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Progress Being Made On New "WebGPU" Web Graphics API

Sunday 15th of October 2017 11:07:04 AM
There continues to be progress made on the new Apple/W3C backed web graphics API dubbed "WebGPU" that has the backing of major stakeholders...

Fedora 26 vs. 27 Beta Benchmarks, Wayland vs. X.Org Gaming Tests

Saturday 14th of October 2017 08:18:49 PM
For your viewing pleasure this weekend are our first benchmarks of the current state of Fedora 27 post-beta with a variety of different workloads. Additionally, from the latest Fedora 27 packages is a fresh gaming comparison with GNOME Shell running on Wayland versus the X.Org session.

It's Been Five Years That Ubuntu Has Tried To Improve For Linux Gaming

Saturday 14th of October 2017 02:53:43 PM
Next month will mark five years that Steam has been available for Linux and it's been about the same length of time that Ubuntu has tried to improve itself as a gaming platform, but has it worked?..

Haiku OS Is Still Chugging Along To Get Its First Official Release Out

Saturday 14th of October 2017 02:24:14 PM
The BeOS-inspired Haiku OS has been around since 2002 and its alpha release came out five years ago while the beta and first "R1" stable release are still being pursued...

More Pre-4.15 AMDGPU DC Patches To Test Out This Weekend

Saturday 14th of October 2017 12:35:54 PM
For Radeon RX Vega Linux users or those with newer Radeon GPUs and just wanting to make use of HDMI/DP audio, there are some new "AMDGPU DC" patches ready for testing this weekend...

KDE Celebrates Its 21st Birthday

Saturday 14th of October 2017 12:09:12 PM
Today marks twenty-one years since the KDE project was founded...

Vulkan 1.0.63 Introduces Global Priority Support

Saturday 14th of October 2017 11:30:17 AM
Vulkan 1.0.63 is now available as the latest minor update to this high performance graphics/compute API...

Wine 2.19 Released With Various Improvements

Friday 13th of October 2017 11:50:15 PM
Wine 2.19 is available as the project's latest bi-weekly development release for running Windows games/programs on Linux and other operating systems...

Intel Begins Working On "Knights Mill" Support For LLVM/Clang

Friday 13th of October 2017 07:01:54 PM
Intel compiler engineers have begun mainlining "Knights Mill" enablement within the LLVM compiler stack...

Intel Xeon Silver 4108 + Tyan Tempest HX S7100

Friday 13th of October 2017 02:10:27 PM
One of the latest server platforms under our bombardment of Linux benchmarks recently has been the Tyan Tempest HX S7100 (S7100AG2NR) motherboard which at the moment is paired with an Intel Xeon Silver 4108 processor. This ~$430 Xeon Scalable processor has eight cores plus Hyper Threading to yield 16 threads, a low 1.8GHz base frequency but with 3.0GHz turbo, 11MB L3 cache, six-channel memory support, AVX-512 capabilities, and has a 85 Watt TDP.

Etnaviv Landing Performance Counters For Linux 4.15

Friday 13th of October 2017 11:17:56 AM
Lucas Stach has sent in the Etnaviv DRM driver changes to DRM-Next for the Linux 4.15 kernel. This is one of the bigger pull requests for this reverse-engineered, open-source Vivante graphics driver...

Intel Is Prepping A Final Batch Of Feature Changes For Linux 4.15 DRM

Friday 13th of October 2017 10:09:26 AM
Intel has been sending in feature updates for their Direct Rendering Manager driver of new material that will debut in Linux 4.15. A third and final feature update is expected next week for DRM-Next...

Raspberry Pi 7" Touch Panel, SiI9234 To Be Supported By Linux 4.15

Thursday 12th of October 2017 11:57:13 PM
Daniel Vetter has sent in the latest feature pull request of new drm-misc-next material for staging in DRM-Next ahead of the Linux 4.15 kernel cycle...

7-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On The Intel Core i7 8700K

Thursday 12th of October 2017 09:00:00 PM
Our latest benchmarking of Intel's 8th Gen Core "Coffee Lake" processors entailed seeing how well the i7-8700K performs on a variety of modern Linux distributions. Tested for this comparison was Ubuntu 17.10, Antergos 17.10, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Clear Linux, Debian Testing, Solus 3, and Fedora 26.

X.Org Server 1.19.5 Released To Fix Another Handful Of Security Vulnerabilities

Thursday 12th of October 2017 06:47:54 PM
X.Org Server 1.19.5 was released today to fix nearly one dozen new security vulnerabilities from recent CVE tickets...

Rust 1.21 Released With Minor Updates

Thursday 12th of October 2017 05:04:06 PM
For fans of the Rust "safe, concurrent, practical systems language", the Rust 1.21 update is available today with some modest updates and additions...

Fedora Linux Can Finally Offer AAC Audio Codec Support

Thursday 12th of October 2017 04:25:41 PM
Fedora is now able to bundle and offer a specific AAC audio codec implementation as a package for its Linux distribution...

pfSense 2.4 Released, Rebased To FreeBSD 11.1 & New Installer

Thursday 12th of October 2017 04:11:45 PM
There's a new version available of pfSense, the popular BSD-based operating system common to network appliances / firewalls / routers...

Mesa 17.3 Will Be Branching Soon For Releasing In Mid-November

Thursday 12th of October 2017 02:23:43 PM
Feature development for Mesa 17.3 will be over soon in order to get this quarterly update to Mesa3D shipping next month...

ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac: Mini-ITX Motherboard With Dual NICs, WiFi, Triple Display For ~$130 USD

Thursday 12th of October 2017 01:30:00 PM
If you are looking to build a small HTPC system, NAS / network device, or other petite system, the ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac is a bargain motherboard for Intel's new Coffee Lake LGA-1151 processors. This brand new motherboard retails for around $130 USD while offers dual Gigabit NICs, dual HDMI + DisplayPort, 820.11ac WiFI, 6 x SATA 3.0 ports, and a M.2 slot all within a mini-ITX form factor.

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Linux 4.13.9

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Linux 4.14-rc6

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