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GLobjects 1.0.0 Released For OpenGL Aide

Monday 21st of November 2016 11:17:06 AM
GLobjects 1.0.0 has been released as an open-source library designed to make OpenGL usage "modern, less cluttered, and less error-prone."..

LLVM Developer Meeting 2016 Videos Posted

Monday 21st of November 2016 11:08:36 AM
The videos from the LLVM Developer Meeting 2016 conference that took place at the beginning of November are now online...

Linux 4.9-rc6 Released, Final Might Be Pushed Back By Another Week

Sunday 20th of November 2016 10:10:57 PM
The sixth weekly test release of the Linux 4.9 kernel is now available while Linus Torvalds is still deciding how many more RCs to go before officially releasing this huge kernel update...

Early Benchmarks Of AMDGPU DRM-Next Code For Linux 4.10

Sunday 20th of November 2016 04:05:58 PM
For those curious if the AMDGPU DRM driver changes that are queued in DRM-Next for Linux 4.10 will bring any performance changes, here are some early numbers...

Fedora 26 Planning For Debug Information In Static Libraries

Sunday 20th of November 2016 03:56:39 PM
With Fedora 25 set to ship this coming week, feature development for Fedora 26 continues to heat up...

Linux 4.9 Has Tear-Free PRIME Offloading Between Intel & AMDGPU

Sunday 20th of November 2016 03:46:11 PM
Quietly landing last week into the mainline Linux kernel as part of the AMDGPU fixes is support for tear-free PRIME offloading between Intel and AMDGPU...

POWER8 Talos Workstation Drops Price Slightly, Long Way From Being Funded

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:40:57 PM
Last month the Talos Secure Workstation launched on crowd-funding as a fully-open libre, modern system powered by a POWER8 processor priced at $4k for the motherboard or $18k for the complete system. They have only raised less than 10% of their funding goal so far but have now cut costs a bit...

Outreachy Winter 2016 Projects/Participants Announced

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:30:10 PM
The accepted participants and their projects for the Outreachy Winter 2016 session were announced earlier this month for helping females and other under-represented groups engage in free software development...

WSL-Distribution-Switcher Swaps Out Ubuntu For Other Distros On Windows

Sunday 20th of November 2016 01:19:30 PM
With the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) that allows for "Bash on Windows" via the Windows 10 Anniversary update, Ubuntu is the default choice while a new WSL-Distribution-Switcher open-source project makes it easy to now load the distribution of your choice under Windows...

Intel Vulkan Linux Driver Now Has Patches For Fast Clears

Saturday 19th of November 2016 10:29:12 PM
Building off the input attachments work earlier this week for the Intel open-source Vulkan driver (covered in More Intel ANV Vulkan Code Hits Mesa Git, Other Patches Pending), there are now patches up for review to implement support for fast clears...

Enhanced File Stats Being Worked On For The Linux Kernel

Saturday 19th of November 2016 07:26:06 PM
Red Hat has been working on a new statx system call for the Linux kernel to provide "enhanced" file information...

GTX 1060 vs. RX 480 - The ~$200 GPU Decision For Linux Gamers

Saturday 19th of November 2016 02:20:03 PM
Without a doubt, the Radeon RX 480 is a great ~$200 USD graphics card for someone caring a lot about open-source driver support. But with the Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 also costing about the same, what's the better decision for a Linux gamer who may not be religious about his driver choices? Here is some food for thought...

Direct3D 9 Over Vulkan Hits New Milestone

Saturday 19th of November 2016 01:47:59 PM
A developer's effort to implement Direct3D 9 (D3D9) over the Vulkan API has now reached its "fourth milestone" but a lot of work remains...

New Heterogeneous Memory Management For Linux, Will Be Supported By NVIDIA/Nouveau

Saturday 19th of November 2016 01:30:00 PM
Jerome Glisse has sent out the latest version of his patches now for Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM), which he's been working on the Linux kernel since 2014...

EGL_ANDROID_native_fence_sync Patches For Mesa

Saturday 19th of November 2016 01:28:15 PM
Rob Clark on Friday sent out the patches for implementing the EGL_ANDROID_native_fence_sync extension within Mesa's EGL and Gallium3D code...

It Turns Out The Btrfs RAID 5/6 Issue Isn't Completely Fixed

Saturday 19th of November 2016 01:20:22 PM
Earlier this week we reported on the Btrfs RAID5/RAID6 code being fixed, well, it appeared to. However, now the Btrfs developers have clarified that the situation isn't entirely resolved...

X.Org Server 1.20 "Shrimp & Grits" Open For Development

Saturday 19th of November 2016 12:36:08 AM
Earlier this week was the X.Org Server 1.19 release as a major update with development going on for one year. Now, X.Org Server 1.20 development is open...

KDE Applications 16.12 Now In Beta

Friday 18th of November 2016 09:41:14 PM
KDE Applications 16.12 is now in beta while this collection of KDE software is under a dependency and feature freeze ahead of next month's official release...

NVIDIA 375.20 Adds X.Org Server 1.19 Support, Stabilizes Other Changes

Friday 18th of November 2016 08:54:35 PM
NVIDIA today issued the 375.20 Linux driver release as their first in the stable 375 driver series for Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD...

RadeonSI Benchmarks On Budgie, GNOME Shell, KDE Plasma 5, LXDE, MATE, Unity, Xfce

Friday 18th of November 2016 03:30:00 PM
Last month when Ubuntu 16.10 was released I ran some desktop gaming benchmarks with Intel Skylake graphics under Unity, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, KDE, Openbox, and MATE. Following that article a few Phoronix Premium readers requested similar tests be done under the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack, so here are those numbers.

More in Tux Machines

SUSE Leftovers

  • openSUSE Heroes meeting, day 2
    After a long, but exciting first day, we even managed to get some sleep before we started again and discussed the whole morning about our policies and other stuff that is now updated in the openSUSE wiki. After that, we went out for a nice lunch…
  • Installing Tumbleweed, November 2016
    The Tumbleweed system that I already have installed had desktops KDE, Gnome, XFCE and LXDE. But for recent intstalls (as with Leap 42.2), I have been going with KDE, Gnome, XFCE, LXQt, FVWM and MATE. So it seemed reasonable for the new Tumbleweed install to follow the same path. I also added Enlightenment for experimenting.

Android Leftovers

Linux Graphics

  • LibRetro's Vulkan PlayStation PSX Renderer Released
    A few days back I wrote about a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation emulator being worked on and now the code to that Vulkan renderer is publicly available. For those wanting to relive some PlayStation One games this week or just looking for a new test case for Vulkan drivers, the Vulkan renderer for the LibRetro Beetle/Mednafen PSX emulator is now available, months after the LibRetro folks made a Vulkan renderer for the Nintendo 64 emulator.
  • Etnaviv DRM Updates Submitted For Linux 4.10
    The Etnaviv DRM-Next pull request is not nearly as exciting as MSM getting Adreno 500 series support, a lot of Intel changes, or the numerous AMDGPU changes, but it's not bad either for a community-driven, reverse-engineered DRM driver for the Vivante graphics cores.
  • Mesa 12.0.4 Being Prepped For Ubuntu 16.10/16.04
    Ubuntu is preparing Mesa 12.0.4 for Ubuntu Xenial and Yakkety users. It's not as great as Mesa 13, but at least there are some important fixes back-ported. Mesa 12.0.4 is exciting for dozens of bug fixes, including the work to offer better RadeonSI performance. But with Mesa 12.0.4 you don't have the RADV Vulkan driver, OpenGL 4.5, or the other exciting Mesa 13 work.

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