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AMD Lands EXT_direct_state_access For OpenGL Compatibility Contexts In Mesa

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 21:10
In recent weeks AMD driver developers have been working on EXT_direct_state_access improvements within Mesa and following their latest code push today now support the D.S.A. extension for OpenGL compatibility profile contexts...

Centaur Tech Announces Eight-Core x86 SoC With AI Coprocessor

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 20:22
VIA-owned Centaur Technology has finally announced their newest project past the decade old VIA Nano... Centaur Tech is rolling out an eight-core x86 SoC that features an integrated AI coprocessor...

Intel Linux Graphics Driver Patches For Fast Soft-RC6 Yield Big Energy Use Improvement

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:53
Longtime open-source Intel Linux graphics driver developer Chris Wilson has sent out a set of 19 patches for what he calls fast soft-RC6 support and is a "substantial" improvement over the current driver code for Intel graphics power-savings...

7 Days To Die Is Another Game Seeing A Big Bump From Mesa OpenGL Threading

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 15:09
For those that are fans of the 7 Days to Die open-world shooter / horror game, the performance on Linux is now as much as 30% higher as a result of Mesa GL threading...

AT&T Finally Opens Up dNOS "DANOS" Network Operating System Code

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 13:27
One and a half years late, the "DANOS" (known formerly as "dNOS") network operating system is now open-source under the Linux Foundation...

NEMO-UX Vanishes As What Was A Wayland Shell Designed For Large, Multi-User Surfaces

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 13:03
Over the years there have been many interesting Wayland projects to take flight focused on new and interesting use-cases. One of these interesting (and experimental) Wayland compositors was NEMO-UX focused on providing a shell for computing environments that span large surfaces like virtual chalkboards or tabletops...

NVIDIA Releasing Reference Design For Stuffing Their GPUs Into Arm Servers

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 09:31
NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced from SC19 today in Denver that they are releasing a "reference design" of hardware and software to help in deployments of their graphics processors within Arm-based servers focused on HPC and AI...

Valve Announcing Half-Life: Alyx VR Game On Thursday

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 07:41
Valve has confirmed recent rumors around one of their new virtual reality games in development being Half-Life: Alyx...

Intel's oneAPI / DPC++ / SYCL Will Run Atop NVIDIA GPUs With Open-Source Layer

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 05:21
With yesterday's much anticipated Intel oneAPI beta being built around open-source standards like SYCL, the "cross-device" support can at least in theory extend beyond just Intel platforms. Codeplay is already showing that's possible with a to-be-open-source layer that will allow oneAPI and SYCL / Data Parallel C++ to run atop NVIDIA GPUs via CUDA...

Intel's Vulkan Driver To Lower CPU Overhead With Mesa 20.0

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 03:39
A patch series was merged today for the in-development Mesa 20.0 to further lower the CPU overhead of Intel's open-source Vulkan driver...

Intel To Drop Very Old Drivers/BIOS From Their Site, But The Linux Impact To Be Minimal

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 02:33
Making waves today is that Intel will be removing very old BIOS and driver downloads from their site on or after 22 November. Though these software downloads for the products in question are around ~20 years old so the real-world impact should be small plus with Linux drivers being in the mainline kernel, all you'd really be losing out on are BIOS updates that themselves haven't seen updates in years...

Fedora Developers Looking To Change The Default Text Editor From Vi To Nano

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 01:30
Fedora will be adding the Nano text editor to their default Fedora Workstation installs as complementary to Vi but their stakeholders intend to submit a system-wide proposal that would change the default installed editor from Vi to Nano...

Google To Require "Designed For Chromebook" Devices Support Fwupd Firmware Updates

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 00:07
Beginning at the start of the year it looks like Google will be requiring hardware vendors to support firmware updating on Linux via Fwupd with the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) if they wish to carry the "Designed For Chromebook" label...

CrossOver 19 Enters Beta With Better Microsoft Office Support On Linux

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 23:43
CodeWeavers' Jeremy White has announced that CrossOver 19 is now in beta for existing customers of this Wine-based software for running Windows programs on Linux and macOS...

AMD Announces Radeon Open Compute ROCm 3.0

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 22:30
AMD just sent out their press release for SuperComputing 19 week in Denver. It turns out being released for SC19 is the latest major iteration of Radeon Open Compute, ROCm 3.0...

23-Way Graphics Card Comparison With Shadow of the Tomb Raider On Linux

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 22:05
Earlier this month Feral Interactive released the Linux port of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. For those wondering about the AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce performance for this Vulkan-powered Linux game port, here are benchmark results on 23 different graphics cards.

Vulkan 1.1.128 Released With Performance Query Extension

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 20:31
Vulkan 1.1.128 is out with various corrections and clarifications to this graphics/compute API specification but it also comes with one exciting new extension...

GCC 10 Feature Development Is Over - Now The Focus Turns To Bug Fixing

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 20:18
GCC 10 has moved to its next stage of development that shifts away from feature work to instead general bug fixing with hopes of shipping the GNU Compiler Collection 10 release in the months ahead...

Schedutil Frequency Invariance Revised For Better Intel Performance + Power Efficiency

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 17:29
SUSE developer Giovanni Gherdovich has sent out the latest patches on supporting frequency invariance within the kernel's scheduler code and ultimately making use of it for select Intel CPUs to yield not only better raw performance but also power efficiency...

Initial Patches Wire In C++20 Coroutines For The GCC Compiler

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 14:47
The GNU Compiler Collection continues picking up new features aligned for the upcoming C++20 standard. The latest are patches pending on the mailing list for implementing coroutines in C++...