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NVIDIA Already Publishes An OpenGL 4.5 Linux Driver

Monday 11th of August 2014 01:28:30 PM
While the OpenGL 4.5 specification is fresh off the press and we haven't even seen the Khronos SIGGRAPH announcement yet, NVIDIA has already made public their OpenGL 4.5 beta drivers for Linux and Windows...

OpenGL 4.5 Released With New Features

Monday 11th of August 2014 12:48:37 PM
Well, the next-gen OpenGL didn't end up being OpenGL 5.0 but is being billed as OpenGL 4.5. Regardless, the OpenGL 4.5 specification is out now...

Stunt Rally 2.4 Brings New Open-Source Racing Fun

Monday 11th of August 2014 12:38:21 PM
A new release of Stunt Rally is out, an open-source racing game powered by VDrift with Bullet physics and uses OGRE for rendering...

DragonFlyBSD Finally Gets Haswell Graphics Support

Monday 11th of August 2014 12:32:54 PM
While Broadwell is right around the corner and Intel's open-source Linux developers are already working on Skylake graphics support, the DragonFlyBSD crew has just managed Haswell graphics support for their DRM driver ported from FreeBSD that in turn was ported from an earlier version of the Linux kernel...

A New Program Exists To Translate x86 Machine Code Into LLVM Bitcode

Monday 11th of August 2014 12:18:03 PM
McSema has been officially open-sourced as an advanced program for translating x86 machine code into LLVM bitcode...

Sumo's Omni Gets Reloaded

Sunday 10th of August 2014 10:30:00 PM
Our friends at Sumo are out with another interesting creation that we've had the chance to review and it's already likely our most favorite Sumo product to date. Let's checkout the Sumo Omni Reloaded this weekend.

The Exciting Features Merged So Far For Linux 3.17

Sunday 10th of August 2014 04:45:50 PM
We're now around the half-way point of the Linux 3.17 merge window with at least another week expected before the 3.17-rc1 release depending upon Linus Torvalds' travel around LinuxCon and the Kernel Summit in Chicago. While we're only half-way through the merge window, there's already enough new functionality to warrant a summary article for those that haven't been keeping up with all the Linux 3.17 coverage...

Nouveau's Big Batch Of Changes Land In Linux 3.17

Sunday 10th of August 2014 01:52:21 PM
Being merged into the mainline kernel code-base for Linux 3.17 was the big DRM feature pull that included enhancements to the Intel and AMD Radeon graphics drivers (among the other smaller DRM/KMS drivers), but missing from action was the open-source NVIDIA driver. The Nouveau driver changes were delayed by some last-minute bug-hunting but now a separate pull request was issued to land the Nouveau driver updates for Linux 3.17...

Daydreaming About Qt6 & Qt7

Sunday 10th of August 2014 01:22:40 PM
A Qt fan asked developers this weekend about what features might be candidates for a release that breaks from Qt5 and goes to Qt6 or even then to Qt7...

Next Week We Should Hear All About OpenGL 5.0

Sunday 10th of August 2014 12:56:30 PM
Wednesday is the day we've been waiting for when hopefully the lid will be lifted on OpenGL 5 by the Khronos Group...

Qt 5.4 Is Now Under A Feature Freeze

Sunday 10th of August 2014 12:31:18 PM
Iikka Eklund of Digia has announced that Qt 5.4 is under its feature freeze state after several months of development...

Two Intel Graphics Features Get Pulled From Linux 3.17

Saturday 9th of August 2014 06:20:50 PM
Linux 3.17-rc1 is still about one week away at least, but already two commits of new functionality were reverted from the Intel DRM driver code for Linux 3.17...

AMD A10-7800 & A6-7400K APUs Run Great On Linux

Saturday 9th of August 2014 02:30:00 PM
At the end of July AMD launched new Kaveri APU models: the A10-7800, A8-7600, and A6-7400K. AMD graciously sent over review samples on their A10-7800 and A6-7400K Kaveri APUs, which we've been benchmarking and have some of the initial Linux performance results to share today.

Metro Redux Is Looking Fantastic

Saturday 9th of August 2014 01:56:15 PM
Metro: Last Light on Linux has been amazing penguin gamers with the visual clarity and AAA game-play. Since May we've been excited over 4A Games working on a "Redux" game with Linux support. Metro Redux incorporates Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light and should be another amazing hit for Linux gamers later this year...

It's Now Possible To Play Netflix Natively On Linux Without Wine Plug-Ins

Saturday 9th of August 2014 12:43:55 PM
Going back for a few years it's been possible to play Netflix movies on Linux using some hacks like with running Microsoft Silverlight on a modified version of Wine. More recently, Pipelight has been working out well as a easy-to-use solution for getting Netflix movies to play on Linux web-browsers, albeit it's still not a native experience. Fortunately, times are quickly changing...

VC4 Gallium3D Driver Merged To Mainline Mesa

Saturday 9th of August 2014 12:20:56 PM
Raspberry Pi fans can rejoice that the VC4 Gallium3D driver has been merged to mainline Mesa in its early form...

Wine 1.7.24 Starts Working On A DirectWrite Implementation

Friday 8th of August 2014 09:13:13 PM
Wine 1.7.24 was released today as the latest bi-weekly Wine development release and with this new version comes the start of some new functionality for running your favorite/necessary Windows programs under Linux...

Intel Is Already Working On Linux Graphics Support For Skylake

Friday 8th of August 2014 07:22:18 PM
While we're still waiting until around the end of the year to see Broadwell processors, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center is already prepping Linux graphics driver code to begin pushing Skylake support into their driver stack...

Lots Of New ARM Hardware To Be Supported By Linux 3.17

Friday 8th of August 2014 06:26:13 PM
Several new ARM devices will be supported by the in-development Linux 3.17 kernel while some less-than-optimally-supported ARM hardware is also getting stripped from the mainline kernel tree...

The GNU Linux Libre 3.16 Kernel Is Christened By Freedo

Friday 8th of August 2014 03:36:53 PM
The Linux 3.16 kernel was released a few days ago with some awesome features while those wishing to run this kernel in an ultra-free mode without support for closed-source firmware blobs or the ability to load non-free kernel modules, the GNU Linux-libre 3.16 release is available...

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