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Intel's IWD 0.19 Linux Wireless Daemon Picks Up New Features

Sunday 4th of August 2019 10:53:14 PM
IWD is the multi-year effort by Intel's open-source group to create a new Linux wireless daemon that could potentially replace WPA-Supplicant. IWD 0.19 is the new release available that arrived at the end of the weekend and carrying new features...

Mesa 19.1.4: Intel Vulkan Fixes For Older Generations, Max Payne 3 Issue Fixed For RADV

Sunday 4th of August 2019 06:05:53 PM
If all goes well Mesa 19.1.4 will be released on Tuesday as the newest stable point release to this collection of OpenGL/Vulkan drivers for Linux systems. Mesa 19.1.4 is bringing around four dozen patches that accumulated over the later half of July and it's particularly heavy on Intel ANV and Radeon RADV Vulkan driver fixes...

Debian's DebConf 19 Slides & Video Presentations

Sunday 4th of August 2019 01:02:39 PM
Debian's annual developer conference, DebConf, wrapped up last week in Curitiba, Brasil. The slide decks and video recordings for many of those presentations are now available...

GCC 10's LTO Will Make Use Of Available CPU Cores By Default

Sunday 4th of August 2019 12:26:54 PM
Currently when passing "-flto" for enabling Link-Time Optimizations with the GCC compiler, it defaults to using a single core/thread for carrying out the optimizations and code generation. There has been support for specifying a number of threads to use for carrying out this link-time work in parallel while finally in GCC 10 that is being enabled by default...

Monado Open-Source OpenXR Implementation Seeing Driver Work On PSVR, OSVR, Razer Hydra

Sunday 4th of August 2019 11:22:31 AM
Monado as an open-source implementation of the Khronos OpenXR standard for AR/VR devices continues taking form though isn't quite ready yet for end-users...

Intel's Iris Gallium3D Driver Now Has Better OpenGL Compatibility Profile Support

Sunday 4th of August 2019 11:14:45 AM
Intel's modern "Iris" Gallium3D driver has exposed GLSL 4.60 compatibility (the shading language requirements for OpenGL 4.6) but when creating an OpenGL compatibility context it's been at 1.40 for the old OpenGL 3.1 requirements. Fortunately, the compatibility mode now too exposes 4.60 support...

KDE System Settings Now Shows Basic Hardware/Software Details, Wayland Improvements

Sunday 4th of August 2019 10:54:01 AM
There is one month to go until KDE's annual Akademy developer conference in Milan while open-source contributors to this desktop environment remain hard at work over the summer on making various improvements...

Godot Making Progress On Vulkan Support, Threaded Shader Compilation

Sunday 4th of August 2019 12:00:23 AM
Shared one month ago was the initial work done on implementing a Vulkan renderer for Godot, the increasingly-used open-source cross-platform game engine. That Godot Vulkan support continues maturing along with other features that will form the basis of Godot 4.0...

Wine On 64-bit NetBSD Is Now In Much Better Shape Thanks To GSoC

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 11:46:46 PM
One of the many interesting Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects this year has been to improve the Wine support on NetBSD. Thanks to student developer Naveen Narayanan, that is becoming a reality...

AMD Radeon GCN Offloading Support For OpenMP/OpenACC On The Way For GCC 10

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 06:47:43 PM
Merged for the GCC 9 compiler release that launched earlier this year was the preliminary AMD Radeon "GCN" GPU compiler back-end. In that initial release it wasn't particularly useful as the GPU offloading bits for the popular programming APIs/models wasn't supported so for now could just run some basic single-threaded programs. But now those interesting GPU offloading bits are pending for GCC 10...

Radeon Vulkan Driver Now Supports Wave32 Support For More Shaders

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 01:08:03 PM
Earlier this week the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" added support for Wave32 with compute shaders on the new Navi graphics processors. That RADV Wave32 support has now been extended for more shader types...

Qt Creator 4.10 RC Available With Support For Pinning Files, UI Improvements

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 12:58:47 PM
The Qt Company on Friday issued the release candidate for the upcoming Qt Creator 4.10 integrated development environment...

Wine Staging 4.13 Brings Fixes For Epic Games Launcher, Cmd.exe File Association

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 11:54:50 AM
Hot on the heels of the upstream Wine 4.13 release following a long summer retreat, Wine-Staging 4.13 is now available with the latest testing/experimental patches re-based atop the newest Wine code...

Intel OpenCL Runtime 19.30.13641 Adds Elkhart Lake Support, Other Changes

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 11:30:07 AM
Intel's NEO OpenCL run-time stack has been living by the "release early, release often" mantra with continuing to see frequent new updates for this OpenCL stack...

The Smaller DRM Drivers Begin Seeing Their Improvements Queued For Linux 5.4

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 11:20:58 AM
In addition to the Intel DRM driver landing lots of feature code into DRM-Next for the Linux 5.4 kernel cycle coming up in September, the DRM-Misc-Next crew for collecting core infrastructure changes and work to the smaller Direct Rendering Manager drivers has also been seeing new 5.4 work...

Wine 4.13 Released Following Nearly Month Long Summer Holiday

Friday 2nd of August 2019 08:36:23 PM
Wine 4.12 was released back on 5 July while finally today has been succeeded by Wine 4.13, which is normally seeing updates on a two-week release cycle...

Broadcom's VC4/V3D Driver Developer Parts Ways To Join Google

Friday 2nd of August 2019 05:28:07 PM
Eric Anholt who has near single-handedly been developing the V3D driver stack (formerly known as "VC5") for use by the Raspberry Pi 4 and other newer Broadcom boards as well as maintaining the mature VC4 driver stack he developed for previous Raspberry Pi boards has left Broadcom. But Broadcom's loss is to Google's open-source gain...

GNOME Launches An Inclusion & Diversity Team

Friday 2nd of August 2019 04:46:31 PM
In addition to GNOME's involvement and stewarding of the Outreachy program (back to the days when it was known as GNOME's "Outreach Program for Women"), they have just launched an Inclusion and Diversity Team to help the desktop environment community become more inclusive...

AMD Zen 2 Performance Looking Even Better With GCC 10

Friday 2nd of August 2019 02:26:15 PM
While this year's GCC 9 compiler release brought initial support for AMD Zen 2 processors with the Znver2 target, the support was sadly incomplete. While the GCC 9 support added some of the new instructions, it wasn't complete (such as RDPRU support remains missing) and the cost tables and scheduler model were not updated from Znver1 to account for the microarchitectural changes. Thankfully, SUSE's compiler experts recently fixed up this support for the GCC 10 compiler and more recently were able to get it back-ported for the upcoming GCC 9.2 for the Linux distributions that will upgrade to that point release. Here are some benchmarks looking at the performance impact of that updated AMD Zen 2 compiler code.

Intel Sends Out First Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 5.4 With Tiger Lake Support

Friday 2nd of August 2019 01:15:25 PM
Intel's open-source driver team has sent in their initial batch of kernel graphics driver changes to DRM-Next for material that will be targeting the Linux 5.4 cycle later this year...

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