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ARB_gpu_shader_int64 Lands For Intel Mesa Git

Saturday 21st of January 2017 02:37:26 AM
There's some early feature development work that's landed in Mesa Git this Friday as the initial feature development towards Mesa 17.1...

Wine 2.0-RC6 Has 21 Bug Fixes, v2.0 Stable Expected Next Week

Friday 20th of January 2017 11:07:08 PM
The sixth and likely final release candidate of Wine 2.0 is now available for testing...

Beignet 1.3 Released With OpenCL 2.0 Support

Friday 20th of January 2017 10:35:53 PM
Intel developers today announced the release of Beignet 1.3 and it's by far their most significant release yet for this open-source OpenCL implementation for Intel graphics hardware...

ARB_transform_feedback_overflow_query For Intel's Mesa Driver

Friday 20th of January 2017 06:01:24 PM
Intel's Mesa driver is at OpenGL 4.5 compliance but there are many extensions still left to be implemented that haven't appeared in a formal OpenGL specification. One of those extensions now being implemented is ARB_transform_feedback_overflow_query...

Mesa's Libdrm Gets USB DRM/KMS Device Detection

Friday 20th of January 2017 04:00:00 PM
Libdrm has some new patches this morning from a NVIDIA developer...

Intel Kabylake: Windows 10 vs. Linux OpenGL Performance

Friday 20th of January 2017 03:35:00 PM
For those curious about the current Kabylake graphics performance between Windows 10 and Linux, here are some OpenGL benchmark results under each operating system. Windows 10 Pro x64 was tested and the Linux distributions for comparison were Ubuntu 16.10, Clear Linux, Antergos, Fedora 25 Xfce, and openSUSE Tumbleweed.

GCC 7 Moves Onto Only Regression/Doc Fixes, But Will Accept RISC-V & HSA's BRIG

Friday 20th of January 2017 02:17:57 PM
The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is entering its "stage four" development for GCC 7 with the stable GCC 7.1 release expected in March or April...

More Radeon & AMDGPU Fixes Line-Up For Linux 4.10

Friday 20th of January 2017 01:03:58 PM
Alex Deucher has sent in another batch of fixes for the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM drivers for the Linux 4.10 kernel...

Mesa 17.0 Saw Less Code Changes Than Earlier Releases, But More Notable Features

Friday 20th of January 2017 12:52:17 PM
With Mesa 17.0 up to its release candidates and being under a feature freeze, I explored this morning how the size of the changes for Mesa 17.0 compare to earlier Mesa milestones...

Linux.Conf.Au 2017 Videos Now Available Online

Friday 20th of January 2017 11:36:04 AM
For those that were interested in Linux.Conf.Au 2017 in Hobart, Tasmania, the videos are now available online...

Chrome Further Optimizes Its OpenH264 Encoder With More Assembly x86

Friday 20th of January 2017 11:31:43 AM
Chrome/Chromium users on x86 dealing with H.264 encoding from the browser should notice faster performance coming down the pipe...

GNOME 3.23.4 Released

Friday 20th of January 2017 11:14:51 AM
The latest development release is now available of the work leading up to the GNOME 3.24 desktop in March...

RADV Vulkan Driver Has Geometry Shader Support For Testing

Friday 20th of January 2017 03:14:59 AM
David Airlie has published a set of 31 patches for testing that provide initial support for geometry shaders within the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver...

Text To Speech Goes In As A Tech Preview For Qt 5.8

Friday 20th of January 2017 02:06:40 AM
With Qt 5.8 that's due to be released next week there is the new Qt Speech as a "tech preview" of text-to-speech for this tool-kit...

Libinput 1.6 Released With New Touchpad Acceleration

Friday 20th of January 2017 01:00:27 AM
Peter Hutterer has announced the latest stable version of libinput, the input handling library commonly used across modern X.Org / Wayland / Mir systems...

Steam's Recent Linux Changes Have Been Promoted To Stable

Thursday 19th of January 2017 10:29:42 PM
At the beginning of 2017 Valve released a Steam client beta with noteworthy Linux improvements. With today's Steam stable client update, all of those changes are included...

Librecore: Aiming To Be A Better Libre Spin Of Coreboot

Thursday 19th of January 2017 09:33:27 PM
Librecore is a new project aiming to be a new Coreboot downstream with a focus remaining on providing fully-free system firmware. Separately, Minifree/Libreboot has been accused (and admitted by Leah Rowe) to not paying a vendor for a completed contract...

CompuLab Has Upgraded Their Small Form Factor "IPC" Line To Kabylake

Thursday 19th of January 2017 08:29:29 PM
Our friends and Linux-friendly PC vendor, CompuLab, have announced a new "IPC" line-up of their small form factor computers now with Intel Kabylake processors...

NVIDIA Linux OpenCL Performance vs. Radeon ROCm / AMDGPU-PRO

Thursday 19th of January 2017 05:15:00 PM
Earlier this week I posted some benchmarks of GPUOpen's new Radeon Open Compute ROCm OpenCL stack that premiered last month and they are working to make completely open-source. In those initial benchmarks I compared the ROCm 1.4 OpenCL performance to the existing AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL implementation on Linux. For those wondering how these two Radeon OpenCL stacks compare to NVIDIA, here are some fresh benchmarks.

Yes, Linux 4.9 Is A Long-Term Kernel Release

Thursday 19th of January 2017 04:25:09 PM
It was widely expected that Linux 4.9 would be a "LTS" (Long Term Support) kernel release while now it's been made official...

More in Tux Machines

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

Red Hat Financial News

Wine 2.0 RC6 released