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Wine 3.11 Brings Debugging Support For WoW64 Processes, Better Reporting Of HT CPUs

5 hours 16 min ago
Wine 3.11 is now available as the newest bi-weekly development release of this software for running Windows programs/games/applications on Linux and other operating systems...

Freedreno Reaches OpenGL ES 3.1 Support, Not Far From OpenGL 3.3

6 hours 35 min ago
The Freedreno Gallium3D driver now supports all extensions required by OpenGL ES 3.1 and is also quite close to supporting desktop OpenGL 3.3...

Early Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey Data

Fri, 2018-06-22 18:00
With the Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey that was introduced in Ubuntu 18.04 and presented to users upon new installations, it's been collecting data since the Bionic Beaver launch in April but the data hasn't been made public up to this point. Viewing the survey data is currently being worked on for the Ubuntu 18.10 cycle and today a first look at these numbers have been shared...

App Launching From GNOME Shell Now More Robust Under Memory Pressure & Faster

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:49
Right now on systems with low amounts of available system memory, GNOME Shell can sometimes fail to launch applications due to an error over not being able to allocate memory in the fork process. With the latest rounds of Glib optimizations, this should no longer be the case...

Systemd 239 Rolls Out With Portable Services, Merges Boot Loader Specification

Fri, 2018-06-22 15:28
The big systemd 239 feature update is now officially released...

Wine 3.10 vs. Ubuntu 18.04 vs. Windows 10 Desktop Performance

Fri, 2018-06-22 14:18
Here are some fresh benchmarks comparing the performance of a variety of cross-platform Windows/Linux desktop applications when benchmarking the native Windows 10 binaries, the Windows binaries under Wine 3.10 on Ubuntu 18.04, and then the native Linux binaries itself on Ubuntu 18.04. All tests were done on the same system and these results do a good job at showing the potential (and shortcomings) of Wine from a performance perspective.

Kodi 18 Alpha 2 Released With Stability & Usability Improvements + New Wayland Code

Fri, 2018-06-22 12:42
It's been a few months since the Kodi 18 Alpha while available today is the second alpha release of this major update to the open-source, cross-platform HTPC software...

RadeonSI Compatibility Profile Is Close To OpenGL 4.4 Support

Fri, 2018-06-22 11:38
It was just a few days ago that the OpenGL compatibility profile support in Mesa reached OpenGL 3.3 compliance for RadeonSI while now thanks to the latest batch of patches from one of the Valve Linux developers, it's soon going to hit OpenGL 4.4...

DXVK 0.60 Released With Support For 64-Bit Floating Point Instructions, Optimizations

Fri, 2018-06-22 11:24
DXVK 0.60 is now available as the newest feature release for this translation layer that allows Direct3D 11 games running on Wine to be mapped to Vulkan rather than Wine's default OpenGL translation layer. With DXVK 0.60 there are more performance optimizations and other feature additions...

Making Use Of Chrome's Ozone-GBM Intel Graphics Support On The Linux Desktop

Fri, 2018-06-22 07:07
Intel open-source developer Joone Hur has provided a guide about using the Chrome OS graphics stack on Intel-based Linux desktop systems...

The Latest Batch Of XWayland / EGLStream Improvements Merged

Fri, 2018-06-22 06:17
While the initial EGLStreams-based support for using the NVIDIA proprietary driver with XWayland was merged for the recent X.Org Server 1.20 release, the next xorg-server release will feature more improvements...

Initial AMDGPU Driver Changes Submitted For Linux 4.19

Fri, 2018-06-22 00:01
Less than one week after the close of the Linux 4.18 kernel merge window, AMD developers working on the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver have already submitted their first batch of changes to DRM-Next to begin queuing for the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle. There are a few new features with this latest batch of code...

Rust 1.27 Released With SIMD Improvements

Thu, 2018-06-21 22:44
Adding to the list of busy software releases today is the availability of Rust 1.27...

Git 2.18 Released With Initial Version Of Its New Wire Protocol

Thu, 2018-06-21 22:28
Version 2.18 of the Git distributed revision control system is now available...

Flatpak 1.0 Nears With Today's 0.99.1 Release

Thu, 2018-06-21 19:27
Red Hat's Alexander Larsson who has been leading much of the Flatpak development going back to the days of XDG-App has today announced the release of Flatpak 0.99.1 as the first pre-release prior to the major 1.0 release...

GNU FreeDink - One Of The Few Fully Free Software Games - Now Runs On The Web

Thu, 2018-06-21 18:18
When it comes to obscure projects under the official GNU Project umbrella, GNU FreeDink is one of them as being a free software game whose lineage traces back to the Dink Smallwood title from the late 90's. Nearly twenty years after the game's original release, the latest GNU FreeDink release is now available that allows it to be played within web-browsers...

LVM2 Begins Work On Major Changes To Logical Volume Management

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:39
LVM2 as the user-space tools for Logical Volume Management (LVM) on Linux is in the process of going through a big re-work...

Some Compiler Performance Benchmarks With The Zapcc Caching Compiler

Thu, 2018-06-21 16:33
Here are some quick benchmarks I ran this week of the newly open-sourced Zapcc C++ caching compiler based upon LLVM/Clang and compared to the upstream Clang performance, GCC, and Ccache with the speed on the original compilation of the benchmark code and then again on a subsequent compilation...

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Resigns

Thu, 2018-06-21 15:33
While Intel's second quarter revenue and non-GAAP EPS is exceeding their prior guidance, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned effective immediately...

PulseAudio 12.0 Released With Many Improvements

Thu, 2018-06-21 15:17
PulseAudio 12.0 was quietly released yesterday as the newest version of this open-source, cross-platform sound server...