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Git Statistics Showing The Rate Of Change For Linux 4.12 Development

Sun, 14/05/2017 - 3:34pm
Yesterday I provided some numbers about over one million lines added to Linux 4.12, much more than any of the recent merge windows for the Linux kernel. Here are some additional numbers and stats with finishing up the gitstats analytics on the Linux Git code-base...

The Many New Features Of The Linux 4.12 Kernel

Sun, 14/05/2017 - 11:56am
With the Linux 4.12 merge window now over, here is a look at some of the most exciting features that were added to the Linux kernel for this next installment.

KDE Frameworks 5.34 Released

Sun, 14/05/2017 - 11:11am
The latest monthly KDE Frameworks 5 update is now available for KDE/Qt developers...

FreeType 2.8 Completes OpenType Variation Fonts Support

Sun, 14/05/2017 - 11:05am
FreeType 2.8 has been released and this version brings some big features to this widely-used open-source font engine...

Freedreno Gallium3D Gets Hardware Binning For A5xx

Sun, 14/05/2017 - 10:43am
The Freedreno Gallium3D driver for open-source, reverse-engineered 3D driver support for Qualcomm Adreno graphics has another important performance feature...

Linux 4.12-rc1 Kernel Released One Day Early

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 9:49pm
Linus Torvalds has went ahead and closed the Linux 4.12 kernel merge window one day early with the release of 4.12-rc1...

Coreboot Ported To Another Core 2 Era Motherboard: G41C-GS

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 8:13pm
If you happen to have an ASRock G41C-GS still in use or tucked away in your closet, this older motherboard for Intel Core 2 CPUs now has support for Coreboot to free the proprietary BIOS of the motherboard. Or if you don't but still have other parts available, this motherboard is still available from a few online shops...

Razer Sabertooth & Mad Catz Brawlstick Support In Linux 4.12

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 4:57pm
Dmitry Torokhov has sent in some last-minute updates for the Linux 4.12 kernel around its input support...

Linux 4.12 Gained A Lot Of Weight: More Than One Million New Lines

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 3:08pm
With big merges this cycle from the DRM additions, a lot of new staging code, and more, the Linux 4.12 kernel is a bit heavier... Here's some numbers...

VC4 Raspberry Pi 3D Driver Development Has Been Busy This Spring

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 12:52pm
Broadcom developer Eric Anholt has been busy this spring leading the charge on advancing the VC4 DRM+Gallium3D driver stack that most notably is used by Raspberry Pi devices for a fully-open graphics driver stack...

More DRM Fixes Make It In Time For Linux 4.12-rc1, Lots Of Vega Work

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 11:49am
Following last week's main feature pull request of the Direct Rendering Manager updates for Linux 4.12, David Airlie has now submitted -- and was already pulled by Torvalds -- some fixes ahead of this weekend's expected 4.12-rc1 release...

Oracle Is Working On Interrupt-Aware Scheduler For Linux

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 11:39am
Rohit Jain of Oracle's Linux kernel team is working on an interrupt aware scheduler, which should improve performance for workloads with interrupt activity...

Fedora's FESCo Is Okay With Fedora 26 In The Windows Store

Sat, 13/05/2017 - 11:26am
At Microsoft's Build 2017 Conference this week they announced plans to bring Ubuntu, SUSE, and Fedora to the Windows Store. This would make it easier to deploy these Linux distributions on their Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in an easier manner than currently...

Mesa 17.0.6 Released With Polaris 12 RADV Support

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 11:41pm
For those that haven't yet switched over to the newly-stable Mesa 17.1 series, last quarter's Mesa 17.0 series was just updated with the v17.0.6 point release...

Radeon's ROCm OpenCL Runtime Finally Open-Sourced

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 10:06pm
AMD has made good on their word to open-source their ROCm OpenCL stack...

Mesa 17.2 Planned For Release Mid-August

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 9:09pm
With Mesa 17.1 having been released this week, the release calendar has been updated for Mesa 17.2...

Vulkan 1.0.49 Introduces Two New Extensions

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 6:08pm
It had been close to one month since the last Vulkan update, which is rare since usually point releases to Vulkan 1.0 ship every week or two. But with the wait comes many bug fixes to the specifications as well as two new specifications...

Wine 2.8 Brings Improved Direct3D Command Stream

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 4:55pm
Wine 2.8 is now available as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot for this program to run Windows applications/games on Linux and macOS...

RADV vs. AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan Performance vs. OpenGL In May 2017

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 3:49pm
With the open-source RADV Radeon Vulkan driver recently hitting the milestone of effectively being Vulkan 1.0 compliant, I figured this warranted a good time for running a fresh open-source Vulkan vs. AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan performance comparison on various graphics cards. For additional context, the RadeonSI and AMDGPU-PRO OpenGL numbers are also present to provide additional value.

GNU OrgaDoc Aims To Make It Easy To Copy/Sync Documents Between Computers

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 1:28pm
The GNU OrgaDoc project has seen its first release in thirteen years...