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Serious Sam Fusion 2017 Is Working Out Well For RADV Vulkan

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 2:00pm
This week marked the roll out of Serious Sam Fusion 2017 into public beta first up with Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and soon to be followed-up by The Second Encounter and Serious Sam: BFE. The Fusion 2017 update is interesting as it brings these classics Vulkan support, 64-bit only, and other engine improvements.

Qt 5.9 Beta Snapshot Released, Boasts Shader Binary Cache

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 1:31pm
The first Qt 5.9 tool-kit beta snapshot is now available for testing as the next feature release for this widely-used, cross-platform toolkit...

Dell Is Exploring The Use Of Coreboot, At Least Internally

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:46pm
Dell appears to be using Coreboot on some of their modern Intel Atom motherboards paired with the Intel FSP and TianoCore...

Mir's Abstraction Layer Now Has Cut & Paste Support (MirAL)

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 11:39am
A few days ago we reported on Ubuntu's Mir now supporting drag and drop while now another important desktop feature has come to Ubuntu's Mir abstraction layer, MirAL...

DRM Core Updates For HDMI 2.0+ Features

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 11:24am
Synopsys has been working on some DRM core infrastructure patches for better handling of HDMI 2.0+ support by DRM drivers...

Battle for Wesnoth 1.13.7 Released

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 10:27am
For those looking for a free software turn-based strategy game, the open-source Battle for Wesnoth project remains under development...

VGA-Switcheroo Ported From Linux To DragonFlyBSD

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 10:18am
The latest DRM/graphics-related porting effort by François Tigeot in the DragonFly space is bringing over the vga_switcheroo module from the Linux kernel...

Nouveau TGSI Shader Cache Enabled In Mesa 17.1 Git

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 9:57am
Building off the work laid by Timothy Arceri and others for enabling a TGSI (and hardware) shader cache in the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver as well as R600g TGSI shader cache due to the common infrastructure work, the Nouveau driver is now leveraging it to enable the TGSI shader cache for Nouveau Gallium3D drivers...

Libinput 1.7 Released With Support For Lid Switches, Scroll Wheel Improvements

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:26am
Peter Hutterer has announced the new release of libinput 1.7.0 as the input handling library most commonly associated with Wayland systems but also with Ubuntu's Mir as well as the X.Org Server via the xf86-input-libinput driver...

17 Fresh AMDGPU DC Patches Posted Today

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 9:41pm
Seventeen more "DC" display code patches were published today for the AMDGPU DRM driver, but it's still not clear if it will be ready -- or accepted -- for Linux 4.12...

AC3 Codec Coming For Fedora 26

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 6:00pm
Fedora Workstation 26 will be receiving official AC3 codec support...

This Week's Mesa 17.1-dev + Linux 4.11 Radeon Performance vs. NVIDIA

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 4:10pm
Given all the recent performance work that's landed recently in Mesa Git for Mesa 17.1 plus the Linux 4.11 kernel continuing to mature, in this article are some fresh benchmarks of a few Radeon GPUs with Mesa 17.1-dev + Linux 4.11 as of this week compared to some GeForce graphics cards with the latest NVIDIA proprietary driver.

GNOME 3.24 Released With Night Light Mode, Maps Navigation & More

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 3:55pm
Matthias Clasen has just announced the official release of GNOME 3.24, codenamed Portland...

Feral Now Formally Providing Free Linux Games To Mesa Developers

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 3:17pm
Similar to Valve offering their collection of games to Mesa developers (as well as Ubuntu/Debian developers), Feral Interactive is now offering their Linux game collection for free to Mesa developers...

Blender Making Progress On Its Realtime PBR Engine

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 11:12am
Eevee is the codename for the Blender project to implement a realtime engine with physically-based rendering (PBR) within Blender 2.8...

Qt Wayland Is Next Appearing On Tractors & Farm Equipment

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 10:35am
With Qt 5.8's Qt Wayland Compositor Framework taking shape, more developers are beginning to tailor a Qt Wayland compositor to their use-cases. One of those is a company specializing in farm equipment like combine harvesters, tractors, and harvesters...

Wine-Staging 2.4 Released

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 10:17am
Wine-Staging 2.4 is now available as the latest experimental Wine build that incorporates various testing/preliminary patches not yet ready for merging into mainline Wine...

Radeon Vega Changes For Libdrm, Plans For Merging Prior To Kernel Support

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 1:25am
The latest in the hardware enablement work for adding support for the upcoming Radeon RX Vega to the open-source Linux graphics driver are the patches to libdrm for this Mesa DRM library that sits between the DRM kernel drivers and Mesa / xf86-video / other user-space graphics code...

Khronos Clarifies That Vulkan Multi-GPU Isn't Limited To Windows 10

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 11:36pm
With the big Vulkan 1.0.42 update came a number of new extensions, including for Vulkan multi-GPU/device support. There was some confusion by some that Vulkan's multi-GPU support was limited to Windows 10, but that is not at all the case...

Unreal Engine 4 Making Progress On Linux With Vulkan & SteamVR

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 10:58pm
Thanks to the work of community UE4 developer Yaakuro, Unreal Engine 4 on Linux with SteamVR support is advancing and can now be used with Vulkan rendering...