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Intel's Beignet 1.3.1 OpenCL 2.0 Implementation Released

Monday 13th of March 2017 10:31:54 AM
A bug-fix release was pushed out this morning for Intel's Beignet open-source GPU-based OpenCL implementation...

VK9 Hits New Milestones In Implementing Direct3D 9 Over Vulkan

Monday 13th of March 2017 10:16:11 AM
VK9, the project implementing Direct3D 9 on top of the Khronos Vulkan graphics API, has hit two new milestones...

Linux 4.11-rc2 Kernel Released

Sunday 12th of March 2017 10:10:20 PM
Linus Torvalds has issued the second weekly test update to the Linux 4.11 kernel...

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti: Core i7 7700K vs. Ryzen 7 1800X Linux Gaming Performance

Sunday 12th of March 2017 07:21:05 PM
Since last week's tests of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a number of Phoronix readers have requested tests of this high-end GP102 graphics card to be done under both the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X and Core i7 7700K. Here are those OpenGL and Vulkan gaming results for those looking at high-end Linux gaming performance.

MSI B350 TOMAHAWK: A Capable AMD Ryzen Motherboard For $110

Sunday 12th of March 2017 03:48:48 PM
The motherboard I've been testing the past week paired with the Ryzen 7 1700 is the MSI B350 TOMAHAWAK, a board in short supply that will set you back only $110 USD.

DragonFlyBSD 4.8 Up To Release Candidate Phase

Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:45:15 PM
DragonFlyBSD 4.8 will be coming soon...

Arceri Is Working To Further Improve Mesa's Shader Cache Startup Performance

Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:38:35 PM
Timothy Arceri at Valve is still working on the on-disk Mesa shader cache even though the GLSL/TGSI shader cache and RadeonSI binary caches have landed. In particular, his recent effort has been about improving the cold performance -- or when there isn't a shader cache present or it needs to be re-generated...

Debian Is Gearing Up For Stretch, Planning A Future Roadmap

Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:21:14 PM
Debian project leader Mehdi Dogguy has written a status update concerning the work going on for the first two months of 2017...

SPI Inc Ended 2016 Managing 2.48 Million USD For Open-Source Projects

Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:05:30 PM
For those curious, here is how much various open-source projects have in the bank...

Intel To Increase Engagement With FreeBSD, Makes $250k Donation

Sunday 12th of March 2017 11:52:23 AM
Intel is going to more actively engage with the FreeBSD project and they've also made a hefty donation to the FreeBSD Foundation...

There's Progress Running Unreal Engine 4 With SteamVR On Linux

Saturday 11th of March 2017 10:48:19 PM
Progress is being made with running Unreal Engine 4 for VR on Linux with SteamVR...

Linaro Connect Budapest '17 Slides & Videos

Saturday 11th of March 2017 06:17:01 PM
Linaro hosted their annual Connect conference this past week in Budapest, Hungary. For those not able to make this embedded/mobile-focused Linux developers' conference, many of the slides and videos are now available...

Collabora Rolls Out CODE 2.0 Update

Saturday 11th of March 2017 05:55:46 PM
Collabora has announced an update to their Online Development Edition 2.0 platform...

ARM Talks Mali Vulkan, Lack Of Open Drivers & More @ Linaro Budapest 17

Saturday 11th of March 2017 03:32:37 PM
Linaro Connect 17 was this past week in Budapest. One of the interesting sessions was with regard to ARM's Mali graphics drivers where Vulkan was talked about as well as the lack of current open-source drivers due to lack of customer demand...

Nouveau Patch For Enabling The GLSL/TGSI On-Disk Shader Cache

Saturday 11th of March 2017 02:59:22 PM
A patch is now available for enabling the GLSL/TGSI on-disk shader cache for the Nouveau Gallium3D driver...

Setting Up A Better VR Space For SteamVR Linux Gaming

Saturday 11th of March 2017 12:50:15 PM
When receiving the HTC Vive last month for testing the roll-out of Valve's SteamVR beta for Linux, going into it I hadn't realized how immersive the experience was at that point nor all the cables involved. I had setup the HTC Vive VR system in the "basement server room" to deal with the mess of cables, but after using this VR headset for a few days I quickly realized I needed a better area for engaging with virtual reality. After making a custom-built desk and moving where I have the HTC Vive "play room" configured, the experience is much better.

Vulkan 1.0.43 Adds Two New Extensions

Saturday 11th of March 2017 03:11:04 AM
The Khronos Group has done a Friday evening update to the Vulkan 1.0 API specification...

SteamVR For Linux Gets Improved Radeon Performance

Friday 10th of March 2017 11:02:54 PM
Valve has released an updated SteamVR beta for Linux VR gamers ahead of the weekend...

SilverStone Redline RL06: An Interesting Budget ATX Case

Friday 10th of March 2017 10:39:18 PM
It's been over two years since last testing out any ATX desktop/tower cases due to using rackmount cases for nearly all of the test systems these days, but for a new Linux VR testing area (will be covered in a separate article this weekend), I went with a conventional ATX PC chassis. The case I went with was the SilverStone Redline RL06 and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their new budget cases.

GAPID: Google Has A New Graphics Debugger For Vulkan & OpenGL ES

Friday 10th of March 2017 05:48:23 PM
GAPID is short for the Graphics API Debugger and is a new open-source project out of Google...

