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Wine-Staging 2.18 Fixes CEF Issue With Origin / UPlay/Battle.net

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 05:15:53 PM
Building off last week's Wine 2.18 release is the newest Wine-Staging build with various extra patches added in, including work that benefits those running Windows games on Linux...

GNOME Shell 3.26.1 Fixes Headless Mode

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 05:04:31 PM
GNOME 3.26.1 is shaping up to be a decent point release as besides Mutter finally picking up the half-tiling mode improvements, GNOME Shell 3.26.1 also has its share of changes...

Purism Continues To Explore i.MX6/i.MX8 For The Librem 5 Phone

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 03:12:04 PM
Todd Weaver of Purism has provided an update on the planned Librem 5 smartphone hardware components and that with a development board they do have Debian booting...

Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE, Debian, Clear & Antergos Linux Benchmarks On AMD EPYC

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 12:30:00 PM
I've just wrapped up trying out nine different Linux distributions on AMD's EPYC in the form of the EPYC 7601 housed in the TYAN Transport SX TN70A-B8026. Like our initial testing with Ubuntu on EPYC, the other modern Linux distributions all played nicely with AMD's re-entry into the server market with their Zen-based offerings. But as with any new CPU platform, the out-of-the-box performance can vary greatly depending upon the Linux operating system being used. Here are benchmarks including Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE, Debian, Clear Linux and Antergos.

Some Fresh Intel Core, AMD Ryzen Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.10 + Linux 4.13

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 11:14:36 AM
For those wanting to see some fresh Linux CPU benchmarks with various AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors, here are some benchmarks with Ubuntu 17.10 paired with its Linux 4.13 kernel build...

OpenWRT-Based LEDE 17.01.3 Released

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 10:19:14 AM
LEDE 17.01.3 is the newest release of the Linux Embedded Development Environment that is derived from OpenWRT and intended as a complete firmware replacement for various routers and other devices...

RADV Vulkan Squeezes A Bit More Performance Out Of Mad Max

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 10:07:37 AM
David Airlie has managed to squeeze a bit more performance out of Feral Interactive's Mad Max Vulkan port with one line of code change to RADV...

Better Half-Tiling Support Lands For Mutter 3.26.1 & GTK3

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 09:59:12 AM
The improvements covered a few months ago about better half-tiling support in GNOME have finally been queued...

Polaris Goes Embedded With The E9170 GPU

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 06:10:36 PM
AMD has announced the Embedded Radeon E9170 graphics processor, which is quite an interesting petite GPU...

NVIDIA 387.12 Linux Beta Driver Has Vulkan Updates, Various Fixes

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 05:18:56 PM
NVIDIA has launched their first beta driver in the 387 series for Linux...

NVIDIA Open-Sources "NVDLA", Open-Source Hardware Project

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 04:36:01 PM
NVIDIA has announced a new open-source project: NVDLA...

Fedora 27 Beta Released

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 03:27:23 PM
After being delayed by two weeks due to bugs, the beta of Fedora 27 is shipping this morning...

How Ubuntu Laptop Performance Has Evolved Over Three Years From 14.10 To 17.10

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 02:49:24 PM
With the upcoming release of Ubuntu 17.10, I was curious to see how its performance compares to that of the three-year-old Ubuntu 14.10. Here are some benchmark results showing how an Intel ultrabook/laptop performance has evolved on Linux during that time.

FreeBSD 10.4 Released With Full Support For eMMC Storage

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 02:13:45 PM
The latest release in the FreeBSD 10 series is now available with some work backported from FreeBSD 11 and other improvements/fixes...

The New Features Of Fedora 27

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 12:21:17 PM
The beta of Fedora 27 is finally set to be released today. Here's a look at the new features of Fedora 27...

NVIDIA Talks Up Numba For GPGPU Computing With Python

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 12:05:20 PM
Numba is designed to allow for high performance Python JIT-compiled code designing for C/C++ levels of performance while using LLVM for optimizations and allowing GPU offloading too. NVIDIA is promoting Numba in the context of CUDA...

Eric Anholt Gets More Of The VC5 OpenGL Gallium3D Driver In Order

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 10:34:12 AM
It's not yet merged to mainline Mesa, but Eric Anholt of Broadcom has spent the past week wiring up more of the OpenGL functionality for the in-development VC5 driver stack for the next-generation Broadcom graphics hardware...

The Disturbing Results With Automated Fuzzing Of OpenGL Shaders

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 10:25:29 AM
Last winter we covered work being done out of the Imperial College in London on the wild results when fuzzing OpenGL shaders in uncovering issues in multiple OpenGL drivers, including the Mesa drivers. The scholarly results were recently published of this testing within Automated Testing of Graphics Shader Compilers...

S3TC Support Lands In Mesa Git Along With An OpenGL 4.6 Extension For Intel

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 09:47:06 AM
Rejoice as S3TC (S3 Texture Compression) support now resides within Mesa Git following its patent expiry on Monday...

Support For Myriad ma2x8x CPUs Added To LLVM

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 09:01:52 AM
The latest work hitting LLVM 6.0 is support for the Myriad ma2x8x class of processors and some other missing Myriad CPUs...

More in Tux Machines

So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

The year of Linux desktop was a running joke. The concept of Linux being ready for the mainstream with users confidently running it on their desktops, sadly, never happened. Some bravely pushed the idea: the latest being Canonical with a more macOS-like desktop, easier to configure and use than the standard Linux distro. It came with an app-store concept too. Read more

Servers: Docker, Red Hat and InfluxData

Laptops: Chrome OS and System76

  • Chrome OS Gets Material Design for "Do Not Disturb," Android-Like Screenshots
    Chromium evangelist François Beaufort is sharing today information on a new Material Design refresh for Google's Chrome OS' "Do Not Disturb" mode, which landed in the latest Chrome Canary channel. According to the developer, the Material Design refresh for the "Do Not Disturb" mode will make the Notification Center look nicer, but also consistent with the Android user experience. Those using the Chrome Canary experimental channel can give it a try right now.
  • System76 'Lemur' and 'Galago Pro' Ubuntu Linux laptops get 8th gen Intel Core CPUs
    The famed Linux-laptop seller also says, "The Lemur you know and love is now even better with the Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPU with 4 cores and 8 threads, allowing you to multitask up to 40-percent faster. The slim, 3.6 lb laptop with impressive 14.1-inch 1080p IPS display is still your perfect travel companion; easy to carry from meeting to meeting or across campus." New processors aside, these laptops should be pretty much identical to prior generations -- which is a very good thing. If you want to configure a Lemur with a Coffee Lake chip, you can build your own here. A Galago Pro with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor can be configured here.

Events: Open Source Summit Europe, LibrePlanet 2018