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AMD_gpu_shader_half_float_fetch Added To The OpenGL Registry

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 1:07pm
Added to AMD's proprietary Windows/Linux OpenGL driver last August was a AMD_gpu_shader_half_float_fetch GL extension while today the documentation has been published and already merged into the Khronos registry...

Jon Masters On Understanding Spectre & Meltdown CPU Vulnerabilities

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 12:38pm
Arguably the most interesting keynote at this year's FOSDEM event was Red Hat's Jon Masters talking about the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities on an interesting technical level...

WebKitGTK+ 2.19.90 Adds Graphics ARIA Rolls, Horizontal Scroll Shortcut

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 12:19pm
Released in time for this week's GNOME 3.28 beta milestone is the WebKitGTK+ 2.19.90 release as the GNOME platform port of the WebKit layout engine...

GTK4 Ejects The Mir Backend & Drops The Big GDK Lock

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 11:46am
After adding the Mir back-end for the GTK+ 3.16 cycle, GTK+ 4.0 is dropping this back-end for the Canonical-developed display server...

NetBSD Has SVS To Mitigate Meltdown, Still Working On Spectre

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 10:55am
The NetBSD project has issued an update concerning recent security efforts for this popular BSD operating system...

Genode Is Developing A GPU Multiplexer For Intel Graphics Hardware

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 10:36am
Besides talking about GNU Hurd in 2018 one of the other interesting talks in FOSDEM's micro-kernel track this year was on an Intel GPU resource multiplexer being developed by the Genode project...

GNU Hurd Hardware Support Remains In Very Rough Shape For 2018

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 9:12pm
Yesterday at FOSDEM 2018 Hurd developer Samuel Thibault talked about the work done on this GNU kernel for a PCI arbiter to allow different user-land drivers to access PCI devices concurrently. During this PCI arbiter talk he also went over the current state of the hardware support and recent achievements for GNU Hurd...

Spectre V1 Mitigation, IBPB Support Sent In For Linux 4.16

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 6:09pm
Last week Meltdown/Spectre patch wrangler Thomas Gleixner sent in various code clean-ups for Retpolines and KPTI with Linux 4.16 while today more feature work has been submitted. This includes initial mitigation work for Spectre v1 as well as IBPB support...

FreeIPMI 1.6.1 Released With Performance Improvements, Better IPv6 Support

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 5:31pm
Albert Chu of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced the release this weekend of FreeIPMI, the GNU project implementing Intelligent Platform Management Interface v1.5/2.0 support...

Kepler Clock Gating Queued In Nouveau DRM, Lowering Power Use

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 4:53pm
Red Hat's Lyude Paul has been spending the past number of weeks working out clock-gating support for NVIDIA Kepler GPUs with the open-source Nouveau DRM kernel driver...

GFX-RS Continues Advancing For High-Performance, Portable Graphics In Rust

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 3:28pm
GFX-RS has been the Rust programming language project for a high-performance, portable graphics API that can map to Vulkan, Apple's Metal, Direct3D, etc from a single Rust API...

Kodi 18 Is Coming But They Are Already Thinking About Kodi 19

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 3:04pm
At this weekend's FOSDEM event in Brussels, Martijn Kaijser of the Kodi project provided an update on their current activities for 2018...

i.MX8 SoC Support Might Be Introduced In Linux 4.17

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 2:08pm
With this week's ARM SoC/platform updates for Linux 4.16 it was revealed the next kernel cycle might introduce i.MX8 SoC support...

A Cloud/Hosting Provider Is Using Coreboot On Thousands Of Servers

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 1:33pm
A European cloud and dedicated server provider that designs their own servers is now designing their own BIOS using Coreboot and using this in production on thousands of servers...

Igalia's Battle Getting Chromium Running Nicely On Wayland

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 12:40pm
Igalia has been one of the companies working on improving Chromium's support for Wayland and they shared their story about it at this weekend's FOSDEM 2018 event in Brussels...

GRUB 2.04 Should Be Released Later This Year

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 12:22pm
It's been nine months since the release of GRUB 2.02 while the GRUB 2.04 stable release should be out by year's end...

EXT4 Is Mostly Fixes With Linux 4.16

Sun, 04/02/2018 - 1:48am
Ted Ts'o sent in the pull request today of EXT4 file-system driver changes for the Linux 4.16 kernel...

Radeon Linux Graphics Stack, RadeonSI Shaders Update From FOSDEM 2018

Sat, 03/02/2018 - 5:47pm
In addition to the Nouveau driver crew talking about their Vulkan plans and other open-source work, Nicolai Hähnle of AMD represented the company's work on their Radeon Linux graphics driver stack(s) and the work they have going on for improving their GPU driver support...

Intel Icelake Support Lands In GCC 8

Sat, 03/02/2018 - 4:29pm
Back in November I wrote about a GCC patch for the Intel Icelake CPU target and now that code has finally been merged for the GNU Compiler Collection ahead of the upcoming GCC 8.1 release...

Nouveau Hopes For Basic Vulkan Driver This Year, NVIDIA To Release Some New Docs Soon

Sat, 03/02/2018 - 3:17pm
Open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver developers Martin Peres, Pierre Moreau, and Karol Herbst took to the FOSDEM 2018 conference today to share a status update on their reverse-engineering and open-source driver writing work around this unofficial NVIDIA Linux driver...