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.
For those that haven't heard yet, MaruOS is a new open-source project that seeks to provide users with a Debian-based desktop environment when connecting your Android smart-phone to an external display.
FreeBSD developers have released today their first official development media for the upcoming FreeBSD 10.3.
AMD's Marek Olšák has begun exploring an interoperability interface for OpenGL within Mesa and having a non-Mesa OpenCL implementation (not Clover OpenCL Gallium3D).
Last weekend at FOSDEM, Lennart Poettering was one of the keynote speakers where he presented on systemd's user-space plans for the years.
The race is on to see if any of the Mesa/Gallium3D hardware drivers (or core Mesa itself) will reach any new version levels for Mesa 11.2.
It was just last week we got to write about VLC 3.0 features and early planning for VLC 4.0 while this weekend in Git there is another feature to add to the list.
While it took a while past the November release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2, available this weekend is Scientific Linux 7.2.
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.
Docker is reportedly going to be migrating all of their official images from an Ubuntu base to now using Alpine Linux.
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.
As some recent GCC 5.2 compile tuning tests with various CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS were of interest to a number of Phoronix readers, hare are some benchmarks with a number of different compiler flag tests when using the LLVM Clang 3.8 compiler.
As the final planned development version before the official Phoronix Test Suite 6.2 "Gamvik" release, 6.2 Milestone 5 was released this morning.
Wine 1.9.3 is out today as the newest bi-weekly Wine development release.
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.
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.
Recently a NVIDIA engineer blogged about shader resource binding with Vulkan. The latest NVIDIA blog post about this next-gen graphics API is on memory management.
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.
Well, at least we know now that Vulkan should be released before August.
Just a few days ago I was writing about OpenGL 4.4's Query Buffer Object Support Appears Nearly Ready For Nouveau and as of last night that code is now in Mesa Git.
For those relying upon the "Nine" state tracker for Direct3D 9 support implemented for Gallium3D drivers in order to yield faster performance when running Windows games with Wine, you'll want to pull down the latest Mesa Git code.
The FreeBSD project has issued their quarterly status report for Q4'2015 to highlight all the progress they made in ending out 2015.
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.
While at first using open-source drivers to play XCOM 2 on Linux looked bleak, after some more trials, the latest Mesa Gallium3D code can work for Intel and Radeon.
For those eager to play the XCOM 2 strategy game on Linux but curious about using non-NVIDIA graphics, here is the rundown! I just finished some very cursory XCOM 2 Linux tests with different graphics drivers and hardware. Do the Mesa / Gallium3D drivers yet handle XCOM 2?
Well, this is interesting. The Intel Quark X1000 SoC now has very basic support within Coreboot.
Endless Computer, the company designing Linux-powered computers -- and using a modified GNOME desktop -- for emerging markets, has joined the GNOME Advisory Board.
As anticipated, the first official Ubuntu Tablet done in cooperation with Canonical is Bq's Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition.
Tonight's the launch for XCOM 2 while those really excited about this game can already begin pre-loading it on Steam. Are you interested in this successor to XCOM: Enemy Unknown?
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.
A set of 22 patches were published this week that seek to replace the Linux kernel's default I/O scheduler CFQ (Completely Fair Queueing) with BFQ, the Budget Fair Queueing.
LibreOffice 5.1 is scheduled to be released next week.
Mesa is now very close to OpenGL 4.3 compliance thanks to a massive patch series that was posted today for review.
Go developers are warning that with the upcoming Go 1.7 release the compiler could be as much as two times slower, but will yield better quality -- and hopefully faster -- generated code.
While many Phoronix readers were looking forward to playing Batman: Arkham Knight natively on Linux, the port has been canned.
For those relying upon the Phoronix Test Suite for your open-source, automated benchmark needs on Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other operating systems, a number of new test profiles were recently made available.
With many Phoronix readers being curious about reverse-engineering graphics drivers for open-source enablement, along the same lines you may also be curious about how reverse-engineering is done with video formats / video decoding by multimedia applications.
