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Learning More About Explicit Fencing & Android's Sync Framework

Sunday 28th of August 2016 12:53:07 AM
With the sync validation framework leaving the staging area in Linux 4.9 and other work going on around the Android sync framework and explicit fencing, this functionality is becoming a reality that ultimately benefits the Linux desktop...

LLVM Clang vs. GCC Compiler Benchmarks On FreeBSD 11.0

Saturday 27th of August 2016 03:30:00 PM
For those interested in C/C++ compiler performance, for some fun numbers to dive into this weekend are LLVM Clang vs. GCC benchmarks atop FreeBSD 11.0 RC1 AMD64 on an Intel Xeon Haswell system.

Making Use Of eBPF In The Mainline Linux Kernel

Saturday 27th of August 2016 02:02:15 PM
One of the exciting innovations within the Linux kernel in the past few years has been extending the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) to become a more generalized in-kernel virtual machine. The eBPF work with recent versions of the Linux kernel allow it to be used by more than just networking so that these programs can be used for tracing, security, and more...

The EOMA68 Upgradeable ARM Board/Computer Passed Its Funding Goal

Saturday 27th of August 2016 01:49:02 PM
The open, upgradeable ARM development board that traces back to the failed KDE Vivaldi project managed to pass its funding goal just in time. This open-source hardware project currently powered by some older Allwinner hardware managed to raise more than $170k...

Intel Lost Another Open-Source Driver Developer To Google Earlier This Summer

Saturday 27th of August 2016 01:35:03 PM
There was another long-time Intel open-source Linux graphics driver developer that left the company earlier this summer and is now working at Google on the Chrome/Chromium OS graphics stack...

LLVM 3.9 RC3 Released, Final Coming Out Soon

Saturday 27th of August 2016 01:20:53 PM
LLVM 3.9 isn't being released as it was hoped for, but it appears the final release is still just days away...

OpenGL ES 3.1 For Haswell Lands With Intel's Mesa Driver

Friday 26th of August 2016 10:24:04 PM
As a quick follow-up to OpenGL ES 3.1 coming for Intel Haswell graphics, those patches have now landed in Mesa Git...

ownCloud-Forked Nextcloud 10 Now Available

Friday 26th of August 2016 09:59:50 PM
The former developers of ownCloud who forked the project to Nextcloud have today released Nextcloud 10, just two months after the Nextcloud 9 release...

KDE Connect 1.0 Released For Device/Phone Communication

Friday 26th of August 2016 05:26:51 PM
KDE Connect is the interesting project for integrating notifications and more from your phone or other mobile device onto the KDE desktop. With KDE Connect you can receive smartphone notifications on your computer as well as using your phone as a remote control to the desktop...

Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Milestone 3 Released For Linux Benchmarking

Friday 26th of August 2016 04:39:14 PM
Today marks the release of the third development milestone release of the upcoming Phoronix Test Suite 6.6-Loppa version...

RadeonSI OpenGL Performance Has Evolved A Lot Since Early 2015

Friday 26th of August 2016 03:42:54 PM
Yesterday I posted some benchmarks showing how the AMDGPU / R9 Fury performance has jumped up in the past few months just since the April release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those wondering how the open-source AMD OpenGL performance has evolved over the longer term, I took a Radeon R9 270X graphics card and re-did tests going back to Ubuntu 15.04 for looking at the RadeonSI Gallium3D performance for the past year and a half.

AMDGPU SI Winsys Support, Other Radeon Changes Hit Mesa Git

Friday 26th of August 2016 03:00:35 PM
It's off to a good Friday so far in Mesa Git for open-source Radeon users...

Marking DRI1 Drivers As Legacy & "Broken" Being Debated

Friday 26th of August 2016 01:14:16 PM
Earlier this month David Herrmann sent out two kernel patches to hide "legacy" DRM drivers behind a new Kconfig switch and make these DRI1 drivers depend upon the kernel's "BROKEN" option. Not all are happy about these patches...

Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner Video Encode/Decode

Friday 26th of August 2016 12:52:48 PM
The developers within the Sunxi camp working on better Allwinner SoC support under Linux have been reverse-engineering Allwinner's "Cedar" video engine. Their project is being called Cedrus with a goal of "100% libre and open-source" video decode/encode for the relevant Cedar hardware...

