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Blender 2.81 To Feature Intel Open Image Denoise & Eevee Renderer Improvements

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 04:49:56 AM
Blender 2.80 made its hugely anticipated debut just under one month ago while already Blender 2.81 is looking interesting and will hopefully be out in November...

Netrunner 19.08 Released For Delivering A Clean KDE Experience Atop Debian 10

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 04:05:00 AM
Netrunner 19.08 "Indigo" was released on Tuesday as the newest version of this KDE-focused desktop Linux distribution...

Mesa 19.2-RC1 Released But Intel Still Looking To Add OpenGL 4.6 Support

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 11:31:52 PM
Yesterday we shared that Mesa 19.2's release process would finally be getting underway with the first release candidate expected today following the code branching. Sure enough, that process began but now prominent Intel open-source graphics developer Jason Ekstrand is looking to get the OpenGL 4.6 support into this release...

Raptor Computing Systems Planning To Launch New ATX POWER9 Board With OpenCAPI

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 11:10:41 PM
In addition to the news out of the OpenPOWER Summit in San Diego that the POWER ISA is going open-source and the OpenPOWER Foundation becoming part of the Linux Foundation, Raptor Computing Systems shared they plan to launch a new standard ATX motherboard next year that will feature OpenCAPI connectivity...

CodeWeavers Reflects On The Wild Year Since Valve Introduced Steam Play / Proton

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 07:42:57 PM
This week marks one year since Valve rolled out their Proton beta for Steam Play to allow Windows games to gracefully run on Linux via this Wine downstream catered for Steam Linux gaming. It's been crazy since then with all of Valve's continued work on open-source graphics drivers, adding the likes of FAudio and D9VK to Proton, continuing to fund DXVK development for faster Direct3D-over-Vulkan, and many other infrastructure improvements and more to allow more Windows games to run on Linux and to do so well and speedy...

Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU12 Released - Adds GCC 9.1 Compiler & Python 3.7

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 07:30:59 PM
While we haven't heard anything yet about Oracle's plans for Solaris post-11.4 whether that means Solaris 11.4 or the reportedly killed Solaris 12, Oracle today did release Solaris 11.4 Stable Release Update 12 as their newest installment for their supported Solaris operating system release...

POWER ISA Contributed To Open-Source, OpenPOWER Joining The Linux Foundation

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 04:23:42 PM
The big POWER announcement appears to be that the POWER instruction set architecture is being contributed to the open-source community and the OpenPOWER Foundation is becoming part of the Linux Foundation...

Linux "Lockdown" Patches Hit Their 40th Revision

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 01:39:46 PM
The long-running Linux "Lockdown" patches were sent out again overnight for their 40th time but it remains to be seen if these security-oriented patches will be pulled in for the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle...

GCC 10 Lands Support For -march=tigerlake & -march=cooperlake

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 11:49:24 AM
The GNU toolchain has already been preparing for Cooperlake CPUs as the successor to Cascadelake as well as supporting the new instruction set extensions, but finally today the support for -march=cooperlake was merged to GCC 10 for conveniently exposing the new CPU target in the GNU Compiler Collection. At the same time, -march=tigerlake was also added...

Chromebooks Switching Over To The BFQ I/O Scheduler

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 10:49:36 AM
On Chromebooks when moving to the latest Chrome OS that switches over to a Linux 4.19 based kernel, BFQ has become the default I/O scheduler...

GNOME 3.34 Works Out Refined XWayland Support For X11 Apps Run Under Sudo

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 08:00:00 AM
GNOME 3.34 continues to look like an incredibly great release in the performance department as well as for Wayland users...

RADV Vulkan Driver Lands Renoir APU Support In Time For Mesa 19.2

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 04:50:14 AM
Just hours ahead of the Mesa 19.2 feature freeze and days after the RadeonSI OpenGL driver added Renoir support, the RADV Vulkan driver has picked up support for this next-gen Zen 2 + Vega APU...

DragonFlyBSD Developing DSynth As Synth Rewrite For Custom Package Building

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 04:06:00 AM
Adding to another creation being worked on by DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon, DSynth is a C rewrite of the FreeBSD originating Synth program that serves as a custom package repository builder...

Mesa 19.2's Feature Freeze / Release Candidate Process Beginning Tomorrow

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 12:13:41 AM
Mesa 19.2 was supposed to be branched marking its feature freeze two weeks ago on 6 August along with the issuing of the first release candidate. That milestone has yet to be crossed but should happen tomorrow...

OBS Studio 24.0 Will Let You Pause While Recording, Other New Options

Monday 19th of August 2019 10:01:36 PM
For those using OBS Studio for cross-platform live-streaming and screen recording needs, OBS Studio 24.0 is on the way but out first is their release candidate to vet the new features coming into this big update...

Approved: Fedora 31 To Drop i686 Everything/Modular Repositories

Monday 19th of August 2019 06:00:00 PM
The month-old proposal for the upcoming Fedora 31 Linux distribution release to stop with their i686 repositories for Everything and Modules was voted on today by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee...

AMD Posts Navi Display Stream Compression Support For Linux

Monday 19th of August 2019 04:39:45 PM
One of the kernel-side features not yet in place for AMD's newest Navi graphics processors on Linux has been Display Stream Compression support but that is being squared away with a new patch series...

POWER9 & ARM Performance Against Intel Xeon Cascadelake + AMD EPYC Rome

Monday 19th of August 2019 03:26:17 PM
For those wondering how ARM and IBM POWER hardware stack up against AMD's new EPYC "Rome" processors and that of Intel's existing Xeon "Cascade Lake" processors, here is a round of tests from the POWER9 Talos II, Ampere eMAG, and Cavium ThunderX in looking at the cross-architecture Linux CPU performance currently in the server space.

Qt 6 Will Bring Improvements To The Toolkit's Python Support

Monday 19th of August 2019 01:21:44 PM
Adding to the interesting objectives for Qt 6 are further enhancements to "Qt for Python" for enhancing the programming language's support for this tool-kit...

Intel Icelake Thunderbolt Support Still Being Squared Away For Linux - Hopefully For 5.4

Monday 19th of August 2019 12:59:04 PM
Intel Icelake laptops will soon be hitting store shelves and a vast majority of the Linux support has been squared away for many months. Unfortunately one bit still not mainlined is the Thunderbolt support...

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