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Feral Is Bringing Total War: WARHAMMER 2 To Linux

Mon, 2018-06-18 12:33
Feral Interactive has announced this morning that they will be bringing Total War: WARHAMMER 2 to Linux this year as the latest Total War game seeing a native Linux port...

OpenGL Floating Point Textures No Longer Encumbered By Patents, Enabled In Mesa

Mon, 2018-06-18 06:05
Back in 2012 when talking with Gabe Newell of Valve about open-source/Linux challenges one of the topics he was awed about was patents encumbering the open-source graphics driver progress. Six years later, Timothy Arceri working on the Valve Linux graphics driver team has freed Mesa's ARB_texture_float support from being built conditionally due to these patent fears...

EXT4 fscrypt vs. eCryptfs vs. LUKS dm-crypt Benchmarks

Mon, 2018-06-18 01:42
Given the recent advancements of the EXT4 file-system with its native file-system encryption support provided by the fscrypt framework, here are benchmarks comparing the performance of an EXT4 file-system with no encryption, fscrypt-based encryption, eCryptfs-based encryption, and a LUKS dm-crypt encrypted volume.

Canonical Shifts Its Fiscal Year Ahead Of Likely IPO

Mon, 2018-06-18 01:08
You have likely heard by now about Ubuntu maker Canonical planning to do an initial public offering (IPO) at some point in the not too distant future to become a publicly-traded company. The latest sign of that is Canonical has now shifted its corporate calendar...

Zapcc Caching C++ Compiler Open-Sourced

Sun, 2018-06-17 15:09
Remember the Zapcc compiler that focused on lightning fast compiler times? It's now been open-sourced...

Features That Didn't Make It For The Mainline Linux 4.18 Kernel

Sun, 2018-06-17 14:53
There are many changes and new features for Linux 4.18 with the merge window having just closed on this next kernel version, but still there are some prominent features that have yet to work their way to the mainline tree...

A Complete Look At Spectre V1/V2/V4 & Meltdown

Sun, 2018-06-17 12:36
Canonical's Engineering Tech Lead, Gavin Guo, has passed along a big slide deck on a presentation he is preparing about the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities...

Genode-Based Sculpt OS Now Available With Easy-To-Use Disk Image

Sun, 2018-06-17 09:48
Sculpt OS is striving to become a general purpose operating system built off the Genode OS framework. The second release of Sculpt OS is now available and it's much easier now to try out...

Xfdesktop 4.13.2 Released As Another Step Towards Xfce 4.14

Sun, 2018-06-17 06:58
As another step towards the long-awaited Xfce 4.14 desktop environment release, Xfdesktop 4.13.2 is now available as the latest development release for this important piece of the Xfce desktop stack...

The Changes & New Features For Linux 4.18

Sun, 2018-06-17 02:23
With the early release of Linux 4.18-rc1, feature development on Linux 4.18 is over and it's onto roughly eight weeks worth of testing and bug fixes. For those that are behind in their Phoronix reading with our extensive and original reporting on the Linux 4.18 merge window happenings, here is our recap of the big changes that made it into Linux 4.18. We are also in the process of firing off the start of our Linux 4.18 kernel benchmarks.

Linux 4.18-rc1 Kernel Released

Sun, 2018-06-17 01:29
Coming out one day ahead of schedule is the Linux 4.18-rc1 kernel...

AppArmor In Linux 4.18 Supports Audit Rule Filtering

Sun, 2018-06-17 01:05
Sent out earlier this week were the AppArmor feature updates for the Linux 4.18 kernel merge window...

FreeBSD 11.2-RC3 Released, Enables Eager FPU Context Switching For Latest CPU Bug

Sat, 2018-06-16 20:55
The newest weekly release candidate of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.2 is now available for testing...

AMDGPU Performance Tests With New WattMan-Like Settings, Power Capping

Sat, 2018-06-16 15:51
With the recent stable debut of the Linux 4.17 kernel, one of the most common performance test requests coming in has been for checking out the Radeon WattMan-like support that was introduced with the Linux 4.17 AMDGPU code for recent generations of Radeon graphics card. Here are some benchmarks of that and on a somewhat related note also some Linux gaming benchmark results when carrying out some power capping tests to restrict the graphics card to a given Wattage...

Fedora 29 Will Cater i686 Package Builds For x86_64, Hide GRUB On Boot

Sat, 2018-06-16 12:00
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) approved on Friday more of the proposed features for this fall's release of Fedora 29, including two of the more controversial proposals...

Solaris 11.3 SRU 33 Better Deals With ZFS Sending Of Compressed Data & More

Sat, 2018-06-16 11:45
Oracle Solaris 11.4 is still being prepared for release but in the meantime there is now the thirty-third stable release update for Solaris 11.3...

Some Of The Early Ideas For Intel's New FreeBSD Improvement Effort

Sat, 2018-06-16 09:43
Two weeks back we shared the news that one of Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver veterans decided to change roles and is now focused on improving FreeBSD for Intel hardware. Ben Widawsky is working on FreeBSD improvements that can at least relate to Intel and it turns out the company has a new team of developers on the task...

NVIDIA Contributes EGLStreams Improvements For GNOME's Mutter Wayland Support

Sat, 2018-06-16 07:15
GNOME's Mutter Wayland compositor support is among the few Wayland implementations offering support for EGLStreams so it can play along with the approach used by the NVIDIA proprietary driver as an alternative to the GBM API used by the open-source graphics drivers. One of the NVIDIA engineers has just furthered along Mutter's EGLStreams support...

RISC-V Changes Merged For Linux 4.18, Early Perf Subsystem Work

Sat, 2018-06-16 06:06
Initial RISC-V architecture support was added to the Linux 4.15 kernel and in succeeding kernel releases have been mostly modest updates. With Linux 4.18 the RISC-V changes are on the small side still, but with a few notable additions for this open-source, royalty-free processor ISA...

Mesa 18.1.2 Released With Several RADV & Intel Driver Fixes

Sat, 2018-06-16 01:25
New Mesa release manager Dylan Baker has issued the second point release of the Mesa 18.1 series...