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VESA Pushes Out DisplayID 2.0 As The Successor To EDID For Monitors & Electronics

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 05:12:19 PM
DisplayID 2.0 is now official as the VESA standard to succeed the long-used Extended Display Identification Data "EDID" by TVs, monitors, and other consumer electronics...

Dell Rolling Out More Developer-Focused Systems Preloaded With Ubuntu

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 04:24:41 PM
Canonical has announced that Dell is rolling out five new systems pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux. These systems are catering towards developers and come from all-in-one computers to new laptop models...

KDevelop 5.2 Released With New Analyzers, Better C++ / PHP / Python Support

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 04:01:29 PM
KDevelop 5.2 is now available as the newest feature release for this KDE-focused, multi-language integrated development environment...

Ubuntu 17.10 Radeon Performance: Stock vs. X-Swat Updates vs. Oibaf PPA vs. Pkppa vs. Padoka PPA

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 03:00:00 PM
There are several Launchpad PPA options for Ubuntu users wanting to update their Mesa-based drivers. For those curious about the state of these different third-party repositories, here are a few words on them and benchmarks.

Mesa 17.3-RC4 Released, Handful Of Blocker Bugs Still Left

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 02:43:43 PM
Emil Velikov of Collabora has just announced the fourth weekly release candidate of the upcoming Mesa 17.3...

Fedora 27 Debuts With GNOME 3.26 Powered Workstation Spin, Modular Server Coming

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 02:13:18 PM
It's arriving only two weeks late but today marks the official debut of Fedora 27 as the latest major update for this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution...

KTechLab Microcontroller/Electronics IDE Ported To KDE4/Qt4

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 02:09:48 PM
The KTechLab integrated development environment for electronics and microcontrollers no longer depends upon the vintage KDE3 and Qt3 libraries but has been ported to KDE4/Qt4...

Linux 4.15 Is Off To A Busy Start

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 12:28:39 PM
As expected, the Linux 4.15 merge window is proving to be very action-packed with a lot of new code being queued for this next kernel release and we are less than 48 hours into this two week cycle...

ACPI & Power Management Updates For Linux 4.15

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 11:56:23 AM
Rafael Wysocki of Intel has mailed in the power management updates for the current Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

FFmpeg Expands Its NVDEC CUDA-Accelerated Video Decoding

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 09:27:10 AM
A few days back I wrote about FFmpeg picking up NVDEC-accelerated H.264 video decoding and since then more FFmpeg improvements have landed...

Intel Batch Buffer Logger Updated For Mesa

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 07:35:28 AM
Intel's Kevin Rogovin has been working on a "BatchBuffer Logger" for the Intel graphics driver that offers some useful possibilities for assisting in debugging/analyzing problems or performance penalties facing game/application developers...

RISC-V Hopes To Get In Linux 4.15, OpenRISC Adds SMP Support

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 05:04:13 AM
There's potentially a lot happening within the open-source RISC space for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

XFS For Linux 4.15 Brings "Great Scads of New Stuff"

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 02:05:48 AM
File-system pull requests today for Linux 4.15 not only included Btrfs compression-related improvements, an overhaul to the AFS driver, and EXT4 corruption fixes but there is also a very significant set of updates to the XFS file-system...

Marek Has Been Taking To AMDGPU LLVM Optimizations

Tuesday 14th of November 2017 01:00:00 AM
Well known AMD open-source driver developer Marek Olšák has ruthlessly been optimizing the Radeon Mesa driver stack for years. With RadeonSI getting fine-tuned and already largely outperforming the AMDGPU-PRO OpenGL driver and most of the big ticket improvements complete, it appears his latest focus is on further optimizing the AMDGPU LLVM compiler back-end...

Intel SGX Driver Updated But Likely Too Late For Linux 4.15

Monday 13th of November 2017 11:15:33 PM
Not to be confused with PowerVR SGX, the Intel SGX driver was revised with new patches published today but it doesn't look like it will land for Linux 4.15...

Btrfs Zstd Compression Benchmarks On Linux 4.14

Monday 13th of November 2017 08:55:48 PM
Of the many new features in Linux 4.14, one of the prominent additions is initial support for Zstd compression that is initially wired in for transparent file-system compression with SquashFS and Btrfs. Here are some benchmarks of Zstd Btrfs compression compared to the existing LZO and Zlib compression mount options.

GNOME Shell 4 Proposal Published To Be More Wayland-Focused

Monday 13th of November 2017 06:51:46 PM
Jonas Adahl of Red Hat has volleyed his initial proposals for how a "future" GNOME Shell could be architected on a page entitled GNOME Shell 4. This GNOME Shell 4 would potentially break compatibility with GNOME Shell 3 extensions while being more designed around Wayland rather than X11...

Intel Vulkan Driver Preparing For Faster MSAA Performance

Monday 13th of November 2017 06:40:30 PM
Jason Ekstrand of Intel who contributes significantly to the development of their open-source "ANV" Vulkan driver has prepped a new patch series...

USB Type-C Port Manager Promoted Out Of Staging For Linux 4.15

Monday 13th of November 2017 06:30:17 PM
The USB Type-C port manager that originally premiered in Linux 4.12 will be promoted out of staging with the Linux 4.15 kernel...

AFS File-System Driver Overhauled For Linux 4.15

Monday 13th of November 2017 05:15:45 PM
Red Hat developers have been working on an overhaul of the AFS file-system's kernel driver for the just-opened Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

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today's leftovers

'Turbo Boost Max 3.0' and Mesa 17.2.4

  • Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support For Skylake Fixed With Linux 4.15
    The platform-drivers-x86 updates have been sent in for Linux 4.15 and include a range of improvements for Intel hardware support. One of the bigger items is support for Skylake CPUs with Turbo Boost Max 3.0.
  • Mesa 17.2.4 Graphics Stack Lands for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10 Gamers
    Canonical's Timo Aaltonen reports on the availability of the Mesa 17.2.4 open-source graphics drivers stack on the X-SWAT updates PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10 systems. Ubuntu systems have always lagged behind the development of the Mesa 3D Graphics Library, the Linux graphics stack containing open-source drivers for Intel, AMD Radeon, and Nvidia GPUs, but they usually catch up with it through a specially crafted PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository that can be easily installed by users.