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Intel Is Hosting A Clear Linux Event Tomorrow In The Bay Area

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 05:24:46 PM
If you have been curious about Intel's Clear Linux distribution given its stellar performance, usability improvements now with its new desktop installer and forming of the Clear Linux Developer Edition, and growing industry adoption, tomorrow they are hosting a public event in Santa Clara, California...

Mesa 19.1's New Features From The Intel Gallium3D Driver To New Drivers & Vulkan Optimizations

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 03:00:00 PM
Mesa 19.1 should be out any day now as the new quarterly feature release for this collection of open-source graphics drivers predominantly used on Linux systems. While we cover the Mesa development features on a near daily basis, here is a recap of all the exciting changes and new features to find with the upcoming Mesa 19.1.

The Librem 5 Smartphone Software Made More Progress In May But Still No Hardware Signs

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 02:29:14 PM
Purism just published a monthly summary of their activities pertaining to the Librem 5 smartphone this month. They continue working on their software stack with the Librem 5 developer kit but there still is no sign of their production hardware design yet or if they'll be able to ship next quarter as planned...

Flatpak 1.4 Released With I/O Improvements, Other Updates For Sandboxed Linux Apps

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 01:21:44 PM
Red Hat's Alexander Larsson has just released Flatpak 1.4.0 as the new stable version of this Linux application sandboxing tech formerly known as XDG-App...

New "Ranger" Infrastructure On Tap For The GCC 10 Compiler

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 01:01:46 PM
Ranger is the on-demand ranger generator being worked on for the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) by Red Hat's compiler experts for the past several years. Following a recent update on the effort, it looks like Ranger might land for next year's GCC 10 release after failing to make it in time for GCC 9...

The ROCm Enablement Tool Makes It Easier To Setup AMD's Open-Source Compute Stack

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 11:48:15 AM
While there are the Debian/RPM packages offered of the Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) stack for Linux users on supported distributions, the new "ROCm Enablement Tool" could assist in setting up this GPU compute stack on supported Linux distributions and elsewhere...

Arch Linux Drops GCC 9 From Testing Due To BCache Corruption Bug

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 11:22:43 AM
The bleeding-edge Arch Linux distribution has resorted to dropping the GCC 9.1 compiler from testing due to a data corruption bug...

Intel Gallium3D Gets Another Performance Optimization Around IO Vectorization

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 11:00:09 AM
The Intel Gallium3D driver has seen another performance optimization now merged into the Mesa 19.2 development code for its stable release next quarter...

Canonical Releases Mir 1.2 For Fostering Mir-Based Shells With Extra Wayland Extensions

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 10:50:15 AM
Canonical's Alan Griffiths today announced the release of Mir 1.2 as the latest version of their display stack that -- since the abandoning of their mobile/convergence plans -- has morphed into providing Wayland support. With Mir 1.2, there is more X11/XWayland work in tow along with enabling new functionality for Mir-based shells...

Intel Talks Up Icelake At Computex 2019

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 10:14:31 AM
At Intel's keynote today at Computex, Icelake was the main subject of their presentation. Icelake mobile CPUs aren't shipping today but are said to be coming out this summer...

Core i9 7980XE GCC 9 AVX Compiler Tuning Performance Benchmarks

Monday 27th of May 2019 11:51:33 PM
Continuing on with our benchmarks this month of the newly-released GCC 9 compiler, here are some additional numbers for the AVX-512-enabled Intel Core i9 7980XE processor on Ubuntu Linux when testing tuning for various AVX widths...

Linux Still Yields Better Multi-Threaded Performance On AMD Threadripper Against Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Monday 27th of May 2019 02:51:54 PM
Curious whether the recent Microsoft Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update) improved the multi-threaded performance at all for the likes of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, I recently carried out some benchmarks looking at Windows 10 1903 against the former Windows 10 Version 1809 release benchmarked against both Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS and the latest Ubuntu 19.04.

AMDVLK 2019.Q2.4 Brings Steam Play Game Fixes, New Vulkan Extensions

Monday 27th of May 2019 10:50:38 AM
For open-source fans, adding to AMD's exciting day also happens to be a new AMDVLK open-source Vulkan driver update...

Arm Announces Cortex-A77 & Mali-G77 Valhall

Monday 27th of May 2019 10:42:33 AM
In addition to AMD announcing their Ryzen 3000 line-up, Arm also used today at Computex 2019 to announce their new Cortex processor as well as a new Mali graphics processor and machine learning chip...

NVIDIA Releasing Quake II RTX Open-Source In Two Weeks

Monday 27th of May 2019 10:35:29 AM
NVIDIA announced the EGX platform from Computex 2019 for accelerating AI at the edge. But if that news doesn't interest you, they also announced in June will be the formal Quake II RTX ray-traced game port release and will be open-source...

AMD Announces Ryzen 3000 Series, Radeon RX 5700

Monday 27th of May 2019 10:08:35 AM
At Computex today AMD announced their initial 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor line-up launching on 7 July along with the Radeon RX 5700 series...

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