Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has announced the first release candidate of Mesa 12.0, formerly known as Mesa 11.3.
The latest FreeBSD development code has integrated the zfsd daemon.
With the main Mesa drivers (Intel, RadeonSI, NVC0) jumping ahead to OpenGL 4.3 and mostly done with OpenGL 4.4/4.5, plus Intel adding their Vulkan driver, and many other improvements over the past three months, the next stable release of Mesa is going to be massive.
The latest piece of hardware I've been playing around with at Phoronix is Samsung's V-NAND SSD 950 PRO M.2 NVM Express SSD. Assuming you are running a modern Linux distribution, this M.2 PCI-E NVMe SSD can offer blazing fast performance.
This week marks Phoronix.com turning twelve years old! I've been working on a number of special articles and such for publishing in June, but to get things started here's a special for you.
With Linux 4.7 there are four new DRM drivers! But that flow of new DRM/KMS drivers, largely for display hardware on ARM SoCs, is not over.
Mark your calendars for tomorrow to watch AMD's Computex livestream for Polaris.
A few days ago code landed in VA-API for VP9 hardware encoding support and was wired into the Intel Video Acceleration driver. Now more details are known.
What happens when a game engine meets a display server meets a multimedia framework? Oh yeah and whereby the behavior is controlled with Lua. No, it's not a joke, just the latest creation in the open-source world. Say hello to Arcan as a new Linux display server.
Expect many hardware announcements this week for Computex. ARM Holdings this morning lifted the lid on their Cortex-A73 and Mali-G71.
Intel's Mesa Linux graphics driver is now officially at OpenGL 4.3 compliance.
Today is NVIDIA's paper launch of the GeForce GTX 1070 with the first Windows reviews going up. Our Linux review will be coming in the days ahead.
The first test release of Linux 4.7 is now available. This new kernel version comes with plenty of new features and functionality.
Over the past two weeks of the merge window for the Linux 4.7 kernel, around 200,000 lines of code was added.
The KDE Partition Manager, the promising disk partitioning application that's become a viable alternative to GParted, is up to version 2.2.
Chris Michael of Samsung has been working on a new DRM library for the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) with a number of improvements.
Bhyve, the hypervisor developed by FreeBSD that supports running BSD/Linux/Windows guests, has initial graphics support.
After a very exciting past two weeks, the merge window for Linux 4.7 is expected to close today. This was an action-packed merge window with a ton of new code being introduced. While I've already written dozens of posts on Phoronix about the changes that got me excited, here's my usual kernel feature overview. Here's a look at what's coming for Linux 4.7.
If all goes well, the GNOME 3.22 release due out in September will feature a new Control Center user-interface.
The Chrome platform driver updates were sent in on the last day of the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window.
Systemd 230 was released just last week and it has taken heat not only for opening up FBDEV to potential security issues, which already reverted, but also for changing the default behavior of user processes.
Thanks to new code that appeared in Mesa Git this week, games/demos relying upon OpenGL tessellation are significantly faster now with this new code.
Given our open-source/Linux reader base and many of our readers being very privacy-minded, Anonabox sent over their Tunneler and Pro products for us to try out. The Anonabox Tunneler is a WiFi VPN router and the Anonabox Pro is a WiFi Tor and VPN router.
One of the last pull requests to cover for the Linux 4.7 merge window is Darren Hart's platform-drivers-x86 updates.
The Khronos Group doesn't appear to be letting down in their weekly release cadence for new point releases to the Vulkan 1.0.x specification.
The Linux 4.7 kernel is going to include out-of-the-box support for Microsoft's Xbox One Elite Controller.
Last week Takashi Iwai of SUSE sent in the main audio/sound changes for the Linux 4.7 kernel but with the 4.7 merge window not being quite over yet, he's sent in a second helping of sound driver updates.
NetBSD 7.0.1 is now available as the first point release to NetBSD 7.0 that happened last October.
Francisco Jerez of Intel was pushing his SIMD32 changes into Mesa Git over night and benefits the driver's ARB_compute_shader support.
It's been quite a while since the last Gentoo LiveDVD release, but a new image has surfaced this weekend as Gentoo 20160514 and codenamed the "Choice Edition" release.
