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Systemd Adds New "ProtectSystem Strict" Option, Other New Tunables

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 11:33:48 AM
Landing over night in systemd Git were several new tunables for offering better system security/protection. The systemd-udevd.service is also now run in a Seccomp-based sandbox to prohibit any network access...

A Deep Dive Into Vulkan's Validation Layers

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 10:56:14 AM
The plugable validation layers concept is one of many great improvements with Vulkan over OpenGL. If you are new to Vulkan development or just haven't explored the validation layers yet, The Khronos Group and LunarG hosted a webinar this week concerning this area of the new high-performance graphics API...

Intel's Beignet OpenCL For Linux Now Supports LLVM 3.9

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 10:44:26 AM
With the recent Beignet 1.2 release some Phoronix readers expressed disappointment that this Intel OpenCL implementation for Iris/HD Graphics hadn't supported the recently-released LLVM 3.9. Well, now it does...

Ubuntu 16.10 Final Beta Released

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 10:19:30 AM
It feels like so soon - we are just two weeks out from seeing the official Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" release. Today the final beta is available...

Mesa Preps For Landing The On-Disk Shader Cache

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 11:55:17 PM
Just a few days ago was the fifth version of the proposed Mesa on-disk shader cache and it's looking like it may finally be ready for merging with some of the prep infrastructure work having landed today in mainline Mesa...

Testing The BCache SSD Cache For HDDs On Linux 4.8

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 06:56:40 PM
It has been over one year since last testing the mainline Linux kernel's BCache support for this block cache that allows solid-state drives to act as a cache for slower hard disk drives. Here are some fresh benchmarks of a SATA 3.0 SSD+HDD with BCache from the Linux 4.8 Git kernel.

There Are Around 2,000 Steam Linux Games Available

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 02:36:21 PM
There are about 2,000 Steam Linux games that are published and working (1,999 as of right now), granted a majority of them are indie games and only about a fifth of the games available for Steam on Windows or less than half of the number of games available for OS X...

Boot 2 Gecko Being Stripped From Mozilla's Codebase

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 12:37:59 PM
At the end of 2015 Mozilla effectively put an end to Firefox OS / Boot 2 Gecko by concluding things weren't working out for Mozilla Corp and their commercial partners to ship Firefox OS smartphones. All commercial development around it has since stopped and they are now preparing to strip B2G from the mozilla-central code-base...

KDE Kirigami 1.1 UI Framework Released

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 11:25:33 AM
One month after Kirigami's first public release, KDE Kirigami 1.1 is now available as the newest stable of this user-interface framework designed for mobile and convergent applications in Qt...

Fedora 25 Goes Into Beta Freeze Today, New Features Need To Be Completed

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 11:07:42 AM
Today is a big day along the Fedora 25 schedule and stepping towards its official debut in November...

Performance-Boosting HiZ Patches Revised For Intel's Vulkan Linux Driver

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 10:39:39 AM
A revised set of 11 patches were published this week for implementing basic HiZ (Hierarchical Z) support within Intel's open-source Vulkan "ANV" Mesa driver...

RADV Vulkan Driver Can Now Correctly Render Talos Principle

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 10:20:30 AM
With all of the RADV Radeon Vulkan activity in the past few weeks, The Talos Principle now renders correctly when using this community-driven Vulkan graphics API driver!..

X.Org's GLAMOR 2D Performance Continues To Be Tuned

Monday 26th of September 2016 11:58:49 PM
While GLAMOR has already been around for a number of years as a means of providing generic X11 2D acceleration over OpenGL for the X.Org Server, it's a seemingly never-ending process to optimize its code-paths for best performance. More improvements are en route for making GLAMOR 2D faster, which should especially be helpful for Raspberry Pi users making use of the VC4 driver stack on this very slow-speed hardware...

The Linux State Of AMD's Zen x86 Memory Encryption

Monday 26th of September 2016 11:21:43 PM
With AMD's forthcoming Zen processors is support for some new memory encryption technologies that are of particular benefit for virtualized environments...

KDE Introduces An Advisory Board

Monday 26th of September 2016 05:19:15 PM
A KDE Advisory Board has been formed by KDE e.V. to provide greater insight and cooperation around this free software desktop environment...

Intel Core i7 6800K Benchmarks On Ubuntu + Linux 4.8

Monday 26th of September 2016 03:00:00 PM
While the Core i7 6800K has been available for a few months now, there hadn't been any review on it since Intel hadn't sent out any Broadwell-E samples for Linux testing this time around. However, I did end up finally buying a Core i7 6800K now that the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 support is finally coming together (at first, Intel PR said it wouldn't even be supported on Linux) so that I can run some benchmarks there plus some other interesting items on the horizon for benchmarking. Here are some benchmarks of the i7-6800K from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the Linux 4.8 kernel.

Reiser4 Implements Mirror & Failover Support

Monday 26th of September 2016 01:13:54 PM
Edward Shishkin, one of the last remaining Reiser4 developers and the one who has been leading this out-of-tree file-system the past few years, has implemented logical volumes support with support for mirrors (in effect, RAID 0) and failover support at the file-system level...

LLVM Cauldron 2016 Videos, Slides Published

Monday 26th of September 2016 12:37:32 PM
The inaugural LLVM Cauldron conference happened earlier this month ahead of the GNU Tools Cauldron in Hebden Bridge, UK. All of the slides and videos from this latest LLVM conference are now available...

OpenMW 0.40 Released, Continues Striving As Open-Source Morrowind Reimplementation

Monday 26th of September 2016 11:39:12 AM
OpenMW 0.40 is now available as the well known open-source reimplementation of the Elderscrolls III: Morrowind game...

Steam Dev Days Are In 2 Weeks; SteamOS/Linux Will Be Talked About

Monday 26th of September 2016 11:20:24 AM
Coming up in two weeks marks the return of Steam Dev Days. Linux and SteamOS gaming will be talked about there, but so far no indications of Steam Machines...