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Debian Stretch Enters Its Soft Freeze, Full Freeze In One Month

Saturday 7th of January 2017 12:39:33 PM
The soft freeze is now upon us for Debian 9.0 "Stretch" while the full freeze will happen in February...

Haiku OS Gaining Ground On UEFI, FreeBSD Compatibility Layer, Remote Debugging

Saturday 7th of January 2017 12:32:35 PM
For those interested in the BeOS-inspired Haiku open-source operating system, they have issued their latest monthly progress report to end out 2016...

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided On Linux With Latest RadeonSI - Up To 2~3x Faster

Saturday 7th of January 2017 12:04:44 AM
With Marek's latest set of RadeonSI Gallium3D patches, which are said to improve the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided performance by around 70%, having landed in Mesa Git, here are some fresh benchmarks with a Radeon RX 480 and R9 Fury...

Haswell On Mesa Now Has Nearly Complete OpenGL ES 3.2 Implementation

Friday 6th of January 2017 09:26:43 PM
It's been a good week for users of older Intel Haswell graphics on Linux: beyond landing FP64 support and then exposing OpenGL 4.0 support, this older generation of Intel graphics now has a couple more OpenGL ES 3.2 extensions...

What Open-Source/Linux Kaby Lake CPU Benchmarks Would You Like To See?

Friday 6th of January 2017 08:20:58 PM
This week Intel launched the desktop/socketed Kaby Lake CPUs. Over the next week will be many Linux CPU benchmarks on Phoronix so here is your last opportunity to put in any special benchmark requests...

Wine 2.0-rc4 Fixes 28 Bugs

Friday 6th of January 2017 08:19:58 PM
The fourth release candidate is now available for Wine 2.0 while the official stable release remains on track for debut later this month...

How AMD Kaveri's Graphics Performance Has Evolved Under Linux

Friday 6th of January 2017 05:40:00 PM
As mentioned earlier when posting some fresh AMD Kaveri vs. Intel Linux graphics benchmarks, I have some fresh AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" APU numbers with running the latest Ubuntu 16.10 + Linux 4.10 + Mesa 13.1-dev stack on many of my benchmarking systems in the basement server room. With having an A10-7850K Kaveri system running with the latest Linux open-source driver code, I figured I'd compare it to some of my older Kaveri results.

Heterogeneous Memory Management v15 For The Linux Kernel

Friday 6th of January 2017 04:30:29 PM
Jerome Glisse of Red Hat has published his first set of Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) revisions for 2017...

Linux Marketshare Up To 3% According To One Popular Website

Friday 6th of January 2017 03:52:33 PM
According to one popular NSFW web-site, the 53rd most popular web-site in the world ranked by Alexa, their Linux traffic went up 14% in 2016...

AMD Developer Posts X.Org Modesetting "MS_ALL_IN_ONE" Patches

Friday 6th of January 2017 03:27:46 PM
Qiang Yu of AMD has been baking a new feature for the xf86-video-modesetting DDX: MS_ALL_IN_ONE...

AMD Kaveri vs. Intel Skylake With The Latest Linux/Mesa Open-Source Drivers

Friday 6th of January 2017 01:06:18 PM
I'm in the process of testing a lot of my different CPUs/APUs in preparation for some Kaby Lake Linux benchmarks next week with the Core i5 7600K and Core i7 7700K. Along the way with the different CPU benchmarks I've also been running some fresh integrated Linux graphics tests on the newer and interesting hardware...

The AMD Patches To Boost Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Have Landed In Mesa Git

Friday 6th of January 2017 12:54:11 PM
For those that have been looking forward to running Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Linux with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, you'll want to fire up Mesa Git...

PlayStation 4 Running Linux Can Now Use AMDGPU-PRO With Vulkan

Friday 6th of January 2017 12:37:14 PM
The work to run Linux on the PlayStation 4 continues to advance and previously we reported on those behind it managing to exploit the Radeon graphics found on the AMD APU powering the PS4. The latest milestone is they now have Vulkan running on the PS4...

