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By Luck, Marek Discovers A "Serious Performance Fix" For RadeonSI

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 09:47:50 PM
Marek Olšák, the prolific longtime contributor to Mesa and AMD developer, published a patch today with a big performance improvement that he says has been discovered by luck...

ARB_enhanced_layouts Lands In Mesa Git, Rounds Out OpenGL 4.4 For RadeonSI

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 06:15:33 PM
The work by Nicolai Hähnle on finishing up the GL_ARB_enhanced_layouts extension for Gallium3D is now in Git. This officially marks RadeonSI done with OpenGL 4.4 and is effectively done with OpenGL 4.5 although the new version string is yet to be advertised...

Collabora Has Been Working On A Fully-Open HTC Vive Driver

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 04:58:26 PM
While we found out today Valve is finally expected to show a VR Linux demo likely using the HTC Vive, it turns out Collabora has been working on their own Linux VR effort with a focus on a fully open-source driver for the HTC Vive for the OSVR platform...

It's Easy To Play With The RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver On Ubuntu 16.04

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 02:10:00 PM
Now that the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver is part of mainline Mesa, it's increasingly easy to experiment with this unofficial, open-source Vulkan driver on rolling-release distributions and through third-party package archives/repositories...

GNOME 3.22.1 Released

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 01:44:15 PM
For those on rolling-release distributions that tend to wait until the first point release before upgrading your desktop environment, GNOME 3.22.1 is now available as the first update since last month's GNOME 3.22 debut...

Raspberry Pi VC4 Graphics Driver Working To Support QPU Shaders

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 01:28:03 PM
The latest Raspberry Pi graphics driver hacking by Eric Anholt of Broadcom has been working to support QPU shaders by this open-source driver stack. QPUs are the shader core of the graphics hardware found in the Raspberry Pi SoC, but come up short of supporting OpenCL or OpenGL compute shaders...

XFS Adds Shared Data Extents For Linux 4.9

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 01:03:31 PM
Building off last week's XFS updates for Linux 4.9 is now a specific feature merge for this file-system: shared data extents...

Qt 5.6.2 Released With ~900 Improvements

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 11:08:40 AM
Qt 5.6.2 was released today as the latest point release to the Qt 5.6 Long-Term Support release series...

Valve Expected To Show Off Linux VR Demo Today

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 10:29:42 AM
The HTC Vive was supposed to ship with Linux support but that hadn't materialized... But it looks like it now has. Valve is expected to show off a VR Linux demo during this week's Steam Dev Days event in Seattle...

Fedora Is Hosting A Wayland Test Day Tomorrow

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 10:15:02 AM
The Fedora QA team is organizing a Fedora 25 Workstation Wayland Test Day for tomorrow, 13 October. This is to find any last-minute bugs with next month's Fedora 25 Workstation release still set to utilize this next-gen successor to X11 by default...

DRM Driver Changes Sent In For Linux 4.9, Sadly No Changes For Nouveau

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 10:24:35 PM
David Airlie a short time ago submitted the Linux 4.9 DRM subsystem update, including the much sought after open-source Direct Rendering Manager driver improvements. There's a lot of good stuff in here, but sadly the Nouveau changes look like they're going to have to wait until Linux 4.10...

Google Reveals Early Details About Android 7.1

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 07:26:57 PM
Google has begun sharing early details about the forthcoming Android 7.1 Nougat update...

Clear Linux Continues To Maintain Slight Graphics Lead Over Ubuntu 16.10

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 06:28:42 PM
Back in April I did tests showing how Intel's Clear Linux distribution showed much potential for HD/Iris Graphics performance, something that intrigued many Phoronix readers since Clear Linux would generally be seen as a workstation/cloud/container-optimized Linux distribution and something with not much emphasis on the desktop or gaming. Those earlier tests were with Ubuntu 16.04, bur with Ubuntu 16.10 coming out this week, here are some fresh tests of Clear Linux and Ubuntu Yakkety Yak on an Skylake HD Graphics system.

Btrfs Gets Fixes For Linux 4.9, Linux 4.10 To Be More Exciting

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 05:05:29 PM
Chris Mason sent in the Btrfs file-system changes this morning for the Linux 4.9 kernel merge window...

