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Tar Picks Up Support For Zstd Compression

Monday 26th of March 2018 05:07:23 PM
The latest program joining the Zstd bandwagon is Tar...

V-EZ: AMD Releases New Easy-To-Use Vulkan Middleware, Simplified API

Monday 26th of March 2018 01:58:46 PM
AMD's GPUOpen group in cooperation with Khronos today is announcing V-EZ, a new project of theirs designed to make the barrier to entry for the Vulkan graphics API lower. V-EZ provides a middleware layer and simplified API for making it easier to get started with Vulkan development...

Linux 4.16 File-System HDD & SSD Tests With EXT4/F2FS/Btrfs/XFS

Monday 26th of March 2018 01:23:19 PM
With the Linux 4.16 kernel release expected in just a matter of days, here are some fresh file-system benchmarks on this near-final kernel using a solid-state drive and hard drive while testing out the popular mainline file-system choices of Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, and XFS.

Coreboot Picks Up Librem Enhancements, New HP Elitebook Port, Cheza Snapdragon

Monday 26th of March 2018 11:54:29 AM
Coreboot is off to a busy start of the week with a number of notable enhancements having been merged to Git this morning...

RadeonTop 1.1 Brings GTT Reporting, Updated PCI IDs

Monday 26th of March 2018 11:31:21 AM
Besides DriConf or the newer ADRICONF, another tool for open-source Radeon Linux driver users for monitoring their GPU(s) is RadeonTop. RadeonTop 1.1 is now available as the independent project's latest feature release...

Unity Engine/Editor Publishes Reference C# Source Code

Monday 26th of March 2018 10:27:17 AM
Following Crytek putting out their CRYENGINE Sandbox editor source code, Unity Tech has published the C# reference code used by their Unity Engine and Unity Editor...

Vega 12 Support Now Queued In DRM-Next For Linux 4.17

Monday 26th of March 2018 10:01:30 AM
The Vega 12 Linux kernel patches posted last week will now be appearing in the Linux 4.17 kernel with the work having been merged into DRM-Next...

Etnaviv Gallium3D Wires In Performance Monitor Support

Monday 26th of March 2018 09:23:40 AM
With the latest Etnaviv DRM code there is now performance counters support for being able to read the hardware counters via perfmon domains. The patches have now been published for making use of these Vivante performance counters from user-space...

Linux 4.16-rc7 Kernel Released, Final Likely Next Week

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:46:26 PM
Linus Torvalds has released his seventh weekly release candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel release...

DXVK 0.40 Brings Initial Direct3D 11.1 Bits, Other Improvements

Sunday 25th of March 2018 08:11:43 PM
The DXVK project that is implementing Direct3D 11 atop of Vulkan for the benefit of Wine gamers is out this weekend with a new release...

Linux 3.17 To Linux 4.16 Kernel Benchmarks On Intel Gulftown & Haswell Hardware

Sunday 25th of March 2018 05:41:55 PM
Our latest benchmarking of the near-final Linux 4.16 kernel is checking on the performance of two Intel systems going back to the days of Linux 3.17, the oldest kernel that would successfully boot with the Ubuntu 18.04 user-space. Every major kernel release was tested as we see how the Linux kernel performance has evolved on these Haswell and Gulftown systems since October 2014.

OpenZFS Will Soon Have Zstd Compression Support

Sunday 25th of March 2018 03:22:38 PM
Zstd compression continues becoming more widely adopted from Ubuntu looking at Zstd-compressed packages to compressing the Linux kernel image to now the OpenZFS file-system soon having support for Facebook's Zstandard compression algorithm...

Spectre/Meltdown Benchmarks & Evolving Linux GPU Drivers Dominated Q1-2018

Sunday 25th of March 2018 12:16:51 PM
With Q1'2018 wrapping up in the week ahead, here's a look back at our more than 856 original news articles and 76 featured benchmark articles / Linux hardware reviews this quarter...

An Important GNOME Performance Fix Has Landed

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:47:27 AM
GNOME contributor Yussuf Khalil has managed to uncover and resolve a bug in Clutter that was hurting GNOME's performance...

digiKam 5.9 Released While 6.0 Is Planned For Release Later In The Year

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:36:11 AM
DigiKam 5.9.0 is now available for this KDE-aligned open-source photo management software...

Phoronix Test Suite 8.0 M2 Released With Continued Windows Improvements

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:23:46 AM
The second development release of Phoronix Test Suite 8.0-Aremark is now available for your open-source benchmarking needs on Linux, macOS, BSD, Solaris, and Windows. As you've likely heard already, one of the big focuses this development cycle is on Windows support improvements with completely rewritten handling for that OS...

Linux Mint Rolls Out The MintBox Mini 2

Sunday 25th of March 2018 11:10:13 AM
If you are looking for a tiny Linux PC and happen to be a Linux Mint user, the MintBox Mini 2 is now available...

Slax 9.4 RC1 Available For A Lightweight Debian Experience

Sunday 25th of March 2018 12:17:51 AM
The first release candidate of the Debian-based Slax Linux distribution is now available...

Advanced DRI Configurator Now Supports PRIME GPU Setups

Saturday 24th of March 2018 09:37:42 PM
As a more modern and feature alternative to the DriConf configuration program for tweaking Mesa driver settings, a few months back we featured ADRICONF as the Advanced DRI Configuration. Recently this GUI program has picked up a few more features...

Intel OpenGL Driver Performance On Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu vs. Clear Linux

Saturday 24th of March 2018 06:24:42 PM
When having the Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64 installation on the Core i7 8700K "Coffee Lake" system this week I also took the opportunity to run some fresh OpenGL benchmarks on Windows compared to Linux...

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