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QuIC Continues Contributing To Open-Source MDP DRM/KMS Driver

Qualcomm's Innovation Center continues contributing to the open-source MDP DRM driver that started out as a reverse-engineered display driver for Qualcomm's ARM SoCs via Rob Clark as part of the Freedreno project.
2 Hours Ago - Hardware - Qualcomm - 1 Comment

Reported Steam Linux Usage Battles To Stay Above 1.0%

With all of the GDC2015 announcements this week from Valve developing an Intel Vulkan Linux graphics driver to confirming a lot of new Linux games, I just noticed today that Valve published their Steam Survey results for February and it shows a decline in Linux gamers.
3 Hours Ago - Gaming - Steam Linux February - 28 Comments

Benchmarks Of The $129 8-Core 64-bit ARM Development Board

Announced last month was the HiKey 8-core 64-bit ARM development board being based upon the HiSilicon Cortex-A53 SoC. This HiKey board came out of 96Boards as the first certified board by the Linaro Community Board Group. I happen to have some early benchmarks of this eight-core AArch64 development board running Linaro/Debian.
3 Hours Ago - Hardware - HiKey ARM Cortex-A53 Board - 2 Comments

Wine 1.7.38 Supports Themed Scrollbars, Updated Mono Engine

Wine 1.7.38 was released this morning as the newest bi-weekly development release of this popular Linux and OS X program for running Windows programs.
3 Hours Ago - WINE - Wine 1.7.38 - 1 Comment

Siemens Commits New Motherboard Support To Coreboot

While you probably don't have a Siemens motherboard underneath your desk, the company has committed support for another one of their motherboards to Coreboot.
4 Hours Ago - Coreboot - Siemens MC TCU3 - 1 Comment

Nuntius: Delivering Android Notifications To The GNOME Desktop

The latest GNOME application to speak of that's entered development is Nuntius, a program to show your Android phone/tablet notifications directly on the GNOME desktop as part of its notification system.
5 Hours Ago - GNOME - GNOME Nuntius - 7 Comments

5 March

The Khronos Group's Vulkan, SPIR-V & OpenCL 2.1 Presentations

For those wishing to learn more about The Khronos Group's work on Vulkan, SPIR-V, and OpenCL 2.1, their presentations and videos are now available.
10:53 PM EST - Standards - Khronos - 24 Comments

Valve Developed An Intel Linux Vulkan GPU Driver

For helping out ISVs and game developers test out their initial Vulkan code, they developed their own Intel Vulkan GPU graphics driver for Linux that they intend to open-source.
01:19 PM EST - Intel - Valve Vulkan Driver - 108 Comments

Valve Starts Listing The Steam Machines In The Steam Store

Valve has started showing off the Steam Controller and the many different Steam Machines within the Steam Store.
01:15 PM EST - Hardware - Steam Machines - 38 Comments

Conservancy Sues VMware Over GPL Compliance

The Software Freedom Conservancy has today announced a lawsuit against VMware for failing to comply with the GPL on Linux.
12:42 PM EST - Virtualization - Software Freedom Conservancy - 15 Comments

Ubuntu Will Start Booting With Systemd Next Monday

This week Ubuntu Cloud switched over to systemd while on Monday is when all other Ubuntu flavors will be migrating to systemd by default over Upstart.
12:27 PM EST - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Systemd Day - 10 Comments

GLAVE: A Debug Tool For The New Vulkan Graphics API

GLAVE is a debug tool that LunarG has been working on to help in debugging the new Vulkan API.
12:00 PM EST - Standards - GLAVE Debugging - 5 Comments

A Brand New Linux Network Stack Proposed: Linux XIA

A brand new networking stack is seeking to be merged into the mainline Linux kernel that's been under development for the past few years. Hello, Linux XIA.
10:48 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux XIA - 7 Comments

Niche Drivers Get Ported To Atomic Mode-Setting For Linux 4.1

David Airlie has started pulling in fresh Git code into DRM-Next for merging eventually with the Linux 4.1 kernel.
09:53 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Atomic Mode-Setting

openSUSE Tumbleweed Continues Ascending

openSUSE Tumbleweed, the rolling-release version of the popular German Linux distribution, is keeping up well with all of the innovations in the free software ecosystem.
08:59 AM EST - SUSE - Tumbleweed Progress - 2 Comments

