Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Oct 2013 22:05 UTC, submitted by Drumhellar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

After the customary six months of incubation, Ubuntu 13.10 - codenamed Saucy Salamander - has hatched. The new version of the popular Linux distribution brings updated applications and several new features, including augmented search capabilities in the Unity desktop shell.

Although Saucy Salamander offers some useful improvements, it's a relatively thin update. XMir, the most noteworthy item on the 13.10 roadmap, was ultimately deferred for inclusion in a future release. Canonical's efforts during the Saucy development cycle were largely focused on the company's new display server and upcoming Unity overhaul, but neither is yet ready for the desktop.

It's also the first version available for phones. Well, for the Nexus 4.

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RE[4]: Real News agout an OS
by lemur2 on Mon 21st Oct 2013 13:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Real News agout an OS"
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The graphics performance isn't up to full possible high-end gaming speed yet, but it is just fine for desktop usage, for that it works very well indeed.


Having said that, apparently earlier this week Painkiller: Hell and Damnation was released as the latest popular game title reaching Linux. Painkiller: Hell and Damnation is powered by the Unreal Engine 3 and its Linux porter has recommended an interesting choice of drivers.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTQ5MTE

Leszek wrote yesterday on SteamCommunity.com, "After some additional internal testing, I've decided to revise my statement from the release notes and actually advise open-source drivers for non-NVIDIA GPUs, especially if the proprietary ones crash for you. ;) Thank you, guys, this is directly because of your beta feedback!"

In other words, if you're running NVIDIA GeForce hardware use the proprietary driver but for everything else use the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers. This isn't too much of a surprise given NVIDIA's first-rate binary driver status while the open-source Nouveau driver has a major limitation right now of no proper re-clocking support to deliver good frame-rates. For AMD Radeon hardware, the Unreal Engine 3 game is preferred now to use the Radeon Gallium3D driver over AMD's controversial Catalyst driver. With Intel hardware there's no option as there's only the single open-source Linux graphics driver for their hardware.


It seems to be a reasonably demanding game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUcKpjbQI60

So there you have it, game developers apparently now recommend using the out-of-the-box open source AMD Mesa/Gallium3D driver instead of the proprietary driver.

Edited 2013-10-21 13:17 UTC

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