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The NVIDIA 390 Driver Is Playing Nicely With Linux 4.15 Kernel

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 01:07:02 PM
For those NVIDIA Linux users reliant upon the proprietary driver and wanting to upgrade to the Linux 4.15 kernel that will be officially released within the next two weeks, the 390.12 driver is playing nicely...

GTK's Vulkan Renderer Will Now Let You Pick The GPU For Rendering

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 12:35:36 PM
One of the features exciting us the most about GTK4 is the Vulkan renderer that will make its premiere. This Vulkan renderer continues getting worked into shape for GTK+ 4.0...

Fedora 28 Looking To Replace Glibc's libcrypt With libxcrypt

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 11:08:28 AM
As upstream Glibc is working on deprecating libcrypt for its eventual removal from the codebase, Fedora developers are looking at using libxcrypt for their hashing/encoding crypto library...

R600 Gallium3D Gets More Fixes, Experimental SB Tessellation Support

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 10:29:12 AM
If you are still running with a pre-GCN AMD graphics card, a number of R600 Gallium3D commits landed in Mesa Git over night as well as an interesting patch series on the Mesa mailing list...

DragonFlyBSD Posts Initial Kernel Fix For Spectre

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 10:14:10 AM
Last week DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon posted initial patches for addressing Meltdown on this popular BSD distribution. Dillon has now posted his initial patch for targeting the Spectre CPU vulnerability...

Intel Posts Updated Microcode Files For Linux

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 10:04:30 AM
In the wake of Meltdown and Spectre, Intel yesterday released new microcode binaries for Linux systems...

Intel Posts Initial Open-Source Graphics Driver Patches For Icelake "Gen 11" Hardware

Wednesday 10th of January 2018 12:29:26 AM
While Intel Cannonlake processors aren't out yet with their new "Gen 10" graphics hardware, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has published their first graphics driver patches for Linux enablement of Icelake "Gen 11" hardware...

The Combined Impact Of Retpoline + KPTI On Ubuntu Linux

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 10:57:08 PM
Over the past week I have posted many KPTI and Retpoline benchmarks for showing the performance impact of these patches to combat the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. But with my testing so far I haven't done any showing the combined impact of KPTI+Retpoline on Ubuntu versus a completely unpatched system. Here are some of those results...

NVIDIA Confirms GPU Driver Fixes For Spectre

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 07:37:10 PM
NVIDIA issued a security bulletin today regarding their GPU drivers and the Spectre speculative side-channel attacks...

Mesa 17.3.2 Released With The Latest Stable Fixes

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 05:20:24 PM
While Mesa 18.0 will premiere later this quarter as the first feature update of 2018, Mesa 17.3.2 is now available as the second bug-fix release for last quarter's Mesa 17.3 series...

Razer Shows Off Android Laptop/Phone Hybrid Concept

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 05:07:39 PM
Razer's concept device being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show this year is an Android-powered laptop/hybrid device...

LLVM Clang Is Moving Closer To Full OpenMP 4.5 Support

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 03:57:32 PM
While it took LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler initially a long time to supporting OpenMP, the code continues to mature in supporting the latest updates to this parallel programming specification...

Benchmarking Clear Linux With KPTI + Retpoline Support

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 01:39:25 PM
Yesterday Intel landed KPTI page table isolation and Retpoline support in their Clear Linux distribution. Given that one of the pillars of this Intel Open-Source Technology Center platform is on delivering optimal Linux performance, I was curious to see how its performance was impacted. Here are before/after benchmarks on seven different systems ranging from low-end Pentium hardware to Xeon servers.

Libstorage-NG Landing Soon In openSUSE Tumbleweed For Improving The Installer

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 12:51:43 PM
Users of the openSUSE rolling-release Linux distribution will soon find an improved installer thanks to Libstorage-NG landing soon and improvements to YaST...

Fedora 28 Toolchain: GCC 8, Binutils 2.29.1, Glibc 2.27

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 11:51:03 AM
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise as Fedora Linux normally ships with the very latest upstream toolchain components and with Fedora 28 it will be no different...

VC5 Gallium3D Driver Is Onto Pushing More Triangles In Simulator

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 10:55:58 AM
The VC5 open-source Gallium3D driver designed to support the next generation of Broadcom VideoCore graphics hardware is onto rendering more triangles, at least with the hardware simulator...

SPIR-V Support For Upstream LLVM Is Back To Being Discussed

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 10:34:11 AM
Next month the Vulkan 1.0 API will turn two years old but a goal that has remained elusive to date has been getting SPIR-V -- the intermediate representation shared by Vulkan and OpenCL -- into upstream LLVM...

The HTC VIVE Pro Should Be Much Nicer For Steam VR Gaming

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 01:50:49 AM
HTC used CES 2018 to announce their new virtual reality head-mounted display, the VIVE Pro...

Linux 4.17 To Likely Include Intel DRM Driver's HDCP Support

Monday 8th of January 2018 11:08:34 PM
Back in November a Google developer proposed HDCP content protection support for the Intel Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) Linux driver that is based upon their code from Chrome OS / Chromium OS. It looks like that High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection support in the i915 DRM driver will come for Linux 4.17...

GCC 8 Will Enter Its Last Stage Of Development Next Week

Monday 8th of January 2018 09:04:00 PM
The GNU Compiler Collection 8 (GCC 8) is currently in "stage three" development whereby general bug fixing can still happen along with allowing new ports to be added. But that is changing next week as it enters its final stage of development prior to release...

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