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Khronos Announces OpenXR, WebGL 2.0 Finalized & More

1 hour 52 min ago
The Khronos Group not only is shipping Vulkan 1.0.42 with many new extensions for this week's GDC but the embargo just expired on even more exciting announcements!..

The Speed Of LLVM's LLD Linker Continues Looking Good

2 hours 16 min ago
LLVM's LLD linker still isn't too widely used yet on Linux systems, but the performance of this linker alternative to GNU Gold and GNU ld are quite compelling...

Vulkan 1.0.42 Released With A Slew Of New Extensions: Multi-Device, VR, Semaphores

4 hours 22 min ago
The "GDC Vulkan update" has arrived with a number of new extensions!.. Turns Six Years Old

5 hours 52 min ago has turned six years old while in June is when will celebrate its 13th birthday and the Phoronix Test Suite has its 9th birthday...

VR-Using NV_dedicated_allocation Lands In RADV Mainline Driver

10 hours 42 min ago
The NV_dedicated_allocation extension that is one of the Vulkan extensions needed by Valve's SteamVR on Linux, has now been enabled within mainline Mesa for the RADV driver...

AMD's Ryzen Will Really Like A Newer Linux Kernel

13 hours 54 min ago
AMD's Ryzen CPU is finally shipping in a few days! If you are planning to be an early adopter of AMD Ryzen processors, you will really want to be running a newer Linux kernel release for proper support and performance...

GNU Linux-Libre 4.10: GPU Drivers Remain The Most Frequent Offenders

Sun, 2017-02-26 23:55
The GNU Linux-libre 4.10 kernel was released last weekend just after the official Linux 4.10 kernel release while I hadn't noticed the de-blobbed kernel release until today. The Linux-libre folks continue to criticize the open-source GPU DRM drivers as being offenders for using binary blob firmware/microcode...

Initial PRIME Support Lands In RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver

Sun, 2017-02-26 21:07
Back in November we saw patches for wiring in PRIME support to the RADV Vulkan driver and last week rewritten RADV PRIME code was released while this weekend it has landed in Mesa Git...

Reiser4 Updated For The Linux 4.10 Kernel

Sun, 2017-02-26 20:08
The out-of-tree Reiser4 file-system has been updated for the Linux 4.10 kernel...

Trying The SteamVR Beta On Linux Feels More Like An Early Alpha

Sun, 2017-02-26 16:48
This past week Valve brought SteamVR on Linux into public beta. With watching the constant hype around VR on Windows, I was quite excited to finally give VR a try with having lined up an HTC Vive for testing and currently Oculus or others not offering current Linux support. I was thinking that I would have some large GPU/driver comparisons and such completed this weekend, but once actually setting up the hardware and software, I realized that wasn't going to be feasible in such short time. So for those interested in the Linux VR space, here are some of my first impressions and why I would consider the current SteamVR more like an alpha release than beta, just yet another struggle Linux gamers face, and another obstacle to overcome if Linux is to be a more serious competitor to Windows in the gaming space.

Linux From Scratch 8.0 Released

Sun, 2017-02-26 14:39
It's been a while since hearing anything out of the Linux From Scratch (LFS) camp, but this weekend they announced the release of LFS 8.0 as well as Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 8.0...

The New Features Of LLVM 4.0 & Clang 4.0

Sun, 2017-02-26 14:22
LLVM/Clang 4.0 are running a few days behind schedule but should be released in the very near future. With that said, here's our usual look at the new features of this next compiler infrastructure and C/C++ compiler front-end updates...

Allwinner Display Engine 2.0 Being Worked On For DRM Driver

Sun, 2017-02-26 13:53
The Allwinner DRM driver added in Linux 4.7 continues to be worked on and one of the latest efforts by the open-source community is on enabling Allwinner Display Engine 2.0 "DE2" support...

ELC2017: The State of U-Boot

Sun, 2017-02-26 13:35
Thomas Rini of the Konsulko Group presented at this week's Linux Foundation Embedded Linux Conference (ELC2017) about the state of U-Boot...

Wayland 1.14 Scheduled For Early June Release

Sun, 2017-02-26 13:22
Wayland 1.13 was released this week along with Weston 2.0. In announcing v1.13, Bryce Harrington also laid out plans for Wayland 1.14...

NetBSD 7.1 RC2 Released

Sun, 2017-02-26 13:11
The second release candidate to the upcoming NetBSD 7.1 is now available for testing...

Mesa, Vulkan & Other Driver Talks From 2017 Embedded Linux Conference

Sun, 2017-02-26 01:19
The Linux Foundation's annual Embedded Linux Conference happened this past week in Portland, Oregon. Of interest to Phoronix readers are a few of the graphics-related talks that happened...

Benchmarks Of Ubuntu 17.04 Beta vs. Antergos, Clear Linux, openSUSE Tumbleweed

Sat, 2017-02-25 21:30
For those curious how Ubuntu 17.04 is shaping up, considering this week was the "beta" release for participating flavors, I decided to take a fresh Ubuntu 17.04 x86_64 daily ISO and see how its performance compares to Ubuntu 17.10, Clear Linux 13600, Antergos 17.2, and openSUSE Tumbleweed.

A Soft Implementation Of ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 Is Slowly Being Tackled For Mesa

Sat, 2017-02-25 19:08
Last year there was a Google Summer of Code student working on a library to implement double-precision operations (FP64) in pure GLSL 1.30 as a benefit to older GPUs not having native FP64 capabilities. While that work didn't materialize as a solution in 2017 for those wanting "soft" ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 for being able to potentially expose OpenGL 4.0 on more R600g era GPUs, the work is ongoing...

UKSM Is Still Around For Data Deduplication Of The Linux Kernel

Sat, 2017-02-25 16:50
Several years back we wrote about Ultra Kernel Samepage Merging (UKSM) for data de-duplication within the Linux kernel for transparently scanning all application memory and de-duping it where possible. While the original developer is no longer active, a new developer has been maintaining the work and continues to support it on the latest Linux kernel releases...