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TuxMachines: Graphics: NVIDIA, Mesa, AMD, Freedreno

Monday 25th of December 2017 05:27:03 PM
  • NVIDIA May Be Trying To Prevent GeForce GPUs From Being Used In Data Centers

    Making the rounds on the Internet this holiday weekend is an updated NVIDIA GeForce software license agreement prohibiting the use of their drivers in data-center deployments for consumer GPUs.

  • Marek Boosts Glxgears Performance By 20% For Christmas

    Well known open-source AMD driver developer Marek Olšák has taken to some Christmas day hacking on Mesa with a significant performance improvement for AMD APU owners and those who care about glxgears.

    While glxgears is not a benchmark, all too often people still seem interested in glxgears. If you fall into that boat, you will now find better performance with RadeonSI Gallium3D. By not using fast color clears for small images, this simple chage makes glxgears about 20% faster on APUs and a little more for discrete GPUs.

  • AMD Queues More AMDKFD HSA Kernel Driver Changes For Linux 4.16

    More AMDKFD changes are being queued for the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel merge window with this being the kernel HSA driver for ROCm support, etc.

    The big work ongoing is getting the discrete GPU support upstreamed so that the stock mainline Linux kernel could work with the user-space ROCm open-source packages for OpenCL support, etc. Unfortunately this latest AMDKFD pull request still doesn't have all the dGPU changes as it's still waiting on a patch for the PCI subsystem that introduces the needed PCI-E atomics support.

  • Freedreno Lands Context Priority Support

    Rob Clark of the Freedreno project has landed his context priority patches in Mesa that originate from this past October.

  • NVIDIA To Abandon All GPU Driver Support For 32-bit Operating Systems

    The time has come for gamers and enthusiasts to ditch their 32-bit operating system (assuming you haven't already), because NVIDIA has announced that it will no longer support drivers for these operating systems. If you have been hobbling along on an old 32-bit version of an OS to save some money, perhaps Santa can bring you a 64-bit OS. NIVIDIA says that support will end after the 390 driver release.

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TuxMachines: Debian: Salsa is Out

Monday 25th of December 2017 05:24:08 PM
  • salsa.debian.org (git.debian.org replacement) going into beta

    Since summer we have worked on our git.debian.org replacement based on GitLab. I am really happy to say that we are launching the beta of our service today. Please keep in mind that it is a beta, we don’t expect any database resets, but under unexpected circumstances it might still happen.

    The new service is available at https://salsa.debian.org. Every active Debian Developer already has an account. Please request a password reset via https://salsa.debian.org/users/sign_in – your login is either your Debian login or Debian e-mail address.

  • Debian Salsa Is Served Out On A Beta Dish

    Rolling out as beta this Christmas is Debian Salsa.

    Debian Salsa (salsa.debian.org) is the project's eventual replacement to git.debian.org. Debian Salsa is powered by GitLab and has been in development the past few months.

    Basically, Salsa is to be Debian's collaborative development platform. GitLab is the open-source Git repository manager similar in nature to GitHub. GNOME and Debian have been among the free software projects working to migrate their development infrastructure around GitLab.

  • Salsa batch import

    Now that Salsa is in beta, it's time to import projects (= GitLab speak for "repository"). This is probably best done automated.

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LXer: MX Linux 17 An Easy To Use Linux Distro For Noobs

Monday 25th of December 2017 05:19:04 PM
If you are looking for a Desktop Linux distribution that is simple yet different, reliable and runs well on legacy hardware, then MX Linux is a good choice. MX Linux is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities (hence the name MX). One can expect best of both worlds is put into MX Linux.

TuxMachines: Display Animated Christmas Tree in Linux Terminal

Monday 25th of December 2017 05:09:49 PM

Give your Linux desktop a Christmas touch with some Christmas themes Linux wallpapers and Christmas tree in the terminal.

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TuxMachines: Linux 4.14.9, 4.9.72, 4.4.108, and 3.18.90

Monday 25th of December 2017 05:02:05 PM

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TuxMachines: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia - Very nice

Monday 25th of December 2017 04:49:14 PM

Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia is a very reasonable distribution. First, it's better than most 2017 offerings by a long shot. But comparing to bad stuff is hardly useful. When we stack it against a few rare gems, it holds quite well. You get familiar looks, most if not all of the stuff you need out of the box, and the rest is just a click away. Good networking, media and smartphone support, elegant package management, excellent stability, easy customization. Lots of perks and smart touches.

The negatives would be an odd glitch or two, and some visual dust. Mint feels a bit archaic, and font quality can be improved mostly by altering the default theme actually. But there are no showstoppers, no cardinal problems, nothing to make you want to cry in a dark corner of an abandoned warehouse. Solid, predictable, practical. Grade 9.7/10, and it really is one of the more refreshing distro releases recently. Well worth testing. So you should. Right now.

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Phoronix: Marek Boosts Glxgears Performance By 20% For Christmas

Monday 25th of December 2017 02:49:42 PM
Well known open-source AMD driver developer Marek Olšák has taken to some Christmas day hacking on Mesa with a significant performance improvement for AMD APU owners and those who care about glxgears...

Reddit: Blazing fast nnn file browser v1.6 released!

