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AMDGPU DRM Driver Updates To Work With Production Polaris GPUs

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 02:55:43 PM
It looks like some last-minute changes to the Linux kernel are needed for prepping the AMDGPU DRM driver to handle the production Radeon RX 400 "Polaris" graphics cards that will soon be shipping...

The On-Disk Shader Cache For Mesa's Intel Driver Has Been Revived

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 02:39:54 PM
Timothy Arceri of Collabora has prepped the latest version of his massive patch-set for providing an on-disk shader cache for Mesa, albeit focused for now on the Intel DRI driver...

Fedora 24 Officially Released: Powered By Linux 4.5 & GNOME 3.20

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 02:13:46 PM
Fedora 24 is now officially available!..

FreeBSD Is Trying To Figure Out If Anyone Uses Its VGL Graphics Library

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 01:47:13 PM
FreeBSD VGL provides a library for accessing graphics modes and carrying out basic drawing operations atop its syscons console driver. Not only is basic graphics output on a virtual console supported by libvgl, but mouse input is too handled. However, not many people seem to be using this library...

The Phoronix Office Over The Years

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 01:15:20 PM
With having turned 12 years old earlier this month (and Phoronix Test Suite turning 8) plus finishing up my custom build of a butcher-block and steel pipe computer desk, I figured it'd be fun to take a look at my Phoronix office layouts over the years...

I Am Super Excited About Fedora 24

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 12:45:29 PM
Fedora 24 is due to be released in a few minutes and I am super excited to see this (belated) release happen! This is yet another exciting release since the changes introduced a few releases ago with Fedora.Next. I do intend to certainly upgrade to this latest release...

Fedora 23 vs. Fedora 24 On A Core i5 Skylake System

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 11:18:07 AM
With Fedora 24 set to ship today, here are some benchmarks I carried out yesterday comparing Fedora 23 to Fedora 24 on a Core i5 6600K "Skylake" system with HD Graphics...

KDE Neon: The Rock & Roll Distribution

Monday 20th of June 2016 08:22:44 PM
What does it mean when developers behind one of the world's most popular desktop environments decide to jump into the deep end and fork a distribution? Depending on who you ask you'll hear madness, excellence, confusion, and excitement as onlookers figure out the exact nature of a new breed of beast and guess what it will do.

Trying The Intel Vulkan Driver On Skylake With Dota 2 + Talos Principle

Monday 20th of June 2016 03:30:20 PM
With the recent report that Intel's Vulkan Linux driver should now work with Dota 2, I was curious to test out the game -- and Talos Principle -- with the latest Mesa Git code that houses this open-source "Anvil" Vulkan driver...

Why The R9 290 & Other Select Radeon GPUs Are Performing Miserably On Linux 4.7

Monday 20th of June 2016 01:47:43 PM
With this weekend's 5-Way Mesa 12.1-dev + Linux 4.7 Git Radeon Comparison and other tests I've done on Linux 4.7 Git with Radeon hardware, the R9 290 has regressed to the point of performing noticeably worse than other AMD GCN GPUs... Many other Phoronix readers with different Rx 200/300 graphics cards have also confirmed their graphics cards performing poorly on Linux 4.7...

The Qt Company Is Still Aiming To Get Qt 5.8 Out This Year

Monday 20th of June 2016 01:16:00 PM
This year has already encountered the releases of the much-delayed Qt 5.6 followed quite quickly by Qt 5.7. Upstream Qt developers are now trying to get Qt 5.8.0 ready to ship this calendar year...

GTK's Roadmap Updated, Here's What Is Coming For GNOME 3.22

Monday 20th of June 2016 12:55:26 PM
This past week the GTK+ road-map was updated during the GTK hackfest with more plans for the future, on top of their new vision for GTK+ 4.0 and beyond...

NVIDIA Launches Tesla P100 PCI-E Card

Monday 20th of June 2016 12:31:13 PM
NVIDIA used this week's International Super Computing Conference (ISC) in Germany to launch the PCI Express version of their Tesla P100 accelerator...

Solus 1.2 Linux Distribution Released

Monday 20th of June 2016 12:19:06 PM
Version 1.2 "Shannon" of the promising Solus Linux distribution has been released...

Linux 4.7-rc4 Kernel Released

Monday 20th of June 2016 11:56:27 AM
Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux 4.7-rc4 kernel on Sunday night...

Mesa Lands Support For GL_EXT_window_rectangles

Sunday 19th of June 2016 11:31:01 PM
The newest OpenGL extension now supported by Mesa is GL_EXT_window_rectangles...

New Technology Preview Of QtWebKit

Sunday 19th of June 2016 03:56:12 PM
There's a new technology preview release of QtWebKit for those wanting to use this formerly retired WebKit-based module instead of the newer QtWebEngine that makes use of Chromium's Blink engine...

5-Way Mesa 12.1-dev + Linux 4.7 Git Radeon Comparison

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:48:25 PM
Following the massive Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Graphics Performance With Radeon Software, AMDGPU-PRO, AMDGPU+RadeonSI article, I immediately started work on my next article... In preparation for a hardware launch Linux testing later this month, I started testing my collection of AMD cards on Linux 4.7 and Mesa 12.1-dev. Here are some of those results if you are curious, including performance-per-Watt metrics...

FreeBSD 11.0 Alpha 4 Released

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:39:04 PM
The fourth alpha release of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 is now available for testing...

Virt-Manager 1.4 Exposes The New OpenGL Options

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:27:58 PM
Virt-Manager 1.4 has been released and it's a great release for those wanting to easily play with Virgl for OpenGL atop the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

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Why I’m Unlikely to Ever Return Microsoft’s Love

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