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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...

Ubuntu Still Planning For Mir 1.0 In 2017

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 02:33:10 PM
Alan Griffiths of Canonical today posted a year-in-review for Mir during 2016 and a look ahead to this year...

RetroPlayer Gaming Support Coming To Kodi 18, Mir Support

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 02:19:09 PM
While Kodi 17 "Krypton" hasn't even shipped yet, feature work is building already for Kodi 18 "Leia" and it sure should excite those wanting to play games from their HTPC...

Fedora 26 Planning For A Modular Server Preview

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 01:19:23 PM
Fedora Linux has been pursuing a path of modularity whereby modules provide different software purpose/functionality and are integrated/tested at the module level and a unit of delivery itself. With the Fedora 26 release they are hoping to provide a Fedora Modular Server preview build...

GNOME Developer On GTK4: State-of-the-Art of Toolkit Support

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 12:39:47 PM
GNOME developer Georges Stavracas has shared his thoughts on the state of the GTK4 tool-kit with the recent work involving a Vulkan renderer, including which also now works on Wayland...

Broadwell Vulkan Performance Also Up After Recent Mesa Git Work

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 12:25:40 PM
Yesterday I published a number of OpenGL/Vulkan benchmarks from Mesa Git in Mesa Git Delivering Faster Intel Vulkan Performance, Closer To OpenGL Driver Speed. Those tests were with Skylake desktop graphics so for some follow-up reference tests I also fired up Mesa Git on an Intel Broadwell ultrabook...

Ivy Bridge Patches For OpenGL 4.0 In Mesa Updated

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 11:51:38 AM
For those running older Intel "Ivy Bridge" hardware on Linux, OpenGL 4.0 support soon should arrive...

Google Developers Experiment With Plumbing Dartlang Into LLVM

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 11:41:14 AM
It's been a while since last hearing much excitement around Google's Dart programming language that's an alternative to JavaScript. This ECMA-approved language is now being used with IoT devices, can still be source-to-source compiled for JavaScript, and the latest is that the Google developers have been experimenting with wiring it into LLVM...

Intel GVT-G Starts Being Usable On Linux 4.10, But More Work Still Needed

Tuesday 17th of January 2017 11:24:21 AM
With the Linux 4.10 kernel there is initial mainline support for Intel GVT-G (Graphics Virtualization Technology) while it will become more usable in future updates...

RADV Vulkan Driver Support For Multiple Devices

Monday 16th of January 2017 08:52:17 PM
Open-source driver developer Bas Nieuwenhuizen has posted a patch for allowing the open-source Radeon Mesa Vulkan driver (RADV) to support multiple devices...

Mesa 17.0 Git Lands OpenGL 4.5 Support For Intel Haswell

Monday 16th of January 2017 06:42:06 PM
As a quick update from this morning's article about Intel's Mesa driver getting ready for OpenGL 4.5 on Haswell, that code has now landed...

Mesa Git Delivering Faster Intel Vulkan Performance, Closer To OpenGL Driver Speed

Monday 16th of January 2017 06:00:00 PM
In addition to Nouveau Gallium3D seeing a performance boost last week, last week Intel's Vulkan driver also seen some interesting work around HiZ. Here are some fresh benchmarks showing recent performance improvements to the Intel "ANV" Mesa Vulkan driver plus some fresh OpenGL benchmarks too.

RadeonSI Nearly Clearing The OpenGL 4.5 Conformance Test Suite

Monday 16th of January 2017 04:43:48 PM
While RadeonSI in Mesa Git exposes OpenGL 4.5, it hasn't yet formally passed the OpenGL 4.5 Conformance Test Suite (CTS) for certifying the OpenGL driver. But now it looks like this open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver has about all OpenGL CTS failures addressed...

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  • Are you Struggling With Finding Text In Files Or Locating Files? Try 'Recoll' Program In Linux
    Recoll is a full text search QT based free, open source program especially made for Unix-like and Linux but it is also available for Windows and Mac systems, licensed under GPL. It provides efficient desktop full text search from single-word to arbitrarily complex boolean searches, basically it indexes the documents data (along with their compressed versions) and huge number of files then let you find quickly whatever you search for. Recoll updates its index at designed intervals (for example through Cron tasks) but if desired, the indexing task can run as a file-system monitoring daemon for real-time index updates.
  • New Inkscape 0.92 breaks your previous works done with Inkscape
    I hope this type of blog-post will shake the mindset a bit, and make developers more serious about compatibility. The users shouldn't be prompted with a dialog with jargon. The artwork or rendering shouldn't be broken. Inkscape should do the auto-conversion to keep the artwork as it was (especially because the software can). Isn't it the task of Inkscape to be able to read SVG? to properly read itself? I hope a version 0.92.x will happens and solve this serious bug [1] . For those who have been following my work for the last ten years, I like to promote the release of new Free/Libre and Open-Sources Software versions. It costs me a lot emotionally and in production-time to have to make this type of blog-post against a project I love. But what else can I do?
  • Ardour + Cinelerra + 4 Cams + Heavy Blues
  • Albert Quick Launcher 0.9.0 Released With External Extensions Support
    Albert is a quick launcher for Linux inspired by Alfred (Mac). It can be used to run applications, open files, search the web, open bookmarks in your web browser, calculate math expressions, and more.
  • MKVToolNix 9.8.0 Open-Source MKV Manipulation App Adds Support for DVB Subtitles
    Moritz Bunkus released today, January 22, 2017, a new stable release of his popular, multiplatform, and open-source MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. There are bunch of exciting new features added in the new MKVToolNix 9.8.0 release, which comes three weeks after the previous version, namely MKVToolNix 9.7.1, but first we'd like to inform package maintainers about an important change in the build system as parallel builds are now enabled by default.
  • Libvirt 3.0 Released With Various Improvements
    The libvirt virtualization API saw a major 3.0 release this week to succeed its earlier v2.5 milestone.
  • 5 Highly Promising Terminal Emulators
    The terminal emulator is a venerable but essential tool for computer users. The reason why Linux offers so much power is due to the command line. The Linux shell can do so much, and this power can be accessed on the desktop by using a terminal emulator. There are so many available for Linux that the choice is bewildering.
  • What Spotify Takes Away, the Open-Source Community Brings Back…
    One of my favourite bands has just released a new album, which means I now have 11 new songs to learn the words to before I go see them play next!
  • Skype for Linux Alpha Video Call Support Begins ‘Rollout’

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