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AMDGPU-PRO 17.20 Emerges With Vega, ROCm Compute Support

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 04:00:00 PM
Thanks to today's Radeon Vega Frontier Edition launch, AMD has released an updated AMDGPU-PRO Linux hybrid driver...

Test Driving AMDGPU's Performance With DRM-Next For Linux 4.13

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 03:46:02 PM
With the Linux 4.13 merge window likely to open next week and the DRM-Next cutoff already having passed for new material that in turn wants to target 4.13, here are some initial benchmarks with a Polaris and Fiji graphics cards for this new AMDGPU DRM code.

GStreamer Adds NVDEC NVIDIA GPU Decoding Support

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 03:18:06 PM
GStreamer now has a plug-in for supporting accelerated video decoding using NVIDIA's VDPAU-successor, NVDEC...

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Begins Shipping, Costs ~$1200 USD

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 01:53:43 PM
The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition has begun shipping today as the Vega-based compute card geared to go up against the Titan Xp and P100 accelerators for compute/workstation workloads. This is the first Vega GPU card to market, but will come at a hefty cost...

MATE Developers Are Considering Mir-Over-Wayland

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 12:21:50 PM
MATE developer Martin Wimpress has shared that they are talking to Mir developers about how Mir could be used as a Wayland compositor...

Pitoiset Continues Optimizing Mesa's KHR_no_error For Dawn Of War 3

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 11:54:02 AM
Valve developer Samuel Pitoiset appears quite motivated to see Dawn of War 3 running well under Linux with the RadeonSI driver stack...

A Simple Dive Into Vulkan Compute Programming

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 07:49:15 AM
While Vulkan is most often talked about for being a high-performance graphics API, it also has integrated compute capabilities -- and in fact, may be the future of OpenCL -- and is quite capable for GPGPU computing. There are countless Vulkan graphics tutorials and code samples out there, but for those interested in just Vulkan for compute, a Phoronix reader pointed me to a new simple/easy project...

Raspberry Pi VC4 Driver Working To Reduce Overhead, Android Native Fence Support

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 04:43:42 AM
Broadcom developer Eric Anholt has shared another weekly update concerning his summer 2017 hacking on the VC4 open-source driver stack that is most notably used by the Raspberry Pi...

Vulkan vs. OpenGL Linux Game CPU Core Scaling

Tuesday 27th of June 2017 12:08:40 AM
After carrying out the P-State/CPUFreq governor comparison with a focus on OpenGL and Vulkan Linux games, next I ran some fresh numbers seeing how well modern OpenGL/Vulkan Linux games are scaling across multiple CPU cores.

Intel Kabylake OpenGL/Vulkan Performance With Serious Sam 3 BFE 2017 Update

Monday 26th of June 2017 10:47:06 PM
This weekend I posted a comparison of OpenGL/Vulkan performance for Radeon and NVIDIA GPUs with Serious Sam 3: BFE now that it's updated to the Vulkan-enabled "Fusion" 2017 update. For those curious about the Intel HD Graphics gaming potential for this game, here are some results...

Huawei Continues Working On Protectable Memory Support For The Linux Kernel

Monday 26th of June 2017 07:35:43 PM
Igor Stoppa of Huawei continues working on a new kernel feature to provide read-only protection for dynamic data...

Lumina 1.3 Desktop Environment Released

Monday 26th of June 2017 06:45:42 PM
TrueOS-aligned Lumina Desktop Environment 1.3 is now available as the latest stable release for this Qt-powered desktop environment...

P-State/CPUFreq Governor Tests With Linux 4.12 For OpenGL/Vulkan Games

Monday 26th of June 2017 04:12:44 PM
For those wondering about the impact on gaming of the different CPUFreq vs. P-State CPU frequency scaling drivers and their different governors, here are some fresh tests using an Intel Skylake CPU with Radeon RX Polaris graphics when using the latest Linux 4.12 kernel and Mesa 17.2-dev.

92 Patches Later: Experimental NIR Backend For RadeonSI

Monday 26th of June 2017 02:48:39 PM
Nicolai Hähnle of AMD has posted his set of 92 patches for implementing an experimental NIR back-end within the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver...

