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Gallium3D VDPAU & XvMC Support Are Now Single Libraries

Monday 23rd of June 2014 05:21:18 AM
The start of the Gallium3D "mega drivers" patches by Emil Velikov are starting to land in Mesa. First up, the patches to consolidate the Gallium3D VDPAU and XvMC support into single libraries for supporting multiple drivers...

NetworkManager 0.9.10 Brings Many New Features

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 06:50:19 PM
NetworkManager 0.9.10 has been released as the latest version of the popular open-source networking control software...

GPU Software Fallbacks: What's Better?

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 05:09:14 PM
When Eric Anholt announced last week he was developing a Broadcom VC4 DRM plus OpenGL driver he said originally he plans to develop the user-space GL driver as a Gallium3D driver but might later turn it into a classic Mesa driver...

Re-Testing NVIDIA's Threaded OpenGL Optimizations For Linux Gaming

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 01:30:00 PM
Back in 2012 with the NVIDIA 310 Linux driver series a threaded OpenGL optimization was added to the proprietary graphics driver. When this driver premiered we tested NVIDIA's Linux threaded OpenGL optimizations to mixed results. We're back now re-testing the OpenGL threaded optimizations to see if it makes any more of a difference now with modern Linux games and OpenGL workloads while using the latest 337.25 Linux driver.

Intel Starts Landing Another OpenGL 4.3 Extension

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 09:49:09 AM
Finally receiving some mainline treatment within Mesa this Sunday is the start of Chris Forbes' long work-in-progress patches concerning ARB_fragment_layer_viewport...

Linux 3.16-rc2 Kernel Released: Nouveau & SPARC Stand Out

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 05:46:53 AM
Linus Torvalds released Linux 3.16-rc2 on Saturday night rather than a conventional Sunday afternoon release due to obligations he has this week, but regardless, there's still many changes to find with this weekly kernel update...

Glx-Dock/Cairo-Dock Has Been Ported To Wayland

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 04:49:31 AM
One of the first desktop "docks" is now available for Wayland!..

FreeBSD 9.3 RC1 Released

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 04:36:15 AM
The first release candidate to FreeBSD 9.3 is now available...

Valve Working Towards A New Steam Runtime SDK With GCC/Clang Changes

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 04:25:36 AM
Scott Ludwig of Valve shared some details this weekend about a new release of the Steam Runtime SDK they're working towards to improve the Linux gaming experience...

Raspberry Pi DRM+Gallium3D Driver Makes Great Progress In One Week

Sunday 22nd of June 2014 04:05:08 AM
Last week Eric Anholt left Intel's Linux graphics driver team to go work for Broadcom developing a VC4 DRM/KMS and Gallium3D driver for the GPU that supports the Raspberry Pi...

Nouveau Will Now Sync Buffer-Swaps To VBlanks By Default

Saturday 21st of June 2014 04:18:13 PM
In trying to reduce tearing and match the behavior of the Intel and Radeon drivers, the Nouveau X.Org driver will now sync buffer-swaps to vblanks by default...

Debian 8.0 Jessie Testing Against Updated Ubuntu Linux

Saturday 21st of June 2014 02:30:00 PM
Our latest Debian GNU/Linux benchmarks following the recent GNU/kFreeBSD vs. GNU/Linux comparison are benchmarks of Debian GNU/Linux in its latest testing form for 8.0 "Jessie" compared to a stock Ubuntu 14.04 LTS plus with an assortment of updates.

Russia To Replace AMD/Intel CPUs With 64-bit ARM Hardware

Saturday 21st of June 2014 11:16:46 AM
I heard a few days ago when getting into Russia from a contact that the Kremlin was looking to get rid of AMD and Intel CPUs on the basis that they're manufactured in the United States. That information has now been publicly announced and it appears they want to replace the AMD/Intel hardware with 64-bit ARM designs...

GCC Allowed To Add Offloading Library To Code-Base

Saturday 21st of June 2014 10:12:08 AM
The GCC steering committee has ruled on allowing a foreign library for compute offloading into the GNU Compiler Collection...

Google Is Maintaining A "BoringSSL" Fork Of OpenSSL

Saturday 21st of June 2014 09:00:01 AM
A Google engineer has went public on Google's fork of OpenSSL that is tentatively dubbed BoringSSL...

Porting Software To Qt5, KDE Frameworks 5

Saturday 21st of June 2014 08:35:26 AM
For those interested in bringing their software (or helping in port open-source software) to KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt5, Aleix Pol has written a semi-detailed overview covering the general steps involved...

KDE Receives Improved Gmail Integration

Saturday 21st of June 2014 07:51:47 AM
Using KMail and Gmail together? Some nice improvements are ahead...

Qt Wayland Now Supports Minimizing Windows With XDG-Shell Support

Saturday 21st of June 2014 06:56:16 AM
Current versions of Qt5 with Wayland support don't support minimizing/hiding windows. However, patches have now been merged into Qt Wayland for addressing this shortcoming...

Mageia 4.1 Comes Out As A Surprise Release

Friday 20th of June 2014 11:51:12 PM
Mageia 4.1 is out today as an unscheduled maintenance release to the Mandriva-forked Linux distribution...

An Open-Source Version Of NVIDIA's NVPerfKit Continues Coming

Friday 20th of June 2014 08:47:44 PM
As part of the this year's Google Summer of Code, a returning Nouveau developer is working on open-source, reverse-engineered performance counters support for NVIDIA graphics hardware that's implemented within the Nouveau driver stack and exposed to user-space in a similar manner to NVIDIA's NvPerfKit...