Open-Source SPIR-V Reader & Writer Written In Java

For those interested in the new SPIR-V specification for the intermediate representation used by Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1, a developer has already written an open-source reader and writer of SPIR-V.
08:18 AM EST - Free Software - SPIR-V Parser - 20 Comments

Foobnix Music Player Ported To GTK3

For those in need of a new open-source music player, Foobnix is GPLv3-licensed, written in Python, and with its newest release has been ported to using the GTK3 tool-kit.
07:35 AM EST - GNOME - Foobnix - 10 Comments

LunarGLASS Adds Experimental SPIR-V Front-End

LunarG, the consulting company around open-source Linux graphics drivers, is one of the organizations involved heavily with the new Vulkan graphics API and SPIR-V intermediate representation. Thanks to their involvement, they already have out an initial SPIR-V front-end to their open-source LunarGLASS Mesa project.
05:51 AM EST - Mesa - GlassyMesa SPIR-V - 1 Comment

The New Open-Source Linux Test Farm Is Almost Operational

Here's another update on the construction of the new Linux benchmarking test farm.
03:35 AM EST - Hardware - Construction Update - 7 Comments

GNOME Shell 3.15.91 Brings A Variety Of Last Minute Changes

Besides releasing Mutter 3.15.91 on Wednesday, Florian Müllner also released an updated version of GNOME Shell for the imminent GNOME 3.15.91 release.
12:02 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME Shell 3.15.91

4 March

Samba 4.2 Brings Transparent File Compression & Clustering Support

Samba 4.2.0 was just released for those in need of file and print service sharing with Windows via SMB/CIFS. The Samba 4.2 release brings with it several new features.
09:33 PM EST - Free Software - Samba 4.2.0

Mutter 3.15.91 Fixes Wayland Nested Compositor Mode, Pointer Constraining

Florian Müllner released the latest GNOME Mutter window manager update in the road to this month's GNOME 3.16 debut. In particular, today's Mutter 3.15.91 release has some prominent Wayland fixes.
08:56 PM EST - GNOME - Mutter On Wayland

NVIDIA Opens Up CPU-Based PhysX Code

NVIDIA has decided to open up some of their CPU-based implementation of PhysX 3.3 with clothing and destruction libraries.
07:56 PM EST - NVIDIA - UE4's Benefit - 26 Comments

SPIR-V In GCC Is Already Being Talked About

Interested individuals are already discussing the prospects of dealing with SPIR-V intermediate representation for the new Vulkan graphics API within the GNU Compiler Collection.
06:24 PM EST - Compiler - SPIR-V GCC - 12 Comments

PC-BSD 10.1.2 To Add Tor Mode, LibreSSL & Other Features

The PC-BSD developers have shared some of the upcoming features for their next release, PC-BSD 10.1.2. While it's just a point release on top of FreeBSD, PC-BSD continues adding a lot of interesting, desktop-oriented innovations to their BSD distribution.
04:38 PM EST - BSD - PC-BSD 10.1.2 Features - 5 Comments

Valve Launches SteamOS Sale, Confirms A Lot Of New Linux Games

Making GDC2015 week even more exciting for Linux gamers on top of the Source 2 Engine, the Steam Link streaming device, and Steam Machines shipping this year is a big SteamOS game sale via Steam. This sale is selling not only existing Linux/SteamOS game ports but also several AAA games being ported to Linux.
02:21 PM EST - Gaming - Steam Store SteamOS Sale - 53 Comments

X.Org & Other Organizations Accepted For GSoC 2015

For student developers looking to do some summer coding, the list of accepted organizations for Google's 2015 Summer of Code initiative has been published.
02:00 PM EST - Google - GSoC 2015 - 2 Comments

Ubuntu Cloud Switches Over To Using Systemd By Default

As of last night, the Ubuntu 15.04 Cloud daily ISOs have switched to booting with systemd by default rather than Upstart.
12:57 PM EST - systemd - Upstart To Systemd - 21 Comments

System76 Introduces The Broadwell-Powered, Ubuntu-Loaded "Meerkat"

Our friends at Ubuntu PC vendor System76 yesterday revealed their Meerkat Ubuntu desktop system.
12:31 PM EST - Hardware - System76 Meerkat - 1 Comment

