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Phoronix on Graphics

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  • Nouveau Lands MP Performance Counters For The GK110
  • Vulkan 1.0.6 Is Out With More Fixes
  • Intel's Vulkan Driver Adds Present Extension Support
  • Mesa 11.2 Features For When It's Released Very Soon

    Besides Linux 4.5 expected this weekend, the release of Mesa 11.2 is also imminent.

    Mesa 11.2 was originally scheduled for release on 11 March, but obviously that didn't happen with now being a day past then. However, unless an 11.2-rc4 release is warranted, Mesa 11.2.0 should be christened this weekend or early next week.

    For those that weren't keeping up with your Mesa readings on Phoronix over the past three months, there are a lot of improvements, but sadly no OpenGL 4.x breakthroughs to any new levels. The Intel driver is still at OpenGL 3.3 (but soon should be well into a GL4 world once FP64 lands) and the RadeonSI/NVC0/R600 drivers are still at OpenGL 4.1 compliance. The LLVMpipe/Softpipe drivers haven't advanced into an OGL4 world. But a lot of individual extensions for the higher OpenGL 4 levels were implemented for Mesa 11.2 and should make for an interesting next Mesa release three months down the line when we could be seeing OpenGL 4.2~4.3 out of some drivers and thus the bump to Mesa 12.0.

  • There's Still Time To Nominate Someone To The X.Org Board (2016)

    There is still time if you wish to nominate yourself or someone else to run in the elections for this year's X.Org Foundation Board of Directors.

    As already covered previously on Phoronix, everything is gearing up for the 2016 X.Org elections. Besides needing to elect four new members to the Board of Directors, they will be again pursuing their potential merger/acceptance by SPI (Software in the Public Interest), should they get enough votes this time to pursue the by-laws change -- last year it failed due to not enough members voting.

  • RadeonSI/Gallium3D Is Almost Ready For Shader Images Support

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IBM’s Systems With GNU/Linux

  • IBM Gives Power Systems Rebates For Linux Workloads
    Big Blue has made no secret whatsoever that it wants to ride the Linux wave up with the Power Systems platform, and its marketeers are doing what they can to sweeten the hardware deals as best they can without adversely affecting the top and bottom line at IBM in general and the Power Systems division in particular to help that Linux cause along.
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Security News

  • DB Ransom Attacks Spread to CouchDB and Hadoop [Ed: Get sysadmins who know what they are doing, as misconfigurations are expensive]
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  • Widely used WebEx plugin for Chrome will execute attack code—patch now!
    The Chrome browser extension for Cisco Systems WebEx communications and collaboration service was just updated to fix a vulnerability that leaves all 20 million users susceptible to drive-by attacks that can be carried out by just about any website they visit.
  • DDoS attacks larger, more frequent and complex says Arbor
    Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are becoming more frequent and complex, forcing businesses to deploy purpose-built DDoS protection solutions, according to a new infrastructure security report which warns that the threat landscape has been transformed by the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) botnets. The annual worldwide infrastructure security report from Arbor Networks - the security division of NETSCOUT - reveals that the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack reported in 2016 was 800 Gbps, a 60% increase over 2015’s largest attack of 500 Gbps.