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18-Way GPU Linux Benchmarks, Including The Radeon RX 460 & RX 470 On Open-Source

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 04:06:09 PM
Yesterday I published early open-source benchmarks of the Radeon RX 470 while today is a full 18-way graphics card comparison including the newly-launched Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 graphics cards alongside the RX 480 Polaris graphics card. All of the AMD graphics cards tested for this article were running the very latest open-source driver stack on the Linux 4.8 kernel and Mesa 12.1-dev Git.

DRM Panic Handling Is Back To Being Talked About

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 01:29:07 PM
During the early days of kernel mode-setting (KMS) one of the frequently talked about future improvements that could be made as a result of it were improved error messages (like Windows BSODs) in the case of problems and other improvements on that front. While patches have emerged from time to time, it still seems like functionality that's still less than fulfilled compared to the original talked about goals. Patches this week have been revived for DRM panic handling...

GIMP Can Now Finally Handle WebP Image FIles

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 12:55:29 PM
The latest feature to land in the GIMP 2.9 development code for the much anticipated GIMP 2.10 milestone is support for WebP image files...

Wayland 1.12 Proposed For Release In One Month

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 12:18:00 PM
Continuing Wayland release manager Bryce Harrington at Samsung has laid out plans for shipping Wayland/Weston 1.12 in just over one month...

Deferred Flushes Land For Radeon Gallium3D, Offering Better Performance

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 12:13:29 PM
The patches written about last week for using unflushed fences for deferred flushes has now landed within the Radeon Gallium3D code. Performance win!..

KDE Kirigami UI Framework Makes First Debut

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 11:54:43 AM
The previously talked about KDE Kirigami UI framework has now experienced its first public release...

Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 vs. Ubuntu Bash On Windows 10 Anniversary Performance

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 01:00:00 AM
When Microsoft and Canonical brought Bash and Ubuntu's user-space to Windows 10 earlier this year I ran some preliminary benchmarks of Ubuntu on Windows 10 versus a native Ubuntu installation on the same hardware. Now that this "Windows Subsystem for Linux" is part of the recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update, I've carried out some fresh benchmarks of Ubuntu running atop Windows 10 compared to Ubuntu running bare metal.

See How Your Linux GPU Performance Compares To The Radeon RX 460 On Open-Source

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 12:10:44 AM
As I mentioned in this morning's Early Open-Source Linux Benchmarks Of The AMD Radeon RX 470, coming up tomorrow I will be publishing the first benchmarks of the Radeon RX 460 under Linux in a AMD/NVIDIA graphics card comparison. However, for those impatient, here are some standalone Linux OpenGL benchmarks of the RX 460 on the AMDGPU+RadeonSI driver stack so you can see how your own system compares...

KDE DigiKam 5.1 Released With Bug Fixes, New RAW Camera Support

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 10:00:08 PM
The first update following the major digiKam 5.0 release is now available. DigiKam 5.0 was the dramatic port to Qt5 and many other improvements/changes...

UbuntuBSD 16.04 Beta Pairs Ubuntu Xenial With FreeBSD 10.3

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 09:51:09 PM
The first 16.04 beta is now publicly available of UbuntuBSD, the unofficial Ubuntu derivative that pairs the Ubuntu user-space with the FreeBSD kernel...

Godot Engine 2.1 Released, Focuses On Usability Improvements

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 07:59:46 PM
Version 2.1 of the Godot Engine, a cross-platform 2D/3D game engine that was opened up back in 2014, is now available...

RadeonSI Now Supports Two More OpenGL Extensions

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 05:42:15 PM
The RadeonSI Gallium3D driver has picked up support for two more OpenGL ARB extensions outside of what's mandated by OpenGL 4.5...

Early Open-Source Linux Benchmarks Of The AMD Radeon RX 470

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 03:29:46 PM
With my Radeon RX 470 retail unit finally having arrived yesterday, I've been running many benchmarks of this graphics card compared to other AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards under Linux. For your viewing pleasure today is the very tip of the iceberg of many RX 460 and RX 470 Linux benchmarks to be published on Phoronix over the days to come.