Their drivers have basically been at OpenGL 4.3 compliance for a few days now, but today the switch was finally made where the Nouveau NVC0 and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers are officially advertising OpenGL 4.3 support.
With the GeForce GTX 1080 now shipping, NVIDIA has made public the release candidate for CUDA 8.
While the F1 2015 Formula One racing game was released for Windows last year, only yesterday was the Linux port released by Feral Interactive. Given the high requirements for F1 2015 on Linux with this OpenGL port, I decided to test this racing game on a range of NVIDIA graphics cards under Ubuntu Linux. Yep, only NVIDIA tests this round as the game doesn't work yet with the AMD Linux drivers.
Out now is Wine 1.9.11 and its release has improvements in its Direct3D 11 support, but still it doesn't appear that Wine is ready yet for handling all the latest D3D11 AAA games.
This morning the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition cards are available for sale as well as various GTX 1080 cards offered by AIB partners.
Following the DRM feature pull for Linux 4.7 sent at the beginning of the week, David Airlie has now sent in a batch of "DRM fixes" for Linux 4.7 that does include some new functionality too.
GNOME 3.21.2 was released this morning as the latest development version of the desktop leading up to September's release of GNOME 3.22.
Researchers and scientists appear up in arms this week over the state of Indirect GLX (IGLX) in the X.Org Server and the potential they'd lose the remote OpenGL rendering support they've been accustomed to using for seeing visualizations from clusters / super-computers on their workstations.
The Intel China team maintaining Beignet, the open-source OpenCL driver implementation for modern Intel graphics on Linux, has landed the code for supporting this implementation on Android.
The OpenChrome project has long aspired to having a mainline DRM/KMS driver but that original developer since left. These days OpenChrome is down to basically one developer left working on this open-source driver for VIA x86 graphics hardware.
Genode OS 16.05 has been released, the research Opearing System Framework project that's been making very good progress over the years and has a loyal open-source following.
Intel has added VP9 encoding support to the Video Acceleration API (VA-API).
Feral Interactive released F1 2015 for Linux earlier today and it sure is a demanding game. Here are some preliminary benchmark figures.
The X.Org Server Git code finally has the threaded input support that's long been a work-in-progress.
If you are a user of the out-of-tree Reiser4 file-system, an official patch is now available to get it working with the Linux 4.6 kernel source.
Normally the Kbuild pull requests for the Linux kernel merge windows tend to not be too noteworthy, but it's a bit different this time around for Linux 4.7.
Earlier this month I wrote about much faster tessellation coming for AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and now that code has landed.
With today's release of F1 2015 for Linux as the popular Formula One racing game, only NVIDIA graphics are listed as supported but I decided to try this game anyways with the AMDGPU-PRO and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers.
Earlier this week I published some Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Since then I received some feedback from Valve with regards to Dota 2 on the Source 2 Engine testing along with a better demo to use for benchmarking and also using the latest Dota 2 Vulkan DLC updates. So here is a fresh look at the OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance for this popular Valve game on an assortment of NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards.
Version 1.9 of the Rust programming language is now available.
Feral Interactive has made the Linux port of the F1 2015 Formula One racing game available now via the Steam Store and their own Feral Store.
Earlier this month we learned of a new game coming that's powered by Unigine after first the developers were looking to make use of Unreal Engine 4. We've already confirmed there will be a Linux port of this Unigine-powered MMORPG and this week the developers published the first screenshots.
Since yesterday all 12+ of my systems running daily mainline Linux kernel benchmarks have failed to boot when using Linux 4.7 Git.
Something's happening at ownCloud Inc, the company behind this popular open-source alternative to Dropbox and other cloud hosting services.
Not only is Feral expected to launch today F1 2015 for Linux but they've also put out a hefty update to Tomb Raider.
The third development milestone release of Phoronix Test Suite 6.4 "Hasvik" is now available.
The Linux and OS X builds of Valve's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are finally 64-bit!
Dave Chinner has submitted the XFS file-system updates for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window.
Out now is the SteamOS 2.80 Brewmaster Beta update for those using Valve's Linux distribution for gaming. SteamOS 2.80 most notably brings the AMDGPU-PRO driver.