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Linux Turns 25 Years Old

Thu, 2016-08-25 04:42
25 years ago to the day Linus Torvalds announced the creation of his kernel that would become Linux...

OpenGL ES 3.1 Comes For Intel Haswell On Mesa

Thu, 2016-08-25 02:58
For those running Intel Haswell processors, hope is not lost in seeing new versions of OpenGL extensions with the Intel Mesa driver. New patches will bring Haswell up to OpenGL ES 3.1...

AMDGPU In Linux 4.9 To Bring Virtual Display Support, Improved GPU Reset

Thu, 2016-08-25 01:37
The first pull request has been submitted of new Radeon and AMDGPU DRM driver updates to be queued in DRM-Next for landing with the Linux 4.9 kernel...

NetworkManager 1.4 Released

Wed, 2016-08-24 21:39
Just months after the NetworkManager 1.2, the next major installment is now available...

There's Still No Sign Of AMD's Low-Cost ARM Development Boards

Wed, 2016-08-24 19:45
For more than the past year I've been very much looking forward to AMD's Opteron ARM-based development boards. Sadly, these boards -- namely the HuskyBoard and LeMaker Cello -- are silently absent...

EXT4, Btrfs, XFS & NILFS2 HDD File-System Tests On Linux 4.8

Wed, 2016-08-24 18:03
Up until running the tests for today's article, I can't remember the last time I touched a hard drive... It's been many months ago at least. Nearly all of our tests at Phoronix are from solid state storage, but I decided to pick up a new HDD for running some Linux file-system tests on a conventional hard drive for those not having an SSD.

KScreen-Doctor Will Help KDE Developers Improve Multi-Screen Plasma

Wed, 2016-08-24 16:28
While the support has been steadily improving, one of the more criticized areas of KDE Plasma 5 has been around the multi-monitor support with various bugs being present. Fortunately, improvements are on the way with KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS...

GNOME/GTK Support For Drawing Tablets On Wayland Is Feature Complete

Wed, 2016-08-24 16:02
In time for next month's GNOME 3.22 release, the drawing tablet support for GNOME on Wayland is getting into shape...

Intel Sends In A Second Batch Of Graphics Driver Updates For Linux 4.9

Wed, 2016-08-24 15:22
Earlier this month Intel submitted their first batch of i915 DRM driver updates to DRM-Next that in turn is now targeting the Linux 4.9 kernel. A second batch of new feature material was submitted today...

Nouveau Gets A LED Driver To Control Light-Up GeForce Logos

Wed, 2016-08-24 15:16
For those with a TITAN X or other high-end GPUs that have a configurable light-up "GeForce" LED sign along the edge of the graphics card, a new Nouveau driver allows manipulating those LEDs...

Aubinator Added To Mesa To Help Intel Driver Developers

Wed, 2016-08-24 14:59
The Aubinator tool has been added to the Mesa tree for helping Intel graphics driver developers debug problems...

Polychromatic Provides A Nice UI To Razer Keyboards/Mice On Linux

Wed, 2016-08-24 03:32
Razer keyboards, mice, and other peripherals are very popular with gamers. However, the company has never provided an official control UI / driver for managing their devices under Linux while various open-source projects have filled the void...

NVIDIA 367.44 Stable Linux Driver Released

Wed, 2016-08-24 02:56
While the NVIDIA 370 Linux driver series is currently in beta, the 367 driver series has been updated as the latest long-lived branch release...

KDE Plasma 5.7.4 Released

Wed, 2016-08-24 02:46
Today marks the latest monthly bug-fix release of KDE Plasma 5.7...

Mir 0.24 Released, Vulkan Still Not Supported

Tue, 2016-08-23 23:41
Ubuntu developers this week released version 0.24 of the Mir display server...

Android Sync (SW_SYNC) To Leave Staging In Linux 4.9

Tue, 2016-08-23 20:20
Linux 4.9 will see SW_SYNC support leaving the staging area...

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Might Be Seeing A Linux Release

Tue, 2016-08-23 19:43
Today marked the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Windows gamers and there's signs it might see a native Linux port...

Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Tests On Linux 4.8, Mesa 12.1-dev

Tue, 2016-08-23 15:39
I haven't run any Nouveau driver benchmarks recently for looking at the open-source NVIDIA Linux performance since there hasn't been too much progress, particularly when it comes to re-clocking of the desktop GPUs for delivering better performance. However, with all the testing I've been doing on the Radeon side with Linux 4.8 and Mesa 12.1-dev Git, I decided to do a comparison with a few NVIDIA GeForce GPUs under this latest open-source driver stack.

What's Been Going On With CPUFreq & The Scheduler

Tue, 2016-08-23 15:05
As we've been covering the past few kernel cycles, a lot of low-level improvements have been happening to CPUFreq with going through a redesign and more plus the introduction of a new CPUFreq governor. If you're behind on this subject matter, here's some slides from this week's LinuxCon event that covers the changes...

Raspberry Pi VC4 Gallium3D Makes More Progress With NIR, Camera DMA-BUF

Tue, 2016-08-23 14:54
Broadcom's Eric Anholt has written another weekly blog post covering improvements he made over the past week to the VC4 open-source graphics driver that's known as being the driver for Raspberry Pi devices...