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Wayland 1.12 Beta Released

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 08:34:57 PM
Bryce Harrington announced the release today of Wayland 1.12 beta and the associated Wayland compositor update...

Testing The Open-Source "RADV" Radeon Vulkan Driver vs. AMDGPU-PRO

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 04:00:00 PM
With word coming out last week that the RADV open-source Vulkan driver can now render Dota 2 correctly, I've been running some tests the past few days of this RADV Vulkan driver compared to AMD's official (but currently closed-source) Vulkan driver bundled with the AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan driver.

Some Quick Basic Gaming Tests With Wine/Wine-Staging vs. Linux vs. Windows

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 03:00:00 PM
With having just wrapped up the Windows 10 vs. Linux Radeon Software Performance benchmarking roundabout, I decided to run some very quick tests with Wine and Wine-Staging while gauging interest to run a larger Wine comparison...

Fedora 25 Alpha Released With Wayland By Default

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 02:26:56 PM
After originally being delayed, Fedora 25 Alpha made it out today for those wanting to test this initial development snapshot of this next version of the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution that is aiming to use Wayland by default...

Intel Reveals More Details About 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" Processors

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 01:30:51 PM
Intel is making public more details today about their forthcoming 7th Generation Intel Core CPUs, a.k.a. Kaby Lake...

GCN 1.0 / Southern Islands On AMDGPU Takes Another Step Forward

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 12:39:22 PM
Many Phoronix readers appear excited about the forthcoming GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" support for the AMDGPU DRM driver as an alternative to the Radeon DRM. With the newer AMDGPU DRM support will eventually mean Vulkan and AMDGPU-PRO support for these original Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs. This GCN 1.0 / SI support has taken another step forward with now having "workable" dynamic power management...

OpenShot 2.1 Open-Source Video Editor Released

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 12:09:03 PM
OpenShot 2.1 is the latest feature release of this promising open-source video editing solution...

Keyboard Grabbing Protocol Proposed For Wayland

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 12:03:41 PM
Red Hat developer Olivier Fourdan has proposed adding a keyboard grabbing protocol to Wayland...

RadeonSI Gets Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension: ARB_cull_distance

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 11:55:20 AM
The RadeonSI Gallium3D driver continues stepping ever so closely to OpenGL 4.4 and 4.5 compliance...

GNOME's Mutter 3.21.91 Brings Wayland Improvements

Tuesday 30th of August 2016 01:00:00 AM
Florian Müllner announced the release today of Mutter 3.21.91, the near-final version of this compositing window manager and Wayland compositor for the upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop...

Raspberry Pi Zero Will Likely Be Supported On Linux 4.9

Monday 29th of August 2016 11:00:00 PM
It's looking like the Raspberry Pi Zero might be playing fine out-of-the-box with the upcoming Linux 4.9 kernel cycle...

Direct3D 11 vs. OpenGL vs. Vulkan Radeon Benchmarks On Windows & Linux

Monday 29th of August 2016 10:32:00 PM
After making the Direct3D 11 vs. Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks available to Phoronix Premium subscribers this weekend, these results are now available to everyone. Enjoy...

Running Caffe AlexNet/GoogleNet On Some CPUs Compared To NVIDIA CUDA

Monday 29th of August 2016 10:25:18 PM
With working on some Broadwell-EP Linux comparison benchmarks this weekend, as part of that onslaught of benchmarks I decided to run the CPU-only Caffe build on a few different Intel CPUs. For fun, afterwards I checked to see how the performance compares to Caffe with CUDA+cuDNN on a few Maxwell/Pascal GPUs...

A Slew Of RadeonSI Gallium3D Fixes To Kick Off The Week

Monday 29th of August 2016 05:14:45 PM
After already making a ton of improvements to the RadeonSI Gallium3D stack this month, Marek Olšák is looking to end the month on a high note with yet more fixes to the open-source AMD driver...

Why FreeBSD Doesn't Aim For OpenMP Support Out-Of-The-Box

Monday 29th of August 2016 03:15:37 PM
Seen as silly to come, the stock compiler of FreeBSD doesn't (at least not yet) ship with OpenMP support enabled by default...

