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NVIDIA Releases Linux Graphics Debugger 2.2

Wed, 2017-10-11 23:56
NVIDIA has today released an updated version of their Linux Graphics Debugger to help game/application developers in analyzing issues and performance problems around OpenGL 4.x on GeForce/Quadro GPUs...

A Reverse-Engineered Tegra Video Decode Driver Steps Closer To Mainline

Wed, 2017-10-11 22:35
A video decoder driver for the NVIDIA Tegra is closer to the mainline kernel, but is focused on the (older) Tegra 2 chips...

Linux 4.15 Will Finally Graduate Intel "Coffee Lake" Graphics Out Of Alpha Support

Wed, 2017-10-11 20:12
Another set of Intel Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver updates were mailed in to DRM-Next today for the eventual Linux 4.15 kernel cycle...

Mir 1.0 Is Pulled Back, Now It's Mir 0.28

Wed, 2017-10-11 17:30
While we've long been told that Mir 1.0 would happen for Ubuntu 17.10 -- even as recently as last month -- and then earlier this week was a Mir 1.0 tag and the v1.0.0 milestone in Launchpad, that version is being pulled back in favor of calling it Mir 0.28...

NVIDIA 387.12 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Performance Across Multiple CPUs

Wed, 2017-10-11 16:34
Published earlier this week was the Intel Core i3, i5, i7 With NVIDIA vs. AMD Radeon For Linux Gaming results that are quite interesting while in this article is looking at the OpenGL vs. Vulkan Linux gaming performance using NVIDIA's first-rate binary driver while also doing this graphics API/renderer comparison across the Intel Coffeelake processors from low-end to high-end.

A ZSTD-Compressed Linux Kernel Could Be Up Next

Wed, 2017-10-11 15:54
The Facebook-developed Zstd compression algorithm was added to the Linux 4.14 kernel and hooked up for Btrfs/Squashfs file-system compression. Support is now being worked on so Zstandard can be used for compressing/decompressing the Linux kernel image...

NVIDIA-Donated Qt 3D Studio Now Available In Pre-Release Form

Wed, 2017-10-11 14:40
Towards the beginning of this year NVIDIA donated their "DRIVE Design Studio" software to Qt to serve as the basis of Qt 3D Studio, a new editor for Qt 3D content. The code to this new Qt 3D Studio is now available in pre-release form...

OVR_multiview Extension Completed For More Efficient OpenGL VR

Wed, 2017-10-11 12:24
The OVR_multiview OpenGL Extension developed via the OpenVR initiative has been around for several months in an incomplete form for allowing more efficient virtual reality (VR) rendering while now the extension is complete...

More AMD Zen Tuning Patches Posted For GCC

Wed, 2017-10-11 12:10
A few days back I initially wrote about a SUSE developer working on Zen tuning patches for GCC. That work has continued with more compiler patches coming for optimizing the GNU's compiler for Ryzen / Threadripper / EPYC processors...

KDE Plasma 5.12 Pushing For "An Awesome Release On Wayland"

Wed, 2017-10-11 08:35
While today's release of KDE Plasma 5.11 brings with it many Wayland improvements, KWin maintainer Martin Flöser (né Gräßlin) is proposing to get the Plasma 5.12 support into better shape on Wayland...

More Than 100 More AMDGPU DC Patches Line Up Ahead Of Linux 4.15

Wed, 2017-10-11 06:25
AMDGPU DC is expected for Linux 4.15 assuming Linus Torvalds has no objections to merging the code. We hope it won't, but the code-base for this new AMD display code is outright massive at more than 120,000 lines of code over hundreds of patches. Today another 103 new patches were published...

Just A Few Days Left To The Phoronix Fest Deal

Wed, 2017-10-11 06:00
Just a friendly reminder that if you are interested in participating in the Phoronix Oktoberfest 2017 deal to help support all our Linux hardware review / benchmarking / game testing work, only a few days are left to enjoy the deeply discounted deals...

Initial Gallium3D VC5 Driver Merged Into Mesa

Wed, 2017-10-11 02:49
The initial "VC5" Gallium3D driver for next-generation Broadcom graphics hardware has been merged into mainline Mesa...

It's Looking Like More Vulkan Linux Games Could Be Landing Soon

Wed, 2017-10-11 00:56
There's no announcement to break today, but besides there being an uptick in RADV performance work, there are some whispers and other indications of new Vulkan Linux titles likely dropping soon...

D-Bus Broker Updated To Version 5

Tue, 2017-10-10 23:13
Earlier this year was word of BUS1 working on a D-Bus Broker while announced in late August was this D-Bus Broker project as a high performance message bus...

Trying Out The BSDs & OpenIndiana On AMD EPYC + Tyan 2U Server

Tue, 2017-10-10 22:10
We have begun in delivering many Linux benchmarks of AMD EPYC, but for those of you interested in the BSD operating systems or even the "open-source Solaris" Illumos/OpenIndiana, I have run some basic tests the past few days using the high-end EPYC 7601 64-thread processor on the TYAN Transport SX TN70A-B8026.

Intel Core i3, i5, i7 With NVIDIA vs. AMD Radeon For Linux Gaming

Tue, 2017-10-10 18:28
For those wondering which Intel Coffeelake processors would make the most sense for a Linux gaming rig, I took the new Core i3 8100, Core i5 8400, and Core i7 8700K processors and tested them each with two Radeon and two NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards for looking at the overall Linux OpenGL/Vulkan gaming performance.

GCC 5.5 Released, That's It For GCC5

Tue, 2017-10-10 18:04
Jakub Jelinek of Red Hat today announced the release of GCC 5.5 compiler that also marks the end of the GCC5 series...

More AMD EPYC Processors Arrive For Linux Performance Testing

Tue, 2017-10-10 16:19
Yesterday a new batch of AMD EPYC processors arrived for testing at Phoronix...

KDE Plasma 5.11 Officially Released With Vault, Better Wayland & More

Tue, 2017-10-10 14:23
The KDE developers have today announced the stable release of Plasma 5.11 as their autumn feature update...