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GDB 7.12 Released With Rust Debugging, Python Enhancements

Friday 7th of October 2016 09:42:31 PM
GDB 7.12 is now available as the latest feature release of the GNU Debugger...

13 Patches Published That Effectively Bring RadeonSI To OpenGL 4.5

Friday 7th of October 2016 08:29:00 PM
Back on Wednesday I wrote about how RadeonSI and Nouveau NVC0 completed their OpenGL 4.5 extension changes but were still being held up from exposing OpenGL 4.4 due to the incomplete ARB_enhanced_layouts extension. Well, that is about to change with 13 patches published today that effectively finish it up...

Wine 1.8.5 Released, Fixes 58 Bugs

Friday 7th of October 2016 08:25:36 PM
For those sticking to Wine 1.8.x stable releases until Wine 2.0 is released around the end of the year, Wine 1.8.5 is the latest and greatest...

Performance-Boosting HiZ Support Lands For Intel's Mesa Vulkan Driver

Friday 7th of October 2016 08:13:52 PM
Intel's "ANV" Mesa Vulkan Linux driver now has basic support for HiZ, an important performance feature...

Fedora 25 Is Still On Track To Use Wayland By Default

Friday 7th of October 2016 05:37:54 PM
Back in August Fedora 25 switched to using Wayland by default in time for the project's alpha release. With next week's beta release, Fedora 25 is still using Wayland by default and it looks like it will remain that way unless any showstoppers appear...

Enlightenment's Ecore_Drm2 Library Is Working Out Well For Wayland Support

Friday 7th of October 2016 02:47:25 PM
While GNOME is frequently brought up for its well-vetted Wayland support when using the latest packages, the Enlightenment desktop has also been progressing very well with its Wayland compositor and they continue making improvements to their display stack. One of these important pieces has been the Ecore_Drm2 library...

Systemd Now Supports The RISC-V CPU Architecture

Friday 7th of October 2016 02:28:24 PM
For those fond of the open and free RISC-V instruction set architecture, the basic changes have been made so systemd now supports this CPU architecture...

Persistent Memory Was A Popular Topic At This Week's LinuxCon Europe

Friday 7th of October 2016 01:09:11 PM
With Intel's 3D Xpoint Optane technology beginning to appear as extremely fast non-volatile memory and other advancing efforts in the NVDIMM space like ReRAM, persistent memory was a popular topic at this week's LinuxCon Europe event in Berlin...

Gallium3D's Nouveau Lands ARB_compute_variable_group_size Implementation

Friday 7th of October 2016 11:08:21 AM
Thanks to the ongoing compute-focused work by independent Nouveau contributor Samuel Pitoiset, the NVC0 Gallium3D driver is the first driver in Mesa supporting the ARB_compute_variable_group_size extension...

Intel Integrated Sensor Hub (ISH) Support In Linux 4.9 Kernel

Friday 7th of October 2016 10:56:51 AM
The Intel Integrated Sensor Hub (ISH) is supported in the Linux 4.9 kernel code for benefiting Cherrytrail mobile/convertible/ultrabook hardware and newer...

Linux 4.9: F2FS Gets Performance Enhancements, EXT4 Gets Fixes

Friday 7th of October 2016 10:43:49 AM
The F2FS (Flash-Friendly File-System) and EXT4 file-system feature updates have been sent in for the Linux 4.9 merge window...

Radeon Vulkan Driver Added To Mesa, Fresh Radeon Vulkan vs. OpenGL Benchmarks + AMDGPU-PRO

Thursday 6th of October 2016 11:29:12 PM
Today the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver is landing in mainline Mesa and just hit the Git code minutes ago. Merging the RADV driver came up just over the past few weeks in time for next month's Mesa stable release while this community-based driver was developed over the summer by David Airlie and Bas Nieuwenhuizen. This "unofficial" Radeon Vulkan open-source driver is now becoming part of the Mesa code-base with it being able to support the few Vulkan Linux games but isn't yet a fully conformant driver. Here are fresh benchmarks of the RADV driver compared to the RadeonSI OpenGL driver and benchmarks compared to AMD's hybrid closed-source AMDGPU-PRO driver on several different graphics cards.

FreeBSD 11 Is Still Being Respun & Tested, Hope To Release Next Week

Thursday 6th of October 2016 09:18:59 PM
Last week news came out that the FreeBSD 11.0 release wasn't going to happen as planned but it needed to be respun due to security issues. The release was supposed to happen on 3 October, but now we find out it needed to be re-spun again and is still going through testing...

Fedora 25 Beta Will Be Released Next Week

Thursday 6th of October 2016 07:47:11 PM
The beta of Fedora 25 will be released on-time next week...

The State & Future Of Linux Power Management (2016)

Thursday 6th of October 2016 05:27:14 PM
Linux's power management and ACPI subsystems maintainer Rafael Wysocki presented at this week's LinuxCon Europe event in Berlin about the state and future of power management in the Linux kernel...

Xen & KVM Changes Line Up For Linux 4.9

Thursday 6th of October 2016 03:48:03 PM
Xen and KVM are the latest pull requests hitting the mailing list for the Linux 4.9 kernel...

Here's An Ubuntu/Debian Kernel To Play With AMDGPU On GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs

Thursday 6th of October 2016 12:20:00 PM
If you have a GCN 1.0 Southern Islands or GCN 1.1 Sea Islands graphics card and have been wanting to play with the experimental AMDGPU kernel DRM driver as an alternative to the Radeon DRM driver, here's an opportunity for Ubuntu/Debian users...

While Google's Ara Modular Phone Is Dead, Greybus Still Appears To Have A Future

Thursday 6th of October 2016 11:46:42 AM
With the Linux 4.9 staging pull request comes the addition of the Greybus subsystem. A major user of the Greybus subsystem was to be Google's Project Ara modular smartphone, but with that initiative recently being canned, it may seem like Greybus is dead but that's not actually the case...

75 Patches Queued For Gallium3D's Nine State Tracker

Thursday 6th of October 2016 10:44:37 AM
We've been expecting many last minute Gallium3D Nine / D3D9 patches ahead of the Mesa 13.0 branching and yesterday the bulk of those patches were sent out...

New Elan Touchsceeen Driver, GPIO Decoder For "Input" On Linux 4.9

Thursday 6th of October 2016 10:38:09 AM
The input subsystem is the latest pull request to talk about for the forthcoming Linux 4.9 kernel development cycle...

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