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Experimental Unity Vulkan Demos For Linux

Saturday 1st of October 2016 12:38:28 PM
Some of the exciting news this week was Unity releasing their Vulkan renderer in preview form and this initial debut did contain Linux support. There are now some unofficial Unity demos built for Linux with the Vulkan renderer enabled...

Vim 8.0, macOS Sierra, Libreboot, & GCC Were Popular In September

Saturday 1st of October 2016 12:27:25 PM
September was another busy month and here's a look at the most popular articles on Phoronix for the month of my 267 original news items and 17 featured Linux reviews/articles...

A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant

Friday 30th of September 2016 06:59:54 PM
In addition to the BUS1 presentation, also exciting from the systemd.conf 2016 conference is a thorough walkthrough of a new wireless daemon for Linux being developed by Intel's Open-Source Technology Center...

BUS1, The Successor To KDBUS, Formally Unveiled -- Aiming For Mainline Linux Kernel

Friday 30th of September 2016 06:30:11 PM
BUS1 has been in development as an in-kernel IPC mechanism building off the failed KDBUS project. An "RFC" will soon be sent out to Linux kernel developers about BUS1 and the subject will be discussed at next month's Kernel Summit...

Early Benchmarks Of The Linux 4.9 DRM-Next Radeon/AMDGPU Drivers

Friday 30th of September 2016 04:00:00 PM
While Linux 4.9 will not officially open for development until next week, the DRM-Next code is ready to roll with all major feature work having been committed by the different open-source Direct Rendering Manager drivers. In this article is some preliminary testing of this DRM-Next code as of 29 September when testing various AMD GPUs with the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM drivers.

Purism Is Still Hoping To Build A GNU/Linux Free Software Librem Smartphone

Friday 30th of September 2016 02:32:28 PM
Purism, the startup behind the Librem laptops with a focus on free software and user privacy/freedom, still has their minds set on coming up with a GNU/Linux smartphone...

An Easy Way To Try Intel & RADV Vulkan Drivers On Fedora 24

Friday 30th of September 2016 01:19:41 PM
Fedora 25 should have good support for the open-source Vulkan Linux drivers (particularly if it lands the next Mesa release) while Fedora 24 users can now more easily play with the latest Mesa Git RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers via a new repository...

Blender 2.78 Released: Works On VR Support, Adds Grease Pencil

Friday 30th of September 2016 01:09:15 PM
Blender 2.78 is now officially released to end out September for this open-source, cross-platform 3D/animation program...

How Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Performance Compares To Some Other Linux Distros

Friday 30th of September 2016 12:58:51 PM
The final Ubuntu 16.10 Beta for "Yakkety Yak" was released this week and we found its performance doesn't differ much from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with the exception of the newer graphics stack) while here are some results comparing it to other modern Linux distributions...

New Qt 3D Functionality Is Being Worked On

Friday 30th of September 2016 12:29:57 PM
Sean Harmer of KDAB is organizing work around some upcoming "major Qt 3D features" for the open-source toolkit...

It's Been Three Years Since Valve Announced SteamOS, Steam Machines

Friday 30th of September 2016 11:45:41 AM
This week marks three years since Valve publicly announced Steam Machines, SteamOS, and the Steam Controller...

Libinput X.Org Driver Updated For X.Org Server 1.19

Friday 30th of September 2016 10:32:48 AM
Peter Hutterer has announced the release of a new version of xf86-input-libinput, the X.Org DDX driver that makes use of libinput for input handling on the X.Org Server...

Mesa 13.0 Planning For Release At End Of October, Might Include RADV Vulkan

Friday 30th of September 2016 10:27:15 AM
Following the mailing list talk over the past two days about doing the next Mesa release, plans are being discussed for releasing at the end of October and it might have just got a whole lot more exciting...

FreeBSD 11.0 Comes Up Short In Ubuntu 16.04 vs. macOS Sierra Benchmarks

Friday 30th of September 2016 12:27:34 AM
Yesterday I published some macOS 10.2 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS benchmarks from a Mac Mini and MacBook Air systems. For those curious if BSDs can outperform macOS Sierra on Apple hardware, I tested the MacBook Air with FreeBSD 11.0 compared to the Linux and macOS results on that Core i5 system. Here are those results.

Budgie-Remix Makes Progress With Ubuntu 16.10 Base, Beta 2 Released

Thursday 29th of September 2016 09:29:23 PM
Budgie-Remix, the unofficial Ubuntu spin making use of the Budgie Desktop, has released its 16.10 Beta 2 milestone following this week's Yakkety Yak Beta 2 release...

Nmap 7.30 Released As Stable With Many Additions

Thursday 29th of September 2016 09:06:56 PM
Nmap 7.30 is now available as the project's latest stable release after a long run of beta versions incorporating new features into this open-source network mapper...

Rust 1.12 Programming Language Released

Thursday 29th of September 2016 07:18:09 PM
Rust 1.12 has been released as the newest version of this popular programming language with a focus on "fast, reliable, productive: pick three."..

Phoronix Test Suite 6.6.1 Released

Thursday 29th of September 2016 05:37:52 PM
Building off Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 that was officially released earlier this month, shipping today is the first and only planned point release to the 6.6-Loppa series...

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Rolls Out To Linux Gamers, Will Run Fine On Mesa

Thursday 29th of September 2016 03:17:22 PM
Seven years after Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II launched on Windows, the game is rolling out today to Linux along with Chaos Rising and Retribution...

Unity Rolls Out Vulkan Renderer In Preview Form

Thursday 29th of September 2016 02:30:58 PM
Unity today rolled out their first public preview of their Vulkan renderer for this popular cross-platform game engine...

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