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The Most Interesting Features Of The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Sunday 5th of November 2017 12:07:51 PM
If Linux 4.14 weren't an LTS release with so many changes, it would likely be released today with -rc7 having come last week, but due to the size of this new kernel, 4.14-rc8 will most likely be christened today followed by Linux 4.14 next weekend. Here's a reminder about some of the most technically interesting work in this new kernel update...

"Chai" As An Effort For Reverse-Engineered ARM Mali T-Series Graphics

Sunday 5th of November 2017 11:55:23 AM
A Phoronix reader this week sent in notice of a new Git repository seeking to provide a reverse-engineered driver for ARM's Mali T-Series graphics...

New Qualcomm Saphira Server CPU Added To GCC

Sunday 5th of November 2017 11:41:57 AM
Details are very scarce on the new Qualcomm "Saphira" processor, but initial support for it was added this week to the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)...

Lugdunum Is Another Interesting Open-Source Vulkan 3D Engine, With glTF 2.0 Too

Sunday 5th of November 2017 11:26:30 AM
A few days back I wrote about the Banshee engine picking up Linux support and its maturing Vulkan renderer. A Phoronix reader pointed out another project worthy of a shout-out...

LLVM 5.0.1 Is Coming In The Next Few Weeks

Saturday 4th of November 2017 09:55:09 PM
Tom Stellard of Red Hat will once again be taking up duties as point release manager for LLVM...

Open-Source Win: RADV Trades Blows With AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan In F1 2017

Saturday 4th of November 2017 03:17:12 PM
Here are some of the most exciting RADV vs. AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan performance benchmarks we have seen to date... The AMDGPU-PRO official AMD Vulkan Linux driver does run with Feral's latest Linux game port, F1 2017, but the community-driven, open-source RADV Vulkan driver often outperforms it!

Monero/XMR Mining On Threadripper With Multi-Channel Memory

Saturday 4th of November 2017 01:55:23 PM
Phoronix reader Thomas Frech has shared with us another article on Monero/XMR cryptocurrency mining performance with AMD Threadripper. Thsi follows his recent guest posts of mining Ethereum with Threadrippers and AMD Vega GPUs, Ethereum and Monero mining on the same systems, and the AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 crypto mining boost...

PSA: Phoronix Amazon Links Now Work In The EU

Saturday 4th of November 2017 01:35:34 PM
Phoronix readers wishing to click our Amazon links when shopping in the EU can now support our site...

Trying Out The Intel Vulkan Driver With F1 2017 On Linux

Saturday 4th of November 2017 11:15:24 AM
With Feral Interactive's port of F1 2017 to Linux, only Radeon via RADV and NVIDIA are supported for this racing game that's making use of the Vulkan graphics API under Linux. For those curious about if Intel graphics can squeeze by for this game with the open-source "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver, I tried it out...

Linux Kernel Patches Add Clang LTO Support

Saturday 4th of November 2017 10:54:48 AM
Patches by an Android security team member at Google allow the Linux kernel to be compiled with Clang using Link Time Optimizations (LTO)...

Enlightenment 22 Is Packing Much Better Wayland Support, Meson Build System

Saturday 4th of November 2017 10:45:32 AM
With Enlightenment E22 having been in development for one year and queued over 1,500 patches so far, the next release could be near with a great number of new features and improvements...

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...

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Linux/Android hacker SBC with hexa-core Rockchip SoC debuts at $75

The Vamrs “RK3399 Sapphire” SBC is on sale for $75, or $349 for a full kit. Vamrs is also prepping an RK3399-based “Rock960” 96Boards SBC. Rockchip’s RK3399 is one of the most powerful ARM-based system-on-chips available on hacker boards, featuring two server-class Cortex-A72 cores clocked to up to 2.0GHz, as well as four Cortex-A53 at up to 1.42GHz and a quad-core Mali-T864 GPU. The hexa-core SoC has appeared on T-Firefly’s Firefly-RK3399 SBC and RK3399 Coreboard computer-on-module, as well as Videostrong’s VS-RD-RK3399 SBC and Theobroma’s RK3399-Q7 Qseven module. Now we have a new contender: Shenzhen based Vamrs, which built the limited edition Rockchip RK3399 Sapphire SBC as the official RK3399 dev board for Rockchip, is now re-launching the board, which features a 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible connector, with “many in stock” for a discounted price of $75. Read more