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Broadcom Bids To Snatch Qualcomm For $103 Billion

Monday 6th of November 2017 12:23:50 PM
Following reports the past few days of Broadcom and Qualcomm potentially hooking up, Broadcom just filed their offer today to try to buy up Qualcomm for $103 billion USD...

Mesa 17.3 Features - Vulkan Updates, Better Performance

Monday 6th of November 2017 12:00:00 PM
Mesa 17.3 is due out in the days ahead as the Q4'2017 installment of Mesa 3D for delivering the updated open-source OpenGL and Vulkan driver stacks for Linux and other platforms. As usual, this quarterly update to Mesa introduces a ton of new features, performance improvements, and other enhancements.

Enlightenment 0.22 Available For Download

Monday 6th of November 2017 11:21:19 AM
Enlightenment E22 was quietly released on the project's website as the latest annual feature update to this Wayland compositor / window manager...

The Steam Linux Client Celebrates Its Fifth Public Birthday

Monday 6th of November 2017 10:42:31 AM
Besides AMD's open-source strategy marking its tenth anniversary recently, longtime Linux gamers/enthusiasts may be celebrating today another milestone: five years ago today is when the public Steam period began for Linux...

DragonFlyBSD 5.0.1 Released

Monday 6th of November 2017 10:34:52 AM
DragonFlyBSD 5.0.1 was released this morning as the first point release to the big DragonFlyBSD 5.0 version that debuted initial HAMMER2 file-system support...

Intel User-Mode Instruction Prevention Support Revised For The Linux Kernel

Monday 6th of November 2017 10:25:07 AM
An Intel engineer over the weekend sent out the latest patches for implementing the company's User-Mode Instruction Prevention (UMIP) support within the Linux kernel...

Linux 4.14-rc8 Released: Final Next Week Followed By Linux 4.15

Sunday 5th of November 2017 10:15:36 PM
Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux 4.14-rc8 as the last release candidate prior to declaring the Linux 4.14 LTS kernel...

CompuLab Announces The Tiny Fitlet2 Linux PC, Powered By Intel Apollo Lake

Sunday 5th of November 2017 07:34:15 PM
The Linux-friendly folks at CompuLab have just announced their newest industrial-grade, fanless PC: the fitlet2...

RX 580 vs. GTX 1060 With F1 2017 On Linux - 50-Way Comparison, CPU Utilization

Sunday 5th of November 2017 06:55:35 PM
Adding to the array of articles about F1 2017 that was released a few days back by Feral Interactive as their first Vulkan-exclusive Linux game port, here are some numbers concentrated on the GeForce GTX 1060 vs. Radeon RX 580...

Nouveau Linux 4.14 + Mesa 17.4-dev vs. NVIDIA

Sunday 5th of November 2017 04:30:00 PM
It's been a while since last posting any open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) benchmarks compared to the official NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver simply as there hasn't been too much progress to report on recently. There still isn't re-clocking for Maxwell 2 and Kepler GPUs, dynamic re-clocking remains unimplemented for earlier generations of GPUs, there is not a Nouveau Vulkan driver yet, and they remain tackling OpenGL 4.4~4.5 compliance. But for those wondering how the performance of Nouveau is with re-clocked Kepler / Maxwell 1 graphics cards, here are some fresh benchmarks of the very latest NVIDIA Linux drivers.

StarTech 2.5-Inch Aluminum External Disk Enclosure

Sunday 5th of November 2017 12:39:45 PM
While I have tested out many StarTech server racks at Phoronix, I have never checked out the company's computer peripherals. I ended up trying out their 2.5-inch aluminum external enclosure and have ended up liking it almost as much as their racks.

The Most Interesting Features Of The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Sunday 5th of November 2017 12:07:51 PM
If Linux 4.14 weren't an LTS release with so many changes, it would likely be released today with -rc7 having come last week, but due to the size of this new kernel, 4.14-rc8 will most likely be christened today followed by Linux 4.14 next weekend. Here's a reminder about some of the most technically interesting work in this new kernel update...

"Chai" As An Effort For Reverse-Engineered ARM Mali T-Series Graphics

Sunday 5th of November 2017 11:55:23 AM
A Phoronix reader this week sent in notice of a new Git repository seeking to provide a reverse-engineered driver for ARM's Mali T-Series graphics...

New Qualcomm Saphira Server CPU Added To GCC

Sunday 5th of November 2017 11:41:57 AM
Details are very scarce on the new Qualcomm "Saphira" processor, but initial support for it was added this week to the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)...

Lugdunum Is Another Interesting Open-Source Vulkan 3D Engine, With glTF 2.0 Too

Sunday 5th of November 2017 11:26:30 AM
A few days back I wrote about the Banshee engine picking up Linux support and its maturing Vulkan renderer. A Phoronix reader pointed out another project worthy of a shout-out...

LLVM 5.0.1 Is Coming In The Next Few Weeks

Saturday 4th of November 2017 09:55:09 PM
Tom Stellard of Red Hat will once again be taking up duties as point release manager for LLVM...

Open-Source Win: RADV Trades Blows With AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan In F1 2017

Saturday 4th of November 2017 03:17:12 PM
Here are some of the most exciting RADV vs. AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan performance benchmarks we have seen to date... The AMDGPU-PRO official AMD Vulkan Linux driver does run with Feral's latest Linux game port, F1 2017, but the community-driven, open-source RADV Vulkan driver often outperforms it!

Monero/XMR Mining On Threadripper With Multi-Channel Memory

Saturday 4th of November 2017 01:55:23 PM
Phoronix reader Thomas Frech has shared with us another article on Monero/XMR cryptocurrency mining performance with AMD Threadripper. Thsi follows his recent guest posts of mining Ethereum with Threadrippers and AMD Vega GPUs, Ethereum and Monero mining on the same systems, and the AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 crypto mining boost...

PSA: Phoronix Amazon Links Now Work In The EU

Saturday 4th of November 2017 01:35:34 PM
Phoronix readers wishing to click our Amazon links when shopping in the EU can now support our site...

Trying Out The Intel Vulkan Driver With F1 2017 On Linux

Saturday 4th of November 2017 11:15:24 AM
With Feral Interactive's port of F1 2017 to Linux, only Radeon via RADV and NVIDIA are supported for this racing game that's making use of the Vulkan graphics API under Linux. For those curious about if Intel graphics can squeeze by for this game with the open-source "ANV" Intel Vulkan driver, I tried it out...

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