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Fedora 28 Hopes To Improve Linux Laptop Battery Life

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 11:42pm
Red Hat's Hans de Goede is spearheading an effort to improve the Fedora battery life of laptops -- and should conserve power too for desktops running Fedora Workstation -- for the current Fedora 28 cycle...

GNOME's Calendar & TODO Applications Are Looking Better For v3.28

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 9:27pm
Adding to the growing list of changes for GNOME 3.28 are improvements to the Calendar and To Do applications by Georges Stavracas...

25 More AMDGPU DC Patches, Mostly Focused On Raven DCN

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 8:00pm
While waiting on David Airlie to send in the AMDGPU DC pull request for Linux 4.15, additional AMDGPU DC material continues building up for what should in turn target Linux 4.16...

Cilk Plus Is Being Dropped From GCC

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 7:15pm
Intel deprecated Cilk Plus multi-threading support with GCC 7 and now for GCC 8 they are looking to abandon this support entirely...

GhostBSD 11.1 Released: FreeBSD With MATE & Xfce Desktop Experience

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 5:00pm
GhostBSD 11.1 is now available as the BSD operating system derived from FreeBSD 11.1 while catering to Xfce and MATE desktop experiences...

Intel's Mesa GLSL Shader Cache Is Speeding Up Game Load Times

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 4:24pm
At the start of the month the Intel i965 Mesa driver finally landed its on-disk shader cache, months after the GLSL on-disk shader cache originally landed in core Mesa and wired up for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. While you can't play too many shader-heavy games with current Intel integrated graphics, this GLSL shader cache within Mesa 17.4-dev Git is working well for speeding up load times and does provide some frame-rate benefits in games dynamically loading shaders.

Bosch Has Been Developing A 3D Window Manager Using Wayland

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 3:29pm
In what appears to be research for potential use within in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, Bosch in conjunction with other organizations has been developing a 3D window manager that's built atop Wayland/Weston...

Tegra CEC Support & Other Media Updates For Linux 4.15

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 2:59pm
The media subsystem updates have been submitted for Linux 4.15 and continues the recent theme of HDMI CEC "Consumer Electronics Control" upbringing within the mainline kernel...

A Useful Intel Power Management Feature Has Landed For Linux 4.15

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 2:34pm
The libata subsystem changes these days tend to not be too interesting, but for Linux 4.15 there is a noteworthy power management change...

Mozilla Still Isn't Ready To Enable OpenGL By Default In Firefox For Linux

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 1:39pm
There's been a seven year old bug report about enabling OpenGL accelerated layers by default on Firefox for Linux on at least some supported hardware, but Mozilla still doesn't have any plans to do so...

ASPM Fixes, SR-IOV Improvements & Other PCI Improvements For Linux 4.15

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 11:12am
There are a lot of PCI changes that have built up for the Linux 4.15 kernel cycle...

MESA_program_binary_formats Added To The OpenGL Registry

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:50am
Intel developers have seen their MESA_program_binary_formats extension added to the official OpenGL registry...

F2FS For Linux 4.15 Brings Some Enhancements, Changes For Android

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:22am
The F2FS file-system changes have been submitted for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

DRM Updates Land For Linux 4.15; Torvalds: "There's Something Odd About DRM People"

Thu, 16/11/2017 - 10:16am
Overnight the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) display/graphics driver updates were sent out and ultimately pulled into the mainline kernel for Linux 4.15. This doesn't yet include though the separate AMDGPU DC pull request...

Valve + LunarG Open Up Their Mesa Testing Results

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 9:56pm
As covered back during XDC2017, Valve and LunarG have been working on more extensive testing of Mesa to catch regressions and meticulously spot any performance changes as they occur. That framework is now publicly available to see the results and for developers allows tracking their own Mesa development branches...

Thunderbolt Networking Driver Lands In Linux 4.15

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 9:45pm
The networking feature updates have landed for the Linux 4.15 merge window...

AMDGPU DC Gets More Fixes Ahead Of The 4.15 Pull Request

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 8:05pm
Alex Deucher of AMD has submitted a set of last minute fixes for the AMDGPU DC code that's expected to be sent this week as a pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel...

Intel Optane SSD 900P Offers Stunning Linux Performance

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 6:29pm
At the end of October Intel released the Optane 900P solid-state drive as their new ultra high-end performance SSD. Windows reviews have been positive, but what about using the Optane 900P on Linux? It's working well and delivers stunning NVMe SSD performance.

Igalia Posts Initial OpenGL SPIR-V Patches For Mesa, Intel i965

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 3:39pm
Spanish development outfit Igalia has posted their initial work on wiring up the OpenGL 4.6 ARB_gl_spirv and ARB_spirv_extensions into core Mesa and the i965 OpenGL driver...

Crunch Texture Compression Showing Off Promising Results For Unity

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 3:01pm
The Crunch texture compression library developed by former Valve Linux/OpenGL engineer Rich Geldreich who cofounded the Binomial consulting firm is making much progress with showing off impressive compression capabilities for game engines...