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VK_KHR_8bit_storage Gets Wired Into Intel's ANV Vulkan Driver, Patches Available

Monday 9th of July 2018 04:09:08 AM
One of three new Vulkan extensions introduced in this weekend's Vulkan 1.1.80 specification update is VK_KHR_8bit_storage for providing 8-bit types is now available in patch form for the Intel open-source "ANV" Vulkan Linux driver...

Linux 4.18-rc4 Kernel Released: Boring Is Good

Sunday 8th of July 2018 11:58:54 PM
The fourth weekly test release of the Linux 4.18 kernel is now available...

Scientific Linux 6.9 vs. 6.10 vs. 7.5 Benchmarks

Sunday 8th of July 2018 10:18:36 PM
If you are still running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or one of the downstreams like CentOS, Scientific Linux, or Oracle Linux, these benchmarks are for you in showing the performance of Scientific Linux 6.9 vs. 6.10 vs. 7.5 for getting an idea about the current performance of EL6/EL7.

UHD Graphics 620: Slow But Who Is Slower? Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Graphics

Sunday 8th of July 2018 07:42:00 PM
The latest hardware at Phoronix for testing is the Dell XPS 13.3-inch (XPS9370) with Intel Core i7-8550U Kabylake-R processor featuring UHD Graphics 620. A number of interesting Linux benchmarks are currently being worked on, including Windows versus various Linux distribution performance tests as well as power consumption, etc. For some initial figures for your viewing pleasure this weekend are some of the gaming/graphics tests between Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux.

Recent Nouveau Improvements Thanks To A New Contributor

Sunday 8th of July 2018 03:14:51 PM
The open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver continues to be largely a community affair aside from occasional code/documentation dumps (and hardware supplies) from NVIDIA and then Red Hat also employing a few of the key contributors to the Nouveau DRM kernel driver and Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D within Mesa. When it comes to Red Hat's Nouveau developers like Ben Skeggs and Karol Herbst, they started out as community contributors over the years to this driver. Fortunately, this year has brought another new contributor to the Mesa driver stack...

Intel ANV Driver Moves Forward With Vulkan 1.1.80 / KHR_create_renderpass2

Sunday 8th of July 2018 02:45:56 PM
Released yesterday was Vulkan 1.1.80 that offers three new extensions while the Intel ANV open-source driver has begun rolling out patches for supporting this latest Vulkan specification update...

Xilinx ZynqMP DisplayPort DRM/KMS Driver Could Soon Be Ready For Mainline

Sunday 8th of July 2018 12:26:53 PM
Back in January there were Xilinx developers who posted a DRM/KMS driver for their DisplayPort subsystem as part of the ZynqMP SoC. It looks like the driver for this display pipeline may soon be ready for mainline...

KDE's Dolphin File Manager Now Has A "Share" Menu

Sunday 8th of July 2018 11:48:03 AM
The latest work on improving KDE's usability is adding a "share" menu to the Dolphin file manager...

Apple Rejects iOS App For Using MoltenVK Vulkan, Alleged Non-Public API

Sunday 8th of July 2018 11:25:57 AM
Back in February MoltenVK was open-sourced as part of The Khronos Group and Valve working harder to get Vulkan working on macOS/iOS by mapping it through to using Apple's Metal Graphics/Compute API. The most notable user of MoltenVK on macOS to date is the Vulkan Dota 2 on Mac, but for those looking to use this Vulkan-to-Metal framework on iOS, it looks like Apple might be clamping down...

GNOME 3.30 Mutter Relieves Wayland Code From Depending Upon X11/XWayland

Saturday 7th of July 2018 10:43:57 PM
While GNOME's Wayland support has been in great shape with the Mutter compositor, it has depended upon X11/XWayland code even when starting with pure Wayland support. That's now changing and there is also now the optional "--no-x11" flag for starting the compositor without X11 support...

Zstd 1.3.5 Released With Greater Dictionary Compression Performance

Saturday 7th of July 2018 04:31:22 PM
The Facebook developers working on the Zstandard "Zstd" compression technology released their latest update a few days ago, v1.3.5 that is codenamed the "Dictionary Edition" given its dictionary compression performance improvements...

LLVM Clang Now Supports -mcpu=native On 64-bit ARM

Saturday 7th of July 2018 01:22:02 PM
For those compiling code on AArch64 (64-bit ARM) systems with LLVM Clang and tuning for your particular SoC, the Clang compiler now supports -mcpu=native...

Wayland's Weston Picks Up Force-On, Modifiers, Aspect Ratio Handling

Saturday 7th of July 2018 01:10:14 PM
The past week has seen a number of improvements to Wayland's Weston compositor with new features...

Vulkan 1.1.80 Released With Conditional Render, Renderpass2, 8-Bit Storage

Saturday 7th of July 2018 12:07:19 PM
After a number of recent Vulkan 1.1 point releases being rather mundane, Vulkan 1.1.80 is out this morning and on top of documentation updates also brings three notable new Vulkan extensions...

