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GNOME 3.22 Now Available On OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

Friday 23rd of September 2016 07:45:02 PM
If you are using openSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release Linux distribution, you now have access to the upstream GNOME 3.22 packages...

NVIDIA's Proposal For A New API Better Than GBM Has Already Made Some Progress

Friday 23rd of September 2016 06:26:39 PM
On the first day of the XDC2016 conference this week in Finland NVIDIA presented over their GBM vs. EGLStreams debate that's been ongoing for months with NVIDIA's lack of GBM API support by their driver being what's preventing the binary blob from working with current-generation Wayland compositors. In that session they called for a new community-driven API to suit the needs of device memory / surface allocation and could succeed the Generic Buffer Manager. By the end of XDC2016, some progress has already been made...

OpenSolaris-Derived Illumos Switching Away From GRUB 0.97 To A New Bootloader

Friday 23rd of September 2016 05:58:06 PM
The OpenSolaris-derived Illumos project is rolling out its new bootloader project to use on new systems in place of its old GRUB (v0.97) legacy bootloader...

Intel 600P Series SSD NVMe M.2 Linux Tests

Friday 23rd of September 2016 04:03:24 PM
Last month Intel introduced the 600P Series solid-state drives as the most competitively-priced NVMe SSDs launched to date. Here are a few Linux comparison benchmarks from my initial testing of the SSDPEKKW256G7X1 M.2 SSD on Linux.

Enlightenment EFL Adds Atomic Modesetting, Nuclear Page-Flipping

Friday 23rd of September 2016 03:16:29 PM
The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) now has support for atomic mode-setting and nuclear page-flipping!..

Survival Horror Game Sees Linux Sales Around 1%

Friday 23rd of September 2016 02:52:36 PM
It's been one year since Frictional Games launched SOMA as their latest science fiction survival horror game. The game is supported on Windows, OS X, Linux, and PlayStation 4. This game saw close to half a million sales, but just over 1% of them were from Linux gamers...

2D Rendering On X11 Remains Barely Faster Than CPU Rendering

Friday 23rd of September 2016 12:59:35 PM
In addition to being the organizer of XDC2016, Martin Peres also participated in several presentations at this week's conference in Helsinki. One of these pesentations by Martin was concerning 2D X.Org acceleration...

Don't Expect An Open-Source NVIDIA Vulkan Driver Anytime Soon

Friday 23rd of September 2016 12:10:36 PM
Besides Nouveau developers being frustrated by NVIDIA's signed firmware blobs, at XDC2016 they also made other remarks about their focus on OpenGL and performance while Vulkan support isn't expected anytime soon...

AMD's DAL Was Just Presented At XDC2016, Still Not Clear When It Will Be Mainlined

Friday 23rd of September 2016 11:16:38 AM
Harry Wentland of AMD just presented at the XDC2016 conference about DAL, the big Display Abstraction Layer code-base, which many AMD Linux users have been waiting to see merged in order to have Polaris audio support and this is one of the stepping stones for seeing FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync and other modern display capabilities...

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Coming To Linux Next Week

Friday 23rd of September 2016 11:00:34 AM
Feral Interactive will be releasing three new Linux games next week...

LunarG's Vulkan Sample Tutorials Is Easy For Learning This New Graphics API

Friday 23rd of September 2016 10:40:14 AM
Earlier this month LunarG published up-to-date Vulkan Sample Tutorials for those wanting to learn more about using this high-performance Khronos graphics API...

More AMD PowerPlay Fixes Queued For Linux 4.9

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:11:36 PM
The AMDGPU DRM code for Linux 4.9 is already queued in DRM-Next with virtual display support and other features as well as experimental GCN Southern Islands support while today another feature pull request was submitted to DRM-Next with more Radeon/AMDGPU changes...

The Open-Source Intel Vulkan Linux Driver's Anatomy

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 09:44:35 PM
Intel Open-Source Technology Center developer Jason Ekstrand presented earlier today at XDC2016 with a presentation entitled "The Anatomy of a Vulkan Driver" where he covers how he and fellow Intel developers brought up the first open-source Vulkan driver and had it ready for launch-day when Khronos formally unveiled the specification earlier this year...

SPV_KHR_shader_ballot Is The First Cross-Vendor SPIR-V Extension

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 07:14:58 PM
Last week marked the ratification of the first cross-vendor SPIR-V extension, the Khronos intermediate representation used by Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1+...

Nouveau 1.0.13 X.Org Driver Released

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 06:43:24 PM
The latest stable release of the Nouveau X.Org driver is now available for users of this open-source NVIDIA DDX component in conjunction with the Nouveau DRM kernel driver...

