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Feral Adds New Capability To Intel's Vulkan Mesa Driver

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 04:32:48 PM
It looks like Feral Interactive might be getting closer to releasing their first Linux game port using Vulkan...

Valve Has Another Linux Graphics Driver Developer Working On Open-Source AMD

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 04:11:11 PM
You may have noticed recently that Timothy Arceri has been working on AMD Mesa/Gallium3D improvements while previously he mostly focused on the Intel driver stack at Collabora. It turns out this change-over is due to Arceri having joined Valve to work on the open-source AMD Linux driver stack...

NVIDIA Updates Legacy Drivers With X.Org Server 1.19 Support

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 03:55:24 PM
In addition to NVIDIA releasing the 378.13 big feature release, this morning they also announced updates to their two legacy drivers...

NVIDIA 378.13 Linux Driver Released

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 03:05:57 PM
NVIDIA's Unix driver team is celebrating Valentine's Day by releasing their first stable driver in the 378 driver series for Linux...

An Early Qt 5.9 Alpha Snapshot: Qt 5.9 Packing A Ton Of Features

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:54:18 PM
While Qt 5.8 was released less than one month ago, the Qt 5.9 Alpha release is on approach for landing...

OpenGL 4.0 Patches For Intel Ivy Bridge Revised

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:11:54 PM
While yesterday's Mesa 17.0 release took Intel Haswell hardware from OpenGL 3.3 to OpenGL 4.5, this quarterly update didn't end up bring the older Ivy Bridge hardware past OpenGL 3.3. But consulting firm Igalia has continued working on their patches to bring Ivy Bridge hardware up to OpenGL 4.0...

How An Old PowerMac G5 Compares To Modern Intel CPUs

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:52:44 PM
With Debian and Ubuntu dropping 32-bit PowerPC support in their future releases, you may be curious how the older PowerPC hardware compares to Intel's modern x86 processors if you are wishing to switchover. Here are some benchmarks...

GCC 7 To Have Better Test Coverage, Unit Testing

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:16:52 PM
Red Hat developer David Malcolm has shared the work he's been doing on improving the GCC compiler's internal testing to ensure the GNU Compiler Collection is working as anticipated and is generating correct code...

GTK+ 3.89.4 Released With More Vulkan Work, Wayland Fixes

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:25:59 AM
Matthias Clasen has issued the newest GTK4 development release with more feature work...

FreeBSD Ended Out 2016 With Work On Using The LLD Linker, ARM64, LXQt Porting

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:14:02 AM
FreeBSD has issued their latest quarterly report covering Q4'2016, from October to December of development highlights...

R600/RadeonSI GLSL/TGSI On-Disk Shader Cache Revised

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:34:06 AM
Last week Timothy Arceri posted TGSI shader cache patches for Mesa that so far benefit the R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers but could also help out the other Gallium3D drivers too. The second version of those patches have now been published...

SQLite 3.17 Released With More Performance Improvements

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:18:26 AM
SQLite 3.17.0 was released today as the newest version of this widely-used embedded database library...

RADV Gets More Improvements For Mesa 17.1-dev, Lower Dota 2 CPU Usage

Monday 13th of February 2017 08:34:00 PM
While Mesa 17.0 was just released, new feature development continues building up for Mesa 17.1...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1080

Monday 13th of February 2017 05:01:49 PM
It's been a while since last testing Windows 10 vs. Linux on different, newer Linux game ports with a variety of GPUs, but that changed this week. As mentioned this weekend, I've been working on a large, fresh Windows vs. Linux gaming performance comparison. The results available today are for NVIDIA with testing a GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 on Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.10 x86_64 with the latest drivers and using a variety of newer Direct3D 11/12 / OpenGL / Vulkan games.

A GNOME Developer's Arguments On Vala Being A "Dead" Language

Monday 13th of February 2017 03:30:30 PM
Longtime GNOME developer Emmanuele Bassi has pleaded his case that Vala is a "dead" language and that new applications/developers should look at alternatives or first work on improving this GNOME-centered language...

Almost A Decade Later, RadeonHD Stories Still Coming To Light

Monday 13th of February 2017 02:51:54 PM
This September will mark 10 years since the public launch of the RadeonHD DDX driver (xf86-video-radeonhd) that was developed by SUSE during the Radeon X1000 and HD 2000/3000 days in conjunction with ATI/AMD. While we've talked about what started AMD's open-source strategy in the past and dozens of other RadeonHD articles, new stories are still coming to light...

Mesa 17.0.0 Officially Released

Monday 13th of February 2017 12:15:08 PM
Mesa 17.0 is now officially available...

WireGuard Is Still Looking Good As A Linux VPN Tunnel

Monday 13th of February 2017 12:09:25 PM
We've been talking about WireGuard for months and it's hoping to go mainline in the Linux kernel this calendar year. Earlier this month at FOSDEM was a status update on the project...

Clangd: LLVM's Clang Gets A Server

Monday 13th of February 2017 11:15:24 AM
An early feature for LLVM Clang 5.0 is a prototype implementation of clangd, a server component for the compiler...

Ten Exciting Features Of The Linux 4.10 Kernel

Monday 13th of February 2017 02:18:13 AM
The Linux 4.10 kernel didn't end up being released today, but was pushed back by an extra week. However, in looking forward to next weekend, here are ten of the features that excite us about Linux 4.10...

More in Tux Machines

UKSM Is Still Around For Data Deduplication Of The Linux Kernel

Several years back we wrote about Ultra Kernel Samepage Merging (UKSM) for data de-duplication within the Linux kernel for transparently scanning all application memory and de-duping it where possible. While the original developer is no longer active, a new developer has been maintaining the work and continues to support it on the latest Linux kernel releases. Read more

Why Dell’s gamble on Linux laptops has paid off

The whole juggernaut that is now Linux on Dell started as the brainchild of two core individuals, Barton George (Senior Principal Engineer) and Jared Dominguez (OS Architect and Linux Engineer). It was their vision that began it all back in 2012. It was long hours, uncertain futures and sheer belief that people really did want Linux laptops that sustained them. Here is the untold story of how Dell gained the top spot in preinstalled Linux on laptops. Where do you start when no one has ever really even touched such a concept? The duo did have some experience of the area before. George explained that the XPS and M3800 Linux developer’s laptops weren’t Dell’s first foray into Linux laptops. Those with long memories may remember Dell testing the waters for a brief while by having a Linux offering alongside Windows laptops. By their own admission it didn’t work out. “We misread the market,” commented George. Read more Also: New Entroware Aether Laptop for Linux Powered with Ubuntu

A Short MATE Desktop 1.17 Review in February 2017

MATE 1.17 is a testing release, it has no official announcement like 1.16 stable release (odd = unstable, even = stable). But what made me interested is because Ubuntu MATE 17.04 includes it by default so I write this short review. The most fundamental news is about MATE Desktop is now completely ported to GTK+3 leaving behind GTK+2. You may be interested seeing few changes and I have tried Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2 to review MATE 1.17 below. Enjoy MATE 1.17! Read more Also: What's up with the hate towards Freedesktop?

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