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Slackware 14.2 Officially Released

Fri, 2016-07-01 23:46
Slackware 14.2 was released today to kick off July. Slackware 14.2 has been long in development while today it was christened...

SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 Officially Released

Fri, 2016-07-01 22:27
Less than one month after the release candidate to SuperTuxKart 0.9.2, the official release is now available for your open-source racing fun this weekend...

GTK4, RX 480, GTX 1070/1080, Nextcloud & Other Popular Linux Announcements In June

Fri, 2016-07-01 17:54
On top of Phoronix turning 12 years old in June, it was a very busy month with many other open-source/Linux announcements and milestones...

Mageia 6 "Sta1" Release Ships, Finally Switches To GRUB2

Fri, 2016-07-01 16:44
Days after OpenMandriva Lx 3 Beta 2 shipped, Mageia with its common lineage from Mandrake/Mandriva has shipped Mageia 6 "sta1" as their first stabilization snapshot...

Servo Night Builds Begin, Linux Packages Coming

Fri, 2016-07-01 16:32
The Mozilla developers working on the Servo browser layout engine and the Browser.html HTML-based web UI have kept to their goal of making a tech preview available in June...

Calamares 2.3 Installer Released

Fri, 2016-07-01 16:30
There's a new release of Calamares, the distribution installer framework used by several Linux distributions like Manjaro, Netrunner, Sabayon, Chakra, OpenMandriva, and others...

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Alpha 1 Released

Fri, 2016-07-01 14:25
Opt-in flavors of Ubuntu Linux wishing to do early development releases have issued their first alpha milestone for the 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" cycle...

Pitivi 0.96 Released With Proxy Editing Support

Fri, 2016-07-01 03:24
Pitivi 0.96 has been released as the first major update to this GNOME-aligned open-source video editor since the v0.95 release last November...

Enlightenment 0.21 Released With Its Much Better Wayland Support

Thu, 2016-06-30 19:03
Another Enlightenment release, another round of significant Wayland improvements. Enlightenment continues with its very well vetted Wayland support that should be roughly on par with the GNOME Wayland experience...

Virt-Manager's Virrt-Viewer 4.0 Released

Thu, 2016-06-30 18:56
Virt-Viewer 4.0 was released today as the newer version of this virtualization VM viewer that's part of the Virt-Manager project...

The OpenGL Speed & Performance-Per-Watt From The Radeon RX 480 To HD 4850/4870

Thu, 2016-06-30 17:30
With the Radeon RX 480 Linux review now being out of the way and our various other RX 480 Linux benchmarks, the latest results I have to share with being a benchmarking fanatic are RX 480 results with high-end AMD GPU tests of each generation going back to the Radeon HD 4850/4870 (RV770) days. This article has high-end GPUs from the RX 480 to RX 200, HD 7900, HD 6900, HD 6800, HD 5800, and HD 4800 series compared side-by-side with the latest open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver code. Not only is the raw performance being looked at but the system power consumption was also being polled in real-time for looking at the performance-per-Watt too. For any other benchmarking fanatics curious about the Radeon GPU evolution over the past eight years (RV770 launch in 2008), here are the numbers to enjoy.

For Those Interested In GPGPU Compute, Here Are Many Radeon RX 480 OpenCL Tests

Thu, 2016-06-30 14:14
With yesterday's lengthy AMD Radeon RX 480 Linux review and the follow-up posts for this Polaris graphics card launch, I didn't have too much time to run OpenCL compute tests. However, here are some fresh OpenCL Polaris numbers with the AMDGPU-PRO driver stack for those curious about the compute potential of this $199+ graphics card...

Linux Mint 18 MATE & Cinnamon Editions Released

Thu, 2016-06-30 13:47
The first official builds are now available of Linux Mint 18, the latest installment of the popular Linux distribution and now derived from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS...

Compare Your Linux System's OpenGL Performance Side-By-Side With The Radeon RX 480

Thu, 2016-06-30 03:00
Here are some 1080p OpenGL results (as opposed to our plethora of 1440p and 4K data today) for the brand new Radeon RX 480 and available via so you can easily compare your own Linux system(s) performance against these reference numbers using the open-source driver stack...

Radeon RX 480: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. AMDGPU-PRO - Interesting CPU/Power Difference

Thu, 2016-06-30 01:15
With today's 12-page AMD Radeon RX 480 review under Ubuntu Linux, tests were carried out both with the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver and the pure open-source driver via the Linux 4.7 kernel and RadeonSI Gallium3D Mesa 12.1-dev. In this article are more tests of just the RX 480 when comparing the two Linux driver options for this first AMD Polaris card to make it to market. The CPU usage and power consumption difference are particularly interesting if you have been debating between these two drivers...

AMD Posts Sign-Up For Radeon Software Beta Testing

Thu, 2016-06-30 00:19
As a follow-up to this morning's article about a new driver beta program, the sign-up application is now available...

Google Opens Up High-Performance Software Graphics Rasterizer

Wed, 2016-06-29 18:59
Some exciting non-Polaris news today is that Google has open-sourced SwiftShader, the library they use for high-performance graphics rendering on the CPU...

AMDGPU-PRO 16.30 Released With RX 480 Support

Wed, 2016-06-29 18:49
AMD made good on their word and released the AMDGPU-PRO 16.30 Hybrid Linux Graphics Driver today...

AMD Radeon RX 480 On Linux

Wed, 2016-06-29 15:00
After weeks of anticipation, AMD's high-end Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" graphics card is officially launching today! This graphics card starts at just $199 USD (or $239 USD for the 8GB version) and has day-one Linux support! There's available open-source driver support as well as an AMDGPU-PRO update that's expected today for those wanting to make use of this newer hybrid Linux driver stack. I've been testing the Radeon RX 480 under Linux the past week under both driver stacks and have my initial results to share this morning.

"Radeon Settings" GUI Control Panel May Be Open-Sourced For AMD Linux Users

Wed, 2016-06-29 14:59
Besides the Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" performance numbers no longer being under NDA (see our 12-page Radeon RX 480 Linux review!), also being made public today are the Radeon Software improvements to Radeon Settings around WattMan, the successor to PowerPlay for overclocking/underclocking via the Radeon GUI control panel. But isn't Radeon Settings Windows-only? Yes, for now, but they are looking at the possibility of opening up Radeon Settings for Linux users...