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KDE Frameworks 5.41 Released Ahead Of KDE Applications 17.12

Sun, 2017-12-10 12:51
KDE Frameworks 5.41 is now available as the latest monthly update to this collection of add-on libraries complementing Qt5...

KDE's Elisa Music Player Prepares Its First Alpha Release

Sat, 2017-12-09 23:27
The developers working on the KDE Elisa music player, which was announced earlier this year among several ongoing KDE multimedia player projects is out with its first alpha release ahead of Elisa v0.1...

RMS Comments, GRUB, Libreboot & GCC Dominated GNU Talk In 2017

Sat, 2017-12-09 21:33
It was another busy year in the GNU camp...

NVIDIA 387.34 vs. Linux 4.15 + Mesa 17.4-dev Radeon OpenGL/Vulkan Performance

Sat, 2017-12-09 19:05
For your viewing pleasure this weekend are some fresh benchmarks of the very latest NVIDIA and Radeon Linux graphics drivers.

You Can Now Easily Send/Receive SMS Messages From The KDE Desktop

Sat, 2017-12-09 18:14
A long-standing KDE initiative that hasn't received as much attention as it deserves is KDE Connect for allowing KDE to interface with other devices -- namely smartphones -- for being able to display phone notifications on your desktop and more. A new KDE Plasmoid makes it easy now to send/receive SMS text messages...

AMD Begins Posting More KFD Patches For Discrete GPUs

Sat, 2017-12-09 15:00
For the past number of months AMD has been working on upstreaming more KFD changes, AMDKFD is their kernel driver to the HSA compute stack. AMD began with upstreaming their APU changes while now they have finally moved onto their "dGPU" changes...

LLVM Clang 6.0 Now Defaults To C++14

Sat, 2017-12-09 14:49
Up to now LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler has defaulted to using C++98/C++14 as its default C++ standard, but fortunately that's no more...

ROSA Desktop Fresh R10 Still Lets You Pick Between KDE 4 & Plasma 5

Sat, 2017-12-09 14:33
For our Russian readers who are fans of the KDE desktop, ROSA Desktop Fresh R10 was released this week as one of the notable Russian Linux distributions that is aligned with a KDE desktop. ROSA Desktop Fresh continues offering both KDE 4 and KDE Plasma 5 desktop options...

Debian 9.3 Released With Bug Fixes, Security Updates

Sat, 2017-12-09 14:25
Debian 9.3 is the latest update to "Stretch" to provide various bug fixes and security updates while Debian 8.10 was also released today as the newest version of their older "Jessie" release...

ANV Enables UBO Pushing For Another Extra Bit Of Performance

Sat, 2017-12-09 14:17
With just seven lines of new code, Intel's ANV Vulkan driver is a few percent faster in some Linux games...

Wine 3.0-RC1 Released, Direct3D 11 Enabled For Intel/AMD GPUs

Fri, 2017-12-08 20:57
Just as planned, the first release candidate for Wine 3.0 and it also marks the project's code/feature freeze...

Linux File Systems for Windows: Use EXT4 / XFS / Btrfs On Windows

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:39
For those bound to using Microsoft Windows but needing to access EXT4/Btrfs/XFS partitions, the commercial Linux File Systems for Windows eases the headache of using Windows...

Ubuntu Is Getting Ready To Further Demote Python 2

Fri, 2017-12-08 17:09
There's a little more than two years left until Python 2 will be officially discontinued by upstream and Ubuntu is preparing accordingly for this end of life...

Mir 0.29 Being Prepped For Release As Canonical Pushes On With Mir-Wayland

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:55
While a few months ago we could have written off Mir as a dead project following the Unity 8 abandonment, Canonical is continuing to push it along in its new route of Wayland support...

Mesa 17.3 Officially Released: Nearly OpenGL 4.6, Better Vulkan Support

Fri, 2017-12-08 15:14
Delays pushed back the Mesa 17.3 release from November, but this quarterly update to the Mesa 3D graphics stack is now available for users...

Intel Continues Tuning Glibc's Performance: More FMA'ing

Fri, 2017-12-08 14:27
Intel continues contributing performance optimizations to the GNU C Library (glibc) for allowing various functions to make use of modern processor instruction set extensions...

DTrace & ZFS Being Updated On NetBSD, Moving Away From Old OpenSolaris Code

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:15
The NetBSD operating system has been working on updating their DTrace and ZFS implementations...

ARB_get_program_binary Implementation Lands In Core Mesa, Intel Driver

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:01
The past few weeks Intel developers working on their Mesa open-source graphics driver have been working on the ARB_get_program_binary OpenGL extension so it actually works for applications wanting to use this extension to retrieve a compiled shader/program by the driver...

LLVM 5.0.1 Expected For Release Next Week

Fri, 2017-12-08 11:39
While the LLVM 5.0.1 bug-fix release was originally expected last month, after going through three release candidates the stable version is now expected to arrive next week...

X.Org Server Patches Updated For Non-Desktop & Leases To Better VR HMD Support

Fri, 2017-12-08 11:28
Keith Packard has sent out his latest X.Org Server side patches for the improvements he's been working on the past year for improving the SteamVR / VR HMD support on the Linux desktop...