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Getting Started With Mesa Development This Weekend

Sun, 2016-04-17 15:15
It seems more and more independent developers are interested in getting involved in Mesa open-source graphics driver development, but aren't really sure where to start or what are some easy tasks to get started...

Here's An Ubuntu Kernel Build If You Want To Help Test Nouveau Boost Support

Sun, 2016-04-17 15:06
If you have a NVIDIA GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" graphics card and wish to help out the Nouveau driver developers by testing out the experimental "boost" re-clocking patches covered yesterday on Phoronix thanks to the work by Karol Herbst, here's a 4.5-based Ubuntu kernel build to try out this weekend...

Ubuntu 16.04 Intel Graphics: Unity, Xfce, KDE, LXDE, GNOME, MATE, Openbox

Sun, 2016-04-17 14:16
Some Phoronix readers have been requesting fresh tests of OpenGL graphics/gaming performance on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with its different desktop environment options. For some brief results to share this Sunday, here are some Intel Skylake numbers when running Ubuntu 16.04 and testing out Unity, Xfce, KDE Plasma, LXDE, GNOME, MATE, and Openbox.

Nouveau "Boost" Patches Show Much Performance Potential

Sat, 2016-04-16 18:06
Karol Herbst has been one of the independent developers leading the charge to improve Nouveau re-clocking support. Within his Git tree he's been queuing up re-clocking and voltage handling improvements for this reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux driver. He's hoping the improved re-clocking code will be ready for the Linux 4.7~4.8 kernel, but I decided to try out his Git tree this week for some benchmarking of this experimental support.

Slackware 14.2 RC2 Now Available

Sat, 2016-04-16 15:41
The second release candidate of the upcoming Slackware 14.2 is now available...

Is The Linux Kernel Scheduler Worse Than People Realize?

Sat, 2016-04-16 15:11
A number of Phoronix readers have been pointing out material to indicate that the Linux kernel scheduler isn't as good as most people would assume...

OpenMW 0.39 Released As Newest Open-Source Morrowind Code

Sat, 2016-04-16 14:56
OpenMW 0.39 is now available as the latest version of this open-source Elderscrolls III: Morrowind reimplementation...

Intel's Vulkan Driver Merged Into Mainline Mesa

Sat, 2016-04-16 01:03
Just as planned, the Vulkan code has been merged into mainline Mesa...

Libgcrypt 1.7 Adds New Algorithms, Performance Improvements

Sat, 2016-04-16 00:54
Werner Koch announced the release today of libgcrypt 1.7, a major update to this general cryptographic library...

Vulkan 1.0.10 Released

Fri, 2016-04-15 20:29
Another end of the week, another Vulkan specification update...

Wine 1.9.8 Lands More D3D Command Stream Prep Work

Fri, 2016-04-15 17:39
Wine 1.9.8 is now available as the latest development snapshot of this program for running Windows programs/games on Linux, OS X, and other operating systems...

GCC 7.0 Now In Development, GCC 6.1 Likely Coming Next Week

Fri, 2016-04-15 17:21
The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) made it today to having no P1 regressions (the highest priority) and thus they've now branched the code for the GCC 6 series, GCC 7.0 is now on the master branch, and GCC 6.1 should be released next week...

Intel's Clear Linux Shows Much Potential For Optimized Graphics Performance

Fri, 2016-04-15 17:00
When it comes to CPU workloads, stunning in our Linux distribution comparisons has been Intel's Clear Linux distribution. This Intel Open-Source Technology Center project has led many of our distribution / OS comparisons with Intel engineers investing heavily in performance optimizations via AutoFDO, LTO-optimized binaries, aggressive compiler flags by default, and more. But how does the OpenGL performance compare for Clear Linux? Here are some graphics benchmarks and in select cases the results are quite a surprise.

Email Notifications About New Benchmarking Results, Linux Performance Regressions

Fri, 2016-04-15 14:59
Over on LinuxBenchmarking.com you can now sign up for email notifications when there are new results uploaded and/or when the new results detect performance changes -- whether they be improvements or regressions...

Qt 5.7 Beta Is In Sight

Fri, 2016-04-15 14:44
Qt 5.7 continues moving along and due to the concurrent release work with the much-delayed Qt 5.6 that finally shipped in March, the Qt 5.7 beta is already imminent...

Intel Continues Prepping Their Vulkan Driver For Mainline Mesa

Fri, 2016-04-15 14:31
For those that missed the notice, Intel's Vulkan driver will soon be merging into mainline Mesa...

GNOME 3.22 Release Schedule Ratified

Fri, 2016-04-15 13:57
The GNOME 3.22 release schedule has been finalized...

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