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GNOME 3.25.4 Released

Fri, 2017-07-21 20:16
GNOME 3.25.4 is the latest development snapshot available of this open-source desktop environment in the road towards GNOME 3.26...

100+ More KHR_no_error Patches, Might Help Some Games

Fri, 2017-07-21 19:49
Open-source driver contributor Samuel Pitoiset for Valve has published a set of 101 new patches for implementing more KHR_no_error support...

StarTech 12U Computer Rack

Fri, 2017-07-21 18:40
In needing to make more room for Ryzen/Epyc/ThreadRipper and Core-X Series, the StarTech 12U rack was the latest investment. This 12U rack can, fortunately, fit quite comfortable under my custom-made desk.

Revised DRI3 v1.1 Modifiers Support For Mesa

Fri, 2017-07-21 16:18
Daniel Stone of Collabora has published a new set of 14 patches implementing DRI3 v1.1's modifiers support inside Mesa with support for EGL X11 and Vulkan X11/Wayland...

Ubuntu Is Trying To Figure Out The Default Apps For 18.04 LTS

Fri, 2017-07-21 14:31
Canonical is running a survey in trying to figure out what should be the default applications for next year's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release...

Haswell-Tuned Binaries Are Still Sometimes Faster On AMD Ryzen Than Znver1 Tuning

Fri, 2017-07-21 13:19
Yesterday I posted benchmarks of Clang 4 vs. Clang 5 with AMD Ryzen now that LLVM 5 has received the initial AMD Zen "znver1" scheduler model. That scheduler model and improvements to LLVM/Clang 5.0 yielded some performance improvements, but still there are cases where using "-march=haswell" for tuning and running those generated binaries on Ryzen leads to better performance...

Etnaviv Gallium3D Driver Now Has Mainline Support For ETC2 Compression

Fri, 2017-07-21 12:49
With Mesa 17.2 expected to be branched before the week is through, expect a lot of last-minute feature activity for new work getting into this next quarterly update for Mesa 3D...

NVIDIA's Server-Side GLVND Implementation

Fri, 2017-07-21 12:26
Earlier this week I wrote about Adam Jackson's work at Red Hat on a prototype of an X.Org server-side GLVND implementation. NVIDIA has also now announced their coincidentally similar work...

Some AMD Grenada Cards Have Been Borked On The Open-Source Driver For 2 Years

Fri, 2017-07-21 12:13
A frustrated Phoronix reader pointed out a bug report that's been open nearly two years regarding AMD Grenada (basically, Hawaii cards in the R9 300 series) support on the open-source Linux driver being in a tough position for a subset of users...

Complete Kabylake Support For Intel GVT Coming

Fri, 2017-07-21 12:04
For those looking to use Intel Kabylake hardware with Intel's Graphics Virtualization Technology, it looks like that support will finally be here come Linux 4.14...

Intel Mesa Driver Lands Support For OpenGL ARB_shader_ballot

Fri, 2017-07-21 02:11
Just in time for this weekend's expected Mesa 17.2 branching, the Intel "i965" Mesa driver has landed support for the ARB_shader_ballot OpenGL extension...

Linux 4.11 vs. 4.12 vs. 4.13-rc1 Intel Kabylake Graphics Tests

Fri, 2017-07-21 01:57
Besides testing the Radeon/AMDGPU work in Linux 4.13, here are some fresh benchmarks of Intel Kabylake GT 2 / HD Graphics 630 from this new in-development kernel...

Wine 2.0.2 Released With 62 Bug Fixes

Thu, 2017-07-20 19:22
The Wine project has today announced Wine 2.0.2 as the newest stable update for running Windows programs on Linux, macOS, and other operating systems...

AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM On Linux 4.13 For AMD GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs

Thu, 2017-07-20 19:14
With the Linux 4.13 kernel currently under development there are new module parameters that can make it easier switching from the Radeon DRM default on GCN 1.0 and GCN 1.1 GPUs to instead using the newer AMDGPU DRM driver, but Radeon remains the default. Here's my test experiences and benchmark results of AMDGPU vs. Radeon for GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs.

GCC Begins Preparing For C++20 With -std=c++2a

Thu, 2017-07-20 16:50
With C++20 feature talk heating up, GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) developers are beginning to prepare working on more of the new compiler functionality for this next standard due out in a few years...

Fedora 25/26 Will Soon Receive The Linux 4.12 Kernel

Thu, 2017-07-20 16:42
For users of Fedora 25 and Fedora 26, the Linux 4.12 kernel will soon be sent down as a stable release update...

Benchmarking LLVM/Clang's New AMD Zen Scheduler Model

Thu, 2017-07-20 14:22
Just prior to LLVM 5.0 being branched yesterday, the AMD Zen scheduler model finally landed in LLVM and has the potential of boosting the performance of generated binaries targeting AMD's Zen "znver1" architecture. Here are some benchmarks of LLVM Clang 4.0 compared to the latest LLVM Clang compiler code when testing with both generic x86-64 optimizations and then optimized builds for the first-generation Zen CPUs, tested on a Ryzen 7 processor.

Qt Creator 4.4 Enters Beta

Thu, 2017-07-20 12:35
The Qt Company has announced the first public beta of the Qt Creator 4.4 integrated development environment...

RADV Lands New Vulkan Extensions, More On The Way

Thu, 2017-07-20 12:22
RADV developer Bas Nieuwenhuizen has landed support for some new Vulkan extensions introduced by Vulkan 1.0.54...

GNOME Shell 3.25.4 Adds Meson Build System Support

Thu, 2017-07-20 04:07
With the GNOME 3.25.4 development milestone this week, new versions of GNOME Shell and Mutter are among the packages checked-in for release...