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Freedreno Gallium3D Enables NIR By Default

3 hours 14 min ago
Freedreno Gallium3D as the open-source, reverse-engineered driver for Qualcomm Adreno graphics hardware has switched to using NIR by default...

Trying Out MESA_NO_ERROR / KHR_no_error Support On Mesa 17.2-dev

5 hours 38 min ago
Merged last month into Mesa Git and improved since then with follow-up commits has been KHR_no_error support for reducing the overhead of the OpenGL drivers by disabling certain error handling for OpenGL games/applications. This in turn can free up some CPU utilization and possibly lead to power-savings too...

Btrfs RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Benchmarks On Linux 4.12

8 hours 25 min ago
With Btrfs RAID 5/6 seeing fixes in Linux 4.12, if you are re-evaluating the setup of a Btrfs native RAID array, here are some fresh benchmarks using four solid-state drives.

31 More AMDGPU DC/DAL Patches Enter The Queue

9 hours 18 min ago
AMD's Harry Wentland has sent out the latest round of patches to the yet-to-be-merged DC display stack (formerly known as "DAL") for the AMDGPU kernel driver...

Igalia Making Progress On Improving Chromium Wayland

10 hours 13 min ago
Igalia developers have been working on improvements to better supporting Google's Chromium/Chrome web-browser under Wayland and should eventually be upstreamed...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 Enters Public Beta

11 hours 21 min ago
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 is now available as a beta for the next installment of RHEL7...

Total War: SHOGUN 2 and Fall of the Samurai Debut For Linux

11 hours 39 min ago
Six years after the Windows release of Total War: SHOGUN 2, the Linux port has been released by Feral Interactive...

ARB_gl_spirv / NIR Support Being Worked On For RadeonSI

13 hours 48 min ago
Nicolai Hähnle is looking at adding support for ARB_gl_spirv to the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and as part of that support for the NIR intermediate representation...

Heterogeneous Memory Management Steps Up To Version 22

14 hours 26 min ago
Heterogeneous Memory Management sadly didn't make it for Linux 4.12 as developer Jerome Glisse was aiming for, but now he's out with an updated version to these important HMM patches...

RISC-V Linux Port Pursuing Mainlining In The Kernel

14 hours 42 min ago
RISC-V developers believe that while their Linux kernel port isn't yet fully complete, they are hoping to get it mainlined now for this open-source CPU ISA...

GTK+ 3.91 Released With Meson Build Support, API Changes, macOS Support

14 hours 51 min ago
GTK+ 3.91 is now available as the latest test release on the road to the GTK4 tool-kit...

Intel Broxton Gets ASTC HDR Support In Mesa

Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:42:58 PM
Intel Broxton graphics hardware can now benefit from ASTC HDR texture compression in Mesa Git...

SteamOS 2.115 Switches From AMDGPU-PRO To AMDGPU+RadeonSI

Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:30:33 PM
Valve has pushed out a long-awaited update to SteamOS Brewmaster and in this latest beta update have switched away from the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver in favor of Mesa...

Mesa 17.1.1 Coming This Week

Monday 22nd of May 2017 06:17:32 PM
The first point release to Mesa 17.1 will be here in just a few days...

Radeon RX 560 Linux OpenGL/Vulkan Benchmarks

Monday 22nd of May 2017 03:00:00 PM
Last week the "Polaris Evolved" Radeon RX 560 graphics card launched. I picked up a Sapphire Radeon RX 560 for Linux testing and have those results to share today for OpenGL and Vulkan workloads under Linux using the 4.12 development kernel and Mesa 17.2-dev compared to a range of Radeon and GeForce graphics cards.

GNU Guix & Guix SD 0.13 Released

Monday 22nd of May 2017 02:58:53 PM
The GNU Guix package manager has seen an update today along with GNU Guix SD, its software distribution running the GNU Linux-libre kernel...

RadeonSI/Gallium3D Still Appears To Have Greater CPU Overhead Than The NVIDIA Driver

Monday 22nd of May 2017 12:39:22 PM
In CPU-bound Linux games, the NVIDIA Linux driver still appears to perform better than the newest RadeonSI Gallium3D code...

Videos From The 2017 Linux Audio Conference

Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:15:40 AM
Taking place the past few days in Saint-Etienne, France has been the annual Linux Audio Conference...

Mesa Developers Discuss Dropping Older Drivers, Removing Untested Code

Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:34:30 AM
Last week Mesa developers had their once-in-a-while discussion about cleaning up the code-base and potentially dropping the older drivers...

Nextcloud 12 Debuts With "Global Scale" Architecture

Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:14:44 AM
The ownCloud-forked Nextcloud 12 is now available as the latest major release for this open-source project to easily deploy your own personal cloud...

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KDE Leftovers: digikam, KDevelop, Kate, GSoC, and Akademy

  • [digikam] Call to Test the Pre-Release of 5.6.0
    Once again a lot has been going on behind the scenes since the last release. The HTML gallery tool is back, database shrinking (e.g. purging stale thumbnails) is also supported on MySQL, grouping has been improved and additional sidecars can now be specified. Therefore the release of 5.6.0 will be (is already) delayed, as we would like to invite you to test all these features. As usual they are available in the pre-release bundles or obviously directly from the git repository. Please report any dysfunctions, unexpected behaviour or suggestions for improvement to our bug tracker.
  • KDevelop runtimes: Docker and Flatpak integration
    On my last blog post I discussed about how some assumptions such as the platform developed on can affect our development. We need to minimize it by empowering the developers with good tools so that they can develop properly. To that end, I introduced runtimes in our IDE to abstract platforms (much like on Gnome’s Builder or Qt Creator).
  • Kate 17.04.1 available for Windows
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  • My Akademy Plans
    The Akademy programme (saturday, sunday) is actually pretty long; the conference days stretch into feels-like-evening to me. Of course, the Dutch are infamous for being “6pm at the dinner table, and eat potatoes” so my notion of evening may not match what works on the Mediterranean coast. Actually, I know it doesn’t since way back when at a Ubuntu Developer Summit in Sevilla it took some internal-clock-resetting to adjust to dinner closer to midnight than 18:00.

Gaming News: Shogun, SteamOS, Dawn Of War III

Galicia continues promotion of free software

The government of the autonomous region of Galicia (Spain) will continue to encourage the use of free and open source software solutions in the public and private sector. This week, the government published the ‘Free Software Plan 2017’, outlining 110 actions. In its ‘Plan de acción software libre 2017’, Galicia announces new initiatives to promote sharing and reuse of ICT solutions. The government is to share new software solutions, but will also emphasise the reuse of existing tools, pointing to Mancomún, the region’s software repository, the catalogue maintained by the Spanish central government’s Centre for Technology Transfer, and to the European Commission’s Joinup eGovernment portal. Read more