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A Vulkan Renderer For GNOME's GTK+ GSK Is In Development

Monday 5th of December 2016 01:22:28 PM
A Vulkan back-end is in development for GNOME's GTK's tool-kit new GTK Scene Kit (GSK) code...

LLVM's LLD Linker Gets Faster Performance (Parallelized ICF)

Monday 5th of December 2016 11:17:47 AM
As pointed out by this week's LLVM Weekly, the LLVM Linker (LLD) received a rather nice performance optimization this past week...

Calligra 3.0 Is Ready As A Qt5 / KDE Frameworks 5 Office Suite

Monday 5th of December 2016 10:59:40 AM
It's been quite a while since last having anything to report on the KDE Calligra open-source graphics/office suite while surprisingly this morning it was pleasant to see Calligra 3.0 tagged for release...

Netperf For Network Benchmarking Is Now Available Via The Phoronix Test Suite

Monday 5th of December 2016 01:10:00 AM
For fans of Netperf or just looking for another networking benchmark to add to your arsenal, the netperf client can now be automated and run via the Phoronix Test Suite...

Linux 4.9-rc8 Kernel Released

Sunday 4th of December 2016 09:36:28 PM
There was too much churn in the mainline Linux kernel Git tree that Linus Torvalds today released 4.9-rc8 rather than declaring Linux 4.9 as ready to ship...

More Random Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts & Others Into Tech

Sunday 4th of December 2016 07:39:10 PM
Last week I shared some 2016 Holiday Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts, Gamers. Since then more ideas came to mind with other interesting tech gift ideas, particularly for Linux/open-source enthusiasts, as well as other favorite gadgets and interesting devices I've come across in the past year. So here are some more ideas of stocking stuffers and other fun purchases for the holidays...

iRulu BL20: A Decent 1080p Projector For ~$160 USD

Sunday 4th of December 2016 03:09:45 PM
The iRulu BL20 is a low-cost projector 1080p/HD projector that supports a projection distance up to six meters, dual built-in speakers, and a screen size up to 200 inches. Retailing for about $165 USD, this isn't a high-end projector but is rather decent for the price. Here's a quick write-up about my experience with this budget projector.

A Look At The Many Different Vulkan Engine/Renderer Projects On GitHub

Sunday 4th of December 2016 02:34:34 PM
There have been many small GitHub projects the past several months aspiring to be a good, open-source Vulkan game engine, but many of them don't tend to see commits too often or don't come close to realizing their dream. In my usual weekend "fun" of digging through GitHub looking for fascinating Vulkan projects of interest, I decided to provide a quick overview on some of the more promising Vulkan open-source engine projects...

Trisquel 8.0 Alpha Pairs A Linux-Libre Experience With MATE

Sunday 4th of December 2016 02:06:23 PM
This past week marked the availability of the first alpha release of Trisequel 8.0 "Flidas", the latest installment of the Free Software Foundation endorsed GNU/Linux distribution...

GCC Tackling Support For ARMv8-M Security Extensions

Sunday 4th of December 2016 01:50:43 PM
GCC developers have been working to support the compiler-side changes for dealing with ARMv8-M Security Extensions...

LibRetro's Vulkan PlayStation PSX Renderer Released

Saturday 3rd of December 2016 05:24:56 PM
A few days back I wrote about a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation emulator being worked on and now the code to that Vulkan renderer is publicly available...

ET: Legacy Continues Making Progress On Free, Modern Art Assets For Enemy Territory

Saturday 3rd of December 2016 03:58:42 PM
While there are many open-source game engines these days, many of which were formerly closed-source/commercial engines, one of the big bottlenecks for community-driven game projects continue to be on the art assets/models and/or their reliance upon the commercial game assets for game engines that were later opened up. ET: Legacy continues making progress on free, modernized assets inspired off the original Wolfenstein Enemy Territory game...

More Benchmarks From The 2016 MacBook Pro (Mac-A5C67F76ED83108C)

Saturday 3rd of December 2016 03:00:00 PM
A few days ago I wrote about how Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro and Linux Don't Mix, but prior to returning it to the sponsor, I did run a few more benchmarks under macOS beyond what was found in the original article...

Etnaviv DRM Updates Submitted For Linux 4.10

Saturday 3rd of December 2016 01:51:49 PM
Etnaviv is the latest DRM driver having its code ready for DRM-Next to in turn land for Linux 4.10...

Mesa 12.0.4 Being Prepped For Ubuntu 16.10/16.04

Saturday 3rd of December 2016 01:30:12 PM
Ubuntu is preparing Mesa 12.0.4 for Ubuntu Xenial and Yakkety users. It's not as great as Mesa 13, but at least there are some important fixes back-ported...

Wine 2.0 Coming In December~January: DirectX 11 Support Ongoing, No Android Support

Saturday 3rd of December 2016 01:17:50 PM
With Wine having moved to annual, time-based releases, the code freeze is indeed imminent for the next stable release, Wine 2.0...

Clear Linux With Mesa 13 Is A Strong Match For Intel Linux Performance

Friday 2nd of December 2016 06:09:19 PM
When benchmarking Intel's Clear Linux distribution earlier this year we found its Intel graphics performance to be quite good and slightly faster than other Linux distributions even when Clear was using an older version of Mesa. Now with Clear Linux having switched to Mesa 13, I decided to run some fresh Intel OpenGL benchmarks on it compared to other distributions.

PTS: PHP 7.1 vs. PHP 7.0 vs. HHVM Benchmarks

Friday 2nd of December 2016 05:37:24 PM
With today's PHP 7.1 release, performance isn't highlighted as much as language improvements to this first major update to PHP7, but I decided to run some PHP 7.1, PHP 7.0, PHP 5.6, PHP 5.5, and HHVM benchmarks of our open-source Phoronix Test Suite code-base...

Mir's Abstraction Layer Updated (MirAL 0.5)

Friday 2nd of December 2016 04:44:52 PM
A new version of MirAL is now available, the Ubuntu project for making it easier to develop new Mir servers by offering a stable ABI and other shared/common components...

Jolla Experiments With A Sailfish OS Watch

Friday 2nd of December 2016 01:47:33 PM
Jolla engineers have spent the past few weeks porting Sailfish OS to an Android smartwatch as they feel their Linux-based OS is particularly suited for small screens...

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