It Looks Like AMDGPU DC (DAL) Will Not Be Accepted In The Linux Kernel

While AMD developers have been working to improve their "DAL" (now known as "DC") display code for the better part of the past year and this code is needed for new hardware support as well as supporting HDMI/DP audio on existing AMDGPU-enabled hardware plus other features, it's still not going to be accepted to the mainline kernel in its current form.

65 Minutes Ago - Linux Kernel - AMDGPU DC - 5 Comments
Mesa 13 Lands In Fedora 25

While it was disappointing that Fedora 25 shipped with Mesa 12.0, the Mesa 13.0 version has now been sent down as a stable release update.

11 Hours Ago - Mesa - Fedora 25 - 16 Comments
AMD Seeking Comments On DC/DAL Code, Wants To Land It Soon For Future GPU Support

AMD developers sent out a "request for comments" of their Display Core (DC, formerly known as DAL) code-base that they are hoping to merge soon as it's needed for the bring-up of future GPU support. It looks like they will initially merge the code just for the yet-to-be-released GPUs and will then gradually switch it on for currently supported Radeon GPUs.

12 Hours Ago - Radeon - AMD DAL/DC Migration - 22 Comments
AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 Rolls Out With GCN 1.0 Support, FreeSync

The embargo has just expired on the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition release, which had leaked out a few days ago elsewhere. While Crimson ReLive Edition is a big update for AMD Windows users, on the Linux side there's less to talk about but it's still a rather big release. I've been testing the AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 release the past two weeks and overall it's a sizable update for those using this hybrid AMD Linux driver.

13 Hours Ago - Display Drivers - 33 Comments

7 December

A Look At Async/Await JavaScript For Firefox 52

While Chrome 55 has JavaScript async/await support, the Firefox support isn't coming until the Firefox 52.0 stable release in March while currently it's available in the latest Firefox Developer Edition and early alpha builds.

7 December 11:47 AM EST - Mozilla - async/await JS - 11 Comments
Khronos' SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 Presentation, Another VR Company Joins Them

SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 is happening this week in Macau and it's from that event where yesterday they announced their new VR initiative. The Khronos slides from their presentation are now available plus another VR company has already become a member of The Khronos Group for helping to push this new, open, cross-vendor VR standard.

7 December 11:31 AM EST - Standards - Khronos SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 - 3 Comments
Linux Distributions vs. BSDs With netperf & iperf3 Network Performance

With now having netperf in the Phoronix Test Suite as well as iperf3 for the latest open-source benchmarks in our automated cross-platform benchmarking framework, I couldn't help but to run some networking benchmarks on a system when trying out a few different Linux distributions and BSDs to see how the performance compares. The operating systems ran with these networking benchmarks included Debian 8.6, Ubuntu 16.10, Clear Linux 12020, CentOS 7, and Fedora 25. The BSDs tested for this comparison were FreeBSD 11.0 and DragonFlyBSD 4.6.1.

7 December 11:00 AM EST - Software - 51 Comments
Developers Discuss Future Of CD/DVD Optical Images For Fedora

With more laptops abandoning DVD drives, USB-based flash drive installers being well supported and widely-used, and CD/DVDs just being far less popular these days, Fedora developers are discussing the future of the official status for optical images in future Fedora releases.

7 December 09:01 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora Optical - 22 Comments

6 December

Intel Iris Pro OpenGL vs. Vulkan Benchmarks With Linux 4.9, Mesa 13.1-dev

It's been a while since publishing any fresh Intel Core i7 5775C benchmarks, the socketed Broadwell CPU with Iris Pro 6200 graphics, since normally it's busy in the daily benchmarking churn of the server room for Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org / LinuxBenchmarking.com efforts. But with having been doing some maintenance on that system this week and loading a clean install of Ubuntu 16.10, I did some fresh benchmarks of the Iris Pro 6200 graphics using Mesa 13.1-dev and Linux 4.9, including a look at the OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance for the Iris Pro graphics.

6 December 01:46 PM EST - Display Drivers - 4 Comments
Khronos To Develop New Standard For VR

The Khronos Group is going public this morning with a call for participation of companies that are not yet Khronos members but looking to join a new initiative: developing a new, cross-vendor VR standard to allow for better virtual reality interoperability of hardware devices, game engines, and more.

6 December 09:00 AM EST - Standards - Khronos VR - 29 Comments
Nouveau Queues Up Last Minute Updates For Linux 4.10

Overall the Nouveau DRM updates for Linux 4.10 are significant after they missed out on any feature changes for Linux 4.9. Given all the churn, there's been a last minute pull into DRM-Next of some more fixes and other minor activity.

6 December 06:59 AM EST - Nouveau - Nouveau DRM - 9 Comments

5 December

Early Benchmarks Of GCC 7 On Linux x86_64 With An Intel Core i7 6800K

With the GCC 7 compiler having entered its stage three, feature development is basically over so it's a great time to begin running more benchmarks of this big compiler update that will be officially released as GCC 7.1.0 in early 2017. Up today are benchmarks of the latest GCC 7.0 development snapshot compared to GCC 6.2 and GCC 5.4 on an Intel Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E system running Ubuntu 16.10.

5 December 11:30 AM EST - Software - 3 Comments
The Favorite Open-Source Vulkan Projects Of Phoronix Readers

This week I provided a look at some of the interesting Vulkan engines/renderers on GitHub created by the community in the months since the Vulkan unveil. After that article forum goers and those on Twitter shared some other promising Vulkan projects worth looking at too if you are just looking for some Vulkan demos to watch, learn more about the Vulkan API yourself, etc.

5 December 10:54 AM EST - Vulkan - Vulkan Coding - 2 Comments

4 December

More Random Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts & Others Into Tech

Last week I shared some 2016 Holiday Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts, Gamers. Since then more ideas came to mind with other interesting tech gift ideas, particularly for Linux/open-source enthusiasts, as well as other favorite gadgets and interesting devices I've come across in the past year. So here are some more ideas of stocking stuffers and other fun purchases for the holidays.

4 December 02:39 PM EST - Hardware - 2016 Holidays - 9 Comments
iRulu BL20: A Decent 1080p Projector For ~$160 USD

The iRulu BL20 is a low-cost projector 1080p/HD projector that supports a projection distance up to six meters, dual built-in speakers, and a screen size up to 200 inches. Retailing for about $165 USD, this isn't a high-end projector but is rather decent for the price. Here's a quick write-up about my experience with this budget projector.

4 December 10:09 AM EST - Monitors - 11 Comments
A Look At The Many Different Vulkan Engine/Renderer Projects On GitHub

There have been many small GitHub projects the past several months aspiring to be a good, open-source Vulkan game engine, but many of them don't tend to see commits too often or don't come close to realizing their dream. In my usual weekend "fun" of digging through GitHub looking for fascinating Vulkan projects of interest, I decided to provide a quick overview on some of the more promising Vulkan open-source engine projects.

4 December 09:34 AM EST - Vulkan - Vulkan Game Engines - 6 Comments

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