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NVIDIA 361.28 Linux Driver Released, Makes GLVND Optional

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 06:00:00 PM
The NVIDIA 361.28 Linux driver was released a short time ago as the newest stable release in the NVIDIA 361 driver series...

Wayland Network Transparency Patches Published

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 05:35:42 PM
For the longest time, when bringing up Wayland a recurring question was "what about network transparency?!" Well, Samsung's Derek Foreman has today published the set of Wayland patches for providing Wayland network traparency by pushing the Wayland protocol over TCP/IP...

Review of XCOM 2 On Linux; Welcome Back, Commander

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 05:00:00 PM
Coming three and a half years after the release of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (EU), and two and a half years after the release of Enemy Within (EW), Firaxis welcomes back The Commanders of the world with a bit of a slap in the face: you lost the war.

The GTX 750 Series Still Has Lots Of Problems With Nouveau

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 04:09:32 PM
While all routine Phoronix readers should be well aware of the fact that there still isn't any open-source accelerated support for the GTX 900 "Maxwell" graphics cards yet as the Nouveau developers are blocked on waiting signed firmware from NVIDIA, the GTX 750 series does have some basic support as the original Maxwell GPUs. Here is a look at using this unofficial open-source driver on a GTX 750 with the Linux 4.5 kernel and Mesa 11.2-devel...

Raspbian Now Ships With Experimental Support For The New VC4 OpenGL Driver

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 01:31:39 PM
A new release of the Raspberry Pi's Debian-based "Raspbian" Linux distribution is now available. This release based off Debian Jessie adds in experimental support for the Pi's new open-source, OpenGL Linux graphics driver stack!..

Dell Moves Forward With Firmware Updating On Linux

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 01:05:48 PM
Dell is moving forward with offering natively UEFI firmware flashing from the Linux desktop...

Amazon Publishes A Free, Source-Access AAA Game Engine

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 12:28:57 PM
Well this comes as bit of a surprise... Our friends at Amazon have announced Lumberyard, a new AAA game engine they have been developing that's free and with the source code being public...

Wayland Live OS Is Now Based On Debian Testing, Working KDE Wayland Support

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 12:10:57 PM
If you want to try out Wayland from a Live DVD/USB device, RebeccaBlackOS has seen a new release and ships the very latest Wayland/Weston components as well as for the high-profile software making use of Wayland...

Raspberry Pi VC4 DRM Driver Is Getting Runtime Power Management & GPU Reset

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 05:36:01 AM
The VC4 DRM kernel open-source driver for providing display support on Raspberry Pi devices is in the process of getting runtime power management and GPU reset capabilities...

DRI3 Still Appears To Be Causing Problems For Nouveau

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 05:00:00 AM
As a quick PSA, while you may be wanting to try out DRI3 support with the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver as it is capable of enhancing the performance, so far my latest attempts have been marred by rendering issues...

X.Org Server 1.18.1 Has Fixes For GLAMOR, Modesetting & DRI3 Presentation

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 01:00:00 AM
Red Hat's Adam Jackson today announced the release of X.Org Server 1.18.1 as the first point release building off last year's X.Org Server 1.18 debut...

Here Is My Linux 4.5-rc3 Kernel Spin With AMDGPU PowerPlay & CIK Enabled

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 12:28:16 AM
With the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA still not enabling the experimental AMDGPU PowerPlay or CIK (Sea Islands / GCN 1.1) support in their kernel builds (although they basically are both off by default at runtime), here is my spin of the newly-released Linux 4.5-rc3 kernel with these features turned on...

More Details On HP's "The Machine" Finally Emerge

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 12:00:00 AM
It has been a while since hearing much anything about HP's "The Machine" computing architecture and its associated Linux++ project, but that changed this past week...

4K HDMI Appears To Work Much Better With Nouveau On Linux 4.5

Monday 8th of February 2016 11:34:13 PM
While I'm in the middle of a big Nouveau Linux 4.4 vs. Nouveau Linux 4.5 vs. NVIDIA proprietary driver comparison with multiple NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, I just wanted to pass along a bit of good, non-performance news about Nouveau on Linux 4.5...

Vim Lands Asynchronous Processing Support

Monday 8th of February 2016 09:00:58 PM
The latest feature added to the popular Vim text editor is asynchronous processing...

Lossless Compression Brings Possible Speedups To Skylake Linux Mesa Driver

Monday 8th of February 2016 07:24:50 PM
Topi Pohjolainen of Intel posted a set of 23 patches today for providing compression of single-sampled color surfaces / lossless compression within the Intel Mesa driver for Skylake "Gen9" and newer...

Writing Code For Radeon's HCC Compiler

Monday 8th of February 2016 07:11:50 PM
As part of the GPUOpen initiative that AMD launched last month is an introduction to the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler (HCC) for writing code to take advantage of AMD's new LLVM-based compiler for offloading the work to the GPU...

Khronos Is Hosting A Vulkan "Special Webinar" Later This Month

Monday 8th of February 2016 04:30:38 PM
In just less than two weeks The Khronos Group will be hosting a "special webinar" about Vulkan...

For $3100 USD You Can Have A Fast, Fully-Free-Software Workstation

Monday 8th of February 2016 03:50:00 PM
Last week I brought up the Talos Secure Workstation as a $3100 USD system that's fully free and open down to the firmware and with an open-source friendly processor design while being high performance. Since then, I've had access to test out the hardware making up this POWER8-powered system to see how fast a fully-open system can be. Here is more information on the proposed Talos Workstation along with a few early Linux benchmarks.

Gallium3D Drivers Set To Receive OpenGL 4.3 AoA Support

Monday 8th of February 2016 01:39:21 PM
David Airlie has been putting out some ARB_arrays_of_arrays patches this weekend for Mesa that implement this OpenGL 4.3 extension for all Gallium3D drivers supporting GLSL 1.30...

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