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AMD Moving Forward In Their RadeonSI Support For ARB_gl_spirv

3 hours 9 min ago
AMD open-source developer Nicolai Hähnle has spent the past few months working on the ARB_gl_spirv extension as mandated by OpenGL 4.6. Some of the prep work for supporting that extension has landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git...

KDE Wayland Began Taking Shape, More Music Players & Other KDE Happenings In 2017

5 hours 27 min ago
Not only did GNOME have a very busy 2017, but as 2017 nears its end, here's a look back at the most exciting events in the KDE camp...

Mesa Glthread Gets Adds Another Game, AMDGPU Winsys Gets Performance Workaround

5 hours 59 min ago
This week has started off to being another busy time in Mesa Git just ahead of the holidays...

Flatpak'ed Epiphany Browser Becomes More Useful

6 hours 12 min ago
Epiphany 3.27.3 was released this morning as the newest release of GNOME's web browser in the road to the GNOME 3.28 stable desktop debut next March...

VESA Rolls Out DisplayHDR As Its Latest Standard

6 hours 21 min ago
VESA has rolled out DisplayHDR 1.0 as its newest standard. As implied by the name, the standard is in regards to specifying HDR (High Dynamic Range) quality for displays...

Is PowerTop / TLP Still Useful To Save Power On Linux Laptops?

Monday 11th of December 2017 08:08:16 PM
A Phoronix reader recently inquired about whether power-saving utilities like Intel PowerTop and TLP are still useful for conserving power on modern Linux distributions and modern hardware. The short answer is, yes, and here are some numbers.

Coreboot Conference 2017 Videos Now Available

Monday 11th of December 2017 06:59:05 PM
For those interested in the open-source Coreboot project that serves as a replacement to proprietary UEFI/BIOS, the videos from their European Coreboot Conference are now available...

VC5 OpenGL & Vulkan Driver Advancing

Monday 11th of December 2017 06:50:17 PM
Broadcom developer Eric Anholt has offered an update on the state of the VC5 Gallium3D driver for OpenGL support as well as the work being done on the "BCMV" Vulkan driver. Additionally, the VC4 Gallium3D driver for existing Raspberry Pi devices continues to get better...

Darktable 2.4-RC1 Rolls Out With Windows Support, OpenCL Improvements

Monday 11th of December 2017 03:43:39 PM
The open-source Darktable RAW photography software that's long been available for Linux and macOS has finally been ported to Microsoft Windows. But fortunately that's not all to be found in Darktable 2.4...

GNUstep Takes Another Step Forward For Implementing Apple's Cocoa Frameworks

Monday 11th of December 2017 03:32:01 PM
GNUstep is the long-standing free software project working to implement Apple's Cocoa Objective-C frameworks used by macOS. The GNU project has made new releases of their GUI and Back libraries...

Intel Rolls Out Pentium Silver & Celeron CPUs Powered By Gemini Lake

Monday 11th of December 2017 02:10:19 PM
Intel today has announced their new Pentium Silver and Celeron processor line-up powered by their Gemini Lake microarchitecture...

Even With Wayland Around, X.Org Had A Busy 2017

Monday 11th of December 2017 01:59:07 PM
While 2017 was the first year in a decade without seeing a major X.Org Server release, it wasn't due to lack of X.Org Server development activity. Here's a look back at the X.Org 2017 highlights...

Initial Tessellation Shader Support For RadeonSI NIR

Monday 11th of December 2017 01:38:21 PM
The RadeonSI Gallium3D driver's NIR back-end is moving one step closer to feature parity with the existing OpenGL capabilities of this AMD GCN graphics driver...

Linux 4.15-rc3 Kernel Released

Monday 11th of December 2017 02:08:35 AM
Linus Torvalds has announced the third weekly test release of the upcoming Linux 4.15 kernel...

Haiku OS Is Very Close To Their Long Awaited Beta, New Repository Working

Sunday 10th of December 2017 08:50:21 PM
The BeOS-inspired Haiku operating system should be issuing its long-awaited beta release by early 2018...

Skylake Server Scheduler Model Updated In LLVM 6.0 Along With Other Intel CPU Updates

Sunday 10th of December 2017 06:03:30 PM
The x86 scheduler model for Skylake AVX-512-enabled servers has been updated ahead of the LLVM 6.0 feature freeze next month...

Linux 4.15 I/O Scheduler Tests: BFQ, CFQ, Kyber

Sunday 10th of December 2017 04:26:05 PM
With some BFQ performance fixes included as part of Linux 4.15 along with other I/O scheduler work and block improvements for this latest Linux kernel series, here are some fresh benchmarks of the different I/O scheduler options using the Linux 4.15 Git kernel.

OpenBSD Now Officially Supports 64-bit ARM

Sunday 10th of December 2017 03:07:30 PM
OpenBSD has graduated its 64-bit ARM (ARM64) architecture to being officially supported...

