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xf86-video-ati 7.9 / xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3 DDX Driver Updates

Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:37:42 AM
Michel Dänzer of AMD has announced new releases of their X.Org DDX drivers: xf86-video-ati 7.9 and xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3. The changes in the updates are similar while the xf86-video-amdgpu DDX is paired to work with the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver while the xf86-video-ati driver continues on for the mature Radeon DRM...

DragonFlyBSD On NVMe SSDs: Samsung Good, Intel 600p Not

Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:26:15 AM
DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon has been testing out various NVMe M.2 SSDs under his BSD operating system to see how these latest-generation storage devices perform...

AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs Launching Next Month, 4 & 6 Core Options

Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:12:55 AM
AMD has confirmed that Ryzen 5 CPUs will begin shipping on 11 April...

Threaded OpenGL Dispatch Lands In Mesa 17.1

Thursday 16th of March 2017 10:06:38 AM
The long-standing patches for implementing threaded OpenGL dispatch have landed in Mesa 17.1-devel Git...

Pipeline Statistics Queries Wired Up For Intel ANV Vulkan Driver

Thursday 16th of March 2017 01:14:15 AM
Pipeline statistics queries is the latest Vulkan capability being added to the Intel "ANV" Mesa Vulkan driver...

DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER File-System Gets Important Write Performance Boost

Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:57:48 AM
Matthew Dillon has discovered an important bug in the DragonFlyBSD kernel's VFS cluster code affecting the HAMMER file-system write performance...

Future Vulkan Work Items: Advanced Compute, Improved HLSL Interop

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 08:35:43 PM
While watching Khronos' GDC17 presentation recordings, Piers Daniell of NVIDIA touched on some possible future work items for Vulkan during the When Vulkan was One session...

Mesa 13.0.6 Is Being Prepared For Release With Many Backported Changes

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 07:57:57 PM
Mesa release manager Emil Velikov is arranging to release Mesa 13.0.6 in the days ahead...

X.Org Server 1.19.3 Released

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 06:36:53 PM
Adam Jackson has announced xorg-server 1.19.3 as the latest point release for the long-living X.Org Server...

2017 GDC Khronos/Vulkan Videos Now Available

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 04:02:56 PM
The Khronos session videos from this year's Game Developers' Conference (GDC 17) are now available online...

6-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On AMD's Ryzen

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 03:01:55 PM
Given AMD's Ryzen is a very new platform, some Phoronix readers have inquired whether a given distribution is a faster and better-supported than others. Here are tests of Ubuntu, Clear Linux, Debian, Antergos, Fedora, and openSUSE tested with an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X system.

QEMU 2.9 Is Being Prepped With New Functionality

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:12:25 PM
QEMU 2.9-rc0 was tagged yesterday as this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack prepares for its next major release...

LLD Linker Declared Ready For Production On x86_64 ELF Platforms

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:47:00 AM
LLVM developer Rui Ueyama is encouraging the "dogfeeding" of their linker, LLD, that should now be ready for production use on some platforms/architectures with this week's LLVM 4.0 release...

TEE Subsystem Proposed For Linux 4.12 Kernel

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:19:04 AM
Linaro developers are hoping to merge the generic TEE subsystem into the Linux 4.12 kernel this spring...

GCC 7.1 Will Likely Be Released In Mid-April

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 10:36:46 AM
Richard Biener has issued a new status report concerning the state of GCC 7 and that it should be released the middle of next month...

An On-Disk Cache Is Coming To The RADV Vulkan Driver

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 10:20:18 AM
With Timothy Arceri at Valve haven gotten the RadeonSI shader cache into shape for Mesa 17.1, his latest focus is on introducing a shader cache for the RADV Vulkan driver...

NetBSD 7.1 Released, Brings Initial Nouveau DRM & Better Linux Compatibility

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 10:08:19 AM
NetBSD 7.1 was released today as the newest version of this popular BSD operating system known for its portability across many CPU architectures...

RADV Now Advertises Vulkan 1.0.42; Shader Cache Thread Queue Lands In Mesa

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:51:41 AM
There were several interesting Git commits hitting Mesa 17.1-devel tonight...

Chromium Adds Support For Animated PNGs

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:31:50 AM
Google's Chrome/Chromium web-browser is introducing support for animated PNGs (APNG)...

MATE 1.18 Desktop Released, Finished Porting To GTK3

Tuesday 14th of March 2017 09:48:44 PM
MATE 1.18 is now available as the latest version of this GNOME2-forked open-source desktop environment...