OpenGL vs. Vulkan For Older NVIDIA Kepler GPUs (Early 2017)

Friday 6th of January 2017 02:34:43 AM
Most often when running any regular NVIDIA Linux benchmarks with Vulkan/OpenGL, it's usually just with the newest Pascal GPUs and then the older Maxwell GPUs for reference. But if you are curious about the OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance for GTX 600/700 "Kepler" graphics processors, I have some fresh results today...

Steam Linux Client Beta Adds Idle Detection, Updated Vulkan Loader & More

Thursday 5th of January 2017 09:06:43 PM
Valve pushed out an updated Steam Linux client beta today that includes some useful changes for Linux gamers...

Testing Nouveau's Open-Source NVIDIA Support On Linux 4.10 With NvBoost

Thursday 5th of January 2017 06:45:38 PM
After the Nouveau DRM driver updates didn't make it for the Linux 4.9 merge window, this open-source NVIDIA graphics kernel driver saw significant updates for Linux 4.10. Nouveau in Linux 4.10 has atomic mode-setting, DP MST support, a LED driver for controlling the cards that have the illuminated "GeForce" logo, NvBoost support for hitting the higher boost frequencies on supported cards, and many other changes. Here are some fresh benchmarks of Nouveau with the Linux 4.10 kernel.

Richard Stallman: Goodbye to GNU Libreboot

Thursday 5th of January 2017 05:33:02 PM
The drama over Libreboot, a downstream of Coreboot, wanting to leave the GNU has come to an end...

Mesa 13.0.3 Has A Big Serving Of i965 & RadeonSI Fixes

Thursday 5th of January 2017 04:39:03 PM
Emil Velikov of Collabora has announced the first stable Mesa release of 2017...

Canonical Clarifies Ubuntu Phone State: Nothing Really Until Snap-Based Image Ready

Thursday 5th of January 2017 04:08:56 PM
For those that shared your hopes for Ubuntu Phones in 2017, some of you were right: those that guessed nothing or very little. There isn't going to be any new Ubuntu Phone releases or major OTA updates until there is a Snap-based image down the road...

Igalia Delivers Ivy Bridge Mesa Patches For FP64 / OpenGL 4.0

Thursday 5th of January 2017 03:00:00 PM
Fresh off their work on landing the long-awaited Haswell FP64 support followed by today enabling OpenGL 4.0 for Haswell (along with revised Float64 patches for Intel's Vulkan driver), there is now the FP64 patches for Ivy Bridge with the patches that ultimately enable OpenGL 4.0 on this generation-older hardware...

More in Tux Machines

Linux 4.10-rc5

Things seem to be calming down a bit, and everything looks nominal. There's only been about 250 changes (not counting merges) in the last week, and the diffstat touches less than 300 files (with drivers and architecture updates being the bulk, but there's tooling, networking and filesystems in there too). Read more Also: Linus Torvalds Announces Fifth Linux 4.10 Kernel RC, Everything Looks Nominal Linux 4.10-rc5 Released, Now Codenamed "Anniversary Edition"

Fedora 26 Linux to Enable TRIM for Better Performance of Encrypted SSD Disks

According to the Fedora 26 release schedule, the upcoming operating system is approaching an important milestone, namely the proposal submission deadline for system-wide changes, which is currently set for January 31. Read more Also: Fedora 26 Planning To Enable TRIM/Discard On Encrypted Disks

New CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Linux Kernel Security Updates Pushed Into Beta

CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi is informing users of the CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 enterprise-ready operating systems to upgrade their kernel packages immediately if they are using the Beta channel. Read more

KDE Neon Installer

  • KDE Neon Has Stylish New Install Wizard
    KDE Neon has adopted distro-agnostic Linux installer ‘Calamares’ its unstable developer edition. Calamares replaces the Canonical-developed Ubiquity installer as the default graphical installer used when installing the Ubuntu-based OS on a new machine. The stylish install wizard is already in use on a number of other KDE-based Linux distributions, including Chakra Linux and Netrunner.
  • KDE neon Inaugurated with Calamares Installer
    You voted for change and today we’re bringing change. Today we give back the installer to the people. Today Calamares 3 was released. It’s been a long standing wish of KDE neon to switch to the Calamares installer. Calamares is a distro independent installer used by various projects such as Netrunner and Tanglu. It’s written in Qt and KDE Frameworks and has modules in C++ or Python.