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A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA Is Coming To Linux

2 hours 15 min ago
After announcing last week that they are bringing Rise of the Tomb Raider to Linux, Feral Interactive announced this morning they are also bringing A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA to Linux...

AMD's Raven Ridge Botchy Linux Support Appears Worse With Some Motherboards/BIOS

3 hours 19 min ago
With my launch testing of the Raven Ridge desktop APUs with the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G there were some stability issues to report and some hangs within games and mode-setting issues. It appears those issues are exacerbated with some motherboards: the past few days with two different AMD B350 motherboards have been a real pain getting the current AMDGPU driver stack working -- and even Linux 4.17 AMDGPU WIP code -- on either of these Raven Ridge APUs...

Linux 4.16-rc2 Kernel Released

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 2:03am
Linus Torvalds has announced the second weekly release candidate of the in-development Linux 4.16 kernel...

Linux KPI-Based DRM Modules Now Working On FreeBSD 11

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 9:49pm
It's now possible to use the graphics/drm-next-kmod port on FreeBSD 11 stable...

UBports Continues Working On Unity 8, Developer ISO Coming

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 8:07pm
While Canonical is no longer involved in Unity 8 development, the community-driven UBports team continues working on their "Unity 8" and "Ubuntu Touch" efforts with a hope to deliver a developer ISO soon...

VA-API 1.0 Video Acceleration Is Approved For Fedora 28

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 5:02pm
Friday's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) approved of VA-API 1.0 video acceleration for this spring's Fedora 28 release...

VGA_Switcheroo Is Getting Modernized With Device Link Support

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 3:44pm
VGA_Switcheroo is the Linux kernel component for dealing with MUX'ed and MUX-less hybrid graphics laptops/systems for switching between GPUs. A new patch series is working to modernize and improve VGA Switcheroo...

Marek Working Towards Even Lower SGPR Register Usage

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 3:15pm
Yesterday well known open-source AMD developer Marek Olšák landed his RadeonSI 32-bit pointers support for freeing up some scalar general purpose registers (SGPRs) and he's continued with a new patch series to alleviate register usage even more...

Libdrm 2.4.90 Released With Meson Build System, AMDGPU & Intel Improvements

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 12:38pm
Marek Olšák on Saturday released the big libdrm 2.4.90 DRM library update that sits between Mesa and other GPU user-space components and the kernel's Direct Rendering Manager code...

Google's Octopus Is A Gemini Lake Chromebook

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 12:16pm
While we're still waiting on an AMD-powered Chromebook as well as for Cannonlake to materialize, it appears Google is prepping support for a Geminilake Chromebook as well...

Nouveau Gets ARB_bindless_texture Support For Maxwell & Newer

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 11:57am
Back for Mesa 18.0 there was OpenGL bindless textures for Kepler GPUs on the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver while now for Mesa 18.1 that support is in place for Maxwell GPUs and newer...

Snapd 2.31 Better Supports Wayland Via Mir, Canonical Hires Another Mir Developer

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 11:49am
Besides Mir 0.30 being released this week, other Mir progress was also made by these Canonical developers working on forging Mir into a viable Wayland compositor...

Linux 4.15-ck1 Released With MuQSS 0.170

Sun, 18/02/2018 - 11:37am
Con Kolivas announced the release today of his patched Linux 4.15 kernel that includes the MuQSS scheduler, his successor to the BFS scheduler...

FreeBSD Finally Gets Mitigated For Spectre & Meltdown

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 9:13pm
Landing in FreeBSD today was the mitigation work for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities...

Mesa Git Lands RadeonSI 32-bit Pointers Support

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 4:53pm
At the start of the new year Marek Olšák of AMD posted a set of patches for 32-bit GPU pointers in RadeonSI. That work has now landed in mainline Mesa Git...

Wine-Staging Will No Longer Be Putting Out New Releases

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 2:49pm
Wine-Staging as many of you have known it for the past four years is unfortunately no more. We'll see if other reliable folks step up to maintain this experimental version of Wine but the original developers have sadly stepped away...

Outreachy Is Now Accepting Applications For Their Summer 2018 Internships

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 2:39pm
This week Google announced the participating organizations for GSoC 2018 for students wishing to get involved with open-source/Linux development. Also happening this week is the application period opened for those wishing to participate in the summer 2018 paid internship program...

Linux 4.14 & 4.15 Get KPTI Protection For 64-bit ARM

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 2:29pm
Greg Kroah-Hartman released a slew of stable point releases today to supported Linux kernel series. For the 4.14 and 4.15 branches this includes Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) for AArch64 hardware...

VESA X.Org Driver Sees First Update In Three Years

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 1:38pm
Should you find yourself using the xf86-video-vesa DDX for one reason or another, a new release is now available and it's the first in three years...

OpenIndiana Has Upgraded To The GCC 6 Compiler

Sat, 17/02/2018 - 1:22pm
The OpenSolaris/Illumos-based OpenIndiana operating system has finally moved past GCC 4.9 as its base user-land compiler and is now using GCC 6.4...