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Mesa 18.0 Is Now Primed For Releasing Soon

Thursday 15th of March 2018 12:18:06 AM
Mesa 18.0's delay of more than one month and without any new release candidate came while the open-source Intel developers were hunkered down to clear the remaining blocker bugs...

Samsung/Enlightenment Developers Are Busy At Work On EFL 2.0

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 11:00:00 PM
Cedric Bail of Samsung's Open-Source Group presented today at the Embedded Linux Conference on EFL 2.0 as part of the Enlightenment project's long-standing goal to provide a new and unified API...

Firefox 60 Is In Beta With Web Authentication & Policy Engine Support

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 06:54:38 PM
With Firefox 59 having shipped that means Firefox 60 is now officially in beta...

Intel Open-Sources Sound Firmware, Pushing For More Open Firmware

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 04:57:20 PM
Imad Sousou, Intel's GM of the Open-Source Technology Center, had some interesting remarks to make during his keynote today as part of this week's Embedded Linux Conference in Portland...

Unreal Engine 4.19 Brings Resonance Audio, AR Improvements & Better Landscape Rendering

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 04:22:31 PM
As a nice Pi Day surprise and a week ahead of the Game Developers' Conference (GDC 18) is a new Unreal Engine 4 release from Epic Games...

GNOME 3.28 Desktop Officially Released

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 03:27:21 PM
The GNOME project has managed its Pi Day release of GNOME 3.28...

LLVM Clang 6.0 vs. 5.0 Compiler Performance On Intel/AMD Linux

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 03:08:54 PM
Since last week's big release of LLVM 6.0 along with Clang 6.0, I have been carrying out some fresh compiler benchmarks of the previous Clang 5.0 to this new stable release that switches to C++14 by default, among many other changes to LLVM itself and this C/C++ compiler front-end.

GRUB Now Supports Multiple Early Initrd Images

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 01:03:18 PM
GNU's GRUB bootloader has picked up another feature ahead of the GRUB 2.04 release expected later this year...

Feral Bringing Life is Strange: Before the Storm To Linux

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 11:37:42 AM
While still working on A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA and Rise of The Tomb Raider to Linux this spring, Feral Interactive has now confirmed another port coming to Linux (and macOS)...

Mir Devs Are Still Working On An Example Mir Desktop Session For Ubuntu 18.04

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 10:29:18 AM
While Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" is just one month away from release, the developers working on the Mir display server code are still working to get an example desktop session into this release...

Uniform Packing For RadeonSI NIR, Helps Reduce CPU Overhead

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 09:55:32 AM
Timothy Arceri of Valve's open-source Linux GPU driver team is out with his latest set of patches to further enhance the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver...

Raspberry Pi 3B+ Launches With Faster CPU, Dual-Band 802.11ac, Faster Ethernet

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 09:37:15 AM
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is celebrating Pi day (March 14) by launching their latest Raspberry Pi ARM SBC. This though isn't with some new Broadcom chipset with VC5 graphics, sadly, but a slightly revised variant of the Raspberry Pi 3. Meet the Raspberry Pi 3B+...

GStreamer 1.14 Nears Release With WebRTC Support, Experimental AV1 & NVIDIA NVDEC

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 09:26:59 AM
Just a little more than one week past the GStreamer 1.14 RC1 release, the second and final release candidate of the upcoming GStreamer 1.14 is now available for testing...

LLVM 5.0.2 Planned For Release At The End Of March With Spectre Mitigation

Wednesday 14th of March 2018 09:16:50 AM
While LLVM 6.0 is now available and it includes the Retpoline compiler-side support for Spectre V2 mitigation, an LLVM 5.0.2 point release is coming to back-port it to their previous stable series...

Intel Rolls Out Updated, Post-Spectre CPU Microcode (20180312)

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 11:37:52 PM
Intel has published the Intel Processor Microcode Package for Linux 20180312 release with the latest improvements around the microcode-based approach for Spectre CPU vulnerability mitigation, succeeding their microcode updates from earlier in the year...

