Writing Code For Radeon's HCC Compiler

As part of the GPUOpen initiative that AMD launched last month is an introduction to the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler (HCC) for writing code to take advantage of AMD's new LLVM-based compiler for offloading the work to the GPU.

4 Hours Ago - AMD - Heterogeneous Compute Compiler - Add A Comment
For $3100 USD You Can Have A Fast, Fully-Free-Software Workstation

Last week I brought up the Talos Secure Workstation as a $3100 USD system that's fully free and open down to the firmware and with an open-source friendly processor design while being high performance. Since then, I've had access to test out the hardware making up this POWER8-powered system to see how fast a fully-open system can be. Here is more information on the proposed Talos Workstation along with a few early Linux benchmarks.

7 Hours Ago - Computers - 24 Comments
Linux.Conf.Au 2016 Videos Now Online

Linux.Conf.Au 2016 ran last week from 1 to 5 February in Geelong, Australia. If you weren't able to go to this annual Linux conference down under, the videos from all of the presentations have now been uploaded.

10 Hours Ago - Linux Events - LCA 2016 Videos - 3 Comments
The Improvements To GNOME's Nautilus 3.20 FIle Manager

With the UI freeze being imminent for GNOME 3.20, we will soon have a good idea for how this desktop environment update due out next month will look. To get started, here's a look at the Nautilus 3.20 file manager changes for this six-month GNOME update.

10 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME 3.20 - 19 Comments

7 February

DevConf.cz 2016 Videos Now Available

Happening the past few days in Brno, Czech Republic has been the Red Hat sponsored DevConf.cz developers conference. For those that missed it and the live streaming, the videos are available to watch on YouTube.

7 February 01:30 PM EST - Linux Events - DevConf 2016 - Add A Comment

6 February

NVIDIA GeForce GT 710: Trying The Newest Sub-$50 GPU On Linux

At the end of January NVIDIA rolled out the GeForce GT 710. This isn't some shiny new low-end Maxwell card, but rather from the Kepler lineage and retails for under $50 USD as a discrete solution to compete with integrated Intel and AMD graphics. Here are some initial benchmarks of a passively-cooled ASUS GeForce GT 710 under Linux.

6 February 01:50 PM EST - Graphics Cards - 32 Comments
FreeBSD 10.3 Now In Beta

FreeBSD developers have released today their first official development media for the upcoming FreeBSD 10.3.

6 February 10:11 AM EST - BSD - FreeBSD 10.3 Beta 1 - Add A Comment

5 February

Croteam Reiterates Vulkan Intentions, Shows Off Screenshot

A few days back was the news about Croteam's intentions for supporting the Vulkan graphics API. They confirmed they intend to support Vulkan for Serious Sam 4 and will also be supporting it with their Talos Principle game. Today they confirmed this information again.

5 February 05:42 PM EST - Gaming - Croteam Vulkan - 26 Comments
Ubuntu 6.06 To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Performance Benchmarks: 10 Years Of Linux Performance

As I'm in the process of retiring an old AMD Opteron dual-socket system, prior to decommissioning it, I figured it would be fun to go back and re-benchmark all of the Ubuntu LTS releases going all the way back to the legendary 6.06 Dapper Drake release. So here are some fresh benchmarks of this AMD Shanghai system with eight cores and 16GB of RAM when re-benchmarking the releases from Ubuntu 6.06 through the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS development state.

5 February 01:10 PM EST - Operating Systems - 20 Comments
Mozilla Tweaks The Firefox Release Schedule

For the past few years Mozilla has been on a solid six week cadence for shipping new Firefox releases while for the remainder of the releases in 2016 they are tweaking that schedule slightly.

5 February 09:13 AM EST - Mozilla - Firefox Releases 2016 - 9 Comments
Linux Benchmarks Of The C.H.I.P. $9 Computer

While Next Thing Co is still working to fulfill orders on the C.H.I.P. $9 computer over the next several months, I noticed that some benchmarks of this cheap Raspberry Pi competitor have begun appearing on OpenBenchmarking.org via the Phoronix Test Suite. Here are some of those benchmark results for this ARB single-board computer.

5 February 08:52 AM EST - Hardware - CHIP $9 - 5 Comments
The Talos Secure Workstation Is A High-Performance Libre System

Raptor Engineering is working on the Talos Secure Workstation, which is being advertised as a high-performance, open-to-the-firmware system that is much better than the commonly antiquated "freed" x86 systems. However, getting a high-performance, free software friendly workstation doesn't come cheap.

5 February 08:14 AM EST - Hardware - Talos Workstation - 27 Comments

4 February

AMD Catalyst Appears To Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

Not only does RadeonSI Gallium3D work with XCOM 2 on Linux for AMD graphics processors, but it looks like the Catalyst (or now known as Radeon Software, officially) too works with this brand new, highly anticipated strategy game seeing a same-day release across OS X / Linux / Windows.

4 February 08:06 PM EST - AMD - Catalyst XCOM 2 - 9 Comments
OpenGL 4.5 Is Not The End Of The Road For OpenGL

Particularly after writing about OpenGL 4 progress in Mesa, it's quite common to see comments in our forums and elsewhere about people thinking when "Mesa is done" or how "OpenGL 4.5 is the last major release" or "Vulkan makes OpenGL dead", etc.

4 February 07:59 AM EST - Mesa - OpenGL Still Has A Future - 28 Comments

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