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Intel's Icelake Gen11 OpenGL & Vulkan Driver Support Is Now Considered Feature-Complete

Friday 3rd of May 2019 11:21:45 PM
It looks like Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver support is now officially ready to roll for the "Gen 11" graphics to be found with Icelake, Elkhart Lake, and whatever other Gen11 graphics parts may end up coming. The latest open-source OpenGL/Vulkan driver code now marks Gen 11 as being feature-complete...

Intel Cascade Lake Xeon Benchmarks With GCC 8 vs. GCC 9 Compilers

Friday 3rd of May 2019 06:24:58 PM
With today's release of the GCC 9 code compiler among the many features offered in this annual update to the GNU Compiler Collection is the initial "cascadelake" target/tuning support that enables AVX-512 VNNI tuning by default as the most notable change over the former "skylake-avx512" GCC target. Anyhow, for those wondering how the GCC 9 performance differs compared to last year's GCC 8 compiler release, here are some preliminary benchmarks...

Sway 1.1 Is Bringing Touch Support To Swaybar, Other Features & Fixes

Friday 3rd of May 2019 05:46:22 PM
Sway 1.0 was released nearly two months ago as the i3-inspired Wayland compositor while now on approach is Sway 1.1 as the newest feature release...

Intel's SVT-AV1 Video Encoder Saw Yet Another Performance Boost In April

Friday 3rd of May 2019 01:56:57 PM
Intel's Clear Linux operating system wasn't their only open-source project seeing various performance improvements over the course of April but it turns out their Scalable Video Technology AV1 (SVT-AV1) video encoder also saw a nice performance improvement at the end of April...

AMD Mesa Stack Getting Runtime Linker For Better LLVM Integration

Friday 3rd of May 2019 11:47:34 AM
Longtime Mesa developer Nicolai Hähnle of AMD has sent out a big patch series today introducing a real runtime linker for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and hopefully to be used by the RADV Vulkan driver as well...

GCC 9.1 Released As Huge Compiler Update With D Language, Zen 2, OpenMP 5, C++2A, C2X

Friday 3rd of May 2019 09:53:12 AM
GNU Compiler Collection 9.1 was released today with a D language front-end joining the family while on the back-end is now the long-awaited Radeon GCN GPU target (although not too useful in its current form), Intel Cascadelake support, initial AMD Zen 2, C-SKY CPU support, OpenRISC CPU support, and many other features throughout this massive open-source compiler...

More AMD Radeon "Navi" Code Continues Landing In LLVM For Its Compiler Backend

Friday 3rd of May 2019 08:40:00 AM
While we haven't yet spotted any of the other AMD Radeon "Navi" next-generation GPU support in the other software components making up AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver stack, there continues to be a lot of work happening on the AMDGPU LLVM shader compiler back-end within the mainline LLVM code-base. In fact, there's been over eleven thousand lines of new code so far pertaining to Navi/GFX10...

GNOME 3.34's Mutter Integrates A New Clipboard Manager

Friday 3rd of May 2019 07:46:31 AM
GNOME's Mutter compositor has seen a new, integrated clipboard manager for the in-development GNOME 3.34 cycle...

Darling Still Has A Goal Of Running macOS Apps On Linux

Friday 3rd of May 2019 05:03:08 AM
Darling is the open-source project we first covered back in 2012 that aimed to be able to run macOS software (binaries) on Linux. It's what Wine is to running Windows programs on Linux but rather to be able to handle Apple/Mac software. While we haven't heard much from the project recently, they still are pursuing their goal...

Linux 5.2 Picking Up A GPIO Vibrator Driver For Supporting Setups Like The Fairphone 2

Friday 3rd of May 2019 04:04:02 AM
Should you be looking to control a vibrator over GPIO (general-purpose input/output), that capability is coming to the Linux 5.2 kernel thanks to a new driver...

The Vulkan Overlay Can Display Some Extra Information With Mesa 19.1

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 11:08:21 PM
One of the early features merged back in February for Mesa 19.1 was the new Vulkan Overlay layer to expose various performance metrics akin to the Gallium3D "HUD" also living within Mesa. Ahead of the Mesa 19.1 feature freeze, some more capabilities are now added to this Vulkan overlay/HUD...

Chrome 75 Beta Released With Low-Latency Canvas Contexts, RTC Improvements

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 09:32:39 PM
Following the recent Chrome 74 web browser update, Google has now promoted Chrome 75 to its beta channel...

AMDGPU Has FreeSync Improvements Ready For Linux 5.2 Plus Vega 20 Power Fixes

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 08:15:13 PM
With the Linux 5.1 kernel release expected this weekend, it's too late to see any real features added to the prominent drivers in DRM-Next for the now imminent 5.2 merge window, but some fixes and FreeSync improvements are deemed ready for this next kernel cycle...

NVIDIA/AMD Linux Gaming Performance For Hitman 2 On Steam Play

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 05:00:00 PM
While Hitman was ported to Linux by Feral Interactive, Hitman 2 that was released back in November of 2018 hasn't seen a native Linux port. However, in recent months Hitman 2 has been running under DXVK+Proton with Steam Play for allowing this stealth video game to run nicely under Linux. More recently the latest Proton updates have worked around an issue that previously prevented our benchmarking of this game, so in this article is a look at the Hitman 2 Linux gaming performance with different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

Dell's New WD19 Thunderbolt/USB-C Docks Should Be Playing Nicely On Linux

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 03:56:34 PM
In addition to Dell releasing "budget-friendly" laptops with Ubuntu Linux on Wednesday, the company released new Thunderbolt and USB-C docks that should be working fine out-of-the-box on Linux...

Clear Linux Achieved Even More Performance Improvements During April

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 01:54:43 PM
While Clear Linux has been outperforming other Linux distributions the past several years, it's a never ending job for them of continuing to lead the way in squeezing more performance out of x86_64 hardware on Linux. During the month of April, some more performance improvements were achieved though also a few regressions appeared to have slipped into their builds...

GNU Guix 1.0 System Distribution & Transactional Package Manager Released

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 12:48:35 PM
After seven years of development and more than forty-thousand commits, GNU Guix 1.0 has been released. Guix as a refresher is the transactional package manager that can be used atop other Linux distributions while the Guix System Distribution also serves as its own GNU/Linux flavor...

Canonical Releases "WLCS" Wayland Conformance Suite 1.0

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 12:00:00 PM
While Ubuntu is not currently using Wayland by default with its GNOME Shell desktop and it doesn't look like they will try again until Ubuntu 20.10, the option is still available and they continue working in the direction of a Wayland Linux desktop future. One of their interesting "upstream" contributions in this area is with the Wayland Conformance Suite...

Arm Mali D71 Display Support Coming To Linux 5.2 Kernel

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 11:46:35 AM
Adding to the many changes for Linux 5.2 is Arm's new Komeda DRM/KMS driver being extended to support the Mali D71...

KDE Partition Manager 4.0 Released After Modernization Improvements

Thursday 2nd of May 2019 10:15:24 AM
The KDE Partition Manager is now much more capable and in better shape after going through a modernization process for shifting to use the newest/ideal libraries for handling disk partitioning. KDE Partition Manager 4.0 is the new release making use of these newer libraries...

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