Raspberry Pi Working On A "More Normal" Media Stack

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 11:27:31 PM
Eric Anholt of Broadcom's latest open-source Linux driver work hasn't been on their BCMV Vulkan driver or their newer VC5 Gallium3D driver, but rather improving the multimedia stack for existing Raspberry Pi devices...

Mesa 18.0 Has Been Off The Tracks For More Than One Month

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 11:01:30 PM
Mesa 18.0 had been due for release around mid-February, but that didn't happen and there hasn't even been a release candidate in more than one month...

DragonFFI Lets You Call C Functions From Any Language

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 08:39:18 PM
DragonFFI is a foreign function interface (FFI) built using the LLVM and Clang compiler stack to provide a library calling C functions and C data structures that can be used from any other programming language...

Samba 4 Updates Issued For Correcting Two Security Vulnerabilities, One Nasty

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 07:21:11 PM
The Samba open-source SMB/CIFS networking implementation is having a bad security day...

Tails 3.6 Linux Distribution Released

Tuesday 13th of March 2018 05:39:10 PM
Version 3.6 of Tails, the security and privacy minded live USB/DVD Linux distribution derived from Debian, is now available...

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How to build something ‘useful’ with a Raspberry Pi

In honor of Pi Day, Chaim Gartenberg and I cooked up a tiny little Raspberry Pi project for yesterday’s episode of Circuit Breaker Live. We started with a simple concept: a button that says “Why?” when you press it, in honor of our favorite podcast. So we knew we’d need a button, some sound files, a little bit of Python code, and, of course, a Raspberry Pi. A new Pi is $35, but we found an old Raspberry Pi 2 in my desk drawer, which was up to the task. (Newer Pis have built-in Wi-Fi and faster processors, but for our simple button project we didn’t need internet or extra horsepower.) Read more

Wine 3.4

  • Wine Announcement
    The Wine development release 3.4 is now available.
  • Wine 3.4 Release Continues With Vulkan Upbringing, Some Wine-Staging Patches
    The latest bi-weekly release of Wine is now available for running your favorite or necessary Windows programs/games on Linux and macOS. Wine 3.4 is this latest release and it's significant for continuing to land the "WineVulkan" code. This does include the latest Wine Vulkan patches as of yesterday including the first bits of apps/games working and integration with the X11 driver.

Graphics: AMDGPU, Mesa 17.3.7, RADV

  • Linux 4.17 To Enable AMDGPU DC By Default For All Supported GPUs
    Since the introduction of the AMDGPU DC display code (formerly known as DAL) in Linux 4.15, this modern display stack has just been enabled by default for newer Radeon Vega and Raven Ridge devices. With Linux 4.17 that is changing with AMDGPU DC being enabled by default across the board for supported GPUs. Building off the earlier DRM-Next material for Linux 4.17, Alex Deucher minutes ago sent in another round of feature updates for targeting this next kernel cycle. This latest batch has continued code refactoring around PowerPlay, support for fetching the video RAM type from the video BIOS, allowing the TTM memory manager to drop its backing store when not needed, DC bandwidth calculation updates, enabling DC backlight control for pre-DCE11 GPUs, various display code fixes, and other bug fixes.
  • AMDGPU / ATI 18.0.1 X.Org DDX Driver Releases, Fixes Infinite Loop & Crashes
    Michel Dänzer of AMD issued bug-fix updates on Thursday for the xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-amdgpu DDX drivers. Just two weeks after the AMDGPU 18.0 X.Org driver release as the first version under their new year-based versioning scheme, the 18.0.1 bug-fix release is out. The xf86-video-amdgpu 18.0.1 DDX update fixes a potential infinite loop after a xorg-server reset in some configurations, Xorg crashing when multiple primary screens are configured, and using the TearFree feature could trigger Pixman library debugging spew.
  • Mesa 17.3.7 Nearing Release With 50+ Changes
    While waiting for Mesa 18.0, the Mesa 17.3.7 point release will soon hit stable users of this open-source, user-space graphics stack.
  • RADV Patches Are Closer For Sub-Group Capabilities
    Daniel Schürmann continues hacking on the sub-group patch-set for the RADV Vulkan driver to expose this important feature of the recent Vulkan 1.1 release.