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Automated Unreal Engine 4 Benchmarks For Linux

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 13:00
In the past few days there's been some progress in benchmarking newer Steam Linux games thanks to support from Valve developers and separate from that was now support for automated benchmarking of Metro Redux (Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux). The Metro Redux test ability led to yesterday's 22-way AMD/NVIDIA GPU comparison for this OpenGL 4 Linux game. The latest excitement? Getting automated tests up and running for Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4!..

Systemd Gains IP Forwarding, IP Masquerading & Basic Firewall Controls

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:00
The systemd project is off to a quick start in 2015 with already seeing over 200 commits (granted, in 2015 systemd development skyrocketed with nearly 5,000 commits). With the newest work that's landed, the networkd component to systemd has been improved with new features...

DragonFlyBSD Pushes Big Sound System Update, Borrowed From FreeBSD

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:11
Users of DragonFlyBSD on the desktop (or otherwise using sound on this popular BSD platform) will benefit from the next major update of the operating system...

Phoronix Test Suite 5.6 M1 Brings Stress-Run, Libframetime Parsing

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:00
The first development release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.6 "Dedilovo" is now available. This release brings exciting new functionality to our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking framework...

Wayland 1.7 Enters Planning For Release In One Month

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 04:26
Plans were expressed today for releasing Wayland/Weston 1.7 in one month...

KDE Plasma 5.2 Beta Brings BlueDevil, Muon & GTK App Style

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 01:12
The first beta release of KDE Plasma 5.2 is now available ahead of its planned official release later this month...

Fedora 22 Looks To Have RPM-OSTree For Atomic Upgrades

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 23:17
With Snappy Ubuntu being out there for atomic upgrades in the cloud and on servers, Fedora 22 is looking to have RPM-OSTree for providing atomic upgrades and server-side composes...

NVIDIA Pushes CUDA 7 RC With C++11 Features, Runtime Compilation

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 20:15
NVIDIA announced the release today of the CUDA 7.0 Release Candidate that brings new features to their popular but proprietary parallel programming toolkit...

Open-Source Radeon Driver Reworks Audio Code, Adds DisplayPort Audio

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 19:46
The open-source Radeon DRM driver will finally support audio over DispalyPort for all relevant AMD GPUs...

Freedreno User-Space Driver Stack Continues Stabilizing

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 18:49
Rob Clark's work on the open-source Freedreno driver stack the past few years is turning out quite nicely and suitable for end-users wanting an open-source graphics stack for Qualcomm Adreno hardware...

Qt 5.5 Is Packing On New Features, Going Into Feature Freeze Soon

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 17:34
Qt 5.5 is less than one month away from entering its feature freeze. This half-year update to the open-source Qt tool-kit will bring several new features when its scheduled to be officially released in April...

22-Way AMD+NVIDIA Graphics Card Tests With Metro Redux On Steam For Linux

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 16:20
A few days back I wrote about being able to finally get the Metro Redux game benchmarks running in an automated manner under Linux to the point that we're now able to test it with the Phoronix Test Suite. With Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux now running well for our testing purposes, I've carried out performance tests of these two games with twenty-two AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on Linux. Besides looking at the normal FPS result there's also frame latency metrics, power consumption data for each of these graphics cards, performance-per-Watt metrics, and GPU thermal results. If you're wondering what graphics card works best for your needs for OpenGL 4.x Linux gaming, here's an interesting look with the Metro Redux titles that premiered on Steam for Linux back in December.

AMDKFD Driver Does More Prepping For Carrizo / VI APUs

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 15:36
Earlier this month I wrote about AMD preparing open-source HSA support for Carrizo APUs that aren't launching until later this year. Today more patches were published for the AMDKFD kernel driver in preparing for the forthcoming Volcanic Islands APUs...

AMD Loses Three More Executives

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 14:00
It seems the corporate restructuring at AMD isn't yet over with the post-CES announcement yesterday of three more top-level executives leaving the company...

The Plans For The New VIA Gallium3D Driver & DRM/KMS Linux Driver

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:30
Last week I wrote about a new Gallium3D driver under development for VIA Chrome hardware that was being done under the OpenChrome umbrella along with new work on the VIA DRM/KMS driver. I now have some answers from the developer about his plans for this open-source VIA graphics work under Linux...

Fedora 22 Looks To Have A Default Local DNS Resolver

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:45
After it didn't pan out for Fedora 21, Fedora developers are now looking at having a default local DNS resolver used by Fedora 22 as one of its new features...

Early Preview Release Of Git 2.3

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:02
Beyond announcing Git v2.2.2 on Monday with various bug-fixes, Junio Hamano announced the release of Git 2.3.0-rc0 as a preview release towards Git 2.3...

My Next Linux Ultrabook: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon With Core i7-5600U

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:00
As a follow-up to my post from this weekend about plans to get a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Broadwell ultrabook for Linux testing, I've now finalized in my decision and have some more thoughts to share for any Linux users planning to soon get an Intel Broadwell laptop/ultrabook for your favorite open-source operating system...

Firefox 35 Is Ready For Release, Available For Download Now

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:56
In usual Mozilla fashion, Firefox 35.0 is scheduled to be released tomorrow but if you're so tempted to upgrade to the latest release of this open-source web-browser you can do so tonight...

Linux.Conf.Au 2015 Kicks Off In Auckland

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 22:00
The very popular, annual Linux conference Linux.Conf.Au kicked off today in Auckland, New Zealand...