Fedora 25 Beta Released

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 02:15:20 PM
The beta release of the upcoming Fedora 25 is now officially available...

EGL_ANDROID_native_fence_sync For Intel Still Baking

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 01:39:44 PM
Chad Versace, the former Intel OTC developer now employed by Google on the Chromium team, has published the latest patches for implementing the EGL_ANDROID_native_fence_sync extension within Mesa's Intel driver...

Early Fedora 26 Features To Talk About: PHP 7.1, OpenSSL 1.1 & More

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 01:32:25 PM
While Fedora 25 isn't even being released until mid-November, with now being past the change completion deadline for F25 and Rawhide continuing to move along, early Fedora 26 features are beginning to be talked about...

The Dozens Of Gallium3D Nine Improvements Land In Mesa

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 01:15:10 PM
The 75 patches for Gallium3D's Nine state tracker improvements (D3D9) have now landed in Mesa Git master ahead of the branching for the next Mesa release at the end of the week...

GTK+ 4.0 Toolkit Development Is Warming Up

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 12:39:12 PM
With GNOME/GTK+ 3.22 having been released at the end of September, developer focus is beginning to shift to GNOME 3.24 or in the case of GTK+ developers it's about GTK+ 4.0 development per the toolkit's new development process...

Patches Revised For Supporting OpenGL 4.0 On Intel Haswell With Mesa

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 11:21:51 AM
Iago Toral Quiroga of Igalia has sent out the second version of his massive 103 patches for implementing FP64 support for Intel Haswell hardware within the i965 Mesa driver in order to expose OpenGL 4.0 support...

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Lumina Desktop 1.1 Released

The BSD-focused, Qt-powered Lumina Desktop Environment is out with its version 1.1 update. The developers behind the Lumina Desktop Environment consider it a "significant update" with both new and reworked utilities, infrastructure improvements, and other enhancements. Lumina 1.1 adds a pure Qt5 calculator, text editor improvements, the file manager has been completely overhauled, system application list management is much improved, and there is a range of other improvements. Read more

Radeon vs. Nouveau Open-Source Drivers On Mesa Git + Linux 4.9

For your viewing pleasure this Friday are some open-source AMD vs. NVIDIA numbers when using the latest open-source code on each side. Linux 4.9-rc1 was used while Ubuntu 16.10 paired with the Padoka PPA led to Mesa Git as of earlier this week plus LLVM 4.0 SVN. As covered recently, there are no Nouveau driver changes for Linux 4.9 while we had hoped the boost patches would land. Thus the re-clocking is still quite poor for this open-source NVIDIA driver stack. For the Nouveau tests I manually re-clocked each graphics card to the highest performance state (0f) after first re-clocking the cards to the 0a performance state for helping some of the GPUs that otherwise fail with memory re-clocking at 0f, as Nouveau developers have expressed this is the preferred approach for testing. Read more

Ubuntu MATE, Not Just a Whim

I've stated for years how much I dislike Ubuntu's Unity interface. Yes, it's become more polished through the years, but it's just not an interface that thinks the same way I do. That's likely because I'm old and inflexible, but nevertheless, I've done everything I could to avoid using Unity, which usually means switching to Xubuntu. I actually really like Xubuntu, and the Xfce interface is close enough to the GNOME 2 look, that I hardly miss the way my laptop used to look before Unity. I wasn't alone in my disdain for Ubuntu's flagship desktop manager switch, and many folks either switched to Xubuntu or moved to another Debian/Ubuntu-based distro like Linux Mint. The MATE desktop started as a hack, in fact, because GNOME 3 and Unity were such drastic changes. I never really got into MATE, however, because I thought it was going to be nothing more than a hack and eventually would be unusable due to old GNOME 2 libraries phasing out and so forth. Read more

EU-Fossa project submits results of code audits

The European Commission’s ‘EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing’ project (EU-Fossa) has sent its code review results to the developers of Apache HTTP server target and KeePass. The audit results are not yet made public, however, no critical vulnerabilities were found. Read more