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Vulkan 1.1.116 Published With Subgroup Size Control Extension

4 hours 2 min ago
Vulkan 1.1.116 was released today as the latest weekly update to this high performance graphics API and comes with one new extension in tow...

The New Features & Improvements Of The Linux 5.3 Kernel

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 22:49
The Linux 5.3 kernel merge window is expected to close today so here is our usual recap of all the changes that made it into the mainline tree over the past two weeks. There is a lot of changes to be excited about from Radeon RX 5700 Navi support to various CPU improvements and ongoing performance work to supporting newer Apple MacBook laptops and Intel Speed Select Technology enablement.

Feral's GameMode 1.4 Adds Flatpak Support, Better I/O Optimization Handling

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 18:29
Feral developers released a new version of their GameMode Linux game performance optimization daemon/client this weekend in order to allow this update to land in the upcoming Fedora Workstation 31. GameMode 1.4 offers up many features including new interfaces for allowing better GNOME integration and thus the Fedora interest in seeing this version in their autumn Linux distribution update...

KDE Plasma 5.17 Making It Simple To Display A Network's QR Code For Easy Sharing

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 18:24
With the KDE Plasma 5.17 release, the desktop will make it easy to see a network's QR code for in turn making it super quick and simple for sharing network information with other users and devices...

Linux 5.3 Will Surprisingly Support The Newest Keyboard/Trackpads Of Apple MacBooks

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:46
As a last minute surprise for the Linux 5.3 kernel merge window is support for the keyboard and trackpads on newer Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pro laptops...

IO_uring Gets A Huge Performance Fix - Up To 755x Improvement

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 13:13
IO_uring is designed to deliver fast and efficient I/O operations thanks to a re-designed interface introduced in Linux 5.1 with various efficiency improvements compared to the kernel's existing asynchronous I/O code. But it turns out there was a big bottleneck within the current IO_uring code up until now...

Lima Gallium3D Gets A Reworked Scheduler

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 12:05
Landing this week in Mesa 19.2 for the Lima Gallium3D driver for Arm Mali 400/450 series hardware is a reworked GPIR regiaster scheduler...

DXVK 1.3.1 Brings Logging Improvements, GPU Load Monitoring In The HUD

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 07:04
Just one week after releasing DXVK 1.3, lead developer Philip Rebohle has released DXVK 1.3.1 with a few more features plus a number of bug fixes -- including performance work...

GNOME Shell + Mutter 3.33.4 Released

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 04:47
Florian Müllner released new development versions of GNOME Shell and Mutter today for this week's GNOME 3.33.4 development milestone...

Systemd Introduces A New & Practical Service For Dealing With PStore

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 23:29
Adding to the list of new features for systemd 243 is another last-minute addition to this growing init system... Systemd picked up a new service and while some may view it as bloat, should be quite practical at least for those encountering kernel crashes from time to time...

RadeonSI Gallium3D Driver Adds Navi Wave32 Support

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 19:19
One of the new features to the RDNA architecture with Navi is support for single cycle issue Wave32 execution on SIMD32. Up to now the RadeonSI code was using just Wave64 but now there is support in this AMD open-source Linux OpenGL driver for Wave32...

The Arm SoC/Platform Changes Finally Sent In For Linux 5.3: Jetson Nano, New SoCs

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 18:18
The Arm SoC/platform changes arrived a bit late to the Linux 5.3 merge window ending this weekend. The Arm SoC/platform changes were only sent in on Friday night but include Librem 5 Developer Kit support in terms of the DeviceTree bits as well as improving the NVIDIA Jetson Nano support and various other SoC/platform additions...

NFS Changes On Linux 5.3 Will Allow Clients To Use New "nconnect" Mount Option

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 16:49
Sent out on Thursday were the NFS client updates for the Linux 5.3 kernel merge window. This time around are a few interesting changes...

Weston 7.0 Reaches Alpha With PipeWire, HDCP, EGL Partial Updates & Mores

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 14:25
Wayland release manager Simon Ser announced the alpha release of the Weston 7.0 reference compositor on Friday that also marks the feature freeze for this Wayland compositor update...

Intel / Clear Linux Is Looking For Your Feedback On Your Linux Development Workflow

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 12:06
Intel's Clear Linux crew has launched a twelve-question survey seeking feedback on your Linux usage though the survey slightly caters towards developers. While the survey is being put out by Intel's performance-oriented Linux distribution, users of any Linux platform are encouraged to participate...

Pango 1.44 Is Coming Thanks To The Revival By GNOME Developers

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 04:00
Back in May there were the plans shared by Red Hat's Matthias Clasen to work out some improvements to the Pango layout engine library after going fairly stale in recent years. That work is coming to fruition with a Pango 1.44 release looking like it will be here soon with new features...

Zstd 1.4.1 Further Improves Decode Speed, Other Optimizations

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 03:20
Zstd 1.4.1 is out today as a maintenance release to Facebook's Zstandard compression algorithm but with this update comes even more performance optimizations...

The Open-Source NVIDIA "Nouveau" Driver Gets A Batch Of Fixes For Linux 5.3

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 20:38
With last week's big DRM pull request for Linux 5.3 that brought Navi support most notably on the AMD side while Intel received HDR display support, continued Icelake/Gen11 work, and more, there weren't any changes to the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver. It was another unfortunate cycle of no major improvements for the Nouveau driver but at least sent out today were a set of new "fixes" for this driver that remains crippled on Maxwell GPUs and newer...

Wayland's Weston Lands A Pipewire Plug-In As New Remote Desktop Streaming Option

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:25
Wayland's Weston compositor for the past year has provided a remoting plug-in for virtual output streaming that was built atop RTP/GStreamer. Now though a new plug-in has landed in the Weston code-base making use of Red Hat's promising PipeWire project...

Libinput 1.14 RC Arrives With Better Thumb Detection & Dell Canvas Totem Support

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:07
Linux input expert Peter Hutterer of Red Hat shipped the much anticipated release candidate today for libinput 1.14, the open-source input handling library used by both X.Org and Wayland systems...