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GCC Patch To Support Google's Fuchsia OS

Sat, 10/12/2016 - 12:57am
It's been a while since last hearing anything of Google's experimental Fuchsia OS but it looks like things are moving along as they are now looking to merge support for it into the GCC compiler...

Wine 2.0-rc1 Arrives, Prepares For Wine 2.0

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 8:00pm
The first release candidate for Wine 2.0 is now available and marks the start of the code freeze ahead of this next stable Wine release...

It's Been A Quiet Year-End For BUS1, The Proposed In-Kernel IPC For Linux

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 6:49pm
With the Linux 4.10 kernel merge window expected to open this weekend, I was digging around to see whether there was anything new on the BUS1 front and whether we might see it for the next kernel cycle...

KDE Neon User LTS Edition Released, Powered By Plasma 5.8

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 5:19pm
Jonathan Riddell has announced the KDE Neon User LTS Edition availability. Rather than tracking the bleeding-edge KDE developments as KDE Neon traditionally does, the User LTS Edition tracks Plasma 5.8 LTS...

AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 vs. Mesa 13.1-dev + Linux 4.9 Radeon OpenGL

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 4:38pm
For those curious how the latest open-source AMDGPU+RadeonSI driver code is comparing to yesterday's AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 release, here are some fresh OpenGL Linux driver benchmarks from a few AMD graphics cards.

vkQuake 0.91 Released, Continues Advancing Quake With Vulkan

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 2:35pm
Released yesterday was the newest build of vkQuake, the open-source game project developing a Vulkan renderer for the original Quake game based upon the QuakeSpasm code-base... Crosses 21 Million Test/Suite Downloads

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 1:16pm
Waking up this morning I was pleasant surprised to see that has now served over 21 million test profile and test suite downloads via the Phoronix Test Suite! As of writing there have been 21,011,121 downloads!..

AMD's ARM Efforts Appear Stalled, But At Least Zen Should Be Great

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 1:00pm
This week's news of Qualcomm sampling a 10nm 48-core ARMv8 SoC for servers made me wonder where are AMD's ARM SoCs -- and the long-awaited development boards -- and thus been following up with a few sources this week...

Chromium/Chrome Wayland Updates: Keyboard Device Changes, Service-Side Decorations

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 12:39pm
There have been some new commits to Google's Chromium code-base this week worth pointing out...

Intel Working On 5-Level Paging To Increase Linux Virtual/Physical Address Space

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 11:38am
Intel developers are working on "five level paging" to overcome the x86_64 limitation of 256 TiB of virtual address space and 64 TiB of physical address space. While you may not have that much memory in your desktop, that limitation is being hit but can be increased through 5-level paging...

9 Year Old Mesa Bug Fixed, Addresses Stability With RadeonSI Gallium3D

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 11:23am
A nine-year-old Mesa bug has now been squashed by Marek Olšák. This Mesa bug ended up affecting the RadeonSI driver and causing stability issues, which has now been addressed and should help open-source AMD Linux gamers run titles like Team Fortress 2 and Batman Arkham: Origins (Wine)...

It Looks Like AMDGPU DC (DAL) Will Not Be Accepted In The Linux Kernel

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 1:40am
While AMD developers have been working to improve their "DAL" (now known as "DC") display code for the better part of the past year and this code is needed for new hardware support as well as supporting HDMI/DP audio on existing AMDGPU-enabled hardware plus other features, it's still not going to be accepted to the mainline kernel in its current form...

Chrome 56 Beta Ships With WebGL 2.0 Enabled By Default & Much More

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 10:49pm
Google has announced the release of the Chrome 56 beta and it comes with a good amount of changes...

Vulkan/OpenGL Performance With AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 vs. Mesa 13.1-dev

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 8:55pm
This morning's AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 preview included some 16.40 vs. 16.50 hybrid driver benchmarks, but for those wondering how 16.50 compares to Mesa 13.1-dev for RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan, here are some preliminary tests for the two current Vulkan AAA Linux games...

Here Is The AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 Download Link

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 8:26pm
AMD ran into a snag getting out the updated proprietary hybrid Linux driver stack this morning, but it's now available for download from AMD...

Linux Kernel Developers Discuss Dropping FBDEV Staging Drivers

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 5:00pm
Toward the end of November was a discussion that started about potentially dropping all of the FBDEV Linux kernel drivers that are currently in the staging area, but it doesn't look like that will go through, at least until the relevant hardware has seen basic DRM driver ports...

Mesa 13 Lands In Fedora 25

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 3:48pm
While it was disappointing that Fedora 25 shipped with Mesa 12.0, the Mesa 13.0 version has now been sent down as a stable release update...

AMD Seeking Comments On DC/DAL Code, Wants To Land It Soon For Future GPU Support

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 3:11pm
AMD developers sent out a "request for comments" of their Display Core (DC, formerly known as DAL) code-base that they are hoping to merge soon as it's needed for the bring-up of future GPU support. It looks like they will initially merge the code just for the yet-to-be-released GPUs and will then gradually switch it on for currently supported Radeon GPUs...

AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 Rolls Out With GCN 1.0 Support, FreeSync

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 2:00pm
The embargo has just expired on the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition release, which had leaked out a few days ago elsewhere. While Crimson ReLive Edition is a big update for AMD Windows users, on the Linux side there's less to talk about but it's still a rather big release. I've been testing the AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 release the past two weeks and overall it's a sizable update for those using this hybrid AMD Linux driver.