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Etnaviv Gallium3D Implements Enough To Expose OpenGL 2, Run Ioquake3

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 09:03:23 PM
Adding to the list of Mesa 17.0 features is enough functionality in the reverse-engineered Etnaviv Gallium3D driver for running OpenGL 2.0 games...

Fedora vs. Ubuntu vs. openSUSE vs. Clear Linux For Intel Steam Gaming Performance

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 08:30:00 PM
With this week Clear Linux now being able to run Steam, I was excited to see how this performance-minded Linux distribution out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center would compare to other more popular Linux distributions when it comes to Intel Linux gaming performance. Here are some benchmarks of this traditionally workstation/server-oriented Intel Linux distribution running some Steam Linux games.

NVIDIA 378.09 Driver Adds Multi-Threaded GLSL Shader Compilation, Vulkan Extensions

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 06:15:26 PM
As reported a few hours ago, it's the day for a new NVIDIA Linux driver beta series. Meet the NVIDIA 378.09 driver release and it's pretty darn exciting for both OpenGL and Vulkan...

Oracle Finally Confirms It's Canning Solaris 12

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 05:48:35 PM
At the beginning of December there were rumors of Oracle canning Solaris and now that's finally been confirmed by Oracle more or less as they will not be delivering Solaris 12...

NVIDIA Publishes EGL External Platform Interface & Wayland Library

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 04:45:42 PM
NVIDIA today is releasing their first Linux 378.xx driver series beta and alongside that new beta driver they are publishing their EGL External Platform interface and Wayland library...

RISC-V Accepted For Inclusion To GCC

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 04:25:08 PM
The GCC Steering Committee has approved of the RISC-V port being included in GCC...

LLVM 4.0 Release Candidate 1

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 03:55:35 PM
Hans Wennborg of Google, serving as the LLVM release manager, has announced the tagging of the first release candidate of the forthcoming LLVM 4.0...

PulseAudio 10 Coming Soon, Using Memfd Shared Memory By Default

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 02:02:02 PM
It's been a half year since the debut of PulseAudio 9.0 while the release of PulseAudio 10 is coming soon...

Nouveau Gets Patches For HDMI Stereoscopic 3D Output

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 01:08:22 PM
Nouveau continues advancing on the display front: beyond getting DP MST and atomic mode-setting support in the Linux 4.10 kernel, there are now patches available for wiring this open-source NVIDIA Linux driver up to supporting stereoscopic 3D output via HDMI...

Experimenting With Virtual GPU Support On Linux 4.10 + Libvirt

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 12:40:00 PM
With the Linux 4.10 kernel having initial but limited Intel Graphics Virtualization Tech support, you can begin playing with the experimental virtual GPU support using the upstream kernel and libvirt...

Lots Of Vulkan To Be Had At GDC 2017

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 11:39:33 AM
The Khronos Group has published their booth information and sessions that will happen at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC 17) at the start of March in San Francisco...

Genode OS Framework Planning For Async I/O, App ABI, Qt5 Plans For 2017

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 11:19:02 AM
The Genode Operating System Framework has announced their planned roadmap for this year as the involved developers continue working on this original OS initiative...

KDE Support For Flatpak Portals Progressing

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 11:04:44 AM
While GNOME / Red Hat developers have been leading the Flatpak app sandboxing initiative, KDE developers are making progress too with embracing Flatpak as a more convenient and secure way of securely packaging Linux desktop apps...

Several Old DDX Drivers Got Updated For X.Org Server 1.19, Even Voodoo Graphics

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 02:13:32 AM
X.Org Server 1.19 was released last November while today there was finally an X.Org developer giving some love to the older DDX drivers for those still with vintage GPUs and wanting to run the modern xorg-server...

Gabe Newell's 2017 Reddit AMA: VR, Source 2 Engine, No Linux Answers

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 12:19:26 AM
Gabe Newell of Valve wrapped up his latest Reddit "Ask Me Anything" where he faced a variety of questions. There were a number of users asking various SteamOS / Linux questions, but not much in the way of answers...

Google Developers Working On Gaming Protocol For Wayland

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 10:09:01 PM
Google developers are proposing the addition of a Gaming Input Protocol to Wayland...

Benchmarking Radeon Open Compute ROCm 1.4 OpenCL

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 07:08:01 PM
Last month with AMD/GPUOpen's ROCm 1.4 release they delivered on OpenCL support, albeit for this initial release all of the code is not yet open-source. I tried out ROCm 1.4 with the currently supported GPUs to see how the OpenCL performance compares to just using the AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL implementation.

FSF New "High Priority Projects" List: Phone OS, Security, Drivers, More Inclusivity

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 04:19:00 PM
For more than the past decade, the Free Software Foundation has been maintaining a list of high priority projects. Today they have a brand new list...

Here's How To Setup Clear Linux For Intel Steam Linux Gaming

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 04:00:00 PM
A few weeks back we learned of Intel's Clear Linux distribution working towards Steam support. While Clear Linux is a performance-oriented workstation/server/cloud distribution, repeatedly in our tests it performs among the top Linux distributions even when it comes to Intel OpenGL Linux gaming, so being able to game with it isn't a far stretch with Steam support -- there is also Vulkan support now too...

Mesa 17.0 Delayed To Allow For Ivy Bridge OpenGL 4.0

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 03:25:55 PM
Mesa 17.0 (formerly known as Mesa 13.1) was supposed to enter its feature freeze last weekend, but that milestone and branching of the code-base didn't happen due to last minute feature work...

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more