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xf86-video-ati 7.9 / xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3 DDX Driver Updates

Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:37:42 AM
Michel Dänzer of AMD has announced new releases of their X.Org DDX drivers: xf86-video-ati 7.9 and xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3. The changes in the updates are similar while the xf86-video-amdgpu DDX is paired to work with the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver while the xf86-video-ati driver continues on for the mature Radeon DRM...

DragonFlyBSD On NVMe SSDs: Samsung Good, Intel 600p Not

Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:26:15 AM
DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon has been testing out various NVMe M.2 SSDs under his BSD operating system to see how these latest-generation storage devices perform...

AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs Launching Next Month, 4 & 6 Core Options

Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:12:55 AM
AMD has confirmed that Ryzen 5 CPUs will begin shipping on 11 April...

Threaded OpenGL Dispatch Lands In Mesa 17.1

Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:06:38 AM
The long-standing patches for implementing threaded OpenGL dispatch have landed in Mesa 17.1-devel Git...

Pipeline Statistics Queries Wired Up For Intel ANV Vulkan Driver

Thursday 16th of March 2017 01:14:15 AM
Pipeline statistics queries is the latest Vulkan capability being added to the Intel "ANV" Mesa Vulkan driver...

DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER File-System Gets Important Write Performance Boost

Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:57:48 AM
Matthew Dillon has discovered an important bug in the DragonFlyBSD kernel's VFS cluster code affecting the HAMMER file-system write performance...

Future Vulkan Work Items: Advanced Compute, Improved HLSL Interop

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 08:35:43 PM
While watching Khronos' GDC17 presentation recordings, Piers Daniell of NVIDIA touched on some possible future work items for Vulkan during the When Vulkan was One session...

Mesa 13.0.6 Is Being Prepared For Release With Many Backported Changes

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 07:57:57 PM
Mesa release manager Emil Velikov is arranging to release Mesa 13.0.6 in the days ahead...

X.Org Server 1.19.3 Released

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 06:36:53 PM
Adam Jackson has announced xorg-server 1.19.3 as the latest point release for the long-living X.Org Server...

2017 GDC Khronos/Vulkan Videos Now Available

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 04:02:56 PM
The Khronos session videos from this year's Game Developers' Conference (GDC 17) are now available online...

6-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On AMD's Ryzen

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 03:01:55 PM
Given AMD's Ryzen is a very new platform, some Phoronix readers have inquired whether a given distribution is a faster and better-supported than others. Here are tests of Ubuntu, Clear Linux, Debian, Antergos, Fedora, and openSUSE tested with an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X system.

QEMU 2.9 Is Being Prepped With New Functionality

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:12:25 PM
QEMU 2.9-rc0 was tagged yesterday as this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack prepares for its next major release...

LLD Linker Declared Ready For Production On x86_64 ELF Platforms

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:47:00 AM
LLVM developer Rui Ueyama is encouraging the "dogfeeding" of their linker, LLD, that should now be ready for production use on some platforms/architectures with this week's LLVM 4.0 release...

TEE Subsystem Proposed For Linux 4.12 Kernel

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:19:04 AM
Linaro developers are hoping to merge the generic TEE subsystem into the Linux 4.12 kernel this spring...

GCC 7.1 Will Likely Be Released In Mid-April

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 10:36:46 AM
Richard Biener has issued a new status report concerning the state of GCC 7 and that it should be released the middle of next month...

An On-Disk Cache Is Coming To The RADV Vulkan Driver

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 10:20:18 AM
With Timothy Arceri at Valve haven gotten the RadeonSI shader cache into shape for Mesa 17.1, his latest focus is on introducing a shader cache for the RADV Vulkan driver...

NetBSD 7.1 Released, Brings Initial Nouveau DRM & Better Linux Compatibility

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 10:08:19 AM
NetBSD 7.1 was released today as the newest version of this popular BSD operating system known for its portability across many CPU architectures...

RADV Now Advertises Vulkan 1.0.42; Shader Cache Thread Queue Lands In Mesa

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:51:41 AM
There were several interesting Git commits hitting Mesa 17.1-devel tonight...

Chromium Adds Support For Animated PNGs

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:31:50 AM
Google's Chrome/Chromium web-browser is introducing support for animated PNGs (APNG)...

MATE 1.18 Desktop Released, Finished Porting To GTK3

Tuesday 14th of March 2017 09:48:44 PM
MATE 1.18 is now available as the latest version of this GNOME2-forked open-source desktop environment...

More in Tux Machines

SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension

Historically, data replication has been available only piecemeal through proprietary vendors. In a quest to remediate history, SUSE and partner LINBIT announced a solution that promises to change the economics of data replication. The two companies' collaborative effort is the headliner in the updated SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension, which now includes LINBIT's integrated geo-clustering technology. Read more

Tizen and Android

Open source is mission critical for Europe’s air traffic

It is entirely possible to use open source in a highly regulated environment such as air traffic control, says Dr Gerolf Ziegenhain, Head of Linux Competence & Service Centre (LCSC) in Mainz (Germany). Open source service providers can shield an organisation from the wide variety of development processes in the open source community. Read more

today's leftovers

  • DRM display resource leasing (kernel side)
    So, you've got a fine head-mounted display and want to explore the delights of virtual reality. Right now, on Linux, that means getting the window system to cooperate because the window system is the DRM master and holds sole access to all display resources. So, you plug in your device, play with RandR to get it displaying bits from the window system and then carefully configure your VR application to use the whole monitor area and hope that the desktop will actually grant you the boon of page flipping so that you will get reasonable performance and maybe not even experience tearing. Results so far have been mixed, and depend on a lot of pieces working in ways that aren't exactly how they were designed to work.
  • GUADEC accommodation
    At this year’s GUADEC in Manchester we have rooms available for you right at the venue in lovely modern student townhouses. As I write this there are still some available to book along with your registration. In a couple of days we have to a final numbers to the University for how many rooms we want, so it would help us out if all the folk who want a room there could register and book one now if you haven’t already done so! We’ll have some available for later booking but we have to pay up front for them now so we can’t reserve too many.
  • Kickstarter for Niryo One, open source 6-axis 3D printed robotic arm, doubles campaign goal
    A Kickstarter campaign for the Niryo One, an open source 3D printed 6-axis robotic arm, has more than doubled its €20,000 target after just a couple of days. The 3D printed robot is powered by Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Robot Operating System.
  • Linux Action Show to End Eleven Year Run at LFNW
    Jupiter Broadcasting’s long-running podcast, Linux Action Show, will soon be signing off the air…er, fiber cable, for the last time. The show first streamed on June 10, 2006 and was hosted by “Linux Tycoon” Bryan Lunduke and Jupiter Broadcasting founder Chris Fisher. Lunduke left the show in 2012, replaced by Matt Hartley, who served as co-host for about three years. The show is currently hosted by Fisher and Noah Chelliah, president of Altispeed, an open source technology company located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.