Longtime free software developer Carsten Haitzler, better known as Rasterman, presented at last weekend's FOSDEM conference about Enlightenment on Wayland. As part of that, with Samsung's Tizen environment using Enlightenment, they too are after Wayland as being the superior solution to X11.
More of the proposed Fedora 24 changes were mailed out this morning to the Fedora development list for discussion ahead of FESCo officially deciding on whether the changes will make the cut for the next Fedora Linux release.
With yesterday having started to run some fresh basic OpenCL benchmarks on the open-source Radeon driver given the interesting remarks by some super-computing researchers about having more hope for the open-source drivers than the proprietary Catalyst, here are some results comparing the latest open-source AMD Radeon Linux driver code to the proprietary driver.
Build2 was announced today by Code Synthesis with an alpha release of this new cross-platform toolchain for building and packaging C++ code-bases.
Wine 1.8.1 was released this morning as the first stable point release to Wine 1.8.
The dates for the next Ubuntu Online Summit have been finalized and will take place two weeks after the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Mir 0.19 was quietly released at the end of last week while Mir 0.20 is now officially under development with the latest Bazaar code.
While Haswell processors have been available for a few years now, finally work is materializing on supporting the hardware's Observation Architecture.
Ubuntu developers have released Snapcraft 2.1, their tool for building packages as a snap for their new Snappy package management system.
XCOM 2, the turn-based tactical video game developed by Fireaxis Games off Unreal Engine 3, is set to be released this Friday! However, come 5 February, hopefully you are a NVIDIA Linux gamer using the proprietary drivers otherwise you may have a hard time running the game.
The Wayland 1.10 beta (v1.9.92) is now available.
With the Enlightenment folks back from FOSDEM, Enlightenment 0.20.4 was released today as the latest bug-fix release.
The AMDGPU DRM driver support for Iceland (Topaz) graphics processors is now considered stable with the experimental flag set to be removed.
A Google Chromium engineer has interestingly provided patches for Qualcomm Adreno 430 display support within Freedreno's MSM DRM driver.
Landing last month in the LLVM SVN/Git code-base was the SI machine scheduler for the AMDGPU LLVM back-end. This scheduler has the potential to improve the performance for some hardware/workloads, but not by the wide margins originally reported by some early testers.
The OpenChrome driver for open-source VIA graphics on Linux isn't quite dead yet... There's a new developer wanting to step up and take over maintainership of the X.Org driver.
Following this morning's article about Russian Super-Computing Users Get Tired Of Catalyst, Start Looking At Open-Source AMD, I decided to run some fresh Radeon open-source OpenCL benchmarks on my own using the Gallium3D Clover state tracker with the HPC researchers also being curious how this very latest open-source AMD graphics stack is performing. Here are some initial results with Mesa 11.2-devel Git built against LLVM 3.9 SVN (thanks Padoka!) and using the Linux 4.5 Git kernel.
Google has released the Chrome 49 beta today for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, OS X, and Windows.
AMD this morning updated its Kaveri APU line-up and also released a new Athlon X4 processor.
With the falling prices of solid-state storage, it's becoming increasingly affordable to build a RAID array of SSDs. I have delivered many Btrfs RAID benchmarks on Phoronix over the years while today I have some fresh RAID0 and RAID1 numbers for Btrfs atop the latest Linux 4.5 development kernel when using two low-cost SSDs that retail for just around $40 USD a piece.
It's been quite a while since last having anything major to talk about with the MythTV open-source DVR software, but at least today they have put out a new point release.
Marek Olšák's latest Mesa patch series is hooking up support for the vendor-based OpenGL memory information reporting extensions to the Mesa and Gallium3D drivers.
Super-computing researchers part of the Institute of System Research for the Russian Academy of Sciences recently presented on using the open-source Radeon driver for OpenCL.
It's been more than five years since the launch of Illumos as the concerted, community-based effort around the OpenSolaris code-base. This truly-open Solaris stack continues to be at the heart of OpenIndiana, SmartOS, Dyson, and other operating systems.
The Kodi HTPC software formerly known as XBMC is -- at least temporarily -- dropping their Wayland support.
The Steam Survey has been updated with results for January 2016.