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D3D9 Shaders To SPIR-V For Vulkan Is Being Worked On By VK9

7 hours 9 min ago
It's been a while since last reporting on VK9 as the independent effort to run Direct3D 9.0 over the Vulkan graphics API while this weekend the lead developer of this open-source project has issued a new update...

Debian 9.1 Released Along With Debian 8.9

Sat, 2017-07-22 17:49
Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 and 8.9 were both released today...

Clover OpenCL Gallium3D Sees Some Patches, Closer To OpenCL 1.2

Sat, 2017-07-22 16:08
Community developer and Phoronix reader Aaron Watry has continued providing some much needed attention to Clover, the Gallium3D state tracker implementing OpenCL, notably for R600g/RadeonSI hardware not receiving ROCm OpenCL support...

Benchmarks Of PHP 7.2 Beta: PHP Is Still Getting Faster

Sat, 2017-07-22 15:56
PHP 7.2 Beta 1 was released yesterday as the next step towards this next refinement to PHP7 that is expected to be officially released in November. I couldn't help but to run some initial benchmarks...

Fedora 27 Approves More Features: Flatpaks, NSS, RPM 4.14, Installer

Sat, 2017-07-22 14:43
At Friday's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) there were yet more features approved for the current Fedora Linux development cycle...

Skylake & Newer Could Still See Faster Linux Graphics Performance

Sat, 2017-07-22 13:55
With my recent tests of Intel Kabylake graphics on Linux 4.13 showing no change in performance, it was asked whether the Intel Linux graphics driver has plateaued for reaching maximum performance. It hasn't...

VA-API Video Acceleration On The Linux Desktop Is Nearly Ready For Chrome

Sat, 2017-07-22 13:36
It looks like Chrome on the Linux desktop could finally be seeing Intel GPU video acceleration support with the web browser having patches pending for VA-API...

Vulkan 1.0.56 Brings One New Extension, Fixes

Sat, 2017-07-22 03:26
Khronos' SIGGRAPH announcements are coming up in just over one week but today we have the Vulkan 1.0.56 release...

Nouveau Gets Thermal Throttling, One Step Closer For GTX 900 Re-Clocking

Sat, 2017-07-22 00:09
Nouveau re-clocking/power expert Karol Herbst has published a set of patches today implementing thermal throttling support for this open-source NVIDIA DRM driver...

Mesa 17.2 Merge Window Extended To Sunday, RADV Shared Semaphores Lands

Fri, 2017-07-21 23:09
The merging fun for Mesa 17.2 will continue through the weekend...

Linux Full Disk Encryption Performance With AMD Ryzen 5 + SATA 3.0 SSD

Fri, 2017-07-21 21:38
Honoring another request of a Phoronix Premium supporter is looking at the performance impact of full-disk encryption using LUKS when using an AMD Ryzen processor. For this round of testing I used an AMD Ryzen 5 1400 running Fedora 26 and backed by an Intel 545s 512GB SATA 3.0 SSD.

Wine 2.13 Released: Unicode 10.0, Better Mouse Cursors

Fri, 2017-07-21 21:12
If Wine 2.0.2 with 60+ bug fixes doesn't interest you, perhaps the Wine 2.13 development update will get you more excited...

GNOME 3.25.4 Released

Fri, 2017-07-21 20:16
GNOME 3.25.4 is the latest development snapshot available of this open-source desktop environment in the road towards GNOME 3.26...

100+ More KHR_no_error Patches, Might Help Some Games

Fri, 2017-07-21 19:49
Open-source driver contributor Samuel Pitoiset for Valve has published a set of 101 new patches for implementing more KHR_no_error support...

StarTech 12U Computer Rack

Fri, 2017-07-21 18:40
In needing to make more room for Ryzen/Epyc/ThreadRipper and Core-X Series, the StarTech 12U rack was the latest investment. This 12U rack can, fortunately, fit quite comfortable under my custom-made desk.

Revised DRI3 v1.1 Modifiers Support For Mesa

Fri, 2017-07-21 16:18
Daniel Stone of Collabora has published a new set of 14 patches implementing DRI3 v1.1's modifiers support inside Mesa with support for EGL X11 and Vulkan X11/Wayland...

Ubuntu Is Trying To Figure Out The Default Apps For 18.04 LTS

Fri, 2017-07-21 14:31
Canonical is running a survey in trying to figure out what should be the default applications for next year's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release...

Haswell-Tuned Binaries Are Still Sometimes Faster On AMD Ryzen Than Znver1 Tuning

Fri, 2017-07-21 13:19
Yesterday I posted benchmarks of Clang 4 vs. Clang 5 with AMD Ryzen now that LLVM 5 has received the initial AMD Zen "znver1" scheduler model. That scheduler model and improvements to LLVM/Clang 5.0 yielded some performance improvements, but still there are cases where using "-march=haswell" for tuning and running those generated binaries on Ryzen leads to better performance...

Etnaviv Gallium3D Driver Now Has Mainline Support For ETC2 Compression

Fri, 2017-07-21 12:49
With Mesa 17.2 expected to be branched before the week is through, expect a lot of last-minute feature activity for new work getting into this next quarterly update for Mesa 3D...

NVIDIA's Server-Side GLVND Implementation

Fri, 2017-07-21 12:26
Earlier this week I wrote about Adam Jackson's work at Red Hat on a prototype of an X.Org server-side GLVND implementation. NVIDIA has also now announced their coincidentally similar work...