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AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 06:00
August was great on Phoronix with 22 multi-page, featured articles and 242 Linux news stories being written by your's truly. Of all the content published in August -- much of which continues to not be covered elsewhere on the web -- here's the most popular stories...

Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 03:01
Linus Torvalds is back to his rhythm of releasing new kernel release candidates on Sundays...

Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 02:30
Lennart Poettering of systemd and PulseAudio fame has published a lengthy blog post that shares his vision for how he wishes to change how Linux software systems are put together to address a wide variety of issues. The Btrfs file-system and systemd play big roles with his new vision...

Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 01:50
The second weekly release candidate for the upcoming Mesa 10.3 is now available...

Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:47
Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver...

MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:44
While most if not all of the modern motherboards produced by MSI allow BIOS/UEFI updating to happen from within the BIOS setup utility and done using a USB flash drive -- as is also the case with most other motherboard vendors -- for Linux users the updating can be a bit more of a headache for MSI motherboards...

See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:10
This holiday weekend (in the US) can be a great time to test your Linux system to see how it's performing against the latest AMD and Intel processors to see if it's time for a good upgrade...

How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 06:30
As earlier this week I did a 20-way AMD Radeon open-source comparison, looked at the most energy efficient Radeon GPUs for Linux gaming, and then yesterday provided a look at the fastest NVIDIA GPUs for open-source gaming with Nouveau, in this article is a culmination of all the open-source graphics tests this week while seeing how Intel Haswell HD Graphics fall into the mix against the open-source Radeon R600/RadeonSI and Nouveau NV50/NVC0 graphics drivers.

AMD Steppe Eagle Flys To Coreboot

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:11
Besides Coreboot for the Lenovo X220, other exciting code advancements this weekend for this project to replace proprietary systems' UEFI/BIOS is support for AMD's Steppe Eagle SoC...

Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 21:04
Beignet is the project out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for exposing GPGPU/compute capabilities out of Ivy Bridge hardware and newer when using a fully open-source Linux stack. While Beignet differs greatly from Gallium3D's Clover state tracker, this Intel-specific open-source OpenCL implementation is working out quite well for Ubuntu Linux...

Coreboot Adds Lenovo X220 With Native Sandy Bridge Support

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:28
This month on Phoronix I covered Coreboot gaining support for the ThinkPad X200 and support for older MacBooks (along with the Chromebook Samus) while now Coreboot is enabling support for some newer ThinkPad laptops...

Canonical Has Yet To Land X.Org Server 1.16 For Ubuntu 14.10

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 16:05
X.Org Server 1.16 didn't land in the Ubuntu "Utopic Unicorn" archive in time for this week's Ubuntu 14.10 Beta, but Canonical developers still seem to be working on testing and landing the updated xorg-server package for Ubuntu 14.10...

Imagination Launches A MIPS Development Board

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:11
To compete with the growing number of single-board development computers in the ARM space and even in the x86 space, Imagination Technologies has introduced their first public MIPS single-board computer for developers. While it won't likely see the success of the Raspberry Pi, it's an interesting piece of hardware to say the least and hopefully we'll be able to benchmark it at Phoronix...

Getting Involved With The New Raspberry Pi Graphics Driver

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:36
Eric Anholt, formerly a lead developer on Intel's Linux graphics driver, has been quickly working away at the VC4 Gallium3D driver and related code now being a Broadcom employee tasked with making an open-source driver for the Raspberry Pi. If you're looking to try out his in-development driver or help him out in the driver creation process, he's published a brief guide to lower the barrier to entry...

Learning The Process To Review Linux Kernel Patches

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:29
Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has putout some slides covering the general process for reviewing patches, in order to help out those new to contributing to the open-source community...

The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:00
Earlier this week I ran a 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming and that was followed by looking at The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming. The tables have now turned as we benchmark a variety of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs using the latest open-source NVIDIA driver article.

A New AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Unofficially Surfaces

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:14
A German web-site is hosting a yet to be officially released Catalyst Linux driver...

LibreOffice Ported To 64-bit ARM (AArch64)

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:11
As more and more open-source programs get brought up for 64-bit ARM, LibreOffice is the latest to receive such AArch64 enablement...

Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:00
This morning Intel is lifting the lid on their Intel Core i7 high-end desktop processors for the LGA 2011-v3 socket. This new CPU line-up is what's been referred to as Haswell-E. We are in the process of testing Intel's Core i7 5960X Haswell-E under Linux but for now here's an overview of the new hardware.

Enlightenment E19 RC3 Shows Off The New Wayland Compositor

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:22
The third release candidate to Enlightenment E19 is now available...