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Intel Sends Out Initial Open-Source Mesa 3D Driver Patches For Ice Lake

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 7:44pm
One month ago Intel's Open-Source Technology Center began posting the initial Linux driver enablement for Icelake "Gen 11" graphics, the generation succeeding this year's Cannonlake "Gen 10" hardware. That initial work focused on the DRM kernel driver while now they have posted the first Mesa patches...

X.Org Server 1.19.7 Is Being Prepared For Ubuntu With OutputClass Improvements

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 4:01pm
With the feature-packed X.Org Server 1.20 going to be too late to make it into the April release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a new X.Org Server point release is being prepared by an Ubuntu developer that does include some basic new functionality...

Qt 5.10.1 Ships With More Than 300 Bug Fixes

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 12:55pm
The Qt Company has announced the availability of Qt 5.10.1, the first bug-fix release to Qt 5.10 that shipped back in December...

Feral Is Bringing Rise of the Tomb Raider To Linux

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 11:23am
Feral Interactive has announced today that they are porting Rise of the Tomb Raider to Linux...

A Recap Of The Many Interesting Presentations At FOSDEM 2018

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 11:00am
Over the past week and a half we have highlighted many of the interesting presentations that took place at the annual Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels. Here's a look back if you are behind on your Phoronix reading...

Raspberry Pi VC4 Working On Polishing KMS Support, Continued VC5 Progress

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 10:23am
Broadcom's Eric Anholt has shared another routine status update about his ongoing work with the open-source VC4 graphics driver supporting current generation Raspberry Pi hardware as well as his work on the next-gen Broadcom VC5 open-source graphics driver...

Local Virtual GPU Display Support Is About Ready For Intel Linux Systems

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 10:07am
Many of you have expressed interest in Intel's virtual GPU pass-through support "GVT" and with Linux 4.16 the kernel-side bits have come together for local vGPU display support...

Libinput 1.10 Released With Better Palm Detection, Drops Touchpad Hysteresis

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 9:55am
Red Hat's Peter Hutterer has announced the release of libinput 1.10, the latest feature release of this input handling library used by Wayland-based Linux desktops and optionally by those still using the X.Org Server...

X.Org Server Patches Updated For Non-Desktop & Lease Handling

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 11:47pm
Keith Packard has sent out his latest patches for implementing the non-desktop and DRM lease functionality from within the X.Org Server. This work also includes the relevant DDX bits being wired through for the xf86-video-modesetting driver...

RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver Is Still A Better Bet Than AMDVLK In February 2018

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 8:36pm
With the AMDVLK Radeon Vulkan driver that AMD open-sourced in December continuing to be updated in weekly batches with new Vulkan extensions / features / performance optimizations and the RADV Mesa-based Radeon Vulkan driver continuing to march to its own beat, I have spent the past few days conducting some fresh benchmarks between the AMDVLK and RADV Vulkan drivers with RX 560, RX 580, and RX Vega 64 graphics cards.

KDE Frameworks 5.43 Released With KHolidays Module, glTF/Coillada Highlighting

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 7:00pm
Today marks the release of KDE Frameworks 5.43, the latest monthly update to this set of add-on libraries complementing the functionality found in the Qt5 tool-kit...

19-Way CPU Comparison On Ubuntu With Linux 4.15

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 5:40pm
Following the release of the Linux 4.15 kernel with KPTI and Retpoline introduction, many Phoronix readers were interested in seeing a fresh Linux CPU performance comparison. For those reasons plus in preparing for the Raven Ridge testing, here are benchmarks of 19 different systems when using Ubuntu x86_64 with the Linux 4.15 stable kernel.

34 More Patches Roll Out For AMDGPU DC With Raven Ridge Fixes Plus Color Management

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 5:37pm
Open-source AMD Linux driver developers have started off the week by posting 34 more patches for the "DC" display code stack that was mainlined in Linux 4.15 and further improved with Linux 4.16. With these latest patches that begin the queue for Linux 4.17 there are yet more AMDGPU DC improvements and in particular Raven Ridge fixes...

Xorgproto 2018.2 Released To Fix The Fallout Of This New X.Org Package

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 4:36pm
Last week marked the inaugural release of Xorgproto, a new package consisting of all the X.Org protocol headers rather than being in standalone packages now that X.Org Server development is slowing down and that many of these protocol headers wind up getting updated at the same time. Today marks the Xorgproto 2018.2 release...

Wayland 1.15 & Weston 4.0 Now Planned For Release In April

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 3:58pm
Wayland 1.15 and the Weston 4.0 compositor had been planned for release in February but Wayland developers decided there was still enough material on the verge of landing that they decided to delay the release. A new release schedule has now been put forward for getting these updates out in April...

Google & Collabora Working On OpenGL ES 2.0 Virtualized GPU Access For Containers

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 3:41pm
Robert Foss of Collabora has shared some work they are engaged in with Google for virtualizing GPU access and allowing for OpenGL ES 2.0 acceleration for containers...

Ryzen 3 2200G + Ryzen 5 2400G Linux Benchmarks Coming Tomorrow

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 2:27pm
Tomorrow I will be posting our initial benchmarks of the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G "Raven Ridge" APUs with the Zen CPU cores plus Vega graphics...

EPYC vs. Xeon Gold In Nearly 200 Tests With Ubuntu On Linux 4.15

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 1:58pm
Coming later today is a large Intel/AMD CPU comparison using the latest Linux 4.15 stable kernel that is mitigated for Spectre and Meltdown and using around two dozen tests. For the high-end Xeon Gold and EPYC servers, I ran close to 200 tests on those platforms...

Oracle Still Working On DTrace For Linux In 2018

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 1:08pm
A decade ago Linux users were clamoring for Sun Microsystems to bring Solaris' DTrace and ZFS to Linux. While there are still petitions for Oracle to more liberally license ZFS so it could see mainline Linux support, it's been years since hearing much interest in DTrace for Linux. Over time other dynamic tracing implementations have come about and improved in comparison to DTrace, but for those still wanting this dynamic tracing framework that originated at Sun Microsystems, Oracle remains working on the Linux port...

A Look Back At Python 3.0 After 10 Years

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 11:47am
This year marks one decade since the release of Python 3. Red Hat's Victor Stinner who is also a CPython core developer provided a retrospective on Python 3 at last week's FOSDEM conference...