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ARB_shader_ballot Posted For RadeonSI, Can Be Used For AZDO Techniques

Friday 31st of March 2017 05:42:32 PM
The latest RadeonSI OpenGL extension work done by AMD developer Nicolai Hähnle is on the useful ARB_shader_ballot extension...

Total War: WARHAMMER II Announced, Linux Details To Come

Friday 31st of March 2017 05:05:24 PM
For those enjoying the Total War games on Linux, Total War: WARHAMMER II was announced today and it looks like it will receive Linux support...

Unity 5.6 Released With Vulkan Support, Updated Particle System

Friday 31st of March 2017 03:37:22 PM
Unity 5.6 is now available as the last feature release for this cross-platform game engine in the Unity 5 series...

Vulkan vs. OpenGL For Mad Max On AMD Ryzen

Friday 31st of March 2017 02:42:44 PM
It's been fun benchmarking Vulkan vs. OpenGL with Mad Max, Feral's first Linux game port featuring a beta Vulkan renderer. With the Radeon benchmarks and many NVIDIA Pascal tests yesterday an Intel Core i7 Kabylake CPU was used while for this article is a Mad Max run with AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X.

Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Testing On The Linux 4.11 Kernel

Friday 31st of March 2017 02:10:06 PM
With the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel release there is better support for Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 after originally it didn't look like this feature would be available for Linux. Under Linux 4.11, my Core i7 6800K + MSI X99A WORKSTATION box is now working with "ITMT" enabled, so here are some quick benchmarks...

Qt 5.9's OpenVG Renderer For Hardware Lacking OpenGL

Friday 31st of March 2017 12:42:00 PM
One of the many new features for the upcoming Qt 5.9 is an OpenVG renderer for hardware acceleration on some embedded platforms that lack OpenGL capabilities...

Kdenlive's Status Ahead Of 17.04

Friday 31st of March 2017 12:11:30 PM
The Kdenlive video editor project in the KDE camp has published a new status update concerning the health of the project...

SQLite 3.18 Released With PRAGMA Optimize, Other Enhancements

Friday 31st of March 2017 11:14:46 AM
SQLite 3.18 is now available as the newest feature release to this open-source embedded database library...

X-Plane 11 Realistic Flight Simulator Now Available

Friday 31st of March 2017 10:25:33 AM
After entering public beta last November, X-Plane 11 is now officially available...

Vega 10 & Other AMDGPU Updates Land In DRM-Next, 398k+ L.O.C.

Friday 31st of March 2017 10:07:21 AM
As reported yesterday, the Radeon RX Vega AMDGPU code was staged for pulling into DRM-Next along with other features that amount to 398,656 lines of new code in the kernel. David Airlie has honored that pull request and that feature work is now residing in DRM-Next...

Inputfd: Better Supporting Gaming Devices On Wayland

Friday 31st of March 2017 09:48:10 AM
Linux input expert Peter Hutterer of Red Hat has published a draft proposal for a new Wayland protocol simply dubbed Inputfd...

OpenShot 2.3 Video Editor Released

Friday 31st of March 2017 09:38:08 AM
Version 2.3 of the OpenShot open-source non-linear video editor is now available for all supported platforms...

NVIDIA Vulkan Driver Shows Impressive Mad Max Linux Performance

Friday 31st of March 2017 02:08:52 AM
Hours ago I posted some RADV vs. RadeonSI results on Mad Max which showed much progress for this first Feral Interactive Vulkan Linux game while the NVIDIA results do show much more impressive performance capabilities with this new graphics API. Here are some of my initial NVIDIA GeForce results for OpenGL vs. Vulkan with Mad Max on Linux while additional tests are on the way.

Phoronix Moscow Meetup - April 2017

Friday 31st of March 2017 01:11:36 AM
It's been a while since last having any Phoronix meet-ups due to not really traveling in the past few years due to various constraints, but next month on business will be available for a Russian Phoronix reader meet-up...

Vega Support Called For Pulling Into Linux 4.12, Without DC Support

Thursday 30th of March 2017 10:13:47 PM
Alex Deucher has submitted a big pull request to DRM-Next for additional Radeon and AMDGPU updates for DRM-Next...

NVIDIA 375.27.15 Vulkan Beta Quietly Released

Thursday 30th of March 2017 09:44:12 PM
Earlier this week NVIDIA quietly released a new version of their Vulkan beta driver for Windows and Linux...

RadeonSI OpenGL vs. RADV Vulkan Performance For Mad Max

Thursday 30th of March 2017 07:05:27 PM
Feral Interactive today released their first Linux ported game into public beta that features a Vulkan renderer. Mad Max on Linux now supports Vulkan and OpenGL, making for some fun driver/GPU benchmarking. Up first are some Radeon RX 480 and R9 Fury Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks for Mad Max when using Mesa 17.1-dev Git.

