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NVIDIA 370 Beta Has Experimental PRIME Synchronization

Friday 19th of August 2016 02:04:07 PM
Earlier this week NVIDIA rolled out the 370.23 beta Linux driver and alongside the Pascal over/under-clocking support and other improvements for the GeForce GTX 1000 series, there is also experimental PRIME synchronization support...

Southern Islands AMDGPU Support Almost Ready To Roll

Friday 19th of August 2016 12:32:15 PM
One of the features missing from Linux 4.8 is any Southern Islands / GCN 1.0 support in the new AMDGPU kernel DRM driver. However, it looks like this support ported over from the mature Radeon DRM driver will happen for Linux 4.9...

CryENGINE Is Planning To Deliver Its Vulkan Support In About Two Months

Friday 19th of August 2016 12:12:49 PM
The middle of October is when Crytek should be publicly rolling out their Vulkan API support in the CryENGINE...

Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support For Linux

Friday 19th of August 2016 12:02:36 PM
Earlier this year I heard from an Intel PR representative they had no plans for a Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Linux driver and immediately heard after that from a developer it was bollocks from the media department as usual. Today patches have emerged for supporting Turbo Boost Max 3.0 in the Linux kernel...

Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Numbers For Intel Skylake On Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev

Friday 19th of August 2016 12:33:46 AM
Last month when I was trying Intel's open-source Vulkan driver with Dota 2 and The Talos Principle the Linux gaming experience didn't go well, it didn't even really work even when experimenting with Mesa Git and toggling items like the Steam Overlay. With my fresh Git testing today, it went a bit better...

GNU Libreboot Release Adds New Chromebook & ASUS/Gigabyte/Intel Board Support

Thursday 18th of August 2016 10:46:43 PM
The Libreboot project has done their first official release of this Coreboot binary-free downstream now being under the GNU project label...

RadeonSI Performance Improvement For DRI PRIME Offloading

Thursday 18th of August 2016 07:58:44 PM
Marek Olšák has managed to secure another performance win with his continued efforts to improve the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver performance...

Fedora 25 Alpha Has Been Delayed

Thursday 18th of August 2016 06:58:11 PM
It looks like Fedora 25 will be continuing the trend set by most Fedora Linux releases: delays...

KDE Applications 16.08 Released, Canonical Becomes A Patron

Thursday 18th of August 2016 05:03:34 PM
KDE Applications 16.08 was released today as the newest bundle of KDE applications built atop KDE Frameworks 5...

NVIDIA Rolls Out GTX 1060 3GB At $199 USD To Better Battle Polaris

Thursday 18th of August 2016 04:15:56 PM
NVIDIA rolled out the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB edition card today for competing with AMD's Polaris offerings at the $199 USD price point...

Microsoft Open-Sources PowerShell & Brings It To Linux

Thursday 18th of August 2016 03:28:46 PM
Lost Internet connectivity for two hours due to a storm and when getting it back up the first news I saw was a surprise: Microsoft has decided to open-up PowerShell and port it to Linux...

Xenko Game Engine Sees Huge Performance Boost With Vulkan

Thursday 18th of August 2016 03:24:27 PM
Via multi-threading improvements to the game engine, Xenko is seeing a huge performance win with the Vulkan API...

Benchmarks: 2 BSDs vs. 7 Linux Distributions

Thursday 18th of August 2016 03:10:04 PM
My latest benchmarking enjoyment has been testing two BSD operating systems against seven Linux distributions on the same Intel Haswell system. Here are those latest benchmark numbers.

AMD Open-Sources Advanced Media Framework, But No Linux Support Yet

Thursday 18th of August 2016 12:33:05 PM
AMD this week open-sourced the Advanced Media Framework (AMF) as their replacement to the earlier AMD Media SDK. But before getting too excited about this latest AMD open-source project, there isn't yet any Linux support...

Lever: Yet Another General Purpose Programming Language

Thursday 18th of August 2016 12:24:24 PM
Lever is yet another attempt at being a modern general purpose programming language that fits along the lines of Perl, Python, and Ruby. Lever has support for GUI/OpenGL applications and also aims to make it easy to interface with C libraries...

DRI2 Page-Flipping Patches For The Generic Modesetting DDX

Thursday 18th of August 2016 12:12:39 PM
Qiang Yu of AMD has published a set of patches to provide DRI2 page-flipping support for the generic modesetting KMS X.Org driver...

EFIBOOTMGR 13 Released, First Update In More Than One Year

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 10:30:39 PM
Red Hat developers have announced the release of efibootmgr 13, their open-source project for modifying the Intel EFI boot manager...

Libgcrypt/GnuPG Hit By Critical Security Problem Since 1998

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 08:15:04 PM
Werner Koch today publicly announced that Libgcrypt and GnuPG have a "critical security problem" with all versions released prior to today and it affects all platforms...

GNOME Developers Continue Working On Meson Build System, Much Faster Build Times

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 07:27:53 PM
GNOME developers and others in the free software ecosystem continue working on Meson, a promising next-gen build system that's superior to the commonly-used Autotools...

Btrfs RAID Tests On Linux 4.8

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 04:11:05 PM
Recently I've been carrying out a number of Btrfs RAID tests on Linux 4.7 while this past weekend I ran some comparison tests using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel...

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Linux Kernel Developers on 25 Years of Linux

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