Xfce 4.12 Might Make It For Fedora 22

An exception is being sought to add Xfce 4.12 for Fedora 22 past the change submission deadline.
11:55 AM EST - Fedora - Xfce 4.12 In Fedora 22? - 3 Comments

Pictures Of The Near Production Ready Ubuntu Tablet

After receiving specifications on the talked about Ubuntu Tablet and then receiving pricing information on the Ubuntu Tablet, the start-up responsible for this tablet that seeks to launch one of the first mass Ubuntu Tablets has sent along some official photos of their design.
10:35 AM EST - Ubuntu - MJ Ubuntu Tablet - 9 Comments

OpenVG Support Stripped From Gallium3D

The "VEGA" state tracker to provide OpenVG API support to Gallium3D graphics drivers inside Mesa has been removed.
10:09 AM EST - Mesa - VEGA No More - 11 Comments

Mozilla Is Getting Excited About WebGL 2

While the WebGL 2.0 specification hasn't been finalized yet, Mozilla is already hard at work on ensuring Firefox fully supports this next accelerated graphics standard for the web.
09:00 AM EST - Mozilla - WebGL 2.0 - 19 Comments

ZOTAC Announces Steam Machine SN970, Powered By SteamOS

The latest excitement this week for Linux gamers is hardware vendor ZOTAC announcing today the Steam Machine SN970, their new living room PC powered by the Debian-based SteamOS.
08:46 AM EST - Gaming - ZOTAC SN970 - 21 Comments

Allwinner Continues Violating The LGPL

It's been a week since Allwinner's most recent proof of violating of the (L)GPL license for FFmpeg and libVP6. In the week since, they haven't rectified the issue but today just slapped in a LICENSE file saying the non-existent code is LGPL.
08:35 AM EST - Hardware - GPL Violations - 13 Comments

AMD Gets Into VR With LiquidVR Technology

Another interesting announcement at GDC2015 yesterday besides the new Vulkan API, the Source 2 Engine, Unity 5, and more was AMD's LiquidVR announcement.
08:09 AM EST - AMD - AMD LiquidVR - 10 Comments

3 March

NVIDIA Announces Shield Set-Top Gaming Box

After Valve announced their Steam Link streaming device, NVIDIA announced the Shield set-top box.
10:45 PM EST - Gaming - Shield Set-Top Box - 21 Comments

Valve Launches $49 Steam Link, SteamOS-Powered Streaming Device

Besides announcing the Source 2 Engine, Valve used GDC2015 as an opportunity to announce Steam Link, a $49 (USD) device for streaming Steam content to any TV.
08:15 PM EST - Gaming - Steam Link - 20 Comments

Valve Announces Source 2, It's Going To Be Free To Content Developers

Valve has announced the Source 2 Engine this afternoon from the GDC2015 event taking place in San Francisco.
07:48 PM EST - Gaming - Source Engine 2 - 13 Comments

Gitorious Gets Acquired By GitLab

Gitorious, a once formidable competitor to GitHub in the early days of the Git revision control system for hosting open-source projects, has been acquired by GitLab.
03:22 PM EST - Free Software - Gitorious - 7 Comments

Unity 5.0 Brings PhysX 3.3, WebGL Preview, Animation System Work

Version 5.0 of the Unity Game Engine was released this morning at the Game Developers' Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.
01:00 PM EST - Gaming - Unity 5.0 Game Engine - 5 Comments

Linux 4.0-rc2 Kernel Released After Delay Due To Intel DRM Driver

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 4.0-rc2 kernel this morning rather than on Sunday night due to having a i915 DRM graphics issue with one of his Apple Mac Mini computers. Aside from fixing up one of Torvalds' old systems, the Linux 4.0-rc2 kernel is a relatively mundane release.
12:42 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.0-rc2

Linux 3.19 Officially Lands For Ubuntu 15.04

It's a go: Linux 3.19 is powering Ubuntu 15.04.
12:36 PM EST - Ubuntu - Linux 3.19 Kernel - 9 Comments

Clutter Now Supports Quad-Buffer Stereo Displays, Mir Backend

Emmanuele Bassi of GNOME has released version 1.21.6 of Clutter, the latest development version of this toolkit used by GNOME and other projects.
12:29 PM EST - GNOME - Clutter 1.21.6 - 5 Comments

