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GNU Releases and Another Move to AGPL

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  • GNU MIX Development Kit - News: GNU MDK 1.2.11 released [Savannah]

    A new bug fix release. Happy hacking!

  • vc-dwim - News: vc-dwim-1.10 released [stable] [Savannah]
    It's been nearly a year, so here's a new release.
    Thanks to Karl Berry for making nearly all of the nontrivial changes.
    Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:
    Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:
    [*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
    .sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
    and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:
      gpg --verify vc-dwim-1.10.tar.xz.sig
    If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
    then run this command to import it:
      gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 7FD9FCCB000BEEEE
    and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.
    This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
      Autoconf 2.69c
      Automake 1.16b
      Gnulib v0.1-3952-g8bc21357b
    * Noteworthy changes in release 1.10 (2020-10-15) [stable]
    ** Changes in behavior
      vc-dwim now requires a one-line summary
    ** New features
      --debug is much more verbose, and implies --verbose.
  • Plausible Analytics Switches From MIT To GNU AGPL License Due To Competition - LinuxReviews

    Plausible Analytics is a free software web analytics platform designed to run in a Docker container and a corporation based in Estonia, Europe. They discovered that developing web analytics software and giving it away for free results in competing corporations building services around said software in direct competition to your own services.

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Graphics: Intel, AMD and Vulkan

  • Intel Lands A Hefty Tiger Lake Graphics Optimization - Phoronix

    From my Tiger Lake testing so far with the Core i7 1165G7, the "Gen12" Xe Graphics have been quite compelling with a very nice upgrade over Gen11 and especially obvious win over the very common still Gen9 graphics. With Mesa 20.3, another measurable performance is on the way for the Intel Vulkan driver with Tiger Lake. For Tiger Lake (and theoretically Rocket Lake as well), a new and significant optimization landed today in Mesa 20.3-devel. The optimization applies for Intel Gen12 graphics except for discrete/DG1 graphics.

  • Vulkan Specification Version 1.2.158 Brings Two New Extensions

    Version 1.2.158 of the Vulkan specification introduces VK_KHR_fragment_shading_rate that lets developers change the rate at which fragments are shaded on a per-region, per-primitive or per-draw basis and VK_KHR_shader_terminate_invocation which, together with the previously introduced VK_EXT_shader_demote_to_helper_invocation extension, lets developers do a much more specific OpKill.

  • Open-Source RADV Vulkan Driver Is Seeing Work To Allow Building It On Windows - Phoronix

    An independent party has slowly begun merging patches into mainline Mesa for allowing the open-source Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" to build on Microsoft Windows. AMD is not behind this effort nor Valve but has been worked on in recent months for making Mesa's Radeon Vulkan driver code compatible with Windows. James Park of a little known "Lag Free Games" has been behind this initiative to bringing it to Windows and seemingly only explaining in private to upstream Mesa developers his motivations for doing so. RADV as a reminder is the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver started out by David Airlie of Red Hat and Bas Nieuwenhuizen of Google in the time while waiting for AMD to open-source their Vulkan driver. AMD ultimately provided "AMDVLK" as their official open-source Vulkan driver derived from their internal Vulkan driver sources and built against the AMDGPU LLVM compiler back-end.

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