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Microsoft Still Loves Git & Continues Working On Improvements

Tue, 2018-01-16 12:38
Microsoft made many upstream contributions to the Git version control system over the past year to improve its performance and they plan to continue contributing to the project...

Jailhouse Guest Support Queued For Linux 4.16

Tue, 2018-01-16 12:14
Yet more functionality to find with the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel is the first bits of Jailhouse hypervisor functionality being mainlined...

BPF Getting Error Injection & More In Linux 4.16

Tue, 2018-01-16 11:47
While BPF has been under the spotlight recently in light of Spectre, with the upcoming Linux 4.16 cycle this in-kernel virtual machine and originally packet filter will be picking up new features...

Red Hat Developer Manages Full Clock-Gating For Kepler With Nouveau

Tue, 2018-01-16 00:44
In improving the power-savings of NVIDIA GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" GPUs running on the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver, Red Hat developer Lyude Paul has published a set of patches allowing for full clock-gating with these older graphics cards...

KDE Plasma 5.12 Reaches Beta With Faster Start-Up Time, Better Wayland Support

Mon, 2018-01-15 21:59
Ahead of the official release expected in February, the KDE Plasma 5.12 Beta is available today as the latest step forward for the KDE desktop...

16-Way GPU Comparison With NVIDIA GPUs Going Back To Kepler

Mon, 2018-01-15 20:17
Last week I provided a fresh look at the NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Linux gaming performance using the latest drivers at the start of 2018. That testing included the latest NVIDIA and AMD GPUs, but for those curious how these numbers compare for older NVIDIA GPUs, here's a look with the Kepler and Maxwell graphics cards added to the comparison.

VirtualBox Guest Driver Being Mainlined With Linux 4.16

Mon, 2018-01-15 19:49
The upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel cycle will be mainlining the VirtualBox Guest "vboxguest" kernel driver...

Retpoline Is Still Being Improved Upon For Intel Skylake/Kabylake

Mon, 2018-01-15 19:22
While initial support for Retpoline was merged into the Linux 4.15 Git kernel last week and is now being backported to some supported Linux kernel series, there is still additional work ongoing for properly mitigating Spectre v2 on Intel Skylake CPUs and newer...

Intel's Mesa Driver Is A Step Closer To ARB_gl_spirv Support

Mon, 2018-01-15 17:22
Igalia has sent out the fourth version of their patches for wiring in ARB_gl_spirv support into the Mesa OpenGL driver. This extension is the last main blocker from Intel having OpenGL 4.6 support and allows for SPIR-V ingestion support for better interoperability between OpenGL and Vulkan...

Vulkan 1.0.68 Published

Mon, 2018-01-15 16:27
Coming just over one week since Vulkan 1.0.67 is now the Vulkan 1.0.68 graphics/compute programming specification update...

Experimental XDG-Shell Support For Mir's Wayland Support

Mon, 2018-01-15 16:22
Mir's Wayland support continues being hacked on and now being tackled is support for the XDG-Shell protocol...

Mesa Gets Patches For EGL_ANDROID_blob_cache

Mon, 2018-01-15 16:07
An Intel open-source developer has sent out a set of patches implementing the EGL ANDROID_blob_cache extension for Mesa...

Retpoline Backported To Linux 4.9, Linux 4.14 Kernels

Mon, 2018-01-15 14:38
Retpoline support for mitigating the Spectre vulnerabilities will soon be present in the Linux 4.9 and 4.14 stable kernels...

ADATA XPG SX6000: Benchmarking A ~$50 USD 128GB NVMe SSD On Linux

Mon, 2018-01-15 13:35
While solid-state drives have generally been quite reliable in recent years and even with all the benchmarking I put them through have had less than a handful fail out of dozens, whenever there's a bargain on NVMe SSDs, it's hard to resist. The speed of NVMe SSDs has generally been great and while it's not a key focus on Phoronix (and thus generally not receiving review samples of them), I upgrade some of the server room test systems when finding a deal. The latest is trying an ADATA XPG SX6000 NVMe SSD I managed to get for $49.99 USD.

Coreboot 4.7 Released With 47 More Motherboards Supported, AMD Stoney Ridge

Mon, 2018-01-15 12:34
Coreboot 4.7 is now available as the latest release of this free and open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement...

Samba 4.8 RC1 Released, Samba 4.9 In Development On Git

Mon, 2018-01-15 12:11
The first release candidate of Samba 4.8 is now available for this popular open-source project implementing the SMB/CIFS protocols...

GCC 8.0 Moves On To Only Regression/Documentation Fixes

Mon, 2018-01-15 12:02
The GCC 8 compiler is on to its last stage of development...

Linux 4.15-rc8 Released As The Last Before Final

Mon, 2018-01-15 01:19
Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.15-rc8 as the last planned release candidate prior to officially debuting Linux 4.15 next weekend...

Freedreno Gallium3D Lands A5xx Texture Tiling For Better Performance

Sun, 2018-01-14 23:45
Freedreno lead developer Rob Clark has landed initial support for texture tiling with Qualcomm Adreno A5xx graphics hardware...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.8 M2 Released As "Folldal" Development Heats Up

Sun, 2018-01-14 21:15
Just one week after Phoronix Test Suite 7.8 Milestone 1, the second development release of 7.8-Folldal is now available for testing...