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Working Out "Serious Security Flaws" In DRM Drivers

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:13
While many are still busy working through fallout of the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug within organizations, on a separate but security related note, kernel developers specializing in the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) graphics drivers are working to beef up their own driver security...

Ubuntu Phone Demoed On The Meizu MX3

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:46
Going back to January has been talk about Ubuntu on Chinese smart-phones and in February it was announced that Meizu is one of two Ubuntu Phone launch partners. Meizu dominates the Chinese market while the BQ Ubuntu Phone will target Europe...

LibreOffice 4.2.3 Takes Care Of The Heartbleed Bug

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:43
Version 4.2.3 of the LibreOffice open-source office suite is now available...

Thunderbolt Driver For Apple MBP Systems Gets Updated

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:09
Experimental Linux kernel code for providing a Thunderbolt driver that works on Apple MacBook Pro systems has been updated and is still hopeful for its eventual mainline kernel inclusion...

ACPI & Power Management Get More Updates In Linux 3.15

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:04
A second Git pull request has been made for the ACPI and power management code within the kernel for Linux 3.15...

Google Chrome 35 Beta Adds New Features

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 22:45
Two days after the Chrome 34 debut, Google has announced the first beta of Chromium 35 Beta...

Linux 3.15 Picks Up New Notebook Support

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 22:40
The x86 platform driver update was pulled today for the Linux 3.15 kernel, which includes new notebook support...

Upgraded Kernel & Mesa Yield A Big Boost For Athlon R3 Graphics

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:00
Yesterday I delivered the first Linux benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 with Radeon R3 Graphics. Benchmarks of the socketed Kabini APU are ongoing at Phoronix in a variety of different software and hardware configurations. The tests that have just wrapped up today are checking out the performance when upgrading the Linux kernel and Mesa compared to what's shipped by default in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Gallium3D LLVMpipe Performance In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:30
For those curious about the current performance level of the LLVMpipe software-renderer OpenGL driver for Mesa's Gallium3D in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, here's some new benchmarks.

Linksys Begins Shipping The WRT1900AC

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:56
Belkin announced today they are starting to ship the WRT1900AC, their WRT54G open-source router successor that now supports 802.11ac and other modern features. Belkin is working on open-source OpenWRT support for this new router...

Fedora 21 Receives Another Helping Of Features

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:48
Another round of features have been approved by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee for this year's Fedora 21 release...

ARM Adopts Using The LLVM/Clang Compiler

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:12
ARM Compiler 6 is beginning to use the LLVM/Clang compiler...

Coreboot Adds Support For The Lenovo ThinkPad T530

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:01
The Coreboot open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement now has initial support for the Lenovo ThinkPad T530 notebook...

AMD Athlon 5350 APU On Linux

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:10
Now that we've covered the general information about the new socketed Kabini APUs, here are our first benchmarks from the Athlon-branded Kabini APU we were seeded with by AMD: the Athlon 5350 with Radeon R3 Graphics. Let's see how this 25-Watt APU with four processor cores can perform under Ubuntu 14.04 Linux.

AMD Brings Back Semprons & Athlons With The 2014 AM1 Platform

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:00
After much information being made public in March concerning AMD's AM1 platform that delivers socketed APUs for low-cost desktop systems, the first of these new socketed APUs are shipping today under the restored Athlon and Sempron branding. We've been fortunate enough to have one of the new Athlon AM1 APUs at Phoronix for a few days of testing.

Intel Publishes Full Linux Driver Support For Cherryview

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:00
A few days ago I wrote about Intel adding Cherryview support to their Mesa 3D driver and now waking up this morning they have dropped a huge patch bomb that implements Cherryview Atom support within their DRM kernel driver. We now have a much better understanding for the Cherryview graphics hardware capabilities for when these Atom SoCs begin to ship in some months down the road...

Reiser4 Gains Support For Different Transaction Models

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:29
For the past few years the Reiser4 file-system has mostly been in maintenance mode with there being just a handful of developers left working on the out-of-tree code, the former ReiserFS lead developer in jail, and most code activity these days just revolving around bug-fixing and adding support for newer kernel releases. However, in March the Reiser4 file-system did gain support for a new feature...

Torvalds Is Unconvinced By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:02
Yesterday patches were published via a pull request to enable experimental LTO support for the Linux 3.15 kernel, but Linus Torvalds hasn't yet decided whether he will accept this code in the upstream Linux kernel... Linus doesn't yet see the benefits in link-time optimizations for the kernel and isn't sure whether this code is ready yet to be mainlined...

Gallium3D's HUD Gains More Features For R600g, RadeonSI

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:55
The Gallium3D HUD has gain some new reporting capabilities for the Radeon Gallium3D R600 and RadeonSI drivers...

X.Org Server 1.16 Merge Window Closes, Pre-Release Issued

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:05
Keith Packard has released xorg-server 1.15.99.902 this afternoon with the X.Org Server 1.16 feature merge window having been closed...