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NVIDIA 378.13 Linux Driver Released

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 03:05:57 PM
NVIDIA's Unix driver team is celebrating Valentine's Day by releasing their first stable driver in the 378 driver series for Linux...

An Early Qt 5.9 Alpha Snapshot: Qt 5.9 Packing A Ton Of Features

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:54:18 PM
While Qt 5.8 was released less than one month ago, the Qt 5.9 Alpha release is on approach for landing...

OpenGL 4.0 Patches For Intel Ivy Bridge Revised

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:11:54 PM
While yesterday's Mesa 17.0 release took Intel Haswell hardware from OpenGL 3.3 to OpenGL 4.5, this quarterly update didn't end up bring the older Ivy Bridge hardware past OpenGL 3.3. But consulting firm Igalia has continued working on their patches to bring Ivy Bridge hardware up to OpenGL 4.0...

How An Old PowerMac G5 Compares To Modern Intel CPUs

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:52:44 PM
With Debian and Ubuntu dropping 32-bit PowerPC support in their future releases, you may be curious how the older PowerPC hardware compares to Intel's modern x86 processors if you are wishing to switchover. Here are some benchmarks...

GCC 7 To Have Better Test Coverage, Unit Testing

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:16:52 PM
Red Hat developer David Malcolm has shared the work he's been doing on improving the GCC compiler's internal testing to ensure the GNU Compiler Collection is working as anticipated and is generating correct code...

GTK+ 3.89.4 Released With More Vulkan Work, Wayland Fixes

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:25:59 AM
Matthias Clasen has issued the newest GTK4 development release with more feature work...

FreeBSD Ended Out 2016 With Work On Using The LLD Linker, ARM64, LXQt Porting

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:14:02 AM
FreeBSD has issued their latest quarterly report covering Q4'2016, from October to December of development highlights...

R600/RadeonSI GLSL/TGSI On-Disk Shader Cache Revised

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:34:06 AM
Last week Timothy Arceri posted TGSI shader cache patches for Mesa that so far benefit the R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers but could also help out the other Gallium3D drivers too. The second version of those patches have now been published...

SQLite 3.17 Released With More Performance Improvements

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:18:26 AM
SQLite 3.17.0 was released today as the newest version of this widely-used embedded database library...

RADV Gets More Improvements For Mesa 17.1-dev, Lower Dota 2 CPU Usage

Monday 13th of February 2017 08:34:00 PM
While Mesa 17.0 was just released, new feature development continues building up for Mesa 17.1...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1080

Monday 13th of February 2017 05:01:49 PM
It's been a while since last testing Windows 10 vs. Linux on different, newer Linux game ports with a variety of GPUs, but that changed this week. As mentioned this weekend, I've been working on a large, fresh Windows vs. Linux gaming performance comparison. The results available today are for NVIDIA with testing a GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 on Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.10 x86_64 with the latest drivers and using a variety of newer Direct3D 11/12 / OpenGL / Vulkan games.

A GNOME Developer's Arguments On Vala Being A "Dead" Language

Monday 13th of February 2017 03:30:30 PM
Longtime GNOME developer Emmanuele Bassi has pleaded his case that Vala is a "dead" language and that new applications/developers should look at alternatives or first work on improving this GNOME-centered language...

Almost A Decade Later, RadeonHD Stories Still Coming To Light

Monday 13th of February 2017 02:51:54 PM
This September will mark 10 years since the public launch of the RadeonHD DDX driver (xf86-video-radeonhd) that was developed by SUSE during the Radeon X1000 and HD 2000/3000 days in conjunction with ATI/AMD. While we've talked about what started AMD's open-source strategy in the past and dozens of other RadeonHD articles, new stories are still coming to light...

Mesa 17.0.0 Officially Released

Monday 13th of February 2017 12:15:08 PM
Mesa 17.0 is now officially available...

WireGuard Is Still Looking Good As A Linux VPN Tunnel

Monday 13th of February 2017 12:09:25 PM
We've been talking about WireGuard for months and it's hoping to go mainline in the Linux kernel this calendar year. Earlier this month at FOSDEM was a status update on the project...

Clangd: LLVM's Clang Gets A Server

Monday 13th of February 2017 11:15:24 AM
An early feature for LLVM Clang 5.0 is a prototype implementation of clangd, a server component for the compiler...

Ten Exciting Features Of The Linux 4.10 Kernel

Monday 13th of February 2017 02:18:13 AM
The Linux 4.10 kernel didn't end up being released today, but was pushed back by an extra week. However, in looking forward to next weekend, here are ten of the features that excite us about Linux 4.10...

ToaruOS 1.0 Released, Hobby OS/Kernel Written From Scratch Over 6+ Years

Sunday 12th of February 2017 11:30:51 PM
In the past on Phoronix we have mentioned ToaruOS a few times. It's a "hobby" kernel and operating system written mostly from scratch yet supports Mesa, GCC, Python, and more. It's been in development since 2011 while now the operating system's 1.0 release finally took place...

Linux 4.10-rc8 Kernel Released, Final Pushed Out By One Week

Sunday 12th of February 2017 09:34:47 PM
While many were hoping that Linux 4.10 would be released today, instead it's been pushed back to next Sunday...

Mozilla Had A Crazy Week Landing Servo, WebRender & More Into Firefox Repo

Sunday 12th of February 2017 04:23:36 PM
This was one of the busiest weeks in Firefox's history with having more than ~10,000 change-sets affecting ~97,000 file changes...

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  • The Changes So Far For The Linux 4.11 Kernel
    We are now through week one of two for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window. I've already written a number of news posts this past week covering features I find interesting for Linux 4.11. If you are short on time and behind in your Phoronix reading, here's a quick overview of the material so far for this next major kernel bump.
  • Container-friendly Alpine Linux may get Java port
    A proposal floated this week on an OpenJDK mailing list calls for porting the JDK (Java Development Kit), including the Java Runtime Environment, Java compiler and APIs, to both the distribution and the musl C standard library, which is supported by Alpine Linux. The key focus here is musl; Java has previously been ported to the standard glibc library, which you can install in Alpine, but the standard Alpine release switched two years ago to musl because it’s much faster and more compact.
  • Linux From Scratch 8.0 Released, Brings New Changes And Features

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Jolla inks exclusive license to kick-start its Android alternative in China

Mobile OS maker Jolla, whose Sailfish platform remains one of the few smartphone alternatives in play these days, has signed an exclusive license to a Chinese consortium to develop a Sailfish-based OS for the country. Jolla says the Chinese consortium will be aiming to invest $250M in developing a Sailfish ecosystem for the country, though it’s not specifying exactly is backing the consortia at this point, nor over what timeframe the investment will happen — beyond saying one of its early investors, a local private equity investor Shan Li, will take a “leading role” in building it up. “There are very big players behind it,” Jolla chairman Antti Saarnio tells TechCrunch, speaking ahead of a press conference held to announce the news here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona. Read more

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