GTK4, GNOME's Wayland Support & Vulkan Renderer Topped GNOME In 2017

Sunday 10th of December 2017 01:50:57 PM
GNOME had a very successful 2017 with the excellent 3.24 and 3.26 releases that continued improving their Wayland support, adding various features to their applications, etc. GTK4 development continued heavily as well with a plethora of improvements and new features...

A Lot Of Improvements Are Building Up For GIMP 2.9.8, Including Better Wayland Support

Sunday 10th of December 2017 12:27:12 PM
It's been four months since the release of GIMP 2.9.6 and while GIMP 2.9 developments are sadly not too frequent, the next GIMP 2.9.8 release is preparing a host of changes...

More in Tux Machines

Systemd, Devuan, and Debian; FOSS at the Back End

  • Systemd, Devuan, and Debian
  • Devuan ASCII sprint -- 15-16-17 Dec. 2017
  • This open-source, multicloud serverless framework claims faster-than-bare-metal speed
    The move toward fast, serverless computing technology got a boost this month from Iguazio Systems Ltd. The data platform company (named from the Iguazu waterfalls in South America) announced the release of Nuclio, an open-source, multicloud serverless framework that claims faster-than-bare-metal speed. “We provide one platform, all the data services that Amazon has, or at least the ones that are interesting, serverless functions, which are 100 times faster, and a few more tricks that they don’t have,” said Yaron Haviv (pictured), founder and chief technology officer of Iguazio Systems. “We do fewer services, but each one kicks ass; each one is much faster and better engineered.”
  • CORD Says It’s the De Facto Choice for Edge Computing
    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) today released 4.1 of its Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD) code. CORD has only been around as an independent project within ONF for about a year and a half, but with this release a couple of things have gelled for the project. First, it has merged its residential-CORD, mobile-CORD, and enterprise-CORD into one overarching project. Secondly, the ONF has realized CORD’s relevance in edge computing and edge cloud data centers.

Graphics: AMD, Mesa, VESA and More

  • AMD Moving Forward In Their RadeonSI Support For ARB_gl_spirv
    AMD open-source developer Nicolai Hähnle has spent the past few months working on the ARB_gl_spirv extension as mandated by OpenGL 4.6. Some of the prep work for supporting that extension has landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git. ARB_gl_spirv is about bringing SPIR-V support to OpenGL drivers, the IR shared by Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1+. ARB_gl_spirv allows for loading SPIR-V modules into OpenGL programs and allows for GLSL to be a source language in creating SPIR-V modules. This is basically for creating better interoperability between OpenGL and Vulkan/SPIR-V.
  • Mesa Glthread Gets Adds Another Game, AMDGPU Winsys Gets Performance Workaround
    This week has started off to being another busy time in Mesa Git just ahead of the holidays. First up, Mount & Blade: Warband is the latest game to be white-listed by the Mesa glthread functionality for enabling OpenGL threading on this Steam Linux game. Mount & Blade: Warband was actually whitelisted back in July but then disabled a few days later as it turned out not to be working.
  • VESA Rolls Out DisplayHDR As Its Latest Standard
    VESA has rolled out DisplayHDR 1.0 as its newest standard. As implied by the name, the standard is in regards to specifying HDR (High Dynamic Range) quality for displays.
  • VC5 OpenGL & Vulkan Driver Advancing
    Broadcom developer Eric Anholt has offered an update on the state of the VC5 Gallium3D driver for OpenGL support as well as the work being done on the "BCMV" Vulkan driver. Additionally, the VC4 Gallium3D driver for existing Raspberry Pi devices continues to get better.
  • Initial Tessellation Shader Support For RadeonSI NIR
    The RadeonSI Gallium3D driver's NIR back-end is moving one step closer to feature parity with the existing OpenGL capabilities of this AMD GCN graphics driver. Timothy Arceri working for Valve has been focusing on the NIR back-end recently for RadeonSI. This NIR intermediate representation handling is being driven in order to add SPIR-V ingestion support to RadeonSI with code sharing for RADV's existing NIR-based infrastructure.

Games: Rocket League, Ultimate Trivia Challenge, Grass Cutter, Hyper Knights: Battles, Opus Magnum

If You're Ready for Arch, ArchMerge Eases the Way

Newcomer ArchMerge Linux offers a big change for the better to those switching from the Debian Linux lineage to the Arch Linux infrastructure. ArchMerge Linux is a recent spinoff of ArchLabs Linux. I recently reviewed Archlabs and found it to be a step up from most Arch Linux offerings in terms of installation and usability. Arch Linux distros, in general, are notorious for their challenging installation and software management processes. ArchMerge Linux brings a few extra ingredients that make trying it well worth your while if you want to consider migrating to the Arch Linux platform. Still, no Arch Linux distro is a suitable starting point for Linux newcomers. That reality does not change with ArchMerge, although it helps ease the process considerably for those who are ready for it. Read more