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Intel's OpenGL Linux Driver Now Has OpenGL 4.6 Support For Mesa 19.2

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 03:41:01 PM
Two years after the OpenGL 4.6 specification was announced, Intel's open-source OpenGL Linux driver is now officially advertising the support after today landing the remaining SPIR-V enablement work...

Dell XPS 7390 Developer Edition Announced - Intel Comet Lake With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 02:00:00 PM
Going along with Intel this morning announcing their 10th Gen "Comet Lake" processors, Dell has just announced their new XPS line-up with these new processors and it does include a new Linux-loaded Developer Edition laptop...

Intel Launches 10th Gen "Comet Lake" Laptop CPUs For Laptops & 2-in-1s

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 01:37:34 PM
Earlier this month Intel announced 11 Icelake CPUs for laptops and 2-in1s under their 10th Gen CPU line-up. Today the company announced the 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs also for 2-in-1s and laptops...

New Low-Memory-Monitor Project Can Help With Linux's RAM/Responsiveness Problem

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 11:49:01 AM
Red Hat developer Bastien Nocera has announced Low-Memory-Monitor as a new project he's been tackling to try to help with the Linux desktop use-cases when responsiveness issues due to low RAM / memory pressure problems. Low-Memory-Monitor paired with complementary solutions could help improve the Linux desktop's handling on low-end systems and other desktops/laptops when simply running short on RAM...

Xfce 4.16 Should Be Out Next Year But Without GTK4 Or Wayland

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 11:00:00 AM
With Xfce 4.14 having finally been released last week following a four year development cycle, prominent Xfce developer Simon Steinbeiß has begun talking about the now-started Xfce 4.16 development cycle...

AMD Publishes New RDNA Whitepaper

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 10:44:10 AM
AMD has been publishing a lot of documentation recently covering their RDNA architecture used initially by the "Navi" graphics processors. They have published ISA documentation and a slide deck, among other material, while now they have published a higher-level whitepaper covering the architecture...

Debian Guts Support For Old MIPS CPUs

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 10:36:41 AM
As a change that will affect Debian 11 "Bullseye" but not the current Debian 10 "Buster" or older is the distribution's decision to remove the old MIPS architecture...

Sony Continues Tuning AMD Jaguar Support Within The LLVM Clang Compiler

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 08:02:26 AM
Thanks to Sony using LLVM Clang as their default compiler toolchain for their PlayStation game console, they continue making improvements to the AMD Btver2/Jaguar code for optimized performance. The Jaguar APU is what's in the current PlayStation 4 while we've already seen contributions from Sony to improve the Zen CPU support ahead of their next-generation console...

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...

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