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Lumina Desktop Environment 1.3 Preparing For Release

Friday 14th of April 2017 07:58:38 PM
TrueOS developers continue working on their Lumina Desktop Environment and coming up soon is the v1.3 release of their Qt5-powered desktop environment...

Freedreno Gets Last Minute Performance Boost For Mesa 17.1

Friday 14th of April 2017 05:09:23 PM
Ahead of the planned branching and release candidate of Mesa 17.1 in just hours, Rob Clark has landed some last minute work for the Freedreno Gallium3D driver that provides open-source support for Qualcomm Adreno hardware...

Ubuntu 17.04 Gaming Performance: Budgie vs. GNOME vs. KDE Plasma vs. MATE vs. Unity vs. Xfce

Friday 14th of April 2017 02:07:29 PM
One of the immediate requests that usually comes in with each new Ubuntu release is a comparison of the Linux gaming performance when trying out the different desktop options. From yesterday's Ubuntu 17.04 release, here are Steam Linux gaming tests with Budgie, GNOME Shell, KDE Plasma 5, MATE, Unity 7, and Xfce4 when using an AMD Polaris graphics card on the RadeonSI driver stack.

Phoronix Test Suite 7.2 Milestone 1 Released

Friday 14th of April 2017 01:14:01 PM
The first development of Phoronix Test Suite 7.2-Trysil is now available for your cross-platform, open-source benchmarking needs...

Looking Ahead To The Polaris RX 550/560/570/580 On Linux

Friday 14th of April 2017 12:57:18 PM
Next week AMD is expected to roll-out the updated Polaris graphics cards in the form of the Radeon RX 550, RX 560, RX 570, and RX 580 series. The Linux drivers should be ready...

Wine's Direct3D CSMT Support Isn't Yet Complete

Friday 14th of April 2017 12:40:18 PM
For those excited by yesterday's Wine 2.6 release with D3D CSMT as the long-awaited command-stream multi-threading to boost game performance, don't get your hopes too high with this release...

LLVM Is On The Path To Getting Faster

Friday 14th of April 2017 10:34:47 AM
LLVM contributor Mikhail Zolotukhin has issued a report about the continued evolution of LLVM and its impact on the compiler's performance...

Today Is The Last Day Of Feature Development For Mesa 17.1

Friday 14th of April 2017 10:20:46 AM
In order to get Mesa 17.1 out on time, branching is happening today for this next quarterly update to Mesa...

Ubuntu 16.10 vs. 17.04 Radeon Graphics Performance

Thursday 13th of April 2017 09:25:05 PM
If you read enough Phoronix, you know that Mesa and the Linux kernel's DRM graphics drivers continue advancing at a remarkable pace, especially in recent times. Thus if you were an Ubuntu 16.10 user but planning to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04, here are some benchmark results showing the performance improvements you can expect with the Radeon/AMDGPU DRM and RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. Plus there are also some results when using the Oibaf PPA on Ubuntu 17.04 to show what more performance can be tapped by switching to Mesa 17.1-dev.

Wine 2.6 Delivers Direct3D Multi-Threaded Command Stream

Thursday 13th of April 2017 06:52:55 PM
Wine 2.6 is now available and it's a very exciting development update!..

HHVM 3.19 Brings CLI Server Mode, Retranslate-All, Performance Boosts

Thursday 13th of April 2017 05:53:53 PM
Facebook developers have put out their latest release of HHVM to empower this PHP interpreter as well as what powers their Hack programming language...

Ubuntu GNOME Will No Longer Be A Separate Flavor

Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:01:23 PM
Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 was released today alongside the other Ubuntu 17.04 flavors, but for those wondering what's happening to Ubuntu GNOME now that Ubuntu 18.04 will use GNOME with Unity being dropped, the Ubuntu GNOME flavor is winding down...

AMD's Kernel Graphics Code Is Approaching One Million Lines

Thursday 13th of April 2017 03:16:01 PM
With the DRM driver features settled for Linux 4.12, I was curious about the size of these Direct Rendering Manager drivers...

