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NIR: A New IR Developed For Mesa That's Better Than GLSL IR

Monday 18th of August 2014 06:05:32 PM
Connor Abbott, the open-source developer that began contributing to the Lima Linux graphics driver while a high school student, was interning at Intel this summer even before starting college. Over the summer the focus of his Intel Linux internship was focusing on developing a new intermediate representation for Mesa graphics drivers...

Coreboot Now Works On The Older MacBook 1,1 Too

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:50:00 PM
As an update to yesterday's story about Coreboot now working for the MacBook 2,1 model, with today's Git activity the open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement will also work with the even older 1,1 model...

LinuxCon Is This Week In Chicago

Monday 18th of August 2014 02:30:00 PM
The Linux Foundation's LinuxCon North America event is happening this week in Chicago...

Wayland 1.6 Is Under Planning For Release

Monday 18th of August 2014 01:25:46 PM
We haven't heard much talk lately about Wayland 1.6 but Pekka Paalanen is stepping up and is trying to begin organizing work towards the Wayland/Weston 1.6 release that's quickly due...

Direct3D 9 Support Stands A Chance Of Being Added To Mesa

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:52:46 PM
For several months now there's been a Direct3D 9 state tracker under development for Mesa that's making some headway and working out for bettering the Wine performance with D3D9 titles rather than using Wine's translation layer to OpenGL. While no official request for pulling the code has been issued, it looks like it might stand a chance of hitting mainline Mesa...

Viber 4.2 Finally Released For Linux

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:34:03 PM
Several Phoronix readers have written in this weekend to share that the Viber Linux client is finally up to par with the Windows version...

Red Hat Is Hiring To Work On Open-Source GPU Drivers

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:16:09 PM
Those wishing to work for one of the best open-source companies while focusing on improving open-source Linux graphics drivers, Red Hat has an opening...

Apple's MacBook (2,1) Now Can Boot With Coreboot

Sunday 17th of August 2014 11:28:23 PM
After the Lenovo X200 support the latest laptop supporting Coreboot is Apple's second-generation MacBook...

Mageia 5 Alpha 2 Works To Add KF5 & LXQt Packages

Sunday 17th of August 2014 11:03:29 PM
The second alpha release to Mageia 5 was released this weekend and it incorporates updated package "under the hood" and is working towards KDE Frameworks 5 and LXQt support for Mageia 5...

Nouveau Works On Maxwell Fan Management

Sunday 17th of August 2014 04:02:04 PM
Nouveau developer Martin Peres has published a set of ten Nouveau DRM patches working towards proper fan/power management support for NVIDIA's latest "Maxwell" GPUs...

The New Features Of The Linux 3.17 Kernel

Sunday 17th of August 2014 03:41:16 PM
Now that the merge window has passed and Linux 3.17-rc1 released, here's a rundown of the new features for the Linux 3.17 kernel...

Git 2.1 Released

Sunday 17th of August 2014 02:42:01 PM
Version 2.1 of the Git revision control system is available this weekend...

KDE's Konqueror Is In Need Of A New Maintainer

Sunday 17th of August 2014 02:21:33 PM
KDE's Konqueror web-browser is in need of a new maintainer and for some love to port it to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5...

Linux 3.17-rc1 Kernel Released

Saturday 16th of August 2014 10:40:42 PM
A day shy of two weeks since the Linux 3.17 merge window opened, Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.17-rc1 kernel...

AMD Compiler Optimization Benchmarks With GCC 4.10 (GCC 5.0)

Saturday 16th of August 2014 03:57:25 PM
As a continuation to yesterday's brief GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 4.10 (GCC 5.0) comparison with the AMD A10 A-Series "Kaveri" APU, here's some benchmarks when using the GCC 4.10 development snapshot and trying a variety of CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS to see the current impact on their performance for a variety of Linux benchmarks...

Intel Starts Sending In Graphics Patches For Linux 3.18

Saturday 16th of August 2014 02:34:55 PM
While Linux 3.17-rc1 isn't even out yet, the merge window is coming to an end and Intel OTC is already starting to send in pull requests to the drm-next branch for merging into the next cycle, Linux 3.18...

Coreboot Now Has Native Graphics Initialization For Intel's GM45

Saturday 16th of August 2014 01:30:00 PM
The latest feature hitting mainline Coreboot is native graphics initialization support for the Intel GM45 chipset...

Linux 3.17 Will Detect If Your Toshiba Laptop Is Falling Down

Saturday 16th of August 2014 12:54:44 PM
The x86 platform driver updates were sent in on Saturday by Matthew Garrett and besides some clean-ups and various quirks / minor additions for new devices, there's a new driver for generating falling laptop events for Toshiba laptops...

BFS Scheduler Update Brings SMT Nice Support

Saturday 16th of August 2014 12:10:06 PM
Con Kolivas released a new version of his BFS scheduler and besides porting it for Linux 3.16 compatibility it also contains a big new feature...

Intel's Idle Driver Supports Broadwell With Linux 3.17

Saturday 16th of August 2014 11:56:57 AM
The native hardware cpuidle driver for Intel CPUs now supports the upcoming Broadwell processors with Linux 3.17...

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Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux

Beignet is the project out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for exposing GPGPU/compute capabilities out of Ivy Bridge hardware and newer when using a fully open-source Linux stack. While Beignet differs greatly from Gallium3D's Clover state tracker, this Intel-specific open-source OpenCL implementation is working out quite well for Ubuntu Linux. While I've been writing about Intel's Beignet project since early 2013, it's probably been about a year now since I tried out the code, which is developed by Intel's OTC graphics team in China. This weekend I tried out Beignet v0.9.2 as trying out the newest Intel OpenCL code has been on my TODO list for a while and it's been working out rather well in my initial tests. Read more