Monday 25th of December 2017 01:56:16 PM

TuxMachines: MX Linux 17 An Easy To Use Linux Distro For Noobs #linux #security

Monday 25th of December 2017 01:40:04 PM

If you are looking for a Desktop Linux distribution that is simple yet different, reliable and runs well on legacy hardware, then MX Linux is a good choice. MX Linux is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities (hence the name MX). One can expect best of both worlds is put into MX Linux.

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Phoronix: Debian Salsa Is Served Out On A Beta Dish

Monday 25th of December 2017 01:14:33 PM
Rolling out as beta this Christmas is Debian Salsa...

Reddit: For those who want to nostalgia with KDE 2

Monday 25th of December 2017 01:12:36 PM

Reddit: What is mmcblk0?

Monday 25th of December 2017 01:11:15 PM

Hello there, I am looking to create a batch file that creates a flashable, TWRP image of my phone, that gets created directly on my computer.

I have found that I need to do that by backing up the partitions, so the whole phone.

Wen I do "cat /proc/partitions", I get around 50 different partitions, but mmcblk0 is the largest of them all. I searched around, and saw that this partition is the whole phone.

Will backing up the mmcblk0 partition be enough to regain my phone in its entirety in case of a fuckup?

Do I need to do anything else for it?

Thanks!

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Phoronix: Freedreno Lands Context Priority Support

Monday 25th of December 2017 12:59:09 PM
Rob Clark of the Freedreno project has landed his context priority patches in Mesa that originate from this past October...

Phoronix: AMD Queues More AMDKFD HSA Kernel Driver Changes For Linux 4.16

Monday 25th of December 2017 12:39:02 PM
More AMDKFD changes are being queued for the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel merge window with this being the kernel HSA driver for ROCm support, etc...

LXer: How open science evolved in 2017

Monday 25th of December 2017 11:25:45 AM
The scientific community has embraced openness since long before computers came on the scene. The ideals of sharing knowledge and building on the work of others are fundamental to how scientific discovery happens. This year, Opensource.com contributors shared some of the ways open source software and science teamed up. Check out the top six science articles on the site in 2017.1. 3 open source alternatives to MATLABread more

TuxMachines: Games: Free/Libre Code

Monday 25th of December 2017 10:07:11 AM
  • Godot 3.0 Game Engine Preparing To Ship In Early 2018

    The Godot 3.0 game engine is preparing to ship early next year.

    Developers behind this open-source 2D/3D game engine had been preparing their big 3.0 release to happen around Christmas, but that didn't quite go as planned with the second beta shipping this week instead.

  • Dev snapshot: Godot 3.0 beta 2

    Edit 22.12.2017: Windows binaries (both the editor binaries and the export templates) have been replaced by versions without OpenMP support, the latter forcing the installation of the MS Visual C++ Redistributable 2017 to get the OpenMP DLL. If you downloaded export templates before 22.12.2017 at 23:59 UTC, we advise to download them anew to get the proper portable Windows binaries.

  • The Best Modern, Open Source Ports of Classic Games

    Looking for a bit of PC gaming nostalgia? You could dig those old floppy disks out of your closet…or you could grab the new, improved, open source versions of those games online for free.

    “Source ports” are older games like DOOM and SimCity that have been released as full open source code by their creators, then updated and improved by the community. The re-released games are passion projects, and almost always free to download on the PC. They typically include improved graphics, bug fixes, and new features, sometimes even entirely new weapons or game modes—perfect for a nostalgia trip that still feels fresh. They’re definitely worth a try if your Steam library is looking a bit dusty.

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More in Tux Machines

Plasma 5.12 LTS beta available in PPA for testing on Artful & Bionic

Adventurous users, testers and developers running Artful 17.10 or our development release Bionic 18.04 can now test the beta version of Plasma 5.12 LTS. Read more Also: Kubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 Users Can Now Try the KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Desktop

Leftovers: Proprietary Software, HowTos, and GXml

Debian Developers: Google Summer of Code, Quick Recap of 2017

  • RHL'18 in Saint-Cergue, Switzerland
    In between eating fondue and skiing, I found time to resurrect some of my previous project ideas for Google Summer of Code. Most of them are not specific to Debian, several of them need co-mentors, please contact me if you are interested.
  • Quick recap of 2017
         After the Stretch release, it was time to attend DebConf’17 in Montreal, Canada. I’ve presented the latest news on the Debian Installer front there as well. This included a quick demo of my little framework which lets me run automatic installation tests. Many attendees mentioned openQA as the current state of the art technology for OS installation testing, and Philip Hands started looking into it. Right now, my little thing is still useful as it is, helping me reproduce regressions quickly, and testing bug fixes… so I haven’t been trying to port that to another tool yet. I also gave another presentation in two different contexts: once at a local FLOSS meeting in Nantes, France and once during the mini-DebConf in Toulouse, France. Nothing related to Debian Installer this time, as the topic was how I helped a company upgrade thousands of machines from Debian 6 to Debian 8 (and to Debian 9 since then). It was nice to have Evolix people around, since we shared our respective experience around automation tools like Ansible and Puppet.

Devices: Raspberry Pi and Android