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KDE's KWin Running On Wayland Gets Real-Time Scheduling

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 7:58pm
When KDE's KWin is acting as a Wayland compositor, there's now a real-time scheduling policy to ensure the graphical system is always responsive...

Wine 2.18 Released With Various Improvements

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 6:40pm
Wine 2.18 is now available for those wishing to run Windows games/applications on Linux this weekend...

Microsoft Rolls Out A Preview Of The New Skype For Linux

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 5:49pm
Adding to the list of Microsoft's Linux actions in 2017 comes a new preview version of the "next-generation" Skype for Linux...

Clear Linux Can Run On AMD's EPYC Platform With Competitive Performance

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 4:28pm
As part of our ongoing AMD EPYC Linux benchmarking, I've been working this week on a cross-distribution GNU/Linux comparison followed by some BSD testing... Of course, I couldn't help but to see if Intel's performance-oriented Clear Linux distribution would run on the AMD EPYC server...

Linux To Get "Extended LTS" Releases, Kernel Support For Six Years

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 2:32pm
Linux right now offers a "Long Term Support" release where support for the kernel branch is maintained for two years, which is nice compared to kernel releases usually dropping maintenance around N+1.1 after the release. But moving forward, Linux LTS releases will now be maintained for six years...

Intel Has More Graphics Feature Code To Test For Linux 4.15

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 1:43pm
Just ahead of the weekend, Intel has published a new set of patches up for testing that are expected to then be merged to DRM-Next for Linux 4.15...

Red Hat Planning For A Wayland Tech Preview In RHEL 7.5

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 12:22pm
The next update to RHEL, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5, is expected to include a Wayland technical preview within its GNOME Shell session...

oVirt 4.2 Features Redesigned Admin Portal

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 11:23am
Red Hat's oVirt virtualization management platform is out with a new development release...

Chromium Appears To Be Advancing Their Linux VR State

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 10:55am
Google's Chrome has offered virtual reality support for a while and most recently will even let you browse the web in VR while the Linux support has lagged behind...

NVIDIA 381.26.20 Vulkan Linux Driver Brings Full-Screen Flipping

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 10:26am
While NVIDIA's Vulkan Linux driver performance has already been very good, it's potentially even better now with the newest NVIDIA Vulkan beta driver...

X.Org XDC2018 To Be Hosted In La Coruña, Spain

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 10:18am
The annual X.Org Developers' Conference devoted to all things X.Org / Mesa / Wayland / DRM will for the first time be hosted in Spain next year...

Ubuntu 17.10 Final Beta Is Ready For Testing

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 10:04am
Overnight the final beta of Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" was released for Ubuntu proper and its derivative friends...

An Ubuntu Kernel Spin Of AMDGPU DC "drm-next-4.15-dc"

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 11:36pm
Yesterday was the very exciting news of the AMDGPU DC code finally being called for pulling to DRM-Next for integration in the Linux 4.15 kernel. So far it's looking like that will indeed happen for Linux 4.15 assuming Linus Torvalds has no objections. If you want to test out this kernel for HDMI/DP audio, Radeon RX Vega display support, atomic mode-setting, or other modern features, here is an Ubuntu kernel spin...

New Unreal Engine 4.18 Update Has Linux & Vulkan Fixes

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 7:29pm
Epic Games this week announced the second preview release of Unreal Engine 4.18. Among the fixes this time around affect Linux and Vulkan...

Benchmarks Show Firefox 57 Quantum Doing Well, But Chrome Largely Winning

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 5:44pm
With the hype this week around Firefox Quantum Beta with its user-interface refinements and more noticeably the performance improvements, I decided to run some benchmarks on my end with a variety of tests comparing Firefox 52 ESR, Firefox 56 stable, Firefox 57 Quantum beta, and Chrome 60. Here are those web browser benchmark results from the Linux x86-64 desktop.

System76 Puts Pop!_OS Into Beta

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 4:24pm
System76 is today announcing the beta release of their Ubuntu-derived Pop!_OS Linux operating system...

Microsoft's Open-Source / Linux Announcements So Far In 2017

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 1:47pm
We are just hitting the end of Q3, but already this calendar year Microsoft has continued their trend of the past few years of engaging with open-source and Linux in different aspects...

Clear Linux Squeezes More Performance Out Of Intel's Core i9 7960X, 7980XE

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 12:35pm
Earlier this week we published our launch-day benchmarks of the Core i9 7960X and Core i9 7980XE. Those Linux benchmarks were done with Ubuntu, but for those wondering what the maximum performance looks like for these high-end desktop processors, here are some comparison results with Intel's own Clear Linux distribution.

Initial Meson Build System Support Lands In Mesa

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 10:26am
Landing in Mesa 17.3-dev Git yesterday is initial support for the Meson build system! Initially, this Meson build support just works for the Intel ANV and Radeon RADV Vulkan drivers...

Firefox 56.0 Is Ready Ahead Of The Big Quantum Update

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 10:10am
The final Firefox 56.0 binaries have hit the mirrors ahead of its official announcement to come. Firefox 56.0 brings more improvements while Firefox 57 "Quantum" will be a huge update...