GNU Multiplayer Strategy Game Sees First Update In Three Years

Monday 26th of June 2017 01:56:55 PM
GNU is home to a wide variety of free software projects, some more notable than others. One of the lesser known GNU projects is Motti, a "simple multiplayer strategy game."..

AES-128-CBC Support Coming To Fscrypt

Monday 26th of June 2017 01:41:08 PM
AES-128-CBC support is coming to fscrypt, the generic file-system crypto code in the Linux kernel that's currently in use by F2FS and EXT4 for offering native file-system encryption support...

Freedreno Continues Stacking On New Features For Open-Source Adreno

Monday 26th of June 2017 01:32:31 PM
Rob Clark continues doing great work on the Freedreno Gallium3D driver for open-source, reverse-engineered Qualcomm Adreno graphics as well as the related MSM DRM driver for display support with Snapdragon SoCs...

More AMD Stoney Ridge Code Lands In Coreboot

Monday 26th of June 2017 11:08:07 AM
It looks like the first AMD-powered Chromebook might be getting closer to reality...

LLVM/Clang Picks Up Support For The Ananas Operating System

Monday 26th of June 2017 10:11:26 AM
The LLVM Clang compiler toolchain now has mainline support for the Ananas platform...

AMD's Plans For ARB_gl_spirv Support In RadeonSI

Monday 26th of June 2017 10:00:00 AM
Back in May we talked about ARB_gl_spirv / NIR Support Being Worked On For RadeonSI while now we have more details from AMD's Nicolai Hähnle regarding these plans...

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  • Diskio Pi Wants to Be the Ultimate Open Source Tablet Powered by Raspberry Pi
    A new open source project hit Kickstarter a few days ago, and it caught our attention because it appears to be a versatile machine that's fully compatible with Raspberry Pi and Odroid single-board computers. Created by Guillaume Debray, an optician with 10+ years experience in making and selling glasses, yet a passionate computer engineer with deep knowledge of programming and hardware assembly and manufacturing processes, the Diskio Pi project wants to be the ultimate open source tablet powered by Raspberry Pi. Diskio Pi is the result of 18 months of development, and, in fact, it seems to be some sort of versatile device built on top of a single-board computer. It's currently compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi Zero, Odroid C1, and Odroid C2 SBCs, and can run Ubuntu, Debian, Raspbian Pixel, or Android.
  • The new Entroware Hybris could make a reasonable Linux gaming laptop
    Entroware, the UK-based Linux hardware vendor have released two newer laptops and one of them could be a reasonable gaming unit.
  • Chrome OS' Upcoming Night Light Feature Gets "Sunset to Sunrise" Automatic Mode
    The fantastic Chrome OS team over at Google is on a rampage, and after teasing us with the revamped sign-in/lock screens and new power management settings, today François Beaufort revealed yet another cool feature for our Chromebooks. This time, the developer announced on his Google+ page that the Chrome OS team is working on implementing an automatic "Sunset to Sunrise" mode for the upcoming Night Light feature, which should improve our sleep after using a Chromebook at night and ensures reduced strain on the eyes by limiting the amount of blue light emitted by the display.
  • CrossOver for Android Lets You Run Windows Apps on Intel-Based Chromebooks
    CodeWeavers‏, the commercial company behind the well-known CrossOver for Linux and Mac application that lets users install and run Windows apps and games is still working to release an Android version. Dubbed CrossOver Android, the project has been in development for the past year, and while it's still in an Alpha state, it looks like it is already capable of running Windows software on Intel-based Chromebooks and Android tablets. Since then, the project kept updating CrossOver for Android with new features.
  • Quick Reminder For The 2017 Linux Laptop Survey

Open Source Adreno Project “Freedreno” Receives New Update

Users of Freedreno, the open-source graphics driver support for Adreno on Linux distributions, will be pleased to know that a new update has been released in the past week. Lead developer Rob Clark discussed many of the details in his blog, which highlight above all the support for Adreno 500 series GPUs. Among the highlights include compute shaders for OpenGL and OpenGL ES, improved performance and improved Linux distribution support. Read more