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NVIDIA 367.27 Linux Driver Released As Stable With VDPAU Feature Set H

Mon, 2016-06-13 21:02
NVIDIA has released the 367.27 Linux driver as their first stable release in the 367 driver series...

GNOME's GTK Developers Come Up With A Plan For GTK+ 4

Mon, 2016-06-13 20:49
At a GTK+ hackfest this week the developers have come up with a new plan for delivering major releases of the GTK+ tool-kit every two years, e.g. GTK4, GTK5, GTK6, etc...

RadeonSI & Intel Both Get Patches For Boosting Compute Shader Performance

Mon, 2016-06-13 19:37
Both the Intel i965 and AMD RadeonSI drivers within Mesa have seen separate work done over the past day for boosting the performance of compute shaders with these open-source OpenGL drivers...

Intel Currently Has No Plans For A Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Linux Driver

Mon, 2016-06-13 18:27
Just found a nugget of news from an Intel representative in case you have been eyeing an Intel Broadwell-E processor: there are no driver plans for Linux for the new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 functionality...

NEMO-UX Goes Commercial To Focus On Futuristic, Multi-User Wayland

Mon, 2016-06-13 15:18
A few years back we covered the Nemoshell for Wayland and back in 2014 how NEMO-UX was working on a futuristic, multi-user Wayland experience. It's been a while since hearing anything about Nemo, but we've received some information today from the newly-formed company that's trying to push this Wayland experience further...

Reports Are Circulating That Samsung Wants To Switch More Devices Over To Tizen

Mon, 2016-06-13 14:14
Reports are once again circulating that Samsung is looking at easing its reliance on Google's Android by switching more of their devices over to running on their Linux-based Tizen project...

Qt 5.7 Is Bringing A New Qt Wayland Compositor API

Mon, 2016-06-13 14:03
With the imminent release of Qt 5.7 expected, this updated tool-kit release will bring a new Qt Wayland Compositor API in tech preview form...

LDC D Compiler 1.0 Adds Objective-C Support, Full ARM Compatibility

Mon, 2016-06-13 13:52
Version 1.0 of the LLVM D Compiler (LDC) was quietly released earlier this month as a huge step forward for the D programming language...

Unity3D Is Prepping To Roll Out A Number Of 2D Improvements

Mon, 2016-06-13 13:28
Developers behind the Unity Game Engine have announced the 2D Experimental Preview with new features...

LLVM 3.9 Planned For Release In Late August

Mon, 2016-06-13 13:21
For those wondering about the stable release of LLVM should you be interested in it for packaging Clang, the latest AMDGPU back-end, or other reasons, there is now a tentative release plan...

There Is A Minecraft Mod Being Worked On To Support Vulkan

Mon, 2016-06-13 01:32
An ambitious developer has begun a project to rewrite Minecraft's Java-based OpenGL renderer and in its place use a Vulkan renderer...

Building A Massive L-Shaped Desk For A Better Workflow, More Monitors & Space

Sun, 2016-06-12 23:59
For the Phoronix 12th birthday and in trying to make a more efficient workflow and some general improvements to reinvigorate my general 100 hour work weeks across the span of Phoronix Media, I decided to set out on building a new desk this past week. Here's the result with having a massive, 8 and 10 foot sides to a L-shaped wooden and steel desk.

CUDA vs. OpenCL GPGPU Performance On NVIDIA's Pascal

Sun, 2016-06-12 18:03
Following yesterday's Deep Learning and CUDA Benchmarks On The GeForce GTX 1080 Under Linux one of the Phoronix reader inquiries was about the OpenCL vs. CUDA performance on the GTX 1080... Is one GPGPU compute API faster than the other with NVIDIA's proprietary driver? Here are some side-by-side benchmarks...

Linux 4.7-rc3 Kernel Has Been Released To End A Quiet Week

Sun, 2016-06-12 17:20
Linus Torvalds announced the release this morning of the Linux 4.7-rc3 kernel...

AMDGPU-PRO vs. Linux 4.7 + Mesa 12.1-dev OpenGL Benchmarks

Sun, 2016-06-12 14:36
A few days back I posted a fresh comparison of AMDGPU-PRO against NVIDIA's binary driver on various GPUs. Those numbers didn't include any direct AMDGPU-PRO vs. open-source Radeon/AMDGPU + RadeonSI numbers, but here they are on a couple GPUs if you are curious about the state of Linux 4.7 Git and Mesa 12.1-dev...

Qt WebKit Looks To Be Making A Comeback

Sun, 2016-06-12 14:13
Within the upstream Qt tool-kit, the WebKit module was dropped in favor of Qt WebEngine that's powered by Google's Chromium "Blink" engine. While Qt WebEngine is still working out well for new development projects, it looks like Qt WebKit is being worked on for a revival...

There's A Project Working To Implement Direct3D D3D9 Over Vulkan

Sun, 2016-06-12 03:47
Many have hypothesized over implementing Direct3D over Vulkan for helping out the Linux gaming scene and as an alternative to Wine's Direct3D-to-OpenGL wrapper while a developer appears to have taken up the challenge and has been making progress in writing a Direct3D 9 compatibility layer over Vulkan...

Deep Learning & CUDA Benchmarks On The GeForce GTX 1080 Under Linux

Sun, 2016-06-12 02:01
Last week I published the first Linux review of the GeForce GTX 1080 followed by some performance-per-Watt and OpenGL results from the GTX 1080 going as far back as the 9800GTX, among other interesting follow-up tests with OpenGL/Vulkan/OpenCL. Since then one of the most popular requests has been for doing some deep learning benchmarks on the GTX 1080 along with some CUDA benchmarks, for those not relying upon OpenCL for open GPGPU computing. Here are some raw performance numbers as well as performance-per-Watt in the CUDA space.

POCL Has Been Making Progress On HSA Support

Sat, 2016-06-11 23:22
Faithful Phoronix readers should recall POCL as the Portable Computing Language project working to provide an open-source OpenCL implementation that can be run on CPUs and other targets. One of the initiatives being worked on more recently by POCL developers is an HSA driver...