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GNOME Shell & Mutter 46 RC Brings Modifier-Aware Screencasting, VRR & X.Org Sync Fix

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 23:25
In preparation for the GNOME 46 release candidate, the "46.rc" versions of GNOME Shell and Mutter were published this morning. The release candidate work is mostly about fixing outstanding issues but there are also some lingering fixes that made it into these releases...

OpenMediaVault 7.0 Released For Debian 12 Powered NAS Platform

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 22:42
OpenMediaVault 7.0 was released today as a major update to this open-source Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution built around Debian Linux. This plug-based NAS platform with web UI allows supporting a variety of services/protocols is now even more capable with the OpenMediaVault 7.0 availability...

Redox OS Scores A Massive Performance Boost For I/O

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 22:06
The Rust-written Redox OS is out with a new monthly status report to outline the enhancements made to this open-source operating system during the month of February...

Wine Code Merged To Overcome A Vulkan Performance Penalty

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 19:58
Merged this week ahead of the Wine 9.4 development release due out next Friday is support for using the new Vulkan VK_EXT_map_memory_placed extension to overcome a performance penalty with Windows on Windows 64-bit (WOW64) for games/apps...

GDB 14.2 Brings A Few Fixes For The GNU Debugger

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 19:32
GDB 14.2 has been released to provide a few fixes for the GNU Debugger over its state found in last year's GDB 14.1...

FFmpeg Merges DVD-Video Demuxer

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 19:24
Better late than never, merged yesterday into the FFmpeg Git codebase is a DVD-Video demuxer...

KDE Plasma 6.0 Is Proving To Be Unlike The Rocky KDE 4 Launch

Sun, 03/03/2024 - 19:14
Nate Graham is out with his belated weekend update to highlight all of the interesting KDE development activity for the week. This week, of course, saw the release of KDE MegaRelease 6 with Plasma 6.0, KDE Gear 24.02, and KDE Frameworks 6.0 in tow. Post-launch Graham characterizes Plasma 6.0 as being in good shape and the extra QA paying off. He commented, "Hopefully this should help banish those now 16-year-old painful memories of KDE 4. It’s a new KDE now. Harder, better, faster, stronger!"..

Mutter Merges Experimental Variable Refresh Rate For GNOME 46

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 21:53
It's happened! After three years in the making, the GNOME desktop Variable Refresh Rate "VRR" support has been merged after obtaining a feature freeze exception for GNOME 46 due out later in March...

UWP'ed Mesa Running On Microsoft Xbox, Allowing For New Game Ports With OpenGL

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 19:40
Recently there has been out-of-tree successes on adapting Mesa to work on Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP). UWP is also used by the Microsoft Xbox Series X/S game consoles and in turn paired with the Microsoft D3D12 driver work within Mesa for allowing OpenGL and other APIs atop D3D12, is allowing new games/software to be ported to the Xbox...

Vulkan 1.3.279 Brings New NVIDIA Extension Co-Engineered By Valve

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 19:24
Vulkan 1.3.279 debuted on Friday with many fixes/clarifications to the specifications plus one new extension...

AMD FreeSync Video Facing Retirement In Linux 6.9

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 18:00
Back in 2020 AMD rolled out a video mode optimization for FreeSync on Linux, continued being revised in 2021, FreeSync Video mode then attempted by default in 2022 but then was reverted and then only last year FreeSync Video enabled by default. But now come Linux 6.9, the feature appears to be effectively retired...

WavPack Lossless Audio Compression Format Adds Multi-Threaded Encode/Decode

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 16:00
The WavPack open-source lossless wavefile compressor is up to version 5.7 after more than one year in development. Making this new release quite notable is adding multi-threaded encode and decode support to the WavPack library and its CLI tools...

Mesa 24.1 To Raise Limit Supporting More Than Eight Vulkan GPUs Per System

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 13:00
Should you be running nine or more GPUs per system, the Mesa 24.1 release next quarter will raise the limit of 8 DRM devices for the Vulkan API per system to now allow a theoretical 256 GPUs per system...

Steam's February Survey: AMD CPUs & GPUs Continue To Dominate For Linux Gamers

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 08:37
With Steam on Linux use for January clocking in at 1.95%, I was very eager to see if the February results would once again surpass the 2.0% threshold... Unfortunately, it moved in the opposite direction...

Intel Makes Open-Source Its Python NPU Acceleration Library

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 00:45
Intel has made open-source its NPU Acceleration Library (intel-npu-acceleration-library) as a user-space library for Windows and Linux systems for interfacing with the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) found initially on their new Meteor Lake laptops...

Panthor DRM Driver Set For Linux 6.9, Arm Mali Gen10 Merged To Panfrost Gallium3D

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 00:20
It looks like the new Panthor DRM driver will be submitted for the upcoming Linux 6.9 kernel now that it made it into drm-misc-next today. In turn the Mesa 24.1-devel code has landed support for this newer Arm Mali graphics into the Panfrost Gallium3D driver...

Coreboot 24.02 Released - Supporting Three New Motherboards

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 23:35
Succeeding last year's Coreboot 4.22 release is now a new release... Coreboot 24.02. This open-source system firmware project is now the latest to shift to a year-month versioning system. The newly-christened Coreboot 24.02 brings support for three new motherboards, a number of ACPI updates, and also pulls in the new GRUB 2.12 and other changes...

Experimental VRR Support Might Still Land For GNOME 46

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 23:24
The long in-development work for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support plumbed into GNOME's Mutter compositor might still make it for the GNOME 46 desktop release due out this month. It's still being treated as an experimental feature at this point but a feature freeze exception is being sought to allow its inclusion this release rather than waiting for GNOME 47 in the autumn...

Intel's oneDNN Neural Network Library Prepares For Lunar Lake Xe2, Sierra Forest & GNR

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 22:49
Intel has published oneDNN 3.4 as the newest version of this Deep Neural Network Library that is part of their oneAPI software collection. The oneDNN library provides deep learning primitives for software like PyTorch, MXNet, ONNX Runtime, OpenVINO, MATLAB Deep Learning Toolbox, and other sotware...

The X.Org Foundation Needs More Candidates To Hold An Election

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 22:00
The X.Org Foundation's elections for the Board of Directors have been delayed as there weren't enough participants nominated for the available seats to hold an election...

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