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There's Progress Running Unreal Engine 4 With SteamVR On Linux

Saturday 11th of March 2017 10:48:19 PM
Progress is being made with running Unreal Engine 4 for VR on Linux with SteamVR...

Linaro Connect Budapest '17 Slides & Videos

Saturday 11th of March 2017 06:17:01 PM
Linaro hosted their annual Connect conference this past week in Budapest, Hungary. For those not able to make this embedded/mobile-focused Linux developers' conference, many of the slides and videos are now available...

Collabora Rolls Out CODE 2.0 Update

Saturday 11th of March 2017 05:55:46 PM
Collabora has announced an update to their Online Development Edition 2.0 platform...

ARM Talks Mali Vulkan, Lack Of Open Drivers & More @ Linaro Budapest 17

Saturday 11th of March 2017 03:32:37 PM
Linaro Connect 17 was this past week in Budapest. One of the interesting sessions was with regard to ARM's Mali graphics drivers where Vulkan was talked about as well as the lack of current open-source drivers due to lack of customer demand...

Nouveau Patch For Enabling The GLSL/TGSI On-Disk Shader Cache

Saturday 11th of March 2017 02:59:22 PM
A patch is now available for enabling the GLSL/TGSI on-disk shader cache for the Nouveau Gallium3D driver...

Setting Up A Better VR Space For SteamVR Linux Gaming

Saturday 11th of March 2017 12:50:15 PM
When receiving the HTC Vive last month for testing the roll-out of Valve's SteamVR beta for Linux, going into it I hadn't realized how immersive the experience was at that point nor all the cables involved. I had setup the HTC Vive VR system in the "basement server room" to deal with the mess of cables, but after using this VR headset for a few days I quickly realized I needed a better area for engaging with virtual reality. After making a custom-built desk and moving where I have the HTC Vive "play room" configured, the experience is much better.

Vulkan 1.0.43 Adds Two New Extensions

Saturday 11th of March 2017 03:11:04 AM
The Khronos Group has done a Friday evening update to the Vulkan 1.0 API specification...

SteamVR For Linux Gets Improved Radeon Performance

Friday 10th of March 2017 11:02:54 PM
Valve has released an updated SteamVR beta for Linux VR gamers ahead of the weekend...

SilverStone Redline RL06: An Interesting Budget ATX Case

Friday 10th of March 2017 10:39:18 PM
It's been over two years since last testing out any ATX desktop/tower cases due to using rackmount cases for nearly all of the test systems these days, but for a new Linux VR testing area (will be covered in a separate article this weekend), I went with a conventional ATX PC chassis. The case I went with was the SilverStone Redline RL06 and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their new budget cases.

GAPID: Google Has A New Graphics Debugger For Vulkan & OpenGL ES

Friday 10th of March 2017 05:48:23 PM
GAPID is short for the Graphics API Debugger and is a new open-source project out of Google...

Fedora 27 Will Indeed Eliminate Alpha Releases

Friday 10th of March 2017 05:34:34 PM
Last month we reported on Fedora 27 looking to drop alpha releases and now that change has been approved...

More OpenGL / OpenCL / Vulkan Benchmarks Of The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti On Linux

Friday 10th of March 2017 05:24:31 PM
Complementing yesterday's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Linux review with OpenGL and Vulkan benchmarks and this morning's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OpenCL benchmarks, here is a range of more standalone benchmarks for this GP102 graphics card...

Ubuntu 17.04 Preparing To Land X.Org Server 1.19.2 + Mesa 17.0.1

Friday 10th of March 2017 03:00:50 PM
Some big Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" updates will be coming down the pipe next week...

Chrome 57 Arrives For Linux Users, WebAssembly By Default

Friday 10th of March 2017 02:52:28 PM
Days after the Firefox 52 release, Google has officially released Chrome 57.0...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Shows Off Strong OpenCL Performance

Friday 10th of March 2017 12:53:13 PM
Yesterday, on the launch-day for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (GP102) graphics card, I posted GTX 1080 Ti OpenGL and Vulkan benchmarks while for those more interested in GPU compute performance, here are some preliminary OpenCL compute results.

Day of Infamy Officially Launching Later This Month, Official Linux Support

Friday 10th of March 2017 11:22:16 AM
For those looking to enjoy a new WWII shooter game, Day of Infamy by New World Interactive is leaving Steam's Early Access later this month...

