Linux 3.17 Will Detect If Your Toshiba Laptop Is Falling Down

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…

BFS Scheduler Update Brings SMT Nice Support

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…

Intel’s Idle Driver Supports Broadwell With Linux 3.17

The native hardware cpuidle driver for Intel CPUs now supports the upcoming Broadwell processors with Linux 3.17…

Scott Sanchez on OpenStack: Shifting a Mindset


OpenStack, which turned 4 years old this summer, began as a twinkle in Scott Sanchez’s eyes. He was determined to turn the fledgling Infrastructure as a Service platform he helped create into a thriving resource for public and private clouds. OpenStack is an open source project. Its technology consists of a series of interrelated projects that provide users with the ability to create and manage both public and private cloud operations. Partnering with NASA, Rackspace Hosting launched the project in 2010.

Development Release: Elive 2.3.5 (Beta)

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;….

Development Release: Mageia 5 Alpha 2

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….

Linux Satisfaction, Beginners’ Guide, and Download Managers

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

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No vacation for the brave: Mageia 5 alpha 2 is out!

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!

Darksiders 2 to Get a Linux Release

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)

GCC 5.0 Doesn’t Show Much Difference Yet For AMD’s Steamroller

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 Picks Up Support For Some OpenGL 4.5 Extensions

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…

CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD’s Kaveri On Linux 3.16

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.

Kernel Developers Begin Work On CPPC Processor Performance Controls

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…

The GLX Extension For Linux Game Developers Will Soon Work On More Drivers

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…

WordPress 4.0 Beta 4

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:

  • Further improvements to the editor scrolling experience, especially when it comes to the second column of boxes.
  • Better handling of small screens in the media library modals.
  • A separate bulk selection mode for the media library grid view.
  • Improvements to the installation language selector.
  • Visual tweaks to plugin details and customizer panels.

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
To finish up 4.0
Will you help us too?

World Wine News Issue 373

WWN Issue 373 was released today.

R600g & RadeonSI Now Support BPTC Texture Compression

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…

Development: GNOME 3.13.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

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,

Road to Elf City – Episode 4

Ithell and Amlodd are the clans covered by Mod Elfborne today, in Episode 4 of the Road to Elf City.

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