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Clear Linux Is Now Auto-Updating, Switches To Mesa 13.0

Tue, 2016-11-29 13:08
Intel's high-performance Clear Linux distribution is now auto-updating by default, including for packages like Mesa and the X.Org Server...

Intel Has More DRM Feature Code Ready For Linux 4.10, GVT Going Mainline

Tue, 2016-11-29 12:12
Intel had already sent in two feature pull requests of new features/changes improvements to their DRM driver for Linux 4.10 (pull requests one and two) while now another feature pull has been submitted and there's also expected to be a last-minute fourth pull request...

Mesa's On-Disk Shader Cache Revised For The 7th Time

Tue, 2016-11-29 12:00
Timothy Arceri of Collabora has now revised the massive patch-set implementing an on-disk shader cache for Mesa with the work nearing completion, at least for the Intel i965 driver...

Fresh Haswell & Skylake OpenGL vs. Vulkan Benchmarks On Linux 4.9, Mesa 13.1-dev

Tue, 2016-11-29 02:00
Last week I published some fresh Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks of AMD/NVIDIA GPUs in AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA On Linux With OpenGL and Vulkan, but for those wanting some fresh Intel OpenGL vs. Vulkan Linux numbers, I have some fresh data to share this evening...

Ubuntu Prepping Its 16.04 "Rolling HWE Kernel"

Tue, 2016-11-29 01:28
Similar to past Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) releases, Ubuntu 16.04.2 and beyond will feature hardware enablement kernels back-ported from newer Ubuntu releases in order to allow new hardware to work on these older LTS releases, but now the Xenial Xerus is switching to a concept of a "rolling HWE kernel."..

Qualcomm Adreno A5xx Open-Source Driver Bringup For Freedreno

Mon, 2016-11-28 21:45
There's now patches for bringing up open-source graphics driver support in the Freedreno stack for Qualcomm's latest-generation Adreno graphics hardware...

More Darktable GPU/CPU Benchmarks - 27 Different Setups

Mon, 2016-11-28 19:35
This morning I posted a 20-way Darktable OpenCL comparison for this open-source digital photography workflow software that can make great use of GPUs. Those results were well-received and there were requests for more CPU data, so here are some Darktable benchmarks on more Linux boxes...

Mesa 13.0.2 Released, Includes Many Intel/RADV Vulkan Driver Fixes

Mon, 2016-11-28 17:24
For those riding the stable Mesa release train, Mesa 13.0.2 is now available as the newest Mesa 13.0 point release...

Mir/Ubuntu Developer Talks Up Mir Outside Of Unity 8

Mon, 2016-11-28 17:18
Most talk these days of Ubuntu's Unity 8 next-gen desktop experience and their Mir display server goes hand-in-hand since the change-over is planned in-step before Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but there's a new Ubuntu Insights blog post up working to promote Mir as more than just tech for the Unity 8 desktop...

The Systemd-Free Debian Fork Celebrates Its Second Birthday

Mon, 2016-11-28 15:14
Devuan, the Debian fork that frees the system of systemd, is now two years old...

The Latest On C++17, Early Work For C++20

Mon, 2016-11-28 13:00
There was a C++ standards meeting recently in Issaquah, Washington and a report on it is now available with the latest on C++17 and early work around what will form C++20...

X-Plane 11 Beta Now Available, Demo Too

Mon, 2016-11-28 12:07
Laminar Research has released their first public beta of the massive X-Plane 11.0 flight simulator update. It's a huge update and expect some bugs at this stage, but should be a very exciting release...

Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 Milestone 3 Provides A Final Early Look At "Tana"

Mon, 2016-11-28 08:55
The third and likely final planned development release of Phoronix Test Suite 6.8-Tana is now available for your cross-OS, fully-automated and reproducible benchmarking needs...

20-Way NVIDIA/AMD GPU Darktable OpenCL Photography Performance

Mon, 2016-11-28 06:09
With the holiday season in full swing, whether you are just a casual photographer or professional, Darktable is easily one of the best photography workflow applications and it's free software! Darktable has offered OpenCL acceleration for providing faster performance on GPUs and with the imminent Darktable 2.2 release there is even better OpenCL results. For those curious about the OpenCL performance of Darktable, I've done some Darktable 2.2-RC1 benchmarks on a variety of NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards under Ubuntu Linux.

Today's The Last Day For Our Ad-Free Site Deal For Thanksgiving 2016

Mon, 2016-11-28 06:00
Just a quick PSA that if you were busy last week and didn't notice the earlier post, we're currently running a heavily-discounted, holiday special for Phoronix Premium where you can access the ad-free version of our site, multi-page articles on a single page, and more. But the big holiday discount expires at the end of today in 24 hours!..

Linux 4.9-rc7 Kernel Released: Final In 1~2 Weeks

Sun, 2016-11-27 22:56
The Linux 4.9-rc7 test kernel is now available although it's yet undecided whether there will be an RC8 before declaring it gold...

2016 Holiday Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts, Gamers

Sun, 2016-11-27 20:02
If you are looking for any gift ideas this 2016 holiday season for a Linux gamer/enthusiast or just a casual user looking for some friendly PC hardware, here are my favorites for this holiday season...

NVIDIA vs. AMDGPU-PRO vs. RadeonSI OpenGL Comparison For Holidays 2016

Sun, 2016-11-27 17:12
If you are planning to upgrade your graphics card in a Linux system this holiday season, here are some fresh benchmarks of several different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards with various Linux gaming tests under Ubuntu. The AMD tests were done both with the latest RadeonSI Gallium3D stack as well as the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver.

LibreOffice 5.3 Beta Available For Beta Testing

Sun, 2016-11-27 14:41
This week the first public beta of LibreOffice 5.3 rolled out for testing ahead of the open-source office suite's big official update in early February...

Guillemot: Various OpenGL Tips & Tricks

Sun, 2016-11-27 14:40
For those invested in OpenGL and don't want to abandon it so soon for Vulkan, a few Phoronix readers pointed out a blog post this week filled with various OpenGL rendering tips and tricks...