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NVIDIA Will Support Newly-Dropped GPUs On Linux Through 2019

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While NVIDIA will be dropping support soon for GeForce 8 through GeForce 300 series graphics hardware from their mainline graphics driver, they are committing to supporting these older graphics processors for another five years. The support will include new Linux kernel and X.Org Server updates along with critical bug-fixes.

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Intel Pushes XenGT For GPU Access To Virtual Machines

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XenGT is designed just not for 3D graphics acceleration within guest instances but also for media acceleration and GPGPU compute acceleration. There's use-cases for XenGT within cloud computing, data centers, rich virtual clients, multi-screen infotainment, and other areas. With other Xen GPU pass-through solutions there is no ability for both the host and guest operating systems to each access the same GPU simultaneously but they must be independently assigned at this time as there isn't a guest virtual GPU driver as in the case of VMware SVGA2 or VirtualBox Chromium. With Intel's XenGT solution, however, there is sharing support -- multiple VMs can access the same graphics processor due to its full virtualization. XenGT is pushed as offering performance, features, and sharing capabilities.

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UNIGINE Is One of the Most Beautiful 3D Engines on Linux

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The UNIGINE Engine is built by none other than Unigine Corp., the company behind the Heaven DX11 Benchmark software. The technology they develop is getting better all the time, and with their recent expansion on the Linux platform, we’re all too glad to see that major updates have been implemented in the engine.

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Ozone-Wayland - Beta Channel updated to M35

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The Ozone-Wayland developer team is proud to announce our next source release based on Chromium 35.0.1897.8. Besides the usual fixes, this release saw new features being added to Ozone-Wayland.

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Initial XWayland Support Looks To Land In X.Org Server 1.16

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Originally XWayland served as an X.Org module by which modified DDX hardware drivers could be loaded on the system so they could offer their 2D support. However, given the advancements of GLAMOR, that is being used instead so we can have one unified XWayland DDX without the need for having patched drivers for hardware support and should work on just about any platform that has OpenGL support. GLAMOR tends to still be slower than the hand-written 2D paths in the xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-intel DDX, but there's still a lot of optimizations and code rewrites taking place of the code now that it's moved from being a standalone library to living within the X.Org Server.

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Nvidia adds Linux support for GK20A GPU

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Linux creator Linus Torvalds criticized Nvidia in 2012 at Aalto Talk as “the single worst company we have ever dealt with.” Along with him many other members of the open source community previously criticized Nvidia’s proprietary hardware and software, which made open source alternatives difficult.

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NVIDIA, Intel, and AMD Join Forces to Improve OpenGL Performance Up to 15 Times

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NVIDIA, Intel, and AMD are not always rivals and they proved that by organizing a joint panel at the Game Developer Conference 2014 in San Francisco to explain to developers how they can unlock the amazing potential of OpenGL.

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Recapping The Top Changes Of The Linux 3.14 Kernel

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In talking about the Linux 3.14 kernel on pretty much a daily basis now for the past few months and already having run dozens of benchmarks from Linux 3.14 in its Git state, here's a recap of some of the most exciting work for this new kernel:

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Catalyst 14.3 Beta Linux Driver Fixes OpenGL Performance Issues

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AMD has released a new Windows and Linux Catalyst proprietary graphics driver. The Catalyst 14.3 Beta for Linux doesn't advertise any new features, but it comes with some bug-fixes.

While no new hardware support or features are listed, the resolved issues will be a delight for some AMD Catalyst Linux users, especially Radeon Linux gamers.

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Weston's Full-Screen Shell Protocol Revised Again

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Jaskon Ekstrand and other developers, including former Canonical employee Bryce Harrington, have been working on this new Weston fullscreen shell protocol. The fullscreen shell protocol is designed to make it easy to support simple full-screen clients like splash screens and terminal emulators in an easy and convenient manner rather than having the simple clients talk to DRM/KMS directly, input/output abstraction, easing up development of compositors, and allowing support for screen sharing and recording. As part of the fullscreen shell protocol for Weston is also a screen sharing plug-in.

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