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System76 Continues Working On GNOME Improvements For Future Ubuntu

Friday 23rd of June 2017 08:45:45 PM
System76 continues working on improvements to the GNOME stack as part of their transition in-step to using it over Unity 7, in line with Canonical's decision to switch Ubuntu over to GNOME and abandon their grand Unity 8 ambitions...

Wine 2.11 Arrives, Adds OpenGL Support In The Android Driver

Friday 23rd of June 2017 06:15:33 PM
Wine 2.11 has arrived as the latest bi-weekly development release for this program to handle Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems...

Witcher 2 & Rocket League Get Fixed Up With Mesa 17.2 Git On RadeonSI

Friday 23rd of June 2017 06:02:08 PM
Marek Olšák's changes to make Rocket League and Witcher 2 happy on the RadeonSI OpenGL driver are now in place...

Serious Sam 3: BFE Gets The Fusion Treatment

Friday 23rd of June 2017 04:52:23 PM
Serious Sam 3: BFE has been upgraded (for now, the non-VR version) against the Serious Sam 2017 "Fusion" engine changes, which means Vulkan for this latest Croteam game...

Linux 4.12 Ubuntu Benchmarks With AMD Ryzen, Intel Kabylake - 12 Systems

Friday 23rd of June 2017 02:50:00 PM
While waiting for my motherboards to arrive for the new Core i7 7740X and Core i9 7900X, I've been re-testing many of my AMD/Intel boxes with Ubuntu 17.04 on the latest Linux 4.12 kernel for comparison to Intel's new high-end processors. Here is a look at 12 of the existing systems when running on the Linux 4.12 kernel as well as all of the systems have the latest BIOSes, etc.

Vulkan vs. OpenGL With The Radeon RX 470 On An Intel Xeon

Friday 23rd of June 2017 12:16:07 PM
Here is some more complementary data to this week's Vulkan vs. OpenGL On Linux With Core i5, Core i7, Ryzen 7...

That OpenSUSE Tablet So Far Is A Dud

Friday 23rd of June 2017 11:39:55 AM
Remember that "openSUSE Tablet" last year that was seeking crowd-funding and even advertised by the openSUSE crew for being a Linux tablet as cheap as $200 USD? Sadly, it's not a reality while the company still appears to be formulating something...

Some Fresh Tests With Mesa's Continuing KHR_no_error Work

Friday 23rd of June 2017 10:28:08 AM
Given the continued flow of KHR_no_error patches hitting Mesa 17.2 Git by Valve developers, here is a fresh comparison using the just-updated Padoka PPA with comparing the impact of using this support via the MESA_NO_ERROR=1 switch...

AMD's GPUOpen Releases Baikal Renderer

Friday 23rd of June 2017 10:14:03 AM
The Baikal renderer is a newly-released, open-source implementation of the AMD Radeon ProRender API. Baikal has evolved into a fully-functional rendering engine and its only hardware requirement is on OpenCL 1.2...

2017 Linux Laptop Survey

Friday 23rd of June 2017 04:00:00 AM
It has been a few years since last running any Linux hardware surveys on Phoronix, as overall the ecosystem has rather matured nicely while of course there are still notable improvements to be had in the areas of GPUs and laptops. (Additionally, OpenBenchmarking.org provides a plethora of analytic capabilities when not seeking to collect subjective data / opinions.) But now we are hosting the 2017 Linux Laptop Survey to hopefully further improvements in this area...

Debian 6.0 Through Debian 9.0 Benchmarks

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 10:08:49 PM
Continuing in our benchmarks of Debian 9, here is a comparison when re-testing 6.0.10 "Squeeze", Debian 7.11 "Wheezy", Debian 8.8 "Jessie", and the newly-released Debian 9.0 "Stretch".

Ubuntu 17.10 Proceeding With Transition From LightDM To GDM

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 08:25:52 PM
As part of the switch over to the GNOME Shell desktop environment by default for Ubuntu 17.10, they are also abandoning the LightDM display/log-in manager in favor of GNOME's GDM...

Marek Takes To RadeonSI Tweaking For Unigine Superposition

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 06:43:49 PM
It looks like one of the latest test targets for well known AMD open-source developer Marek Olšák is Unigine Superposition...

Steam VR's "Knuckles" Controller Now In Dev Kit Form

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 05:39:28 PM
Last year Valve showed off a prototype of their new "knuckles" controllers for Steam VR while now it appears they are getting to the stage of shipping dev kits to VR developers...

CryENGINE 5.4 Bringing Vulkan Renderer

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 04:37:38 PM
CryENGINE 5.4 is slated for release next month and will finally roll out a Vulkan renderer...

openSUSE Tumbleweed Jumps On Qt 5.9, Picks Up Default MP3

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 02:31:15 PM
OpenSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release distribution continues picking up new functionality in a very punctual manner...

digiKam 5.6 Released With HTML Gallery, Video Slideshow Tools

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 02:12:53 PM
digiKam 5.6 is now available as the latest version of this open-source photo management software aligned with KDE/Qt...

Imagination Formally Announces It's Selling Itself

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 12:41:58 PM
Following countless rumors about PowerVR-maker Imagination Technologies, the company has formally announced today it's selling itself...

GNOME 3.25.3 Now Available

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 12:28:12 PM
GNOME 3.25.3 is now available as the latest stepping stone towards September's release of GNOME 3.26...

Valve Puts The Steam Link & Steam Controller Back Up For Summer Sale

Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:15:45 AM
The Steam Summer Sale will begin today and already Valve is offering up discounts on their Steam Link and Steam Controller hardware devices...

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Serious Sam 3 - BFE: OpenGL vs. Vulkan With Fusion 2017 Update

On Friday marked Croteam's latest game update to their "Fusion" 2017 update, Serious Sam 3: BFE. Like the other Fusion 2017 game updates from Croteam, there are a number of engine-level updates and arguably most notable is the introduction of a Vulkan renderer. Here are some fresh NVIDIA/Radeon benchmarks of Serious Sam 3: BFE under OpenGL and Vulkan with this latest release. Read more

Debian Devs Urge Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake Users to Disable HyperThreading

Debian developer Henrique de Moraes Holschuh is warning users of the popular GNU/Linux distribution about a new security flaw that affects Intel's 6th and 7th generation Skylake and Kaby Lake processors supporting HyperThreading. Read more

Tomb File Encryption Tool Helps SparkyLinux Users Backup Their Secret Files

After announcing last week the inclusion of an in-house built utility that notifies users of new updates for their systems, the SparkyLinux developers today announced the inclusion of the Tomb and Gtumb tools in the distro's repos. Read more