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Learning More About Explicit Fencing & Android's Sync Framework

11 hours 12 min ago
With the sync validation framework leaving the staging area in Linux 4.9 and other work going on around the Android sync framework and explicit fencing, this functionality is becoming a reality that ultimately benefits the Linux desktop...

LLVM Clang vs. GCC Compiler Benchmarks On FreeBSD 11.0

Sat, 2016-08-27 17:30
For those interested in C/C++ compiler performance, for some fun numbers to dive into this weekend are LLVM Clang vs. GCC benchmarks atop FreeBSD 11.0 RC1 AMD64 on an Intel Xeon Haswell system.

Making Use Of eBPF In The Mainline Linux Kernel

Sat, 2016-08-27 16:02
One of the exciting innovations within the Linux kernel in the past few years has been extending the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) to become a more generalized in-kernel virtual machine. The eBPF work with recent versions of the Linux kernel allow it to be used by more than just networking so that these programs can be used for tracing, security, and more...

The EOMA68 Upgradeable ARM Board/Computer Passed Its Funding Goal

Sat, 2016-08-27 15:49
The open, upgradeable ARM development board that traces back to the failed KDE Vivaldi project managed to pass its funding goal just in time. This open-source hardware project currently powered by some older Allwinner hardware managed to raise more than $170k...

Intel Lost Another Open-Source Driver Developer To Google Earlier This Summer

Sat, 2016-08-27 15:35
There was another long-time Intel open-source Linux graphics driver developer that left the company earlier this summer and is now working at Google on the Chrome/Chromium OS graphics stack...

LLVM 3.9 RC3 Released, Final Coming Out Soon

Sat, 2016-08-27 15:20
LLVM 3.9 isn't being released as it was hoped for, but it appears the final release is still just days away...

OpenGL ES 3.1 For Haswell Lands With Intel's Mesa Driver

Sat, 2016-08-27 00:24
As a quick follow-up to OpenGL ES 3.1 coming for Intel Haswell graphics, those patches have now landed in Mesa Git...

ownCloud-Forked Nextcloud 10 Now Available

Fri, 2016-08-26 23:59
The former developers of ownCloud who forked the project to Nextcloud have today released Nextcloud 10, just two months after the Nextcloud 9 release...

KDE Connect 1.0 Released For Device/Phone Communication

Fri, 2016-08-26 19:26
KDE Connect is the interesting project for integrating notifications and more from your phone or other mobile device onto the KDE desktop. With KDE Connect you can receive smartphone notifications on your computer as well as using your phone as a remote control to the desktop...

Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Milestone 3 Released For Linux Benchmarking

Fri, 2016-08-26 18:39
Today marks the release of the third development milestone release of the upcoming Phoronix Test Suite 6.6-Loppa version...

RadeonSI OpenGL Performance Has Evolved A Lot Since Early 2015

Fri, 2016-08-26 17:42
Yesterday I posted some benchmarks showing how the AMDGPU / R9 Fury performance has jumped up in the past few months just since the April release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those wondering how the open-source AMD OpenGL performance has evolved over the longer term, I took a Radeon R9 270X graphics card and re-did tests going back to Ubuntu 15.04 for looking at the RadeonSI Gallium3D performance for the past year and a half.

AMDGPU SI Winsys Support, Other Radeon Changes Hit Mesa Git

Fri, 2016-08-26 17:00
It's off to a good Friday so far in Mesa Git for open-source Radeon users...

Marking DRI1 Drivers As Legacy & "Broken" Being Debated

Fri, 2016-08-26 15:14
Earlier this month David Herrmann sent out two kernel patches to hide "legacy" DRM drivers behind a new Kconfig switch and make these DRI1 drivers depend upon the kernel's "BROKEN" option. Not all are happy about these patches...

Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner Video Encode/Decode

Fri, 2016-08-26 14:52
The developers within the Sunxi camp working on better Allwinner SoC support under Linux have been reverse-engineering Allwinner's "Cedar" video engine. Their project is being called Cedrus with a goal of "100% libre and open-source" video decode/encode for the relevant Cedar hardware...

Open-Source Radeon Vulkan Driver Now Can Run Dota 2 With Correct Rendering

Fri, 2016-08-26 14:27
David Airlie and Bas Nieuwenhuizen continue making good progress on the open-source, community-driven RADV Vulkan driver for providing Radeon Vulkan support for newer GCN GPUs in the absence of AMD making available their Linux Vulkan driver as open-source...

It's Really Worthwhile For AMDGPU Users On Ubuntu 16.04 To Upgrade Their Kernel, Mesa

Fri, 2016-08-26 03:06
For those of you using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in conjunction with the stock AMDGPU driver for open-source driver support on newer graphics cards like the Radeon R9 Fury and R9 285/380, here are some benchmarks showing out the performance you are missing out on by not upgrading your kernel or Mesa after just a few months of development...

Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" Beta Released, Ubuntu GNOME Has Experimental Wayland

Fri, 2016-08-26 01:50
Today -- on Linux's 25th birthday -- marks the release of Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 for opt-in flavors participating in this "Yakkety Yak" milestone...

Upcoming Linux Tests With A $300 Broadwell-EP Xeon CPU

Thu, 2016-08-25 21:33
Unfortunately Intel Corp hadn't sent over any Broadwell-EP hardware earlier this year when launching these new Xeon E5-2600 V5 server processors nor when it came to the high-end consumer Broadwell-E processors. However, I ended up buying a Xeon E5-2609 v4 Broadwell-EP this week for a new system and will be running a variety of upcoming tests...

Google's Continuing & Numerous Contributions To Open-Source

Thu, 2016-08-25 19:23
Marc Merlin of Google presented at this week's LinuxCon 2016 event in Toronto how the company has -- and continues to -- contribute to open-source software...

OpenSSL 1.1 Released With Many Changes

Thu, 2016-08-25 18:26
OpenSSL 1.1.0 was released today as a major update to this free software cryptography and SSL/TLS toolkit...