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

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

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

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...

HDR Display Support Coming To Some Intel Gen9 Graphics On Linux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

POCL 1.5-RC1 Released As The Portable OpenCL Implementation For CPUs + Other Targets

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 14:49
POCL 1.5 is on the way for release in April as the first feature update to this Portable OpenCL implementation since the previous release last September...

Debian To Take On COVID-19 With A Biohackathon

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 12:00
Debian developers are wanting to do their part to take on the global coronavirus pandemic by hosting a COVID-19 Biohackathon...

Wine 5.5 Released With Expanded UCRTBase C Runtime Usage, Usual Assortment Of Fixes

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 05:23
Wine 5.5 is out as the latest bi-weekly Wine development snapshot for running your favorite Windows games and applications on Linux and other platforms...

RHEL9 Likely To Drop Older x86_64 CPUs, Fedora Can Better Prepare With "Enterprise Linux Next"

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 03:40
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 will likely see support for older x86_64 CPUs eliminated to focus on more modern x86_64 Intel/AMD families. With that, Red Hat developers working on Fedora have been working on an "Enterprise Linux Next" proposal to not only vet such x86_64 build changes but also to provide a feedback workflow for other changes...

A Curious Look At Eight Core Server CPU Performance From Intel Xeon Haswell To AMD EPYC Rome

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 01:00
When it comes to the AMD EPYC 7002 "Rome" processors we have looked at the various higher-end SKUs since their launch last August up to and including the EPYC 7742 with its 64 cores / 128 threads per socket. But for those wondering about the EPYC 7002 series performance at the bottom end of the spectrum, here are some fun benchmarks of the EPYC 7232P and EPYC 7262 on the near-final Ubuntu 20.04 LTS state compared to various vintages of Intel Xeon CPUs -- most notably, a curiosity driven look at the 8 core / 16 thread Intel Haswell Xeon performance.

Some Of The Features To Look Forward To With Linux 5.7

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 22:52
With the Linux 5.7 cycle kicking off in April with its merge window opening upon the release of Linux 5.6, here is a look at some of the changes and new features that have been on our radar for this next version of the Linux kernel...

Intel Ramping Up Their Investment In Blender Open-Source 3D Modeling Software

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 22:39
Intel Software has increased their developer funding provided to Blender, the leading open-source, cross-platform 3D modeling software...

Ardour 6.0 Digital Audio Workstation Sees First Pre-Release

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:10
Following two and a half years of development, the first pre-release of the forthcoming Ardour 6.0 digital audio workstation is now available for testing...

AMDVLK 2020.Q1.4 Vulkan Driver Brings Direct Display Improvements

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:39
AMDVLK 2020.Q1.4 is out today as the fourth and last open-source AMD Radeon Vulkan driver code drop of the quarter...

KDE Working On "Plasma Bigscreen" As TV Interface With AI Voice Assistant

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:23
Plasma Bigscreen is a new KDE project aiming to provide a user interface for television screens..