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DOSBox 0.74-2 Released With Better Wine Compatibility, Linux OpenGL Fixes

Sun, 2018-09-09 17:32
DOSBox, the DOS emulator used by Wine and also can be run directly on Linux / macOS / Windows / BSD systems, released version 0.74-2 at the end of August with some Wine compatibility improvements...

You Can Now Tell Linux At Boot-Time If You Don't Trust Your CPU Random Number Generator

Sun, 2018-09-09 16:00
Covered on Phoronix back during the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window was the new option for distribution vendors or those compiling their own Linux kernel to decide whether you trust the CPU's random number generator. That compile-time functionality has now been re-worked to allow for a boot-time option so users can more easily indicate whether they trust their own processor's RNG...

Nano 3.0 Text Editor Released - Reads Files 70% Faster, ~2x Faster ASCII Text Handling

Sun, 2018-09-09 14:49
For fans of the Nano text editor, version 3.0 was released today with some significant performance improvements among other enhancements for this common Linux command-line program...

Vulkan 1.1.84 Brings KHR Memory Model, ASTC Decode Mode Extensions

Sun, 2018-09-09 12:49
There's nothing like a new Vulkan spec update to help waking up on a Sunday morning. Vulkan 1.1.84 is out today and is the first since the minor 1.1.83 revision last month at SIGGRAPH...

KDE Plasma 5.14 Offers A Hibernate Option From The Logout, HiDPI Dolphin Improvements

Sun, 2018-09-09 12:19
It's been another busy week for the crew polishing up the Plasma desktop and other KDE components. Say "hi" to HiDPI and hibernation work this week...

The RadeonSI Performance Tuning For AMD Zen CPUs Has Landed In Mesa

Sun, 2018-09-09 10:38
Earlier this week I reported on the RadeonSI Gallium3D code being tuned for AMD Zen CPUs in an attempt to deliver greater gaming performance for Ryzen processors. That work has now been merged into Mesa 18.3...

VC4 Gallium3D Gets Much Faster Texture Upload/Download Performance, Helping GLAMOR

Sun, 2018-09-09 08:26
It's been a while since last having major progress to report on the Broadcom VideoCore 4 (VC4) open-source driver stack most notably used by the Raspberry Pi boards or the next-generation Broadcom VideoCore "V3D" driver stack. The lack of recent progress has been due to lead developer Eric Anholt being away on paternity leave, but he is back now with another update on this open-source ARM graphics undertaking...

Logitech G700/G900 Wireless Mice Get Picked Up By The Linux HID++ Driver

Sun, 2018-09-09 06:09
The latest improvements published by Red Hat's Benjamin Tissoires for bettering the Linux input stack is expanded Logitech support within its HID++ (logitech-hidpp) driver...

NetworkManager 1.14 RC1 Shows WireGuard Interfaces, SR-IOV Device Configuration, 6LoWPAN

Sat, 2018-09-08 23:28
Just a few months since NetworkManager 1.12 has passed and the NetworkManager 1.14 feature update is now around the corner...

Libre Computer's Tritium Is A Line Of Low-Cost Allwinner ARM Boards

Sat, 2018-09-08 17:00
In addition to Le Potato and Renegade, another line-up of ARM boards being offered by Libre Computer is Tritium. The Libre Computer Tritium boards are Allwinner-based boards with options from the H2+ for IoT use-cases, the H3 as a mid-range offering, or H5 for a better-performing ARM board that is well supported by the open-source Linux community.

Linux 4.20~5.0 Bringing More Intel Icelake Graphics Enablement

Sat, 2018-09-08 16:09
This week Intel developers sent in their first batch of drm-intel-next feature changes to DRM-Next of new material that will be merged for the next kernel cycle whether it ends up being called Linux 4.20 or likely Linux 5.0...

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood - Latest Steam Play Game On Linux Receiving Mesa Fix

Sat, 2018-09-08 12:58
While the Mesa OpenGL/Vulkan drivers have matured into great shape particularly over the past two years for vastly improving the Linux gaming experience on Radeon and Intel hardware, with Valve's Steam Play allowing more Windows games on Linux via Proton/Wine has opened up Mesa to needing a lot more optimizations, workarounds, and dealing with other intricacies. The latest receiving the special treatment is Wolfenstein: The Old Blood...

Another Minor Optimization Queued For Systems Mitigated Against Spectre / Meltdown

Sat, 2018-09-08 12:38
On Intel systems affected by the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, another minor optimization is on its way to the Linux kernel to ever so slightly lower the impact of the kernel-based page table isolation (PTI) mitigation...

The Long-Awaited Haiku Operating System Beta Should Be Days Away

Sat, 2018-09-08 12:15
The Haiku operating system has been in development since 2002 as an open-source BeOS-inspired platform and nearly a decade since they reached the alpha stage for their first release, they are nearly ready to deliver the beta...

Mir Is Back To Running On Phones, Thanks To UBports

Sat, 2018-09-08 11:59
While Canonical divested from their Linux smartphone plans, they continue maintaining the Mir display server as any regular Phoronix reader should know. Mir continues to be developed with Wayland functionality for IoT and desktop use-cases but the

Amazon Implementing CFS Co-Scheduling For The Linux Kernel

Sat, 2018-09-08 11:48
An Amazon developer working on the Linux kernel has posted perhaps their largest feature patch-set for the kernel: implementing co-scheduling support for the Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS)...

Mesa 18.2 Released With Vega 20 Support, OpenGL 4.4 Compat Profile & A Lot More

Sat, 2018-09-08 00:58
Following a few delays that pushed back its release date from August to ultimately today, Mesa 18.2 is out as this third-quarter 2018 update to the Mesa3D graphics driver stack most commonly associated with the Linux desktop's open-source Vulkan/OpenGL drivers for Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau (as well as many smaller drivers)...

Blade Symphony Looks To Be An Impressive Sword Fighting Title For Linux Gamers

Sat, 2018-09-08 00:25
A big update to Blade Symphony game is due out later this month that is bringing Linux support to this game...

Google & Unity Announce Open-Source Matchmaking Project

Fri, 2018-09-07 21:18
Google's latest foray into gaming is partnering with Unity Tech for launching an open-source matchmaking project for games...

Mesa 18.1.8 Released With More Stable Fixes

Fri, 2018-09-07 21:15
In addition to Mesa 18.2 expected today, also out this Friday is Mesa 18.1.8 as the latest stable point release for this important piece of the open-source Linux graphics stack...