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An anonymous reader writes "Valve Software has sponsored some interesting improvements developed by LunarG for the Mesa OpenGL library on Linux for deferred and threaded GLSL shader compilation. What these changes mean for users of the open-source Linux graphics drivers when running their favorite games is that OpenGL games now load a lot faster. As an example, the time from starting Dota 2 until the time actually being within the game is reduced by about 20 seconds on an Intel system. While Direct3D has offered similar functionality for a while, OpenGL has not, which has given it a bad reputation with regard to game load times until all shaders are compiled and cached — fortunately it's now addressed for OpenGL if using the Mesa Linux graphics drivers on a supported game."

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A video demoing key changes to be found in the upcoming stable release of Ubuntu-based Linux distribution 'Deepin' has been posted online.

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mikejuk (1801200) writes "Linus Torvalds, the 'man who invented Linux' is the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's Computer Pioneer Award, '[f]or pioneering development of the Linux kernel using the open-source approach.' According to Wikipedia, Torvalds had wanted to call the kernel he developed Freax (a combination of 'free,' 'freak,' and the letter X to indicate that it is a Unix-like system), but his friend Ari Lemmke, who administered the FTP server it was first hosted for download, named Torvalds' directory linux. In some ways Git can be seen as his more important contribution — but as it dates from 2005 it is outside the remit of the IEEE Computer Pioneer award."

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Parental time control app Timekpr has been revived and provides parents with an easy way to limit their kids' computer time.

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Code committers hope unholy union of open source tech will spawn speedy gonzalez virtualization

The Hadoop community is working on patches that will bring the popular app-containerization technology Docker into the data management system, and independent benchmarks are showing the tech has a huge speedup over traditional virtualization approaches.

Just for kicks and giggles, I asked the good, Linux-loving nerds on Twitter and G+ to tell their Linux origin stories and tag them with #HowIFoundLinux. Because we're dealing with Twitter here – and because I thought it would be amusing – everyone is limited to 140 characters for their entire story.

Tails, short for "The Amnesic Incognito Live System," came to the world's attention last month when the Freedom of the Press Foundation revealed that Edward Snowden used a beta version of the Linux distribution to securely communicate with reporters. Now, the same highly secure distro used by Snowden to leak NSA materials has been released as version 1.0 under an open GPLv3 license.

This year's Tizen Developer Conference is June 2-4 in San Francisco. As always, the content will be technically oriented and geared towards Tizen app and platform developers. But this year, there's a twist.

With some 35 million monthly users, cross-platform open-source messaging service Telegram is fast living up to its claim of being a fully-fledged alternative to WhatsApp.

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We all know about the Raspberry Pi, but it's far from the only single-board computer out there that makers might find both useful and affordable.