Andres Gomez of Igalia has stepped up to the plate to manage Mesa 17.0.3 as the newest Mesa stable update. The plan is to release it officially by the end of week while today the release candidate is available.
Over Mesa 17.0.2, the 17.0.3 update currently has 32 patches queued but potentially more may still make it into this next release. The fixes include problems with the GLSL compiler, the Intel OpenGL and Vulkan drivers, Nouveau performance improvements, RADV fixes, and various other fixes.
Intel has published a series of patches today adding FPGA device drivers to their Linux kernel for their selection of FPGA hardware.
Developer Wu Hao explained, "The Intel FPGA driver provides interfaces for userspace applications to configure, enumerate, open, and access FPGA accelerators on platforms equipped with Intel(R) FPGA solutions and enables system level management functions such as FPGA partial reconfiguration, power management and virtualization."
RadeonSI OpenGL vs. RADV Vulkan Performance For Mad Max
Feral Interactive today released their first Linux ported game into public beta that features a Vulkan renderer. Mad Max on Linux now supports Vulkan and OpenGL, making for some fun driver/GPU benchmarking. Up first are some Radeon RX 480 and R9 Fury Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks for Mad Max when using Mesa 17.1-dev Git.
Ubuntu 17.04: A mouse-sized step forward
It's almost the fourth month of the year. You know what that means. A new Ubuntu release is upon us. This time around, the release number is 17.04 and the name is Zesty Zapus. For those that don't know, a zapus is a genus of North American jumping mice and the only extant mammal with a total of 18 teeth.
Which means the zapus is quite unique. Does that translate over to the upcoming release of one of the most popular Linux distributions on the planet (currently listed as fourth on Distrowatch)? Let's find out.
Quad-core Atom thin client offers hardened ThinLinux
Dell revealed a tiny “Wyse 3040” thin client that runs ThinOS or a hardened new ThinLinux on a quad-core Intel SoC, and supports Citrix, MS, and VMware.
Dell has launched its “lightest, smallest and most power-efficient thin client” yet, with a 101.6 x 101.6 x 27.9mm Wyse 3040 system that weighs 0.24kg and runs on under 5 Watts. The device is powered by a quad-core, 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350 “Cherry Trail” SoC, giving it 30 percent better performance than “previous generations,” says Dell, presumably referring to the single-core Wyse 3010 and the dual-core 3020 and 3030. The power-efficient (2W SDP) SoC also runs on the UP board and UP Core SBCs.