Open-source News

NVIDIA 440.66.15 Vulkan Linux Driver Offers Up More Fixes

Phoronix - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 03:27
NVIDIA has been quite aggressive recently with their new Vulkan beta drivers for Windows and Linux with today marking another such release...

Linux 5.8 Feature Queue Has Multiple Performance Optimizations, Intel Rocket Lake, Other Hardware

Phoronix - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 23:00
If all goes well Linux 5.7 should reach stable this weekend and that in turn will mark the start of the Linux 5.8 merge window. With our monitoring of the various "-next" branches for weeks already, here is a look at some of what is on the table for this next version of the Linux kernel...

Arm Announces Cortex-A78, Cortex-X Custom

Phoronix - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 21:16
Arm today announced the Cortex-A78 as their SoC for next-generation smartphones with up to 20% sustained performance improvements. Arm also announced today the Cortex-X Custom program...

A Quick Look At GCC 10.1 PGO Optimization Benchmarks

Phoronix - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 19:00
Following the GCC 10.1 compiler optimization benchmarks posted this weekend, a number of readers were wondering about the impact of Profile Guided Optimizations (PGO) on the new GCC 10 compiler. Here are some preliminary data points on that front...

Qt 5.15 Released With Graphics Improvements, Preparations Ahead Of Qt 6

Phoronix - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 18:20
It's coming a few days late but The Qt Company's Lars Knoll just announced the official release of Qt 5.15.0...

Precision data plotting in Python with Matplotlib - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 15:02

Python offers a rich set of options for visualizing data. I'll show you the basics of plotting in Matplotlib by creating a bar chart with grouped bars. It shows election results for the UK between 1966 and 2020:

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Create interactive content in WordPress with the H5P plugin - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 15:01

WordPress is best known as a website content management system, but it also a great learning management system (LMS) for delivering online courses. If that is what you are looking for out of WordPress, then H5P should be the top plugin on your list.

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How to write about open source software - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 15:00

One way to get started with an open source community is to write about it. You can contribute to technical documentation, share how you use the software, or write an article for But getting started writing is easier said than done. The two most common excuses I hear for not writing are: "I have nothing new to say" and "I'm not a good writer." I'm here to dispel both of those myths.

What should you write about?

"Hunt for the stories that often get left out."
—Erik Larson

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