Open-source News

POCL 1.7-RC1 Up For Testing, Now Exposes OpenCL 3.0

Phoronix - 6 min 58 sec ago
The first release candidate is up for version 1.7 of the Portable Computing Language, the portable OpenCL implementation that can run on CPUs and other accelerators. With POCL 1.7, OpenCL 3.0 is now being exposed and there is also improved support for SPIR-V binaries on CPUs...

Vulkan 1.2.176 Released With VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state2

Phoronix - 30 min 30 sec ago
It's been just one week since the release of Vulkan 1.2.175 that introduced the Vulkan Video extensions while out this morning is now the Vulkan 1.2.176 revision...

David Airlie Tries DOOM On CPU-Based Lavapipe Vulkan

Phoronix - 45 min 21 sec ago
Red Hat graphics driver developer David Airlie has tried running the DOOM (2016) game on the CPU-based Lavapipe Vulkan driver... It works, but isn't fast and currently requires some hacks...

21 reasons why I think everyone should try Linux - 3 hours 19 min ago

When I go on holiday, I often end up at one or more used bookstores. I always find a good book I've been meaning to read, and I always justify the inevitable purchase by saying, "I'm on vacation; I should treat myself to this book." It works well, and I've acquired some of my favorite books this way. Yet, like so many traditions in life, it doesn't hold up to scrutiny. In reality, I don't need an excuse to buy a good book. All things being equal, I can do it any time I want. But having a reason does seem to make the process more enjoyable, somehow.

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4 steps to customizing your Mac terminal theme with open source tools - 3 hours 20 min ago

Do you ever get bored with seeing the same old terminal window on your macOS computer? If so, add some bells and whistles to your view with the open source Oh My Zsh framework and Powerlevel10k theme.

This basic step-by-step walkthrough (including a video tutorial at the end) will get you started customizing your macOS terminal. If you're a Linux user, check out Seth Kenlon's guide to Adding themes and plugins to Zsh for in-depth guidance.

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13 ways to get involved with your favorite open source project - 3 hours 21 min ago

Many of my blog's readers already know lots about open source, but I'm also aware that many know little, if anything, about it. I'm a big, big proponent of open source software (and beyond, such as open hardware), and there are lots of great resources you can find to learn more about it.

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More Progress Is Made Understanding Apple's M1 GPU, Working Towards An Open Driver

Phoronix - 9 hours 53 min ago
Alyssa Rosenzweig, known for her work on the Panfrost open-source drivr for Arm Mali graphics, has published the latest findings around the Apple M1 graphics processor. In fact, enough understanding to get a shaded, spinning cube rendering on the Apple M1 using a simple demo so far while the open-source driver support is still the goal...

Linux 5.12 Diverted From Release To Allow An Extra Week Of Testing

Phoronix - 12 hours 13 min ago
While normally after seven weekly release candidates the next stable Linux kernel release is declared, Linux 5.12 is one of those special kernels needing at least an eighth RC before going gold...

Arch-Based Endeavour OS Spins Up April Release, Adds Sway Community Edition

Phoronix - Sun, 04/18/2021 - 21:25
While Arch Linux now has its own convenient installer for quick and easy Arch installs, for those in search of an out-of-the-box, desktop-friendly Arch based Linux distribution Endeavour OS remains one of the leading options in 2021. This weekend marks the availability of Endeavour's April 2021 install media refresh...

Jonathan Carter Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

Phoronix - Sun, 04/18/2021 - 20:09
Jonathan Carter who was initially elected as Debian Project Leader last year to succeed Sam Hartman has now been re-elected for another year serving in this role...

LuxCoreRender 2.5 OptiX Performance Tested With 19 NVIDIA GPUs

Phoronix - Sun, 04/18/2021 - 18:20
Released last week was the LuxCoreRender 2.5 open-source physically based renderer. Significant with this v2.5 update is OptiX/RTX acceleration support in addition to its existing CUDA, OpenCL, and CPU render paths. Given that, here are some fresh benchmarks of LuxCoreRender 2.5 across an assortment of NVIDIA graphics cards.

What job did you do before tech? - Sun, 04/18/2021 - 15:00

Who doesn't love a trip down memory lane? When recounting our career paths, they're often crooked and veer in unexpected directions. Many of us take pride in that. We trusted our intuition or a friend's advice and it led to experiences we'll never forget that shaped who we are today. And where we are today.

I asked our community of writers to share a little bit about what kind of jobs they had before they got into tech. Here are 13 of them you're sure to enjoy. 

(Click on their names to read their articles.)

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