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FFmpeg Expands Its NVDEC CUDA-Accelerated Video Decoding

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 9:27am
A few days back I wrote about FFmpeg picking up NVDEC-accelerated H.264 video decoding and since then more FFmpeg improvements have landed...

Intel Batch Buffer Logger Updated For Mesa

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 7:35am
Intel's Kevin Rogovin has been working on a "BatchBuffer Logger" for the Intel graphics driver that offers some useful possibilities for assisting in debugging/analyzing problems or performance penalties facing game/application developers...

RISC-V Hopes To Get In Linux 4.15, OpenRISC Adds SMP Support

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 5:04am
There's potentially a lot happening within the open-source RISC space for the Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

XFS For Linux 4.15 Brings "Great Scads of New Stuff"

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 2:05am
File-system pull requests today for Linux 4.15 not only included Btrfs compression-related improvements, an overhaul to the AFS driver, and EXT4 corruption fixes but there is also a very significant set of updates to the XFS file-system...

Marek Has Been Taking To AMDGPU LLVM Optimizations

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 1:00am
Well known AMD open-source driver developer Marek Olšák has ruthlessly been optimizing the Radeon Mesa driver stack for years. With RadeonSI getting fine-tuned and already largely outperforming the AMDGPU-PRO OpenGL driver and most of the big ticket improvements complete, it appears his latest focus is on further optimizing the AMDGPU LLVM compiler back-end...

Intel SGX Driver Updated But Likely Too Late For Linux 4.15

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 11:15pm
Not to be confused with PowerVR SGX, the Intel SGX driver was revised with new patches published today but it doesn't look like it will land for Linux 4.15...

Btrfs Zstd Compression Benchmarks On Linux 4.14

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 8:55pm
Of the many new features in Linux 4.14, one of the prominent additions is initial support for Zstd compression that is initially wired in for transparent file-system compression with SquashFS and Btrfs. Here are some benchmarks of Zstd Btrfs compression compared to the existing LZO and Zlib compression mount options.

GNOME Shell 4 Proposal Published To Be More Wayland-Focused

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 6:51pm
Jonas Adahl of Red Hat has volleyed his initial proposals for how a "future" GNOME Shell could be architected on a page entitled GNOME Shell 4. This GNOME Shell 4 would potentially break compatibility with GNOME Shell 3 extensions while being more designed around Wayland rather than X11...

Intel Vulkan Driver Preparing For Faster MSAA Performance

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 6:40pm
Jason Ekstrand of Intel who contributes significantly to the development of their open-source "ANV" Vulkan driver has prepped a new patch series...

USB Type-C Port Manager Promoted Out Of Staging For Linux 4.15

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 6:30pm
The USB Type-C port manager that originally premiered in Linux 4.12 will be promoted out of staging with the Linux 4.15 kernel...

AFS File-System Driver Overhauled For Linux 4.15

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 5:15pm
Red Hat developers have been working on an overhaul of the AFS file-system's kernel driver for the just-opened Linux 4.15 kernel merge window...

Btrfs For Linux 4.15 Picks Up Compression Improvements, Continued Optimizations

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 4:30pm
David Sterba of SUSE has submitted the Btrfs file-system feature changes queued for the Linux 4.15 kernel...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM Hits General Availability

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 3:16pm
Red Hat now considers their ARM support on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL7) to be supported under general availability "GA" terms...

AMD Rolls Out ROCm 1.7 Platform For Supercomputing 17

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 2:56pm
AMD has unveiled the Radeon Open Compute platform (ROCm) 1.7 release as part of their wares at this week's Supercomputing 17 (SC17) conference in Denver...

Mono Developing A New .NET Interpreter

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 2:43pm
Miguel de Icaza has announced the latest big project with Mono: a new .NET interpreter...

Quantum-ized Firefox 57 Ready For Download

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 1:15pm
Firefox 57.0 is being officially released this week and its stable download is now available...

AMD EPYC SEV, Intel UMIP & More AVX-512 Support Heading To Linux 4.15

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 11:28am
In the x86 realm for linux 4.15 are many exciting feature improvements for newer/future Intel and AMD CPUs...

We Are Likely To See More Vulkan Driver Fixes From Feral

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 10:54am
Feral developer Alex Smith is requesting commit rights to the Mesa code-base...

PHP 7.2 Benchmarks, Performance Of PHP 5.3 To PHP 7.2 On AMD EPYC

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 10:38am
With PHP 7.2 due for release before month's end and the final release candidate (RC6) already available that in essence is very close to the final build, here are some fresh benchmarks from PHP 5.3 through PHP 7.2 RC6 while using an AMD EPYC Tyan server...

GNU Linux-libre 4.14-gnu Released, Still A Battle Deblobbing Driver Firmware

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 10:28am
The Free Software Foundation Latin America team are once again punctual in delivering their updated GNU Linux-libre kernel...