A New /dev/random Is Still Being Worked On

Friday 10th of March 2017 11:10:29 AM
Stephan Müller has announced the newest version of his patches for implementing a new /dev/random implementation he calls the Linux Random Number Generator, or LRNG for short...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti On Linux: Best Linux Gaming Performance

Thursday 9th of March 2017 06:00:00 PM
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is NVIDIA's newest, most powerful graphics card for gamers not only on Windows but also under Linux. I only received the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti this morning so here are my initial Linux performance figures for this new high-end Pascal graphics card compared to other NVIDIA and AMD Radeon graphics cards. Linux VR tests, CUDA/OpenCL compute benchmarks, and additional GeForce GTX 1080 Ti results will be published in the days ahead when having more time to spend with this graphics card.

Facebook Brings HHVM To ARM 64-bit

Thursday 9th of March 2017 05:24:28 PM
It looks like Facebook could be exploring more from ARM servers in their data centers as they have now brought their HHVM PHP implementation to AArch64...

Mesa 17.1 Expected In Early May, Feature Freeze In One Month

Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:20:32 PM
Collabora's Emil Velikov is continuing as the Mesa release manager and has laid out plans for getting the Mesa 3D 17.1 release to happen in early May...

More in Tux Machines

Raspberry Pi based computer offers Real-Time Ethernet

Hilscher is prepping a rugged “netPI” computer that combines a Raspberry Pi 3 with its “netHAT 52-RTE” RPi add-on featuring dual Real-Time Ethernet ports. German Real-Time Ethernet experts Hilscher will soon launch a Raspberry Pi 3-based industrial computer with Real-Time Ethernet support. Hilscher has yet to formally announce the ruggedized netPI computer, but the board was demonstrated at the recent Embedded World show, and was revealed in a Mar. 27 Element14 Community blog by Shabaz. The system can be used as a Real-Time Ethernet gateway or controller, and it supports add-ons such as sensors or actuators to enable additional applications, writes Shabaz. Read more

GNOME Migration and Slideshow

  • The Linux Migration: Corporate Collaboration, Part 2
    Note that a number of folks have suggested alternative calendar applications. I’ve rejected these so far because I don’t think they’ll fit into my workflow or my environment, but they may work for others. Some of the applications I’ve seen suggested include Rainlendar, Calcurse, or KOrganizer. Some of these applications address some of the shortcomings of GNOME Calendar, but none of them address all the major issues I’ve outlined here (based on my testing thus far).
  • GNOME 3.24 Provides Users With More Pleasing Linux Desktop Experience

Dowry to Linux Foundation From NSA Ally

  • AT&T takes up membership in the Linux Foundation, furthers open source efforts
    AT&T has become a Platinum member in the Linux Foundation, a move that reflects the telco’s ongoing effort to implement open source and open networks not only in its own networks but also to drive broader industry collaboration. One example of this is AT&T's Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) architecture. In February, AT&T contributed several million lines of ECOMP code to The Linux Foundation, as well as the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project based on production-ready code from AT&T and OPEN-O contributors.
  • AT&T Joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member
  • AT&T Joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member
    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced that AT&T has become a Platinum member. This follows news of the company’s contribution of several million lines of ECOMP code to The Linux Foundation, as well as the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project based on production-ready code from AT&T and OPEN-O contributors.

GNU/Linux on Servers: VisionMobile Report, Cilium, Microservices, and Kubernetes

  • VisionMobile Report Lays Out Developer Salaries by Skill, Software Sector, and Location
    In 2017, that means skilled cloud and backend developers, as well as those who work in emerging technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) can make more money -- tens or sometimes hundreds of times more -- than frontend web and mobile developers whose skills have become more commoditized. “In Western Europe, for example, the median backend developer earns 12% more than the median web developer; a machine learning developer makes 28% more,” according to the report.
  • Cilium leverages Linux kernel for advanced container networking
    Networking has always been one of the most persistent headaches when working with containers. Even Kubernetes—fast becoming the technology of choice for container orchestration—has limitations in how it implements networking. Tricky stuff like network security is, well, even trickier. Now an open source project named Cilium, which is partly sponsored by Google, is attempting to provide a new networking methodology for containers based on technology used in the Linux kernel. Its goal is to give containers better network security and a simpler model for networking.
  • Modules vs. microservices
    Much has been said about moving from monoliths to microservices. Besides rolling off the tongue nicely, it also seems like a no-brainer to chop up a monolith into microservices. But is this approach really the best choice for your organization? It’s true that there are many drawbacks to maintaining a messy monolithic application. But there is a compelling alternative which is often overlooked: modular application development. In this article, we'll explore what this alternative entails and show how it relates to building microservices.
  • What Is Kubernetes?
    Kubernetes is open source software for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. The project is governed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is hosted by The Linux Foundation. And it’s quickly becoming the Linux of the cloud, says Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. Running a container on a laptop is relatively simple. But connecting containers across multiple hosts, scaling them when needed, deploying applications without downtime, and service discovery among several aspects, are really hard challenges. Kubernetes addresses those challenges with a set of primitives and a powerful API.