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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For benchmarkers, or distributions that ship the closed source drivers, it might be a pain to constantly be swapping between the two closed source drivers. It would appear that one developer was annoyed by this enough to try and create a solution. Meet: gpu-driver-swap by mikeanthonywild.
A few days after writing about a Linux driver coming for DisplayLink's USB 3.0-based hardware, they've released a binary driver for Ubuntu.
This message was posted to the DisplayLink Forums, "We’re pleased to announce the first version of DisplayLink support for Ubuntu is now available...We intend to maintain Ubuntu support, but have designed the driver in such a way, it should be possible to port the driver to other distributions."
Support for utilizing the new AMDGPU DRM driver found in Linux 4.2 and newer has been added to Mesa's DRM library (libdrm).
The many AMDGPU Libdrm patches just made their way into the mainline Git tree! This is needed for interfacing by the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver with this new DRM kernel driver supporting the Radeon R9 285 "TONGA", Carrizo, and Fury/Fiji GPUs coming with Linux 4.3.
A number of the patches fix "the current mess of different speeds and add a bit of clarity... [two of the patches] should help greatly here," Peter noted. The other patches further split up the pointer acceleration code as a step towards eventually allowing per-device custom processing.
Earlier this week I ran some Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the latest AAA game that's been ported to Linux. Those results showed the Linux version of this game running much slower than Windows, so while having a Win10 installation around I decided to also run some fresh OpenGL Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux benchmarks on some older titles. Here are those results.