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Intel Broxton Gets ASTC HDR Support In Mesa

Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:42:58 PM
Intel Broxton graphics hardware can now benefit from ASTC HDR texture compression in Mesa Git...

SteamOS 2.115 Switches From AMDGPU-PRO To AMDGPU+RadeonSI

Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:30:33 PM
Valve has pushed out a long-awaited update to SteamOS Brewmaster and in this latest beta update have switched away from the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver in favor of Mesa...

Mesa 17.1.1 Coming This Week

Monday 22nd of May 2017 06:17:32 PM
The first point release to Mesa 17.1 will be here in just a few days...

Radeon RX 560 Linux OpenGL/Vulkan Benchmarks

Monday 22nd of May 2017 03:00:00 PM
Last week the "Polaris Evolved" Radeon RX 560 graphics card launched. I picked up a Sapphire Radeon RX 560 for Linux testing and have those results to share today for OpenGL and Vulkan workloads under Linux using the 4.12 development kernel and Mesa 17.2-dev compared to a range of Radeon and GeForce graphics cards.

GNU Guix & Guix SD 0.13 Released

Monday 22nd of May 2017 02:58:53 PM
The GNU Guix package manager has seen an update today along with GNU Guix SD, its software distribution running the GNU Linux-libre kernel...

RadeonSI/Gallium3D Still Appears To Have Greater CPU Overhead Than The NVIDIA Driver

Monday 22nd of May 2017 12:39:22 PM
In CPU-bound Linux games, the NVIDIA Linux driver still appears to perform better than the newest RadeonSI Gallium3D code...

Videos From The 2017 Linux Audio Conference

Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:15:40 AM
Taking place the past few days in Saint-Etienne, France has been the annual Linux Audio Conference...

Mesa Developers Discuss Dropping Older Drivers, Removing Untested Code

Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:34:30 AM
Last week Mesa developers had their once-in-a-while discussion about cleaning up the code-base and potentially dropping the older drivers...

Nextcloud 12 Debuts With "Global Scale" Architecture

Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:14:44 AM
The ownCloud-forked Nextcloud 12 is now available as the latest major release for this open-source project to easily deploy your own personal cloud...

Linux 4.12-rc2 Kernel Released

Monday 22nd of May 2017 09:56:26 AM
Linus Torvalds has pushed out his second weekly test candidate of the Linux 4.12 kernel...

AMD Ryzen AOCC 1.0 Compiler Tuning Benchmarks

Sunday 21st of May 2017 04:00:00 PM
On Friday I posted some benchmarks of AMD's new AOCC code compiler for Ryzen compared to LLVM Clang 4.0/5.0 and GCC 6/7/8. The AOCC 1.0 benchmarks on Ryzen 7 didn't offer much over LLVM Clang for which this "AMD Optimizing C/C++ Compiler" is based, but in this article are some tuning benchmarks.

IWOCL 2017 OpenCL Wraps Up, OpenCL-V For Vulkan Makes Waves

Sunday 21st of May 2017 12:45:43 PM
The annual International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) conference has concluded this week in Toronto. Slides and other materials from this leading OpenCL conference are now available...

Phoronix Turns 13 In Two Weeks - What Shall We Benchmark To Celebrate?

Sunday 21st of May 2017 12:33:39 PM
Two weeks from tomorrow will mark the 13th birthday since starting Phoronix.com and also nine years since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.0. What better way to celebrate than by running more of our big, annual benchmarks from Windows vs. Linux comparisons to other interesting hardware tests...

TFS File-System Still Aiming To Compete With ZFS, Written In Rust

Sunday 21st of May 2017 12:11:40 PM
The developers behind the Rust-based Redox operating system continue working on the "TFS" file-system that they hope will compete with the long-standing ZFS file-system, but TFS isn't being tied to just Redox OS...

Coriander Project: Compile CUDA Codes To OpenCL, Run Everywhere

Sunday 21st of May 2017 12:02:55 PM
AMD's GPUOpen has been working on the HIP compiler to allow NVIDIA CUDA code to be executed on AMD GPUs, but now there's a separate and more universal effort: Coriander...

Linux GPU Driver Issues Are Still Holding Up Games In 2017

Sunday 21st of May 2017 11:38:59 AM
While Linux graphics drivers have been improving a lot, they are still not a trouble-free experience, especially when encountering new OpenGL games/workloads, even with NVIDIA's proprietary driver...

Running Intel Kabylake Graphics On Linux 4.12

Sunday 21st of May 2017 11:17:47 AM
Does the Linux 4.12 kernel bring any performance improvements for Intel graphics? Here are some OpenGL/Vulkan tests for Intel Kabylake graphics with Linux 4.10 vs. 4.11 vs. 4.12 when using Mesa 17.2-dev...

Vulkan 1.0.50 Adds New AMD-Developed Extension

Sunday 21st of May 2017 01:54:12 AM
Vulkan 1.0.50 is now available as the latest point release to the specification for this high-performance, cross-platform graphics API...

Glibc / GNU Toolchain Dropping Google NaCl Support

Saturday 20th of May 2017 10:12:49 PM
Support for Google's Native Client (NaCl) has been removed from mainline glibc with the GNU toolchain no longer really being maintained or used for compiling code targeting this Chrome-supported sandboxed code execution environment...

AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 vs. Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev Git

Saturday 20th of May 2017 04:00:00 PM
Given the RadeonSI/Gallium3D threaded pipe context work having landed earlier this week and there being other performance improvements with Linux 4.12 and Mesa 17.2-dev, here are some fresh benchmarks on an AMD Polaris card comparing this latest open-source graphics driver code as of this week compared to AMD's latest hybrid driver, AMDGPU-PRO 17.10.

More in Tux Machines

OSS Leftovers

  • Nextcloud 12 Officially Released, Adds New Architecture for Massive Scalability
    Nextcloud informs Softpedia today about the official availability of the final release of Nextcloud 12, a major milestone of the self-hosting cloud server technology that introduces numerous new features and improvements. The biggest new feature of the Nextcloud 12 release appears to be the introduction of a new architecture for massive scalability, called Global Scale, which is a next-generation open-source technology for syncing and sharing files. Global Scale increases scalability from tens of thousands of users to hundreds of millions on a single instance, while helping universities and other institutions significantly reduce the costs of their existing large installations.
  • ReactOS 0.4.5 Open-Source Windows-Compatible OS Launches with Many Improvements
    ReactOS 0.4.5 is a maintenance update that adds numerous changes and improvements over the previous point release. The kernel has been updated in this version to improve the FreeLoader and UEFI booting, as well as the Plug and Play modules, adding support for more computers to boot ReactOS without issues.
  • Sprint Debuts Open Source NFV/SDN Platform Developed with Intel Labs
    AT&T has been the headliner in the carrier race to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). But Sprint is putting its own stamp on the space this week with its debut of a new open source SDN/NFV mobile core solution.
  • Google’s New Home for All Things Open Source Runs Deep
    Google is not only one of the biggest contributors to the open source community but also has a strong track record of delivering open source tools and platforms that give birth to robust technology ecosystems. Just witness the momentum that Android and Kubernetes now have. Recently, Google launched a new home for its open source projects, processes, and initiatives. The site runs deep and has several avenues worth investigating. Here is a tour and some highlights worth noting.
  • Making your first open source contribution
  • Simplify expense reports with Smart Receipts
    The app is called Smart Receipts, it's licensed AGPL 3.0, and the source code is available on GitHub for Android and iOS.
  • How the TensorFlow team handles open source support
    Open-sourcing is more than throwing code over the wall and hoping somebody uses it. I knew this in theory, but being part of the TensorFlow team at Google has opened my eyes to how many different elements you need to build a community around a piece of software.
  • IRC for the 21st Century: Introducing Riot
    Internet relay chat (IRC) is one of the oldest chat protocols around and still popular in many open source communities. IRC's best strengths are as a decentralized and open communication method, making it easy for anyone to participate by running a network of their own. There are also a variety of clients and bots available for IRC.

Tizen News: Phones and TVs

  • Tizen 3.0-powered Samsung Z4 now available with offline retailers in india
    The Samsung Z4, the fourth smartphone in Samsung’s Z series and a successor to the Z2 (and not the Z3, as many would assume), has been formally announced and made an appearance at the Tizen Developer Conference (TDC 2017) this past week. The Z4 was rumoured to make its way to India on May 19th (Friday) and it did – arriving with offline retailers after launching in the country last Monday (one week ago).
  • Samsung 2017 QLED TVs World First to support autocalibration for HDR
  • Samsung approves You.i TV video platform for Tizen TV app development
    While Samsung has developed Tizen TV apps using JavaScript, You.i TV’s Engine Video app runs on Native Client (NACL), a web technology that does not only allows C++ applications to run in a standard browser but is said to be 24 times faster than JavaScript. Now that Samsung has approved You.i TV’s video engine platform, developers can craft more video content for Tizen Smart TV owners.
  • Samsung Smart TV gets a new Glympse app that enables location sharing on the TV
    Samsung Smart TV, powered by the intuitive, self-developed Tizen operating system, has gotten a cool new app which enables consumers to view the location of their friends, loved ones or even a pizza delivery or cable technician in real-time directly from their home’s largest screen. The new app is developed by Glympse, the leading real-time location services platform.

How To Encrypt DNS Traffic In Linux Using DNSCrypt

​Dnscrypt is a protocol that is used to improve DNS security by authenticating communications between a DNS client and a DNS resolver. DNSCrypt prevents DNS spoofing. It uses cryptographic signatures to verify that responses originate from the chosen DNS resolver and haven’t been tampered with. DNSCrypt is available for multi-platforms including Windows, MacOS, Unix, Android, iOS, Linux and even routers. Read
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Debian-Based Untangle 13.0 Linux Firewall Tackles Bufferbloat, Adds New Features

Untangle NG Firewall, the open-source and powerful Debian-based network security platform featuring pluggable modules for network apps, has been updated to version 13.0, a major release adding new features and numerous improvements. The biggest improvement brought by the Untangle NG Firewall 13.0 release is to the poor latency generated by excess buffering in networking equipment, called bufferbloat, by supporting a queueing algorithm designed to optimize QoS and bandwidth to enforce a controlled delay. Read more