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Mesa 17.0.4's Release Is imminent

Saturday 15th of April 2017 07:47:40 PM
Mesa 17.0.4 will be released as soon as this weekend with more than two dozen fixes...

Intel Vulkan Driver Preps External Memory Extensions For Mesa 17.2

Saturday 15th of April 2017 11:39:21 AM
Intel's Jason Ekstrand has posted 21 new Mesa patches for adding the VK_KHX_external extensions to their ANV Vulkan driver. He believes the patches are now ready for merging and plans to land them for what will become Mesa 17.2...

Babe: KDE Gets Another Music Player

Saturday 15th of April 2017 11:21:31 AM
Not to be confused with the KDE Elisa music player written about just two weeks ago as a new alternative to Juk, Amarok, Cantata, and other KDE music/media player projects, the latest effort is called Babe...

The State Of Debian 9.0 Stretch

Saturday 15th of April 2017 11:09:30 AM
Debian developers are preparing for the final phase of the development freeze on Debian 9.0 "Stretch" and it's looking like the official release might not be too far out...

MSAA Support Added To The OpenSWR Software Rasterizer

Saturday 15th of April 2017 10:50:51 AM
Intel's OpenSWR graphics software rasterizer living within Mesa now has experimental support for MSAA...

Intel Cannonlake Patches Posted For Mesa

Saturday 15th of April 2017 04:01:14 AM
Last week we reported on Intel Cannonlake patches for their DRM kernel driver while published today were patches for bringing up the next-generation Intel graphics within Mesa...

Intel Ivy Bridge Gets OpenGL 4.2 On Mesa 17.1

Saturday 15th of April 2017 01:45:13 AM
For those still using Intel "Ivy Bridge" class processors with integrated graphics, Mesa 17.1 will take the hardware from OpenGL 3.3 to OpenGL 4.2...

Lumina Desktop Environment 1.3 Preparing For Release

Friday 14th of April 2017 07:58:38 PM
TrueOS developers continue working on their Lumina Desktop Environment and coming up soon is the v1.3 release of their Qt5-powered desktop environment...

Freedreno Gets Last Minute Performance Boost For Mesa 17.1

Friday 14th of April 2017 05:09:23 PM
Ahead of the planned branching and release candidate of Mesa 17.1 in just hours, Rob Clark has landed some last minute work for the Freedreno Gallium3D driver that provides open-source support for Qualcomm Adreno hardware...

Ubuntu 17.04 Gaming Performance: Budgie vs. GNOME vs. KDE Plasma vs. MATE vs. Unity vs. Xfce

Friday 14th of April 2017 02:07:29 PM
One of the immediate requests that usually comes in with each new Ubuntu release is a comparison of the Linux gaming performance when trying out the different desktop options. From yesterday's Ubuntu 17.04 release, here are Steam Linux gaming tests with Budgie, GNOME Shell, KDE Plasma 5, MATE, Unity 7, and Xfce4 when using an AMD Polaris graphics card on the RadeonSI driver stack.

Phoronix Test Suite 7.2 Milestone 1 Released

Friday 14th of April 2017 01:14:01 PM
The first development of Phoronix Test Suite 7.2-Trysil is now available for your cross-platform, open-source benchmarking needs...

Looking Ahead To The Polaris RX 550/560/570/580 On Linux

Friday 14th of April 2017 12:57:18 PM
Next week AMD is expected to roll-out the updated Polaris graphics cards in the form of the Radeon RX 550, RX 560, RX 570, and RX 580 series. The Linux drivers should be ready...

Wine's Direct3D CSMT Support Isn't Yet Complete

Friday 14th of April 2017 12:40:18 PM
For those excited by yesterday's Wine 2.6 release with D3D CSMT as the long-awaited command-stream multi-threading to boost game performance, don't get your hopes too high with this release...

LLVM Is On The Path To Getting Faster

Friday 14th of April 2017 10:34:47 AM
LLVM contributor Mikhail Zolotukhin has issued a report about the continued evolution of LLVM and its impact on the compiler's performance...

Today Is The Last Day Of Feature Development For Mesa 17.1

Friday 14th of April 2017 10:20:46 AM
In order to get Mesa 17.1 out on time, branching is happening today for this next quarterly update to Mesa...

Ubuntu 16.10 vs. 17.04 Radeon Graphics Performance

Thursday 13th of April 2017 09:25:05 PM
If you read enough Phoronix, you know that Mesa and the Linux kernel's DRM graphics drivers continue advancing at a remarkable pace, especially in recent times. Thus if you were an Ubuntu 16.10 user but planning to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04, here are some benchmark results showing the performance improvements you can expect with the Radeon/AMDGPU DRM and RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. Plus there are also some results when using the Oibaf PPA on Ubuntu 17.04 to show what more performance can be tapped by switching to Mesa 17.1-dev.

Wine 2.6 Delivers Direct3D Multi-Threaded Command Stream

Thursday 13th of April 2017 06:52:55 PM
Wine 2.6 is now available and it's a very exciting development update!..

HHVM 3.19 Brings CLI Server Mode, Retranslate-All, Performance Boosts

Thursday 13th of April 2017 05:53:53 PM
Facebook developers have put out their latest release of HHVM to empower this PHP interpreter as well as what powers their Hack programming language...

Ubuntu GNOME Will No Longer Be A Separate Flavor

Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:01:23 PM
Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 was released today alongside the other Ubuntu 17.04 flavors, but for those wondering what's happening to Ubuntu GNOME now that Ubuntu 18.04 will use GNOME with Unity being dropped, the Ubuntu GNOME flavor is winding down...

AMD's Kernel Graphics Code Is Approaching One Million Lines

Thursday 13th of April 2017 03:16:01 PM
With the DRM driver features settled for Linux 4.12, I was curious about the size of these Direct Rendering Manager drivers...

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Open Source Software: 10 Go To Solution for Small Businesses

While closed-source operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS may still dominate the OS market, not everyone can afford the high costs that they entail. For small- and medium-sized enterprises where every penny matters, taking advantage of open-source software such as Ubuntu’s Linux is a good bet to boost productivity and cost effectiveness. The fact that open-source softwares have evolved to become somewhat user-friendly and sleek also helps a good deal. Read more

Linux 4.11-rc8

So originally I was just planning on releasing the final 4.11 today, but while we didn't have a *lot* of changes the last week, we had a couple of really annoying ones, so I'm doing another rc release instead. I did get fixes for the issues that popped up, so I could have released 4.11 as-is, but it just doesn't feel right. It's not like another week of letting this release mature will really hurt. The most noticeable of the issues is that we've quirked off some NVMe power management that apparently causes problems on some machines. It's not entirely clear what caused the issue (it wasn't just limited to some NVMe hardware, but also particular platforms), but let's test it. Read more Also: Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and 'oops fixes' Linux 4.11 Pushed Back: 4.11-rc8 Released

Themes for Ubuntu

  • Flattiance is a Flat Fork of Ubuntu’s Ambiance Theme
    Flattiance is pitched as a “semi-flat fork” of the Ubuntu Ambiance theme. You know, the one that ships out of the box and by default. On the whole Flattiance keeps to the same color palette, with dark browns and orange accents, but it ditches the gradient in app headers in favour of a solid block.
  • A quick look at some essential GNOME Shell tweaks and extensions
    Now that Ubuntu is moving to GNOME Shell, many people will get a bit of a shock at how different the workflow is from Unity to Shell. Here’s a quick look at some essentials to get you going.