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GnuPG 2.2 Released

Mon, 28/08/2017 - 1:13pm
Werner Koch has announced the release of GNU Privacy Guard's GnuPG 2.2 stable series...

Intel Haswell Scheduler Updated In LLVM

Mon, 28/08/2017 - 10:19am
Last month in LLVM there was new Sandy Bridge scheduler information to improve the instruction scheduling and other hardware detail changes so LLVM can generate more efficient code for those older CPUs. At that time we learned Intel developers were also planning improvements too for LLVM with newer Haswell / Broadwell / Skylake / Skylake-X CPUs. Improvements have now landed for Haswell...

Initial Vulkan SDL Integration Lands

Mon, 28/08/2017 - 9:50am
Landing within the SDL (Simple DirectMedia Library) code-base over night is initial Vulkan API support...

Linux 4.13-rc7 Kernel Released, Linux 4.13 Likely Coming Next Week

Mon, 28/08/2017 - 12:43am
Just days after Linux turned 26 years old, Linus Torvalds has announced the seventh weekly test candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.13 kernel...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 17.04 With Intel Kabylake Mobile Graphics

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 11:07pm
While we've seen the Radeon Linux OpenGL driver get competitive to the Windows Radeon OpenGL driver and the NVIDIA Windows/Linux OpenGL binary drivers have long been on a level playing field, how's the Intel HD Graphics performance? Here are some quick and fresh benchmarks this weekend.

3D OpenGL Acceleration For Windows Guests On QEMU Using VirGL/VirtIO

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 9:39pm
While there has been VirGL as one of the options for allowing 3D/OpenGL acceleration of Linux guests within QEMU/KVM virtual machines to allow the calls to be directed to the host system's OpenGL driver, that support hasn't been available when Windows is running as QEMU/KVM guest. That is changing though thanks in large part to this year's Google Summer of Code...

Mesa Drivers' Use Of Multiple IRs, Gallium3D With NIR

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 9:20pm
Following the news this week that RadeonSI may switch to NIR completely in the future, in the forums a number of questions were raised about why the Linux graphics drivers are using multiple forms of intermediate representation and whether this would still make RadeonSI a Gallium3D driver if it doesn't default to TGSI...

LLVMpipe vs. OpenSWR Software Rendering On A 40 Core / 80 Thread Tyan Server

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 2:00pm
With testing out a Tyan 1U server featuring dual Intel Xeon Gold 6138 CPUs, one of the uncommon test requests we have received but understandable given our audience is curiosity about the performance of OpenGL software rendering on this 40 core / 80 thread Xeon Scalable server when making use of Mesa's LLVMpipe software rasterizer and the newer OpenSWR driver from Intel.

Purism's Librem 5 Is Nearing $100k In Funding, But A Long Journey Remains

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 12:29pm
This week Purism announced their plans for the Librem 5 smart-phone as a GNU/Linux smartphone that is privacy-respecting, as open as possible, and costs $599 USD. The company believes they can have the phone ready for release by early 2019 if they raise $1.5 million USD over the next two months. In just about three days they have raised nearly $100,000, but it's not clear if the pacing will continue to reach the milestone in time...

Outreachy Summer 2017 Yielded A New Coloring Book, Wine AppDB Improvements

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 12:11pm
Not only is GSoC wrapping up now as school nears for many of the involved student developers, but the Outreachy internship program is also ending this coming week...

KDE Had Another Successful Year With Google Summer of Code

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 11:53am
KDE saw more than one dozen student developers interact on various projects this summer thanks to the Google Summer of Code 2017...

FFmpeg Has Seen Some AVX2 Optimizations For VP9 Decoding

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 11:34am
Another GSoC 2017 project worth highlighting now that Google's annual Summer of Code has finished is the AVX2 optimizations being done to the VP9 decoder within FFmpeg...

GNOME Games Now Supports Controller Reassignment

Sun, 27/08/2017 - 11:22am
Thanks to this year's Google Summer of Code, there is a branch pending for allowing game controllers to be re-assigned within GNOME Games...

Piper Has Turned Into A Very Competent Mouse Configuration UI For Linux

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 4:04pm
Student developer Jente Hidskes' work this summer on improving the Piper GTK3 user-interface for configuring gaming mice on Linux via libratbag is now the latest example of a very successful Google Summer of Code (GSoC) project...

NVIDIA Rolls Out Jetson TX1 Developer Board SE At $199 USD

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 1:23pm
For those looking for a very capable ARM developer board but have previously been put off by the Jetson TX1 at $579 USD, they now have a $199 developer board...

System76's Pop!_OS Not Using Wayland By Default, Figuring Out Default Apps

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 12:39pm
System76 continues working on their Ubuntu fork called Pop!_OS that they intend to ship on their future laptops and desktops. They have now decided on some of the default applications as well as the decision to not yet ship Wayland by default...

Ubuntu 17.10 Enters The Feature Freeze

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 12:01pm
Ubuntu 17.10, the Artful Aardvark, has crossed into the feature freeze this week...

Haiku Made Progress On Btrfs Support This Summer

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 11:48am
One of the Google Summer of Code projects this summer for the BeOS-inspired Haiku operating system was on porting the Btrfs file-system...

Sticklyst Shows How KDE Frameworks Can Be Used On The Web

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 11:33am
Qt/KDE developer Daniel Nicoletti has written "Sticklyst" to show how KDE Frameworks 5 code can be used to construct web sites/applications...

QupZilla Web Browser Becomes KDE Falkon

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 7:02pm
The QupZilla open-source web-browser built using Qt WebEngine and in development for the past seven years is now part of the KDE project and has renamed itself to Falkon...