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X.Org Server 1.18.4 Released With XWayland / GLAMOR / Modesetting Improvements

Wednesday 20th of July 2016 01:00:26 AM
While there's been no new communication about X.Org Server 1.19, the X.Org Server 1.18.4 release is now available...

RADV: A Community Open-Source Effort To Get Vulkan Working On Radeon

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 10:16:52 PM
While AMD has said they will open-source their Vulkan driver currently part of AMDGPU-PRO, months later they have yet to do so nor has there been any communication when that open-sourcing might happen. In the mean time, David Airlie at Red Hat has begun work on "RADV", an unofficial Radeon Vulkan driver...

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 RC1 Released

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 02:51:04 PM
The first release candidate of the long-in-development OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 is now available for testing...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Offers Great Performance On Linux

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 01:00:00 PM
Today's the day that we can finally publish NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 benchmarks! Today the GTX 1060 begins shipping as NVIDIA's $249 Pascal graphics card to take the Radeon RX 480 head-on. Here's all of the Linux benchmarks you've been waiting to see for the GTX 1060 under Vulkan, OpenGL, OpenCL, and CUDA. compared to various other AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs on Ubuntu Linux.

Virtual Programming Continues Working On Overlord For Linux

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 12:39:57 PM
Virtual Programming has been working on porting Overlord I and Overlord II to Linux and Mac. They have just released another teaser video, perhaps indicating the ports are almost ready to ship...

95 Patches Ready The Intel Mesa Driver For OpenGL 4 On Haswell

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 11:52:45 AM
Iago Toral Quiroga of Igalia has published a set of 95 patches that make the i965 Mesa DRI driver in a state for exposing OpenGL 4.0 for Haswell hardware by wiring in the ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 extension...

Intel Has More DRM Graphics Fixes Needed For Kabylake In Linux 4.7

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 02:19:01 AM
The Linux 4.7 kernel is expected to be officially released this coming weekend, but a pile of Intel Kabylake fixes are needed if the DRM graphics support is to be in order...

Maxwell OpenGL Improvements Coming To Nouveau

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 01:00:24 AM
In addition to the GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell" open-source driver support on Nouveau being in rough shape due to lack of re-clocking / power management for allowing sufficient performance, the NVC0 Gallium3D driver for Maxwell has also lagged behind with some OpenGL 4.x features on the GTX 900 GPUs...

Intel Finishes Up Another OpenGL ES 3.2 Extension In Mesa

Monday 18th of July 2016 10:11:23 PM
Intel's open-source Mesa driver is now in compliance with another OpenGL ES 3.2 extension...

Intel Developer Proposes "Kernel NET Policy" For Better Linux Network Performance

Monday 18th of July 2016 08:54:52 PM
Intel developer Kan Liang has published a set of 30 patches amount to more than two thousand lines of new kernel for implementing what he calls the Kernel NET Policy...

LLVM 3.9 Has Been Branched, LLVM 4.0 Will Be Up Next

Monday 18th of July 2016 08:41:52 PM
Right on schedule the LLVM 3.9 code was branched today in preparation for its formal release next month...

Final Developer Preview Released Of Android 7 "Nougat"

Monday 18th of July 2016 05:17:38 PM
Dave Burke, VP of Engineering for Android at Google, announced the final developer preview today of Android 7.0 "Nougat". This marks the last milestone release before the public rollout of Android 7.0 devices later this summer...

GCC 4.9.4 Will Be Released Soon To End GCC 4.9 Series

Monday 18th of July 2016 04:24:02 PM
With GCC 6.2 coming soon and GCC 5 already being quite mature, GNU Compiler Collection developers are intending to soon end maintenance on GCC 4.x...

Qt WebBrowser 1.0 Open-Sourced

Monday 18th of July 2016 04:18:54 PM
The Qt Company has announced the opening of Qt WebBrowser, a new embedded-focused web-browser built atop Qt technologies...

Gallium3D Optimizations Published For BioShock Infinite

Monday 18th of July 2016 12:45:46 PM
Marek Olšák of AMD has been working on some Gallium3D optimizations for boosting the performance of the popular BioShock Infinite game on Linux...

Pale Moon Browser 27 Alpha Released

Monday 18th of July 2016 11:44:36 AM
The first alpha of Pale Moon 27 was released this weekend. Pale Moon continues to serve as a Mozilla Firefox derived open-source web-browser that sticks to the older Firefox user-interface and also uses a fork of the Gecko layout engine...

Libinput 1.4 Officially Released With Graphics Tablet Modes & More

Monday 18th of July 2016 11:21:08 AM
Libinput 1.4 was officially released over night to add new features to this input handling library used by Wayland, X.Org, and Mir systems...

ARM Is Being Bought Out By Japan's SoftBank

Monday 18th of July 2016 11:09:41 AM
Many news reports this morning are indicating that Japan's SoftBank is working out a deal to buy ARM Holdings and that a deal could be officially announced as soon as this morning...

FreeType 2.7 Bringing DirectWrite/ClearType-Like Rendering -- Much Better Looking Fonts On Linux

Sunday 17th of July 2016 04:38:31 PM
FreeType 2.7.0 will be shipping with the v40 TrueType instructions interpreter enabled by default. This interpreter is going to "finally brings DirectWrite/ClearType-like rendering to the screen, or 'subpixel hinting' as some FreeType code calls it."..

Wayland's Weston Now Working On Libweston-Desktop

Sunday 17th of July 2016 01:15:04 PM
Wayland developers continue working on Libweston, which is aiming to make more of the Weston reference compositor reusable by other Wayland compositors. This library offers much of the boilerplate code around the Wayland protocols to allow more sharing by compositors and making it more straight-forward to get things up and running. The latest component is Libweston-desktop...

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