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Rust's Low-Level Graphics Abstraction Layer Is Showing A Lot Of Potential

Fri, 2018-08-10 20:49
The Rust programming language's "GFX-RS" initiative that is backed by Mozilla continues working on exposing a universal "Vulkan-like" graphics API within Rust that in turn would have back-ends for Vulkan, OpenGL, Metal, and Direct3D 11/12 in order to reach all major platforms. Early benchmark results are quite promising for GFX-RS...

Linux Live Kernel Patching Is On The Way For 64-bit ARM

Fri, 2018-08-10 18:15
It's been a while since having any advancements to report on the live kernel patching front for being able to deploy primarily Linux kernel security fixes without having to reboot the system. There is some new progress on that front to report on now and that is the 64-bit ARM (ARM64/AArch64) support getting squared away...

Intel SSD 660p: 512GB Of NVMe Storage For $99 USD

Fri, 2018-08-10 14:20
If you have held off on switching over to NVMe solid-state storage due to the associated costs, times are certainly changing. This week Intel introduced their 660p SSD series that yields 512GB of NVMe storage for $99 USD or 1TB for $200 USD.

Linux 4.19 Certainly Is Going To Be A Big Kernel

Fri, 2018-08-10 13:33
At the end of July I outlined some of the changes queued for Linux 4.19 while since then several more notable additions have become aligned for this next kernel cycle following the one week delay of Linux 4.18...

Unigine 2.7.2 Brings Improved Particle System, Better Multi-Channel Rendering

Fri, 2018-08-10 11:48
Unigine, the beautiful and Linux-friendly engine for games as well as VR and industrial training/simulation applications, has outed their latest engine update...

Solus Linux & Its Budgie Desktop Seeing Summer 2018 Improvements

Fri, 2018-08-10 11:22
The Solus Project has shared some of the work they've been engaged in this summer with their Linux distribution as well as their GTK3-based Budgie Desktop Environment...

SDL2 Gets Better Support For Xbox / PS4 / Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers

Fri, 2018-08-10 11:06
Sam Lantinga of Valve has contributed better support for some popular game controllers to the SDL2 library...

Microsoft Still Working To Squeeze More I/O Performance Out Of WSL / Bash For Windows

Fri, 2018-08-10 02:05
Windows Subsystem for Linux, a.k.a. WSL or "Bash for Windows", has been an interesting creature out of Microsoft for running Linux binaries on Windows 10 and more recently Windows Server. In our benchmarks WSL has generally been quite performant but the area where it struggles is I/O / storage performance...

Linux Kernel Expectations For AMD Threadripper 2

Thu, 2018-08-09 21:50
If you have already pre-ordered your AMD Threadripper 2990WX processor or just planning to be an early customer of that high-end desktop processor or the Threadripper 2950X, you may be wondering about Linux requirements from these new high-end AMD CPU offerings. Here's the gist of the Linux support state of AMD Zen+ CPUs for those wanting to get ready for Threadripper 2...

Dell's Thunderbolt TB16 Dock Can Work With Linux & Drive Dual 4K Displays

Thu, 2018-08-09 17:35
When it came to settling on the latest-generation Dell XPS 13 as my main production workhorse with Fedora Workstation 28, besides the laptop's own traits like its build quality, specs relative to price, and other factors, another important requirement was the ability to drive two 4K displays when at my desk. The Dell XPS 13 has no issue driving dual 4K screens via the Dell Thunderbolt TB16 dock.

Ring-KDE 3.0 Released To Use The GNU's Distributed Communication Platform

Thu, 2018-08-09 16:36
One of the interesting GNU projects that doesn't receive as much attention as others is GNU Ring that is a decentralized communication platform vying to be like Skype and WhatsApp but for open-source and privacy-minded users. The related Ring-KDE project put out their version 3.0 release that is a significant rewrite to this KDE/Qt interface to Ring...

PostgreSQL Rolls Out New Releases To Address Two Security Issues

Thu, 2018-08-09 16:21
The latest high profile open-source project bitten by some fresh CVE security vulnerabilities is the PostgreSQL database server...

Julia 1.0 Programming Language Released

Thu, 2018-08-09 15:10
Julia, the LLVM-based, speed-focused, dynamic and optional typing, full-featured programming language focused on numerical computing has reached the version 1.0 milestone...

Direct3D 9 Support Proposed For DXVK

Thu, 2018-08-09 14:42
DXVK has been doing great with its Direct3D 11 support mapped to Vulkan and running a variety of games at performant speeds under Wine while now patches have emerged that would add Direct3D 9 support too...

More OpenGL Extensions For RadeonSI Are The Latest In A Flurry Of Interesting Activity

Thu, 2018-08-09 13:26
Marek Olšák has continued his busy work on the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver by implementing more extensions and adjusting various limits/constants to match the behavior of their proprietary driver...

DXVK Introducing Per-Game Configuration Files

Thu, 2018-08-09 13:12
While DXVK is capable of running a great deal of Direct3D 11 games via Vulkan within Wine, a number of games have required various workarounds for either getting the game to properly work in the first place or to run efficiently. Those per-game settings are now being punted off into a per-game configuration system...

OpenSUSE Kubic Shifts Focus Following Self-Reflection

Thu, 2018-08-09 11:45
OpenSUSE's Kubic project that has been home to their container-related technologies as well as the atomicly-updated openSUSE "MicroOS" will be making some changes...

Some Problematic Laptops On Linux Will Soon Stop Making Loud Noises When You Reboot

Thu, 2018-08-09 11:39
Shortly after writing about the Sound Blaster Recon3D finally getting Linux support yesterday, a Phoronix reader pointed out another frustrating Linux sound problem with a resolution on its way to the mainline Linux kernel...

VK9 - Direct3D 9 Over Vulkan - Completes 27th Milestone

Thu, 2018-08-09 11:21
It's not nearly as far along as DXVK that is allowing D3D11-over-Vulkan and already running great numbers of games in a performant manner under Wine, but the VK9 project for implementing Direct3D 9 over Vulkan has now hit its twenty-seventh milestone...

Mesa 18.2-RC2 Released With 17 Fixes So Far

Thu, 2018-08-09 03:19
One week after branching Mesa 18.2 and issuing the first release candidate, the second weekly RC is now available for testing...

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