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Raspberry Pi To Get Firmware Driver In Linux 4.3, Closer To DRM Driver Support

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The Raspberry Pi crew is looking to add a firmware driver for their hardware to the Linux 4.3 kernel.

The Raspberry Pi firmware driver is needed for communicating with the VPU, which in turn has exclusive control of some peripherals. It was Eric Anholt that sent out this RPi firmware driver per this mailing list post.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti: Simply The Best For Linux Gamers

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The GeForce GTX 980 Ti was launched earlier this summer and then towards the end of July the review sample had finally arrived. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a upgrade over the original GeForce GTX 980 that launched last September. The GTX 980 Ti has 6GB of GDDR5 video memory versus 4GB with the original GTX 980, 2816 CUDA cores versus 2048, 384-bit memory bus rather than 256-bit, 176 texture units versus 128, and 96 ROP units versus 64.

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Mycroft Raspberry Pi Open Source Artificial Intelligence System (video)

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Joshua Montgomery has this week launched Mycroft a Raspberry Pi open source artificial intelligence system that has been created to play media, controls lights and more.

Mycroft is powered by the Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino platform, allowing the system to be completely open source yet support a wide variety of applications and has launched the project on Kickstarter.

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Ubuntu Developers Want To Make It Easier To Run The Latest NVIDIA Drivers

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Jorge Castro of Canonical has started coordinating some work around providing newer upstream NVIDIA proprietary graphics drivers for users, primarily Ubuntu gamers.

After being dissatisfied with the performance of the NVIDIA Linux driver as currently packaged on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, he resorted to using PPAs for getting the newer NVIDIA Linux driver. He's looking to build on that and to do a better job of testing and making available the newer binary blobs.

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NVIDIA Releases Linux Graphics Debugger For OpenGL 4.2~4.5

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NVIDIA announced from SIGGRAPH the release of this NVIDIA Linux Graphics Debugger to profile, optimize, and debug OpenGL 4.2/4.3/4.4/4.5 applications. There's realtime viewing of draw calls, examining the GPU pipeline state, and identifying performance bottlenecks and GPU utilization.

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Open-Source Linux Graphics Stack Improvements Coming For PowerPC 64 LE

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The maintainer of AMD's HSA Linux kernel driver (AMDKFD) and Pixman is now focusing his work on enabling and optimizing the Linux graphics stack for PowerPC 64-bit LE.

The PowerPC 64-bit Little-Endian mode, as used by POWER8 and the focus of OpenPOWER, is what's the focus for open-source Linux graphics stack improvements. The AMDKFD and Pixman maintainer, Oded Gabbay, is working on these improvements at Red Hat.

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NVIDIA Releases "OpenGL 2015" + OpenGL ES 3.2 Linux Driver

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With The Khronos Group not declaring a new OpenGL version with the arrival of these new extensions, NVIDIA is calling this the "OpenGL 2015" driver for the new ARB extensions. This new driver also supports the brand new OpenGL ES 3.2 specifications. The updated NVIDIA Linux beta is versioned 350.00.05 and supports the GeForce 400 "Fermi" GPUs and newer.

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Easily Swap Between AMD & NVIDIA OpenGL Linux Drivers At Boot Time

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