Open-Source AMD Polaris Audio Support Isn't Coming Until DAL Lands

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 01:14:31 PM
Just as a quick word of warning, the open-source AMD Linux driver stack won't be supporting HDMI/DP audio with the new Radeon RX 460/470/480 "Polaris" graphics cards until its massive DAL code-base is merged...

Reiser4 Now Has Support For The Linux 4.7 Kernel

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 12:08:20 PM
The Reiser4 file-system now has support for the latest stable Linux kernel series, Linux 4.7...

Fedora 25 Alpha Freeze Goes Into Effect, Still Eyeing November Release

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 11:58:12 AM
Today marks the Fedora 25 Alpha release that also means it's time for the software string freeze and Bodhi activation point. If all goes well, Fedora 25 will be released three months from yesterday...

Lower Memory Use For The VC4 Raspberry Pi Gallium3D Driver

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 12:16:05 AM
One of the latest initiatives worked on by Eric Anholt at Broadcom for the VC4 Gallium3D driver -- the open-source driver used most famously by the Raspberry Pi hardware -- is lower memory use...

Lumina Desktop 1.0 Released

Monday 8th of August 2016 07:00:00 PM
The PC-BSD/TrueOS developers have announced the release of the Lumina Desktop Environment 1.0...

Chrome 53 Beta Brings Shadow DOM, Deprecates HTTP/0.9

Monday 8th of August 2016 06:22:39 PM
Google engineers today put out the first public beta of the upcoming Chrome/Chromium 53 web-browser update...

Pitivi 0.97 Released As The GNOME-Aligned Open-Source Video Editor

Monday 8th of August 2016 05:44:27 PM
Pitivi 0.97 was released today as the newest development release of this open-source non-linear video editing software followed quickly by a 0.97.1 point release just for a fix to show the correct version string...

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Leftovers: Software

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    Unikernels are poised to become the next big thing in microservices after Docker containers. Here’s a look at some of the cool things you can do with unikernels. First, though, here’s a quick primer on what unikernels are, for the uninitiated. Unikernels are similar to containers in that they let you run an app inside a portable, software-defined environment. But they go a step further than containers by packaging all of the libraries required to run the app directly into the unikernel.
  • Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner Video Encode/Decode
    The developers within the Sunxi camp working on better Allwinner SoC support under Linux have been reverse-engineering Allwinner's "Cedar" video engine. Their project is being called Cedrus with a goal of "100% libre and open-source" video decode/encode for the relevant Cedar hardware. The developers have been making progress and yesterday they published their initial patches that add a V4L2 decoder driver for the VPU found on Allwinner's A13 SoC.
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  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers
    Kovid Goyal released today, August 26, 2016, a new maintenance update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre e-book viewer, converter and library management tool. Calibre 2.65 was announced earlier, and it looks like it's both a feature and bugfix release that adds drivers for the Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 ebook readers, along with a new option to the Kobo driver to allow users to ignore certain collections on their ebook reader. The list of new features continues with support for right-to-left text and tables to the DOCX Input feature, as well as the implementation of a new option to allow users to make searching case-sensitive. This option can be found and enabled in the "Searching" configuration section under Preferences.
  • Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality
    A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes. Calamares 2.4 is now the latest build, coming two months after the release of the previous version, Calamares 2.3, which introduced full-disk encryption support. However, Calamares 2.4 is not as big as the previous update as it only polished existing functionality and address various annoying issues reported by users.
  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0
    Another Armadillo 7.* release -- now at 7.400. We skipped the 7.300.* serie release as it came too soon after our most recent CRAN release. Releasing RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0 now keeps us at the (roughly monthly) cadence which works as a good compromise between getting updates out at Conrad's sometimes frantic pace, while keeping CRAN (and Debian) uploads to about once per month. So we may continue the pattern of helping Conrad with thorough regression tests by building against all (by now 253 (!!)) CRAN dependencies, but keeping release at the GitHub repo and only uploading to CRAN at most once a month.
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    Spotify’s dark design is very much of its identity. No-matter the platform you use it on, the dark theme is there staring back at you. Until now. A bunch of ace websites, blogs and people I follow have spent the past 24 hours waxing lyrical over a new Spotify skin called Spotio.