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OpenGL 4.5 For The Intel Mesa Driver May Be Imminent

Wed, 2016-05-25 20:10
Intel has been rapidly advancing their OpenGL 4.x support and OpenGL 4.5 is even in sight now...

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Moving To GTK3

Wed, 2016-05-25 16:51
The Ubuntu MATE folks have laid out some of their plans for their next release of this desktop derivative of Ubuntu...

Virtual Keyboard Support For KWin / KDE Wayland 5.7

Wed, 2016-05-25 15:18
The latest KWin/Wayland hacking project by Martin Gräßlin is adding virtual keyboard support to KWin for the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.7 release...

GhostBSD 10.3 Alpha 2 Has Many Fixes, 64-bit UEFI

Wed, 2016-05-25 14:33
The second alpha release of the FreeBSD-based GhostBSD 10.3 operating system is now available...

Year 2038 Fixes Still Being Worked On For The Linux Kernel

Wed, 2016-05-25 14:29
The Linux kernel has been working on many Year 2038 fixes for a while now but the work is not over. Another pull request was sent in for the Linux 4.7 kernel in trying to prepare the VFS layer with Y2038 fixes...

EXT4 Has Many Bug Fixes For Linux 4.7

Wed, 2016-05-25 14:00
Ted Ts'o has sent in his pull request of EXT4 file-system updates targeting the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window...

Intel Might Actually Be Done With OpenGL 4.4 In Mesa

Wed, 2016-05-25 05:25
It was just last week that Intel crossed OpenGL 4.2 in Mesa and earlier today the needed Intel OpenGL 4.3 patches landed while tonight there are patches pending for the OpenGL 4.4 changes for Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver...

OpenSUSE 42.2 Alpha Released

Wed, 2016-05-25 05:17
The first alpha release for openSUSE 42.2 Leap is now available...

Wayland 1.11 & Weston 1.11 Up To Release Candidate State

Wed, 2016-05-25 05:12
Bryce Harrington announced the release today of the release candidates for Wayland 1.11 and the reference Weston 1.11 compositor...

NVIDIA vs. AMD OpenGL & Vulkan Benchmarks With Valve's Dota 2

Tue, 2016-05-24 21:58
Yesterday marked the public availability of Dota 2 with a Vulkan renderer after Valve had been showing it off for months. This is the second commercial Linux game (after The Talos Principle) to sport a Vulkan renderer and thus we were quite excited to see how this Dota 2 Vulkan DLC is performing for both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards. Here are our initial Dota 2 benchmarks with Vulkan as well as OpenGL for reference when using the latest Linux graphics drivers on Ubuntu.

New NVIDIA 361 Linux Driver Released

Tue, 2016-05-24 20:36
While the NVIDIA 367 Linux driver series is where the very latest proprietary driver features from the green team can be found, if you have been sticking to the NVIDIA 361 driver series since it's the current long-lived branch, a new release is now available...

Nginx 1.11 Web Server Released

Tue, 2016-05-24 20:16
Version 1.11 of the open-source, high-performance Nginx web-server is now available...

Feral Is Putting Out F1 2015 For Linux This Week, NVIDIA GTX 970 Or Better Recommended

Tue, 2016-05-24 19:16
Feral Interactive just announced via Twitter that F1 2015 will be released for Linux this week...

AMDGPU-PRO Beta 2 vs. Mesa 11.3 + Linux 4.6: Very Competitive For Linux Gamers

Tue, 2016-05-24 18:20
Following last week's AMDGPU-PRO 16.20.3 "Beta 2" driver release of AMD's new hybrid driver stack for Linux that makes use of the AMDGPU open-source kernel DRM driver with the closed-source OpenGL driver derived from Catalyst / Radeon Software, I set out to do a fresh open vs. closed-source driver comparison. For the Radeon R9 285, R9 290, and R9 Fury, I compared the performance of this new AMDGPU-PRO driver against Mesa 11.3-devel Git and Linux 4.6 for the latest open-source driver stack.

Intel's P-State Driver Does Seem To Be In Bad Shape On Linux 4.6~4.7

Tue, 2016-05-24 17:35
A few days ago when delivering benchmarks of the new CPUFreq "Schedutil" governor in Linux 4.7 the P-State comparison results on this Git kernel looked particularly terrible. I've since done some P-State tests on the same system using the Linux 4.5 and 4.6 kernels that further point towards a regression having taken place...

Systemd Reverts Its Stance On Letting Users Access Frame-Buffer Devices

Tue, 2016-05-24 16:22
Last week's release of systemd 230 ended up shipping with a change that made it more easy for processes running as a user to snoop on frame-buffer devices. That change has already been reverted for the next systemd update...

AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL vs. NVIDIA 364 Compute Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux

Tue, 2016-05-24 16:13
Coming up in a short while I have some fresh AMDGPU-PRO BETA 2 (the fresh -PRO "hybrid" driver release) for OpenGL graphics performance while here are some quick OpenCL compute metrics...

Google GSoC, Outreachy Kick Off Their Summer 2016 Coding Projects

Tue, 2016-05-24 15:04
Yesterday marked the official start of the projects for this year's Google Summer of Code and the summer round of the Outreachy (formerly the Outreach Program for Women) projects...

CRYENGINE Source Code Now Available Through GitHub

Tue, 2016-05-24 14:29
It looks like in the past few days Crytek has made their CryENGINE game engine available via GitHub,..

Handling I/O Bursts With QEMU 2.6

Tue, 2016-05-24 14:16
The recent release of QEMU 2.6 has support for allowing guests to do bursts of I/O for a configurable amount of time, whereby the I/O level exceeds the normally allowed limits...