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AMD Open-Sources Compressonator Project

Thursday 12th of May 2016 06:15:48 PM
The latest open-source fruits of AMD's GPUOpen project is the Compressonator...

Lossless Compression Added To Intel's Mesa Driver For Skylake

Thursday 12th of May 2016 05:40:08 PM
Yet another feature landing in Mesa Git ahead of the upcoming Mesa 11.3/12.0 branching for release next month is lossless compression in the Intel Mesa DRI driver...

H.264 Support Finally Comes To Fedora Via Cisco's OpenH264

Thursday 12th of May 2016 03:29:19 PM
It's now easier having basic H.264 support on Fedora Linux with there now being an official way thanks to cooperation with Cisco...

New Patches Published For GLVND Mesa Support

Thursday 12th of May 2016 03:06:30 PM
There are new Mesa happenings in the OpenGL Vendor Neutral Dispatch Library (GLVND) space...

Threaded Input Has Been Revised Again For The X.Org Server

Thursday 12th of May 2016 02:45:10 PM
Going back six years has been work on bringing threaded input to the X.Org Server whereby the input event code would run on its own CPU thread. The work has yet to be merged in full, but Keith Packard has now revised the patches...

PostgreSQL 9.6 Now In Beta With Parallel Queries

Thursday 12th of May 2016 01:13:38 PM
PostgreSQL 9.6 is now up to its beta stage with a number of new features...

FP64 / OpenGL 4.2 Is Close To Being Finished Up In Intel Mesa

Thursday 12th of May 2016 12:33:42 PM
The latest patches from Igalia have been published for finishing up the ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 implementation within Intel's Mesa driver, which would bring it into supporting OpenGL 4.2 (thanks to the other extensions already being completed) for the latest generations of Intel hardware...

QEMU 2.6 Officially Released

Thursday 12th of May 2016 12:22:39 PM
The developers behind the QEMU open-source processor emulator have announced their v2.6.0 release...

Intel Is Preparing A Major Restructuring Of Their Graphics Driver

Thursday 12th of May 2016 04:00:00 AM
Intel is brewing a makeover of their graphics driver stack through a large restructuring and consolidating initiative that will be formally announced in the coming weeks.

The AMDGPU Additions For Linux 4.7 Are Enormous

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 07:06:38 PM
More AMDGPU DRM driver changes have been queued up for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window that's expected to open next week...

With Pascal Ahead, A 16-Way Recap From NVIDIA's 9800 GTX To Maxwell

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 05:39:44 PM
In preparing to hopefully test the GeForce GTX 1070/1080 "Pascal" graphics cards under Linux in the days ahead, I've been re-testing my collection of available NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards going back to the GeForce 9800GTX up through the Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 Ti and GTX TITAN X. Besides looking at the OpenGL performance at 1080p and 4K, I've also been recording the power metrics and performance-per-Watt data.

Civilization VI Is Coming This Year, Linux Will Be Supported

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 05:06:29 PM
For fans of Sid Meier, Civilization VI was announced today and there's already confirmation of Linux support...

Better Input Device Support Is Coming To KDE's KWin On Wayland

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 04:39:44 PM
Martin Gräßlin's latest focus on KDE development has been improving the input device support under KWin, particularly for when it's acting as a Wayland compositor...

Patches Posted For Supporting DRI3 With VA-API & VDPAU

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 03:25:05 PM
With perfect timing now that the Radeon DDX enables DRI3 by default, Leo Liu of AMD has posted patches for implementing DRI3 support within the VA-API and VDPAU Gallium3D components...

Google's Gale Powered By Qualcomm Added To Coreboot

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 03:13:00 PM
Topping off a lot of Google code landing in Coreboot in recent days for Chromebooks is support for another Google device and as part of that support for a Qualcomm SoC...

The List Of Intel DRM Changes For Linux 4.7

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 01:11:03 PM
Intel's Daniel Vetter has put out a concise overview of their DRM graphics driver changes queued up for the Linux 4.7 kernel...

Unity Developer Is Working On SDL Port To Allow Mir & Wayland Support

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 01:05:34 PM
A Unity developer leading the Engineering Tools team at Unity Technologies has been working on porting the game engine to SDL in order to make it portable to Mir and Wayland...

DRI3 Is Now Flipped On For xf86-video-ati X.Org Driver

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 12:47:40 PM
There's a follow-up to yesterday's story about AMD To Enable DRI3 By Default On Latest X.Org Servers...

Qt Creator 4.0 IDE Released

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 12:27:45 PM
The Qt Company has today announced the release of Qt Creator 4.0.0 as the latest version of this Qt-focused integrated development environment...

H.264 Encoding On Skylake Gets A Big Performance Boost

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 12:12:53 PM
Patches have emerged for being able to take advantage of Intel's low-power/high-performance H.264 encoder on Linux via VA-API...

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GNOME News

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    This year summit held at Manav Rachna International University (MRIU), which is located in the Faridabad district Delhi, it’s a quiet, beautiful and very very hot place. It gave me a lot of wonderful memories.
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    There’s a lot of flexibility in the gnome-software plugin structure; a plugin can add custom applications and handle things like search and icon loading in a totally custom way. Most of the time you don’t care about how search is implemented or how icons are going to be loaded, and you can re-use a lot of the existing code in the appstream plugin. To do this you just save an AppStream-format XML file in either /usr/share/app-info/xmls/, /var/cache/app-info/xmls/ or ~/.local/share/app-info/xmls/. GNOME Software will immediately notice any new files, or changes to existing files as it has set up the various inotify watches.
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    This is my last post about the gnome-software plugin structure. If you want more, join the mailing list and ask a question. If you’re not sure how something works then I’ve done a poor job on the docs, and I’m happy to explain as much as required.
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    The Outreachy internship requires that interns maintain a blog, writing at least every other week. This shouldn't be a problem for the usability project. For the first few weeks, I'll essentially give a research topic for Diana, Ciarrai and Renata to look into and write about on their blogs. I've structured the topics so that we'll build up to building our usability tests.