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Intel GPU Tools 1.9 Brings Skylake Support

Sunday 14th of December 2014 02:19:47 AM
Intel's open-source team on Friday released intel-gpu-tools 1.9 as the latest version of this collection of tools used generally for testing and debugging purposes...

VRAMFS: Using Your Video RAM As A Linux File-System

Sunday 14th of December 2014 01:56:35 AM
The latest FUSE-based Linux file-system is VRAMFS to provide a general purpose file-system within your graphics card's dedicated video memory...

A Walkthrough Of The New 32 System Open-Source Linux Benchmarking Test Farm

Saturday 13th of December 2014 06:00:00 PM
This week with the release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 we also announced, a collection of 32 systems running various upstream benchmarks on a daily basis in a fully automated manner. The daily upstream benchmarking ranges from the Linux kernel Git to Mesa to Arch/Antergos Linux to LLVM/Clang. Here's a walkthrough of the new lab housing this test farm where hundreds of benchmarks are run daily in looking for performance regressions and other changes with the upstream open-source code.

GCC Has Been Ported To The Visium Architecture

Saturday 13th of December 2014 03:55:27 PM
The newest platform that the GNU Compiler Collection has been ported to is Visium. AdaCore is now looking to contribute their GCC Visium port to mainline...

KeithP Looks To Reduce The Latency Of Using The X.Org Present Extension

Saturday 13th of December 2014 02:40:00 PM
Keith Packard who is largely responsible for DRI3 and the Present Extension is looking to take care of one of the flaws of using Present: there can be an extra frame delay if using a compositing window manager with X11...

Sharing What You Love Or Hate About PHP

Saturday 13th of December 2014 01:29:14 PM
Much like the views on Phoronix or GCC vs. Clang, computer enthusiasts tend to have polarizing views over PHP -- whether PHP is a great language or work of the devil...

MIPS Has An "Unusually Large Pull" For Linux 3.19 Kernel

Saturday 13th of December 2014 11:41:40 AM
The MIPS architecture improvements and new features for the Linux 3.19 kernel are aplenty due to many MIPS patches not being merged for Linux 3.18 and then aside from that a lot of developers sending in lots of new work...

Collabora Looks To Add DMA-BUF Protocol To Wayland

Saturday 13th of December 2014 08:09:42 AM
Collabora developers are looking at adding a generic DMA-BUF protocol to Wayland, which could benefit media players and other applications...

Fedora 22's X.Org Input Stack Might Use Libinput

Saturday 13th of December 2014 05:58:49 AM
The input X.Org drivers currently used by Fedora might by replaced with just the xf86-input-libinput DDX driver for Fedora 22. This input driver relies upon libinput that was originally designed for Wayland/Weston but can be retrofitted just fine as a standalone input driver for the X.Org Server...

STI DRM Improvements Coming For Linux 3.19

Saturday 13th of December 2014 05:07:01 AM
Beyond the DRM graphics improvements for Linux 3.19 affecting the most common kernel graphics drivers, the STI driver will too see improvements for this next kernel version...

Nautilus Ported To New GTK Widgets For GNOME 3.16

Saturday 13th of December 2014 01:21:41 AM
GNOME's file manager, Nautilus, is seeing some much needed love for the GNOME 3.15 development cycle ahead of GNOME 3.16 next March...

VDPAU H.264 Support Extended

Friday 12th of December 2014 09:49:49 PM
The VDPAU API has been extended to accommodate H.264's Hi444PP profile...

Wine 1.7.33 Has DirectWrite & Direct3D Changes

Friday 12th of December 2014 08:27:32 PM
The last bi-weekly Wine development release before Christmas is now out...

Metro Redux Linux GPU/Driver Tests Are Coming

Friday 12th of December 2014 08:02:08 PM
Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux launched for Linux yesterday at long last. The Metro Redux titles utilize OpenGL 4.x on Linux and I'm pleased to say they're in (mostly) good shape for automated benchmarking so that we'll be able to run some Phoronix Test Suite sanctioned performance tests of the Metro Redux games on Linux with varying GPUs and drivers...

Btrfs For Linux 3.19 Has Improved RAID 5/6 Support

Friday 12th of December 2014 07:32:53 PM
Btrfs maintainer and Facebook employee Chris Mason sent in his Btrfs file-system updates for the Linux 3.19 merge window...

Rust 1.0 Is Coming Next Year

Friday 12th of December 2014 04:54:10 PM
The Rust Programming Language Blog has shared their plans for scheduling the Rust 1.0 release to happen next year...

12-Way AMD Catalyst 14.12 vs. NVIDIA 346 Series Linux GPU Comparison

Friday 12th of December 2014 04:10:00 PM
With this week's release of the AMD Catalyst 14.12 driver that brings some Linux performance improvements (particularly for the Radeon R9 290 of the hardware we've tested thus far) and new features, here are some fresh benchmarks comparing twelve AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when using the latest proprietary graphics drivers. On the AMD side was the Catalyst 14.12 Linux release while on the NVIDIA side was their new NVIDIA 346.22 Linux beta.

Ruby Compiled With Clang Is Noticeably Faster Than GCC

Friday 12th of December 2014 02:36:05 PM
While in our benchmark runs the performance of generated binaries between GCC and LLVM's Clang C/C++ compilers are generally quite close, there are exceptions. When it comes to real-world usage of Clang, most companies tend to just utilize Clang for now when producing debug builds due to its faster compile times and better diagnostics than GCC, but GCC still ends up getting used for producing release/production builds...

BlueZ 5.26 Taks Aim At Bluetooth 4.2 & Android 5.0

Friday 12th of December 2014 02:27:33 PM
BlueZ, the Linux Bluetooth stack, boasts more features with today's release of version 5.26...

Linux 3.19 To Have Full Multi-Touch For More Logitech Devices

Friday 12th of December 2014 02:06:41 PM
Jiri Kosina has lined up his HID subsystem changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel that include more multi-touch device work and other input improvements...

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