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Mir Now Has Initial Support For Wayland Clients

Mon, 2017-09-18 12:15
Quietly being added to the Mir display stack a week ago was initial support for Wayland clients...

Banshee Engine Planning For Linux Support In Q4

Mon, 2017-09-18 11:52
Banshee has been a promising C++14-written, multi-threaded open-source game engine featuring Vulkan support. When the Vulkan support was added at the start of the year the plan was to see the Linux support added to the game engine in Q2. Well, it looks like in Q4 we could see the Linux client finally materialize...

Mesa 17.2.1 Released With Restored RADV Vulkan RX Vega Support

Mon, 2017-09-18 01:28
As anticipated, Mesa 17.2.1 is now available for those wanting to use the latest stable point release of Mesa3D for the best, stable open-source 3D graphics user experience on Linux and other operating systems...

Replicant 6.0 Free Software Android Updated To Support 12 Devices

Mon, 2017-09-18 00:47
While 8.0 Oreo is the latest version of Google's Android operating system for mobile devices, the free software minded Replicant OS that derives itself from the Android Open-Source Project code-base has re-released their version 6.0...

Keeping Intel Core X-Series CPUs Cool With Noctua Air Cooling

Sun, 2017-09-17 20:09
With the ten-core / 20-thread Core i9 7900X CPU having a 140 Watt TDP, it's a lot to keep cool with air cooling. Even more, with the soon-to-launch new Core i9 models, you really need a beefy heatsink fan if wishing to avoid water cooling. In this article are some tests with different Noctua heatsinks. Besides being able to cool these 2017X processors, the other requirement too is that they fit within 4U space requirements. The heatsinks benchmarked today included the Noctua NH-C14S, NH-U9S, Noctua NH-D9L, NF-A9 PWM fan, and NF-A14 PWM fan.

The Exciting Features Of Linux 4.14: Zstd, Vega Hugepages, AMD SME, New Drivers

Sun, 2017-09-17 15:30
With Linux 4.14-rc1 having been released one day early, here is our look at the new features of Linux 4.14 with the merge window having been closed. There's a lot to get excited about with Linux 4.14 from graphics driver improvements, new hardware improvements, a new Realtek WiFi driver, a PWM vibrator driver, and Btrfs Zstd compression support..

Librem 5 Crosses $400k In Funding After Plasma Mobile Announcement

Sun, 2017-09-17 14:55
Since announcing earlier this week that KDE is working on Plasma Mobile support for the Librem 5, Purism has managed to raise over $100k more towards their goal of building a free software GNU/Linux smartphone, but remain around 1.1 million dollars short of their goal...

Ryzen & RX Vega Totally Dominated This Summer For Linux Users

Sun, 2017-09-17 14:31
With summer quickly coming to an end next week in the northern hemisphere, here's a look back at the most popular Linux/open-source articles and reviews for summer 2017...

Oracle Now Supports Btrfs RAID5/6 On Their Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel

Sun, 2017-09-17 13:23
Besides incorporating the RHEL 7.4 changes from Red Hat into their recent Oracle Linux update, their Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) has received a few updates of its own...

GCC 5.5 Will Come Before Killing Off GCC5

Sun, 2017-09-17 12:48
Red Hat's Jakub Jelinek has announced that GCC 5.5 will be released soon...

Linux 4.14-rc1 Released A Day Early

Sun, 2017-09-17 02:26
Linus Torvalds has tagged the first release candidate of Linux 4.14 one day early and thereby marking the end of the new feature merge window for this kernel series...

Linux 4.14 Gets A Driver For PWM-Controlled Vibrators

Sat, 2017-09-16 21:13
Dmitry Torokhov has sent in a second helping of input updates for the Linux 4.14 merge window that is closing this weekend...

Linux RAID Performance On NVMe M.2 SSDs

Sat, 2017-09-16 18:15
For boosting the I/O performance of the AMD EPYC 7601 Tyan server I decided to play around with a Linux RAID setup this weekend using two NVMe M.2 SSDs. This is our first time running some Linux RAID benchmarks of NVMe M.2 SSDs and for this comparison were tests of EXT4 and F2FS with MDADM soft RAID as well as with Btrfs using its built-in native RAID capabilities for some interesting weekend benchmarks.

Experimental Nouveau Reclocking Patches Updated, Including For Maxwell GPUs

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:03
Karol Herbst has sent out 29 updated patches on Friday for a major rework to the Nouveau clock related code for re-clocking and related functionality. This includes a "hacky workaround" for getting re-clocking to function on GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell 2" GPUs...

MIPS Changes Submitted For Linux 4.14: NI 169445, Omega2+, MT7628A Support

Sat, 2017-09-16 16:52
There are many MIPS updates to find with the in-development Linux 4.14 kernel...

The Graphics Talks Of The 2017 Open-Source Summit NA

Sat, 2017-09-16 13:17
This week the Linux Foundation hosted their annual Open-Source Summit 2017 North America. There were two graphics talks this year led by Collabora developers...

The DRM Changes For The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Sat, 2017-09-16 12:57
With the Linux 4.14 merge window period combined with the fact of the DRM pull request having been submitted early this cycle, I didn't have a chance to provide a recap of the Direct Rendering Manager changes for 4.14. Here's that overview for those not in tune with the many individual articles that had been written about the different Linux 4.14 graphics driver changes...

Linux 4.14 Dropping In-Tree Firmware

Sat, 2017-09-16 12:38
Linux 4.14 is getting rid of its in-kernel firmware/ tree...

NVIDIA 381.26.17 Adds Vulkan 1.0.61 Support

Sat, 2017-09-16 01:05
For those wanting the bleeding-edge NVIDIA Vulkan driver support, a new beta was pushed out today providing same-day support for the Vulkan 1.0.61 update...

Radeon RX Vega OpenGL Linux Performance For September 2017

Fri, 2017-09-15 21:30
It's been a couple weeks since running any Mesa Git benchmarks to show the latest state of the open-source Radeon Linux graphics stack, so here are some fresh numbers with the RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 along with other Radeon GPUs compared to the NVIDIA Linux performance.