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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.
18 Minutes Ago - Standards - SPIR-V

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.

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 - 44 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 - 40 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

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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 3 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 - 39 Comments

1 March

Kdenlive Ported To Qt5/KF5, Coming To KDE Applications 15.04

Last month there was a long overdue development update on Kdenlive, an open-source video editor associated with the KDE camp. Today comes more exciting news for anyone using this video editor on Linux.
03:36 PM EST - KDE - Kdenlive - 3 Comments

HTC & Valve Partnered Up For The Steam VR Headset

Valve teamed up with hardware manufacturer HTC to produce the HTC Revive, a.k.a. the SteamVR Headset.
11:49 AM EST - Hardware - HTC+Valve - 32 Comments

8cc: A Small C11 Compiler

There is yet another small hobbyist, open-source code compiler to talk about this weekend. Hello 8cc.
09:01 AM EST - Compiler - 8cc Compiler - 14 Comments

Not Everyone Likes The Possible "VULKAN" Name For Next-Gen OpenGL

I'm still working on any sort of possible confirmation from the Khronos Group and other OpenGL stakeholders whether Vulkan is the name of the next-generation OpenGL API, but alas, on the weekend and being just a few days before the announcement, nothing has been confirmed.
08:54 AM EST - Standards - VULKAN - 60 Comments

The Binary Blobs Making Up Coreboot

While recently modern Intel hardware is negatively talked about the most when it comes to needing binary blobs / binary-only microcode to work with the open-source Coreboot, other hardware can be problematic too.
08:31 AM EST - Coreboot - Coreboot Blobs - 12 Comments

28 February

Linux 4.0 & LLVM vs. GCC Yielded Much Interest This Month

This month on Phoronix the most popular news articles were about the Linux 4.0 kernel (formerly known as Linux 3.20) but also popular were LLVM-related stories, Raspberry Pi 2 news, and the usual Linux graphics coverage.
08:16 PM EST - Phoronix - Top Articles - 1 Comment

XBMC/Kodi 15.0 Alpha 1 Released

The first major feature release over Kodi 14, the media player / open-source HTPC software previously known as XBMC, is in development and its first development release is now available.
06:35 PM EST - Multimedia - Kodi 15 - 3 Comments

Xfce 4.12 Released After Nearly Three Years Of Work

Xfce 4.12 has finally been released!
06:28 PM EST - Desktop - Xfce 4.12 - 48 Comments

The Khronos Group Filed A Trademark On "Vulkan" API

The Khronos Group filed a trademark request earlier this month with the USPTO over the name Vulkan as it pertains to drawing 2D/3D graphics... Vulkan might be the name of the next-generation OpenGL specification due to be announced next week.
01:36 PM EST - Standards - Vulkan - 50 Comments

Mozilla Thunderbird Adoption Climbs, Thunderbird 38 In May

While Mozilla doesn't devote nearly as many resources to their Thunderbird email client as they do to Firefox and there isn't as many high-profile releases for this project in a while, Thunderbird adoption continues to climb.
10:12 AM EST - Mozilla - Mozilla Thunderbird - 69 Comments

The Most Popular Linux Benchmark Results On OpenBenchmarking.org

With OpenBenchmarking.org having turned four years old a few days ago earlier this week I provided a look at the most popular/used benchmarks/tests on our open cloud service while in this article is a look at the most viewed test results.
09:26 AM EST - Phoronix - OpenBenchmarking.org Views

Intel's Graphics Driver For Linux 4.1 Will Have More XenGT vGPU Support

While the first release candidate of the Linux 4.0 kernel is barely one week old, Intel's open-source graphics driver development team already has changes queued up for the next kernel cycle, Linux 4.1
08:11 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1 Intel DRM - 2 Comments

PlayOnLinux 4.2.6 Fixes A Number Of Issues

A new release of the PlayOnLinux graphical front-end to Wine is now available.
07:41 AM EST - WINE - PlayOnLinux GUI Wine - 30 Comments

The New Wallpaper Of Xfce 4.12

The release of Xfce 4.12 is hopefully being realized this weekend. The release hasn't taken place at the time of writing, but there's been commits to update translations as well as to add the new wallpaper of Xfce 4.12.
07:24 AM EST - Desktop - Xfce 4.12 - 23 Comments

27 February

Mesa 10.5-RC3 Now Available To Test Improved GPU Drivers

Just a few days after Mesa 10.5 RC2 was released, the third release candidate to Mesa 10.5 is now available for testing.
10:07 PM EST - Mesa - Mesa 10.5

New Specifications On The Alleged Ubuntu Tablet

Back in December, Phoronix delivered the first article about An Ubuntu Tablet Inspired By The Ubuntu Edge Is Coming. From the company responsible for this tablet inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge smartphone we have some new specifications of the tablet they plan to ship with Ubuntu.
07:26 PM EST - Ubuntu - MJ Tech - 16 Comments

LLVM 3.6 Officially Released With Many Compiler Advantages

While running a few days late, LLVM 3.6 was officially released today.
03:32 PM EST - Compiler - LLVM 3.6 - 3 Comments

VLC 2.2 "Weathermax" Brings Better VP9 & H.265 Support

VLC 2.2 (codenamed "Weathermax") was released today as the latest version of the popular, multi-platform, open-source media player.
12:47 PM EST - Multimedia - VLC 2.2 - 17 Comments

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Linux Benchmarks

The latest solid-state drive being added to one of our Linux test farm systems is the Samsung 850 EVO. Prior to commissioning this drive in one of the systems, I ran some benchmarks against a few other solid-state drives while testing with the EXT4 file-system on Ubuntu Linux.
12:00 PM EST - Storage - 11 Comments

Open-Source .NET On Linux Continues Maturing

Rich Lander of Microsoft has posted an update concerning the open-sourcing of Microsoft's .NET core and how they're looking to do feature work more in the open and with the community's involvement.
10:38 AM EST - Free Software - CoreCLR - 46 Comments

Features Coming For The Imminent Xfce 4.12 Release

If all goes according to plan, Xfce 4.12 will be officially released this weekend. Here's a look at some of the most prominent changes for this long overdue update to Xfce.
09:32 AM EST - Desktop - Xfce 4.12 - 25 Comments

Canonical's Latest Demo Of Ubuntu Unity 8 Convergence In Action

A new video is out showing the latest work on Ubuntu's Unity 8 interface and the convergence user experience across phones, tablets, and desktop PCs.
08:56 AM EST - Ubuntu - Unity 8 - 45 Comments

The Quest For Decent, Low-Priced Server Cases & Racks/Cabinets

Here's another quick update on the process of building out the new open-source benchmarking server farm... The construction of the room is going along nicely and I'm currently evaluating a few different server chassis and racks/cabinets.
08:42 AM EST - Hardware - Low-Cost Server Building - 21 Comments

Mesa 10.5 Is In Ubuntu 15.04 For The Latest Open-Source GPU Drivers

For Ubuntu Linux users who haven't tried the Vivid Verbet Beta 1 release yet, you'll be pleased to know that Ubuntu 15.04 is riding off Mesa 10.5 for having the latest open-source graphics drivers.
08:17 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 10.5-rc1 - 7 Comments

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