Pricing Details On The Alleged MJ Ubuntu Tablet Design

A few days after receiving the revised specifications for the "MJ Tech" Ubuntu Tablet, I've received their pricing information for this tablet that will hopefully ship later in the year.
12:22 PM EST - Hardware - Ubuntu Tablet Pricing - 1 Comment

Understanding The Linux Kernel's BPF In-Kernel Virtual Machine

BPF continues marching forward as a universal, in-kernel virtual machine for the Linux kernel. The Berkeley Packet Filter was originally designed for network packet filtering but has since been extended as eBPF to support other non-network subsystems via the bpf syscall. Here's some more details on this in-kernel virtual machine.
09:31 AM EST - Linux Kernel - BPF Virtual Machine

Another Software Patent That Should Be Tossed Out

Hewlett Packard has patented the identification of a failed code change by automatically running a set of tests against the set of changes for indicating the regression.
08:52 AM EST - Free Software - HP WO2013115797A1 - 16 Comments

Imagination Already Has A Vulkan Driver In The Works For PowerVR GPUs

While hearing "PowerVR" tend to make Linux users cringe over memories of past Linux driver issues with Imagination's binary blobs, Imagination is among the vendors now experimenting with the new Vulkan graphics API and SPIR-V IR. Imagination too has already put out one of the first demos using this new graphics API.
08:09 AM EST - Hardware - PowerVR Vulkan - 10 Comments

A Provisional Specification To SPIR-V

In continuation to the article this morning on Khronos announcing OpenCL 2.1, the Vulkan graphics API, and SPIR-V, a provisional specification on SPIR-V is now available for interested developers.
07:51 AM EST - Standards - SPIR-V - 5 Comments

Khronos Group Announces Vulkan, OpenCL 2.1, SPIR-V

Today is a very exciting day for those into open standard graphics and compute APIs! While driver implementations aren't expected until later in 2015, the next-generation OpenGL standard is being announced as the Vulkan API, the provisional specification to OpenCL 2.1 is being released, and SPIR-V is set to make its debut as the IR for both Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1.
03:00 AM EST - Display Drivers - 163 Comments

2 March

AMD Will Release Mantle Programming Guide, API Reference This Month

This month AMD is planning to finally make their Mantle graphics API more "open" by releasing a 450-page programming guide and API reference for Mantle.
01:01 PM EST - AMD - AMD Mantle - 47 Comments

Unreal Engine Made Free By Epic Games

The Unreal Engine 4 is now free to everyone along with all future Unreal Engine updates!
12:24 PM EST - Gaming - Unreal Engine - 51 Comments

Qt 5.5 Alpha Is Getting Close, But Still Behind Schedule

Qt 5.5 looks like it will be another release that's going to be delivered slightly behind schedule.
11:14 AM EST - Qt - Qt 5.5.0 - 1 Comment

OpenBSD Sponsors Work For Better Browser Security

The OpenBSD Foundation is supporting work to adapt at least one web browser's JIT engine to support OpenBSD's "Write Xor Execute" policy for system memory.
09:29 AM EST - BSD - OpenBSD Security - 5 Comments

Improved ODF Reading Support Comes To KDE's Calligra

For users of KDE's Calligra open-source work application suite, improvements to ODF file format reading have landed.
09:14 AM EST - KDE - KDE Calligra ODF - 8 Comments

Another Step Closer On The New Linux Benchmarking Test Farm

Our new Linux benchmarking test farm that's much cleaner and more organized than the current implementation shown at LinuxBenchmarking.com is a step closer to reality. By the end of this week this new farm controlled by Phoromatic and powered by OpenBenchmarking.org and the Phoronix Test Suite should be powered up.
08:53 AM EST - Hardware - Test Farm - 10 Comments

Confirmed: Vulkan Is The Next-Gen Graphics API

As a follow-up to last week's "Vulkan" trademark by the Khronos Group and mulling it over this weekend, I've now been able to confirm with two independent entities that Vulkan is indeed the next-gen graphics API designed as the successor to OpenGL for high performance 2D/3D graphics.
08:16 AM EST - Standards - Vulkan API - 46 Comments

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