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Google's "Lanai" Backend In LLVM Seeks Non-Experimental Status

Mon, 2016-07-25 16:34
Earlier this year Google published an LLVM "Lanai" back-end for some of its internal network hardware. While some in the open-source community interpreted this as Google trying to offload their open-source code into LLVM to shift some of the maintenance burden onto them, that hasn't been the case and Google continues improving this back-end for this in-house processor...

H.264 VA-API Encode Lands For Gallium3D, Benefits RadeonSI

Mon, 2016-07-25 14:25
The latest work landing in Mesa Git has been for H.264 VA-API video encoding...

EXT4 Encryption To Be Unified In Linux 4.8

Mon, 2016-07-25 14:13
Ted Ts'o usually sends in his EXT4 file-system updates later in the kernel merge window cycles, but not for Linux 4.8. Just one day into the Linux 4.8 merge window he's already submitted the new material to be merged for EXT4...

Linux 4.8 Implements ASLR For Kernel Memory Sections

Mon, 2016-07-25 13:53
In addition to hardened usercopy support being prepped for the Linux 4.8 kernel, the new CONFIG_RANDOMIZE_MEMORY option was sent in this morning via a separate pull request as another security feature for the 4.8 cycle...

GNU Linux-libre 4.7-gnu Deblobs More Drivers

Mon, 2016-07-25 13:41
With the fresh sources from last night's Linux 4.7 kernel release, the GNU Linux-libre folks have released their 4.7-gnu kernel...

Linux 4.7 Kernel Officially Released

Sun, 2016-07-24 22:23
As expected, the Linux 4.7 kernel was officially released this Sunday afternoon...

The Size Of Different DRM Graphics Drivers In Linux 4.7

Sun, 2016-07-24 18:29
Last October I looked at The Size Of The Different Open-Source Linux DRM/Mesa Graphics Drivers, but with it being nearly one year since then and Linux 4.7 due out today, I decided to run some fresh L.O.C. measurements on the popular DRM/KMS drivers to see their current sizes...

Hardened Usercopy Appears Ready To Be Merged For Linux 4.8

Sun, 2016-07-24 16:28
Yet another Linux kernel security feature coming to the mainline kernel that appears readied for the Linux 4.8 merge window is hardened usercopy...

SIGGRAPH 2016 Kicks Off Today: What Exciting News Awaits?

Sun, 2016-07-24 14:58
SIGGRAPH 2016 kicks off today in Anaheim, California! It will hopefully be an interesting week with news excepted from the likes of The Khronos Group and others...

The Btrfs Windows Driver Updated With RAID Support & Other Features

Sun, 2016-07-24 14:45
Should you need to access your Btrfs file-systems from Microsoft Windows, an unofficial kernel driver that's been making much progress over the past few months is out with a new version...

PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 Released This Week

Sun, 2016-07-24 14:38
PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 was released on Thursday as this major database update gets closer to its general availability release later this year...

The Biggest Features Of The Linux 4.7 Kernel

Sun, 2016-07-24 14:22
If all goes according to plan, the Linux 4.7 kernel will be released before the day is through. Here's a recap of some of the biggest features added for the Linux 4.7 kernel...

Ubuntu & Debian Abandon Intel X.Org Driver For Most Hardware, Moves To Modesetting DDX

Sun, 2016-07-24 02:27
Ubuntu and Debian (and thus other Debian-based distributions too) have abandoned the xf86-video-intel X.Org driver for all recent generations of Intel graphics hardware and instead makes use of the xf86-video-modesetting generic driver in its place...

OpenBenchmarking.org Crosses 19 Million Benchmark Test/Suite Downloads

Sat, 2016-07-23 22:00
Today OpenBenchmarking.org crossed the milestone of having more than 19 million test profiles and test suites downloaded via the Phoronix Test Suite!..

It Looks Like Systemd 231 Will Soon Be Released, Adds MemoryDenyWriteExecute

Sat, 2016-07-23 17:50
It's been a while since the last systemd release (230 in May) while it looks like the systemd 231 release is imminent...

Trying The Vulkan Dota 2 & Talos Principle With Intel's Mesa Driver (July 2016)

Sat, 2016-07-23 16:29
With an Intel Broadwell ultrabook I decided to try out the latest Mesa 12.1-dev Git state with the Intel Vulkan driver to see if Dota 2 and Talos Principle are running happy yet on this open-source driver stack...

Indigo 4 Lets You Have Full Graphics Rendering Over OpenCL

Sat, 2016-07-23 15:19
Many have hypothesized in the past about implementing full OpenGL for graphics over OverCL -- or now, implementing OpenGL directly over Vulkan -- while Glare Technologies with their Indigo renderer appears to be one of the first renderers to achieve 100% GPU rendering over OpenCL...

Dolphin Emulator's Vulkan Back-End Is Now Feature Complete

Sat, 2016-07-23 15:00
Just last month I was writing about the Dolphin Emulator working on a Vulkan back-end and already this back-end is said to be "feature complete" for this open-source Nintendo GameCube/Wii emulator...

Snappy Packaging Happenings In The Fedora, Arch Space

Sat, 2016-07-23 14:52
This week Canonical hosted a Snappy Sprint in Heidelberg, Germany where they worked to further their new package management solution originally spearheaded for Ubuntu Touch. This wasn't an Ubuntu-only event, but Canonical did invite other distribution stakeholders...

Vulkan-Hpp Launches, Official C++ API For Vulkan

Sat, 2016-07-23 14:38
The Khronos Group posted to Twitter this morning a public introduction to Vulkan-Hpp, the open-source Vulkan C++ API...

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