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openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 2 Switches To KDE Plasma 5.8 Beta

Thu, 2016-09-22 15:23
The second beta of the upcoming openSUSE 42.2 Linux distribution is now available. One notable change is that 42.2 has switched to the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS beta...

The State Of GNU's GDB Debugger In 2016

Thu, 2016-09-22 13:20
At the GNU Tools Cauldron that took place earlier this month in Hebden Bridge, UK was the annual status update of the GDB debugger...

Lenovo N21 Chromebook Now Has Mainline Coreboot Support

Thu, 2016-09-22 13:05
The Lenovo N21 Chromebook is now supported by mainline Coreboot. But then again that's not a huge surprise considering Google's focus on Chromebook/Chromebox support in Coreboot...

SDL2's Mir Backend Sees Some Updates

Thu, 2016-09-22 12:58
Yesterday saw some infrequent updates to the SDL2 library's Mir back-end for Ubuntu users...

Nouveau Developers Remain Frustrated By NVIDIA's Firmware Practices

Thu, 2016-09-22 12:35
Nouveau developers Samuel Pitoiset, Karol Herbst, Pierre Moreau, and Martin Peres presented their status update on this open-source, reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux graphics driver during the second day of the XDC2016 conference. Nouveau developers had a few words for the NVIDIA developers in the room...

XDC2016 Day 1: GLVND, Tizen Wayland/Vulkan, PRIME Sync

Wed, 2016-09-21 20:30
Covered so far today on Phoronix, the first day of XDC2016 Helsinki, were NVIDIA's work on Linux HDR support, how Google's Android Runtime on Chrome uses Wayland, and the NVIDIA surface allocation API debate continued as a prerequisite to seeing mainline NVIDIA Wayland support in the compositors. There were also other notable presentations today...

OpenGL ES 3.2 Officially Enabled For Intel Mesa Driver, Limited To Skylake+

Wed, 2016-09-21 20:18
Intel's Mesa driver has supported all of the extensions required by the OpenGL ES 3.2 specification, but only today is the support being officially advertised...

GNOME 3.22 Officially Released

Wed, 2016-09-21 18:49
The highly-anticipated GNOME 3.22 desktop release is now available...

Nest Outdoor Security Camera

Wed, 2016-09-21 17:46
While I've tested out various indoor WiFi-based security cameras over the past decade on Phoronix, outdoor WiFi cameras have been a different story. Either through my contacts from Phoronix or through my own personal searching, I've never found an outdoor WiFi security camera that I've liked either due to poor build quality, poor video quality / viewing angles, or other issues but most of the time has revolved around not being well-engineered. That has changed with the Nest Cam Outdoor that was announced earlier this year by the Google/Alphabet-owned company while this week it's finally begun shipping to consumers. I certainly like the Nest Cam Outdoor from a hardware perspective, but the software could still use some improvements.

NVIDIA Presents Over GBM vs. EGLStreams, The Big Wayland Support Debate Continues

Wed, 2016-09-21 15:57
James Jones of NVIDIA just finished taking the stage at XDC2016 where he was talking about Unix device memory allocation, which comes down to the big EGLStreams vs. GBM debate... A.k.a. NVIDIA pushing a different approach for their Wayland support from the Wayland compositors currently focusing around GBM for buffers. This debate is leading towards the development of a new API...

How Google's Android Runtime On Chrome OS Uses Wayland, DRM

Wed, 2016-09-21 15:10
Google developer David Reveman presented at this morning's XDC2016 conference in Finland about the Android Runtime for Chrome making use of Wayland (ARC++) and how the rest of its graphics stack looks for running Android programs on Chrome OS...

NVIDIA Is Working Towards HDR Display Support For Linux, But The Desktop Isn't Ready

Wed, 2016-09-21 14:44
NVIDIA supports HDR displays on Windows and Android, but not currently under Linux for the infrastructure not being in place to support High Dynamic Range displays from the Linux desktop. NVIDIA though is looking at working towards ultimately supporting HDR displays on Linux...

Some Fresh Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev OpenGL Benchmarks For Radeon GPUs

Wed, 2016-09-21 13:30
For those craving some fresh Mesa Git benchmarks, here are a few OpenGL tests I carried out with some AMD Radeon GPUs when comparing the out-of-the-box Ubuntu 16.04 LTS performance to what's offered currently by Linux 4.8 and Mesa 12.1-dev Git...

Microsoft Reportedly Requires "Signature PCs" To Be Locked To Only Running Windows

Wed, 2016-09-21 13:09
Lately I've heard a few reports of some newer PCs being less than friendly with Linux, namely a number of Lenovo devices who have issues with installing Linux. Based upon new information that's come to light from a Phoronix reader, it appears that PCs receiving Microsoft's "Signature Edition" tag are being locked-out from running non-Windows platforms...

APT 1.3 Released For Debian Linux Distributions

Wed, 2016-09-21 12:55
APT 1.3 is now available as the newest version of this Debian command-line package manager...

JPEG-Turbo Library 1.5.1 Released

Wed, 2016-09-21 12:24
Version 1.5.1 of the libjpeg-turbo library is now available. For those that have somehow managed to never hear of it, libjpeg-turbo is a BSD-licensed, faster JPEG image codec than libjpeg and has various other feature differences...

Wayland 1.12 Officially Released

Wed, 2016-09-21 02:47
While it's coming a few days later than anticipated, Wayland 1.12 along with the adjoining Weston 1.12 compositor update is now officially available...

Apache CouchDB 2.0 Released

Wed, 2016-09-21 01:52
For users of Apache's CouchDB document-oriented NoSQL database system, version 2.0 was announced today...

A Look At The Exciting Features/Improvements Of GNOME 3.22

Tue, 2016-09-20 19:14
If all goes well, GNOME 3.22 will be officially released tomorrow, 21 September. Here is a recap of some of the new features and improvements made over this past six month development cycle plus some screenshots of the near-final desktop that will power the upcoming Fedora 25 Workstation.

Coreboot Is Being Ported To A New Intel Skylake-Y System

Tue, 2016-09-20 18:12
Those wishing to use Coreboot on a modern Intel system (albeit with the closed-source FSP) will soon have another option to consider with an open-source, physically secure computer powered by a Skylake-Y SoC moving ahead with a port to Coreboot...