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RAGE & Doom Get Radeon Workarounds In Mesa 18.3-dev

Sat, 2018-08-18 11:48
If you are looking to enjoy id Software's RAGE or Doom VFR games this weekend on Linux via Wine, they should be playing nicer with the latest open-source Mesa graphics driver code...

AMDGPU-PRO 18.30 Released With Ubuntu 18.04.1 Support & WattMan-Like Functionality

Sat, 2018-08-18 03:30
AMDGPU-PRO 18.30 is now available as the long desired update to this official AMD Linux graphics driver package that consists of the driver installation option for both the "all-open" and closed/proprietary driver modules...

Intel Has Quietly Been Working On A New Gallium3D Driver Being Called "Iris"

Fri, 2018-08-17 22:41
After resisting Gallium3D for the past decade with a preference on continuing to maintain their "i965" Mesa classic driver and all they've invested into its compiler stack and more, it seems times are changing as the open-source Intel team has been starting up development of a modern Gallium3D driver...

Wine 3.14 Adds DXTn Texture Decompression, Other Improvements

Fri, 2018-08-17 19:47
Due to the summer holidays it's been four weeks since Wine 3.13 but it has now been succeeded by Wine 3.14 as the newest feature release...

Linux Scaling Benchmarks With The AMD Threadripper 2990WX In Various Workloads

Fri, 2018-08-17 17:49
While yesterday were the benchmarks showing how Linux games struggle to scale past a few CPU cores/threads, in this article is a look at the scaling performance of various applications/workloads under Linux up to 64 threads using the AMD Threadripper 2990WX. Here's a look at how the Linux performance changes in a variety of applications from one to sixty-four threads with this new HEDT processor.

Mir Has Partial Support For The NVIDIA Proprietary Driver, X11 Support Remains WIP

Fri, 2018-08-17 17:15
Canonical's team responsible for continuing to advance the Mir display server has been making good progress this summer on fleshing out some missing functionality...

AMD Begins Staging AMDGPU Patches For Linux 4.20/5.0, Including FreeSync Refactoring

Fri, 2018-08-17 13:17
With the DRM feature work for Linux 4.19 now in the kernel, AMD's stellar open-source driver team has begun staging their work-in-progress changes for the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver for the next kernel cycle...

DXVK 0.70 Released With Initial Direct3D 10 Over Vulkan Support

Fri, 2018-08-17 13:06
Just in time for any weekend Linux gamers, a new release of DXVK is available that maps the Direct3D API to Vulkan for allowing faster Windows gaming performance under Wine...

Lubuntu Planning Switch To Wayland, Porting Openbox To Mir

Fri, 2018-08-17 11:47
Ubuntu derivative Lubuntu that is now using the LXQt desktop environment has laid out more of their plans to switch over to Wayland rather than the existing X.Org based session...

Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Submitted For Linux 4.19

Fri, 2018-08-17 11:39
Following the main DRM features update for Linux 4.19, a secondary pull request has now been submitted that offers up the nine thousand lines of code for bringing up the Adreno 600 series support for supporting the very latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs...

More AMDGPU Work For Linux 4.19 Has VCN + PSP Firmware Hookup For Future Hardware

Fri, 2018-08-17 11:29
The good news is that the open-source AMD graphics team continues working on support for upcoming hardware, but the bad news is that it looks like their VCN video hardware might be a bit more locked down than it is now...

POWER Changes On The Way To Linux 4.19 Include More Spectre Work

Fri, 2018-08-17 11:09
The POWER architecture changes have been submitted for the in-development Linux 4.19 kernel...

ASUS Begins Offering Linux-Based Endless OS On Select Laptops

Fri, 2018-08-17 00:28
It has been a while since ASUS last offered any Linux options for laptops, but they appear to have a new effort underway with Endless OS...

A Quick Look At The Windows Server vs. Linux Performance On The Threadripper 2990WX

Thu, 2018-08-16 19:24
One of the frequent requests/comments stemming from the launch-day Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks on the new AMD Threadripper 2990WX were questions about whether this 32-core / 64-thread processor would do better with Windows Server given Microsoft's obvious tuning of that Windows flavor to high core/thread counts... Well, here are some initial figures with Windows Server 2016 and a Windows Server 2019 preview.

KDE Applications 18.08 Released

Thu, 2018-08-16 18:40
Today the quarterly update to the collection of KDE software applications has shipped with its newest features...

ARM Aims To Deliver Core i5 Like Performance At Less Than 5 Watts

Thu, 2018-08-16 17:31
ARM has made public an aggressive CPU forward-looking road-map and some performance expectations. ARM is hoping to deliver year-over-year performance improvements of more than 15% through 2020...

A Look At Linux Gaming Performance Scaling On The Threadripper 2950X

Thu, 2018-08-16 14:57
On Monday when the launch embargo expired on the Threadripper 2950X and Threadripper 2990WX I hadn't run any gaming benchmarks since, well, most games even on Windows can't scale out to 32 threads let alone 64 threads... Especially on Linux. It's far more practical getting these Threadripper 2 processors if you want to compile with 32 or 64 make jobs -- among many other common multi-threaded Linux workloads -- versus using this $899 or $1799 processor for a Linux gaming system. But if you are curious how Linux games scale with the Threadripper 2950X, here are some benchmark results when testing both AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.

Linux 4.19 Goes Ahead And Makes Lazy TLB Mode Lazier For Small Performance Benefit

Thu, 2018-08-16 13:45
Last month I wrote about lazy TLB mode improvements on the way to the mainline kernel and this week the changes were indeed merged for the in-development Linux 4.19 kernel...

L1TF / Foreshadow Mitigations Land In Linux 4.18 / 4.17 / 4.14 / 4.9 / 4.4 Kernel Update

Thu, 2018-08-16 13:28
Linux stable maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman has released new updates across the Linux 4.18, 4.17, 4.14, 4.9, and 4.4 kernel channels to address the recently exposed L1 Terminal Fault "L1TF" / Foreshadow Meltdown-like CPU vulnerability affecting Intel processors...

Linux Kernel Diverts Question To Distros: Trust CPU Hardware Random Number Generators?

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:45
In a controversial move, the Linux kernel will be pushing the question off to distribution vendors on whether to put trust in CPU hardware random number generators...