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Intel's Clear Linux Is Working On Steam Support

Saturday 31st of December 2016 07:06:37 PM
For those planning to do Linux gaming with Intel graphics hardware, you might soon have a new choice with the performance-oriented Clear Linux distribution out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center...

Rust-Based Redox OS Had A Busy Year With Rewriting Its Kernel, Writing A File-System

Saturday 31st of December 2016 05:30:00 PM
Redox OS started development mid-way through last year while this year things really took off for this Rust-written operating system from scratch. The project has provided a recap of all of their OS accomplishments for 2016...

Mesa Saw More Than 10,000 Commits This Year From Record Number Of Contributors

Saturday 31st of December 2016 05:00:00 PM
Unless Marek delivers another one of his big patch-sets to provide some new feature/improvement to RadeonSI, the OpenGL shader cache magically lands, or some other big surprise to end out the year, here are some final statistics about Mesa's impressive developments in 2017...

Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 17 Released

Saturday 31st of December 2016 04:00:00 PM
The firm behind Calculate Linux is celebrating the end of the year by releasing a new version of Calculate Linux, a Gentoo derived distribution...

Skylake Iris Pro Graphics: Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Antergos, Clear Linux Benchmarks

Saturday 31st of December 2016 02:30:00 PM
For those craving some more end-of-year Linux distribution benchmarks, this morning I finished carrying out a fresh Linux distro comparison focusing upon the Intel OpenGL performance when making use of "Skylake" Iris Pro hardware. For this New Year's Eve benchmarking fun was Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Antergos, and Clear Linux...

KDE Plasma 5.9 Being Released In One Month With Many New Features

Saturday 31st of December 2016 01:10:03 PM
One month from today, KDE Plasma 5.9 will officially meet the world...

Godot Continues Major Work On Its 3D Renderer For Release In 2017

Saturday 31st of December 2016 12:51:42 PM
Open-source game engine Godot has been working on a multi-month project to vastly improve (and largely rewrite) its 3D renderer to make it as great as its 2D renderer. This work is being done for the Godot 3.0 engine and so far this 3D renderer is seeing a lot of movement...

Avidemux Open-Source Video Editor Updated To End Out 2016

Saturday 31st of December 2016 12:44:10 PM
If the recent releases of Kdenlive, OpenShot, Pitivi, and others haven't satisfied your needs, perhaps you may want to try out the latest build of Avidemux...

AVC VDENC Video Encoding Enabled For Intel Broxton & Kabylake

Saturday 31st of December 2016 12:34:27 PM
For those that don't recall, VDENC is a low-power, high-performance video encode engine added originally to Intel Skylake hardware. That aforelinked article covers the big benefits of using VDENC and the patches published earlier this year for enabling this Intel video encode engine on Linux...

Germany's 1&1 Still Working On MARS For The Linux Kernel, Still Hoping For Upstream

Saturday 31st of December 2016 12:17:04 PM
At the end of last year was an update on MARS Replication System Still Being Worked On For Upstream Linux Kernel and like clock work, the German web hosting provider has issued another update on the in-development MARS replication system and is still hoping to mainline it, maybe next year...

Wine 2.0 Is Looking Like It Will Be A Late January Release

Friday 30th of December 2016 09:58:02 PM
Alexandre Julliard had been issuing weekly release candidates of Wine 2.0 but given the holidays, he's skipping this week but has provided a status update...

The Development Pace Of Systemd Fell Sharply This Year

Friday 30th of December 2016 05:48:21 PM
With systemd having the most commits ever in 2015 for this project, I was curious to see how the statistics for 2016 compared... To some surprise, the number of commits to systemd fell sharply and the code churn is also down to a point not seen in a few years...

Broadwell HD Graphics 5500 Delivering Similar Vulkan/OpenGL Performance

Friday 30th of December 2016 04:41:16 PM
With having out a Core i7 "Broadwell" ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop for the MoCA 2.0 network tests, I decided to run some end-of-year graphics tests on this Core i7 5600U system with OpenGL and Vulkan...

The Most Viewed Linux Kernel News Stories Of 2016

Friday 30th of December 2016 03:27:56 PM
There are just a few more interesting recaps to share before 2016 draws to an end. I figured some of you may be curious about the most-viewed kernel news stories on Phoronix this calendar year...

Beignet Now Implements Enough OpenCL 2.0 To Support It For Skylake+

Friday 30th of December 2016 01:00:00 PM
Intel's open-source Beignet OpenCL project for implementing CL/GPGPU support for Intel graphics hardware is on the edge of a big milestone...

Intel Sends In Their First Two Batches Of DRM Changes For Linux 4.11

Friday 30th of December 2016 12:39:52 PM
With the Linux 4.10 merge window comfortably over now, Daniel Vetter has sent in the first pull requests to DRM-Next of new material slated for Linux 4.11...

Setting Up A MoCA 2.0 Ethernet-Over-Coax Network, Linux LAN Benchmarks

Friday 30th of December 2016 11:00:00 AM
The MoCA 2.0 specification is six years but there still aren't many consumer devices making use of this "Multimedia over Coax Alliance" standard nor the newer MoCA 2.5 standard. But in looking for alternatives to Ethernet over powerline when expanding my network, I ended up setting up a MoCA 2.0 system while running some Linux performance benchmarks along the way.

VC4 Gallium3D Lands Some Minor Optimizations, 2016 Was Great For This RPi 3D Driver

Friday 30th of December 2016 08:00:01 AM
Broadcom developer Eric Anholt pushed a few VC4 Gallium3D commits into mainline Mesa tonight, likely marking the end of work on this open-source Raspberry Pi 3D driver for 2016...

EXT4 / F2FS / Btrfs / XFS On Early Linux 4.10 Kernel

Friday 30th of December 2016 05:00:00 AM
Given all the changes with the Linux 4.10 kernel, including a fair amount of work on file-systems and block / I/O code, here are some fresh benchmarks of the EXT4, F2FS, Btrfs, and XFS file-systems atop a solid-state drive when comparing the early post-RC1 Linux 4.10 kernel benchmarks to that of the 4.6/4.7/4.8/4.9 stable kernels.

KDE Frameworks / Plasma Progressing On FreeBSD, Wayland Is W.I.P.

Friday 30th of December 2016 01:36:03 AM
KDE developer Adriaan de Groot has provided an update concerning the state of running the modern KDE software stack with Plasma 5 and KDE Applications atop FreeBSD...

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