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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...

NVIDIA Developer Posts Secure Boot Refactoring For Nouveau

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 11:16:09 AM
It's not as important as NVIDIA publishing new signed firmware images, but then again it's not every day we see NVIDIA developers contribute to the open-source Nouveau driver stack. Nevertheless, today a new set of patches were published for the Nouveau DRM driver...

NVDIMM Updates For The Linux 4.9 Kernel

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 10:35:34 AM
The non-volatile DIMM (NVDIMM) support has been updated for the Linux 4.9 kernel merge window...

Unigine Shows Off More Of Their Superposition Benchmark

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 10:25:26 AM
The developers at Unigine Corp are making public some screenshots and a brief video from their upcoming Superposition Benchmark that's powered by Unigine Engine 2...

FreeBSD 11.0 Officially Released

Monday 10th of October 2016 06:49:00 PM
Following the recent delays, FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE is now officially available...

Skype 1.10 Linux Alpha Restores Video Calls Support

Monday 10th of October 2016 05:26:12 PM
Microsoft today announced the Skype Linux Alpha 1.10 release that brings basic support for video calls...

RISC-V Backend For LLVM Making Progress

Monday 10th of October 2016 04:00:36 PM
The ongoing development of a RISC-V back-end for the LLVM compiler stack continues making progress and stepping closer to merging to mainline...

A Look At The Most Promising Next-Gen Linux Software Update Mechanisms

Monday 10th of October 2016 01:10:55 PM
With traditional software package management solutions like APT and Yum showing their age and not adapting well to the embedded world and the slew of new areas for Linux like IoT, a new generation of atomic-based Linux software update solutions continue to be worked on. Matt Porter of the Konsulko Group is presenting at this week's Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2016 with a comparison of these update technologies...

GNOME's Epiphany Browser Is Quick To Working On 3.24 Features

Monday 10th of October 2016 11:16:11 AM
It's been just over two weeks since GNOME 3.22 was released while already a ton of feature work has been landing in Epiphany, GNOME's Web Browser...

Enlightenment's EFL Continues Dominating In The Embedded Space

Monday 10th of October 2016 10:45:21 AM
Tom Hacohen of Samsung's Open-Source Group is presenting at this week's Embedded Linux Conference about Enlightenment's EFL as a UI toolkit for the embedded world...

Fresh AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL LInux Benchmarks - 11 GPUs

Sunday 9th of October 2016 01:47:27 PM
While running the fresh NVIDIA vs. AMD Vulkan Linux benchmarks (that also included some OpenGL numbers too), I had also taken the opportunity to run some fresh OpenCL compute benchmarks of the latest NVIDIA 370 proprietary Linux driver against AMDGPU-PRO on different graphics cards...

Marek Has Taken To Improving Mesa's GLSL Compiler Performance

Sunday 9th of October 2016 01:22:12 PM
With catching up on the OpenGL extensions, Marek Olšák of AMD has been spending a fair amount of time on performance optimizations for the AMD's open-source OpenGL driver and some code that benefits Mesa as a whole too. One of his latest patch series is on optimizing Mesa's GLSL compiler performance...

Perf Subsystem Updates Submitted For Linux 4.9

Sunday 9th of October 2016 01:11:24 PM
The perf subsystem is seeing some new feature work landing with the Linux 4.9 development cycle...

Ubuntu's Mir Display System Is Thinking About "Version 1"

Sunday 9th of October 2016 12:54:08 PM
Ubuntu/Canonical developers have been discussing plans and requirements for Mir Version 1 including stable ABIs and licenses...

Nouveau NVC0 Preps For OpenGL 4.5 / GLSL 4.5

Sunday 9th of October 2016 12:35:12 PM
Building off the exciting patches published Friday for completing ARB_enhanced_layouts that finish off the RadeonSI OpenGL 4.4~4.5 support, the Nouveau NVC0 support is basically done too with the finishing up of that final extension being done in the Mesa state tracker...

Linux-Friendly X-Plane 11 Flight Simulator Shipping Later This Year

Saturday 8th of October 2016 06:00:00 PM
X-Plane, one of the most realistic flight simulators that continues to be cross-platform, will be released "this holiday season" and it offers more flying improvements and much better visuals...

NVIDIA Linux Vulkan Performance vs. RADV / AMDGPU-PRO

Saturday 8th of October 2016 04:00:00 PM
On Thursday the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver was merged into mainline Mesa and I provided bleeding-edge RADV vs. AMDGPU-PRO benchmark results for these two independent AMD Linux Vulkan driver implementations, plus comparison results to the OpenGL drivers in the same games. For those that have been wondering how the NVIDIA proprietary Vulkan driver compares to AMD's two Vulkan driver options, here are some fresh benchmark results.

KDE Frameworks 5.27 Released

Saturday 8th of October 2016 03:23:19 PM
KDE Frameworks 5.27 is now available as the latest version of these add-on libraries from the KDE camp to complement Qt5 functionality...

Memory Protection Keys Support Finished Up In Linux 4.9

Saturday 8th of October 2016 03:17:39 PM
This morning the protection keys syscall interface was submitted for the Linux 4.9 merge window, the last step of adding Protection Keys support to the Linux kernel...

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Yocto driven camera design taps octa-core Snapdragon

Qualcomm and Thundercomm unveiled a Linux-supported, 4K camera reference design with an octa-core Snapdragon 625 and video analytics software. Qualcomm and hardware partner Thundercomm Technology announced an IP Connected Camera reference design called the Snapdragon 625 IP Camera built around its 14nm-fabricated, octa-core Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip. This is Qualcomm’s first Connected Camera design to support Linux instead of Android. Read more

Renesas spins 3rd Gen automotive starter kits, adds new M3 SoC

Renesas has launched two Linux-ready R-Car starter kits optimized for AGL and GENIVI: an R-Car H3 based “Premier” and a “Pro” with a lower-end M3 SoC. Later this month, Renesas will begin selling two third-generation starter kits for its 64-bit ARM-based R-Car automotive SoCs. The kits are designed for ADAS, infotainment, reconfigurable digital clusters, and integrated digital cockpits. The two kits are optimized for open source Linux standards like Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and GENIVI, but they also support QNX. Earlier R-Car automotive starter kits include last year’s R-Car H2 ADAS Starter Kit, based on its earlier H2 automotive SoC. Read more

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