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Tegra/Nouveau Render-Only Gallium3D Support

Friday 13th of January 2017 12:42:39 PM
With the Etnaviv driver bringing the Gallium3D "renderonly" library to Mesa Git, Alexandre Courbot of NVIDIA has sent out an updated patch for adding renderonly support to Tegra/Nouveau...

Intel ANV Vulkan Driver Lands Last Minute HiZ Improvements

Friday 13th of January 2017 12:10:00 PM
Some more exciting last minute work landing in Mesa Git before this weekend's Mesa 17.0 branching are the potentially performance-improving HiZ work within the Intel Vulkan driver...

Laptop-Mode-Tools 1.71 Adds VGA Switcheroo Support, Kbd-Backlight

Friday 13th of January 2017 11:33:00 AM
For those using Laptop-Mode-Tools to conserve power consumption when running on battery or using it to be more power efficient on your desktop or server, a new version is now available...

Qt 5.8 Hoping To Release Next Week, Last Minute Test Builds

Friday 13th of January 2017 11:24:34 AM
Qt 5.8.0 will hopefully be released in the days ahead...

Etnaviv Gallium3D Driver Lands, Premiering With Mesa 17.0

Friday 13th of January 2017 11:14:52 AM
In time for this weekend's feature freeze of Mesa 17.0, the Etnaviv Gallium3D driver has landed in Mesa Git after years of work on this reverse-engineered, open-source driver stack...

LLVM/Clang 4.0 Branched, LLVM 5.0 Now On Master

Friday 13th of January 2017 12:25:42 AM
LLVM and its sub-projects like Clang were branched today for next month's 4.0 release...

KDE Kirigami UI 2.0 Released

Thursday 12th of January 2017 10:00:00 PM
KDE developers are having a busy day with not only releasing the feature-packed Plasma 5.9 Beta but also publishing the KDE Kirigami UI 2.0...

Heterogeneous Memory Management Aims For Linux 4.11

Thursday 12th of January 2017 08:40:00 PM
Jerome Glisse published his sixteenth version of the patches for implementing Heterogeneous Memory Management within the Linux kernel...

It's Now Possible To Disable & Strip Down Intel's ME Blob

Thursday 12th of January 2017 07:00:00 PM
Many free software advocates have been concerned by Intel's binary-only Management Engine (ME) built into the motherboards on newer generations of Intel motherboards. The good news is there is now a working, third-party approach for disabling the ME and reducing the risk of its binary blobs...

KDE Plasma 5.9 Beta Released, Adds Global Menus & Better Wayland Support

Thursday 12th of January 2017 05:00:42 PM
The first beta release of the upcoming Plasma 5.9 is now available for testing...

GStreamer 1.11.1 Released

Thursday 12th of January 2017 03:55:52 PM
GStreamer 1.11.1 is now available as the first unstable release of this multimedia framework for their 1.11 development series, which will culminate with GStreamer 1.12...

OpenGL 4.3 Lands For Maxwell With Nouveau Gallium3D, Plus 1.5~3.5x Performance Boost

Thursday 12th of January 2017 02:43:39 PM
It should be a busy end of week for Mesa with the Mesa 17.0 feature freeze being this weekend. In addition to Haswell hitting OpenGL 4.2, Nouveau's NVC0 Gallium3D driver has enabled OpenGL 4.3 support for newer Maxwell and Pascal hardware...

AMD Has Been Working On An Open-Source GPU Debug Tool, To Be Released Soon

Thursday 12th of January 2017 02:39:57 PM
Yesterday we noted the new open-source AMD GPU debugging tool being developed by a Valve engineer as part of their work on the open-source RADV/RadeonSI/AMDGPU code. It turns out AMD has officially been working on a GPU debugging tool too...

Antergos vs. Fedora vs. Ubuntu vs. openSUSE vs. Debian 9 vs. Clear Linux For Early 2017

Thursday 12th of January 2017 01:30:00 PM
At the end of December I posted a number of Linux workstation/server distribution benchmarks while this article has the results from the more desktop-focused (non-graphics) Linux distribution benchmarks. Up for benchmarking off a Skylake NUC in this article was Antergos, Fedora 25, Ubuntu 16.10, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Debian 9 Testing, and Intel's Clear Linux.

OpenGL 4.2 Now Exposed For Intel Haswell On Mesa 17.0

Thursday 12th of January 2017 12:39:56 PM
Days ago we mentioned the patches were lining up to get Intel's Haswell to OpenGL 4.2 and this morning those patches have landed in Mesa Git ahead of the branching for the Mesa 17.0 release...

