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Pop!_OS Continues Plotting Their Future Improvements: HiDPI, Bug Triage

Saturday 4th of November 2017 10:30:09 AM
Hot off their inaugural Pop!_OS release two weeks back, this Ubuntu-derived Linux distribution developed by System76 is moving onto their next set of goals...

Audacity 2.2 Released With New Themes, MIDI Playback & Other Changes

Saturday 4th of November 2017 10:16:37 AM
The Audacity open-source digital audio editor is out with a new feature release...

Slax Is Planning A Return, But Will No Longer Be Slackware-Based

Friday 3rd of November 2017 08:31:59 PM
Longtime Linux users will likely recall the Slax distribution from back in the day that was Slackware-based, shipped with KDE, and offered a pretty nice live OS experience while being highly modular and made it easy to re-spin derivatives. Now it's coming back in new form...

Radeon RADV vs. NVIDIA Vulkan Performance For F1 2017 On Linux

Friday 3rd of November 2017 05:54:45 PM
For those anxious to see how Radeon graphics cards are performing with Feral's latest Linux game port, F1 2017, here are some preliminary benchmarks of Radeon GPUs with the AMDGPU+RADV driver compared to various NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on Ubuntu Linux.

Microsoft Adds GCC ARM Cross-Compilation Support To Visual Studio

Friday 3rd of November 2017 04:02:16 PM
Microsoft's latest addition to Visual Studio 2017 15.5 is quite surprising: support for cross-compiling to ARM targets using the GCC compiler...

34-Way Graphics Card Comparison On Ubuntu 17.10

Friday 3rd of November 2017 02:00:32 PM
As part of marking AMD's open-source driver strategy starting 10 years ago, among other articles, over the past week I posted an 18-way Radeon graphics card comparison on Ubuntu 17.10 while upgrading to the latest drivers. Taking those numbers further and putting them into more perspective, here is now a brief 34-way comparison with the NVIDIA GeForce counterparts added in.

PGI Compiler 17.10 Released With CUDA 9.0 Support, OpenMP 4.5 Additions

Friday 3rd of November 2017 01:25:31 PM
The NVIDIA-owned PGI has announced their latest monthly update to their proprietary CPU/GPU compiler stack for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems...

GCC 8 Feature Development Is Ending Later This Month

Friday 3rd of November 2017 01:16:24 PM
The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) will be seeing the last of its features added in the next two weeks for next year's GCC 8 stable release...

Nouveau DRM Changes Queued For Linux 4.15

Friday 3rd of November 2017 10:18:57 AM
The Nouveau DRM kernel driver changes have now been submitted and pulled into DRM-Next for Linux 4.15...

R600 Gallium3D Receiving Some New Improvements By David Airlie

Friday 3rd of November 2017 10:00:57 AM
In between hacking on the RADV Vulkan driver, managing DRM-Next, and his other activities at Red Hat, David Airlie has now sent landed some improvements to the aging R600 Gallium3D driver and more improvements are on the way...

RADV Gets Fixed Up For Latest Dota 2 Vulkan

Friday 3rd of November 2017 09:52:06 AM
David Airlie has sent out a new RADV patch adding support for copy descriptors...

10-Way NVIDIA GeForce Linux Vulkan Performance For F1 2017

Friday 3rd of November 2017 12:47:06 AM
Today marked the Linux release of F1 2017, which was ported by Feral Interactive and with this port it went from being a Direct3D 11 game on Windows to exclusively making use of the Vulkan graphics API on Linux. Radeon GPU benchmarks are still ongoing, but for these launch-day benchmarks, here are F1 2017 performance numbers on Ubuntu Linux with a variety of GeForce graphics cards.

NVIDIA 384.98 Linux Driver Update Adds New Teslas, Bug Fixes

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 06:17:09 PM
Besides the NVIDIA 387.22 Linux driver update released earlier this week, today they are issuing the 384.98 update in their long-lived driver branch...

Mir Moves From Bzr/Launchpad To GitHub, Hopes For More Community Contributions

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 05:50:24 PM
Not only are the Canonical developers that are left working on the Mir display server trying to make it easier to run Mir on other Linux distributions, but they have now punted the project to GitHub...

Wine Will Be Working On "VKD3D" As A Direct3D 12 To Vulkan Library

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 04:18:34 PM
Following last weekend's WineConf 2017 and its announcement, Wine project founder Alexandre Julliard has sent out a detailed action item list as a result of the developers' meeting in Poland...

Feral Releases F1 2017 For Linux, More Details On The Vulkan Driver Requirements

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 03:57:00 PM
Feral Interactive has just made F1 2017 publicly available via Steam on Linux and via the Feral Store for those wanting to try out this racing game that was released for Windows earlier this year...

Linux 4.15 Will Have A Scheduler Change To Benefit AMD EPYC

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 03:12:21 PM
Linux 4.15 will be exciting for AMD Zen systems not only for working temperature reporting (finally) being in place for Ryzen/EPYC, but AMD EPYC CPUs should also benefit from a scheduler topology improvement...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.6 M2 Released To Up BSD Benchmarking

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 02:45:40 PM
The second test release of Phoronix Test Suite 7.6-Alvdal is available for your cross-platform, open-source benchmarking needs. This time around the release bundles in a number of BSD support improvements...

Ubuntu Server's New Subiquity Installer Is Now In Much Better Shape

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 02:02:49 PM
Earlier this year is when Canonical shared they were creating a new Ubuntu Server installer as an eventual replacement to the text-based Debian Installer that their server edition has been using up to this point. It's looking like this "Subiquity" installer could be in good shape by Ubuntu 18.04 LTS...

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Rolls Out To Battle The RX Vega 56, Linux Tests Forthcoming

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 01:35:52 PM
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has begun shipping...

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