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Valve Has Another Linux Graphics Driver Developer Working On Open-Source AMD

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 04:11:11 PM
You may have noticed recently that Timothy Arceri has been working on AMD Mesa/Gallium3D improvements while previously he mostly focused on the Intel driver stack at Collabora. It turns out this change-over is due to Arceri having joined Valve to work on the open-source AMD Linux driver stack...

NVIDIA Updates Legacy Drivers With X.Org Server 1.19 Support

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 03:55:24 PM
In addition to NVIDIA releasing the 378.13 big feature release, this morning they also announced updates to their two legacy drivers...

NVIDIA 378.13 Linux Driver Released

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 03:05:57 PM
NVIDIA's Unix driver team is celebrating Valentine's Day by releasing their first stable driver in the 378 driver series for Linux...

An Early Qt 5.9 Alpha Snapshot: Qt 5.9 Packing A Ton Of Features

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:54:18 PM
While Qt 5.8 was released less than one month ago, the Qt 5.9 Alpha release is on approach for landing...

OpenGL 4.0 Patches For Intel Ivy Bridge Revised

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:11:54 PM
While yesterday's Mesa 17.0 release took Intel Haswell hardware from OpenGL 3.3 to OpenGL 4.5, this quarterly update didn't end up bring the older Ivy Bridge hardware past OpenGL 3.3. But consulting firm Igalia has continued working on their patches to bring Ivy Bridge hardware up to OpenGL 4.0...

How An Old PowerMac G5 Compares To Modern Intel CPUs

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:52:44 PM
With Debian and Ubuntu dropping 32-bit PowerPC support in their future releases, you may be curious how the older PowerPC hardware compares to Intel's modern x86 processors if you are wishing to switchover. Here are some benchmarks...

GCC 7 To Have Better Test Coverage, Unit Testing

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:16:52 PM
Red Hat developer David Malcolm has shared the work he's been doing on improving the GCC compiler's internal testing to ensure the GNU Compiler Collection is working as anticipated and is generating correct code...

GTK+ 3.89.4 Released With More Vulkan Work, Wayland Fixes

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:25:59 AM
Matthias Clasen has issued the newest GTK4 development release with more feature work...

FreeBSD Ended Out 2016 With Work On Using The LLD Linker, ARM64, LXQt Porting

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:14:02 AM
FreeBSD has issued their latest quarterly report covering Q4'2016, from October to December of development highlights...

R600/RadeonSI GLSL/TGSI On-Disk Shader Cache Revised

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:34:06 AM
Last week Timothy Arceri posted TGSI shader cache patches for Mesa that so far benefit the R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers but could also help out the other Gallium3D drivers too. The second version of those patches have now been published...

SQLite 3.17 Released With More Performance Improvements

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:18:26 AM
SQLite 3.17.0 was released today as the newest version of this widely-used embedded database library...

RADV Gets More Improvements For Mesa 17.1-dev, Lower Dota 2 CPU Usage

Monday 13th of February 2017 08:34:00 PM
While Mesa 17.0 was just released, new feature development continues building up for Mesa 17.1...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1080

Monday 13th of February 2017 05:01:49 PM
It's been a while since last testing Windows 10 vs. Linux on different, newer Linux game ports with a variety of GPUs, but that changed this week. As mentioned this weekend, I've been working on a large, fresh Windows vs. Linux gaming performance comparison. The results available today are for NVIDIA with testing a GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 on Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.10 x86_64 with the latest drivers and using a variety of newer Direct3D 11/12 / OpenGL / Vulkan games.

A GNOME Developer's Arguments On Vala Being A "Dead" Language

Monday 13th of February 2017 03:30:30 PM
Longtime GNOME developer Emmanuele Bassi has pleaded his case that Vala is a "dead" language and that new applications/developers should look at alternatives or first work on improving this GNOME-centered language...

Almost A Decade Later, RadeonHD Stories Still Coming To Light

Monday 13th of February 2017 02:51:54 PM
This September will mark 10 years since the public launch of the RadeonHD DDX driver (xf86-video-radeonhd) that was developed by SUSE during the Radeon X1000 and HD 2000/3000 days in conjunction with ATI/AMD. While we've talked about what started AMD's open-source strategy in the past and dozens of other RadeonHD articles, new stories are still coming to light...

