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Linux 4.14-rc1 Released A Day Early

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 12:26am
Linus Torvalds has tagged the first release candidate of Linux 4.14 one day early and thereby marking the end of the new feature merge window for this kernel series...

Linux 4.14 Gets A Driver For PWM-Controlled Vibrators

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 7:13pm
Dmitry Torokhov has sent in a second helping of input updates for the Linux 4.14 merge window that is closing this weekend...

Linux RAID Performance On NVMe M.2 SSDs

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 4:15pm
For boosting the I/O performance of the AMD EPYC 7601 Tyan server I decided to play around with a Linux RAID setup this weekend using two NVMe M.2 SSDs. This is our first time running some Linux RAID benchmarks of NVMe M.2 SSDs and for this comparison were tests of EXT4 and F2FS with MDADM soft RAID as well as with Btrfs using its built-in native RAID capabilities for some interesting weekend benchmarks.

Experimental Nouveau Reclocking Patches Updated, Including For Maxwell GPUs

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 3:03pm
Karol Herbst has sent out 29 updated patches on Friday for a major rework to the Nouveau clock related code for re-clocking and related functionality. This includes a "hacky workaround" for getting re-clocking to function on GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell 2" GPUs...

MIPS Changes Submitted For Linux 4.14: NI 169445, Omega2+, MT7628A Support

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 2:52pm
There are many MIPS updates to find with the in-development Linux 4.14 kernel...

The Graphics Talks Of The 2017 Open-Source Summit NA

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 11:17am
This week the Linux Foundation hosted their annual Open-Source Summit 2017 North America. There were two graphics talks this year led by Collabora developers...

The DRM Changes For The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 10:57am
With the Linux 4.14 merge window period combined with the fact of the DRM pull request having been submitted early this cycle, I didn't have a chance to provide a recap of the Direct Rendering Manager changes for 4.14. Here's that overview for those not in tune with the many individual articles that had been written about the different Linux 4.14 graphics driver changes...

Linux 4.14 Dropping In-Tree Firmware

Sat, 16/09/2017 - 10:38am
Linux 4.14 is getting rid of its in-kernel firmware/ tree...

NVIDIA 381.26.17 Adds Vulkan 1.0.61 Support

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:05pm
For those wanting the bleeding-edge NVIDIA Vulkan driver support, a new beta was pushed out today providing same-day support for the Vulkan 1.0.61 update...

Radeon RX Vega OpenGL Linux Performance For September 2017

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 7:30pm
It's been a couple weeks since running any Mesa Git benchmarks to show the latest state of the open-source Radeon Linux graphics stack, so here are some fresh numbers with the RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 along with other Radeon GPUs compared to the NVIDIA Linux performance.

Wine 2.17 Brings DirectWrite & Virtual Memory Improvements, OpenGL 4.6

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 6:17pm
Wine 2.17 is now available as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot for running Windows games and applications on Linux and other operating systems...

Today Marks 30 Years Since The Release Of X11

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 5:33pm
The X11 window system turns 30 years old today! X11 which still lives on through today via the X.Org Server on Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other operating systems is now three decades old...

Mesa 17.2.1 Being Prepped For Release Next Week

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 4:34pm
For those that have been waiting for the first point release of Mesa 17.2 before upgrading, the release candidate is out while the official build is slated for next week...

GCC Finishing Up C++17 Adjustments, Preparing For C++2A

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 1:10pm
While C++17 was just formally approved days ago and is now waiting for ISO publication, GCC (and Clang) developers have largely finished up their C++17 (formerly known as "C++1z") support for some time. There are just a few lingering patches for GCC and already are beginning to lay the ground work for C++2a...

Vulkan 1.0.61 Introduces Four New Extensions

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:12am
Vulkan 1.0.61 is now available and besides documentation fixes/updates, it also rolls out four new extensions...

Clear Linux & Their Love For FMV + dl_platform/dl_hwcap In The Name Of Performance

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 10:13am
For those mesmerized by the numbers whenever posting a cross-distribution comparison like the recent Core i9 7900X vs. Threadripper 1950X On Ubuntu 17.10, Antergos, Clear Linux with showing Intel's performance optimizations done on Clear Linux, Intel engineer Victor Rodriguez presented this week at the 2017 Open-Source Summit North America about some of their Linux performance boosting work...

There Are Now 1,400 Vulkan Projects On GitHub

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 10:02am
The milestone was breached today of having 1,400 projects on GitHub referencing the Vulkan graphics API...

FBDEV Is Still Seeing Improvements With Linux 4.14

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 9:54am
It has been five years since a call was made to deprecate Linux FBDEV back during LPC 2012. Five years later while there are now more DRM and V4L2 drivers, FBDEV is still alive and kicking within the mainline later...

Fedora 27 Beta Delayed

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 9:35pm
While Fedora 27 did away with alpha releases, now it's time for the beta but it is yet another release setback by at least one delay...

Mesa GL Threading Gets Flipped On For More Linux Games

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 7:17pm
The mesa_glthread functionality has now been whitelisted for more Linux games...