If you weren't able to watch the AMD Computex 2016 live-stream happening now, here are my key notes from the event.
The official releases are out tonight of Wayland 1.11 and Weston 1.11.
What a very fun month with Valve releasing Vulkan support for Dota 2, many AMDGPU improvements, Radeon / Nouveau / Intel Mesa drivers getting OpenGL 4.3, other Mesa improvements, Linux 4.7 is shaping up great, the announcement of NVIDIA's crazy fast GeForce GTX 1070/1080 "Pascal" cards, and then tonight still we have some exciting AMD announcements on tap from Computex.
The HSA Foundation today announced version 1.1 of the Heterogeneous System Architecture.
Just hours to go until AMD's Computex live-stream, details are being leaked out about what's expected. From what we're hearing so far, AMD is going to undercut their prices of Polaris 10 hugely: the Radeon RX 480 is said to be priced retail at $199 USD and will compete with the likes of a GeForce GTX 970~980.
Spun from last week's Wine 1.9.11 release is the new Wine-Staging version that re-bases many existing experimental patches (such as the D3D command-stream multi-threading work) plus adds in some new patches that aren't yet ready to be mainlined in Wine.
Here is the continuation of yesterday's article that was a 10-way NVIDIA GPU Linux comparison with now having more NVIDIA results in plus also testing various AMD GCN GPUs using Linux 4.6.0 and Mesa Git.
While there have been Git mirrors available of LLVM and its sub-projects (including Clang) for some time, this open-source compiler infrastructure project has relied upon SVN as its cental development repository. The LLVM project is now looking at finally transitioning to Git for development and quite likely utilizing GitHub for hosting.
RetroArch has announced their first release of the Mednafen/Beetle PSX HW PlayStation emulator for Linux and other operating systems.
The fourth and final development release of Phoronix Test Suite 6.4-Hasvik is now available for your open-source automated testing needs.
AMD's GPUOpen initiative announced a new major release to their CodeXL tool suite for debugging and profiling of CPU/GPU/APUs. One of the big additions to this CodeXL 2.1 release is Vulkan support.
While we don't yet know the exact cause of the exodus happening at ownCloud Inc recently, there is a seemingly-related announcement that today the company has setup the ownCloud Foundation.
Enabling compiler Link-Time Optimizations (LTO) by default for Mesa in non-debug builds is being discussed in the name of performance and binary size.
Gnuastro is the latest GNU Project.
With Mesa 12 now having been branched with plans to release next month, the code is under a feature freeze as developers turn to fixing bugs ahead of this stable release. With no more major features planned, here's an overview of the new features for Mesa 12.0.
As was expected for launching at Computex, the Broadwell-E processors are now out in the wild. The Broadwell-E launch also includes Intel's first ten-core desktop processor, but it will cost you a pretty penny.
It feels like it took an eternity in retrospect, but the Krita 3.0 release of this KDE sketching and digital painting program is now available.
In prepping for our forthcoming GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Linux benchmarking, I've been running fresh rounds of benchmarks on my large assortment of GPUs, beginning with the GeForce hardware supported by the NVIDIA 367.18 beta driver. Here are the first of those benchmarks with the ten Maxwell/Kepler GPUs I've tested thus far.
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.