Well, it looks like the Free Software Foundation's message about Windows 10 wasn't too effective: reportedly, as of this morning, Windows 10 has already been installed on more than 67 million PCs.
Alex Deucher ended out the month by releasing thirty-one patches that implement a GPU scheduler for the new AMDGPU kernel DRM driver.
With Wine 1.7.48 having been delayed compared to its normal release cycle, the adjoining Wine-Staging update was also delayed but made it out this week.
If Shadow of Mordor on Linux is too demanding for your graphics card, you may be interested in the upcoming ET: Legacy update that provides new functionality while retaining compatibility with the legendary Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (v2.60b) game.
Earlier this week I delivered my initial benchmarks of the new AMDGPU Linux driver stack for supporting the AMD Radeon R9 285 "TONGA" and all new/future GPUs like Carrizo and Fiji. The new AMDGPU kernel driver is present in the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel while on the user-space side there's separate code branches required for libdrm and Mesa. Fortunately, it looks like that work will be merged soon.
Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia os a $119 USD development board powered by a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC with Mali 400 graphics. There's 1GB of RAM and other connectivity options for this board.
Michael Niedermayer, the leader of the FFmpeg project for the past eleven years, has made a surprise announcement today: he's resigning as its leader.
Since the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 and GNU Hurd 0.6 this year, I've been meaning to run some new performance benchmarks considering my previous Hurd benchmarks were last done in 2011.
Beignet, the project for providing open-source OpenCL support on Intel Iris/HD Graphics hardware, has released a new version of their Intel OpenCL implementation for Linux systems.
It's been a while since last hearing anything major out of VIA Technologies, but they made an announcement today...
The Free Software Foundation has issued a warning this week over the newly-released Windows 10 while blasting Microsoft.
Yesterday Feral Games released Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor for Linux and Mac OS X. Since its release, I've been very busy working to get some benchmark results produced for this AAA game that's out for Linux one year after the Windows released. Included in these initial results for Shadow of Mordor are benchmark results for a few modern high-end graphics cards plus looking into the warning issued by Feral about the lack of AMD support.
Prolific systemd contributor David Herrmann announced the release of systemd 223 today.
Earlier today Valve announced a weekend sale for SteamOS games.
A few days ago Red Hat announced the available of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6.7, earlier today Oracle announced version 6.7 of their own RHEL clone, Oracle Linux, with their Unbreakable Linux Kernel.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is the latest game ported to Linux (and Mac OS X) by Feral Games! This game is now natively available on Linux, but for now the AMD and Intel drivers are not supported.
Continuing on from yesterday's first Linux review of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury, here are some more Catalyst Linux benchmarks from this $550 graphics card.
Patched into Fedora's Rawhide kernel is now KDBUS to allow users running this newest kernel package plus an updated systemd package to start trying out this in-kernel IPC mechanism.
Resulting from the What Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See and The Phoronix Test Suite Is Running On Windows 10, here are our first benchmarks comparing the performance of Microsoft's newly released Windows 10 Pro x64 against Fedora 22 when looking at the Intel's OpenGL driver performance across platforms.
Ubuntu derivatives are today releasing their 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" Alpha 2 builds.
While Debian just dropped support for SPARC and many are writing off SPARC as dead under Oracle with their offering of x86 servers, a new report out today suggests otherwise. It's being reported that Oracle plans to introduce "Sonoma" as a low-cost SPARC processor.
Francois Tigeot's latest effort on porting the Intel i915 DRM code from the Linux kernel to DragonFlyBSD has paid off in the form of full acceleration for Broadwell "Gen8" HD/Iris Graphics.
With all of the Mesa OpenGL 4 happenings -- and most recently OpenGL 4.1 for RadeonSI -- you may be wondering how to run this latest code prior to its official release in September.
SQLite 22.214.171.124 was released yesterday and while it may not sound exciting from the version number, there are some measurable performance improvements with this popular embedded database update.
KDE KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin held a session at this week's Akademy 2015 conference about porting applications to Wayland.
The OpenGL 4.1 patches for RadeonSI have now landed in Mesa Git master!
Earlier this week I posted some initial benchmark figures for the NVIDIA Tegra X1 on Ubuntu Linux. Those results showed much promise for this 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC that also bears a Maxwell GPU, but that wasn't tested for the initial comparison. Here are a few more benchmark results from this Tegra X1, including an Ubuntu 15.04 installation to show the difference against the Tegra X1 on Ubuntu 14.10.
I've been playing with Windows 10 since yesterday... I must applaud Microsoft that it's a heck of a lot better than Windows 8, as the Windows 10 desktop experience is alright and Edge is nicer than Internet Explorer, but I still don't have any intentions on switching back to Windows this lifetime.
The Document Foundation and LibreOffice developers are preparing for their major 5.0 milestone due out next Wednesday.
Following the guest post this past weekend about Purism's Librem laptop remaining "blobbed up", the crowd-funded company has put out new information.
While Mir 0.14 just recently appeared in Ubuntu 15.10's archive followed by Ubuntu 15.04, Mir 0.15 is already under heavy development.
It looks like reworking the Fedup upgrade tool may still happen for Fedora 23. The upgrade to this upgrade tool would involve relying on DNF and systemd functionality to provide more reliable Fedora system upgrades.
Since the Linux 4.0 kernel there has been DisplayPort audio support for the open-source Radeon driver. That DP audio handling came after a big rework to the audio code in the Radeon DRM kernel driver. A half-year later it looks like all the audio code is now cleaned up and ready.
