It was just last week that Intel crossed OpenGL 4.2 in Mesa and earlier today the needed Intel OpenGL 4.3 patches landed while tonight there are patches pending for the OpenGL 4.4 changes for Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver.
The first alpha release for openSUSE 42.2 Leap is now available.
Bryce Harrington announced the release today of the release candidates for Wayland 1.11 and the reference Weston 1.11 compositor.
Yesterday marked the public availability of Dota 2 with a Vulkan renderer after Valve had been showing it off for months. This is the second commercial Linux game (after The Talos Principle) to sport a Vulkan renderer and thus we were quite excited to see how this Dota 2 Vulkan DLC is performing for both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards. Here are our initial Dota 2 benchmarks with Vulkan as well as OpenGL for reference when using the latest Linux graphics drivers on Ubuntu.
While the NVIDIA 367 Linux driver series is where the very latest proprietary driver features from the green team can be found, if you have been sticking to the NVIDIA 361 driver series since it's the current long-lived branch, a new release is now available.
Version 1.11 of the open-source, high-performance Nginx web-server is now available.
Feral Interactive just announced via Twitter that F1 2015 will be released for Linux this week.
Following last week's AMDGPU-PRO 16.20.3 "Beta 2" driver release of AMD's new hybrid driver stack for Linux that makes use of the AMDGPU open-source kernel DRM driver with the closed-source OpenGL driver derived from Catalyst / Radeon Software, I set out to do a fresh open vs. closed-source driver comparison. For the Radeon R9 285, R9 290, and R9 Fury, I compared the performance of this new AMDGPU-PRO driver against Mesa 11.3-devel Git and Linux 4.6 for the latest open-source driver stack.
A few days ago when delivering benchmarks of the new CPUFreq "Schedutil" governor in Linux 4.7 the P-State comparison results on this Git kernel looked particularly terrible. I've since done some P-State tests on the same system using the Linux 4.5 and 4.6 kernels that further point towards a regression having taken place.
Last week's release of systemd 230 ended up shipping with a change that made it more easy for processes running as a user to snoop on frame-buffer devices. That change has already been reverted for the next systemd update.
Coming up in a short while I have some fresh AMDGPU-PRO BETA 2 (the fresh -PRO "hybrid" driver release) for OpenGL graphics performance while here are some quick OpenCL compute metrics.
Yesterday marked the official start of the projects for this year's Google Summer of Code and the summer round of the Outreachy (formerly the Outreach Program for Women) projects.
It looks like in the past few days Crytek has made their CryENGINE game engine available via GitHub,
The recent release of QEMU 2.6 has support for allowing guests to do bursts of I/O for a configurable amount of time, whereby the I/O level exceeds the normally allowed limits.
A slew of patches hit mainline Mesa over the night that take care of various OpenGL 4.x related work items.
As expected, Dota 2 with Vulkan rendering support is now available.
Another one of the interesting pull requests this week for the Linux 4.7 merge window is the addition of ZAC (Zone ATA Command) support for Singled Magnetic Recording (SMR) devices.
Released on Saturday was the new AMDGPU-PRO Linux beta driver release for the AMD GCN 1.2 graphics cards. Given the time that's passed since the first beta of this "hybrid" open/closed driver stack, I've been running some fresh benchmarks.
The DRM subsystem updates have been submitted for the Linux 4.7 kernel. This is a big pull with more than 80,000 lines of new code for the mainline kernel!
Version 15.17 of the Gentoo-based Calculate Linux distribution was released this past week.
A change made in the recent release of systemd 230 makes it easy for rogue user processes to be able to spy on your desktop, assuming a few conditions are met.
For those using the open-source Roundcube software for your webmail needs, Roundcube 1.2 is now available as the latest stable version.
Version 1.4 of the Wayland Protocols package has been released with a new protocol extension.
Version 4.2 of GNU's Make was released this Sunday.
This past week I showed how Intel Broadwell graphics are much faster with Mesa 11.3 but this new Mesa version doesn't do much for Haswell. Similar to Broadwell, Mesa 11.3 is a big win if you are on Intel's latest-generation Skylake hardware.
New to the upcoming Mesa release is the OpenSWR software rasterizer developed by Intel and geared for faster performance, at least for the workloads of most interest to the Intel engineers working on this driver.
The Btrfs and F2FS file-system updates were submitted this weekend for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window.
Developers behind the Glasgow Haskell Compiler announced their first "super-major version" of the compiler in six years.
A new release of the AMD GPU-PRO "hybrid" Linux graphics driver stack is now available.
A new release of systemd is available this weekend.
The sixth alpha release of the Debian Installer for the upcoming "Stretch" release is now available.
For users of Nouveau's NVC0 Gallium3D driver with a GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" graphics card, there is now OpenGL 4.2 compliance.
With the in-development Linux 4.7 kernel there is a new CPUFreq governor that leverages the kernel's scheduler utilization data in an attempt to make better decisions about adjusting the CPU's frequency / performance state. Here are some benchmarks of that new CPUFreq governor, Schedutil, compared to the other CPUFreq governors as well as the Intel P-State CPU frequency scaling driver.
We've been waiting to see Vulkan on Mir after the developers working on this display server for Ubuntu missed their original Ubuntu 16.04 target but the latest chatter indicates we might be seeing the support materialize soon.
PHP 7.1 is coming later this year as the first significant update to last year's PHP 7 release that delivered huge speed improvements.
For Broadwell hardware and newer, this week marked the milestone of the Intel Mesa driver exposing OpenGL 4.2 support. However, they are only one extension away from OpenGL 4.3 compliance for the newer Intel graphics hardware and a new version of that patch-set was just posted.
GNOME Games 3.21.2 was released this weekend as the newest version of this GNOME desktop application for managing your video games collection.
Greg Kroah-Hartman has sent in his various pull requests for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window.