Of Linux Gaming

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:10
Rich Geldreich, the former Valve developer who did a lot of work on the VOGL OpenGL debugger before leaving the game company, and has been critical of OpenGL and its drivers, has written a new post on the state of Linux gaming...

Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0 Trial Benchmarks With A Haswell-EP

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:35
With the new 20-thread Intel Xeon Haswell-EP processor I ran some basic benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 14.10 against the Red Hat Enterprise Linux derived Scientific 7.0...

Firefox OS 2.0 Developer Preview Gets WebNFC, H.264 Hardware Encode/Decode

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:26
Besides releasing Firefox Developer Edition today, Mozilla also has Firefox OS 2.0 news with making the latest developer preview available for the Flame development phone...

Mozilla Launches Firefox Developer Edition

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:15
For the past week we've been teased by Mozilla launching a new web browser for developers and today they've lifted the lid on Firefox Developer Edition...

Limba: Experimental Linux Software Installer Using OverlayFS

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:00
Running off systemd's new Linux software/packaging vision, Matthias Klumpp has proposed Limba, an experimental software installer that doesn't depend upon Btrfs but rather technologies that have been mostly mainline for a while...

Enlightenment Releases EFL 1.12 With Better OpenGL & Wayland Support

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 14:33
Version 1.12 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries was released bright and early this morning...