Updated AMD DC/DAL Patches For Polaris 12, 5K VSR

Thursday 12th of January 2017 11:57:20 AM
Harry Wentland of AMD on Wednesday posted updated DC (DAL) display patches for the AMDGPU code-base...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.0-Ringsaker Milestone 1 Released

Thursday 12th of January 2017 11:40:32 AM
The first development release is now available of the upcoming Phoronix Test Suite 7.0 benchmarking software release...

Scientific Linux 7.3 Expected Later This Month

Thursday 12th of January 2017 11:15:34 AM
More than two months after RHEL 7.3 was released and a month past the updated CentOS, the Scientific Linux folks are working to release their updated Enterprise Linux distribution later this month...

Remacs: Re-Implementing Emacs In Rust

Thursday 12th of January 2017 03:54:45 AM
For those looking at other new uses for the Rust programming language, there is now a Rust implementation of the popular Emacs editor...

Valve Developer Posts New AMD GPU Debugging Tool, Part Of Improving Linux Driver

Wednesday 11th of January 2017 11:30:00 PM
Another Valve developer has begun contributing to the open-source AMD Linux graphics driver stack. Besides posting some RADV Vulkan patches last week, today he's announced a new GPU debugging tool he's been working on for AMD's driver/hardware...

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  • Open-source oriented RISELab emerges at UC Berkeley to make apps smarter & more secure
    UC Berkeley on Monday launched a five-year research collaborative dubbed RISELab that will focus on enabling apps and machines that can interact with the environment around them securely and in real-time. The RISELab (Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution) is backed by a slew of big name tech and financial firms: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare.
  • Telecom organizations boosting support for open source
    Organizational support for open source initiatives is easing the integration of platforms into the telecom world. One key challenge for growing the support of open source into the telecommunications space is through various organizations that are looking to either bolster the use of open source or build platforms based on open source specifications. These efforts are seen as beneficial to operators and vendors looking to take advantage of open source platforms.
  • Google's Draco: Another Open Source Tool That Can Boost Virtual Reality Apps
    With 2017 ramping up, there is no doubt that cloud computing and Big Data analytics would probably come to mind if you had to consider the hot technology categories that will spread out this year. However, Google is on an absolute tear as it open sources a series of 3D graphics and virtual reality toolsets. Last week, we covered the arrival of Google's Tilt Brush apps and virtual reality toolsets. Now, Google has delivered a set of open source libraries that boost the storage and transmission of 3D graphics, which can help deliver more detailed 3D apps. "Draco" is an open source compression library, and here are more details.
  • Unpicking the community leader
    Today is Community Manager Appreciation Day. Now, I have to admit, I don't usually partake in the day all that much. The skeptic in me thinks doing so could be a little self-indulgent and the optimist thinks that we should appreciate great community leaders every day, not merely one day a year. Regardless, in respect of the occasion, I want to delve a little into why I think this work is so important, particularly in the way it empowers people from all walks of life. In 2006 I joined Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager. A few months into my new role I got an email from a kid based in Africa. He shared with me that he loved Ubuntu and the traditional African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translated to "humanity towards others," and this made his interest in the nascent Linux operating system particularly meaningful.
  • Open Source Mahara Opens Moodle Further Into Social Learning
    Designers, managers and other professionals are fond of Open Source, digital portfolio solution Mahara. Even students are incorporating their progress on specific competency frameworks, to show learning evidence. Mahara and Moodle have a long and durable relationship spanning years, ―so much so that the internet has nicknamed the super couple as “Mahoodle“―. A recent post on Moodlerooms’ E-Learn Magazine documents the fruitful partnership as it adds value to New Zealander Catalyst IT’s offerings.
  • U.S. policy on open source software carries IP risks [Ed: Latest FUD from law firm against Free software as if proprietary software is risk-free licensing-wise?]

Openwashing and EEE

Q&A with Arpit Joshipura, Head of Networking for The Linux Foundation

Arpit Joshipura became the Linux Foundation’s new general manager for networking and orchestration in December 2016. He’s tasked with a pretty tall order. He needs to harmonize all the different Linux Foundation open source groups that are working on aspects of network virtualization. Joshipura may be the right person for the job as his 30 years of experience is broad — ranging from engineering, to management, to chief marketing officer (CMO) roles. Most recently he was VP of marketing with Prevoty, an application security company. Prior to that he served as VP of marketing at Dell after the company acquired Force10 Networks, where he had been CMO. Read more