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Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS Planned For Release 1 March

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 12:09am
The delayed Ubuntu 16.04.4 point release is now expected to become available at the start of March...

Canonical Pursuing A Hardware/Software Survey For Ubuntu Installations

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 11:48pm
Will Cooke, Canonical's Director of Ubuntu Desktop, has announced plans to collect more diagnostics data from Ubuntu installations. This would involve collecting system hardware/software details during the installation process and be uploaded to Ubuntu servers, but users could opt-out of said survey...

The First Stubs For Direct3D 12 Are Now In Wine Git

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:46pm
The first baby steps towards implementing Direct3D 12 in Wine are now present in the Git code-base for this week's Wine 3.2 release but it won't be anything remotely usable for a while...

AMD Vega 8 Graphics Performance On Linux With The Ryzen 3 2200G

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 7:50pm
Yesterday I posted the initial Ryzen 5 2400G Vega 11 Linux graphics benchmarks while for your viewing please today -- as well as this morning's 21-way Intel/AMD CPU Linux comparison that featured these new Raven Ridge APUs -- the results now completed are initial OpenGL and Vulkan performance figures for the Vega 8 graphics found on the Ryzen 3 2200G.

GNOME 3.28 Beta Released With Many Improvements

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 6:42pm
Following a slight delay, the beta release of GNOME 3.28 is now available ahead of next month's official release...

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G + Ryzen 5 2400G Linux CPU Performance, 21-Way Intel/AMD Comparison

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 4:30pm
Yesterday I posted some initial Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2400G Raven Ridge APU when looking at the Vega 11 graphics, but for those curious about the CPU performance potential of the Ryzen 5 2400G and its ~$100 Ryzen 3 2200G sibling, here are our first CPU benchmarks of these long-awaited AMD APUs. These two current Raven Ridge desktop APUs are compared to a total of 21 different Intel and AMD processors dating back to older Kaveri APUs and FX CPUs and Ivy Bridge on the Intel side.

Phoronix Test Suite 7.8 Officially Released For Open-Source, Cross-OS Benchmarking

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 4:20pm
Phoronix Test Suite 7.8.0-Folldal is now officially available as the first quarterly update to our open-source benchmarking software of 2018 and the last major release prior to the big Phoronix Test Suite 8.0 milestone slated for this summer...

The Last Of The MPEG-2 Patents Have Expired

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 2:49pm
Just like with the recent expiry of the MP3 patents and AC3, the last of the MPEG-2 patents have now expired...

Airtop2 Inferno Offers i7-7700K + GeForce GTX 1080 While Being Fanless

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 2:39pm
Two years ago we reviewed the CompuLab Airtop as an interesting, industrial-grade, fanless PC that packed in high-end hardware of the time and worked out great initially and continues doing a phenomenal job at passively cooling the PC while running in our benchmark lab. CompuLab has now announced the Airtop2 and Airtop2 Inferno that is an even more impressive cooling feat...

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Landing Mesa 18.0, Enabling GLVND

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 1:00pm
Ubuntu developers are in the process of landing Mesa 18.0 within the "Bionic Beaver" archive for the upcoming 18.04 LTS distribution release. In the process they are also enabling GLVND for allowing the Mesa and NVIDIA proprietary drivers more happily co-exist on the same system...

Initial Icelake Support Heading To Linux 4.17, Many Bug Fixes Thanks To CI Testing

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 11:55am
Now that the Linux 4.16 merge window ended this past weekend, Intel has submitted their first pull request to DRM-Next of material they want to get in for Linux 4.17...

AMDVLK/XGL Gets Vega Enhancements, LLPC Optimizations

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:49am
AMD developers working on their official, cross-platform XGL/AMDVLK driver code have pushed out another batch of changes for benefiting their official AMD Vulkan Linux driver...

HDCP Content Protection Support Called For Integration In DRM-Next / Linux 4.17

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:37am
Initial support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) with the Intel DRM driver is being called for pulling into DRM-Next that in turn will land with Linux 4.17...

X.Org, GNOME & The 200+ Other Organizations For GSoC 2018

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:28am
If you are a student interested in working on an open-source project this summer while gaining valuable experience and earning a stipend, it's time to start thinking about the 2018 Google Summer of Code...

DragonFlyBSD Adds New "Ptr_Restrict" Security Option

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:09am
Just like the Linux developers, in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities DragonFlyBSD developers have also been working on a variety of security improvements...

Intel 2017Q4 Graphics Stack Recipe Released

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 9:58am
Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has announced their 2017Q4 graphics stack recipe, which comes down to all of the system components they currently recommend for making a great Intel Linux system...

Devuan 2.0 Reaches Beta, Debian Without Systemd & Now Based On Stretch

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 12:55am
It's been a while since last having anything to report on Devuan, the Debian derivative focused on "init freedom" by shipping the Debian packages without any dependence on systemd. But just in time for Valentine's Day, Devuan 2.0 Beta is now available...

Ryzen 5 2400G Radeon Vega Linux OpenGL/Vulkan Gaming Benchmarks

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 11:00pm
Here are our initial performance figures for the Vega graphics found on the newly-released Ryzen 5 2400G "Raven Ridge" APU under Linux and testing both OpenGL and Vulkan graphics benchmarks. CPU tests as well as benchmarks of the Ryzen 3 2200G under Linux are forthcoming on Phoronix.

Qualcomm Rolls Out ~110k Lines Of New Kernel Code For Snapdragon 845 Display Support

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 9:25pm
Qualcomm in cooperation with Google developers and Rob Clark of Freedreno/MSM has sent out a set of kernel patches amounting to over 110,000 lines of new kernel code for the MSM DRM driver to bring-up display support for the SDM845...

Steam Updated With Improved Joystick/Controller Support

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 8:07pm
Valve has made available a new Steam client beta that this time around has some interesting updates on the input side...