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AMDGPU DC Code Lands For Linux 4.15 Kernel

Saturday 18th of November 2017 12:32:16 AM
Linus Torvalds has accepted the AMDGPU DC display code pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel. AMD Linux users can now rejoice!..

Radeon VCN Encode Support Lands In Mesa 17.4 Git

Friday 17th of November 2017 09:30:12 PM
It's an exciting day for open-source Radeon Linux users today as besides the AMDGPU DC pull request (albeit still unmerged as of writing), Radeon VCN encoding support has landed in Mesa Git...

The - Hopefully - Final Stab At Intel Fastboot Support

Friday 17th of November 2017 08:48:36 PM
Intel's Maarten Lankhorst has sent out what could be the final patches for enabling "fastboot" support by default within their DRM graphics driver...

Linux 4.15 Gets Fixed To Report Current CPU Frequency Via /proc/cpuinfo

Friday 17th of November 2017 08:09:26 PM
A change recently in the Linux kernel led the CPU MHz reported value via /proc/cpuinfo to either be the nominal CPU frequency or the most recently requested frequency. This behavior changed compared to pre-4.13 kernels while now it's been fixed up to report the current CPU frequency...

Linux File-System Benchmarks On The Intel Optane 900P SSD

Friday 17th of November 2017 04:34:11 PM
Earlier this week I presented out initial Linux benchmarks of the Intel Optane 900P SSD with this 3D XPoint memory U.2 solid-state drive delivering incredible performance figures. Those tests were done with EXT4 while in this article are more tests with other mainline Linux file-systems and also testing some of the different mount options.

Pale Moon Project Rolls Out The Basilisk Browser Project

Friday 17th of November 2017 02:57:14 PM
The developers behind the Pale Moon web-browser that's been a long standing fork of Firefox have rolled out their first public beta release of their new "Basilisk" browser technology...

KDE Applications 17.12 Sees Some New KF5 Ports, Other Apps Dropped

Friday 17th of November 2017 02:36:42 PM
The beta of KDE Applications 17.12 is now available ahead of next month's official debut for this quarterly update to the collection of official KDE programs...

Microsoft Is Trying To Make Windows Subsystem For Linux Faster (WSL)

Friday 17th of November 2017 01:26:58 PM
In our benchmarks of Windows Subsystem for Linux that allows a Linux environment to run atop Windows 10 via this new WSL kernel subsystem, the performance overall has overall been very good and often performing better than virtualized options. But the main area of poor performance is I/O, except now it's being worked on by Microsoft for greater improvements...

AMDGPU DC Pull Request Submitted For Linux 4.15 Kernel - 132,395 Lines Of Code

Friday 17th of November 2017 10:40:05 AM
One day after submitting the main DRM feature pull request for Linux 4.15, David Airlie of Red Hat has submitted the secondary pull request that would feature the long-awaited introduction of AMDGPU DC into the mainline kernel...

Intel Coffee Lake & Cannonlake Thermal Support In Linux 4.15

Friday 17th of November 2017 10:35:29 AM
While Intel Coffee Lake hardware is shipping already, a few bits of tardy kernel code for these "8th Gen Core" CPUs is only hitting the Linux 4.15 kernel. The Intel DRM driver is most notably enabling Coffee Lake graphics by default in 4.15, but there's also some thermal code now landing among other changes now happening...

GeForce GTX 900 Series Re-Clocking Patches Updated By Karol Herbst

Friday 17th of November 2017 07:44:41 AM
Frequent Nouveau open-source NVIDIA driver contributor Karol Herbst has posted his latest patch series in working towards GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell 2" graphics processor re-clocking...

R600 Gallium3D Shader Image Support Lands, Other R600g Patches Pending

Friday 17th of November 2017 06:10:00 AM
As a follow-up to OpenGL 4.2 Support Could Soon Land For AMD Cayman GPUs On R600g, the patches have landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git! Plus other R600g patches are on the mailing list for review...

Broadcom Hurricane 2 & Allwinner R40 Supported By Linux 4.15

Friday 17th of November 2017 05:02:35 AM
More ARM platform upstreaming has taken place for the Linux 4.15 kernel development cycle among other ARM hardware improvements...

