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MIPS Changes Submitted For Linux 4.14: NI 169445, Omega2+, MT7628A Support

Sat, 2017-09-16 16:52
There are many MIPS updates to find with the in-development Linux 4.14 kernel...

The Graphics Talks Of The 2017 Open-Source Summit NA

Sat, 2017-09-16 13:17
This week the Linux Foundation hosted their annual Open-Source Summit 2017 North America. There were two graphics talks this year led by Collabora developers...

The DRM Changes For The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Sat, 2017-09-16 12:57
With the Linux 4.14 merge window period combined with the fact of the DRM pull request having been submitted early this cycle, I didn't have a chance to provide a recap of the Direct Rendering Manager changes for 4.14. Here's that overview for those not in tune with the many individual articles that had been written about the different Linux 4.14 graphics driver changes...

Linux 4.14 Dropping In-Tree Firmware

Sat, 2017-09-16 12:38
Linux 4.14 is getting rid of its in-kernel firmware/ tree...

NVIDIA 381.26.17 Adds Vulkan 1.0.61 Support

Sat, 2017-09-16 01:05
For those wanting the bleeding-edge NVIDIA Vulkan driver support, a new beta was pushed out today providing same-day support for the Vulkan 1.0.61 update...

Radeon RX Vega OpenGL Linux Performance For September 2017

Fri, 2017-09-15 21:30
It's been a couple weeks since running any Mesa Git benchmarks to show the latest state of the open-source Radeon Linux graphics stack, so here are some fresh numbers with the RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 along with other Radeon GPUs compared to the NVIDIA Linux performance.

Wine 2.17 Brings DirectWrite & Virtual Memory Improvements, OpenGL 4.6

Fri, 2017-09-15 20:17
Wine 2.17 is now available as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot for running Windows games and applications on Linux and other operating systems...

Today Marks 30 Years Since The Release Of X11

Fri, 2017-09-15 19:33
The X11 window system turns 30 years old today! X11 which still lives on through today via the X.Org Server on Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other operating systems is now three decades old...

Mesa 17.2.1 Being Prepped For Release Next Week

Fri, 2017-09-15 18:34
For those that have been waiting for the first point release of Mesa 17.2 before upgrading, the release candidate is out while the official build is slated for next week...

GCC Finishing Up C++17 Adjustments, Preparing For C++2A

Fri, 2017-09-15 15:10
While C++17 was just formally approved days ago and is now waiting for ISO publication, GCC (and Clang) developers have largely finished up their C++17 (formerly known as "C++1z") support for some time. There are just a few lingering patches for GCC and already are beginning to lay the ground work for C++2a...

Vulkan 1.0.61 Introduces Four New Extensions

Fri, 2017-09-15 13:12
Vulkan 1.0.61 is now available and besides documentation fixes/updates, it also rolls out four new extensions...

Clear Linux & Their Love For FMV + dl_platform/dl_hwcap In The Name Of Performance

Fri, 2017-09-15 12:13
For those mesmerized by the numbers whenever posting a cross-distribution comparison like the recent Core i9 7900X vs. Threadripper 1950X On Ubuntu 17.10, Antergos, Clear Linux with showing Intel's performance optimizations done on Clear Linux, Intel engineer Victor Rodriguez presented this week at the 2017 Open-Source Summit North America about some of their Linux performance boosting work...

There Are Now 1,400 Vulkan Projects On GitHub

Fri, 2017-09-15 12:02
The milestone was breached today of having 1,400 projects on GitHub referencing the Vulkan graphics API...

FBDEV Is Still Seeing Improvements With Linux 4.14

Fri, 2017-09-15 11:54
It has been five years since a call was made to deprecate Linux FBDEV back during LPC 2012. Five years later while there are now more DRM and V4L2 drivers, FBDEV is still alive and kicking within the mainline later...

Fedora 27 Beta Delayed

Thu, 2017-09-14 23:35
While Fedora 27 did away with alpha releases, now it's time for the beta but it is yet another release setback by at least one delay...

Mesa GL Threading Gets Flipped On For More Linux Games

Thu, 2017-09-14 21:17
The mesa_glthread functionality has now been whitelisted for more Linux games...

Initial Benchmarks Of The AMD EPYC 7601 On Ubuntu Linux

Thu, 2017-09-14 21:00
Last week we received the AMD EPYC 7601 32 core / 64 thread processor for testing at Phoronix with the Tyan Transport SX TN70A-B8026 2U server. Since then I've had the pleasure of putting this Zen workstation/server processor through its paces. I am still early in the testing process with many more interesting benchmarks to come, but today are some initial numbers of the AMD EPYC 7601 compared to various Intel Xeon CPUs while running Ubuntu Linux.

Librem 5 Smartphone Now Plans To Ship With KDE Plasma

Thu, 2017-09-14 16:00
There's a big shift in course for Purism's proposed Librem 5 smartphone, what was originally proposed as a GNU/Linux smartphone running GNOME and HTML5 Web Apps will now be working on KDE Plasma Mobile support...

R600 Gallium3D To End Code Sharing With RadeonSI Driver

Thu, 2017-09-14 15:19
While the R600g and RadeonSI drivers are two distinct Gallium3D drivers for R600 (HD 2000) through Northern Islands (HD 6000) and GCN and newer, respectively, they have up until now shared some code via gallium/radeon. But that will now be ending...

Cairo Adds Support For OpenGL ES 3.0

Thu, 2017-09-14 14:53
The Cairo 2D vector graphics library used by GTK, Firefox, WebKit, and many other programs finally has an OpenGL ES 3.0 back-end merged...