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AMDVLK Radeon Vulkan Driver Updated With 8-Bit Storage Support

Saturday 4th of August 2018 02:09:43 PM
Another weekly code drop has occurred for the "AMDVLK" open-source AMD Radeon Vulkan Linux driver with its XGL/PAL/LLPC...

EGL Device Support Coming Together For Mesa

Saturday 4th of August 2018 01:48:09 PM
Emil Velikov's latest Mesa work is on implementing support for EGL Device extensions for enumerating and using EGLDevices...

Adreno A6xx Gallium3D Support Coming Together

Saturday 4th of August 2018 01:34:41 PM
For the past number of months there's been Adreno A600 series support coming together within the MSM DRM kernel driver in large part thanks to Qualcomm / Code Aurora contributing code themselves. Quietly coming together as well is the A6xx Gallium3D support for allowing OpenGL acceleration...

VKD3D Gets Patches For Offering Direct3D 12 On macOS Via MoltenVK

Saturday 4th of August 2018 01:03:04 PM
Last month Wine introduced support for Vulkan-using Windows programs on macOS via the MoltenVK library for mapping Vulkan API calls to the Apple Metal API. Now the next logical step is available in patch form: getting VKD3D supported on macOS for allowing Direct3D 12 to begin working on Mac for Windows games/applications...

DXVK 0.64 Released With More Game Fixes

Saturday 4th of August 2018 12:40:45 PM
For those making use of DXVK to enjoy greater performance of Direct3D 11 games under Wine thanks to this D3D11-to-Vulkan translation layer, DXVK 0.64 is now available as the latest update...

NVIDIA 396.51 Linux Graphics Driver Released

Saturday 4th of August 2018 12:01:14 AM
While the NVIDIA 396 Linux driver series should soon be succeeded by a new driver branch, for now the NVIDIA 396.51 Linux driver was outed today as the latest and greatest driver release...

Purism Shares Latest Librem 5 Phone Hardware Plans, Software Progress

Friday 3rd of August 2018 09:55:50 PM
Purism has shared another routine status update on their software and hardware efforts around the Librem 5 smartphone efforts...

Xenko 3.0 Game Engine Released, Now Open-Source

Friday 3rd of August 2018 09:19:06 PM
Xenko, a promising game engine that was one of the early adopters of Vulkan and does support Linux, is now open-source and freely available...

AutoDeb Still Being Worked On For Automatically Generating Debian Packages

Friday 3rd of August 2018 06:49:42 PM
AutoDeb is a long-standing effort to try to automate the creation of Debian packages as much as possible for trying to determine necessary dependencies of a program, will configure/build the program for Autotools-based projects, and end up generating a Debian binary package. AutoDeb was worked on as part of this year's Google Summer of Code for automatic Debian packaging...

ARM's Speculation Tracking Support Lands In GCC As Part Of Spectre V1 Safeguards

Friday 3rd of August 2018 04:56:06 PM
After being available for the past few months in patch form, ARM's work on "-mtrack-speculation" to provide speculation tracking is now within the mainline GCC 9.0 compiler code-base...

It's Looking Like UEFI SecureBoot Will Be Ready In Time For Debian 10.0 Buster

Friday 3rd of August 2018 01:34:42 PM
It looks like that by the time Debian 10.0 "Buster" rolls about in roughly one year, the UEFI SecureBoot support should be in good shape...

Linux 4.19 Will Have Enhanced IBRS For Better Spectre V2 Protection On Future Intel CPUs

Friday 3rd of August 2018 11:36:03 AM
Besides the Linux 4.19 kernel slated to introduce initial SpectreRSB protection, this next kernel version should also introduce support for Enhanced IBRS as a better means of Spectre Variant Two mitigation to be supported by future Intel CPUs...

Initial Intel Coffeelake CPU Support Added To Coreboot

Friday 3rd of August 2018 10:26:30 AM
Intel has landed initial support for Coreboot on their current-generation Coffeelake processors...

Linus Torvalds Is Hoping WireGuard Will Be Merged Sooner Rather Than Later

Friday 3rd of August 2018 09:57:07 AM
While the WireGuard secure VPN tunnel was just sent out this week for review as the first formal step towards getting it mainlined in the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds is already looking forward to it...

100+ Benchmarks Of Various High-End Intel / AMD Desktop CPUs On Linux 4.18

Friday 3rd of August 2018 08:42:05 AM
With development wrapping up soon on the Linux 4.18 kernel (although it looks like the official release will likely be delayed one week), I've been carrying out some fresh benchmarks of this near-final kernel in the latest Linux Git state on various Intel and AMD desktop CPUs -- mostly the higher-end desktop systems. Here are those 100+ benchmark results across six different systems...

A Look At The Clear Linux Performance For July 2018

Friday 3rd of August 2018 04:07:41 AM
Given our fascination with Intel's Clear Linux performance in the plethora of performance benchmarks we frequently run at Phoronix and this open-source operating system being maintained in a rolling-release style, here's a look at how the performance for this x86_64 Linux distribution evolved over the past month...

