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Khronos Adds Draco Geometry Compression To glTF 2.0

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:14
Khronos' glTF transmission format for 3D scenes and models continues getting better. This 3D format has seen adoption by countless applications and engines and even usage within Microsoft products. Khronos' latest advancement to glTF 2.0 is a compression extension...

Intel Open-Sources LLVM Graphics Compiler, Compute Runtime With OpenCL 2.1+

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:37
Now it's clear why Intel hasn't been working on the Beignet code-base in months as they have been quietly working on a new and better OpenCL stack and run-time! On open-source Intel OpenCL you can now have OpenCL 2.1 while OpenCL 2.2 support is on the way...

Solus 4 To Offer Experimental GNOME Wayland Session, MATE UI Refresh

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:22
The Solus Linux distribution has offered up some new details this week on their upcoming Solus 4 release...

DRI3 v1.1 Updated by Collabora For Modifiers & Multi-Plane Support

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:10
As a sign that DRI3 v1.1 is hopefully ready to go, Louis-Francis Ratté-Boulianne of Collabora on Friday sent out his latest set of patches adding modifiers and multi-plane support to the Direct Rendering Infrastructure...

Fedora Might Begin Having A Release Manager

Fri, 2018-02-16 00:01
Fedora developers are now discussing the possibility of naming a release manager each development cycle as a person in charge of wrangling together each release and seeing that the "Rawhide" development state is kept in better condition. Who knows, this also might actually help Fedora's longtime trouble of delivering releases on time...

AMD May Have Accidentally Outed Vulkan 1.1

Thu, 2018-02-15 21:44
AMD on Wednesday released the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 for Linux driver. It really isn't noticeable for its official changes, but does claim to advertise Vulkan 1.1 support...

KDE Amarok Music Player Receives Revived Port To Qt5 / KF5

Thu, 2018-02-15 20:46
While Amarok was once KDE's dominant music player, it hasn't seen a new release now in about five years and has yet to see a release based on Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5. But there's hope that might still happen...

Rust 1.24 Released WIth "rustfmt" Preview & Incremental Compilation By Default

Thu, 2018-02-15 20:18
A fairly notable update to the Rust programming language compiler and its components is available today...

NVIDIA Preparing Upstream Linux Kernel Support For The Tegra Xavier SoC

Thu, 2018-02-15 17:00
NVIDIA has begun work on sending out patches for upstreaming Tegra194 "Xavier" SoC support within the Linux kernel...

Mir 0.30 Released With Improved Wayland Support

Thu, 2018-02-15 16:38
Canonical's Mir team has released Mir v0.30 as the latest version of this display server that for the past year has been retooling itself with Wayland protocol support...

Mesa 17.3.4 Released With 90+ Changes

Thu, 2018-02-15 15:20
While Mesa 18.0 should be released in the days ahead as the latest feature release to Mesa 3D, backporting of fixes/improvements to Mesa 17.3 isn't letting up. For those using this stable series from last quarter, Mesa 17.3.4 is out today with nearly 100 changes...

GLXVND Support Lands In Git For X.Org Server 1.20

Thu, 2018-02-15 13:57
There's been a lot of activity in xorg-server Git the past few days, making it look like the developers may be trying to wrap up the very long X.Org Server 1.20 cycle. The latest major feature work landing is GLXVND...

Spectre & KPTI Get More Fixes In Linux 4.16, Offsets Some KVM Performance Losses

Thu, 2018-02-15 11:49
While we are past the Linux 4.16 merge window, more Spectre and Meltdown related improvements and changes are still being allowed into the kernel, similar to all the KPTI/Retpoline work that landed late in Linux 4.15. On Wednesday was another big batch of KPTI and Spectre work that has already been merged...

Marek Updates OpenGL 3.1 ARB_compatibility Support For Mesa

Thu, 2018-02-15 11:29
Last October well known open-source AMD driver developer Marek Olšák began work on OpenGL compatibility profile support for Mesa. This work is about OpenGL 3.1 with ARB_compatibility support, something generally relevant for workstation OpenGL users and one of the few remaining advantages of AMD's current proprietary OpenGL driver...

Wayland Protocols 1.13 Introduces New Input Timestamp Protocol

Thu, 2018-02-15 09:44
Jonas Ådahl on Wednesday announced Wayland-Protocols 1.13, the collection of stable and unstable protocols to Wayland...

Intel's Mesa Driver Gets Patches For New EXT_shader_framebuffer_fetch

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
Open-source Intel driver developer Francisco Jerez has sent out a set of 15 patches implementing a new version of the EXT_shader_framebuffer_fetch OpenGL extension...

Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS Planned For Release 1 March

Thu, 2018-02-15 01:09
The delayed Ubuntu 16.04.4 point release is now expected to become available at the start of March...

Canonical Pursuing A Hardware/Software Survey For Ubuntu Installations

Thu, 2018-02-15 00:48
Will Cooke, Canonical's Director of Ubuntu Desktop, has announced plans to collect more diagnostics data from Ubuntu installations. This would involve collecting system hardware/software details during the installation process and be uploaded to Ubuntu servers, but users could opt-out of said survey...

The First Stubs For Direct3D 12 Are Now In Wine Git

Wed, 2018-02-14 23:46
The first baby steps towards implementing Direct3D 12 in Wine are now present in the Git code-base for this week's Wine 3.2 release but it won't be anything remotely usable for a while...

AMD Vega 8 Graphics Performance On Linux With The Ryzen 3 2200G

Wed, 2018-02-14 20:50
Yesterday I posted the initial Ryzen 5 2400G Vega 11 Linux graphics benchmarks while for your viewing please today -- as well as this morning's 21-way Intel/AMD CPU Linux comparison that featured these new Raven Ridge APUs -- the results now completed are initial OpenGL and Vulkan performance figures for the Vega 8 graphics found on the Ryzen 3 2200G.