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Radeon GPUs Are Increasingly Competing With NVIDIA GPUs On Latest RadeonSI/RADV Drivers

Monday 19th of March 2018 07:21:23 PM
As it's been a few weeks since last delivering a modest Linux GPU comparison and given the continuously evolving state of the Linux kernel Git tree as well as the Mesa project that houses the RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan drivers, here are our latest benchmarks showing the current state of the AMD Radeon open-source Linux graphics driver performance relative to NVIDIA's long-standing and high-performance but proprietary driver using several different graphics cards.

Linux Foundation Announces OpenBMC Project To Create Open-Source BMC Firmware

Monday 19th of March 2018 05:00:00 PM
Last week Intel announced their open-source sound firmware project while the latest project in the open-source realm comes via the Linux Foundation with the launch of OpenBMC...

Ubuntu 18.10 Looking At LZ4-Compressed Initramfs Image By Default

Monday 19th of March 2018 03:19:48 PM
With Ubuntu 18.10 being the release after an LTS cycle, it's shaping up to be another big feature period. They have already been discussing Zstd-compressed Debian packages for Ubuntu 18.10 while the latest proposal for this next cycle is on switching from Gzip to LZ4 for the default kernel initramfs image...

HTC VIVE Pro Shipping Next Month For $799 USD

Monday 19th of March 2018 02:53:02 PM
Sure enough, HTC and Valve are using GDC this week to talk more about the VIVE PRO VR headset...

Oracle Linux 7 For ARM64 Updated, Using Linux 4.14 Kernel

Monday 19th of March 2018 02:46:02 PM
Oracle has made available updated installation media for Oracle Linux 7 for ARM64...

LG Announces webOS Open-Source Edition

Monday 19th of March 2018 12:00:35 PM
What was Palm webOS nearly a decade ago is seeing its latest incarnation as LG webOS Open-Source Edition...

Mesa 17.3.7 RC2 Issued With Even More Patches

Monday 19th of March 2018 11:44:02 AM
Last week the release candidate of Mesa 17.3.7 was issued with more than 50 patches queued. That count grew more over the weekend resulting in an additional release candidate...

The Open Benchmarks So Far Available For Windows 10 / Windows Server 2016

Monday 19th of March 2018 10:19:07 AM
There are several dozen test profiles so far available for the new/rewritten Phoronix Test Suite port to Windows...

Linux Gets Ported To China's 32-bit "C-SKY" CPU Architecture

Monday 19th of March 2018 09:55:52 AM
While the Linux kernel maintainers are currently working on dropping support for some old CPU architectures, a new CPU architecture is looking to receive the mainline treatment...

Reverse-Engineering of ARM Mali "Midgard" Now Has A Working NIR Shader Compiler

Monday 19th of March 2018 09:43:32 AM
Earlier this year work on the "Chai" open-source Mali T700 GPU driver resumed with an aim to get a working Mesa driver for this "Midgard" graphics architecture. There's still a long battle ahead, but their NIR shader compiler is beginning to work...

GNU Mcron 1.1 Released As Their Replacement to Vixie Cron

Monday 19th of March 2018 09:30:03 AM
The GNU Project has released an updated version of their alternative to Vixie Cron from handling cron jobs. Today's Mcron 1.1 release is the first update to the project in several years...

Linux 4.16-rc6 Released: Looking Good For Final Release In Two Weeks

Monday 19th of March 2018 09:07:19 AM
Linus Torvalds has announced the sixth weekly release candidate of the forthcoming Linux 4.16 kernel...

GTK+ 4.0 Getting Audio/Video Playback Integration

Sunday 18th of March 2018 09:56:24 PM
The GTK+ 4.0 tool-kit has just landed its GtkMediaStream / GtkMediaFile / GtkVideo / GtkMediaControls widgets for now having native multimedia stream playback support in the tool-kit that in turn is backed by GStreamer / FFmpeg...

UBports Continues Work On Moving From Ubuntu 15.04 Base To 16.04

Sunday 18th of March 2018 03:04:20 PM
For those still holding out the dream for Ubuntu on phones/tablets, the UBports community continues their work in updating their Ubuntu Touch fork to riding off a 16.04 Xenial base rather than the existing Ubuntu 15.04...

Wine Developers Determining How To Handle Vulkan Loader Support

Sunday 18th of March 2018 02:14:04 PM
While this week's Wine 3.4 release delivers on working Wine Vulkan ICD support for beginning to allow Windows Vulkan programs to work under Wine assuming the host has Vulkan API support, this current implementation still requires the user to install the Windows Vulkan SDK...

AMDKFD GPUVM Support Updated For Discrete Radeon GPUs, Adds Userptr Support

Sunday 18th of March 2018 12:05:07 PM
Unfortunately the AMDKFD GPUVM support for discrete GPUs isn't looking like it will make it for the Linux 4.17 kernel cycle...

Dolphin Getting More Improvements For KDE Applications 18.04 & Other KDE Happenings

Sunday 18th of March 2018 11:55:00 AM
KDE contributor Nathaniel Graham is out with another recap of the usability and productivity improvements made this past week by the KDE community...

More Spectre + Meltdown Updates Heading Into Linux 4.16

Sunday 18th of March 2018 11:45:03 AM
Thomas Gleixner who has been wrangling all of the Spectre and Meltdown related patches for the Linux kernel tree has submitted another pull request of more changes to land for the Linux 4.16 cycle that is nearing the end of its development...

Wine-Staging 3.4 Released With MS Office Anti-Aliased Fonts, BattlEye Fixes

Saturday 17th of March 2018 11:32:26 PM
Fresh off the release of Wine 3.4 on Friday, the maintainers corralling the Wine-Staging releases have now put out their second modern release...

Intel SGX Enclave Support Added To GCC

Saturday 17th of March 2018 09:00:19 PM
The latest feature addition to the GCC compiler this week is support for Intel's new "ENCLV"...

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