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Qt 5.12 Beta Released With Better Performance, Input & UI Improvements

Fri, 2018-10-05 11:27
The Qt Company has announced the immediate availability of the Qt 5.12 beta...

New Project Aims To Make It Easy To Reuse Kconfig Outside Of The Linux Kernel

Fri, 2018-10-05 11:18
Init-kconfig is the new software project trying to make it easy for re-using the Kconfig configuration system outside of the Linux kernel and more adaptable for independent software projects...

Nouveau DRM Tree Sees Updates Ahead Of Linux 4.20

Fri, 2018-10-05 11:03
While there has been lots of Intel updates and tons of AMDGPU activity in DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 4.20~5.0 cycle, there hadn't been any changes to the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver while at least today the Nouveau DRM tree has seen some new updates...

Yabits: A New UEFI Coreboot Payload Alternative To TianoCore & Closed-Source Blobs

Fri, 2018-10-05 02:49
Yabits was announced last month at the OSFC 2018 conference in Erlangen, Germany. Yabits is a lighter-weight alternative to the open-source TianoCore UEFI implementation and other commonly used proprietary UEFI implementations by motherboard vendors...

AMD GPUs Affected By A Nasty Power Regression That Snuck Into Linux 4.18 Stable

Thu, 2018-10-04 22:33
A Phoronix reader emailed in that since the recent Linux 4.18.10 stable kernel the power usage on his system has increased by around 50 Watts while idling... Not the overall AC system power draw being 50 Watts, but an increase of roughly that amount on the latest 4.18 stable point releases up to this point. I've now been able to reproduce as well as bisect the cause...

Valve Updates SteamVR AMD Requirements, Recommends Using PPAs On Ubuntu

Thu, 2018-10-04 21:48
Valve updated their Linux graphics driver requirements today for using SteamVR. On the NVIDIA side you just need the proprietary 387 driver or newer and you are all set for SteamVR -- assuming your GPU is fast enough to keep pace. But on the AMD side is where there are still relatively tight requirements which leads them to recommending third-party PPAs for the best experience...

FreeBSD Is Looking To Drop Many Of Its 10/100 Ethernet Drivers

Thu, 2018-10-04 21:21
FreeBSD is looking to deprecate "most" of their 10/100 Ethernet drivers in FreeBSD 12 so that they can be dropped entirely in FreeBSD 13, but not everyone wants to see these older networking drivers dismissed...

RADV vs. AMDVLK vs. Radeon Software Vulkan Driver Performance - October 2018 Linux Gaming

Thu, 2018-10-04 16:58
Given AMD's weekly updating of the public AMDVLK Vulkan driver source tree as their official open-source Vulkan Linux driver while RADV continues to be maintained as the popular open-source Radeon Vulkan driver within the Mesa source tree, here is a fresh look at how those competing drivers perform. Additionally there are the results from Radeon Software / AMDGPU-PRO using its closed-source Vulkan driver that is derived from the same sources as AMDVLK but built against AMD's proprietary shader compiler.

Raptor Announces "Blackbird" Micro-ATX, Low-Cost POWER9 Motherboard

Thu, 2018-10-04 15:36
Since August we've been excited to hear about Raptor Computing Systems' new POWER9 open-source system in development and today at the OpenPOWER Summit in Amsterdam they announced Blackbird...

Intel Is Having Great Success With Their Open-Source Sound Firmware

Thu, 2018-10-04 15:13
Intel a while back open-sourced their sound firmware and SDK and also launched the "Sound Open Firmware" project in cooperation with the Linux Foundation. It's been an interesting journey and getting Intel pointed towards offering more open-source firmware...

Krita 4.2 Will Be Another Step Up For Open-Source Digital Painting

Thu, 2018-10-04 14:54
The KDE/Qt-aligned Krita open-source digital painting program will soon see its 4.2 feature release that is bringing with it many new features...

The Kazan Vulkan CPU/Software-Based Implementation Being Rewritten In Rust

Thu, 2018-10-04 13:29
Remember Kazan, the project originally known as Vulkan-CPU? That was the Google Summer of Code 2017 project to implement a CPU/software-based Vulkan driver. It had been dormant since GSoC 2017 ended, but now work on it has been restarted...

The State Of LinuxBoot For Replacing Proprietary UEFI Firmware With The Linux Kernel

Thu, 2018-10-04 13:17
LinuxBoot is the year-old project for replacing proprietary UEFI implementations with the Linux kernel in essence. Adoption continues to grow for LinuxBoot and is now being used inside several large corporations...

LibreOffice Qt5 Integration Sees Further Improvements

Thu, 2018-10-04 12:32
The past year LibreOffice has sported a Qt5 interface plug-in for better integration with Qt-based environments like a better "KDE 5" experience. In recent days has been more improvements to this Qt5 integration...

PulseAudio Lands Big Improvements For Its Meson Build System

Thu, 2018-10-04 11:26
PulseAudio has been slower than some of the other prominent open-source projects at moving to the Meson build system, but as of last night it appears a bulk of that new build system is in place...

Apple Magic Trackpad 2 Driver Support Queued In Linux 4.20~5.0

Thu, 2018-10-04 11:16
The patches written by Google/ChromeOS developers to support the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 that we were talking about a few days back have now been queued ahead of the next Linux kernel cycle...