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Intel's Linux Media Driver Preparing For 20.1 Release, Game Streaming Optimizations

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 21:11
Intel's open-source team working on their media driver for VA-API Linux video acceleration on HD/UHD/Iris Graphics is preparing for its first release of 2020...

RADV SQTT Profiling Support Expanded To Support GFX10/Navi

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 20:19
Last week we saw the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver add SQ Thread Trace support for this hardware block found on AMD GPUs. The SQTT block is used for performance profiling and now the RADV support has been extended to handle GFX10/Navi...

OpenBLAS 0.3.9 Released With More AVX-512 Tuning, Arm Neoverse N1 Support

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 20:00
OpenBLAS 0.3.8 was released shy of a month ago for this popular Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms implementation while now has been succeeded by OpenBLAS 0.3.9...

SDL 2.0.12 Is On The Way For This Important Linux Gaming Library

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 19:50
SDL 2.0.12 is on the way as the next version of this library commonly used by Linux games to provide a hardware abstraction layer across platforms...

Linux 5.6-rc4 Kernel Released

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 07:24
The fourth weekly release candidate of Linux 5.6 is now available for testing...

KDE Dolphin Restoring Support For Seeing Samba Shares From Windows

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 23:27
KDE developers wrapped up February 2020 with many fixes and improvements throughout their desktop landscape...

Linux 5.6, Threadripper 3990X, $199 AMD Laptop Topped Reader Interest In February

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 20:00
During last month on Phoronix were 276 original news articles and another 18 featured Linux hardware reviews / benchmark articles. Here is a look back at the most popular content and news stories for the month...

GhostBSD 20.02 Brings Custom ZFS Partition Editor, Updater Improvements

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 19:43
For those looking to experiment with a BSD-based desktop open-source platform, GhostBSD has been competing well as one of the few in this field. GhostBSD 20.02 is out and continues being based on TrueOS/FreeBSD stable packages while shipping the GTK-based MATE desktop environment as its out-of-the-box desktop solution...

Simple Patch Lets Amazon's EC2 Linux Network Driver Start ~90x Faster

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 16:00
With how ubiquitous the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is, one may have assumed that for years the software stack was already extensively optimized to insane levels, especially as it concerns the boot time for being able to quickly respond to changes in load... But it turns out there still is some low hanging fruit such as with Amazon's "ENA" network driver and a new patch allowing it to initialize 90 times quicker...

KDE Has Screen Rotation Now Working On Wayland

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 13:28
Addressing a two year old bug report over screen rotation not working when running KDE Plasma on Wayland, that support is finally on the way...

GNOME 3.36 Seeing Last Minute Mutter Wayland Improvements

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 13:00
On top of the last minute GNOME 3.36 work on scaled/transformed hardware cursors handling, there is some other interesting last-minute Wayland work on the Mutter side...

Wayland-Protocols 1.19 Released With Governance Guide, Updated XDG-Shell

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 07:24
Coming a month after Weston 8.0 and a few weeks after Wayland 1.18 is Wayland-Protocols 1.19 (and subsequently Wayland-Protocols 1.20 over a snafu) as the collection of Wayland protocol specifications...

Godot Game Engine Working Towards Native Wayland Support, EGL

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 01:29
On top of all the Godot happenings for its Vulkan rendering support, the code-base for Godot 4.0 is also being cleaned up and among the other improvements being worked on are Wayland and EGL support...

DXVK 1.5.5 Released With Many Game Fixes

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 23:41
DXVK 1.5.5 is out this weekend as a big update to this Direct3D-over-Vulkan translation layer widely used by Linux gamers in running Windows games with decent speed...

Wine-Staging 5.3 Fixes Online Play For Some Recent Games

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 20:29
Following yesterday's Wine 5.3 release, Wine-Staging 5.3 was issued as the latest testing/experimental flavor of Wine. Wine-Staging 5.3 is still carrying 800+ extra patches compared to upstream Wine while it has updated its Event FD synchronization code and also added one important addition this cycle...

Linux Game Publishing Brought Back Online For Archival Purposes

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 19:57
In 2020 we certainly didn't expect the Linux Gaming Publishing website to appear back online, years after their single server failed and ultimately faded away as one of the promising Linux game porters built up following the collapse of Loki Software...

Genode OS 20.02 Released With Continued Improvements To Sculpt OS

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 15:52
The Genode operating system framework is out with a new release along with its general purpose Sculpt OS operating system...

Qt Wayland's Maintainer Is Leaving The Company

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 13:05
While the Qt5 tool-kit on Wayland is in fairly good shape in recent times, the Qt Wayland module that provides the Wayland platform abstraction and helpers for assembly Qt-based Wayland compositors could run the risk of regressing...

The $199 Pinebook Pro ARM Laptop Is Closer To Running On The Mainline Linux Kernel

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 08:33
For those that have managed to get their hands on the Pinebook Pro as the $199 ARM 64-bit laptop powered by a Rockchip RK3399 SoC and with 4GB of RAM, 1080p panel, 64GB eMMC, and other decent features for the price, mainline Linux kernel support could be in order possibly even for Linux 5.7...

Wine 5.3 Released With Various Improvements

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 04:05
Wine 5.3 is out as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot on the road to Wine 6.0 next year...

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