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Mozilla Still Isn't Ready To Enable OpenGL By Default In Firefox For Linux

Thursday 16th of November 2017 01:39:52 PM
There's been a seven year old bug report about enabling OpenGL accelerated layers by default on Firefox for Linux on at least some supported hardware, but Mozilla still doesn't have any plans to do so...

ASPM Fixes, SR-IOV Improvements & Other PCI Improvements For Linux 4.15

Thursday 16th of November 2017 11:12:21 AM
There are a lot of PCI changes that have built up for the Linux 4.15 kernel cycle...

MESA_program_binary_formats Added To The OpenGL Registry

Thursday 16th of November 2017 10:50:47 AM
Intel developers have seen their MESA_program_binary_formats extension added to the official OpenGL registry...

F2FS For Linux 4.15 Brings Some Enhancements, Changes For Android

Thursday 16th of November 2017 10:22:23 AM
The F2FS file-system changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

DRM Updates Land For Linux 4.15; Torvalds: "There's Something Odd About DRM People"

Thursday 16th of November 2017 10:16:26 AM
Overnight the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) display/graphics driver updates were sent out and ultimately pulled into the mainline kernel for Linux 4.15. This doesn't yet include though the separate AMDGPU DC pull request...

Valve + LunarG Open Up Their Mesa Testing Results

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 09:56:53 PM
As covered back during XDC2017, Valve and LunarG have been working on more extensive testing of Mesa to catch regressions and meticulously spot any performance changes as they occur. That framework is now publicly available to see the results and for developers allows tracking their own Mesa development branches...

Thunderbolt Networking Driver Lands In Linux 4.15

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 09:45:39 PM
The networking feature updates have landed for the Linux 4.15 merge window...

AMDGPU DC Gets More Fixes Ahead Of The 4.15 Pull Request

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 08:05:05 PM
Alex Deucher of AMD has submitted a set of last minute fixes for the AMDGPU DC code that's expected to be sent this week as a pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel...

Intel Optane SSD 900P Offers Stunning Linux Performance

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 06:29:06 PM
At the end of October Intel released the Optane 900P solid-state drive as their new ultra high-end performance SSD. Windows reviews have been positive, but what about using the Optane 900P on Linux? It's working well and delivers stunning NVMe SSD performance.

Igalia Posts Initial OpenGL SPIR-V Patches For Mesa, Intel i965

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 03:39:07 PM
Spanish development outfit Igalia has posted their initial work on wiring up the OpenGL 4.6 ARB_gl_spirv and ARB_spirv_extensions into core Mesa and the i965 OpenGL driver...

Crunch Texture Compression Showing Off Promising Results For Unity

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 03:01:41 PM
The Crunch texture compression library developed by former Valve Linux/OpenGL engineer Rich Geldreich who cofounded the Binomial consulting firm is making much progress with showing off impressive compression capabilities for game engines...

GNOME 3.27.2 Released: More Meson Porting, Nautilus Starring Files

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 02:18:31 PM
GNOME 3.27.2 is now available as the second development release in the road to next March's GNOME 3.28 desktop stable update...

Canonical Is Hiring Graphics Stack Developers To Work On Mir

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 12:00:00 PM
While it was only months ago that Canonical let go of several Mir developers at the same time as other staff reductions for the Unity team and different areas as the company changed their focus, they are now looking for new Mir hires...

New Touchpad & Touchscreen Support, Better Dell Canvas Support In Linux 4.15

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 11:29:22 AM
The HID and input pull requests have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

Epiphany 3.27.2 Improves GNOME Web Apps, Firefox Sync

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 11:06:35 AM
Epiphany 3.27.2 is now available as the latest web browser release in the road to next year's GNOME 3.28 desktop...

QEMU 2.11-RC1 Released: Drops IA64, Adds OpenRISC SMP & More

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:50:21 AM
QEMU 2.11-RC1 is available for this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

VC4 & VC5 Drivers Get More Fixes Ahead Of The Holidays

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:41:17 AM
Eric Anholt at Broadcom has continued his spree of bringing up the next-gen VC5 Linux graphics driver stack while also continuing to maintain and improve upon the VC4 driver most commonly associated as being the open-source GPU driver option for the Raspberry Pi...

