Open-source News

Intel NIR I/O Vectorization Ported From The AMD ACO Back-End - ~10% Performance Boost

Phoronix - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 19:47
Lead Intel "ANV" open-source Vulkan driver developer Jason Ekstrand has ported an optimization from the Valve-backed AMD "ACO" compiler over to the NIR code-base for delivering some sizable performance improvements...

KDE Developers Wrap Up March By Working On Back-End Improvements

Phoronix - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 19:36
This week in KDE land there weren't too many new features introduced but a lot of low-level work to foster future features...

AMD Sensor Fusion Hub Laptop Driver Unlikely To Land For Linux 5.7

Phoronix - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 16:17
While we were hoping to see the AMD Sensor Fusion Hub driver introduced in Linux 5.7 for improving the AMD Ryzen Linux laptop experience, that now looks quite unlikely...

The state of open source contribution through the lens of Hacktoberfest - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 15:00

In 2019, DigitalOcean and the open source community celebrated the sixth annual Hacktoberfest, an inclusive community event that inspires open source participation and maintenance. It was an exciting year with record-breaking numbers of pull requests, participants, and events around the world.

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HDR Display Support Coming To Some Intel Gen9 Graphics On Linux

Phoronix - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 13:42
For the very common Intel "Gen9" graphics found on pretty much all current pre-Icelake hardware that is available through retail channels, high dynamic range (HDR) display support could soon be enabled under Linux for a subset of devices...

Wine-Staging 5.5 Released With 850+ Patches Atop Wine

Phoronix - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 12:05
Following Friday's release of Wine 5.5, Wine-Staging 5.5 is now available as the experimental blend of Wine with some 850+ patches atop the upstream code-base with various features in testing...

The Best Features Of The Linux 5.6 Kernel From WireGuard To Y2038 Compatibility To USB4

Phoronix - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 04:14
The Linux 5.6 stable kernel could be released as soon as tomorrow if Linus Torvalds is comfortable with its current state to avoid having an eighth weekly release candidate. Whether Linux 5.6 ends up being released tomorrow or next weekend, this kernel is bringing many exciting changes...

Mesa's Continuous Integration To Begin Seeing Testing Coverage For Wine / DXVK

Phoronix - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 21:48
In hopefully meaning less regressions moving forward for DXVK with the latest open-source Vulkan drivers, the Mesa continuous integration (CI) infrastructure saw support added for playing DirectX (DXGI) traces with DXVK/Wine...

Kdenlive 20.04 Beta Released With Continuing To Improve The Open-Source Video Editor

Phoronix - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 20:42
Open-source video editors over the years have generally fallen well short of the stability and feature set offered by proprietary video editing solutions but in recent years at least there has been some measurable progress to the likes of Kdenlive and OpenShot. Out this weekend for testing is the Kdenlive 20.04 beta...

RadeonSI Experimenting With Compute-Based Culling For Navi/GFX10

Phoronix - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 19:19
The RadeonSI Gallium3D driver has been experimenting with compute-based culling for GFX10/Navi hardware...

It's Official But Sad: TrueOS Is Over As Once The Best Desktop BSD OS

Phoronix - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 16:38
It's been on life support for a while but to much sadness, TrueOS indeed is no longer being maintained as the once very promising downstream of FreeBSD that for a while offered arguably the best out-of-the-box BSD desktop experience...