Intel FPGA Driver Published For The Linux Kernel

Thursday 30th of March 2017 05:56:50 PM
Intel has published a series of patches today adding FPGA device drivers to their Linux kernel for their selection of FPGA hardware...

Mesa 17.0.3 Being Prepped With 30+ Fixes

Thursday 30th of March 2017 04:39:23 PM
Andres Gomez of Igalia has stepped up to the plate to manage Mesa 17.0.3 as the newest Mesa stable update. The plan is to release it officially by the end of week while today the release candidate is available...

Feral Interactive Vulkan-izes Mad Max

Thursday 30th of March 2017 02:09:28 PM
Feral Interactive has pushed a Vulkan renderer for their recent Mad Max Linux port into public beta...

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Leftovers: OSS

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    Reactide is an Integrated Development Environment built for React, which intends to make React development easier for Software Engineers. The project has been widely praised, amassing over 6,000 stars on GitHub.
  • Airbnb’s new open source library lets you design with React and render to Sketch
    Today, Airbnb’s design team open sourced its internal library for writing React components that easily render directly to Sketch. Instead of trying to get Sketch to export to code, the Airbnb team spent its time on the opposite — putting the paintbrush in the hands of the engineer.
  • [Older] Telecoms copying cloud providers make beeline for open source, say analysts
    The supersonic growth of Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers in the past few years owes much to open-source communities that fed them cutting-edge tech free-of-charge. Now telecom is mimicking this strategy through involvement with the Linux Foundation, according to Scott Raynovich (@rayno) (pictured, right), guest host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio.
  • Get a Preview of Apache IoT Projects at Upcoming ApacheCon
    The countdown until ApacheCon North America has begun. The blockbuster event will be in Miami this year and runs May 16-18. The Apache community is made up of many niche communities and ApacheCon offers something for all of them. Here, Roman Shaposhnik, Director of Open Source, Pivotal Inc., who is heading the Apache IoT track at the ApacheCon conference, gave us a sneak peek of what the Apache Internet of Things community can look forward to at the event.
  • Free Webinar on Starting a Collaborative Open Source Project
  • Oracle draws curtains on OmniOS
    With its openly stated operational remit of ‘aggressive acquisitions’ (albeit positively aggressive), Oracle is (very) arguably a firm known for buying, swallowing, acquiring those companies it decides to consume.
  • Partners Healthcare, Persistent Systems to develop open-source platform
  • Libreboot Applies to Rejoin GNU
    Last week we reported that after reorganization, Libreboot was considering rejoining GNU and was seeking input from its community to determine the amount of support it had for such a move. From reading the comments posted both on our article on FOSS Force and on Libreboot’s website, it comes as no surprise that the project’s core members feel they have the necessary consesus to proceed. Last night, FOSS Force received an email — sent jointly to us and Phoronix — letting us know of the decision. Rather than repeat what’s already been written and said on the subject (for that, follow the first link above), we’re publishing a slightly edited version of the email, which will pretty much bring everyone up to date on the situation.

Security updates and no more patches from grsecurity (without a fee)

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • GrSecurity Kernel Patches Will No Longer Be Free To The Public
    The GrSecurity initiative that hosts various out-of-tree patches to the mainline Linux kernel in order to enhance the security will no longer be available to non-paying users. GrSecurity has been around for the better part of two decades and going back to the 2.4 kernel days. In 2015 the stable GrSecurity patches became available to only commercial customers while the testing patches had still been public. That's now changing with all GrSecurity users needing to be customers.
  • Passing the Baton: FAQ
    This change is effective today, April 26th 2017. Public test patches have been removed from the download area. 4.9 was specifically chosen as the last public release as being the latest upstream LTS kernel will help ease the community transition.
  • grsecurity - Passing the Baton
    Anyone here use grsecurity and have any thoughts about this?

Microsoft-Connected Forrester and Black Duck Continue to Smear FOSS

More Coverage of Kali Linux 2017.1 Release

  • Kali Linux 2017.1 Security OS Brings Wireless Injection Attacks to 802.11 AC
    Offensive Security, the developers of the BackTrack-derived Kali Linux open-source, security-oriented operating system announced the availability of the Kali Linux 2017.1 rolling release. Since Kali Linux become a rolling distro, the importance of such updated images was never the same, but Kali Linux 2017.1 appears to be a major release of the ethical hacking distro, adding a bunch of exciting new features and improvements to the Debian-based operating system.
  • Kali Linux 2017.1 Released With New Features | Download ISO Files And Torrents Here
    Offensive Security has updated the Kali Linux images with new features and changes. Termed Kali Linux 2017.1, this release comes with support for wireless injection attacks to 802.11ac and Nvidia CUDA GPU. You can simply update your existing installation by running few commands if you don’t wish to download the updated images from Kali repos.