AMD APU On Linux: Gallium3D Can Be 80%+ As Fast As Catalyst

After running earlier this week a 21-way graphics card comparison with Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA GPUs, there were requests by some Phoronix readers to see some new APU performance numbers. For ending out November, here’s new Catalyst vs. Gallium3D driver benchmarks on Ubuntu Linux for the AMD A10-6800K with its Radeon HD 8670D graphics. The […]

How to Repack Deb Files on Debian and Ubuntu

The following tutorial will teach Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian GNU/Linux users how to easily unpack and repack a .deb file on their Debian-based Linux operating system.Once in a while you reach a moment in life when, among other things, you want to modify a .deb file, to change something in it and repackage it back. But, only if y…

Download “Linux Command Cheat Sheet” and other Linux eBooks (Free)

These eBooks are not excerpt or free samples but complete eBooks.1: Linux Command Cheat SheetWhile most people loathe the command line, it is undoubtedly the most efficient way to get things done. If you are one of those who will freak out when you are on the terminal, we have compiled a list of useful […]

Linux 3.13, NVIDIA GPUs Won Over November

Merge activity for the Linux 3.13 kernel and the many graphics card benchmarks on Phoronix were some of the most exciting happening events for November, but let’s not also forget about continued open-source driver innovations…

Crystal HD Decodes New Linux Support Improvements

A couple years ago Broadcom released the Crystal HD as a standalone hardware video decoder chip. While there’s been an open-source Linux driver for the Crystal HD, we haven’t heard much about it in recent months, but that changed this morning…

It Doesn’t Look Like FreeBSD 10 Will Ship This Year

FreeBSD 10.0 was originally slated to ship as stable in November, but that didn’t happen and now it doesn’t look like this major BSD operating system update will be ready to ship until sometime in 2014…

KDE 4.12 RC Officially Released

The KDE Project just announced the first RC release of the new 4.12 version of Applications and the KDE Development Platform.Just like the previous KDE development releases in the new branch, it does not include Plasma Workspaces since it was frozen for new features in 4.11.x“With the large number of changes, the 4.12 releases need a thorough testing in order to maintain and improve the quality and user experience. Actual users are critical to maintaining high KDE…

Oibaf Keeps Making Ubuntu GPU Driver Upgrades Easy

For those that may have some time this holiday weekend and are looking to better enhance the performance of Ubuntu’s open-source graphics drivers, one of the easiest ways to do so is by enabling the Oibaf repository for easily downloading and installin…

Linux Kernel 3.11.10 Reaches End of Life, Upgrade to 3.12.x

Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.11.10, which integrates a few driver updates.The new maintenance version of the 3.11.10 branch has been released, but it seems that it’s the end of the road for this branch. It has been declared EOL (end of life) which means that it will not receive any updates.“I’m announcing the release of the 3.11.7 kernel. All users of the 3.11 kernel series must upgrade. Note, thi…

Samba 3.6.21 Released with Fixes, Users Should Switch to 4.x

Samba, an app that seamlessly integrates Linux/Unix servers and desktops into Active Directory environments using the Winbind daemon, is now at version 3.6.21.This is the oldest stable branch still maintained by the developers. Most of the changes implemented are just maintenance fixes and improvements. Although the previous version was supposed to be the last one in the branch, a new release has been made available.Highlights of Samba 3.6.21:• Valid ut…

Exciting Features For Fedora 20 “Heisenbug”

Assuming there’s no major last minute snafus, Fedora 20 will be released in two week’s time. Due to the multiple delays that hit Fedora 20 and not all features being completed in time, here’s a look at some of the most exciting features that were finis…

Linux Mint 16 Officially Released, Using Cinnamon 2.0

The Linux Mint crew has released version 16 “Petra” of their popular Ubuntu Linux derivative which ships the MATE and Cinnamon 2.0 desktops…

Qt Creator 3.0 RC1 Prepares Developers for the Final Release

Qt Creator, a cross-platform IDE (integrated development environment) tailored to the needs of Qt developers and part of the Qt Project, is now at version 3.0 RC1.Qt Creator 3.0 RC1 has been released along with the Qt 5.1 Release candidate and the developers are preparing for the final release.“We have been doing a lot of bug fixing since the beta release, and think that Qt Creator 3.0 is now relatively close to what we would like to release as the final. So we wo…

Small and Powerful Tiny Core Linux 5.1 Brings Multi-architecture Support

Robert Shingledecker has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the Tiny Core 5.1 Linux operating system.As the name implies, this distribution is known for its small size and versatility. The developer integrates a large number of packages and an attractive desktop.Highlights Tiny Core Linux 5.1:• The Linux kernel has been updated from 3.8.10 to 3.8.13 (this is just a minor update to fix a specific bug)• The support…

Vendetta Online MMO Gets Better Collision Damage Calculation

Vendetta Online, an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) from Guild Software Inc., is now at version 1.8.269-70.In Vendetta Online, thousands of people can play together in a persistent universe. After a short hiatus, the developers have released a large update.Highlights of Vendetta Online 1.8.269-70:• Collision damage calculation now works more like in the 2012 version, but retaining the improvements to threading;• The co…

Makululinux 4.3 Is Based on Debian and It's All About Hippos

Makululinux 4.3, a Linux distribution based on the Debian testing branch, Jessie, that aims to provide a sleek and stable experience for a wide variety of users, has been officially released.Makululinux 4.3 is based on Xfce 4.10 and Linux kernel 3.11.2. It has been built from scratch and has undergone extensive testing.“The distribution is the final build in the XFCE 4 series. In simple terms, apart from alot of bug fixes and optimizations, you get more of everyth…

Linux Deepin 2013 Distro Features Facial Recognition

Linux Deepin 2013, a distribution based on Ubuntu and developed in China, has been released and it’s now available for download.The Linux Deepin distribution is aimed at professional and normal users alike, focusing on the best user experience possible.“Focusing on improving user experience, Linux De…

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 16

Clement Lefebvre has announced the release of Linux Mint 16: "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 16 ‘Petra’. Linux Mint 16 is the result of 6 months of incremental development on top of stable and reliable technologies. This new release comes with updated….

Choosing A 2013 Laptop/Ultrabook For Linux

Yesterday I ended up buying a new Intel ultrabook for Linux testing at Phoronix. Here’s the hardware that will soon be featured in some new Linux benchmarks, plus my reasoning for going with this ultrabook and other thoughts on some of the laptops/ultr…

Progress on Octaforge

One of the newer engine/game projects I have been following closely is Octaforge. It is basically a fork of Tesseract, which in turn is an graphic improvement project by the makers of the well known Cube2 engine.The main difference with Octaforge is th…