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Leftovers: Software

  • [Video] Linux Audio Programs Compared 2017
    I made this video for those that are new to, or just interested in making music on the Linux OS. I go over the features, goods and bads of Rosegarden, LMMS, Ardour, Mixbus, and EnergyXT, as well as touch on Qtractor. I don't don't go much into details of the particular versions I am using, but the video was made in the early part of 2017 and I'm running Ubuntu 16.04LTS.
  • Green Recorder: A Simple Desktop/Screen Recorder for Linux
    Green Recorder is a simple, open source desktop recorder developed for Linux systems built using Python, GTK and FFmpeg. It supports most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. Recently it has been updated to work with Wayland too in Gnome session.
  • Komorebi: A New Way To Enhance Your Desktop Using Animated/Parallax Wallpapers
    In past there were applications that allowed us to run videos/Gif as wallpaper on the desktop and make desktop look much cooler but than all of sudden the development of such Apps stopped and I can't name any App that exist for this purpose. Komorebi is fairly new application designed to make your desktop experience much better and make desktop cool as well, we can say it is kind of 'live wallpaper' situation here or 3D wallpaper. It is developed by Abe Masri and available under GPL license for free.
  • Stacer Sytem Optimizer: A Must Have Application For Ubuntu/Linux Mint
    There are multiple ways to optimize your Linux, the most geeky way is using Terminal, there are also applications available that performs such actions like Bleachbit, Ubuntu cleaner and so on. Stacer is simple, open-source, quick and new application designed to offer you all-in-one optimizer for your Ubuntu/Linux Mint (It's alternative to CCleaner but only for Linux).
  • Qtox: Open Source and Fully Secure Skype Replacement for Linux
    Long years ago, we've talked about a Skype alternative called Tox which was still in its early developmental stages. Tox was supposed to become the anti-thesis of Skype by being a fully open-source video and voice chat client that placed user privacy and security at its center. Well, guess what, there are now fully active and well-maintained chat clients that are built on top of Tox protocol. qTox is one of them.
  • Rclone 1.36 Released With SFTP And Local Symlinks Support, More
    Rclone 1.36 was released recently, bringing support for SFTP, local symbolic links support, mount improvements, along with many other new features and bug fixes. For those not familiar with Rclone, this is a cross-platform command line tool for synchronizing files and folders to multiple cloud storages, which supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Yandex Disk, and more. It can be used to sync files either from your machine or from one cloud storage to another.
  • Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0 Adds Support For Communities And Team Pages, Basic Hotkeys
    Streamlink Twitch GUI (previously Livestreamer Twitch GUI) is a multi-platform Twitch.tv browser. The application is powered by Node.js, Chromium and Streamlink, though it can still use Livestreamer (which is no longer maintained) too.
  • Code Editor `Brackets` 1.9 Released, Available In PPA
    Brackets is a free, open source code editor focused on front-end web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).
  • Terminix Terminal Emulator Renamed To Tilix, Sees New Bugfix Release
    [Quick update] Terminix, a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator, has been renamed to Tilix due to some trademark issues.

today's howtos

Games and CodeWeavers/Wine

  • A Snapshot of Linux Gamers, Just One Year Ago
    It’s about time we share the analysis of that Q1 2016 survey (fielding occured in March last year), especially as we are about to launch the Q1 2017 one pretty, pretty soon. That way we will be able to compare how things have changed over the course of 12 months. As usual, the whole disclaimer about online surveys is valid here (data is only as good as your n size, the appropriateness of your sampling, and the quality of the responses, etc…), but assuming it’s not all that bad and all that unreliable, let’s dig in the results. As a reminder, most of the respondents for this survey were recruited through the r/linux and r/linux_gaming subreddits, as well as the readership of BoilingSteam. This is not our first survey, and you can see our previous ones done in the second quarter of 2015, and the following one in the last quarter of 2015.
  • Slime-san Coming To PC, Mac and Linux
    Headup Games and Fabraz proudly announce their upcoming action-platformer Slime-san for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam & Humble Bundle. Console releases will follow soon after. Jump and slime your way through 100 levels in a unique 5-colored, pixelated world and escape from a giant worm’s innards. Get your shopping done in Slumptown, a town full of survivors within the worm. Unlock different play styles, outfits, shaders and even multiplayer mini-games! Slime-san is developed by Fabraz, an independent development studio that also released the critically-acclaimed games Cannon Crasha and Planet Diver. Slime-san was minding his own business, sliming around in a peaceful forest when suddenly…A giant worm appeared and gobbled him up! Now deep within the worm’s belly, Slime-san has to face a decision: Be digested by the incoming wall of stomach acid... Or jump, slide and slime his way through the worm's intestines and back out its mouth!
  • CodeWeavers Announces CrossOver 16.2.0
  • The Wine Revolution is ON!
    As you know Codeweavers (and other WINE contributors) have been working on DX11 support for a while – they were supposed to have DX11 support by the end of 2016, but as with all complex projects, timelines tend to slip and only very DX11 titles could run a few months ago. Since then, there was no major announcement, but it seems that the progress has been very significant in the recent WINE versions (2.3 is already out).

Leftovers: KDE