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+ - AMD Releases New "amdgpu" Graphics Driver For Linux->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: The AMD Linux driver team is announcing a new open source GPU driver for Linux. The amdgpu driver targets the newer line-up of AMD ASICs, and is a partial replacement for the previous open source radeon driver, which will continue providing support for older chips. A number of software components remain shared between the two drivers. Most of the team's focus has been on providing good support for Carrizo architecture, so there are some gaps in Tonga and Iceland support (notably power management), but those gaps are said to be filled in eventually.
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+ - KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: The KDE project today announced the release of KDE Plasma 5.3 beta. It brings better power management, improved Bluetooth support, improved widgets, Wayland support, new media center, and nearly 350 bugfixes. The power management improvements include settings that can be independently configured per activity, there is a new energy usage monitor available in KInfoCenter, and a battery applet identifies applications that hog power. Bluetooth applet brings added support for blocking and unblocking devices. New touchpad module has been added as well. The combined window manager and compositor KWin is now able to start a nested XWayland server, which acts as a bridge between the old X11 and the new Wayland world.

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