The x86 platform driver updates were sent in on Saturday by Matthew Garrett and besides some clean-ups and various quirks / minor additions for new devices, there’s a new driver for generating falling laptop events for Toshiba laptops…
Con Kolivas released a new version of his BFS scheduler and besides porting it for Linux 3.16 compatibility it also contains a big new feature…
The native hardware cpuidle driver for Intel CPUs now supports the upcoming Broadwell processors with Linux 3.17…
Samuel Baggen has announced the release of Elive 2.3.5, a new development build of the Debian-based distribution featuring a customised Enlightenment desktop: “The Elive team is proud to announce the release of beta version 2.3.5 This new version includes: EFL (Enlightenment libraries) are updated to beta version 1.11;….
Anne Nicolas has announced the availability of the second alpha release of Mageia 5: “While many of us are having some well-deserved rest, the Mageia team is still on the deck and working on the Mageia 5 development. This second development release is a big step towards Mageia….
Today Recently in Linux news, Jack Wallen asks, "Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?" Mark Gibbs relates his experience installing Ubuntu on an older netbook. Linux.com has a complete beginner’s guide to Linux and Rob Zwetsloot looks at four popular download managers. And finally, Reiser4 has made a comeback and systemd is wreaking havoc again for some. "Jack Wallen offers up the novel idea that giving the consumers what they want might well be the key to boundless success." Wallen says in most industries if you don’t give the customer what they want they’ll go away. He thinks Linux should be the same. Of course, this would be easier if everybody just wanted what he does. Unfortunately, Wallen has to contend with developers’ needs and wants as well as all those other pesky Linux users wanting Linux just the way they want it. He makes legitimate points about some developers and the wild direction they take us Linux riders sometimes, but what the smartphone and cloud crowd want is not necessarily what will send Linux through the roof. Sure there are plenty of Chromebook fans, but that’s not everybody. Does he want all distributions to
While many of us are having some well-deserved rest, the Mageia team is still on the deck and working on Mageia 5 development.
This second development release is a big step towards Mageia 5, since most of the core packages have now been updated to their latest stable branches: kernel 3.15.6, X.Org 1.16 and Mesa 10.2.5 for some of the biggest ones. There has also been some important work done towards packaging KDE frameworks 5 (technological foundation for KDE Plasma 5 and KDE Applications 5) and LxQt for Mageia 5: feel free to try them out, and don’t hesitate to report bugs or discuss them on our dev mailing list.
Special thanks to Thomas (aka tmb) who took the time to prepare Live ISOs for this alpha even though he’s taking some time off to regain his health.
You can have a look at for more details about alpha 2:
Work is in progress. Stay tuned!
Nordic Games are the new owners of the Darksiders franchise and the publisher decided to release both games in the series, Darksiders and Darksiders 2, on the Linux platform.The information hasn’t been made official yet, but a Nordic Games representative said that these titles will be arriving to Linux, according to a joystiq.com report.Nordic Games bought the franchise from THQ and now it’s looking for more ways to make this investment profitable. One of those ways is to release the games on … (read more)
There’s been a lot of AMD APU tests this week on Phoronix with having the newest Kaveri APUs. Our latest APU adventure is seeing how well the GCC performance compares between GCC 4.9 and GCC 4.10, what’s expected to become GCC 5.0…
Mesa developers continue making headway in supporting more of the Khronos OpenGL 4.x specifications… OpenGL 4.0~4.2 is hopefully not too far out, at least for the Intel Linux driver…
In past months on Phoronix we have done many CPUfreq tests to see the impact of the different scaling governors and with Intel hardware how the CPUfreq driver compares to Intel P-State in terms of performance and power consumption. As we haven’t done such ACPI CPUfreq tests on the AMD side in a long time, here’s some benchmarks using a Kaveri APU and selecting the different scaling governors during performance benchmarking.
Ashwin Chaugule of Linaro has announced his experimental kernel implementation of Collaborative Processor Performance Controls (CPPC) that is part of the ACPI 5.1 specification…
Going on for a while now has been work by Mesa developers on a new GLX extension to help out game developers by supplying hard to determine information in a standardized manner about the Linux graphics drivers and the underlying hardware renderer capabilities. That work is addressed by the GLX_MESA_query_renderer extension which to now has just been supported by the Intel Linux driver but soon will be supported by other Mesa drivers…
The fourth and likely final beta for WordPress 4.0 is now available. We’ve made more than 250 changes in the past month, including:
We need your help. We’re still aiming for a release this month, which means the next week will be critical for identifying and squashing bugs. If you’re just joining us, please see the Beta 1 announcement post for what to look out for.
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums, where friendly moderators are standing by. Plugin developers, if you haven’t tested WordPress 4.0 yet, now is the time — and be sure to update the “tested up to” version for your plugins so they’re listed as compatible with 4.0.
This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.0, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
We are working hard
WWN Issue 373 was released today.
Earlier this week Intel pushed their BPTC texture compression support into mainline Mesa and now following in those foot steps are the R600g and RadeonSI driver enablement…
Hello all, We would like to inform you about the following: * GNOME 3.13.90 beta tarballs due * API/ABI, UI and Feature Addition Freeze; String Change Announcement Period * New APIs must be fully documented * Writing of release notes begins Tarballs are due on 2014-08-18 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.13.90 beta release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule so everyone can test them. Please make sure that your tarballs will be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that will probably be too late to get in 3.13.90. If you are not able to make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late, please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll the tarball for you! New APIs must be fully documented Writing of release notes begins For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13 page: http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see: https://wiki.gnome.org/Schedule Thanks,
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