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NVIDIA Preparing To Drop Fermi Support From Their Mainline Drivers

Saturday 7th of April 2018 01:38:52 PM
NVIDIA is in the process of retiring GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" GPU support from their mainline graphics drivers on Windows and Linux/BSD/Solaris...

PCI, Crypto & Other Updates Head Into Linux 4.17

Saturday 7th of April 2018 11:16:09 AM
We are at the end of the first (and busiest) week of the two-week long Linux 4.17 kernel merge window. There have been many articles on Phoronix about the big highlights of this next kernel version while here are some of the smaller change-sets that came about this week...

VKVG: Vulkan Vector Graphics With A Cairo-Like API

Saturday 7th of April 2018 10:55:55 AM
The latest nifty open-source Vulkan project we have come across worthy of a shout-out is VKVG. VKVG is short for Vulkan Vector Graphics and is a C library for drawing 2D vector graphics using the Vulkan graphics API...

Pidgin 2.13 Linux Desktop Instant Messaging Client Released

Saturday 7th of April 2018 10:40:20 AM
Desktop-based instant messaging clients are becoming increasingly rare in the age of mobile apps and browser-based alternatives, but Pidgin formerly known as GAIM continues moving along albeit slowly. Recently the Pidgin 2.13.0 release happened without much attention...

Thunderbolt Updates Head Into Linux 4.17, Adds USB/SL4 Security Level

Saturday 7th of April 2018 10:31:44 AM
Greg Kroah-Hartman's char/misc pull this week included a fair amount of Thunderbolt support improvements for the forthcoming Linux 4.17 kernel...

"The Forge" Rendering Framework Adds Linux/Vulkan Support

Friday 6th of April 2018 11:23:59 PM
The Forge, a cross-platform rendering framework developed by Confetti, a graphics research think-tank and consulting company, has rolled out Linux and Vulkan support...

BeOS-Inspired Haiku OS Continues Chugging Along With Driver Improvements, UI Changes

Friday 6th of April 2018 09:38:34 PM
The open-source Haiku operating system that is still striving for compatibility with BeOS had another busy month...

Early Features Begin Receiving Approval For Fedora 29

Friday 6th of April 2018 04:49:02 PM
Today was another weekly Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo). We had been looking forward to this meeting for a decision on the GNOME auto-suspend by default behavior but there wasn't a quorum and that topic was then diverted until next week. But there were also early Fedora 29 features approved this week...

KDE Applications 18.04 Release Candidate Arrives

Friday 6th of April 2018 01:39:14 PM
With plans to officially ship KDE Applications 18.04 later this month, the release candidate is out today for this collection of K* applications...

Vulkan 1.1.72 Released With Three New Extensions

Friday 6th of April 2018 10:03:03 AM
Vulkan 1.1.72 is now available, which for simple terms is really "Vulkan 1.1.2" except for the patch number having not been reset when Vulkan 1.1 was launched last month...

Coreboot Lands Updated ME_Cleaner, Purism TPM & Other Updates

Friday 6th of April 2018 09:48:00 AM
A number of improvements to Coreboot were merged to Git master overnight...

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Final Beta Released

Friday 6th of April 2018 09:19:17 AM
The final beta release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" is now ready for testing ahead of the official launch expected at the end of April...

Work Is Underway To Upstream LLVM Clang's CUDA Toolchain For AMDGPU/HIP

Friday 6th of April 2018 07:00:00 AM
A long available tool has been AMD's ROCm HIP that allows converting CUDA code to portable C++ code that in turn can be executed on Radeon GPUs. There is now work on getting the upstream LLVM Clang compiler's CUDA toolchain support to also support HIP...

NVIDIA Xavier Support Being Brought Up With Linux 4.17, Other New ARM Boards Too

Friday 6th of April 2018 04:08:27 AM
There's a lot of ARM work that has built up for the Linux 4.17 development cycle...

DXVK 0.41 Released, Slightly More CPU Efficient & Offers A Heads-Up Display

Thursday 5th of April 2018 10:04:13 PM
DXVK 0.41 is now available as the library for Wine users to have Direct3D 11 implemented over Vulkan for generally allowing higher performance than Wine's own D3D11-over-OpenGL layer...

Linux 4.17 Gets PhoenixRC Flight Controller Support & PS/2 Mouse Improvements

Thursday 5th of April 2018 09:40:00 PM
From several of the pull requests covered on Phoronix this week for the in-progress Linux 4.17 kernel, there are many areas seeing improved hardware/device support with this next kernel upgrade, including the input drivers...

Fedora To Decide What To Do About GNOME 3.28's Auto-Suspend Default

Thursday 5th of April 2018 09:10:26 PM
While Ubuntu developers have decided to no longer enable auto-suspend by default as set with the new GNOME 3.28 desktop when running on AC power, Fedora developers are still debating the issue...

Google Cloud Poaches Ubuntu's VP of Product

Thursday 5th of April 2018 06:45:43 PM
After being at Canonical for a decade (aside from a brief stint at Gazzang), Dustin Kirkland who most recently served as the company's VP of Product, is joining Google...

Gigabyte MZ31-AR0: EPYC Motherboard With Dual 10Gb/s LAN, 16 SATA Ports, Seven PCI-E Slots

Thursday 5th of April 2018 05:30:00 PM
When it comes to our AMD EPYC Linux testing the past number of months, one of the most common test requests was to test the Gigabyte MZ31-AR0 motherboard, which is more workstation oriented than traditional server with plenty of PCI Express slots for suiting multiple graphics cards, etc. Over the past month I have been testing out this single-socket AMD EPYC motherboard and overall it has worked out fairly well.

Razer's Blade Stealth Multi-Touch To Be Supported By Linux 4.17

Thursday 5th of April 2018 02:14:33 PM
The HID subsystem updates have been submitted for the Linux 4.17 merge window and that set of driver updates includes a variety of new product support...

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