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  • NVIDIA & Valve Are Among Those Backing X.Org's XDC2018

    This year's X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC2018) has already received some big name sponsors.

    XDC2018 is happening in La Coruña, Spain with the event being organized by the Igalia folks who are also the platinum sponsors for the event. XDC2018 is running from 26 to 28 September and is the annual gathering of X.Org / Mesa / Libinput / Wayland developers to discuss development efforts and big ticket items to be worked on over the year ahead.

  • TI Posts Open-Source DRI3 WSEGL Plug-In For PowerVR SGX Graphics

    Texas Instruments is still dealing with Imagination Tech PowerVR SGX GPUs and has now posted an open-source DRI3 WSEGL plug-in for getting this binary blob to work with 3D acceleration under an X.Org Server using Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3.

    Tomi Valkeinen of Texas Instruments has posted this DRI3 WSEGL implementation for allowing Imagination's PowerVR SGX driver to work with 3D acceleration under X11 using DRI3. WSEGL is the buffer API used by the PowerVR SGX driver.

  • Vulkan 1.1.73 Released With Fixes

    Vulkan 1.1.73 is out as the latest minor refinement since last month's big Vulkan 1.1 update.

  • Phoronix Test Suite 8.0 M3 Released With BSD Improvements, Test Inspector & More

    Phoronix Test Suite 8.0 Milestone 3 is now available for evaluation as the latest step towards the official 8.0-Aremark release due out later this quarter.

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