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Longtime Ubuntu Contributor, Cloud Liaison Leaving Canonical

Fri, 2017-03-17 19:29
After being at Canonical for nearly one decade, Jorge Castro is leaving his work on the Ubuntu Cloud and joining a new startup...

Mesa 17.0.2 Release Candidate Queues 40+ Changes

Fri, 2017-03-17 19:17
Not only is Emil Velikov prepping to release Mesa 13.0.6, but Mesa 17.0.2 is also right around the corner...

Intel Does Final XenGT Release Off Old Codebase

Fri, 2017-03-17 17:17
Intel developers have done their "2016-Q4" quarterly update to XenGT for mediated graphics passthrough on Linux hosts for Intel graphics hardware. This is their last release on the old architecture now that the code began landing upstream in Linux 4.10...

A Look At The Changes & New Features Of GNOME 3.24

Fri, 2017-03-17 15:40
With GNOME 3.24 due to be released next week, I've spent some time trying out the latest, near-final packages using Fedora Rawhide. The experience has been good and from my initial impressions it appears to be another reliable update to the GNOME Shell experience. Here are some screenshots and a recap of the new features and changes for this six-month update to this open-source desktop environment.

Heterogeneous Memory Management Is Still Planning For Linux 4.12

Fri, 2017-03-17 11:29
If longtime open-source Linux graphics developer Jerome Glisse has his way, the long-awaited Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) support will be merged for the Linux 4.12 kernel...

Fedora Announces Its First Layered Image Release

Fri, 2017-03-17 11:14
For those making use of containers, the Fedora Project has announced its first Layered Image Release...

The GNU Toolchain Has Made Much Progress So Far In 2017

Fri, 2017-03-17 11:02
Red Hat's Nick Clifton has written a lengthy update concerning the state of the GNU Toolchain as we near the end of the first quarter, 2017...

Firmware-Based Power Management For Intel Graphics Advances

Fri, 2017-03-17 10:49
Intel developers have published their latest version of patches that implement a Single Loop Power Controller (SLPC) as a replacement to host-based power management features...

Trying Out The New OpenGL Threaded Dispatch In Mesa 17.1

Fri, 2017-03-17 01:49
At the beginning of today, OpenGL threaded dispatch landed in Mesa as work that's existed in patch form for years but was recently revived for Mesa Git due to the potential for significant performance gains in select scenarios...

Fedora 26 Alpha Has Been Delayed

Fri, 2017-03-17 00:59
Fedora 26 Alpha isn't going to make it out on time and has been delayed, pushing back the final F26 already by a second time...

Croteam Will Soon Be Releasing Fusion 2017 Update To Serious Sam HD

Thu, 2017-03-16 21:57
It looks like a public beta may be available soon of Serious Fusion 2017 for Serious Sam HD...

SUSE Developers Publish Radeon GCN Backend Code For GCC Compiler

Thu, 2017-03-16 19:31
While the AMDGPU "GCN" compiler support in LLVM is quite mature now, the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) hasn't yet received a full-fledged GCN compiler back-end for AMD GPUs. SUSE developers have been working on that for AMD and today they have published their code branch. This GCN back-end for GCC is primarily focused on compute capabilities rather than compiling graphics shaders...

Guetzli: Google Rolls Out A New JPEG Encoder

Thu, 2017-03-16 19:15
Google has announced Guetzli, not a German cookie, but rather a new open-source algorithm for creating high-quality JPEGs that are 35% smaller than currently available methods...

Hammering The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X With An Intense, Threaded Workload

Thu, 2017-03-16 18:05
Today I got around to running a very heavy/demanding, very real-world workload on the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X that I've been meaning to test with this Zen CPU...

Trying Out LLVM 4.0's LLD Linker On Ubuntu 17.04 vs. GNU LD, GNU Gold

Thu, 2017-03-16 15:42
With this week's LLVM 4.0 release making the LLD linker ready for production use on some platforms, namely ELF on x86_64 / AArch64, I decided to finally try it out on one of my test systems. I set LLD as the default linker on an Ubuntu 17.04 system and set off to run some benchmarks.

EXT4 Patch For Statx Support

Thu, 2017-03-16 14:10
The statx system call was added to Linux 4.11 for providing enhanced file stats. While the statx() system call is in place for Linux 4.11, not all of the file-systems yet support it...

Bcachefs Brings New On-Disk Format With Encryption, Better Multi-Device Support

Thu, 2017-03-16 12:43
Kent Overstreet has announced a major update to Bcachefs, the new Linux file-system formed out of the advanced Bcache block layer caching code...

GNOME 3.24 RC2 Released

Thu, 2017-03-16 11:43
The final GNOME 3.23 development release is out ahead of next week's planned GNOME 3.24 debut...

xf86-video-ati 7.9 / xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3 DDX Driver Updates

Thu, 2017-03-16 11:37
Michel Dänzer of AMD has announced new releases of their X.Org DDX drivers: xf86-video-ati 7.9 and xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3. The changes in the updates are similar while the xf86-video-amdgpu DDX is paired to work with the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver while the xf86-video-ati driver continues on for the mature Radeon DRM...

DragonFlyBSD On NVMe SSDs: Samsung Good, Intel 600p Not

Thu, 2017-03-16 11:26
DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon has been testing out various NVMe M.2 SSDs under his BSD operating system to see how these latest-generation storage devices perform...

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