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AMDVLK Vulkan Driver Stack Gets Updated With More Extensions, Optimizations & Fixes

Sat, 2018-04-21 19:14
AMD developers maintaining their official Vulkan cross-platform driver code have pushed their end-of-week updates to their external source repositories for those wanting to build the AMDVLK driver on Linux from source...

DragonFlyBSD 5.2, TrueOS 18.03, FreeBSD 11.1, Ubuntu 16.04/18.04 & Clear Linux Tests

Sat, 2018-04-21 18:10
This week I posted some benchmarks looking at the Meltdown mitigation impact on BSD vs. Linux as well as some tests of DragonFly's stabilized HAMMER2 while for your viewing pleasure this weekend are a variety of general BSD vs. Linux benchmarks while using the newly-released DragonFlyBSD 5.2, TrueOS 18.03, FreeBSD 11.1, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04, and Intel's Clear Linux.

EGLStreams XWayland Code Revised Ahead Of X.Org Server 1.20

Sat, 2018-04-21 17:34
It's still not clear if the EGLStreams XWayland support will be merged for xorg-server 1.20 but at least the patches were revised this week, making it possible to merge them into this next X.Org Server release for allowing the NVIDIA proprietary driver to work with XWayland...

Vulkan 1.1.74 Released With Minor Fixes & Clarifications

Sat, 2018-04-21 14:47
Vulkan continues sticking to the "release early, release often" mantra with the availability today of Vulkan 1.1.74...

Ubuntu To Discontinue Opt-In Development Milestones In Favor Of Test Weeks

Sat, 2018-04-21 13:17
The proposal for replacing early Ubuntu derivatives' early alpha/beta releases with "testing weeks" in its place is moving forward with no objections having been raised but flavors like Kubuntu and Xubuntu being in favor of the change...

Collabora Online 3.2 Supports Chart Creation, Other Features

Sat, 2018-04-21 13:10
A new version of Collabora Online is now available, the web-based open-source office suite derived from the cloud version of LibreOffice...

Xfce Settings Update Brings Better Multi-Monitor Support

Sat, 2018-04-21 13:02
While still waiting on the long-awaited Xfce 4.14, out this weekend is an Xfce Settings 4.14.2 preview release as well as an Xfce Settings 4.12.3 stable series update...

The Big GNOME Shell Memory Leak Has Been Plugged, Might Be Backported To 3.28

Sat, 2018-04-21 12:42
The widely talked about "GNOME Shell memory leak" causing excessive memory usage after a while with recent versions of GNOME has now been fully corrected. The changes are currently staged in Git for what will become GNOME 3.30 but might also be backported to 3.28...

SC-Controller 0.4.2 Brings Better On-Screen Keyboard

Sat, 2018-04-21 12:16
For those using the independent, open-source SC-Controller user-mode driver and GTK3 GUI for the Steam Controller, a new release is available in time for any weekend gaming...

FFmpeg 4.0 Released With New Encoders/Decoders, NVIDIA NVDEC Decoding

Fri, 2018-04-20 21:48
FFmpeg 4.0 is now available as the latest major release for this widely-used open-source multimedia encode/decoder library...

This Chart Shows How The Radeon RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 Now Compete Under Linux

Fri, 2018-04-20 18:05
It was just last year that open-source RadeonSI/RADV developers were trying to get the Radeon RX 580 "Polaris" GPU to be competitive with the GeForce GTX 1060 as it is under Windows given each GPU's capabilities. We've seen the RX 580 and GTX 1060 dancing under Linux the past few months and yesterday's 20-way GPU comparison with Rise of the Tomb Raider was quite significant -- perhaps most surprising being how well the RX 580 performed. Heck, just one or two years ago it was an accomplishment seeing any official Radeon driver support at-launch for new Linux game releases. So here are some extensive tests looking closer at the GTX 1060 vs. RX 580 battle in this latest Vulkan-powered Linux game port...

NetBSD 8.0 RC1 Available, Bringing Initial USB 3.0 Support & Spectre/Meltdown Mitigation

Fri, 2018-04-20 14:31
It's a busy month for the BSDs with DragonFlyBSD 5.2 having come along with OpenBSD 6.3 and right before that was TrueOS 18.03. Now there's finally the release candidate of the long-awaited NetBSD 8.0 update...

Arch Linux Finally Rolling Out Glibc 2.27

Fri, 2018-04-20 12:39
Arch Linux is finally transitioning to glibc 2.27, which may make for a faster system...

RADV Vulkan Driver Adds Vega M Support

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:55
Following RadeonSI adding "Vega M" support for the new Radeon graphics appearing embedded on select Intel Kabylake processor packages, the RADV developers have similarly staged their Vega M support in this open-source Vulkan driver...

Intel KVMGT 2018-Q1 Release Offers Mediated GPU Pass-Through Improvements

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:43
While the relevant bits for supporting Intel GPU mediated pass-through to virtual machines with KVM are now upstream in the Linux kernel as well as in QEMU 2.12, Intel developers have just announced their quarterly release of "KVMGT" for those wanting the officially blessed configuration for running Intel virtual GPU support with KVM virtual machines...

AMDGPU DC Fixes For Linux 4.17 Take Care Of "The Dark Screen Issue"

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:28
AMD's Alex Deucher has sent in a small set of fixes for the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver in the Linux 4.17 kernel...

Don't Bother Trying AMDVLK Vulkan With Rise of the Tomb Raider Right Now

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:20
Following yesterday's 20-way graphics card comparison for Rise of the Tomb Raider that debuted yesterday on Linux and is exclusively powered by Vulkan, my next benchmarking objective was trying out the official AMD Vulkan driver, AMDVLK, to see how it would work given the successes of RADV on launch-day for this latest Feral Interactive game port...

The Forge Now Offers Full-Featured Vulkan Support On Linux

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:05
Earlier this month we covered "The Forge" picking up initial Linux support and now they have rounded out their full-featured Linux support with Vulkan rendering...

V3D DRM Driver Steps Towards Mainline Kernel, Renamed From VC5

Thu, 2018-04-19 23:54
The Broadcom VC5 driver stack is being renamed to V3D and developer Eric Anholt is looking at merging it into the mainline Linux kernel...

20-Way NVIDIA GeForce / AMD Radeon GPU Comparison For Rise of The Tomb Raider On Vulkan/Linux

Thu, 2018-04-19 19:40
Today Feral Interactive released their much anticipated Linux port of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the game that was released for Windows in January of 2016 and then released for macOS last week. Feral's Mac port was relying upon the Apple Metal API while the Linux port is now their second game (after F1 2017) exclusively relying upon the Vulkan graphics/compute API rather than OpenGL. This morning I posted the initial Radeon results using the RADV driver while here is the NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon graphics card comparison on Ubuntu Linux using twenty different graphics cards.

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