Open-source News

Nouveau Gallium3D Finally Seeing Mesa Shader Disk Cache For Faster Game Load Times

Phoronix - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 07:44
While the open-source Intel and Radeon OpenGL drivers within Mesa have long employed an on-disk shader cache to help with game load times by being able to load previously compiled shaders from disk, the Nouveau "NVC0" Gallium3D driver is on the heels of finally seeing similar support...

LLVM's Go Front-End Was Finally Dropped From The Official Source Tree

Phoronix - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 04:46
Most probably didn't even realize LLVM had a Go language front-end, but this past week it was dropped from the official source mono repository...

Windows 10 vs. Eight Linux Distributions On The Threadripper 3970X

Phoronix - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 03:38
Motivated by last week's Windows vs. Linux benchmarks with the 128-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X here are Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise benchmarks on the 32-core / 64-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X up against eight Linux distributions.

LavaLauncher 1.6 Released As A Simple Dock/Launcher For Wayland

Phoronix - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 02:39
If you have been looking for a simple dock/launcher that natively supports Wayland, LavaLauncher 1.6 is available as one such solution...

D-Bus Broker 22 Released With Option To Use Newer Kernel Features

Phoronix - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 23:53
With BUS1 not looking like it will come to fruition anytime soon as an in-kernel IPC mechanism and the kernel module for it not being touched since last March, the same developers continue pushing ahead with Dbus-Broker as the user-space implementation focused on D-Bus compatibility while being higher performing and more reliable than D-Bus itself...

Arm's ASTC Encoder Replaces Its Restrictive EULA With Apache 2.0 License

Phoronix - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 21:00
Arm has been developing the ASTC encoder as the texture compressor for Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC) as open-source but until last week was carrying a restrictive license...

RADV Vulkan Driver Makes A Few More Improvements For GCN 1.0/1.1 Hardware

Phoronix - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 20:22
Valve open-source driver developer Samuel Pitoiset has contributed some improvements to Mesa 20.1's Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver benefiting GCN 1.0/1.1 graphics cards...