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The Most Popular Articles On Phoronix In 2017

Monday 1st of January 2018 01:55:52 AM
We end 2017 on Phoronix with 3,390 original news posts on Phoronix this year and 369 featured articles/reviews...

Linux 4.15-rc6 Released To Ring In 2018

Sunday 31st of December 2017 11:48:30 PM
Linus Torvalds has released the sixth weekly release candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.15 kernel...

Mesa 17.2.2 vs. 17.3.1 vs. 17.4-dev RadeonSI Benchmarks

Sunday 31st of December 2017 08:53:48 PM
Here are some other end-of-year benchmarks I had been working on in looking at the current performance of Mesa 17.2.2 versus 17.3.1 versus 17.4-devel Git with RadeonSI OpenGL on three different graphics cards...

AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL Compiler Hacked Into Mesa's Clover

Sunday 31st of December 2017 08:38:01 PM
While AMD developers worked on the Radeon Gallium3D "Clover" OpenCL support for some time, that really hasn't been the case in years with the AMD's open-source OpenCL effort these days being focused upon their ROCm compute platform. Some within the community though still work on this OpenCL Gallium3D state tracker from time to time and this New Year's weekend is an interesting project pairing Clover with AMD's proprietary OpenCL compiler...

Haiku OS Ends 2017 On A High Note With Better USB 3.0 & UEFI Abilities

Sunday 31st of December 2017 07:07:43 PM
While Haiku OS is incredibly close to delivering their long-awaited beta, it didn't end up materializing in 2017 but they still made much headway into this open-source BeOS-inspired operating system...

Nouveau Persevered In 2017 For Open-Source NVIDIA But 2018 Could Be Much Better

Sunday 31st of December 2017 06:02:29 PM
The open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver project providing independent, reverse-engineered 3D graphics driver support for GeForce GPUs made a lot of progress in 2017 although not as great as many would have hoped for. But 2018 will hopefully prove to be more interesting...

RADV Driver Lands Support For Binning With Vega

Sunday 31st of December 2017 05:46:46 PM
As shown in recent benchmarks of the RADV Vulkan driver, while the Radeon RX Vega GPU support is now considered conformant and fully-functioning, it's not yet as well optimized as earlier generations of GPUs with this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver. Fortunately, it looks like Bas Nieuwenhuizen is working on more performance optimizations...

Generic FBDEV Emulation Proposed For DRM Drivers

Sunday 31st of December 2017 02:31:12 PM
DRM subsystem contributor Noralf Trønnes is proposing a patch-set to provide generic FBDEV emulation support in DRM drivers via exportable dumb buffers...

RADV Vulkan Gaming Getting Closer To RadeonSI OpenGL Performance

Sunday 31st of December 2017 01:12:17 PM
With the Mesa-based RADV Vulkan driver having just landed a significant performance optimization you may be wondering whether RADV Vulkan now leads to faster gaming frame-rates than using the mature RadeonSI OpenGL driver... I was curious so I ran some fresh benchmarks using the newest Mesa Git code.

Features To Look Forward To With LLVM / Clang 6.0

Sunday 31st of December 2017 01:00:00 PM
With the LLVM Clang 6.0 code branching and feature freeze coming up on 3 January, here's a recap of some of the most interesting new features and changes to find with the LLVM 6.0 compiler infrastructure and Clang 6.0 C/C++ front-end...

AMDGPU Gets Its Last Feature Updates For Linux 4.16

Sunday 31st of December 2017 12:28:42 PM
Alex Deucher of AMD has sent in the last feature updates to DRM-Next of new AMDGPU material to be queued for the Linux 4.16 kernel cycle that will begin later in January...

Arcan 0.5.4 Display Server Released With Durden 0.4 Desktop

Sunday 31st of December 2017 12:19:18 PM
Remember Arcan? The Linux display server built off a game engine. The project is ending 2017 with the release of the Arcan 0.5.4 display server and its associated Durden v0.4 desktop...

Happy New Year's From Phoronix & Here's To An Awesome 2018

Sunday 31st of December 2017 05:00:00 AM
I would like to wish all Phoronix readers a happy new year and hopeful that 2018 will be even better for Phoronix and all open-source/Linux communities...

