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Zink OpenGL-On-Vulkan Development Now Being Done On RADV With Navi GPU

1 hour 53 min ago
Mike Blumenkrantz who has spent most of the year working on the "Zink" Gallium3D code for allowing universal OpenGL over Vulkan translation and took this Mesa code to OpenGL 4.6 compatibility and in some cases 90%+ the performance of a native OpenGL driver is now working on Zink development from a Radeon Navi graphics card with the RADV driver, which may in turn help uncover bugs and areas of optimizations for the open-source Radeon driver stack...

GNOME 40 Mutter Moves Input Work To A Separate Thread

3 hours 59 min ago
An exciting addition for GNOME 40 is that the Mutter compositor will be punting the input work off to a separate CPU thread...

KDE Closing Out November With More Plasma Wayland Fixes

4 hours 30 min ago
KDE developers remain as busy as ever even with pandemic and Christmas season upon us...

Genode OS Framework 20.11 Brings Dynamic CPU Load Balancing, 64-bit ARM Sculpt OS

7 hours 50 min ago
Genode as an original operating system framework that has been in development for more than a decade is out with a new release. The Genode OS based Sculpt OS as their "general purpose OS" push is also updated...

RenderDoc 1.11 Released As The Leading Open-Source, Cross-Platform Graphics Debugger

Saturday 28th of November 2020 05:03:53 AM
RenderDoc 1.11 is out as the newest feature release for this leading open-source graphics debugger supporting platforms from Linux to Windows to the Nintendo Switch to even Google's Stadia and supporting all major graphics APIs...

The Peculiar State Of CPU Security Mitigation Performance On Intel Tiger Lake

Friday 27th of November 2020 06:49:14 PM
One area not talked about much for Intel's latest Tiger Lake processors are hardened CPU security mitigations against the various speculative execution vulnerabilities to date. What's peculiar about Tiger Lake though is now if disabling the configurable mitigations it can actually result in worse performance than the default mitigated state. At least that's what we are seeing so far with the Core i7 1165G7 on Ubuntu 20.10 Linux is the opposite of what we have been seeing on prior generations of hardware.

Intel Sends In More DG1 Enablement Code, Big Joiner For Linux 5.11

Friday 27th of November 2020 03:53:15 PM
Intel's Linux graphics driver developers have submitted their final batch of feature changes targeting the Linux 5.11 kernel...

Qt 6.1, Qt 6.2 Expected To Come Sooner With Tightened Release Cycles

Friday 27th of November 2020 01:02:42 PM
Qt 6.0 is releasing in December and The Qt Company is already drafting plans for the release cycles of Qt 6.1 and Qt 6.2 LTS next year...

Arm Neoverse N2 Support Added To The LLVM Clang 12 Compiler

Friday 27th of November 2020 11:35:27 AM
In September Arm began adding Neoverse N2 support to the open-source compilers initially with GCC and now the support has been merged into LLVM Clang 12 as well...

Following FUSE & CUSE, Now There Is "MUSE" For MTD In Userspace

Friday 27th of November 2020 09:24:43 AM
FUSE is well known to longtime Linux users for allowing file-systems to be implemented in user-space for where a Linux kernel port isn't feasible for portability or licensing restrictions, among other factors. There is also CUSE for character devices in user-space. Now being based on FUSE, there is "MUSE" being worked on for MTD in user-space...

Phoronix 2020 Black Friday Reminders

Friday 27th of November 2020 08:30:00 AM
Just some quick, friendly holiday reminders...

Lenovo ThinkPad Palm Sensor Support Coming To Linux 5.11

Friday 27th of November 2020 05:07:58 AM
As part of Lenovo offering Linux pre-loaded on more laptops and desktops, they have been working on upstream improvements themselves along with their partners at Red Hat and others. One of the latest Lenovo-contributed improvements to the kernel is palm sensor support for newer ThinkPad notebooks...

Systemd 247 Released With Experimental Out-of-Memory Daemon, New Credentials Capability

Thursday 26th of November 2020 06:15:49 PM
Systemd 247 is out today as the latest major version of this Linux init system. Like most systemd releases, systemd 247 is very heavy on new features...

PHP 8.0 Officially Released With Many Language Additions, Better Performance

Thursday 26th of November 2020 04:28:29 PM
PHP 8.0 is out today as expected as a major update to this widely-used programming language for server-side programming and other purposes...

Unigine 2.13 Continues Enhancing Their OpenGL Engine While Still Porting To Vulkan

Thursday 26th of November 2020 01:22:11 PM
Unigine 2 remains one of the most visually stunning game and simulation engines out there. That's even with still using OpenGL (or Direct3D 11 also on Windows) while their Vulkan renderer remains in the works. Unigine 2.13 is out this week as their latest iteration of this visually incredible engine with first-rate Linux support...

OpenZFS 2.0-RC7 Brings Better ABI Handling, Reduced Latency For Non-Interactive I/O

Thursday 26th of November 2020 11:52:02 AM
OpenZFS 2.0 is getting quite close to release but isn't over the finish line yet and this week brings the seventh release candidate...

AMD Stages More Driver Updates For New GPUs With Linux 5.11

Thursday 26th of November 2020 10:00:00 AM
While the Radeon RX 6800 series is now shipping that was developed under the Sienna Cichlid codename, there are other fishy codenames remaining and are seeing more work for the Linux 5.11 kernel that will officially open development in December and then likely reaching stable in February...

Arcan 0.6 Display Server Adds Network Transparency, XWayland Client Isolation

Thursday 26th of November 2020 08:18:36 AM
For those with some extra time around the US Thanksgiving holiday, the Arcan display server/environment is out with a new release. This is the interesting project that's powered in part by a game engine, offers X11 and Wayland compatibility, ported to BSDs, and more recently has been exploring VR and other desktop innovations...

Godot Game Engine Has Been Backing "Betsy" As A GPU-Based Texture Compressor

Thursday 26th of November 2020 05:05:48 AM
The Godot Game Engine has been funding work on a GPU-based texture compressor to deal with the issue that importing textures to this leading open-source game engine can often be painfully slow...

Blender 2.91 Released With A Multitude Of Improvements

Wednesday 25th of November 2020 10:09:51 PM
Blender has been gaining a lot of ground this year with numerous prominent organizations now backing its development (just most recently, Facebook) and just at the end of summer they delivered Blender 2.90 while out today is Blender 2.91...

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