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Vulkan 1.1.73 Released With Fixes

Mon, 2018-04-16 16:43
Vulkan 1.1.73 is out as the latest minor refinement since last month's big Vulkan 1.1 update...

Mainline Linux Kernel Almost Ready For Finally Supporting Unprivileged FUSE Mounts

Mon, 2018-04-16 14:45
While the Linux 4.17 merge window officially closed yesterday with the release of Linux 4.17-rc1, FUSE maintainer Miklos Szeredi is now trying to get his changes added...

Phoronix Test Suite 8.0 M3 Released With BSD Improvements, Test Inspector & More

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:53
Phoronix Test Suite 8.0 Milestone 3 is now available for evaluation as the latest step towards the official 8.0-Aremark release due out later this quarter...

Qt 5.12 Will Likely Ship In November, Might Drop Alpha/Beta Tags

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:05
With Qt 5.11 already due to ship at the end of next month, Qt developers have begun discussing the follow-on Qt 5.12 release to ship in late 2018...

Purism Hires GNOME Developer For Librem 5 UI/UX Designer

Mon, 2018-04-16 11:56
Purism's latest hire to work on the Librem 5 privacy-minded Linux smartphone effort is a UI/UX designer who has long been involved with GNOME...

NVIDIA & Valve Are Among Those Backing X.Org's XDC2018

Mon, 2018-04-16 11:36
This year's X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC2018) has already received some big name sponsors...

Linux 4.17-rc1 Kernel Released: A Ton Of New Functionality While Shedding Old Code

Mon, 2018-04-16 03:49
Just like clockwork the Linux 4.17-rc1 kernel was released tonight following the two week long merge window...

Linux 4.17 Offers Some Promising Power-Savings Improvements

Mon, 2018-04-16 02:15
Of the many improvements to be found in the in-development Linux 4.17 kernel -- nicely summarized in our Linux 4.17 feature overview -- one of the features I've been anxious the most to begin benchmarking has been the reported power management improvements. Here are my initial power/performance tests of Linux 4.17 that for some systems is seeing a measurable drop in power usage, even in some cases under load while without sacrificing the performance.

Mesa 18.0.1 Being Released In A Few Days With About Four Dozen Fixes

Sun, 2018-04-15 22:25
Mesa 18.0.1 is being planned for release on Wednesday as the first stable point release / maintenance update for this quarterly installment to Mesa 3D...

A Last Minute Linux 4.17 Pull To Help Non-PCID Systems With KPTI Meltdown Performance

Sun, 2018-04-15 21:42
While the Linux 4.17 kernel merge window is closing today and is already carrying a lot of interesting changes as covered by our Linux 4.17 feature overview, Thomas Gleixner today sent in a final round of x86 (K)PTI updates for Meltdown mitigation with this upcoming kernel release...

A Look At The Meltdown Performance Impact With DragonFlyBSD 5.2

Sun, 2018-04-15 17:15
Besides looking at the HAMMER2 performance in DragonFlyBSD 5.2, another prominent change with this new BSD operating system release is the Spectre and Meltdown mitigations being shipped. In this article are some tests looking at the performance cost of DragonFlyBSD 5.2 for mitigating the Meltdown Intel CPU vulnerability...

The Many Great Features & Changes Coming For The Linux 4.17 Kernel

Sun, 2018-04-15 15:20
Linus Torvalds is expected by the end of the day to release Linux 4.17-rc1, thereby marking the end of the two-week merge window that saw a lot of changes and new features land for Linux 4.17. Here is our original feature overview of the changes to be found in this next major release of the Linux kernel, which should premiere as stable by the middle of June.

OpenCL C++ / OpenCL 2.2 Support Begins Its Journey To Mainline LLVM Clang

Sun, 2018-04-15 13:48
A few weeks back we reported on plans for OpenCL C++ support to be mainlined in LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler front-end and that work is now happening...

Hacking With Mir's EGMDE Desktop To Support Different Keymaps, Custom Wallpapers

Sun, 2018-04-15 13:30
At the end of March longtime Mir developer Alan Griffiths of Canonical announced EGMDE, the Mir Desktop Environment as a desktop example implementing Mir/MirAL APIs and supporting Wayland clients. Griffiths has now put out his latest article in guiding interested developers in working with the code...

AMD's GPUOpen Has Opened The Window System Agent Library

Sun, 2018-04-15 13:18
As part of the AMDVLK/XGL/PAL driver stack is now the WSA library...

Wine-Staging 3.6 Released, Carrying ~930 Patches, Fixes For CSMT Toggling & Dead Rising

Sun, 2018-04-15 12:56
Based off Friday's release of Wine 3.6 is now a new Wine-Staging release that is carrying about 930 patches atop the upstream Wine code-base...

KDE Plasma 5.13 Is Getting Further Polished Ahead Of Its June Release

Sun, 2018-04-15 12:40
KDE Plasma 5.13 will be starting up even faster, focusing more on Wayland improvements, improved monitor hot-plugging, GTK global menu support, and a lot of polishing throughout...

A Look At The HAMMER2 File-System Performance With DragonFlyBSD 5.2

Sun, 2018-04-15 00:30
With this week's release of DragonFlyBSD 5.2 this popular BSD operating system is promoting its own HAMMER2 file-system as stable. As a result, here are a few fresh benchmarks of HAMMER vs. HAMMER2 on DragonFlyBSD 5.2 while more tests are forthcoming.

Testing RADV's Out-of-Order Rasterization Vulkan Performance

Sat, 2018-04-14 23:31
With the RADV Vulkan driver recently landing improvements to its out-of-order rasterization support, I ran some performance benchmarks of this non-default feature to see if it made much of a deal for today's Vulkan Linux games...

Mesa's Gallium HUD Gets A Simple Option

Sat, 2018-04-14 19:45
The Gallium3D Heads-Up Display (HUD) has matured into quite a useful option for Mesa users over the past several years. There is now a Gallium HUD "simple" option...