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Vulkan CTS 1.1.1 Adds 26,272 New Test Cases

Monday 9th of April 2018 08:21:04 PM
The Vulkan CTS as the conformance test suite for ensuring drivers are properly and fully implementing the Vulkan graphics and compute API continues getting even more in-depth and attempts to cover as many corner-cases as possible...

Wayland 1.15 & Weston 4.0 Officially Released

Monday 9th of April 2018 06:29:45 PM
Today marks the long-awaited debut of Wayland 1.15 and the Weston 4.0 reference compositor...

AMD Posts VP9 VA-API Video Acceleration For Gallium3D

Monday 9th of April 2018 05:28:16 PM
Hitting the Mesa mailing list today from AMD developers are a set of twenty-two patches providing VP9 video acceleration support via the Gallium3D VA-API state tracker...

KVM Updates For Linux 4.17 Bring VirtIO GPU Prep For S390, AMD Improvements

Monday 9th of April 2018 05:15:41 PM
The latest feature pull request for the Linux 4.17 kernel are the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization updates...

Mir Wayland Cut/Copy/Paste Support Being Worked On

Monday 9th of April 2018 05:00:39 PM
When it comes to Mir acting as a Wayland compositor, feature support continues to be extended for making this a more viable offering for those looking to have full Wayland support...

VK_AMD_shader_core_properties Now Supported By RADV

Monday 9th of April 2018 01:09:16 PM
Thanks to Samuel Pitoiset of Valve's Linux driver team, the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver supports the new VK_AMD_shader_core_properties extension...

Making Use Of Intel vGPU Support On Linux 4.16 & QEMU 2.12

Monday 9th of April 2018 12:55:42 PM
As of the Linux 4.16 kernel that was released one week ago, the kernel-side bits are in place for Intel Virtual GPU support and in user-space the upcoming QEMU 2.12 has the necessary code for the GTK and SPICE code-paths...

phpMyAdmin 4.8 Brings Mobile Interface, 2FA & More

Monday 9th of April 2018 12:05:43 PM
Over the weekend marked the release of phpMyAdmin 4.8.0 as the latest major update to this widely-used MySQL web-based administration interface...

Ubuntu Developer Floats The Idea Of "Test Weeks" To Replace Early Alpha/Beta Releases

Monday 9th of April 2018 10:48:30 AM
Prominent Ubuntu community developer Simon Quigley has sparked a discussion about Ubuntu's release milestones and the possibility of moving away with their alpha and beta one milestones moving forward...

Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming To Linux This Month

Monday 9th of April 2018 10:07:23 AM
Feral Interactive has just confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider for Linux will be released this month...

Libinput 1.10.4 Makes Touchpads A Bit Snappier

Monday 9th of April 2018 10:00:38 AM
Libinput 1.10.14 is now available and while it's just a point release, there is at least one change sure to catch your attention...

Etnaviv Performance Counter Support Merged Into Mesa 18.1

Monday 9th of April 2018 12:29:55 AM
Landing in Linux 4.15 was performance counters support in the Etnaviv DRM driver as the low-level bits for exposing the hardware counters with this reverse-engineered, open-source Vivante graphics driver. The user-space/Mesa side code has now landed too...

Intel Optane 800p SSD 118GB

Sunday 8th of April 2018 06:40:00 PM
Last month Intel launched the Optane SSD 800P series as a step below the ultra-fast Optane 900P solid-state drives but still a big step ahead of other SSD options like the Intel 760p series. Here are our first Linux performance benchmarks of the Optane 800p series with testing the 118GB SSDPEK1W120GA 800p SSD on Ubuntu.

Linux 4.16 Reaches Its First Point Release With Over 30 Fixes

Sunday 8th of April 2018 06:24:17 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman today released the first stable point update to the Linux 4.16 kernel that debuted one week ago...

The Big Changes Merged This Week For The Linux 4.17 Kernel

Sunday 8th of April 2018 11:30:23 AM
We are now through the first week of the two week long Linux 4.17 kernel merge window process for introducing the new features/functionality to this next big kernel release...

HandBrake 1.1 Open-Source Video Transcoder Released

Sunday 8th of April 2018 10:24:38 AM
For fans of the HandBrake open-source, cross-platform video transcoder software, a big post-1.0 update is now available...

FreeCAD 0.17 Released With Various Workbench Improvements

Sunday 8th of April 2018 10:12:00 AM
For fans of the FreeCAD open-source 3D CAD modeling software, a new major release is now available -- the first update in almost two years...