BCache Gets New Maintainer, NVMe Improvements & More For Linux 4.15

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 10:19:34 AM
The changes to the MD RAID and block areas of the Linux kernel have been submitted for the 4.15 cycle...

OpenGL 4.2 Support Could Soon Land For AMD Cayman GPUs On R600g

Wednesday 15th of November 2017 12:27:03 AM
David Airlie is looking to land OpenGL image support in the R600 Gallium3D driver that would be enabled for Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" GPUs and newer. For the HD 6900 "Cayman" GPUs, this would be the last step taking it to exposing OpenGL 4.2 compliance...

AMD Stoney Ridge Audio Supported By Linux 4.15

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 11:52:17 PM
The sound driver changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel and includes finally supporting AMD Stoney Ridge hardware...

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Programming/Development: fwupd, LLVM and More

  • CSR devices now supported in fwupd
    The BlueCore CSR chips are used everywhere. If you have a “wireless” speaker or headphones that uses Bluetooth there is a high probability that it’s using a CSR chip inside. This makes the addition of CSR support into fwupd a big deal to access a lot of vendors. It’s a lot easier to say “just upload firmware” rather than “you have to write code” so I think it’s useful to have done this work.
  • Skylake Server Scheduler Model Updated In LLVM 6.0 Along With Other Intel CPU Updates
  • Most Software Code Will Be Written By Machines By 2040, Researchers Predict
    Imagine a scenario where a programmer needs to follow a couple of tried and tested procedures to write code that becomes a part of a bigger program that needs some insightful contribution from another programmer. So, is the first programmer really needed? Can’t we find a robotic replacement for the same? In the past, GitHub CEO had already made a prediction which says that future of coding is no coding at all. A similar speculation has been made by the researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, who have said that machines will write most of their own code by 2040.
  • Hazelcast joins Eclipse, JCache is key focal point
    Open source In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) company Hazelcast has joined the Eclipse Foundation – and it has done so for a reason. Hazelcast’s primary focus will be on JCache the Eclipse MicroProfile and EE4J. In particular, Hazelcast will be collaborating with members to popularize JCache, a Java Specification Request (JSR-107). So what place does JCache fill in the universe then?

Software: Darktable, VLC, Mesa, Audacity, Toplip, GNUstep

  • Darktable 2.4-RC1 Rolls Out With Windows Support, OpenCL Improvements
    The open-source Darktable RAW photography software that's long been available for Linux and macOS has finally been ported to Microsoft Windows. But fortunately that's not all to be found in Darktable 2.4. While Windows support is their big headline feature of Darktable 2.4, the RC1 release that came out today is also packed with other improvements.
  • Linux Release Roundup: VLC, Mesa, Audacity + More
    Another week has flown by, making it time for another round-up of pertinent Linux app releases that didn’t manage to wangle a full post’s worth of waffle on this site. This week’s crop of curios includes updates to the world’s most popular open-source video player, the world’s most popular open-source audio editor, and the world’s most popular open-source graphics drivers.
  • Toplip – A Very Strong File Encryption And Decryption CLI Utility
    There are numerous file encryption tools available on the market to protect your files. We have already reviewed some encryption tools such as Cryptomater, Cryptkeeper, CryptGo, Cryptr, Tomb, and GnuPG etc. Today, we will be discussing yet another file encryption and decryption command line utility named “Toplip”. It is a free and open source encryption utility that uses a very strong encryption method called AES256, along with an XTS-AES design to safeguard your confidential data. Also, it uses Scrypt, a password-based key derivation function, to protect your passphrases against brute-force attacks.
  • GNUstep Takes Another Step Forward For Implementing Apple's Cocoa Frameworks
    GNUstep is the long-standing free software project working to implement Apple's Cocoa Objective-C frameworks used by macOS. The GNU project has made new releases of their GUI and Back libraries. GNUstep GUI 0.26 is out this morning as the latest update to their graphical user-interface library. GNUstep GUI 0.26 has a number of compatibility improvements, translation updates, mouse tracking logic improvements, bug fixes, and other work.

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