OpenELEC 5.0.7 Out Now with Kodi 14.2 and Linux Kernel 3.18.10, Optimized for Raspberry Pi 2

The OpenELEC development team has announced today, March 29, the seventh maintenante release of the OpenELEC 5.0 Linux kernel-based operating system for embedded devices, such as Raspberry Pi or Apple TV, transforming them into portable media centers based on the popular Kodi software, formerly XBMC Media Center.

According to the changelog, OpenELEC … (read more)

Cutegram 2.1.1 Arrives with Many Improvements, Still the Best Telegram Client for Linux Ever

We’ve introduced Cutegram 2 a while back as the best Telegram Client for Linux ever. Since then, the application received several maintenance releases and it has been updated today, March 29, to version 2.1.1, a point release that brings many cool features to the application.

According to the changelog, a smart scrollbar has been adde… (read more)

Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 0.9.0 Pre1 Has Been Beautified with New Theme and Iconset

Last time we looked at the Manjaro Linux Cinnamon computer operating system, about one month ago, when version 0.8.12 was made available for download, it was using a default Cinnamon theme with a mix of icons borrowed from the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Since then, a first development version of Manjaro Linux Cinnamon 0.9.0 was released. While there’s no official announcement, we took the distribution for a test drive to see what’s new and to generate a nice screenshot tour… (read more)

MKVToolnix 7.8.0 Brings More DTS Improvements, Drag and Drop Support in MKVInfo

A new maintenance release of the the powerful and popular MKVToolnix software that allows users to manipulate MKV (Matroska) files in Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, has been updated today to version 7.8.0, a release that introduces numerous improvements and some new features.

According to the changelog, MKVToolnix 7.8.0 adds support for DTS Express and improves the file type identification function to display more details about the DTS type for F… (read more)

Mesa’s Android Support Is Currently In Bad Shape

While Mesa is talked about as being able to be built for Google’s Android operating system to run these open-source graphics drivers on Android devices with OpenGL ES support, in reality there’s a lot left to be desired…

WordPress 4.2 Beta 3 Released, Final Version Around the Corner

Version 4.2 of WordPress, the world’s most popular web software that allows anyone to create beautiful blogs and websites in minutes, is getting closer with the recently released Beta 3 version that brings over 65 changes. The new version is available for download read more)

Wayland’s Weston Terminal Can Now Be Minimized

There hasn’t been too much to report on lately with regard to Wayland/Weston 1.8 development, but with this next release, the reference Weston compositor’s terminal will now have a minimize menu item…

Phoronix – Working Towards Faster Page Loads

As a PSA, this weekend I began playing around with a CDN and distributed DNS for speeding up the page load times on Phoronix…

Vendetta Online Space MMORPG Gets New Gatling Turret

Guild Software announced that Vendetta Online, a 3D space combat MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS, has been updated on March 27 to version 1.8.330.

The Vendetta Online 1.8.330 maintenance release includes attractive features like a brand-new “Gatling Turret” designed to be used by small vessels with turret capabilities, increased Raptor UDV thrust from 215 to 225, and renamed “Gatling Turrets” to “Gatling Can… (read more)

Improved OpenCL Support For Blender’s Cycles Renderer

George Kyriazis of AMD has provided patches to the Blender project for vastly improving their OpenCL Cycles renderer support and allow for it to work with AMD GPUs…

Mesa 10.5.2 Packs In A Handful Of Fixes

Emil Velikov has pushed out a weekend update for stable Mesa users…

4MLinux 12.0 Beta Arrives with Better Support for Watching and Downloading YouTube Videos

Zbigniew Konojacki had the pleasure of announcing today, March 28, on his Twitter account that the development cycle towards the 4MLinux 12.0 computer operating system has started with the Beta release for the 4MLinux Allinone Edition, 4MLinux Core, and 4MLinux distributions.

Highlights of 4MLinux 12.0 Beta include Linux kernel 3.14.34 LTS, X.Org Server 1.17.1, GNU C Library 2.21, BusyBox 1.23.1, 4MLinux Backup Scripts 12.0, support for data recovery and wiping, ClamAV 0.9… (read more)

More Fedora/Ubuntu Linux vs. OS X OpenGL Benchmarks

Earlier this week I shared some new OS X 10.10 vs. Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 benchmarks, which were quite interesting and Linux ended up having the upper-hand on this new Mac Mini with an Intel “Haswell” CPU sporting Iris Graphics. For those interested in more cross-OS benchmarks with Intel Iris Graphics, here’s some additional results…

Gorgeous Live Voyager X Distro Brings Xfce 4.12 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – Video and Screenshot Tour

On March 27, 2015, French developer Rodolphe Bachelart, the creator of the Live Voyager series of GNU/Linux distributions based on Ubuntu/Xubuntu, was proud to announce the immediate availability for download of a new computer operating system, Live Voyager X 14.04.4 LTS.

Based on the Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr) distro and powered by its Linux 3.16 kernel, the… (read more)

Debian 8 Jessie Installer Now Supports Running a 64-bit Linux Kernel on a 32-bit EFI

The Debian Installer team had the pleasure of announcing on March 27 that the second Release Candidate (RC) version of the Debian 8.0 “Jessie” installer is now available for download and testing. The RC2 version of the installer brings a great number of improvements and fixes.

Debian 8 Jessie Installer RC2 now enables the GRUB beep at boot for blind… (read more)

ARM64 Improvements Piling Up In Coreboot

While yesterday I was talking about many Intel Broadwell improvements landing in Coreboot, the new Git activity today for Coreboot is about 64-bit ARM…

Intel Adds Mesa IR To NIR Translator & Makes Other NIR Improvements

The NIR intermediate representation for Mesa continues taking flight and driven by Intel’s open-source developers…

HAMMER2 Gets A Man Page

The HAMMER2 file-system has been slow to mature since being announced three years ago, but now at least there’s a man page for HAMMER2…

Kodi (XBMC Media Center) 14.2 Officially Released, Kodi 15 “Isengard” Is On Its Way

The Kodi development team, through Nathan Betzen, had the pleasure of announcing today, March 28, the immediate availability for download of the second and last maintenance release for Kodi 14 (codename Helix), before they continue with the development cycle for the upcoming release, Kodi 15, dubbed Isengard.

The release notes for Kodi 14.2 are identical with … (read more)

Kodi 14.2 Released To End Out The “XBMC” 14.x Series

Kodi 14.2 was released today as the last planned point release in the 14.x series. Next stop is the Kodi 15 “Isengard” release!..