Lennart Poettering today announced systemd.conf 2015, its inaugural conference devoted to the future of systemd.
The Khronos Group, the organization behind OpenGL, OpenCL, Vulkan, and others, today announced a standard data format specification that's aptly called the "Khronos Data Format Specification 1.0."
When AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury line-up powered by the "Fiji" GPU with High Bandwidth Memory, I was genuinely very excited to get my hands on this graphics card. The tech sounded great and offered up a lot of potential, and once finally finding an R9 Fury in stock, shelled out nearly $600 for this graphics card. Unfortunately though, thanks to the current state of the Catalyst Linux driver, the R9 Fury on Linux is a gigantic waste for OpenGL workloads. The R9 Fury results only exemplifies the hideous state of AMD's OpenGL support for their Catalyst Linux driver with a NVIDIA graphics card costing $200 less consistently delivering better gaming performance.
For users of NetBSD, the second release candidate for its upcoming 7.0 release is now available.
Windows 10 launches today! I'm excited about this latest Microsoft operating system release, but only for running some interesting Windows vs. Linux benchmarks.
Recently, each day has been yielding a bit more of OpenGL 4.x support within Mesa/Gallium3D. The latest patches position the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for enabling OpenGL 4.1 compliance.
Three years ago this week was GUADEC 2012 where GNOME 4.0 was proposed along with GNOME OS. While GNOME 4.0 was supposed to materialize in 2014, that obviously didn't happen, but at least GNOME 3.x has matured a lot and garnered much better support than it had years ago.
Mir 0.14 had been in development since May as a big feature release. Mir 0.14 is already found in the Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" archive while it's soon going to land for Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid users.
As an update to last week's article and for those not following me on Twitter, the R9 Fury graphics card is running right now on Linux. The long-awaited AMD Fiji Linux test results are now imminent.
Wine 1.7.48 didn't make it out last Friday for the usual bi-weekly development released, but is out there today.
NVIDIA's Tegra X1 64-bit ARM SoC running (non-Android) Linux is a beast! I was given access to a SHIELD Android TV that was configured to run Ubuntu Linux, which has led for some exciting benchmarks. In some workloads, the Tegra X1 comes up just shy of an Intel Core i3 "Broadwell" system. The Tegra X1 has me very excited about the future of ARMv8 hardware on Linux and NVIDIA's continued Tegra advancements.
Today the milestone was crossed of having run more than 250,000 open-source benchmark results for our daily Linux performance tracker setup for LinuxBenchmarking.com that continues to monitor the performance of the upstream Linux kernel, Mesa, GCC, and LLVM/Clang on a daily basis from their SVN/Git code.
Fedora developers are readying for the RPM 4.13 update -- which is packing new features -- by landing the RPM 4.13 Alpha (v4.12.90) into Rawhide.
With Ubuntu Phone reviews frequently pointing out the lack of games/apps for Ubuntu Phone compared to other platforms, Ubuntu developers have been working on porting more HTML5 mobile games over to Ubuntu Phone.
NVIDIA released the 352.30 Linux graphics driver this morning that adds support for one GPU plus has a handful of bug-fixes.
The Freedreno driver that provides open-source, reverse-engineered graphics support for the Qualcomm Adreno graphics hardware is continuing to pick up new functionality.
The Xoreos project did their first release of this open-source game engine seeking to re-implement BioWare's Aurora Engine.
From announcing KDE Plasma Mobile to other announcements, KDE's Akademy 2015 conference in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain has been another action-packed KDE event.
Last week I published the results of a 15-way AMD/NVIDIA GPU comparison for 4K Linux gaming that was centered around the proprietary AMD/NVIDIA graphics drivers. However, if you stick to using open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers and are a Linux gamer, here are some benchmark results comparing the open to closed-source driver performance at 3840 x 2160.
The number of Fedora packages within their repository has seemed to plateau, but it's not necessarily a bad sign.
Git 2.5.0 was officially released this afternoon.
The FreeBSD project made much progress during this past quarter (Q2'2015) on many fronts from working on FreeBSD 10.2 to landing new work in FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT for improving their Linux binary emulation layer.
Earlier this month I posted a few benchmarks of one of the cheapest, sub-$40 SSDs under Ubuntu Linux. In needing another solid-state drive for one of the systems in the test lab that's focused on tracking other areas of the Linux kernel's performance on a daily basis, I went searching for another low-cost solution. This latest SSD purchase was the Silicon Power 120GB S60, which retails for about $50 USD.
Google today rolled out the first beta of Chrome 45, their next major web browser version.
With Mesa quickly finishing up OpenGL 4.0~4.2 support and even some OpenGL 4.5 extensions, more Steam Linux games are becoming playable on the open-source drivers.
Last month it was reported that OUYA was being acquired by Razer and now the gaming peripheral manufacturer finally confirmed today they did indeed buy this flopped Android game console.
Back in May was the big "VENOM" security vulnerability affect QEMU whereby VM security could be escaped through QEMU's virtual floppy disk drive. In June was a PCNET controller buffer overflow allowing a guest to escape to have host access. Today there's a similar security vulnerability going public about its virtual CD-ROM drive.
Ubuntu MATE developer Martin Wimpress announced this weekend that they'll be removing the Ubuntu Software Center from their default install of Ubuntu MATE 15.10.
For KDE fans interested in the Akademy conference that started on Saturday in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, there are a lot of daily reports coming out of the event.
Sliding under the radar last week was Microsoft releasing the source code to its debug engine for the GNU GDB and LLVM's LLDB Debugger.