An Early Port Of GCC To AMD's GCN Architecture

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 03:40:26 PM
While still in its early stages, there's a port in the works of the GNU Compiler Collection for AMD's GCN (Graphics Core Next) instruction set architecture...

XDC2017 X.Org/Mesa/Wayland Conference To Be Hosted By Google

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 03:06:31 PM
The X.Org Foundation Board of Directors held their annual in-face meeting today at XDC2016 in Helsinki, Finland. At this meeting they have decided to accept Google's invitation to host XDC2017 at the Googleplex...

Intel's FastUIDraw Is Very Promising For Fast, GPU-Accelerated Drawing

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 01:30:35 PM
Intel Open-Source Technology Center developer Kevin Rogovin just finished presenting at this year's XDC2016 conference in Helsinki. Rogovin presented on the promising 01.org project FastUIDraw...

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 2 Switches To KDE Plasma 5.8 Beta

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 01:23:10 PM
The second beta of the upcoming openSUSE 42.2 Linux distribution is now available. One notable change is that 42.2 has switched to the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS beta...

The State Of GNU's GDB Debugger In 2016

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:20:38 AM
At the GNU Tools Cauldron that took place earlier this month in Hebden Bridge, UK was the annual status update of the GDB debugger...

More in Tux Machines

today's howtos

Linux Graphics

  • The RADV Radeon Vulkan Linux Driver Continues Picking Up Features
  • OpenChrome Maintainer Making Some Progress On VIA DRM Driver
    Independent developer Kevin Brace took over maintaining the OpenChrome DDX driver earlier this year to improve the open-source VIA Linux graphics support while over the summer he's slowly been getting up to speed on development of the OpenChrome DRM driver. The OpenChrome DRM driver was making progress while James Simmons was developing it a few years back, but since he left the project, it's been left to bit rot. It will take a lot of work even to get this previously "good" code back to working on the latest Linux 4.x mainline kernels given how DRM core interfaces have evolved in recent times.
  • My talk about Mainline Explicit Fencing at XDC 2016!
    Last week I was at XDC in Helsinki where I presented about the Explicit Fencing work we’ve been doing on the Mainline Linux Kernel in the lastest few months. There was a livestream of all presentations during the conference and recorded sections are available. You can check the video of my presentation. Check out the slides too.

Linux Kernel News

  • Linux 4.8 gets rc8
    Chill, penguin-fanciers: Linux lord Linus Torvalds is sitting on the egg that is Linux 4.8 for another week. As Torvalds indicated last week, this version of the kernel still needs work and therefore earned itself an eighth release candidate.
  • Linux 4.8-rc8 Released: Linux 4.8 Next Weekend
  • Linux Kernel 4.7.5 Released with Numerous ARM and Networking Improvements
    The fifth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series, which is currently the most advanced, secure and stable kernel branch you can get for your GNU/Linux operating system, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Linux kernel 4.7.5 is here only ten days after the release of the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.4, and it's a big update that changes a total of 213 files, with 1774 insertions and 971 deletions, which tells us that the kernel developers and hackers had a pretty busy week patching all sorts of bugs and security issues, as well as to add various, much-needed improvements.
  • Blockchain Summit Day Two: End-Of-Conference Highlights From Shanghai
    Financial services firms and startups looking to be the bridge to blockchain ledgers continued to dominate presentations on the second and final day of the Blockchain Summit, ending International Blockchain Week in Shanghai that also saw Devcon2 and a startup demo competition.
  • Testing Various HDDs & SSDs On Ubuntu With The Linux 4.8 Kernel
    Here are some fresh benchmarks of various solid-state drives (SATA 3.0 SSDs plus two NVMe M.2 SSDs) as well as two HDDs for getting a fresh look at how they are performing using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel. After publishing Friday's Intel 600P Series NVME SSD tests of this lower-cost NVM Express storage line-up, I continued testing a few other SSDs and HDDs. These additional reference points are available for your viewing pleasure today. The additional data is also going to be used for reference in a Linux 4.8-based BCache SSD+HDD comparison being published next week. Stay tuned for those fresh BCache numbers.

Behind the GNOME 3.22 Release Video

This is less than usual. The time saving mostly stems from spending less time recording for the release video. At first thought you might think recording would be a breeze but it can be one of the most frustrating aspects of making the videos. Each cycle the GNOME community lands improvement a wide set of GNOME’s applications. So before each release I have to find some way to run a dozen of applications from master. I do this either by: Read more