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Oracle Pushes Out Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R4U6

1 hour 26 min ago
Oracle has announced the release of their Linux Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Update 6...

DXVK Is Making Some Steadfast Progress In Running Direct3D 11 Over Vulkan

4 hours 30 min ago
Last month on Phoronix I featured the DXVK project that's working to implement Direct3D 11 over Vulkan (not to be confused with VK9 as the separate effort to get D3D9 over Vulkan). This project is making a surprising amount of progress in its early stages...

FreeNAS 11.1 Rolls Out With Better OpenZFS Performance, Docker Support

6 hours 27 min ago
FreeNAS 11.1 is now available as the latest feature update to this popular FreeBSD-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) operating system...

SilverStone TS421S 4-Disk SATA/SAS Disk Enclosure

8 hours 57 min ago
While SilverStone is mostly known for their computer cases, power supplies, and other peripherals, with the TS421S they have a compelling four-disk drive enclosure on their hands. The TS421S drive storage device supports up to four SAS/SATA 2.5-inch drives over a single mini-SAS SFF-8088 cable.

GAPID 1.0 Released As Google's Cross-Platform Vulkan Debugger

12 hours 46 min ago
Back in March we wrote about GAPID as a new Google-developed Vulkan debugger in its early stages. Fast forward to today, GAPID 1.0 has been released for debugging Vulkan apps/games on Linux/Windows/Android as well as OpenGL ES on Android...

NetworkManager Picks Up Support For Intel's IWD WiFi Daemon & Meson Build System

13 hours 22 min ago
NetworkManager now has support for Intel's lean "IWD" WiFi daemon...

Ubuntu Developers Working Towards The Eventual Demotion Of GTK2

14 hours 21 min ago
Not only are Ubuntu developers working towards demoting Python 2 on their Linux distribution but they are also working on being able to demote the GTK2 tool-kit from the main archive to universe followed by its eventual removal in the future...

KWin On Wayland Without X11 Support Can Startup So Fast It Causes Problems

16 hours 2 min ago
It turns out that if firing up KDE's KWin Wayland compositor without XWayland support, it can start up so fast that it causes problems...

Radeon Overlay Is Similar To A Feature Mesa Offered For Years

19 hours 41 sec ago
With yesterday's release of the Radeon Software Adrenalin driver for Windows, it actually picks up a feature that is roughly similar to something the open-source Radeon driver stack - and all of the Mesa's Gallium3D drivers for that matter - have offered for years...

Wayland Had An Impressive 2017 With KDE Support Maturing, Mir Switching Focus

19 hours 19 min ago
Wayland had a very eventful year with it conquering more Linux desktops now since the switch to using GNOME Shell on Wayland with Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu's Mir compositor still being around but having switched to adding Wayland protocol support, KDE's Wayland support becoming day-to-day usable, and much more...

Cryptsetup 2.0 Released With LUKS2 Format Support

19 hours 40 min ago
A new major release is available of Cryptsetup, the user-space utility for dealing with the DMCrypt kernel module for setting up encrypted disk volumes...

Radeon GPU Profiler Updated For Better Profiling Of Vulkan Games

19 hours 55 min ago
Following yesterday's excitement around the Radeon Software Adrenalin Driver as well as word of AMD open-sourcing their Linux driver and making other Linux driver changes, AMD's GPUOpen team has announced the release of a new version of Radeon GPU Profiler...

It Looks Like VLC 3.0 Will Finally Be Released Soon

20 hours 6 min ago
VLC 3.0 is something we've been looking forward to for years and it's looking like that big multimedia player update could be released very soon...

Qualcomm Mentions "Vulkan2" & What I Would Suspect Of "Vulkan 2.0"

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 1:30am
During last week's Snapdragon Technology Summit, a few references to "Vulkan2" were dropped... Well, here's the official comment from Khronos on that as well as my thoughts on this hypothetical next version of Vulkan...

GIMP 2.9.8 Released With On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Wayland Support

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:04pm
GIMP 2.9.8 has been released as the newest development version of this widely-used, open-source Photoshop-like program in its road to GIMP 2.10...

AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 vs. RADV/RadeonSI Radeon Linux Gaming Performance

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 7:30pm
With today's AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 Linux driver release alongside the Radeon Software Adrenalin Driver for Windows users, it's significant in a few ways. First and foremost, AMD has stuck to their word of the past two years and is now able to open-source their official Vulkan Linux driver. When it comes to AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 itself you are now able to mix-and-match driver components to choose what pieces you want of AMD's somewhat complicated driver make-up. Additionally, their OpenGL/Vulkan drivers in 17.50 have some new feature capabilities. So with that said here's a fresh look at how the AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 professional driver performance compares to the latest open-source RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan drivers.

NVIDIA Pushes Out CUDA 9.1 With Compiler Optimizations, Volta Enhancements & More

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 5:06pm
AMD isn't the only one busy with GPU software updates today but NVIDIA has issued CUDA 9.1 as their first feature update to the CUDA 9 compute platform...

Fedora 27 Modular Server Gets Canned; Fedora 27 Server Classic Released

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:16pm
The Fedora Project's plans on delivering an initial "Fedora 27 Modular Server" build constructed under their new packaging principles has been thwarted...

The Feature Differences Now Between AMD's Two OpenGL & Two Vulkan Linux Drivers

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:26pm
For modern AMD graphics cards there are two OpenGL drivers and two Vulkan drivers available to Linux users/gamers that support the same modern AMD GPUs, not counting the older AMD Linux drivers, etc. Here's a rundown now on how those drivers compare...

Happy Holidays: AMD Finally Pushing Out Open-Source Vulkan Driver

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:00pm
Ahead of the Vulkan 1.0 debut nearly two years ago, we heard that for AMD's Vulkan Linux driver it was initially going to be closed-source and would then be open-sourced once ready. At the time it sounded like something that would be opened up six months or so, but finally that milestone is being reached! Ahead of Christmas, AMD is publishing the source code to their official Vulkan Linux driver.