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Croteam Reiterates Vulkan Intentions, Shows Off Screenshot

8 hours 42 min ago
A few days back was the news about Croteam's intentions for supporting the Vulkan graphics API. They confirmed they intend to support Vulkan for Serious Sam 4 and will also be supporting it with their Talos Principle game. Today they confirmed this information again...

Docker Images Are Moving From Ubuntu To Alpine Linux

12 hours 25 min ago
Docker is reportedly going to be migrating all of their official images from an Ubuntu base to now using Alpine Linux...

Ubuntu 6.06 To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Performance Benchmarks: 10 Years Of Linux Performance

13 hours 15 min ago
As I'm in the process of retiring an old AMD Opteron dual-socket system, prior to decommissioning it, I figured it would be fun to go back and re-benchmark all of the Ubuntu LTS releases going all the way back to the legendary 6.06 Dapper Drake release. So here are some fresh benchmarks of this AMD Shanghai system with eight cores and 16GB of RAM when re-benchmarking the releases from Ubuntu 6.06 through the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS development state.

LLVM Clang Compiler Optimization Benchmarks From -O0 To -O3 -march=native

14 hours 51 min ago
As some recent GCC 5.2 compile tuning tests with various CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS were of interest to a number of Phoronix readers, hare are some benchmarks with a number of different compiler flag tests when using the LLVM Clang 3.8 compiler...

Phoronix Test Suite 6.2 M5 Released For Open-Source Benchmarking

15 hours 28 min ago
As the final planned development version before the official Phoronix Test Suite 6.2 "Gamvik" release, 6.2 Milestone 5 was released this morning...

Wine 1.9.3 Adds More SM4 Instructions, JSON In JavaScript

16 hours 32 min ago
Wine 1.9.3 is out today as the newest bi-weekly Wine development release...

Mozilla Tweaks The Firefox Release Schedule

17 hours 12 min ago
For the past few years Mozilla has been on a solid six week cadence for shipping new Firefox releases while for the remainder of the releases in 2016 they are tweaking that schedule slightly...

Linux Benchmarks Of The C.H.I.P. $9 Computer

17 hours 33 min ago
While Next Thing Co is still working to fulfill orders on the C.H.I.P. $9 computer over the next several months, I noticed that some benchmarks of this cheap Raspberry Pi competitor have begun appearing on OpenBenchmarking.org via the Phoronix Test Suite. Here are some of those benchmark results for this ARB single-board computer...

Dealing With Memory Management On Vulkan

17 hours 57 min ago
Recently a NVIDIA engineer blogged about shader resource binding with Vulkan. The latest NVIDIA blog post about this next-gen graphics API is on memory management...

The Talos Secure Workstation Is A High-Performance Libre System

18 hours 11 min ago
Raptor Engineering is working on the Talos Secure Workstation, which is being advertised as a high-performance, open-to-the-firmware system that is much better than the commonly antiquated "freed" x86 systems. However, getting a high-performance, free software friendly workstation doesn't come cheap...

The Official Vulkan Programming Guide Book Is Up For Pre-Order

18 hours 44 min ago
Well, at least we know now that Vulkan should be released before August...

Nouveau's Latest OpenGL 4.4 Extension Hits Mesa Git

19 hours 11 min ago
Just a few days ago I was writing about OpenGL 4.4's Query Buffer Object Support Appears Nearly Ready For Nouveau and as of last night that code is now in Mesa Git...

A Ton Of Direct3D 9 "Nine" State Tracker Improvements Hit Mesa

Friday 5th of February 2016 02:27:58 AM
For those relying upon the "Nine" state tracker for Direct3D 9 support implemented for Gallium3D drivers in order to yield faster performance when running Windows games with Wine, you'll want to pull down the latest Mesa Git code...

FreeBSD Ended 2015 With A Lot Of Open-Source Progress

Friday 5th of February 2016 01:19:03 AM
The FreeBSD project has issued their quarterly status report for Q4'2015 to highlight all the progress they made in ending out 2015...

AMD Catalyst Appears To Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

Friday 5th of February 2016 01:06:17 AM
Not only does RadeonSI Gallium3D work with XCOM 2 on Linux for AMD graphics processors, but it looks like the Catalyst (or now known as Radeon Software, officially) too works with this brand new, highly anticipated strategy game seeing a same-day release across OS X / Linux / Windows...

RadeonSI Gallium3D Can Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

Thursday 4th of February 2016 09:59:11 PM
While at first using open-source drivers to play XCOM 2 on Linux looked bleak, after some more trials, the latest Mesa Gallium3D code can work for Intel and Radeon...

Here Is What Happens When Trying To Use Non-NVIDIA Drivers To Play XCOM 2 On Linux

Thursday 4th of February 2016 07:13:02 PM
For those eager to play the XCOM 2 strategy game on Linux but curious about using non-NVIDIA graphics, here is the rundown! I just finished some very cursory XCOM 2 Linux tests with different graphics drivers and hardware. Do the Mesa / Gallium3D drivers yet handle XCOM 2?

Intel Starts Supporting The Quark X1000 SoC With Coreboot

Thursday 4th of February 2016 05:47:38 PM
Well, this is interesting. The Intel Quark X1000 SoC now has very basic support within Coreboot...

Endless Is The Latest Company To Join GNOME's Advisory Board

Thursday 4th of February 2016 05:29:32 PM
Endless Computer, the company designing Linux-powered computers -- and using a modified GNOME desktop -- for emerging markets, has joined the GNOME Advisory Board...

Canonical Reveals The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet

Thursday 4th of February 2016 03:07:36 PM
As anticipated, the first official Ubuntu Tablet done in cooperation with Canonical is Bq's Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition...

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Ubuntu Devs Might Skip the OTA-9.5 Hotfix in Favour of a Massive OTA-10 Update

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