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LLVM Continues To Dominate Across Many Operating Systems, Software Projects

Monday 1st of February 2016 08:39:05 PM
In case you haven't realized it yet, LLVM is relied upon by quite the number of software projects both open and closed. LLVM continues making new leaps and bounds not just as a traditional C/C++ compiler but in other innovative areas as well...

R9 Fury Performance Gains With Linux 4.5-rc2? I'm Not So Lucky

Monday 1st of February 2016 08:06:04 PM
Since yesterday's release of Linux 4.5-rc2 there was at least one report of AMDGPU performance improvements with Linux 4.5-rc2 for an R9 Fury "Fiji" graphics card...

VLC 3.0 Remains Under Development While VLC 4.0 Will Have Better Wayland Support & A New UI

Monday 1st of February 2016 05:34:18 PM
For more than a year we've been looking forward to VLC 3.0, but it's not quite baked yet. Once VLC 3.0 does finally ship, there are already early plans for VLC 4.0...

Haiku OS Powered By BSD? It's A Possibility

Monday 1st of February 2016 05:03:23 PM
François Revol presented at FOSDEM this weekend about the prospects of Haiku OS ever becoming a BSD distribution. Haiku OS, the well known BeOS re-implementation, does currently rely upon some BSD components but more integration is possible...

The Intel Mesa Driver Has Gotten Faster Since Switching To NIR

Monday 1st of February 2016 04:04:38 PM
Eduardo Lima of Igalia spoke this weekend at FOSDEM about the work done over the past year on switching the Mesa Intel i965 back-end to using the NIR intermediate representation...

Here Is A Linux 4.5-rc2 Kernel To Play With The New AMDGPU Functionality

Monday 1st of February 2016 02:53:09 PM
With a report that Linux 4.5-rc2 manages to improve the AMD R9 Fury (Fiji) performance, I spun up a Linux 4.5-rc2 kernel this morning for easing those wanting to test the AMDGPU driver atop Ubuntu...

Fedora 24 Will Get Qt Web Engine, QGnomePlatform & Other Changes

Monday 1st of February 2016 01:46:02 PM
More Fedora 24 features were approved at Friday's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee meeting...

In A UEFI World, "rm -rf /" Can Brick Your System

Monday 1st of February 2016 01:14:31 PM
Running rm -rf / on any UEFI Linux distribution can potentially perma-brick your system...

Jono Bacon Thinks About A Hybrid Desktop With GNOME Shell Atop Mac OS X

Monday 1st of February 2016 12:59:02 PM
Jono Bacon, the former Ubuntu Community Manager who is currently employed by GitHub, has proposed a hypothetical new open-source project that effectively comes down to bringing the Linux user-space -- complete with the GNOME Shell -- over to Mac OS X...

AMDGPU Driver Said To Be Much Faster With Linux 4.5-rc2 Kernel

Monday 1st of February 2016 12:34:29 PM
With Linux 4.5-rc2 that was released last night, the new AMDGPU DRM driver is supposedly much faster compared to last week's 4.5-rc1 kernel...

Linux 4.5-rc2 Brings A Surprising Amount Of Changes

Monday 1st of February 2016 02:40:32 AM
Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.5-rc2 this weekend as was expected as the next weekly test version of this new kernel...

Linux Distribution Battles, Linux 4.5, & Graphics Drivers Were Hot This Month

Monday 1st of February 2016 01:00:00 AM
Well, January was off to a good start for 2016 with a ton of open-source / Linux announcements whether you fancy Linux gaming, distribution performance, graphics drivers, or kernel subsystem topics. Here's a look at what was most interesting to readers so far this year...

KDevelop 5.0 Beta 2 Ships With A Ton Of Fixes

Sunday 31st of January 2016 10:48:18 PM
Not only was a new beta of digiKam 5.0 released today for ending out January, but KDevelop 5.0 Beta 2 has shipped as the first update to KDevelop 5 in several months...

It Can Be Worthwhile Upgrading Your Open-Source Radeon Driver On Ubuntu 15.10

Sunday 31st of January 2016 10:10:00 PM
Whew, tons of Linux graphics benchmarks this weekend, in large part for getting more eyes looking at the new OpenBenchmarking.org web interface that's now in beta so feedback can be received and get it all tuned up for the official release in February. The latest of these benchmarks this weekend is comparing the out-of-the-box Ubuntu 15.10 performance against the speed when upgrading the Linux kernel and Mesa for the AMD R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers...

OpenGL 4.4's Query Buffer Object Support Appears Nearly Ready For Nouveau

Sunday 31st of January 2016 09:39:04 PM
The Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D driver is very close to OpenGL 4.2 compliance as I wrote about this weekend and there's been other Gallium/NVC0 GL4 extension progress this weekend. The weekend is not over yet and Ilia Mirkin has already published another patch series.....

Tiling The Linux Benchmarking Server Room For Lower Temperatures

Sunday 31st of January 2016 09:23:12 PM
Two weeks back I wrote about Brainstorming Further Cooling Improvements To The Linux Benchmarking Room with the idea of replacing the vinyl floor tiles and underlayment and using porcelain tiles directly on the concrete slab for helping to absorb some of the heat during the coming summer months. That project is moving forward...

KDE digiKam 5.0 Beta 3 Released

Sunday 31st of January 2016 06:25:24 PM
The port of the digiKam digital camera software to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5 is nearing its stable release...

Running The Radeon R7 260X With The Experimental AMDGPU Driver

Sunday 31st of January 2016 02:00:00 PM
A few days back I showed the Radeon vs. AMDGPU vs. Catalyst kernel driver potential when testing on the R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card that has experimental and disabled-by-default support for the new AMDGPU kernel driver primarily designed for AMD GCN 1.2 GPUs and newer. Those results were interesting and showed some areas where AMDGPU came out faster than Radeon, so I decided to run experimental tests on another GCN 1.1 Sea Islands GPU that can be made to work with this kernel driver...

Intel Open-Source Developer Talks About Vulkan

Sunday 31st of January 2016 12:07:47 PM
Jason Ekstrand of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center had a main track presentation on Saturday at FOSDEM about Vulkan...

AMDGPU Linux Gaming Tests With P-State vs. CPUFreq Scaling Drivers

Sunday 31st of January 2016 10:51:53 AM
The latest batch of open-source Linux benchmarks to share this weekend are doing some P-State and CPUFreq scaling driver benchmarks and also trying each driver's different CPU scaling governor options when using the AMD Radeon R9 285 graphics card on the AMDGPU kernel driver of Linux 4.5...

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