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Mesa 17.0.4's Release Is imminent

Sat, 2017-04-15 21:47
Mesa 17.0.4 will be released as soon as this weekend with more than two dozen fixes...

Intel Vulkan Driver Preps External Memory Extensions For Mesa 17.2

Sat, 2017-04-15 13:39
Intel's Jason Ekstrand has posted 21 new Mesa patches for adding the VK_KHX_external extensions to their ANV Vulkan driver. He believes the patches are now ready for merging and plans to land them for what will become Mesa 17.2...

Babe: KDE Gets Another Music Player

Sat, 2017-04-15 13:21
Not to be confused with the KDE Elisa music player written about just two weeks ago as a new alternative to Juk, Amarok, Cantata, and other KDE music/media player projects, the latest effort is called Babe...

The State Of Debian 9.0 Stretch

Sat, 2017-04-15 13:09
Debian developers are preparing for the final phase of the development freeze on Debian 9.0 "Stretch" and it's looking like the official release might not be too far out...

MSAA Support Added To The OpenSWR Software Rasterizer

Sat, 2017-04-15 12:50
Intel's OpenSWR graphics software rasterizer living within Mesa now has experimental support for MSAA...

Intel Cannonlake Patches Posted For Mesa

Sat, 2017-04-15 06:01
Last week we reported on Intel Cannonlake patches for their DRM kernel driver while published today were patches for bringing up the next-generation Intel graphics within Mesa...

Intel Ivy Bridge Gets OpenGL 4.2 On Mesa 17.1

Sat, 2017-04-15 03:45
For those still using Intel "Ivy Bridge" class processors with integrated graphics, Mesa 17.1 will take the hardware from OpenGL 3.3 to OpenGL 4.2...

Lumina Desktop Environment 1.3 Preparing For Release

Fri, 2017-04-14 21:58
TrueOS developers continue working on their Lumina Desktop Environment and coming up soon is the v1.3 release of their Qt5-powered desktop environment...

Freedreno Gets Last Minute Performance Boost For Mesa 17.1

Fri, 2017-04-14 19:09
Ahead of the planned branching and release candidate of Mesa 17.1 in just hours, Rob Clark has landed some last minute work for the Freedreno Gallium3D driver that provides open-source support for Qualcomm Adreno hardware...

Ubuntu 17.04 Gaming Performance: Budgie vs. GNOME vs. KDE Plasma vs. MATE vs. Unity vs. Xfce

Fri, 2017-04-14 16:07
One of the immediate requests that usually comes in with each new Ubuntu release is a comparison of the Linux gaming performance when trying out the different desktop options. From yesterday's Ubuntu 17.04 release, here are Steam Linux gaming tests with Budgie, GNOME Shell, KDE Plasma 5, MATE, Unity 7, and Xfce4 when using an AMD Polaris graphics card on the RadeonSI driver stack.

Phoronix Test Suite 7.2 Milestone 1 Released

Fri, 2017-04-14 15:14
The first development of Phoronix Test Suite 7.2-Trysil is now available for your cross-platform, open-source benchmarking needs...

Looking Ahead To The Polaris RX 550/560/570/580 On Linux

Fri, 2017-04-14 14:57
Next week AMD is expected to roll-out the updated Polaris graphics cards in the form of the Radeon RX 550, RX 560, RX 570, and RX 580 series. The Linux drivers should be ready...

Wine's Direct3D CSMT Support Isn't Yet Complete

Fri, 2017-04-14 14:40
For those excited by yesterday's Wine 2.6 release with D3D CSMT as the long-awaited command-stream multi-threading to boost game performance, don't get your hopes too high with this release...

LLVM Is On The Path To Getting Faster

Fri, 2017-04-14 12:34
LLVM contributor Mikhail Zolotukhin has issued a report about the continued evolution of LLVM and its impact on the compiler's performance...

Today Is The Last Day Of Feature Development For Mesa 17.1

Fri, 2017-04-14 12:20
In order to get Mesa 17.1 out on time, branching is happening today for this next quarterly update to Mesa...

Ubuntu 16.10 vs. 17.04 Radeon Graphics Performance

Thu, 2017-04-13 23:25
If you read enough Phoronix, you know that Mesa and the Linux kernel's DRM graphics drivers continue advancing at a remarkable pace, especially in recent times. Thus if you were an Ubuntu 16.10 user but planning to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04, here are some benchmark results showing the performance improvements you can expect with the Radeon/AMDGPU DRM and RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. Plus there are also some results when using the Oibaf PPA on Ubuntu 17.04 to show what more performance can be tapped by switching to Mesa 17.1-dev.

Wine 2.6 Delivers Direct3D Multi-Threaded Command Stream

Thu, 2017-04-13 20:52
Wine 2.6 is now available and it's a very exciting development update!..

HHVM 3.19 Brings CLI Server Mode, Retranslate-All, Performance Boosts

Thu, 2017-04-13 19:53
Facebook developers have put out their latest release of HHVM to empower this PHP interpreter as well as what powers their Hack programming language...

Ubuntu GNOME Will No Longer Be A Separate Flavor

Thu, 2017-04-13 18:01
Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 was released today alongside the other Ubuntu 17.04 flavors, but for those wondering what's happening to Ubuntu GNOME now that Ubuntu 18.04 will use GNOME with Unity being dropped, the Ubuntu GNOME flavor is winding down...

AMD's Kernel Graphics Code Is Approaching One Million Lines

Thu, 2017-04-13 17:16
With the DRM driver features settled for Linux 4.12, I was curious about the size of these Direct Rendering Manager drivers...