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Freedreno Gallium3D Tackling NIR Optimizations & More In 2018

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 11:22am
Freedreno project leader Rob Clark who is employed by Red Hat has provided a status update on his activities around this reverse-engineered, open-source Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver...

Linux 4.16-rc1 Kernel Released With Many Changes

Sun, 11/02/2018 - 11:43pm
Just like clockwork, the first release candidate of Linux 4.16 is now available...

Raven Ridge Desktop APUs Come Out Tomorrow, The Likely Linux Requirements

Sun, 11/02/2018 - 6:41pm
For those that haven't been paying attention or have lost track of time, the first two Raven Ridge desktop APUs are expected to become available tomorrow with their Zen CPU cores and Vega graphics...

A Look At The Plethora Of Linux 4.16 Kernel Features & Changes

Sun, 11/02/2018 - 5:00pm
After the lengthy Linux 4.15 kernel cycle, the past two weeks have marked the Linux 4.16 merge window. Yet again it's been another heavy feature period for the kernel. There is still a lot of mitigation work going on for most CPU architectures surrounding Spectre and also Meltdown, the open-source graphics drivers have continued getting better, various CPU improvements are present, the VirtualBox Guest driver was mainlined, and dozens of other notable changes for Linux 4.16. Take a look.

AMDVLK Driver Updated With New Extension, Better Geometry Shader Support

Sun, 11/02/2018 - 2:09pm
The AMD developers working on their official, cross-platform Vulkan driver have carried out another weekly update to their AMDVLK public source tree...

OpenBenchmarking.org Serves Up Its 29 Millionth Test/Suite Benchmark Download

Sun, 11/02/2018 - 1:15pm
In a new record for us, OpenBenchmarking.org has served up over one million test profile / test suite downloads in just over one month! That now puts the total test/suite downloads its served to Phoronix Test Suite at over 29,000,000 downloads...

Remember The EOMA68 Computer Card Project? It Hopes To Ship This Year

Sun, 11/02/2018 - 12:45pm
The EOMA68 computer card project is the open-source hardware effort that aims to be Earth-friendly and allow for interchangeable computer cards that can be installed in laptop housings and other devices. The ambitious concept relying upon ARM SoCs raised more than $170k USD via crowdfunding in 2016 but its lineage dates back to the failed Improv dev board as well as the failed KDE Vivaldi tablet years earlier. It turns out in 2018 there is hope of EOMA68 hardware finally shipping...

The Current State Of Kodi 18 Development

Sun, 11/02/2018 - 12:23pm
Kodi developers have written a blog post outlining their work so far on Kodi 18 "Leia", which should be out at some point this year but with no formal release schedule yet...

GCC Lands s390 Compiler-Side Changes For Spectre V2

Sun, 11/02/2018 - 12:17pm
Landing a few days ago for the Linux 4.16 kernel merge window was IBM z / s390 mitigation work for Spectre while now the necessary compiler-side changes are also present for the upcoming GCC 8 stable release...

Selectable Platform Support Proposed Again For Intel's DRM Driver

Sat, 10/02/2018 - 8:55pm
It seems like every few years or so comes a patch series proposing to allow the Intel DRM driver to limit its platform support in the name of saving a few bytes from the kernel build. This week the latest "selectable platform support" patches are out there...

Amazon EC2 Cloud Compute Performance: December vs. February

Sat, 10/02/2018 - 7:00pm
For those wondering how Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) performance is now after being mitigated for the recent Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities, here are benchmarks of five Linux distributions comparing the performance to last December prior to the Linux kernel mitigations coming about to now.

Core i9 7980XE vs. Threadripper 1950X On Linux 4.15 With Ubuntu 18.04

Sat, 10/02/2018 - 4:29pm
With more than one hundred different benchmarks, here are some fresh tests of the Core i9 7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 1950X boxes when running on the Linux 4.15.2 stable kernel atop a daily snapshot of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS...

KVM For Linux 4.16 Brings AMD SEV, Exposing More AVX-512 Features To Guests

Sat, 10/02/2018 - 4:16pm
The Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) updates have finally been submitted for the Linux 4.16 kernel, which were delayed due to an illness by the subsystem's maintainer...

Mir 0.30 Is Getting Buttoned Up For Release

Sat, 10/02/2018 - 1:01pm
Canonical's Mir developers are working on getting Mir 0.30 release out the door. There has been no public communication whether they will attempt a Mir 1.0 release this cycle after deciding against it the last minute for Ubuntu 17.10 due to their shift in focus...

Keith Packard Plumbs Direct Display Extensions Into RADV & ANV

Sat, 10/02/2018 - 12:44pm
As part of his ongoing contract work for improving virtual reality head-mounted display (VR HMD) support on the Linux desktop, now that his DRM leasing and other X.Org Server / kernel level work is getting in order, Keith Packard sent out a set of patches implementing direct display extensions for Mesa's Radeon RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers...

Gallium3D Now Supports NIR Shader Disk Cache

Sat, 10/02/2018 - 12:15pm
With the Gallium3D OpenGL on-disk shader cache most notably used right now by the RadeonSI driver, TGSI is the intermediate representation currently being cached to the disk for speeding up game load times, etc. Given the RadeonSI NIR back-end continuing to mature, Timothy Arceri of Valve has added NIR caching support...

ARM's Spectre & Meltdown Mitigation Being Backported To Linux 4.15

Sat, 10/02/2018 - 12:01pm
For the Linux 4.16 merge window ARM submitted Spectre and Meltdown mitigation for the 64-bit ARM architecture while now those security changes are being called for backporting to the Linux 4.15 stable series...

LunarG's Vulkan SDK 1.0.68 Released

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 10:03pm
LunarG today has begun shipping an updated version of their SDK based against the upstream and current Vulkan 1.0.68 specification...

Steam Audio 2.0 Adds AMD TrueAudio Next Support

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 4:29pm
Valve has added support for the AMD/GPUOpen TrueAudio Next within the latest beta of SteamAudio 2.0...

The Cost Of Home Directory Encryption & LUKS Full Disk Encryption On Ubuntu 18.04

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 4:00pm
With many of you likely upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS upon release and the recommendation to use disk encryption as important as ever on any important system especially laptops/ultrabooks, here are some fresh benchmarks using a development snapshot of Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" and looking at the current performance overhead of using the current "home directory encryption" and "full disk encryption" options available to Ubuntu Linux users.