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GrSecurity: The Truth About Linux 4.6 [Security]

Sun, 2016-05-15 18:35
The lead maintainer of GrSecurity, Brad Spengler, that is a set of patches to the Linux kernel for providing security enhancements has written an opinion piece about the Linux 4.6 kernel security...

An Early Look Ahead At The Linux 4.7 Features Expected For The Merge Window

Sun, 2016-05-15 18:11
With Linux 4.6 expected today, here's a look at some of the features we can hope to see merged over the next two weeks once the Linux 4.7 merge window opens...

ZFS On Linux Looks Like It Will Soon Have Native Encryption Support

Sun, 2016-05-15 16:57
The ZFS file-system upstream has offered native encryption support but unfortunately it came after ZFS was closed up by Oracle. The Illumos folks have been working on ZFS encryption while it looks like soon there will finally be encryption support available for ZFS On Linux...

AMDGPU DRM For Linux 4.7 Will Bring Some Performance Boosts For The R9 Fury

Sun, 2016-05-15 15:40
Yesterday I published some Radeon DRM-Next performance tests for the Radeon DRM code queued up for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window. Today I'm testing the DRM-Next-4.7 code for AMDGPU for looking at the performance improvements coming to this newer AMD DRM driver with the next Linux kernel cycle. The DRM-Next-4.7 performance was compared to Linux 4.6 in this article for a Tonga and Fiji graphics card.

Six Interesting Features Of The Linux 4.6 Kernel

Sun, 2016-05-15 15:05
If all goes well before the day is through will be the release of the Linux 4.6 kernel. If you've been behind on your Phoronix readings the past few weeks, here are the highlights to look forward to with Linux 4.6...

LLVM May Change How It Does Its Releases

Sun, 2016-05-15 14:51
The upstream LLVM developers have been discussing possible changes about how they manage their releases in hopes of making it more optimal in working with downstream stakeholders of this widely-used, open-source compiler stack...

Intel's i965 Mesa Driver Finishes Off Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension (ARB_cull_distance)

Sun, 2016-05-15 14:43
While the Intel i965 Mesa driver is currently at OpenGL 3.3 while waiting for the FP64 support to land for hitting OpenGL 4.2, various other OpenGL 4.3/4.4/4.5 extensions continue to move along for this open-source graphics driver...

Gallium3D Nine Gets Numerous Improvements Ahead Of Next Mesa Release

Sun, 2016-05-15 14:32
Axel Davy who has been one of the prolific developers involved on the "Nine" Gallium3D state tracker for providing a basic Direct3D 9 implementation under Linux has sent in a set of 39 patches that he hopes to land in time for next month's Mesa release...

Early Radeon DRM-Next Tests Ahead Of Linux 4.7, Mesa 11.3: Many Improvements, One Card Falls

Sat, 2016-05-14 19:48
With the AMDGPU and Radeon changes all settled down for what's proposed for Linux 4.7, this weekend I'm benchmarking both of these open-source AMD Linux Direct Rendering Manager drivers. First up is the Radeon DRM driver with various OpenGL benchmarks in conjunction with Mesa 11.3-devel.

Patches Published For Taking Nouveau Fermi Support Up To OpenGL 4.2

Sat, 2016-05-14 17:18
Samuel Pitoiset's patches take the Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D driver's support up to OpenGL 4.2 for GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" graphics cards...

GCC 6.1 Compiler Optimization Level Benchmarks: -O0 To -Ofast + FLTO

Sat, 2016-05-14 17:04
Here are some extra GCC 6.1 compiler benchmarks to share this weekend, complementing the recent GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 5 vs. GCC 6 comparison and the GCC 6.1 vs. Clang 3.9 compiler comparison...

CPU & GPU Buffer Sharing With DMA-BUF In Linux 4.6

Sat, 2016-05-14 15:09
Intel's Tiago Vignatti has written a blog post about sharing CPU and GPU buffers on Linux using a new API introduced by DMA_BUF with the Linux 4.6 kernel...

Google "Reef" Is An Apollo Lake Chromebook, Now Supported By Coreboot

Sat, 2016-05-14 14:40
Google engineers have been busy this week working on Coreboot: monsterous work at the start of the week, adding in a Qualcomm "Gale" device later in the week, and now today adding in support for another Chromebook...

Vulkan 1.0.13 Brings Another Week Worth Of Fixes

Sat, 2016-05-14 14:25
The weekly updates to Vulkan show no sign of slowing down with Vulkan 1.0.13 being their Friday the 13th update...

ZFS On Linux Brings Linux 4.6 Support, Bug Fixes

Sat, 2016-05-14 14:19
ZFS On Linux was released this week as the newest version of the ZFS file-system code for Linux...

AMD Unleashes Experimental AMDGPU Driver Support For GCN 1.0 / Southern Islands GPUs

Sat, 2016-05-14 01:27
Tonight AMD will be releasing their (experimental) patches for supporting GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" graphics processors under their newer AMDGPU kernel DRM driver as an alternative to the mature GCN 1.0 support found within the longstanding Radeon DRM driver...