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BUS1 Kernel Message Bus Posted For Review

Wed, 2016-10-26 22:08
David Herrmann has posted the initial patches for review of the BUS1 kernel message bus, the successor to KDBUS as an in-kernel IPC mechanism...

RadeonSI Gallium3D Re-Enables SDMA For Sea Islands, Carrizo

Wed, 2016-10-26 14:14
The latest Mesa Git code has re-enabled SDMA support in the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for Sea Islands and Carrizo hardware...

xfce4-panel 4.12.1 Released, Xfce 4.14 Still A Long Ways Out

Wed, 2016-10-26 12:55
Xfce4-panel 4.12.1 has been released as a "long overdue maintenance release" while Xfce 4.14 is still in its infancy...

ARB_gpu_shader_int64 Patches For Intel's Mesa Driver

Wed, 2016-10-26 06:05
Well known Intel open-source developer Ian Romanick has published a massive set of 59 patches for enabling GL_ARB_gpu_shader_int64 within core Mesa and their i965 DRI driver...

Coreboot Lands More RISC-V / lowRISC Code

Wed, 2016-10-26 02:50
As some early post-Coreboot 4.5 changes are some work to benefit fans of the RISC-V ISA...

Vulkan 1.0.32 Released

Tue, 2016-10-25 17:49
For Vulkan developers concerned about the latest documentation changes for this graphics API, the latest Vulkan 1.0 point release is now available...

Flatpak 0.6.13 Released With Many Changes

Tue, 2016-10-25 16:32
Flatpak 0.6.13 is now available as the latest big release of this app sandboxing tech for the Linux desktop previously known as XDG-App...

This Mini $109 GTX 1050 Might Be Great For A HTPC / Living Room Steam Linux PC

Tue, 2016-10-25 15:51
The GeForce GTX 1050 graphics cards are beginning to ship today. As mentioned in yesterday's NVIDIA 375.10 vs. Linux 4.8 + Mesa 13.1-dev AMD GPU Benchmarks, I unfortunately don't have any Linux reviews to publish today due to waiting on the hardware but will have GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti reviews in the days ahead. The first GTX 1050 card to be tested is a Zotac GTX 1050 Mini, which might be great for a living room HTPC or 1080p "Steam Machine" on a budget...

Linux 3.9 To Linux 4.9 Kernel Benchmarks: Testing The 21 Last Kernels

Tue, 2016-10-25 15:00
With the in-development Linux 4.9 kernel showing signs of some performance improvements, I've gone ahead and tested the last 21 major kernel releases on the same system. From Linux 3.9 to Linux 4.9, each of the major kernel releases was tested from the same Intel Core i7 desktop with a variety of benchmarks.

Linux 4.9 I/O Scheduler Benchmarks On A SSD: Noop vs. CFQ vs. Deadline

Tue, 2016-10-25 12:39
Some Phoronix Premium readers had recently requested some fresh I/O scheduler benchmarks using the Linux 4.9 kernel, so here are those test results...

Generic Governors Support Coming For Intel P-State

Tue, 2016-10-25 12:21
Rafael Wysocki of Intel has been hacking an interesting improvement into the Intel P-State CPU frequency scaling driver for the Linux kernel...

Opera 41 Browser Brings Performance Improvements

Tue, 2016-10-25 12:13
For those still using the Opera web-browser, Opera 41 is now available as the latest stable release and seems primarily focused on performance improvements...

Windows Btrfs Driver Updated With New Capabilities (WinBtrfs)

Tue, 2016-10-25 06:08
For those needing to access a Btrfs file-system from a Microsoft Windows OS, the independent WinBtrfs project provides a native driver for being able to access Btrfs from Windows...

NVIDIA 375.10 vs. Linux 4.8 + Mesa 13.1-dev AMD GPU Benchmarks

Tue, 2016-10-25 01:30
In prepping for the GeForce GTX 1050 Linux graphics card reviews this week, I've been re-testing my various AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards atop the very latest driver stacks. As a precursor while waiting for the GeForce GTX 1050 Linux review in the days ahead, here are those fresh benchmarks of the other graphics cards.

HDMI Audio Support Being Worked On For Raspberry Pi VC4

Mon, 2016-10-24 22:53
Broadcom developer Eric Anholt's latest work on the VC4 DRM kernel driver for Raspberry Pi hardware is for enabling HDMI audio support...

Valgrind 3.12 Released With More Improvements For Memory Debugging/Checking

Mon, 2016-10-24 20:29
Valgrind 3.12.0 has been released as the latest major version of this widely-used, cross-platform utility by developers for memory profiling/debugging/checking...

Mesa 13.0 RC2 Released With ANV, RADV, Wayland Fixes

Mon, 2016-10-24 17:22
The latest Mesa 13.0 weekly release candidate is now available for testing...

Intrinsic Is A Promising, Open-Source, Cross-Platform Vulkan Game Engine

Mon, 2016-10-24 17:00
Ever hear of the Intrinsic game engine? Neither have we, until The Khronos Group mentioned it this morning as a new game engine focused on Vulkan support that was open-sourced last week...

New Qt 5.7.1, Qt 5.8 Beta Snapshots Released

Mon, 2016-10-24 16:51
The Qt Company has made available new snapshots for testing of upcoming releases for the Qt tool-kit...

Trying The Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Patches On Linux 4.9 With A Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E

Mon, 2016-10-24 15:29
Last week the Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 patches were updated for the Linux 4.9-rc1 kernel. While it won't be mainlined until Linux 4.10 at least, I decided to try out these TBM 3.0 / ITMT patches with a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E CPU...