Chrome 69 Beta Released With AV1 Decode & Various CSS Additions

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 11:32:08 PM
Google has rolled out the Chrome 69 beta web-browser update today for Linux, Android, and other supported platforms...

GNOME 3.29.90 Out Ahead Of Next Month's GNOME 3.30 Release

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 11:09:00 PM
The GNOME 3.30 Release Candidate (v3.29.90) is now available that also marks the UI, API, and feature freezes for this next desktop environment update debuting in September...

Mesa 18.2 Branched, Mesa 18.3 Enters Development

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 03:28:50 PM
As expected, the Mesa 18.2 feature development is now over with the code having branched. Now open on Git master is Mesa 18.3-devel...

Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS Released For Those Not Yet Upgrading To Ubuntu 18.04

Thursday 2nd of August 2018 02:47:23 PM
For those still on the Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial Xerus" Long Term Support series and not yet ready to make the transition to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver", Ubuntu 16.04.5 is now available as the last planned Xenial point release...

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5 of the Best Linux Educational Software and Games for Kids

Linux is a very powerful operating system, and that explains why it powers most of the servers on the Internet. Though it may not be the best OS in terms of user friendliness, its diversity is commendable. Everyone has their own need for Linux. Be it for coding, educational purposes or the internet of things (IoT), you’ll always find a suitable Linux distro for every use. To that end, many have dubbed Linux as the OS for future computing. Because the future belongs to the kids of today, introducing them to Linux is the best way to prepare them for what the future holds. This OS may not have a reputation for popular games such as FIFA or PES; however, it offers the best educational software and games for kids. These are five of the best Linux educational software to keep your kids ahead of the game. Read more

Kernel: NSA Code/Algorithm in Linux, Performance Superiority Over Windows, and Linux Foundation News

  • Linux 4.18 brings support for Vega M, Volta GV100 and, er, SPECK
    AFTER A WEEK'S DELAY, Linux kernel 4.18 stable has arrived. Announcing the release on Sunday, head of Linuxing Linus Torvalds said: "One week late(r) and here we are - 4.18 is out there. It was a very calm week, and arguably I could just have released on schedule last week, but we did have some minor updates." One notable change is that there's been a lot of code ditched - around 100,000 lines of obsolete code has been slashed.
  • The AMD Threadripper 2990WX shows even higher numbers when benchmarked on Linux
    Phoronix has done a performance comparison of the AMD Threadripper 2990WX in Windows 10 Pro and Linux and the results show Threadripper numbers significantly lower under Windows 10 Pro than in Linux. In some tests such as 7-Zip Compression, the Threadripper 2990WX posted almost 58% higher scores in Linux compared to Windows 10 Pro implying that Linux is a better OS of choice when testing high core count CPUs.
  • Diversity Empowerment Summit Highlights Importance of Allies
    Diversity and inclusion are hot topics as projects compete to attract more talent to power development efforts now as well as build their ranks to carry the projects into the future. The Diversity Empowerment Summit co-located with Open Source Summit coming up in Vancouver August 29-31, will offer key insights to help your project succeed in these endeavors. Although adoption of diversity and inclusion policies is generally seen as simply the right thing to do, finding good paths to building and implementing such policies within existing community cultures continues to be challenging. The Diversity Empowerment Summit, however, provides hard insights, new ideas, and proven examples to help open source professionals navigate this journey.
  • Hollywood rolls out red carpet for open source developers
    The launch of the ASWF is almost like creating a GitHub for the developers behind motion pictures, but open source is nothing new to the film industry. It dates back about 20 years, Andy Maltz, managing director of the Science and Technology Council at the Academy, told CIO Dive. Film "is the only art form that has a fundamental reliance on technology," he said. The film industry's use of tech dates back to photochemical technologies and proceeds to today's digital image capture.

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Debian GNU/Linux project to mark 25th birthday on Thursday

The Debian GNU/Linux project will turn 25 on Thursday, with the Linux distribution having made its debut on 16 August in 1993 under the leadership of the late Ian Murdock. In its original manifesto, Murdock stated: "Many distributions have started out as fairly good systems, but as time passes attention to maintaining the distribution becomes a secondary concern." Maintaining a Debian system was made simple after some developers created a package management system known as apt. Apt — and its derivatives like aptitude and synaptic — have served to make the task of updating a Debian system simple. With apt, the secondary concern that Murdock referred to was effectively taken care of. Incidentally, there are now about 29,000 packages available in Debian. Read more Also new (Debian-related news):

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  • Google Summer of Code 2018- Final Report
    This project aims at developing tools and packages which would simplify the process for new applicants in the open source community to get the required setup. It would consist of a GUI/Wizard with integrated scripts to setup various communication and development tools like PGP and SSH key, DNS, IRC, XMPP, mail filters along with Jekyll blog creation, mailing lists subscription, project planner, searching for developer meet-ups, source code scanner and much more! The project would be free and open source hosted on Salsa (Debian based Gitlab) I created various scripts and packages for automating tasks and helping a user get started by managing contacts, emails, subscribe to developer’s lists, getting started with Github, IRC and more.