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Godot Making Progress On Vulkan Support, Threaded Shader Compilation

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 08:00
Shared one month ago was the initial work done on implementing a Vulkan renderer for Godot, the increasingly-used open-source cross-platform game engine. That Godot Vulkan support continues maturing along with other features that will form the basis of Godot 4.0...

Wine On 64-bit NetBSD Is Now In Much Better Shape Thanks To GSoC

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 07:46
One of the many interesting Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects this year has been to improve the Wine support on NetBSD. Thanks to student developer Naveen Narayanan, that is becoming a reality...

AMD Radeon GCN Offloading Support For OpenMP/OpenACC On The Way For GCC 10

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 02:47
Merged for the GCC 9 compiler release that launched earlier this year was the preliminary AMD Radeon "GCN" GPU compiler back-end. In that initial release it wasn't particularly useful as the GPU offloading bits for the popular programming APIs/models wasn't supported so for now could just run some basic single-threaded programs. But now those interesting GPU offloading bits are pending for GCC 10...

Radeon Vulkan Driver Now Supports Wave32 Support For More Shaders

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 21:08
Earlier this week the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" added support for Wave32 with compute shaders on the new Navi graphics processors. That RADV Wave32 support has now been extended for more shader types...

Qt Creator 4.10 RC Available With Support For Pinning Files, UI Improvements

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 20:58
The Qt Company on Friday issued the release candidate for the upcoming Qt Creator 4.10 integrated development environment...

Wine Staging 4.13 Brings Fixes For Epic Games Launcher, Cmd.exe File Association

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 19:54
Hot on the heels of the upstream Wine 4.13 release following a long summer retreat, Wine-Staging 4.13 is now available with the latest testing/experimental patches re-based atop the newest Wine code...

Intel OpenCL Runtime 19.30.13641 Adds Elkhart Lake Support, Other Changes

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 19:30
Intel's NEO OpenCL run-time stack has been living by the "release early, release often" mantra with continuing to see frequent new updates for this OpenCL stack...

The Smaller DRM Drivers Begin Seeing Their Improvements Queued For Linux 5.4

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 19:20
In addition to the Intel DRM driver landing lots of feature code into DRM-Next for the Linux 5.4 kernel cycle coming up in September, the DRM-Misc-Next crew for collecting core infrastructure changes and work to the smaller Direct Rendering Manager drivers has also been seeing new 5.4 work...

Wine 4.13 Released Following Nearly Month Long Summer Holiday

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 04:36
Wine 4.12 was released back on 5 July while finally today has been succeeded by Wine 4.13, which is normally seeing updates on a two-week release cycle...

Broadcom's VC4/V3D Driver Developer Parts Ways To Join Google

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 01:28
Eric Anholt who has near single-handedly been developing the V3D driver stack (formerly known as "VC5") for use by the Raspberry Pi 4 and other newer Broadcom boards as well as maintaining the mature VC4 driver stack he developed for previous Raspberry Pi boards has left Broadcom. But Broadcom's loss is to Google's open-source gain...

GNOME Launches An Inclusion & Diversity Team

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 00:46
In addition to GNOME's involvement and stewarding of the Outreachy program (back to the days when it was known as GNOME's "Outreach Program for Women"), they have just launched an Inclusion and Diversity Team to help the desktop environment community become more inclusive...

AMD Zen 2 Performance Looking Even Better With GCC 10

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 22:26
While this year's GCC 9 compiler release brought initial support for AMD Zen 2 processors with the Znver2 target, the support was sadly incomplete. While the GCC 9 support added some of the new instructions, it wasn't complete (such as RDPRU support remains missing) and the cost tables and scheduler model were not updated from Znver1 to account for the microarchitectural changes. Thankfully, SUSE's compiler experts recently fixed up this support for the GCC 10 compiler and more recently were able to get it back-ported for the upcoming GCC 9.2 for the Linux distributions that will upgrade to that point release. Here are some benchmarks looking at the performance impact of that updated AMD Zen 2 compiler code.

Intel Sends Out First Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 5.4 With Tiger Lake Support

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 21:15
Intel's open-source driver team has sent in their initial batch of kernel graphics driver changes to DRM-Next for material that will be targeting the Linux 5.4 cycle later this year...

Firefox 68 vs. Chrome 76 Linux Web Browser Performance Benchmarks

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 19:38
With this week's release of the Chrome 76 web browser, here are some fresh benchmarks of that latest Google web browser release compared to Firefox 68 on Ubuntu Linux...

The MATE Desktop Is Becoming Quite Usable On Wayland Via Mir

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:33
The MATE desktop environment is becoming usable on Wayland thanks to its support being provided by the Mir display stack...

Linux Mint 19.2 Officially Released

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:24
Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" is now officially available in its Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce flavors while continuing to be powered off the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS base...

LLVM Plans To Complete Transition To Git From SVN By October

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:02
While GCC and Clang are now competing neck-and-neck on Linux x86_64 when it comes to the performance of generated binaries, when it comes to each of their initiatives to transition to Git it looks like LLVM will take the cake...

AMD Publishes Documentation On RDNA 1.0 ISA

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:46
AMD has published their instruction set architecture documentation for their new RDNA 1.0 architecture found on their new Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs and other forthcoming products...

System76 To Introduce New "Adder WS" Laptop With 4K OLED Display

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:05
System76 will be announcing the Adder WS laptop next week as their new high-end Linux laptop offering that features a 4K OLED display...

Steam Linux Usage Slipped In July According To Valve's Current Data

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 08:44
While Steam Play continues getting better for allowing more Windows games to run on Linux to enhance the overall Linux gaming ecosystem, Valve's latest monthly data for Steam shows another month-to-month decline in usage at least on percentage terms...