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Leftovers: Software

  • [Video] Linux Audio Programs Compared 2017
    I made this video for those that are new to, or just interested in making music on the Linux OS. I go over the features, goods and bads of Rosegarden, LMMS, Ardour, Mixbus, and EnergyXT, as well as touch on Qtractor. I don't don't go much into details of the particular versions I am using, but the video was made in the early part of 2017 and I'm running Ubuntu 16.04LTS.
  • Green Recorder: A Simple Desktop/Screen Recorder for Linux
    Green Recorder is a simple, open source desktop recorder developed for Linux systems built using Python, GTK and FFmpeg. It supports most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. Recently it has been updated to work with Wayland too in Gnome session.
  • Komorebi: A New Way To Enhance Your Desktop Using Animated/Parallax Wallpapers
    In past there were applications that allowed us to run videos/Gif as wallpaper on the desktop and make desktop look much cooler but than all of sudden the development of such Apps stopped and I can't name any App that exist for this purpose. Komorebi is fairly new application designed to make your desktop experience much better and make desktop cool as well, we can say it is kind of 'live wallpaper' situation here or 3D wallpaper. It is developed by Abe Masri and available under GPL license for free.
  • Stacer Sytem Optimizer: A Must Have Application For Ubuntu/Linux Mint
    There are multiple ways to optimize your Linux, the most geeky way is using Terminal, there are also applications available that performs such actions like Bleachbit, Ubuntu cleaner and so on. Stacer is simple, open-source, quick and new application designed to offer you all-in-one optimizer for your Ubuntu/Linux Mint (It's alternative to CCleaner but only for Linux).
  • Qtox: Open Source and Fully Secure Skype Replacement for Linux
    Long years ago, we've talked about a Skype alternative called Tox which was still in its early developmental stages. Tox was supposed to become the anti-thesis of Skype by being a fully open-source video and voice chat client that placed user privacy and security at its center. Well, guess what, there are now fully active and well-maintained chat clients that are built on top of Tox protocol. qTox is one of them.
  • Rclone 1.36 Released With SFTP And Local Symlinks Support, More
    Rclone 1.36 was released recently, bringing support for SFTP, local symbolic links support, mount improvements, along with many other new features and bug fixes. For those not familiar with Rclone, this is a cross-platform command line tool for synchronizing files and folders to multiple cloud storages, which supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Yandex Disk, and more. It can be used to sync files either from your machine or from one cloud storage to another.
  • Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0 Adds Support For Communities And Team Pages, Basic Hotkeys
    Streamlink Twitch GUI (previously Livestreamer Twitch GUI) is a multi-platform Twitch.tv browser. The application is powered by Node.js, Chromium and Streamlink, though it can still use Livestreamer (which is no longer maintained) too.
  • Code Editor `Brackets` 1.9 Released, Available In PPA
    Brackets is a free, open source code editor focused on front-end web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).
  • Terminix Terminal Emulator Renamed To Tilix, Sees New Bugfix Release
    [Quick update] Terminix, a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator, has been renamed to Tilix due to some trademark issues.

today's howtos

Games and CodeWeavers/Wine

  • A Snapshot of Linux Gamers, Just One Year Ago
    It’s about time we share the analysis of that Q1 2016 survey (fielding occured in March last year), especially as we are about to launch the Q1 2017 one pretty, pretty soon. That way we will be able to compare how things have changed over the course of 12 months. As usual, the whole disclaimer about online surveys is valid here (data is only as good as your n size, the appropriateness of your sampling, and the quality of the responses, etc…), but assuming it’s not all that bad and all that unreliable, let’s dig in the results. As a reminder, most of the respondents for this survey were recruited through the r/linux and r/linux_gaming subreddits, as well as the readership of BoilingSteam. This is not our first survey, and you can see our previous ones done in the second quarter of 2015, and the following one in the last quarter of 2015.
  • Slime-san Coming To PC, Mac and Linux
    Headup Games and Fabraz proudly announce their upcoming action-platformer Slime-san for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam & Humble Bundle. Console releases will follow soon after. Jump and slime your way through 100 levels in a unique 5-colored, pixelated world and escape from a giant worm’s innards. Get your shopping done in Slumptown, a town full of survivors within the worm. Unlock different play styles, outfits, shaders and even multiplayer mini-games! Slime-san is developed by Fabraz, an independent development studio that also released the critically-acclaimed games Cannon Crasha and Planet Diver. Slime-san was minding his own business, sliming around in a peaceful forest when suddenly…A giant worm appeared and gobbled him up! Now deep within the worm’s belly, Slime-san has to face a decision: Be digested by the incoming wall of stomach acid... Or jump, slide and slime his way through the worm's intestines and back out its mouth!
  • CodeWeavers Announces CrossOver 16.2.0
  • The Wine Revolution is ON!
    As you know Codeweavers (and other WINE contributors) have been working on DX11 support for a while – they were supposed to have DX11 support by the end of 2016, but as with all complex projects, timelines tend to slip and only very DX11 titles could run a few months ago. Since then, there was no major announcement, but it seems that the progress has been very significant in the recent WINE versions (2.3 is already out).

Leftovers: KDE