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LLVM 6.0 Is Being Branched In One Week, LLVM 7.0 Development To Begin

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 03:27:19 PM
LLVM release manager Hans Wennborg is moving ahead with plans to branch the LLVM 6.0 code and its components earlier than anticipated...

Intel's Linux & Open-Source Advancements In 2017

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 01:57:13 PM
With yesterday having looked at the AMD/Radeon popular Linux/open-source achievements of the year, the tables have turned to now look at the Intel Linux/FLOSS activity...

Unigine 2.6.1 Pushes The Jaw-Dropping Visuals With This Cross-Platform Game/Sim Engine

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 12:42:22 PM
While Unigine Engine 2 has yet to be picked up by any major games besides Dual Universe, this highly advanced game engine continues advancing and its effort for industrial simulators appears to be paying off as well. Unigine Corp is ending out 2017 by having released Unigine 2.6.1...

The Vulkan Moments Of 2017: More Games, Better Drivers & Continued Open-Source Adoption

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 12:21:24 PM
This year on Phoronix were more than 290 news articles on Phoronix about the Vulkan graphics API, not counting our dozens of Vulkan benchmarking articles, etc. Here's a look at the most popular Vulkan moments of the year...

Intel Icelake Support Gets Further Into Shape For LLVM Clang 6.0

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 11:06:09 AM
LLVM's Clang compiler support for the Intel Icelake processors that succeed Cannonlake is getting into better shape ahead of the LLVM/Clang 6.0 feature freeze in January...

BlueZ 5.48 Brings New Features

Wednesday 27th of December 2017 10:48:35 AM
The BlueZ Linux Bluetooth stack is out with a new feature update before ending out the year...

Porting Of Changes/Fixes From AMDVLK To RADV Vulkan Driver Begins

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 10:50:00 PM
RADV Vulkan driver co-founder David Airlie has begun digging through AMD's newly-opened AMDVLK official Vulkan driver in order to gain some insight and port some fixes/changes to this unofficial Mesa-based open-source Vulkan driver...

A Decade Of Phoronix Article Statistics From 2007 To 2017

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 10:27:10 PM
This year on Phoronix there has been more than 3,700 original Linux/FLOSS news posts, benchmarks, hardware reviews and more. Here's how that compares to prior years...

Intel NUC DCP847SKE Now Supported By Coreboot

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 10:21:16 PM
If you happen to have an older Sandy Bridge era Intel NUC, it may now supported by mainline Coreboot...

A Look At Canonical's Financial Performance From 2009 To 2017

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 06:45:49 PM
Last week we reported on Ubuntu maker Canonical's financial performance for FY2017 with a $122M turnover and nearly 600 employees after spotting the latest data. For those wondering how that compares to previous years, here is more of the past year's performance...

LLVM Continued In Its Quest For Innovative Compiler Dominance In 2017

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 04:58:44 PM
LLVM had another successful year with in 2017 delivering the big LLVM 5.0 update and finishing up development of LLVM 6.0 right now while this open-source compiler stack continues to be adopted by new and interesting use-cases from tieing in LLVM IR to a wide variety of projects to the infrastructure being used heavily now by graphics drivers and other interesting purposes...

R600g/RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance At The End Of 2017

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 02:30:00 PM
One of the common test requests to come in for our end-of-year benchmarking has been a fresh look at the Radeon GPU performance incorporating some both old and new GPUs to see the current state of the open-source driver stack. Tests were done from a Radeon HD 5830 on the Radeon+R600g driver stack to the RX Vega 64 on AMDGPU+RadeonSI, while using the Linux 4.15-rc5 kernel paired with Mesa 17.4-dev.

The Next MPV Player Release Will Offer Much Better Vulkan Support

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 12:38:58 PM
With the Christmas weekend release of the MPlayer-forked MPV Player 0.28, it's the first video player we are aware of supporting the Vulkan graphics API for video presentation. This release has just basic Vulkan support but it will be much better in the next release...

OpenChrome DRM Continues To Be Developed, But It Didn't Make It Mainline This Year

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 11:57:34 AM
The OpenChrome DRM driver continues to largely be developed by one community contributor left standing for supporting VIA x86 graphics on the Linux desktop. These VIA graphics chipsets haven't been too common in about a decade, but OpenChrome continues persevering with working to deliver a full-functioning, open-source driver that VIA itself was never able to produce...

The Most-Viewed AMD/Radeon Linux Stories Of 2017

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 11:05:37 AM
Here's a look at our most-viewed original AMD/Radeon Linux and open-source news stories of 2017...

Nouveau DRM Changes Being Worked On For Linux 4.16

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 10:56:26 AM
Ben Skeggs of Red Hat has been working on a few Nouveau DRM changes for the next kernel cycle...

FreeBSD Had A Busy Q3'2017 With AMD Zen Improvements, Intel iWARP

Tuesday 26th of December 2017 10:30:14 AM
The FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report covering work done in the third quarter has now been published...

MPV Player 0.28 Adds Initial Vulkan Support

Monday 25th of December 2017 11:34:42 PM
The MPlayer-forked MPV Player is out with a new feature release that presents several interesting features...

Fedora Rawhide Flips On New SATA Power Management Policy

Monday 25th of December 2017 07:39:38 PM
If you are running Fedora Rawhide (their daily/development packages) and using an Intel mobile chipset, be forewarned that they are enabling the SATA link power change that runs the slight risk of potentially causing disk corruption...

AMDGPU DC Patches To Test This Christmas

Monday 25th of December 2017 07:12:46 PM
For those with extra time this holiday week, AMD recently published their latest patch queue of DC "display code" updates...

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Benchmarking Retpoline-Enabled GCC 8 With -mindirect-branch=thunk

We have looked several times already at the performance impact of Retpoline support in the Linux kernel, but what about building user-space packages with -mindirect-branch=thunk? Here is the performance cost to building some performance tests in user-space with -mindirect-branch=thunk and -mindirect-branch=thunk-inline. Read more

An introduction to Inkscape for absolute beginners

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Behind the scenes with Pop!_OS Linux

In October, Linux PC maker System76 released its homegrown version of Linux, Pop!_OS, giving users the choice between its legacy Ubuntu operating system or the new Pop!_OS flavor of Linux. Recently Opensource.com gave away a System76 laptop with Pop!_OS installed, which made me curious about the company and this new version of Linux, so I spoke with Cassidy James Blaede, Pop!_OS's user experience (UX) designer. Blaede joined System76 in 2014, fresh out of college at the University of Northern Iowa and marriage to his wife, Katie. While in college, he co-founded the elementary OS project and interned at UX consultancy Visual Logic, both of which influenced his work for System76. He started at System76 as a front-end developer and was later promoted to UX architect. Read more