Open-Source Radeon Vulkan Driver Now Can Run Dota 2 With Correct Rendering

Friday 26th of August 2016 12:27:46 PM
David Airlie and Bas Nieuwenhuizen continue making good progress on the open-source, community-driven RADV Vulkan driver for providing Radeon Vulkan support for newer GCN GPUs in the absence of AMD making available their Linux Vulkan driver as open-source...

It's Really Worthwhile For AMDGPU Users On Ubuntu 16.04 To Upgrade Their Kernel, Mesa

Friday 26th of August 2016 01:06:23 AM
For those of you using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in conjunction with the stock AMDGPU driver for open-source driver support on newer graphics cards like the Radeon R9 Fury and R9 285/380, here are some benchmarks showing out the performance you are missing out on by not upgrading your kernel or Mesa after just a few months of development...

Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Beta Released, Ubuntu GNOME Has Experimental Wayland

Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:50:23 PM
Today -- on Linux's 25th birthday -- marks the release of Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 for opt-in flavors participating in this "Yakkety Yak" milestone...

Upcoming Linux Tests With A $300 Broadwell-EP Xeon CPU

Thursday 25th of August 2016 07:33:46 PM
Unfortunately Intel Corp hadn't sent over any Broadwell-EP hardware earlier this year when launching these new Xeon E5-2600 V5 server processors nor when it came to the high-end consumer Broadwell-E processors. However, I ended up buying a Xeon E5-2609 v4 Broadwell-EP this week for a new system and will be running a variety of upcoming tests...

Google's Continuing & Numerous Contributions To Open-Source

Thursday 25th of August 2016 05:23:22 PM
Marc Merlin of Google presented at this week's LinuxCon 2016 event in Toronto how the company has -- and continues to -- contribute to open-source software...

OpenSSL 1.1 Released With Many Changes

Thursday 25th of August 2016 04:26:59 PM
OpenSSL 1.1.0 was released today as a major update to this free software cryptography and SSL/TLS toolkit...

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Q4OS 1.6, Orion

The significant Q4OS 1.6 'Orion' release receives the most recent Trinity R14.0.3 stable version. Trinity R14.0.3 is the third maintenance release of the R14 series, it is intended to promptly bring bug fixes to users, while preserving overall stability. The complete list and release notes you will find on the Trinity desktop environment website. New Q4OS 1.6 release includes set of new features and fixes. The default desktop look has been slightly changed, Q4OS 'Bourbon' start menu and taskbar has been polished a bit and has got a few enhancements, for example the icons size varies proportionally to the system panel. Native Desktop profiler tool has got new, optimized 'software to install' list. Read more

Learning More About Explicit Fencing & Android's Sync Framework

With the sync validation framework leaving the staging area in Linux 4.9 and other work going on around the Android sync framework and explicit fencing, this functionality is becoming a reality that ultimately benefits the Linux desktop. Collabora developer Gustavo Padovan presented at this week's LinuxCon 2016 conference about explicit fencing support in the mainline kernel with a "new era of graphics." Read more

Ubuntu Leftovers

Leftovers: Software Development

  • fakecloud
  • A new version of pristine-tar
  • Getting RSS feeds for news websites that don’t provide them
    On the technical side, this seems to be one of the most stable pieces of software I ever wrote. It never crashed or otherwise failed since I started running it, and fortunately I also didn’t have to update the HTML parsing code yet because of website changes. It’s written in Haskell, using the Scotty web framework, Cereal serialization library for storing the history of the past articles, http-conduit for fetching the websites, and html-conduit for parsing the HTML. Overall a very pleasant experience, thanks to the language being very convenient to write and preventing most silly mistakes at compile-time, and the high quality of the libraries.
  • Quick Highlight
    Martin Blanchard put together a new “quick highlight” plugin for Builder this last week. It was a great example of how to submit a new feature, so I just wanted to highlight it here. Post to bugzilla, attach a patch, and we will review quickly and help with any additional integration that might be necessary.