Ubuntu's Mir May Be Ready For FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync

Monday 29th of August 2016 02:51:51 PM
The Mir display server may already be ready for working with AMD's FreeSync or VESA's Adaptive-Sync, once all of the other pieces to the Linux graphics stack are ready...

Blender 2.78 Is Adding Pascal Support, Fixes Maxwell Performance Issues

Monday 29th of August 2016 02:27:23 PM
Version 2.78 of the Blender open-source modeling software is coming soon and it adds NVIDIA Pascal support on top of fixing some Maxwell performance issues...

There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development

Monday 29th of August 2016 01:44:11 PM
Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored...

NVMe Power-Savings Support Is Coming For Linux

Monday 29th of August 2016 01:23:25 PM
The Linux kernel to now hasn't provided proper support for NVMe power-savings via APST, Autonomous Power State Transitions, but it's coming...

Vulkan 1.0.25 Moves To Single-Branch Model, Adds NVIDIA Extensions

Monday 29th of August 2016 12:59:45 PM
The Vulkan 1.0.x release train has been slowing down a bit with not seeing releases every week now but sometimes it's now every other week...

More in Tux Machines

today's howtos

Linux Graphics

  • The RADV Radeon Vulkan Linux Driver Continues Picking Up Features
  • OpenChrome Maintainer Making Some Progress On VIA DRM Driver
    Independent developer Kevin Brace took over maintaining the OpenChrome DDX driver earlier this year to improve the open-source VIA Linux graphics support while over the summer he's slowly been getting up to speed on development of the OpenChrome DRM driver. The OpenChrome DRM driver was making progress while James Simmons was developing it a few years back, but since he left the project, it's been left to bit rot. It will take a lot of work even to get this previously "good" code back to working on the latest Linux 4.x mainline kernels given how DRM core interfaces have evolved in recent times.
  • My talk about Mainline Explicit Fencing at XDC 2016!
    Last week I was at XDC in Helsinki where I presented about the Explicit Fencing work we’ve been doing on the Mainline Linux Kernel in the lastest few months. There was a livestream of all presentations during the conference and recorded sections are available. You can check the video of my presentation. Check out the slides too.

Linux Kernel News

  • Linux 4.8 gets rc8
    Chill, penguin-fanciers: Linux lord Linus Torvalds is sitting on the egg that is Linux 4.8 for another week. As Torvalds indicated last week, this version of the kernel still needs work and therefore earned itself an eighth release candidate.
  • Linux 4.8-rc8 Released: Linux 4.8 Next Weekend
  • Linux Kernel 4.7.5 Released with Numerous ARM and Networking Improvements
    The fifth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series, which is currently the most advanced, secure and stable kernel branch you can get for your GNU/Linux operating system, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Linux kernel 4.7.5 is here only ten days after the release of the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.4, and it's a big update that changes a total of 213 files, with 1774 insertions and 971 deletions, which tells us that the kernel developers and hackers had a pretty busy week patching all sorts of bugs and security issues, as well as to add various, much-needed improvements.
  • Blockchain Summit Day Two: End-Of-Conference Highlights From Shanghai
    Financial services firms and startups looking to be the bridge to blockchain ledgers continued to dominate presentations on the second and final day of the Blockchain Summit, ending International Blockchain Week in Shanghai that also saw Devcon2 and a startup demo competition.
  • Testing Various HDDs & SSDs On Ubuntu With The Linux 4.8 Kernel
    Here are some fresh benchmarks of various solid-state drives (SATA 3.0 SSDs plus two NVMe M.2 SSDs) as well as two HDDs for getting a fresh look at how they are performing using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel. After publishing Friday's Intel 600P Series NVME SSD tests of this lower-cost NVM Express storage line-up, I continued testing a few other SSDs and HDDs. These additional reference points are available for your viewing pleasure today. The additional data is also going to be used for reference in a Linux 4.8-based BCache SSD+HDD comparison being published next week. Stay tuned for those fresh BCache numbers.

Behind the GNOME 3.22 Release Video

This is less than usual. The time saving mostly stems from spending less time recording for the release video. At first thought you might think recording would be a breeze but it can be one of the most frustrating aspects of making the videos. Each cycle the GNOME community lands improvement a wide set of GNOME’s applications. So before each release I have to find some way to run a dozen of applications from master. I do this either by: Read more