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OpenRazer+Polychromatic Make It Easy To Configure Razer Keyboards/Mice On Linux

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 07:49:48 PM
While Razer at this time does not provide any official software support on Linux, via the OpenRazer/Polychromatic projects largely driven by the open-source community, they are making impressive headway. Last time I tried the Polychromatic UI that interfaces with the OpenRazer drivers for configuring Razer products on Linux, it wasn't working too well. But now it seems to have matured a lot and is working out quite well.

Several ARM64 Changes Queued For Linux 4.14, VMAP_STACK Support

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 05:07:32 PM
There are a few noteworthy ARM64 (64-bit ARM) architecture updates worth noting for the ongoing Linux 4.14 merge window...

Intel Preparing Sub-Group Support For Their ANV Vulkan Driver

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 03:59:53 PM
While the Vulkan SPIR-V subgroups extensions aren't yet ready for public consumption, it looks like Intel is planning for punctually supporting the sub-groups feature within their open-source Vulkan driver...

Cgroup2 Thread Support Added For Linux 4.14

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 03:40:52 PM
Tejun Heo has submitted the control group changes for the Linux 4.14 kernel...

More Benchmarks Of AMD's Threadripper With LLVM Clang 6.0 SVN

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 02:00:14 PM
With AMD a few days ago having landed an updated scheduler model for Zen CPUs within LLVM, I ran some fresh compiler benchmarks to see how the performance compares...

EFI In Linux 4.14 Will Better Handle Rebooting Of Buggy Systems

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 01:13:09 PM
There are a few notable EFI fixes to find for the in-development Linux 4.14 kernel...

Qt Creator 4.4 Released With New Inline Warning/Errors, CMake Improvements

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 12:13:45 PM
The Qt Company has announced the immediate availability of the Qt Creator 4.4 integrated development environment focused on Qt/C++ development...

PulseAudio 11.0 Released With GNU Hurd Support, Newer Apple AirPlay Hardware

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 11:12:17 AM
PulseAudio 11.0 is now available as the latest feature release of this widely-used, cross-platform sound server...

SDL 2.0.6 Gearing Up For Release With Many Changes

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 10:31:57 AM
It's looking like SDL 2.0.6 will be released in the very near future as this important cross-platform library commonly used by game developers...

RadeonSI Lands Primitive Binning Support For Vega

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 10:25:34 AM
With a goal of increasing performance, AMD developers have added support for primitive binning to the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. However, it's not yet known if it will actually help the RX Vega performance...

WinBtrfs 1.0 Released For Supporting Btrfs On Windows

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 10:18:19 AM
Mark Harmstone has released version 1.0 of his custom Windows driver for supporting Linux's Btrfs file-system under Windows 7 and newer...

P-State Continues Evolving, More Power Management Changes For Linux 4.14

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 10:11:54 AM
Rafael Wysocki of Intel submitted the power management updates on Monday for continuing to improve this area of the Linux kernel. This time around there was a lot of focus as usual on bettering the Intel P-State driver as well as improving system suspend for some hardware...

EXT4 Has Scalability Improvements For Linux 4.14

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 09:59:06 AM
Ted Ts'o has submitted the EXT4 file-system feature updates for the Linux 4.14 kernel merge window...

XFS Prepares Many Fixes For Linux 4.14

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 12:14:45 AM
Darrick Wong has submitted the XFS file-system feature updates targeting the Linux 4.14 merge window...

Mesa 17.2 Officially Released

Monday 4th of September 2017 08:04:07 PM
Mesa 17.2 is now officially available as the latest quarterly update to Mesa 3D after running a few weeks behind schedule...

ORC Unwinder For Linux 4.14, Boosts Kernel Performance By Disabling Frame Pointers

Monday 4th of September 2017 04:29:28 PM
Ingo Molnar submitted the Linux x86 Assembly updates today for the 4.14 merge window. What's interesting with the x86/asm code changes is the introduction of the ORC Unwinder...

GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu Deblobs More Drivers

Monday 4th of September 2017 12:50:31 PM
Immediately following Linus Torvalds' release on Sunday of Linux 4.13, the GNU Linux-libre 4.13-gnu was outted for those wanting a fully-free system with driver binary blob support removed and eliminating other code that could depend upon non-open microcode/firmware support or the loading of binary kernel drivers...

RADV Driver Enables Command Buffer Chaining, Boosts Dota 2 Performance

Monday 4th of September 2017 12:44:40 PM
The RADV Radeon Vulkan driver has now enabled command buffer chaining "batchchain" by default in the name of performance...

Linux 4.14 To Get 5-Level Paging, AMD Secure Memory Encryption

Monday 4th of September 2017 12:39:01 PM
Ingo Molnar has sent in his many pull requests of new feature work targeting the Linux 4.14 merge window...

Vulkan 1.0.60 Brings A Few New Extensions

Monday 4th of September 2017 12:22:41 PM
Vulkan 1.0.60 was released today as the newest version of the Khronos Group's high-performance graphics API...

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BeagleBone Announces the Open Source PocketBeagle USB-Key-Fob SBC

  • BeagleBone Announces the Open Source PocketBeagle USB-Key-Fob SBC
    You've probably heard of BeagleBones and the Beagleboard Foundation by now (check out that link if you're not familiar with them). They make open source SBCs and have an online community much like the Raspberry Pi Foundation. While Beaglebones don't have as large of a community or market share as Raspberry Pi, their boards are still quite popular because they tend to be more application-focused than Raspberry Pis. For example, there's the general-purpose Beaglebone Black, the sensor-oriented Beaglebone Green, and the Beaglebone Blue for robotics applications.
  • What is PocketBeagle?

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Graphics: NVIDIA, Nouveau, X.Org Server

  • NVIDIA Making Progress On Server-Side GLVND: Different Drivers For Different X Screens
    While NVIDIA isn't doing much to help out Nouveau, at least the company is contributing to the open-source Linux graphics ecosystem in other ways. In addition to presenting at XDC2017 this week on the Unix device memory allocator API and DeepColor / HDR support, they also presented on server-side GLVND. Server-side GLVND is separate from the client-side GLVND (OpenGL Vendor Neutral Dispatch Library) that evolved over the past few years and with modern Linux systems is supported both by Mesa and the NVIDIA binary driver. Server-side GLVND can help PRIME laptops and other use-cases like XWayland where potentially dealing with multiple GPU drivers touching X.
  • Nouveau Developers Remain Blocked By NVIDIA From Advancing Open-Source Driver
    Longtime Nouveau contributors Martin Peres and Karol Herbst presented at this week's XDC2017 X.Org conference at the Googleplex in Mountain View. It was a quick talk as they didn't have a whole lot to report on due to their open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver efforts largely being restricted by NVIDIA Corp.
  • X.Org Server 1.20 Expected Around January With New Features
    X.Org Server 1.19 is already almsot one year old and while X.Org is currently well off its six month release cadence, version 1.20 is being figured out for an early 2018 release. Adam Jackson of Red Hat who has been serving as the xorg-server release manager held a quick session on Friday at XDC2017 to figure out what's needed for X.Org Server 1.20. His goal is to see X.Org Server 1.20 released in time for making the Fedora 28 version. For that to happen nicely, he's hoping to see xorg-server 1.20 released in January. The Fedora 28 beta freeze is the middle of March so there is still time for the 1.20 release to slip while making the F28 Linux distribution update.

ASUS Launches Its Thinnest and Lightest Flippable Chromebook, the Flip C101

ASUS announced a new Chromebook on its website, the Flip C101, which is a smaller and lightweight version of the C302 model. Featuring a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, the all-new Chromebook is priced at only $299 in the US. Read more