RandR Lease Support Appears Ready For AMDGPU X.Org Driver

Saturday 7th of July 2018 11:21:26 AM
Keith Packard doing his contract work for Valve to improve the Linux display infrastructure for VR head-mounted displays has been wrapping up his efforts with recently landing the Vulkan bits into Mesa and now the necessary xf86-video-amdgpu patches also are set to be merged there in the days ahead...

GIMP 2.10.4 Moves To Asynchronous Font Loading, Horizon Straightening

Saturday 7th of July 2018 11:00:54 AM
GIMP 2.10.4 was quietly released earlier this week as the latest stable release in the GIMP 2.10 series...

LLVM 6.0.1 Released

Friday 6th of July 2018 11:21:05 PM
Tom Stellard at Red Hat has continued with his duties of serving as the LLVM point release manager and today formally issued the LLVM 6.0.1 update...

Latte Dock 0.8 Is Around The Corner With Many New Features

Friday 6th of July 2018 10:45:45 PM
For fans of Latte Dock, the KDE Plasma aligned desktop dock, the version 0.8 release is around the corner with many new features to present...

OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Is Approaching With DNF/RPM4, KDE Plasma 5.13, Linux 4.17~4.18

Friday 6th of July 2018 05:55:27 PM
It has been nearly two years since the debut of OpenMandriva Lx 3.0, but fortunately it's soon going to be succeeded by OpenMandriva Lx 4.0...

Intel Core i7 8086K Linux Performance

Friday 6th of July 2018 03:52:27 PM
Intel announced the limited edition Core i7 8086K processor in June to celebrate 40 years since the introduction of the original 8086 processor that ushered in the x86 architecture. The Core i7 8086K is now widely available albeit with an apparent limited time available. This celebratory CPU is built off Intel's existing Coffeelake CPU micro-architecture but with an elevated CPU base frequency and a turbo frequency that tops out at 5.0GHz to make it the company's highest-performing mainstream desktop CPU to date.

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Debian: Google Summer of Code, Debian 9.5, and Tails

  • Google Summer of Code with a Debian Project
    Yes! My project proposal was selected. First of all I want to mention that I began my open source adventure with Debian. I started to participate in the open source events like Hackathons, BSP and Conferences and doing small contribution to different projects and this is how everything started.
  • Debian 9.5 Released: “Rock Solid” GNU/Linux Distro Arrives With Spectre v2 Fix
    Following the fourth point release of Debian 9 “stretch” in March, the developers of the popular GNU/Linux distro have shipped the latest update to its stable distribution. For those who don’t know, Debian 9 is an LTS version that’ll remain supported for 5 years. As one would expect, this point release doesn’t bring any set of new features and keeps focusing on improving an already stable experience by delivering security patches and bug fixes. In case you’re looking for an option that brings new features, you can check out the recently released Linux Mint 19.
  • Your Help Is Needed to Test VeraCrypt Support in the Tails Anonymous OS, GNOME
    The team behind the famous Tails operating system, also known as the Amnesic Incognito Live System or simply Anonymous OS, needs your help to test the integration of the VeraCrypt disk encryption software. In an attempt to provide Tails users with better security, the team is working hard these days on the integration of the VeraCrypt open-source and free disk encryption utility used for on-the-fly encryption of encrypted disk drives into the next-generation Tails OS as well as the GNOME desktop environment it uses by default. This will let Tails users easily unlock encrypted volumes on-the-fly when using the anonymous live system to stay hidden online while protecting their identity and privacy. To makes things even easier, they created the VeraCrypt Mounter utility for unlocking VeraCrypt encrypted drives.

Programming: Perl, RcppClassic, Git-cinnabar, Effective Python

  • Confessions of a recovering Perl hacker
    My name's MikeCamel, and I'm a Perl hacker. There, I've said it. That's the first step. My handle on IRC, Twitter and pretty much everywhere else in the world is "MikeCamel." This is because, back in the day, when there were no chat apps—no apps at all, in fact—I was in a technical "chatroom" and the name "Mike" had been taken. I looked around, and the first thing I noticed on my desk was the Camel Book, the O'Reilly Perl Bible. I have the second edition now, but this was the first edition. Yesterday, I happened to pick up the second edition, the really thick one, to show someone on a video conference call, and it had a thin layer of dust on it. I was a little bit ashamed, but a little bit relieved as well.
  • RcppClassic 0.9.11
    A new maintenance release, now at version 0.9.11, of the RcppClassic package arrived earlier today on CRAN. This package provides a maintained version of the otherwise deprecated initial Rcpp API which no new projects should use as the normal Rcpp API is so much better.
  • Mike Hommey: Announcing git-cinnabar 0.5.0 beta 4
    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.
  • Russ Allbery: Review: Effective Python