Sway 1.0 Reaches Alpha For This Popular Wayland Compositor

Sunday 8th of April 2018 12:05:35 AM
The Sway Wayland Compositor that is known for its compatibility and inspiration from the i3 tiling window manager is nearly out with its version 1.0 release...

POWER Updates For Linux 4.17 Drop POWER4 CPU Support

Saturday 7th of April 2018 08:04:28 PM
In addition to Linux 4.17 dropping eight obsolete CPU architectures, this next kernel release is also doing away with POWER4 CPU support...

AMD Ryzen 7 Performance On Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Six Linux Distributions

Saturday 7th of April 2018 03:30:00 PM
Our latest Windows vs. Linux benchmarking interest has been seeing how the AMD Ryzen 7 performance compares with the latest operating systems / Linux distributions. We have recently posted some Windows 10 vs. Windows WSL vs. Windows Linux benchmarks, relative Spectre/Meltdown mitigation impact tests on Windows vs. Linux, and other benchmarks but has mostly been done with Intel or server hardware. For those curious, today's tests were done with an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 platform.

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Graphics: VC4 and AMDVLK Driver

  • VC4 display, VC5 kernel submitted
    For VC5, I renamed the kernel driver to “v3d” and submitted it to the kernel. Daniel Vetter came back right away with a bunch of useful feedback, and next week I’m resolving that feedback and continuing to work on the GMP support. On the vc4 front, I did the investigation of the HDL to determine that the OLED matrix applies before the gamma tables, so we can expose it in the DRM for Android’s color correction. Stefan was also interested in reworking his fencing patches to use syncobjs, so hopefully we can merge those and get DRM HWC support in mainline soon. I also pushed Gustavo’s patch for using the new core DRM infrastructure for async cursor updates. This doesn’t simplify our code much yet, but Boris has a series he’s working on that gets rid of a lot of custom vc4 display code by switching more code over to the new async support.
  • V3D DRM Driver Revised As It Works To Get Into The Mainline Kernel
    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has sent out his revised patches for the "V3D" DRM driver, which up until last week was known as the VC5 DRM driver. As explained last week, the VC5 driver components are being renamed to V3D since it ends up supporting more than just VC5 with Broadcom VC6 hardware already being supported too. Eric is making preparations to get this VideoCore driver into the mainline Linux kernel and he will then also rename the VC5 Gallium3D driver to V3D Gallium3D.
  • AMDVLK Driver Gets Fixed For Rise of the Tomb Raider Using Application Profiles
    With last week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux ported by Feral Interactive, when it came to Radeon GPU support for this Vulkan-only Linux game port the Mesa RADV driver was supported while the official AMDVLK driver would lead to GPU hangs. That's now been fixed. With the latest AMDVLK/XGL source code as of today, the GPU hang issue for Rise of the Tomb Raider should now be resolved.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Performance Boosted By Updated BIOS/AGESA

With last week's initial launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 7 2700X some found the Linux performance to be lower than Windows. While the root cause is undetermined, a BIOS/AGESA update does appear to help the Linux performance significantly at least with the motherboard where I've been doing most of my tests with the Ryzen 7 2700X. Here are the latest benchmark numbers. Read more

GNU: The GNU C Library 2.28 and Guix on Android

  • Glibc 2.28 Upstream Will Build/Run Cleanly On GNU Hurd
    While Linux distributions are still migrating to Glibc 2.27, in the two months since the release changes have continued building up for what will eventually become the GNU C Library 2.28. The Glibc 2.28 work queued thus far isn't nearly as exciting as all the performance optimizations and more introduced with Glibc 2.27, but it's a start. Most notable at this point for Glibc 2.28 is that it will now build and run cleanly on GNU/Hurd without requiring any out-of-tree patches. There has been a ton of Hurd-related commits to Glibc over the past month.
  • Guix on Android!
    Last year I thought to myself: since my phone is just a computer running an operating system called Android (or Replicant!), and that Android is based on a Linux kernel, it's just another foreign distribution I could install GNU Guix on, right? It turned out it was absolutely the case. Today I was reminded on IRC of my attempt last year at installing GNU Guix on my phone. Hence this blog post. I'll try to give you all the knowledge and commands required to install it on your own Android device.
  • GNU Guix Wrangled To Run On Android
    The GNU Guix transactional package manager can be made to run on Android smartphones/tablets, but not without lots of hoops to jump through first.