Wine 1.7.35 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.35 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Beginnings of support for OpenGL core contexts.
  • Initial support for glyph placement in DirectWrite.
  • Some more WBEM objects.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

PC-BSD 10.1.1 To Bring New System Updater, Qt5 Utilities

The PC-BSD crew that base their desktop-focused BSD operating system off of FreeBSD put out their 10.1.1. release candidate this week…

Libdrm 2.4.59 Brings Skylake & Tegra Support

Maarten Lankhorst of Canonical released the libdrm 2.4.59 library on Wednesday. While most libdrm updates tend not to be too exciting, the v2.4.59 release carries a bit more weight…

Acer Designs Chromebooks for Students’ Rough Handling


Acer on Wednesday announced two new ruggedized Chromebooks geared for classroom use. Both will go on sale in February. The Acer Chromebook C910 and C740 have a durable design built around reinforced covers and hinges. The new models support multiple user sign-ons and offline file access. Security features include a Kensington lock to secure the laptop to a wireless cart or lab station. A Web-based management console allows remote management of apps and policies across all Chromebooks in a school network.

Chrome 41 Beta Brings New Developer Features

Google’s Chrome web-bowser is now up to version 41 in beta. This newest Chrome beta brings several new developer features…

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Standalone Linux Tests

In continuation of this morning’s launch-day article for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, the graphics card that’s priced at $200 USD and is built on the very power efficient Maxwell architecture, here’s some more Linux benchmark results…

Development Release: Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 2

Walter Lapchynski has announced the arrival of Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 2. This Alpha release features test images from Ubuntu and many official community spins. “Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you….

Development: GNOME 3.15.4

Hi all,

GNOME 3.15.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it
with caution.

Among the new things in this snapshot, you can find
clutter using the GDK backend, libinput used in multiple modules
(we require libinput 0.8), gnome-shell using vp9 for screencasts,
mutter using GTK+ themes, input configuration under Wayland,
scrolling changes in GTK+, improved search in gnome-software,
a new game (gnome-taquin), and many more.

To compile GNOME 3.15.4, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

You can also test the latest code using the vm images [3] that are
produced by our continuous integration infrastructure,
build.gnome.org.

[1] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/
[2] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.15.4/
[3] https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeContinuous#Installation

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.15.3 and 3.15.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.4/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.4/NEWS

The GNOME 3.15.4 release itself is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.4
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.4


WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
--------------------------

This release is a snapshot of early development code. Although it is
buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking
purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development
status.

For more information about 3.15, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our 3.15
planning page:

http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:

http://live.gnome.org/Schedule

Regards,
--
Matthias Clasen
GNOME Release Team

Radeon DRM Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

Alex Deucher has sent in his DRM-Next changes for the open-source Radeon graphics driver updates that will target the Linux 3.20 kernel…

Shadow Warrior Might Be Getting a Linux Version Soon

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There is no official information regarding the release of this game on the Linux platform, but the developers have made some changes to the depos and those modifications can be noticed immediately. There is a new entry named “Shadow Warrior Mac and Linux Testing” and that it’s pretty obvi… (read more)

Red Hat Is Hiring More Developers To Work On Wayland, Open-Source Graphics

Red Hat is hiring more developers that will focus on Fedora, especially the Fedora Workstation product, that in turn will flow back into RHEL and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation. Among the type of work that Red Hat is looking for in the candidates include experience with Wayland, LLVMpipe, X.Org, compiler optimizations, graphics driver enablement, etc…

Proposal to Drop 32-bit Support for Fedora 23 Is Being Made

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Many users have already switched to 64-bit a long time ago and they must be wondering why there is still a need for the 32-bit architecture. It creates headaches because many app developers don’t actively support it anymore and it’s becoming too expensive to maintain.

The problem is that even if the number of us… (read more)

Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” Alpha 2 Released

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WhatsApp Now Available for Linux Machines, How to Use It

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One of the things that really made a difference for other similar services to WhatsApp, like Telegram for example, was the fact that the makers of those services also provided an API. That’s why we have… (read more)

Interstellar Marines On Linux With Catalyst: Bull S*#@

Interstellar Marines is a science fiction FPS game in development that’s powered by the Unity 4 Game Engine. While it’s been available in early access mode for Linux gamers going back several months, the latest AMD Catalyst driver still seems to be having issues with this game…

Black Lab Linux Xfce 6.0 SR 1.1 Features a Heavily Modified Desktop

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The Black Lab Linux distros are traditionally known for their GNOME desktops, but the developers have a few other flavors in the making and the Xfce is definitely the most interesting of the bunch. It provides a simple and clear desktop for users who want a more classic experience, but it’s customized to look an… (read more)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: A Great $200 GPU For Linux Gamers

This morning NVIDIA is formally announcing the GeForce GTX 960 as the latest Maxwell GPU. The GeForce GTX 960 is a mid-range GPU priced starting out at $200 and comes with a compelling set of features. The past few days I’ve been testing out the eVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB graphics card and in this article are some initial performance figures under Linux.

Distribution Release: Robolinux 7.8.1

John Martinson has announced the release of Robolinux 7.8.1, the latest update of the project’s beginner-friendly distribution based on Debian’s stable branch: “Robolinux is quite proud and excited to announce its brand new ‘Supersonic 3D Speed’ GNOME version 7.8.1. A massive amount of time and effort was spent….

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The Q4OS distribution takes this resemblance… (read more)

You Can Now Run Ubuntu from a Mouse

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