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Git Has A New Wire Protocol Yielding Much Greater Performance

Fri, 2018-05-18 19:37
The Git Protocol Version 2 was announced today by Google as a major update to the distributed revision control system's wire protocol. Git protocol version 2 is much more efficient and yields significant performance benefits...

KDE Plasma 5.13 Beta Released With A Compelling Number Of Improvements

Fri, 2018-05-18 18:18
KDE Plasma 5.13 is out in beta form today ahead of its planned release in June. Plasma 5.13 has ended up being a very compelling and huge upgrade for the KDE Plasma 5 desktop...

Ubuntu 18.10 Aims To Lower Power Use, Default To New Desktop Theme

Fri, 2018-05-18 17:53
Will Cooke, the Director of the Ubuntu Desktop at Canonical, has outlined the major desktop plans for the Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" cycle...

Purism Introduces Its Telepathy-Using GTK3-Based Phone Dialer Plans

Fri, 2018-05-18 17:19
Purism has formally introduced "Calls", it's GTK3-based (Public Switched Telephone Network) phone dialing application that it hopes will be accepted into the upstream GNOME project. Purism plans to develop this phone dialer using GNOME's Telepathy framework but for now is using a simple oFono back-end...

Vim 8.1 Adds Support For Running A Terminal In The Vim Window

Fri, 2018-05-18 13:58
Vim 8.1 is out today as the latest stable feature update to this advanced cross-platform text editor...

Qt 5.11 RC2 Released With The Final Expected Next Week

Fri, 2018-05-18 12:00
The Qt Company is hoping to be able to release the Qt 5.11 tool-kit in just a few days...

Open-Source NVIDIA Volta GV100 Support Queued For Linux 4.18

Fri, 2018-05-18 11:44
Initial open-source driver support for the NVIDIA GV100 "Volta" GPUs will be introduced with the upcoming Linux 4.18 kernel cycle...

The Open-Source ARM Mali "Panfrost" Driver Now Supports Textures & More

Fri, 2018-05-18 09:39
The in-development Panfrost reverse-engineered, open-source driver for supporting ARM Mali T700 series graphics is now much more capable thanks to work carried out on their "half-way" Gallium3D driver in recent weeks...

Purism Is Proposing A Virtual Keyboard Protocol For Wayland

Fri, 2018-05-18 06:32
Purism's Dorota Czaplejewicz has been active within the Wayland community recently as they work on their Librem 5 phone Wayland compositor and Phosh shell for this software stack and iMX8 hardware they hope to begin shipping next year...

0 A.D. Alpha 23 Released As One Of The Leading Open-Source Games

Fri, 2018-05-18 06:01
One of the best and most long-standing open-source Linux games is 0 A.D. and in time for the weekend they have a new release...

A Remote KMS Linux Backend Is Being Worked On That Could Work With VNC

Fri, 2018-05-18 02:28
Thomas Hellstrom of VMware who has worked on Mesa going back to the Tungsten Graphics days is developing a remote KMS back-end that could be transmitted over VNC or similar protocols...

CUDA 9.2 Released With GEMM Improvements

Thu, 2018-05-17 22:42
We knew it was coming while today NVIDIA has rolled out the CUDA 9.2 stable release update...

Mesa 18.0.4 Released With A Handful Of Bug Fixes

Thu, 2018-05-17 21:35
Mesa 18.1 might be out this weekend but for those riding the Mesa 18.0 stable release series for now, Mesa 18.0.4 is the latest point release...

Calamares 3.2 Linux Installer Framework Released

Thu, 2018-05-17 20:25
Version 3.2 of the Calamares universal Linux distribution installer framework is now available as their latest big feature release that has been in development the past number of months...

Feral's Linux Team Lead Is Leaving The Company

Thu, 2018-05-17 19:08
The group leader of the Linux porting efforts at Feral Interactive is leaving the company for "different pastures."..

Valve's Steam Link Is Now Available For Android

Thu, 2018-05-17 19:03
The first of two new Steam Apps for mobile devices is now available...

Purism Expands Its Linux Hardware Portfolio To Include A USB-Based GPG SmartCard

Thu, 2018-05-17 18:45
If Purism didn't have their hands full enough already working to further free Linux laptops and their very ambitious project to get their own Linux smartphone software/hardware shipping next year, they have now expanded their portfolio with the Purekey...

A Closer Look At The GCC 8 Compiler Performance On Intel Skylake

Thu, 2018-05-17 16:07
In continuing with our recent benchmarks of the brand new GCC 8.1 compiler, here are more tests while using an Intel Skylake CPU and testing with -O2, -O3, and -O3 -march=native optimization levels while comparing the resulting binary performance of GCC 8.1 and GCC 7.3.

Vulkan 1.1.75 Released With Many Issues Resolved

Thu, 2018-05-17 12:33
It's been almost one month since the Vulkan 1.1.74 debut but now that's been succeeded by Vulkan 1.1.75...

AMD Will Continue Maintaining Multiple Compute Stacks For Linux

Thu, 2018-05-17 12:19
With the great shape that ROCm has been getting into recently for open-source Radeon GPU compute support on Linux including advancing OpenCL support, one might have rightfully assumed that was going to be their centralized compute stack moving forward. It turns out that their PAL-based compute stack will continue to be maintained too...