X.Org 2017 Election Results

Thursday 13th of April 2017 02:45:43 PM
The 2017 X.Org Elections have ended. Here are the results...

Qt 5.10 Release Planned For The End Of November, No Qt 5.8.1 Planned

Thursday 13th of April 2017 12:49:51 PM
Qt 5.9 is moving closer to release so the release schedule planning around Qt 5.10 is now happening...

Intel's Beignet Lands LLVM 4.0 Backend Support

Thursday 13th of April 2017 11:27:06 AM
While Intel's Beignet is a terrific project especially when it comes to being a leading open-source OpenCL implementation that works with OpenCL 2.0 on GPUs (something that can't be said for Radeon with its open-source OpenCL stack consistently lacking and Nouveau not really being usable either), the sad part of it is that Beignet is consistently slow in supporting new versions of LLVM...

Ubuntu 17.04 Now Available For Download

Thursday 13th of April 2017 11:14:37 AM
Ubuntu mirrors are now live with the final builds of 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" for those wanting to upgrade to this latest six-month release of Ubuntu Linux...

Unigine Planning For Vulkan Support Later This Year

Thursday 13th of April 2017 10:33:22 AM
This week Unigine Corp released the much anticipated Superposition benchmark and it's a darn beautiful OpenGL 4.5 Linux-friendly graphics test. But, sadly, didn't have any Vulkan rendering option...

GLAMOR 2D Tests On Ubuntu 17.04 With X.Org Server 1.19

Thursday 13th of April 2017 10:25:37 AM
With Ubuntu 17.04 having switched to X.Org Server 1.19 at the last minute, I ran some classic 2D tests from the Zesty Zapus to see how the 2D X11 performance has been impacted thanks to the GLAMOR optimizations that took place for the xorg-server 1.19 cycle...

KHR_no_error Patches Posted For Mesa In Quest To Finding More Performance

Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:00:00 AM
Timothy Arceri, working for Valve on the open-source Mesa graphics stack primarily around Radeon hardware support, has posted early patches on his latest OpenGL extension upbringing...

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  • Unreal Engine 4.16 Enters Public Preview State
    Epic Games on Friday released the first public preview of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.16. There are many changes to find with Unreal Engine 4.16 while some of the highlights include volumetric fog support, a new clothing solver, optimized distance field lighting, garbage collection improvements, and more.
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    A Preview of the upcoming 4.16 release is available now on the Launcher and Github. We have made this Preview available so that our developer-community can help us catch issues before the final release. As fixes are implemented, we will release updated previews throughout the development cycle. Please be aware that the preview releases are not fully quality tested, that they are still under heavy active development, and that they should be considered as unstable until the final release. Developers should not convert their projects for active development on preview releases. Please test on copies of your project instead.
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    Last Thursday the newest member of the GOL Livestream Team, iAlwaysSin, completed her live playthrough of the extremely scary Alien Isolation. And, to commemorate this achievement (and all the deaths that occurred in the process) I decided to download and edit all the VODs together into a nice highlight reel. With my sarcastic remarks, of course.

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Manjaro Linux: Reliable and Up to Date, Geekdom Optional

Regular readers can pretty much ignore this one. We’ll be back to cartoons, O’s baseball and the usual inanity soon, tomorrow in fact. I just wanted to revisit my dedication to Linux, prompted by a recent mixed bag of experiences that left me feeling even more positive about a relative newcomer to the distro scene: Manjaro. It all started a few days ago, when I decided to finally try to update the eight remaining Linux installs on my main desktop PC. I’ve been using Linux Mint (18.1 Cinnamon) as my daily driver for several months, originally in an attempt to keep my bandwidth usage to a reasonable level, and then due to inertia/lack of issues. I could have gone with my trusty Debian stable install, my go-to for years up till then, but I guess I was just getting bored. Read more