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Nix 2.0 Package Manager Released With A Ton Of Changes

5 hours 34 min ago
Nix 2.0 is now available as the latest major update to this functional package manager most commonly associated with the NixOS Linux distribution...

Purism Releases Updated Coreboot Images For Their Laptops

7 hours 38 min ago
Purism has released updated Coreboot images for their Librem 13 v2 and Librem 15 v3 laptops...

Windows 10 WSL vs. Linux Performance For Early 2018

12 hours 11 min ago
Back in December was our most recent round of Windows Subsystem for Linux benchmarking with Windows 10 while since then both Linux and Windows have received new stable updates, most notably for mitigating the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities. For your viewing pleasure today are some fresh benchmarks looking at the Windows 10 WSL performance against Linux using the latest updates as of this week while also running some comparison tests too against Docker on Windows and Oracle VM VirtualBox.

SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality

13 hours 48 min ago
It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support...

The Community Has Brought The Unity 8 Desktop To Ubuntu 18.04

15 hours 19 min ago
Besides bringing Ubuntu Touch to new mobile devices, the UBports team has also managed to continue their community-driven work on advancing the Unity 8 convergence desktop after Canonical abandoned work on it last year. They now have Unity 8 working on top of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS...

NVIDIA Developer Posts Open-Source Tegra Support For Mesa - Tegra K1 & Newer

17 hours 24 sec ago
NVIDIA developer Thierry Reding on Wednesday posted a series of patches for providing NVIDIA Tegra support in Mesa in conjunction with the Nouveau DRM driver...

Qt Has A Super Busy Year Ahead With A Lot Of Features Planned For 2018

18 hours 47 min ago
Tuukka Turunen of The Qt Company has shared some of the company's plans for the Qt toolkit in 2018. There is a lot ahead for this open-source, cross-platform toolkit in 2018 with another long-term support release later this year, new Qt Python bindings, a safety-critical renderer and more...

Intel Cannonlake Graphics Should Be In Good Shape With Linux 4.17

19 hours 45 min ago
Intel's next-generation Cannonlake processors with "Gen 10" graphics will be considered good to go with the next kernel cycle, Linux 4.17. The alpha/preliminary hardware support flag is being removed for these CPUs expected later this year...

UBPorts' Ubuntu Touch Ported To The Moto G 2014

20 hours 26 min ago
If you happen to have laying around a Moto G Gen 2 (Moto G 2014) device, it can have a second-life now running UBPorts' Ubuntu Touch software stack...

Mesa 17.3 Remains Quite Buggy, Developer Calls For Better Handling In The Future

Thursday 22nd of February 2018 05:09:45 AM
If you are making use of the Mesa 17.3 releases, have you found them to be buggier than normal for this open-source 3D graphics driver stack? There remains a higher than average amount of bugs still outstanding that have plagued Mesa 17.3, even with being up to 17.3.5...

Wine-Staging Has Been Revived, Working Towards New Release

Thursday 22nd of February 2018 01:30:00 AM
Wine-Staging has been a flavor of Wine popular with Linux gamers for often carrying bleeding-edge patches and other experimental work prior to being mainlined. But over two months ago, Wine-Staging went silent without any further updates. A few days ago the original maintainers announced they parted ways with the work due to lack of time and would not be issuing any new releases. Now there are new developers taking over...

OpenBSD Gets Mitigated For Meltdown CPU Vulnerability

Thursday 22nd of February 2018 12:44:44 AM
A few days back FreeBSD 11 stable was mitigated for Meltdown (and Spectre vulnerabilities), which came more than one month after these nasty CPU vulnerabilities were disclosed while DragonFlyBSD was quickly mitigated and the first of the BSDs to do so. While OpenBSD is known for its security features and focus, only today did it land its initial Meltdown mitigation...

Intel Coffee Lake OpenGL Performance On Windows 10 vs. Linux

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 10:35:12 PM
For those curious about the state of Intel's open-source Mesa OpenGL driver relative to the company's closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, here are some fresh benchmark results when making use of an Intel Core i7 8700K "Coffee Lake" processor with UHD Graphics 630 and testing from Windows 10 Pro x64 against Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu with the Linux 4.16 Git kernel and Mesa 18.1-dev, and then Intel's own Clear Linux distribution.

DDR4 Memory Scaling Performance On AMD Raven Ridge / Ryzen 5 2400G

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 07:21:24 PM
While we all know that APUs crave as fast as system memory as possible, with DDR4 memory kits these days easily costing more than the Ryzen 3 2200G and even the Ryzen 5 2400G, here are some reference results when testing the Ryzen 5 2400G under Linux with memory speeds from DDR4-2133MHz to DDR4-3600MHz...

AMD_gcn_shader Support Is Being Prepped For RADV Vulkan

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 06:34:48 PM
The Mesa-based open-source "RADV" Radeon Vulkan driver has new patches pending for AMD_gcn_shader support...

Development On The Chai Mali T700 Open-Source GPU Driver To Resume

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 05:24:13 PM
Last year we covered the work on the project "Chai" as an open-source, reverse-engineered driver for Mali T700 series. After a hiatus, the lead developer is back working on the project...

Nouveau's NIR Support Inches Closer To TGSI Quality

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 03:33:58 PM
Longtime Nouveau contributor Karol Herbst joined Red Hat at the end of last year where his current task is on NIR intermediate representation support for Nouveau as part of bringing SPIR-V compute support to this open-source NVIDIA Linux driver...

Trying Out Google's Machine Learning Ads

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 03:25:33 PM
Google's "Auto Ads" now make use of machine learning for the placement and selection of ads on the site...

Clear Linux Is The Latest Distribution Figuring Out What To Do With Python 2

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 02:58:27 PM
While Python 3 has been around now for a decade, most Linux distributions are still working towards moving away from Python 2 and that includes Intel's Clear Linux distribution...

AMD Launches EPYC Embedded 3000 & Ryzen Embedded V1000 Series

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 02:11:09 PM
AMD is taking their Zen microarchitecture to the embedded space now with the announcement of the AMD Launches EPYC Embedded 3000 and Ryzen Embedded V1000 series...