Fedora 28 Hopes To Improve Linux Laptop Battery Life

Thursday 16th of November 2017 11:42:42 PM
Red Hat's Hans de Goede is spearheading an effort to improve the Fedora battery life of laptops -- and should conserve power too for desktops running Fedora Workstation -- for the current Fedora 28 cycle...

GNOME's Calendar & TODO Applications Are Looking Better For v3.28

Thursday 16th of November 2017 09:27:24 PM
Adding to the growing list of changes for GNOME 3.28 are improvements to the Calendar and To Do applications by Georges Stavracas...

25 More AMDGPU DC Patches, Mostly Focused On Raven DCN

Thursday 16th of November 2017 08:00:00 PM
While waiting on David Airlie to send in the AMDGPU DC pull request for Linux 4.15, additional AMDGPU DC material continues building up for what should in turn target Linux 4.16...

Cilk Plus Is Being Dropped From GCC

Thursday 16th of November 2017 07:15:16 PM
Intel deprecated Cilk Plus multi-threading support with GCC 7 and now for GCC 8 they are looking to abandon this support entirely...

GhostBSD 11.1 Released: FreeBSD With MATE & Xfce Desktop Experience

Thursday 16th of November 2017 05:00:14 PM
GhostBSD 11.1 is now available as the BSD operating system derived from FreeBSD 11.1 while catering to Xfce and MATE desktop experiences...

Intel's Mesa GLSL Shader Cache Is Speeding Up Game Load Times

Thursday 16th of November 2017 04:24:29 PM
At the start of the month the Intel i965 Mesa driver finally landed its on-disk shader cache, months after the GLSL on-disk shader cache originally landed in core Mesa and wired up for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. While you can't play too many shader-heavy games with current Intel integrated graphics, this GLSL shader cache within Mesa 17.4-dev Git is working well for speeding up load times and does provide some frame-rate benefits in games dynamically loading shaders.

Bosch Has Been Developing A 3D Window Manager Using Wayland

Thursday 16th of November 2017 03:29:58 PM
In what appears to be research for potential use within in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, Bosch in conjunction with other organizations has been developing a 3D window manager that's built atop Wayland/Weston...

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LinuxAndUbuntu Review Of Ubuntu MATE 17.10

Ubuntu Mate 17.10 is a pretty stable and rock solid distribution which has got most things right. There is nothing unlikable about the distro. However, I feel it could have been a lot better if they had allowed 4 windows to be snapped on each corners and done something about the opaque top panel. The software included are very much standard and even though some of their names have been changed we all know what’s under the hood. Overall Experience has been good. Having already tested Ubuntu with Gnome 3, I can say that Ubuntu Mate 17.10 feels a lot faster and quicker in terms of GUI response. Read more

Compact carrier turns Nvidia Jetson TX2 into an SBC

Aetina’s “ACE-N510” carrier for the Linux-powered Jetson TX1 and TX2 measures only 87 x 50mm, and offers HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 2x CAN, and optional -20 to 70°C. When Aetina recently unveiled its Nano-ITX (120 x 120mm) ACE-N261 carrier for Nvidia’s Jetson TX2 and earlier, pin-compatible Jetson TX1 COMs, it mentioned an upcoming ACE-N510 that was even smaller. Now we have the details on the little beastie, which like Connect Tech’s Sprocket Jetson carrier, has a compact 87 x 50mm footprint that matches the Jetson modules it stacks on. The ACE-N510 is designed for smart cameras, robots, drones, industrial inspection, mobile medical, and deep learning. Read more

OpenMandriva Is Dropping 32-Bit Support, OpenMandriva Lx 3.03 Is the Last One

Powered by the Linux 4.13.12 kernel, OpenMandriva Lx 3.03 is an enhancement to the previous OpenMandriva Lx 3 releases, adding major improvements to the boot process. The OS also uses the Mesa 17.2.3 graphics stack with S3TC support enabled, the X.Org Server 1.19.5 display server, and systemd 234 init system. On the user-visible side of changes, OpenMandriva Lx 3.03 ships with the KDE Plasma 5.10.5 desktop environment and KDE Frameworks 5.39.0 software stack, along with the latest Firefox Quantum web browser compiled with LLVM/Clang 5.0.0 and Calamares 3.1.8 as default graphical installer. Read more