Mesa 17.0.0 Officially Released

Monday 13th of February 2017 12:15:08 PM
Mesa 17.0 is now officially available...

WireGuard Is Still Looking Good As A Linux VPN Tunnel

Monday 13th of February 2017 12:09:25 PM
We've been talking about WireGuard for months and it's hoping to go mainline in the Linux kernel this calendar year. Earlier this month at FOSDEM was a status update on the project...

Clangd: LLVM's Clang Gets A Server

Monday 13th of February 2017 11:15:24 AM
An early feature for LLVM Clang 5.0 is a prototype implementation of clangd, a server component for the compiler...

Ten Exciting Features Of The Linux 4.10 Kernel

Monday 13th of February 2017 02:18:13 AM
The Linux 4.10 kernel didn't end up being released today, but was pushed back by an extra week. However, in looking forward to next weekend, here are ten of the features that excite us about Linux 4.10...

ToaruOS 1.0 Released, Hobby OS/Kernel Written From Scratch Over 6+ Years

Sunday 12th of February 2017 11:30:51 PM
In the past on Phoronix we have mentioned ToaruOS a few times. It's a "hobby" kernel and operating system written mostly from scratch yet supports Mesa, GCC, Python, and more. It's been in development since 2011 while now the operating system's 1.0 release finally took place...

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Latvian Ventspils controls costs with open source

The administration of Ventspils, Latvia’s sixth largest city, is an avid user of free and open source software. The main benefits: cost and resource optimisation. Read more

Ubuntu Touch finds a home on a conflict-free, fair-trade, user-maintainable handset

Handset maker Fairphone is teaming up with the community project UBports, which seeks to get Ubuntu Touch on mobile devices. They will be showing off Ubuntu Touch running on the Fairphone 2 during Mobile World Congress, which starts February 27 in Barcelona. While Ubuntu is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of mobile devices, the phone in question offers some compelling features. “UBports Foundation will be showcasing its work at the Canonical booth, the company behind Ubuntu. Canonical is planning to tell about the latest developments around the convergence of its devices and UBports Foundation will share its mission ‘Ubuntu On Every Device’ with the visitors,” UBports said in a February 8 press release. Currently, UBports’ website lists three devices as “fully working as daily drivers:” The OnePlus One, Nexus 5, and the Fairphone 2, with the latter showing all parts as functioning with Ubuntu Touch, save the GPS radio. (Interestingly, the UBports project website for the Fairphone 2 still lists the GSM radio [in addition to the GPS] as a work in progress. However there is a video of two people talking with the handset, so it’s likely the Fairphone 2 project website is out of date.) The website also has instructions for flashing Ubuntu to the Fairphone 2. Read more

BSD Leftovers

  • LLVM/Clang 4.0 Is Running Late Due To Seven Blocker Bugs
    LLVM 4.0 was supposed to have been released by now, but it's running late due to open blocker bugs. Hans Wennborg commented on the mailing list that while the release should have happened on 21 February, serving as release manager, he hasn't tagged the release yet due to open blocker bugs.
  • FreeBSD-Based pfSense 2.3.3 Open-Source Firewall Released with over 100 Changes
    Rubicon Communications' Jim Pingle announced the availability of a new point release to the pfSense 2.3 stable series, which adds over 100 improvements and a bunch of new features. Updated to FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p16, the pfSense 2.3.3 maintenance release is here more than seven months after the 2.3.2 update and introduces several new packages, including TFTP Server, LCDproc, cellular, and tinc, a lot of improvements for the OpenVPN and IPsec implementations, as well as numerous stability and security fixes from FreeBSD. Dozens of bug fixes are included in pfSense 2.3.3 for WebGUI, graphs and monitoring, gateways and routing, notifications, Dynamic DNS, captive portal, NTP and GPS, DNS, resolver and forwarder, DHCP and DHCPv6 servers, router advertisements, HA and CARP, traffic shaping, firewall, rules, NAT, aliases, states, users, authentication, and privileges.
  • “Hi, I’m jkh and I’m a d**k”
    Yesterday, I was privy to a private email message discussing a topic I care deeply about. I contacted the author and said “You really need to make this public and give this a wider audience.” His response boiled down to “if I wanted it to get a wider audience, I was welcome to do so myself.” So here’s my first ever guest post, from Jordan K Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD Project. While this discussion focuses on FreeBSD, it’s applicable to any large open source project.

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