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Trying Out Unity 8 + Mir On Ubuntu 17.04

Thu, 2017-03-23 21:00
Given there is just one month to go until the official Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" release and past the ordinary freezes and nearly at the final development milestones, I decided to take a test drive this morning of Unity 8 with Mir atop the latest daily Zesty packages.

CrossOver 16.2 Released, Supports Microsoft Outlook 2013 On Linux

Thu, 2017-03-23 20:26
CodeWeavers has announced CrossOver 16.2 as the newest release of their Wine-based software for running Windows programs on Linux and macOS...

Fedora 26 Alpha Faces Another Delay

Thu, 2017-03-23 20:22
Fedora 26 was set back by a delay last week and today it's been delayed again for another week...

Intel Has More P-State Changes Coming For Linux 4.12

Thu, 2017-03-23 17:45
Tuning the P-State CPU frequency scaling driver for the Linux kernel feels like a never-ending process. While it's been around for years and continues to be refined, for some Intel CPUs on some workloads, the CPUFreq scaling driver leads to be better performance and even Intel's own Clear Linux distribution is using CPUFreq by default. With Linux 4.12, more intel_pstate revisions are taking place...

Intel's Vulkan Driver Working On VK_KHX_multiview Support

Thu, 2017-03-23 16:33
Intel's open-source "ANV" Vulkan Linux driver is prepping support for the experimental VK_KHX_multiview extension...

Serious Sam Fusion 2017 Is Working Out Well For RADV Vulkan

Thu, 2017-03-23 15:00
This week marked the roll out of Serious Sam Fusion 2017 into public beta first up with Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and soon to be followed-up by The Second Encounter and Serious Sam: BFE. The Fusion 2017 update is interesting as it brings these classics Vulkan support, 64-bit only, and other engine improvements.

Qt 5.9 Beta Snapshot Released, Boasts Shader Binary Cache

Thu, 2017-03-23 14:31
The first Qt 5.9 tool-kit beta snapshot is now available for testing as the next feature release for this widely-used, cross-platform toolkit...

Dell Is Exploring The Use Of Coreboot, At Least Internally

Thu, 2017-03-23 13:46
Dell appears to be using Coreboot on some of their modern Intel Atom motherboards paired with the Intel FSP and TianoCore...

Mir's Abstraction Layer Now Has Cut & Paste Support (MirAL)

Thu, 2017-03-23 12:39
A few days ago we reported on Ubuntu's Mir now supporting drag and drop while now another important desktop feature has come to Ubuntu's Mir abstraction layer, MirAL...

DRM Core Updates For HDMI 2.0+ Features

Thu, 2017-03-23 12:24
Synopsys has been working on some DRM core infrastructure patches for better handling of HDMI 2.0+ support by DRM drivers...

Battle for Wesnoth 1.13.7 Released

Thu, 2017-03-23 11:27
For those looking for a free software turn-based strategy game, the open-source Battle for Wesnoth project remains under development...

VGA-Switcheroo Ported From Linux To DragonFlyBSD

Thu, 2017-03-23 11:18
The latest DRM/graphics-related porting effort by François Tigeot in the DragonFly space is bringing over the vga_swticheroo module from the Linux kernel...

Nouveau TGSI Shader Cache Enabled In Mesa 17.1 Git

Thu, 2017-03-23 10:57
Building off the work laid by Timothy Arceri and others for enabling a TGSI (and hardware) shader cache in the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver as well as R600g TGSI shader cache due ot the common infrastructure work, the Nouveau driver is now leveraging it to enable the TGSI shader cache for Nouveau Gallium3D drivers...

Libinput 1.7 Released With Support For Lid Switches, Scroll Wheel Improvements

Thu, 2017-03-23 01:26
Peter Hutterer has announced the new release of libinput 1.7.0 as the input handling library most commonly associated with Wayland systems but also with Ubuntu's Mir as well as the X.Org Server via the xf86-input-libinput driver...

17 Fresh AMDGPU DC Patches Posted Today

Wed, 2017-03-22 22:41
Seventeen more "DC" display code patches were published today for the AMDGPU DRM driver, but it's still not clear if it will be ready -- or accepted -- for Linux 4.12...

AC3 Codec Coming For Fedora 26

Wed, 2017-03-22 19:00
Fedora Workstation 26 will be receiving official AC3 codec support...

This Week's Mesa 17.1-dev + Linux 4.11 Radeon Performance vs. NVIDIA

Wed, 2017-03-22 17:10
Given all the recent performance work that's landed recently in Mesa Git for Mesa 17.1 plus the Linux 4.11 kernel continuing to mature, in this article are some fresh benchmarks of a few Radeon GPUs with Mesa 17.1-dev + Linux 4.11 as of this week compared to some GeForce graphics cards with the latest NVIDIA proprietary driver.

GNOME 3.24 Released With Night Light Mode, Maps Navigation & More

Wed, 2017-03-22 16:55
Matthias Clasen has just announced the official release of GNOME 3.24, codenamed Portland...

Feral Now Formally Providing Free Linux Games To Mesa Developers

Wed, 2017-03-22 16:17
Similar to Valve offering their collection of games to Mesa developers (as well as Ubuntu/Debian developers), Feral Interactive is now offering their Linux game collection for free to Mesa developers...

Blender Making Progress On Its Realtime PBR Engine

Wed, 2017-03-22 12:12
Eevee is the codename for the Blender project to implement a realtime engine with physically-based rendering (PBR) within Blender 2.8...