RadeonSI Nearly Clearing The OpenGL 4.5 Conformance Test Suite

While RadeonSI in Mesa Git exposes OpenGL 4.5, it hasn't yet formally passed the OpenGL 4.5 Conformance Test Suite (CTS) for certifying the OpenGL driver. But now it looks like this open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver has about all OpenGL CTS failures addressed.

4 Hours Ago - Mesa - OpenGL 4.5 CTS - 6 Comments
Intel's Mesa Driver Set To Flip On OpenGL 4.5 For Haswell

It was just two weeks ago that Intel's Mesa driver finally crossed the threshold with Haswell for supporting OpenGL 4.0 and then last week OpenGL 4.2 was crossed for this older generation of Intel graphics hardware. Now, it looks like OpenGL 4.5 will be enabled for Haswell with the i965 Mesa driver.

10 Hours Ago - Intel - Haswell OpenGL 4.5 - 15 Comments

15 January

GIMP's Progress In 2016, What's Ahead For 2017

GIMP contributor Alexandre Prokoudine published a lengthy blog post today looking back at what were the accomplishments for this open-source image manipulation program in 2016 and some of what's ahead for the program this year.

15 January 06:24 PM EST - GNU - GIMP - 27 Comments
Fresh Tests Of Intel Beignet OpenCL

When firing up Intel's Beignet OpenCL implementation on Clear Linux this weekend, I was surprised to see it was happily chugging along with many of our different CL benchmarks.

15 January 09:19 AM EST - Intel - Beignet 2017 - 2 Comments
A Look At Where The P-State Linux Driver Does Bad Against CPUFreq, Clear Linux Tests

I'm still running more benchmarks in investigating the Core i5 7600K Linux performance and with even its graphics performance being slower than Skylake. I fired up Clear Linux on this Kaby Lake system this weekend and it's indeed faster than Ubuntu, though there still is some sort of fundamental issue at play with these new CPUs on Linux. But what is clear is that there are cases where the P-State CPU frequency scaling driver does perform very poorly over the mature, generic CPUFreq scaling driver.

15 January 09:00 AM EST - Intel - P-State vs. CPUFreq - 10 Comments
AMD HSA IL / BRIG Front-End Still Hoping To Get Into GCC 7

For many months now there's been work on an AMD HSA IL front-end for GCC with supporting the BRIG binary form of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Intermediate Language (HSA IL). It's getting late into GCC 7 development and onwards to its final development stage while this new front-end has yet to be merged.

15 January 08:09 AM EST - AMD - GCC HSA - Add A Comment

14 January

There's A New Port Of RISC-V For GCC

For those following the progress of the RISC-V open-source and royalty-free processor ISA, a new port of the GNU Compiler Collection for this architecture is now available.

14 January 07:06 AM EST - GNU - GCC RISC-V - 1 Comment

13 January

Tegra/Nouveau Render-Only Gallium3D Support

With the Etnaviv driver bringing the Gallium3D "renderonly" library to Mesa Git, Alexandre Courbot of NVIDIA has sent out an updated patch for adding renderonly support to Tegra/Nouveau.

13 January 07:42 AM EST - Mesa - Renderonly - 3 Comments

12 January

KDE Kirigami UI 2.0 Released

KDE developers are having a busy day with not only releasing the feature-packed Plasma 5.9 Beta but also publishing the KDE Kirigami UI 2.0.

12 January 05:00 PM EST - KDE - Kirigami UI 2.0 - Add A Comment
It's Now Possible To Disable & Strip Down Intel's ME Blob

Many free software advocates have been concerned by Intel's binary-only Management Engine (ME) built into the motherboards on newer generations of Intel motherboards. The good news is there is now a working, third-party approach for disabling the ME and reducing the risk of its binary blobs.

12 January 02:00 PM EST - Intel - Intel Management Engine - 43 Comments
GStreamer 1.11.1 Released

GStreamer 1.11.1 is now available as the first unstable release of this multimedia framework for their 1.11 development series, which will culminate with GStreamer 1.12.

12 January 10:55 AM EST - Multimedia - GStreamer - Add A Comment
Antergos vs. Fedora vs. Ubuntu vs. openSUSE vs. Debian 9 vs. Clear Linux For Early 2017

At the end of December I posted a number of Linux workstation/server distribution benchmarks while this article has the results from the more desktop-focused (non-graphics) Linux distribution benchmarks. Up for benchmarking off a Skylake NUC in this article was Antergos, Fedora 25, Ubuntu 16.10, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Debian 9 Testing, and Intel's Clear Linux.

12 January 08:30 AM EST - Operating Systems - 20 Comments

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