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openSUSE Tumbleweed Rolls To Mesa 17.3, Linux 4.14.13

2 hours 1 min ago
OpenSUSE has continued rolling in the new year with several key package updates in January...

AMDGPU DC Gets More Raven Ridge Improvements, Audio Fixes

2 hours 12 min ago
Harry Wentland of AMD has sent out the latest batch of patches for the AMDGPU DC display code stack. Fortunately it lightens up the DRM driver by about six thousand lines thanks to removing some unused code...

R600g "Soft" FP64 Shows Signs Of Life, Enabling Older GPUs To Have OpenGL 4 In 2018

2 hours 25 min ago
Most pre-GCN AMD graphics cards are still limited to OpenGL 3.3 support at this time due to not supporting FP64. Only the HD 5800/6900 series on R600g currently have real double-precision floating-point support working right now so at present they are on OpenGL 4.3 rather than 3.3, but those other generations may be catching up soon thanks to the "soft" FP64 code...

Mesa 17.3.3 Released With RADV & ANV Vulkan Driver Fixes

2 hours 41 min ago
Mesa 17.3.3 is now available as the latest point release for the Mesa 17.3 stable series...

16-Way Graphics Card Comparison With Radeon On ROCm, NVIDIA With Initial 2018 Linux Drivers

Thu, 2018-01-18 23:05
Towards the end of December AMD quietly released ROCm 1.7.60 as the newest version of their Radeon Open Compute stack complete with their maturing OpenCL implementation. With the improvements there plus NVIDIA recently introducing their 390 Linux driver series (390.12 Beta currently), I ran some fresh Linux OpenCL GPU compute benchmarks on a variety of AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards for those curious how the current performance stacks up.

X.Org Server Finally Adapted To Better Deal With 16:9 & 16:10 Displays

Thu, 2018-01-18 21:11
In 2018 the X.Org Server will introduce better support for 16:9 and 16:10 ratio monitors!..

Wine 3.0 Released With Initial Direct3D 11 Support, D3D Command Stream

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:53
The Wine camp has officially released Wine 3.0 as their annual feature update to this program for running Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems...

Unity Game Engine Working On Graphics Rendering Improvements For 2018

Thu, 2018-01-18 15:49
The Unity game engine has a New Year's resolution of improving its graphics renderer abilities in 2018...

Ubuntu Preparing Kernel Updates With IBRS/IBPB For Spectre Mitigation

Thu, 2018-01-18 14:25
Canonical has rolled out Spectre Variant One and Spectre Variant Two mitigation to their proposed repository with updated kernels for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.10. These kernels with IBRS and IBPB added in will be sent down as stable release updates next week...

Fedora Makes Progress On Their New Modularity Concept

Thu, 2018-01-18 14:18
After abandoning their Fedora Server 27 Modular Edition work last year, Fedora developers interested in modularizing Fedora packaging have drawn up new plans that are now approved by the Fedora Council...

MenuLibre 2.1.4 Released For Menu Editing On GNOME/LXDE/Xfce/Unity

Thu, 2018-01-18 13:50
MenuLibre is an advanced menu editor that supports not just one desktop environment but GNOME, LXDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, and Unity Linux systems...

SUSE Dropping Mainline Work On Their In-Kernel Bootsplash System

Thu, 2018-01-18 11:58
For those that were excited over the months of ongoing work by SUSE to bring up an in-kernel boot splash system that could be better than Plymouth for at least some use-cases and was interesting many readers, unfortunately it's not panning out for mainline...

R600 Gallium3D Gets Some Last Minute Improvements In Mesa 18.0

Thu, 2018-01-18 11:39
These days when Dave Airlie is't busy managing the DRM subsystem or hacking on the RADV Vulkan driver, he's been spending a fair amount of time on some OpenGL improvements to the aging R600 Gallium3D driver. That's happened again and he's landed some more improvements just ahead of the imminent Mesa 18.0 feature freeze...

Open-Source HDCP Support Gets Extended To More Platforms

Thu, 2018-01-18 11:27
With the Linux 4.17 kernel (not the upcoming 4.16 cycle) there is likely to be added initial HDCP support to Intel's Direct Rendering Manager driver. Ahead of that this High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection support continues getting improved upon...

Git 2.16 Released

Thu, 2018-01-18 11:13
Git maintainer Junio Hamano has released version 2.16.0 of this distributed revision control system...

Arch Linux vs. Antergos vs. Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu Benchmarks

Thu, 2018-01-18 01:40
Last week when sharing the results of tweaking Ubuntu 17.10 to try to make it run as fast as Clear Linux, it didn't take long for Phoronix readers to share their opinions on Arch Linux and the request for some optimized Arch Linux benchmarks against Clear Linux. Here are some results of that testing so far in carrying out a clean Arch Linux build with some basic optimizations compared to using Antergos Minimal out-of-the-box, Ubuntu Server, and Clear Linux.

Flapjack Helps Developers Work On Components Inside Flatpak

Wed, 2018-01-17 23:09
Endless OS developer Philip Chimento has developed Flapjack as a means of helping developers work on Flatpak...

LLVM 6.0-RC1 Makes Its Belated Debut

Wed, 2018-01-17 22:56
While LLVM/Clang 6.0 was branched earlier this month and under a feature freeze with master/trunk moving to LLVM 7.0, two weeks later the first release candidate is now available...

24-Way NVIDIA/AMD GPU Benchmarks With X-Plane 11

Wed, 2018-01-17 19:28
With the next update to X-Plane 11 introducing VR support, I have renewed interest in this realistic, cross-platform flight simulator. It's been a few years since we last delivered any benchmarks with X-Plane, but for your viewing please today is an assortment of 24 graphics cards both old and new, low-end to high-end from NVIDIA and AMD in looking at how this flight simulator is running on Ubuntu Linux.

Firefox 58 Bringing Faster WebAssembly Compilation With Two-Tiered Compiler

Wed, 2018-01-17 17:21
With the launch of Mozilla Firefox 58 slated for next week, WebAssembly will become even faster thanks to a new two-tiered compiler...