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GNOME's Mutter Flips On Its New Monitor Config Manager By Default

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 8:45pm
GNOME's Mutter has flipped on its new "Monitor Configuration Manager" by default as it seeks to improve the multi-monitor and multi-GPU experience...

MPV 0.26 Media Player Released

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 8:31pm
For fans of the MPlayer/mplayer2-based MPV media player, version 0.26 was released with a few months worth of improvements...

KHR_variable_pointers & KHR_storage_buffer_storage_class Land In Mesa ANV Git

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 5:49pm
Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver developers have continued landing support for the new extensions introduced by Vulkan 1.0.54...

Server-Side GLVND Being Hacked On, Could Help PRIME Laptops & More

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 4:05pm
Adam Jackson of Red Hat has been developing a "server-side GLVND" implementation to allow multiple OpenGL driver stacks to co-exist within the X.Org Server space...

It's Coming Down To The Wire For New AMD Zen Scheduler Model In LLVM 5.0

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 2:40pm
Tomorrow is the feature freeze / branching deadline for LLVM 5.0 and as of writing the new AMD Zen scheduler model hasn't been merged, but it looks like it could still happen in time...

Linux 4.13-rc1 Tests Of AMDGPU Paired With RADV/RadeonSI Mesa 17.2-dev

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 1:55pm
I've just finished out a round of tests using the Linux 4.13-rc1 kernel with its new AMDGPU driver code. No regressions with my Polaris and Fiji tests, but at the same time no performance gains trickled through when running various tests with RADV Vulkan and RadeonSI OpenGL from Mesa 17.2-dev...

NVIDIA Proposes "DeepColor Visual" Extension For X.Org Server, For HDR On Linux

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 12:36pm
Since last year NVIDIA has been working on HDR support for the Linux desktop. They've worked on support for their driver, but with the Linux infrastructure for High Dynamic Range monitors lacking, they've been working on lower-level Linux improvements to allow for a HDR Linux desktop ecosystem with this next-generation of displays...

Learn More About Lennart Poettering's casync Project

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 12:13pm
Last month Lennart Poettering of systemd and PulseAudio fame introduced his newest project, casync. The goal of casync is for distributing file-system images and is inspired by rsync and Git...

Intel Stages More Code In DRM-Next For Linux 4.14

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:55am
Intel's Daniel Vetter has sent in a second batch of code updates of new feature work to be staged in DRM-Next for the eventual Linux 4.14 kernel cycle...

VC5 Driver Development Continues, Raspbian Performance Still Being Tuned

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:44am
Earlier this month the VC5 open-source driver was announced as a new driver for Broadcom's next-generation graphics processor. This has already led to speculation this much more powerful GPU will be found in future Raspberry Pi hardware. Work on this driver has continued while not forgetting about the VC4 driver for current-gen Raspberry Pi devices...

Krita 3.2 Digital Painting Program Enters Beta

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:32am
Version 3.2 of the popular Krita digital painting program has a variety of bug-fixes and some new features...

It Didn't Make It For Linux 4.13, But A New Random Number Generator Still In The Works

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:24am
Frequent Phoronix readers may recall that for more than one year a new Linux Random Number Generator has been in-development and today marked the 12th version of these patches being released...

Intel Windows OpenGL Driver Finally Has v4.5, Catching Up To Mesa

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:09am
While Intel's Mesa-based open-source OpenGL Linux driver has been officially conformant since early 2017 and has enabled OpenGL 4.5 since last October, the Intel Windows OpenGL driver is finally catching up...

AMD Secure Memory Encryption Patches Updated For Linux

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 1:47am
Adding to the list of changes/features you will not find in Linux 4.13 is AMD's Secure Memory Encryption as supported by the new EPYC processors...

Android-Based Remix OS To Be Discontinued, Jide To Focus On The Enterprise

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 9:58pm
Remix OS, the Android-x86 derived operating system for x86/ARM to run Android applications on PCs, is now being discontinued in its current form...

LLVM Gets New Scheduler Data For Sandy Bridge, Other Intel CPUs Coming

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 7:36pm
Just ahead of this week's LLVM 5.0 branching, this open-source compiler stack has received completely reworked scheduler information for Intel "Sandy Bridge" CPUs while patches are expected soon for newer generations of CPUs...

KWin Now Requires C++14; Perhaps More Of KDE Will Make Use Of Newer C++?

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 6:29pm
KDE's KWin window manager previously made optional use of C++14 when a supported compiler was now available but is now explicitly requiring a C++14 compiler. With this being a core component for the KDE Plasma desktop, hopefully we'll soon be seeing more of KDE make use of more modern C++ features?..

IBM z14 Announced, Support Added To LLVM Clang

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 5:49pm
This morning IBM announced the z14 mainframe that is much faster than its predecessors and offers full encryption capabilities...

Albion Online MMORPG Launches With Linux Support

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 2:19pm
Linux gamers have frequently complained about the lack of MMORPG games on Linux, but at least today there is now one more with Albion Online beginning to roll out to backers of this medieval fantasy themed game...

Days Away From Branching, How Mesa 17.2 RadeonSI Performance Compares To Mesa 17.1

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 1:47pm
With Mesa 17.2 due to be branched by the end of the week and thus place this quarterly update to Mesa under a feature freeze, here are some fresh benchmarks of the AMD RadeonSI OpenGL driver on 17.2-dev compared to v17.1.4 stable as well as a few RADV Vulkan benchmarks too.