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KDE Plasma 5 Making Progress On FreeBSD, With Some Wayland/Weston Support

Sun, 09/07/2017 - 2:25pm
KDE developer Adriaan de Groot continues making progress on improving the support when running this desktop environment on FreeBSD. Adriaan has even been experimenting with Wayland/Weston on FreeBSD...

X.Org 2017 Summer Projects Continue Making Progress

Sun, 09/07/2017 - 11:34am
The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) student developers working on projects under the X.Org umbrella continue making progress, although one of the efforts has been officially dropped...

EXT4 On Linux 4.13 Can Now Support Around 2 Billion Directory Entries

Sun, 09/07/2017 - 11:10am
EXT4 on Linux 4.13 is supporting its new "large directory" feature...

FreeBSD 11.1 RC2 Released

Sun, 09/07/2017 - 2:42am
FreeBSD developers have announced the second release candidate of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.1...

Some Extra Game Tests Showing AMDGPU+RadeonSI Improvements Since Ubuntu 17.04

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 11:08pm
In yesterday's Windows 10 Radeon Software vs. Ubuntu 17.04 + Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev comparison I tested both Ubuntu 17.04 out-of-the-box and then upgraded it to the Linux 4.12 kernel and Mesa 17.2-dev. Here are some complementary tests I did with a larger set of Linux games...

Input Updates Submitted For Linux 4.13 Kernel

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 10:58pm
Dmitry Torokhov submitted the input subsystem updates today for the Linux 4.13 kernel merge window...

NVIDIA OpenGL vs. Vulkan CPU Core Scaling For Linux Gaming

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 3:57pm
At the end of June I posted some Vulkan vs. OpenGL Linux Game CPU Core Scaling using RADV/RadeonSI with a Polaris graphics card. At that time I also carried out some NVIDIA CPU core scaling results in a Vulkan vs. OpenGL manner, but simply forgot to post those numbers until now...

Trying Out A $37 DREVO SSD On Linux

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 2:50pm
Needing to replace a failed hard drive in one of the older benchmarking systems, I decided to try out my first DREVO brand solid-state drive with frankly the I/O performance on this particular system not being too important and being curious how well this sub-$40 SSD performs...

Btrfs RAID 5/6 Support Is "Mostly OK" With Linux 4.12

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 1:32pm
I previously reported on Btrfs RAID 5/6 fixes for Linux 4.12 to work on fixing some potentially bad Btrfs RAID 5/6 problems. These changes for Linux 4.12 were enough to elevate the rating of this functionality...

Ubuntu 17.10 Still Working Towards Video Acceleration, Unity 7 Woes

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 12:33pm
Will Cooke of Canonical has shared another weekly status update for the work going into the GNOME desktop for Ubuntu 17.10 and their other efforts this cycle...

Endless OS 3.2 Released, Rebases From GNOME Shell 3.8 To 3.22

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 11:35am
Endless OS 3.2 is now available as the newest feature release for this GNOME-based Linux operating system that ships on the budget-friendly Endless Computers and is also available for free to all users...

POWER Updates Submitted For Linux 4.13

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 11:29am
A variety of POWER architecture updates have been submitted for the Linux 4.13 kernel merge window...

David Airlie Exploring MRT Performance Optimization For RADV

Sat, 08/07/2017 - 11:06am
When comparing differences between the RADV Vulkan driver and the AMDGPU-PRO still-proprietary Vulkan driver, David Airlie has uncovered a new area to explore for potentially getting closer performance out of the open-source driver...

Mesa 17.2 Still Planned For August Release, Feature Freeze In Two Weeks

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 8:36pm
Emil Velikov of Collabora has reiterated his release plans for Mesa 17.2 in making it the latest quarterly release to this growing 3D graphics stack...

FSF Certifies Another Batch Of Old Hardware For Respecting Your Freedom

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 8:24pm
The Free Software Foundation has endorsed fifteen "new" devices under their Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification...

Wine 2.12 Released

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 8:09pm
Wine 2.12 is now available as the latest bi-weekly snapshot leading up to the Wine 3.0 release late into the year or early 2018...

Qt Now Supports WebGL Streaming For Qt5 Apps On The Web

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 2:56pm
The Qt tool-kit has merged support for WebGL streaming...

Windows 10 Radeon Software vs. Ubuntu 17.04 + Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 1:39pm
With having carried out a new Windows 10 install this week for the latest Windows 10 WSL / VirtualBox benchmarking, I used this as a fresh opportunity for some new Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux benchmark figures.

Glibc Enables A Per-Thread Cache For Malloc - Big Performance Win

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:39pm
Glibc has added a per-thread cache to malloc and enabled it by default...

EXT_external_objects Updated For Mesa

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:18pm
Valve developer Andres Rodriguez has updated his patch-set for wiring in support for OpenGL External Objects (EXT_external_objects) into Mesa...