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GTK4's Vulkan Support Continues Maturing

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 12:37pm
One of the questions that came up following our GNOME 3.26 feature overview was how GTK4's Vulkan renderer is coming along...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.4 M4 Released As "Tynset" Nears Final

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 10:31am
The last planned test/development release of Phoronix Test Suite 7.4-Tynset is now available ahead of the planned stable release in the days to come...

Squeezing More Juice Out Of Gentoo With Graphite, LTO Optimizations

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 10:14am
Developer Shane Peelar has come up with a Gentoo Portage configuration for building out the distribution with aggressive compiler optimizations in the name of performance...

WebKitGTK+ 2.18.0 Brings WebDriver Support, Remote Inspector & Kinetic Scrolling

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 10:03am
Adding to the new features of GNOME 3.26 are many additions found within WebKitGTK+ 2.18, the GNOME port of the WebKit rendering engine used by Epiphany and other GNOME web projects...

New ARM Board Support In Linux 4.14: Raspberry Pi Zero W, Banana Pi & More

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 9:56am
Olof Johansson has submitted the pull requests of ARM/ARM64 board/SoC updates for the Linux 4.14 merge window...

A Look At The New Features Of GNOME 3.26

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 3:35pm
With GNOME 3.26 due to be officially released on Wednesday, 13 September, here is a look at the new features to be found in this major desktop update and screenshots from testing the latest GNOME 3.26 packages via Fedora 27's development images.

The Changes So Far For The Linux 4.14 Kernel: Zstd, Cgroup2 Threads, EXT4 Scalability

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 2:23pm
We are now through week one of the two week kernel merge window for Linux 4.14. Here is a look at the most prominent changes and new features queued so far for the Linux 4.14 kernel...

FSF To Look At RYF Certification For The POWER9 Talos II

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 2:03pm
Last month Raptor Engineering announced the Talos II POWER9-powered workstation that is cheaper than the original Talos Workstation while still aiming to be very free software friendly. The Free Software Foundation will be exploring the possibility of "Respect Your Freedom" certification on this hardware when it's ready to ship...

VLC Has Begun Working On Some 3D Video Playback Support

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 11:59am
It's been a while since last having anything to report on with VLC with the VLC 3.0 release still not available, but thanks to this year's Google Summer of Code, there was an interesting project around working on 3D format support...

SPARC Sees Updates For Linux 4.14

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 11:48am
While Oracle recently laid off a ton of SPARC staff (and Solaris), not everyone was let go and it's still not instantly a dead platform. With Linux 4.14 there are some SPARC improvements for those relying upon this ex-Sun hardware...

GNOME's Mutter Loses Some Of Its X11 Dependence

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 11:31am
One of the interesting Google Summer of Code projects this year associated with the GNOME project was on reworking the Mutter compositor from requiring X11/XWayland code-paths for starting the Wayland compositor...

Jente Hidskes Continues Improving Libratbag's Piper Mouse UI, Promoted To Maintainer

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 10:36pm
The Piper mouse configuration interface to libratbag is one of the success stories from this year's Google Summer of Code and fortunately the involved student developer has continued contributing to the project...

Is Fedora's KDE Spin Too Bloated?

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 7:33pm
This weekend on the Fedora mailing list a debate has begun over whether Fedora's KDE desktop spin is too bloated and what could be done about it...

LLVM Clang Begins Working On CUDA 9.0 Support

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 5:55pm
A Google developer has begun work on extending LLVM Clang's CUDA support to cover CUDA 9...

FreeBSD Has A New ZFS Boot Management Tool & Library

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 2:39pm
One of the interesting Google Summer of Code projects within the BSD realm this summer was working on a new boot management tool and library for ZFS on FreeBSD. It's still in the works, but progress is being made...

KVM & Xen Updates For The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 2:23pm
The KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and Xen updates have been submitted for the Linux 4.14 kernel merge window...

Out-of-Order Rasterization On RadeonSI Will Bring Better Performance In Some Games

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:30pm
AMD developer Nicolai Hähnle has published a set of patches today for adding out-of-order rasterization support to the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. Long story short, this can boost the Linux gaming performance of GCN 1.2+ graphics cards when enabled...

System76 Moves Ahead With Writing Their Own OS Installer

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:31am
Earlier this summer we heard how System76 might make their own distribution installer. They indeed are moving forward in this effort to construct their own installer from scratch and it's written in Rust...

Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 Brings UEFI SecureBoot, USBGuard Added & Btrfs Supported

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:22am
While Oracle is slashing Solaris and SPARC jobs, their RHEL-derived Oracle Linux operating system continues getting pushed forward. Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 is now available as their re-based version off Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4...

Kazan Begins Working On Vulkan ICD Support, More Functions

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:11am
GSoC 2017 student developer Jacob Lifshay who spent his summer working on Vulkan-CPU as a CPU-based Vulkan software implementation (and recently renamed the project to Kazan) has continued working on his open-source project post-GSoC to make this interesting Vulkan project a reality...