Glade 3.21 Released For Whipping Up GTK3 Interfaces

Sunday 31st of December 2017 12:42:47 AM
Glade 3.21 was released today as the latest development release of this tool for quickly designing GTK3/GNOME user-interfaces...

LLVM Clang Gets Support For Configuration Files

Saturday 30th of December 2017 09:18:29 PM
Ahead of next week's LLVM 6.0 feature freeze / code branching, the Clang C/C++ compiler front-end has picked up support for the concept of configuration files...

The Most Popular Linux Gaming News For 2017

Saturday 30th of December 2017 05:31:28 PM
Here's a look back at the most popular Linux gaming news on Phoronix this calendar year...

KVM Smokes VirtualBox On Initial AMD EPYC Linux Tests

Saturday 30th of December 2017 03:11:17 PM
I've been working on some AMD EPYC virtualization tests on and off the past few weeks. For your viewing before ending out the year are some initial VirtualBox vs. Linux KVM benchmarks for seeing how the guest VM performance compares.

There Still Are Some Pain Points For Linux Gaming Moving Into 2018

Saturday 30th of December 2017 12:47:23 PM
Five years ago today I wrote about The Problems Right Now For Gaming On Linux with regards to challenges for Linux gaming when it comes to the software and hardware. In the five years since and with seeing thousands of more games be made available for Linux, the situation still is not ideal but it's much better than at the end of 2012...

Ubuntu's Reformulated Desktop Was The Talk Of 2017

Saturday 30th of December 2017 12:21:11 PM
2017 was easily the most pivotal year for the Ubuntu Linux distribution in years with Canonical having decided to end Unity 8 development in favor of moving to a GNOME Shell Wayland session. There was also the decision to develop a new server installer that is still under development, Snaps and its underlying tech continues to be worked on as an alternative to Flatpak, and Ubuntu continues to dominate the cloud landscape...

RADV Vulkan Driver Ends The Year On A High Note With A Performance Boost

Friday 29th of December 2017 11:32:03 PM
Just hours ago was a new patch series being merged to Mesa Git by RADV co-founder Bas Nieuwenhuizen to allow for correct DCC usage. I have just finished up my initial benchmarks of those RADV changes and they indeed help the few Radeon GPUs tested.

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Security: Updates, WordPress, Hardware Patches, and Open Source Security Podcast

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • WordPress 4.9.2 Security and Maintenance Release
    WordPress 4.9.2 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. An XSS vulnerability was discovered in the Flash fallback files in MediaElement, a library that is included with WordPress. Because the Flash files are no longer needed for most use cases, they have been removed from WordPress.
  • Debian-Based SolydXK Linux OS Receives Patch for Meltdown Security Vulnerability
    The Debian-based SolydXK Linux operating system has been updated today with patches for the Meltdown security vulnerability, as well as various other new features and improvements. To mitigate the Meltdown security exploit that allows a locally installed program to access the memory, including the kernel memory, and steal sensitive information like passwords and encryption keys, the SolydXK 201801 ISO images are now powered by the latest kernel release with patches against this vulnerability.
  • Chakra GNU/Linux Now Patched Against Meltdown & Spectre Security Vulnerabilities
    It's time for users of the Chakra GNU/Linux operating system to patch their systems against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities as new kernel updates landed today in the repos. Publicly disclosed earlier this month, the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities are affecting us all, but OS vendors and OEMs are trying their best to mitigate them so that no user can be the victim of attacks where their sensitive data is at risk of getting in the hands of the wrong person.
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GNOME Devs to Users: Desktop Icons Are Moving to GNOME Shell with GNOME 3.28

There appears to be a lot of fuss lately about the removal of an option from the GNOME desktop environment that allows users to display icons on their desktops. Long story short, last month, near the Christmas holidays, GNOME developer Carlos Soriano shared his plans on removing a so-called "the desktop" feature from the Nautilus file manager starting with the upcoming GNOME 3.28 release of the desktop environment, proposing its integration into the GNOME Shell component. The feature is there to handle application icons on the user's workspace, but it shouldn't have been implemented in Nautilus in the first place, according to the developer. So for the GNOME devs to be able to add new features to the Nautilus file manager, they need to remove its ability to handle desktop icons and place the code somewhere else. Read more