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AMD's DAL Was Just Presented At XDC2016, Still Not Clear When It Will Be Mainlined

Fri, 2016-09-23 13:16
Harry Wentland of AMD just presented at the XDC2016 conference about DAL, the big Display Abstraction Layer code-base, which many AMD Linux users have been waiting to see merged in order to have Polaris audio support and this is one of the stepping stones for seeing FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync and other modern display capabilities...

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Coming To Linux Next Week

Fri, 2016-09-23 13:00
Feral Interactive will be releasing three new Linux games next week...

LunarG's Vulkan Sample Tutorials Is Easy For Learning This New Graphics API

Fri, 2016-09-23 12:40
Earlier this month LunarG published up-to-date Vulkan Sample Tutorials for those wanting to learn more about using this high-performance Khronos graphics API...

More AMD PowerPlay Fixes Queued For Linux 4.9

Fri, 2016-09-23 01:11
The AMDGPU DRM code for Linux 4.9 is already queued in DRM-Next with virtual display support and other features as well as experimental GCN Southern Islands support while today another feature pull request was submitted to DRM-Next with more Radeon/AMDGPU changes...

The Open-Source Intel Vulkan Linux Driver's Anatomy

Thu, 2016-09-22 23:44
Intel Open-Source Technology Center developer Jason Ekstrand presented earlier today at XDC2016 with a presentation entitled "The Anatomy of a Vulkan Driver" where he covers how he and fellow Intel developers brought up the first open-source Vulkan driver and had it ready for launch-day when Khronos formally unveiled the specification earlier this year...

SPV_KHR_shader_ballot Is The First Cross-Vendor SPIR-V Extension

Thu, 2016-09-22 21:14
Last week marked the ratification of the first cross-vendor SPIR-V extension, the Khronos intermediate representation used by Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1+...

Nouveau 1.0.13 X.Org Driver Released

Thu, 2016-09-22 20:43
The latest stable release of the Nouveau X.Org driver is now available for users of this open-source NVIDIA DDX component in conjunction with the Nouveau DRM kernel driver...

An Early Port Of GCC To AMD's GCN Architecture

Thu, 2016-09-22 17:40
While still in its early stages, there's a port in the works of the GNU Compiler Collection for AMD's GCN (Graphics Core Next) instruction set architecture...

XDC2017 X.Org/Mesa/Wayland Conference To Be Hosted By Google

Thu, 2016-09-22 17:06
The X.Org Foundation Board of Directors held their annual in-face meeting today at XDC2016 in Helsinki, Finland. At this meeting they have decided to accept Google's invitation to host XDC2017 at the Googleplex...

Intel's FastUIDraw Is Very Promising For Fast, GPU-Accelerated Drawing

Thu, 2016-09-22 15:30
Intel Open-Source Technology Center developer Kevin Rogovin just finished presenting at this year's XDC2016 conference in Helsinki. Rogovin presented on the promising project FastUIDraw...

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 2 Switches To KDE Plasma 5.8 Beta

Thu, 2016-09-22 15:23
The second beta of the upcoming openSUSE 42.2 Linux distribution is now available. One notable change is that 42.2 has switched to the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS beta...

The State Of GNU's GDB Debugger In 2016

Thu, 2016-09-22 13:20
At the GNU Tools Cauldron that took place earlier this month in Hebden Bridge, UK was the annual status update of the GDB debugger...

Lenovo N21 Chromebook Now Has Mainline Coreboot Support

Thu, 2016-09-22 13:05
The Lenovo N21 Chromebook is now supported by mainline Coreboot. But then again that's not a huge surprise considering Google's focus on Chromebook/Chromebox support in Coreboot...

SDL2's Mir Backend Sees Some Updates

Thu, 2016-09-22 12:58
Yesterday saw some infrequent updates to the SDL2 library's Mir back-end for Ubuntu users...

Nouveau Developers Remain Frustrated By NVIDIA's Firmware Practices

Thu, 2016-09-22 12:35
Nouveau developers Samuel Pitoiset, Karol Herbst, Pierre Moreau, and Martin Peres presented their status update on this open-source, reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux graphics driver during the second day of the XDC2016 conference. Nouveau developers had a few words for the NVIDIA developers in the room...

XDC2016 Day 1: GLVND, Tizen Wayland/Vulkan, PRIME Sync

Wed, 2016-09-21 20:30
Covered so far today on Phoronix, the first day of XDC2016 Helsinki, were NVIDIA's work on Linux HDR support, how Google's Android Runtime on Chrome uses Wayland, and the NVIDIA surface allocation API debate continued as a prerequisite to seeing mainline NVIDIA Wayland support in the compositors. There were also other notable presentations today...

OpenGL ES 3.2 Officially Enabled For Intel Mesa Driver, Limited To Skylake+

Wed, 2016-09-21 20:18
Intel's Mesa driver has supported all of the extensions required by the OpenGL ES 3.2 specification, but only today is the support being officially advertised...

GNOME 3.22 Officially Released

Wed, 2016-09-21 18:49
The highly-anticipated GNOME 3.22 desktop release is now available...

Nest Outdoor Security Camera

Wed, 2016-09-21 17:46
While I've tested out various indoor WiFi-based security cameras over the past decade on Phoronix, outdoor WiFi cameras have been a different story. Either through my contacts from Phoronix or through my own personal searching, I've never found an outdoor WiFi security camera that I've liked either due to poor build quality, poor video quality / viewing angles, or other issues but most of the time has revolved around not being well-engineered. That has changed with the Nest Cam Outdoor that was announced earlier this year by the Google/Alphabet-owned company while this week it's finally begun shipping to consumers. I certainly like the Nest Cam Outdoor from a hardware perspective, but the software could still use some improvements.

NVIDIA Presents Over GBM vs. EGLStreams, The Big Wayland Support Debate Continues

Wed, 2016-09-21 15:57
James Jones of NVIDIA just finished taking the stage at XDC2016 where he was talking about Unix device memory allocation, which comes down to the big EGLStreams vs. GBM debate... A.k.a. NVIDIA pushing a different approach for their Wayland support from the Wayland compositors currently focusing around GBM for buffers. This debate is leading towards the development of a new API...