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Trying Out Intel's OpenCL 2.0 Beignet On Broadwell-U

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 7:36am
Curious about the Beignet OpenCL performance impact on a Broadwell-U laptop/ultrabook and just going through bare metal benchmarking withdrawals while away this week in Russia, I was running some Beignet tests on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon...

SDL Adds Default Steam Controller Mapping For Linux

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 6:50am
It seems like it would have been done long ago, but upstream SDL2 now finally has out-of-the-box Steam Controller mappings for Linux and iOS...

Mesa 17.1 Will Use A 1GB Shader Cache Limit

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:56am
While Timothy Arceri at Valve had just made the change to a 5% cache size limit of your disk space from an original 10% maximum threshold, he's now changed it to just a 1GB cache limit...

VK_KHX_multiview Ready For Landing Within ANV, VK_KHX_external_memory Lands

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:32am
The VK_KHX_multiview extension that is important for VR games/applications is expected to soon land within Mesa Git for Intel's ANV driver. Meanwhile, the VK_KHX_external_memory extensions have landed for this open-source Intel driver...

CD/DVD Image Changes For The Upcoming Debian 9.0 Release

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:18am
With Debian 9.0 not being far away from releasing, the Debian CD Images Team has issued an update over their fundamental changes happening for this "Stretch" cycle...

Meson Support Has Landed In The X.Org Server

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 2:41am
Initial Meson build system integration has landed in the xorg-server code-base for testing...

Nouveau Re-Clocked With DRM-Next Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev vs. NVIDIA 381 Driver

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 9:00pm
A few days back I posted benchmarks of the initial GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080 Nouveau 3D support. As expected, the performance was rather abysmal with re-clocking not being available for Pascal (or Maxwell) GPUs on this open-source NVIDIA Linux kernel driver. For those trying to use Nouveau for Linux games or care about your GPU clock speeds, currently the GTX 600/700 "Kepler" series is still your best bet or the GTX 750 "Maxwell 1" is the last NVIDIA graphics processors not requiring signed firmware images and can properly -- but manually -- re-clock with the current Nouveau driver.

Debian 9.0 "Stretch" Might Not Have UEFI Secure Boot Support

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 8:44pm
Debian 9.0 "Stretch" has seen UEFI Secure Boot support no longer being considered a release blocker but is now just a stretch goal for this upcoming release...

GNOME Shell & Mutter 3.25.1 Released

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 5:32pm
The first development snapshots of GNOME Shell and Mutter in the 3.25 series were released today in preparation for this week's GNOME 3.25.1 milestone...

Rust 1.17 Released

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 5:29pm
Judging by the massive Rust fan base in our forums, those of you reading this will be delighted today about the newest version of Rustlang, v1.17...

GStreamer 1.12 RC2 Arrives For Advancing Open-Source Multimedia

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 4:19pm
The second release candidate is now available for GStreamer 1.12, the next version of this widely-used, open-source, cross-platform multimedia framework...

Qt 5.10 Platform Support Changes Being Discussed

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 3:50pm
Qt developers have begun a fresh round of discussions over the supported platforms / operating systems of Qt 5.10 that will be released in the later part of this calendar years...

KDE Plasma Getting Chrome Integration, Followed By Firefox

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 1:14pm
KDE Plasma is getting web-browser integration initially for Google Chrome and is expected to be followed by Mozilla Firefox support...

Mesa's Shader Cache Will Now Occupy Less Disk Space

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 12:50pm
Mesa previously had a hard-coded limit to not take up more than 10% of your HDD/SSD storage, but now that limit has been halved...

Amazon EC2 Cloud Benchmarks vs. AMD Ryzen, Various AMD/Intel Systems

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 9:29am
For putting the AMD Ryzen 7 Linux performance in additional perspective and showing how various Amazon EC2 cloud instances compare to bare metal hardware, here are fresh benchmarks of many different Amazon EC2 instance types compared to various Linux systems in our lab. This comes down to a 29-way comparison of different cloud instances and bare metal systems.

Mesa 17.0.5 RC1 Packing More Than Three Dozen Fixes

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 6:02am
For those sticking to stable Mesa releases, Mesa 17.0.5 is being prepped for release in the days ahead...

Git 2.13-rc1 Released

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 5:55am
Git 2.13 has stepped closer to being released with today's 2.13-rc1 debut...

Epiphany 3.25.1 Released, Ported To Meson

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 5:45am
Epiphany 3.25.1 has been released as the latest update for GNOME's Web Browser in what will be part of GNOME 3.26 this September...

Windows 10 Creators Update vs. Ubuntu 17.04 Linux Radeon Gaming Performance

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 7:00pm
Given Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update earlier this month and the never-ending advancements to the open-source Linux graphics driver stack along with the recent release of Ubuntu 17.04, here are some fresh benchmarks of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux when running a wide variety of cross-platform games with an AMD Radeon RX 580 and R9 Fury graphics cards.

GrSecurity Kernel Patches Will No Longer Be Free To The Public

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 6:55pm
The GrSecurity initiative that hosts various out-of-tree patches to the mainline Linux kernel in order to enhance the security will no longer be available to non-paying users...