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The NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit 6.5 update released this week provides measurable performance advantages to those using the open-source Blender modelling software with NVIDIA's GPU acceleration.
26 Minutes Ago - Free Software - CUDA 6.5
With Kristian Høgsberg seemingly busy with other projects, Pekka Paalanen went ahead and did the first alpha release for the upcoming Wayland and Weston 1.6 release.
Users of some pre-Fermi NVIDIA graphics cards can be thankful to Roy Spliet for managing some re-clocking related improvements to the Nouveau driver.
Compared to the state of AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack shipped in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS back in April, the latest open-source graphics driver code for the Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer is a heck of a lot faster. Here's some tests showing how much progress has been made the past few months.
There's another high-profile game that's looking to come to Linux.
5 Hours Ago - Gaming - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
With each kernel revision, LLVM Clang gets closer to being able to build the mainline Linux kernel. There's now just a few dozen patches outstanding for LLVMLinux to be a mainline success.
The annual gathering of X.Org/Mesa/Wayland developers next year is likely to happen in either Toronto or Boston.
5 Hours Ago - X.Org - X.Org Developers' Conference
Eric Anholt's VC4 Gallium3D driver intended to support the low-cost Raspberry Pi development board is now able to accommodate running the X.Org Server with GLAMOR.
For those using the closed-source Opera web-browser, the development release to Opera 25 is available this week.
Another Steam Linux client update is out today and with this latest revision comes VA-API video acceleration support when using Steam on Linux for in-home streaming.
The first beta of the upcoming GNOME 3.14 has been released ahead of its expected general availability in September.
For those hoping Mesa 10.3 would reach OpenGL 4.0 core compliance and thus the version bumping to Mesa 11.0, that didn't happen in time. Mesa 10.3 has now been branched from master and Mesa 10.3 RC1 issued.
Yesterday I shared some benchmarks showing Intel Sandy Bridge HD Graphics performance increasing on Linux 3.17 for this several year old architecture. This came as a surprise but the good news is the performance improvements on this new Linux kernel don't stop with OpenGL but extend to CPU performance too.
For those curious about what's going on with "Fedora.Next" in revolutionizing the Fedora Linux distribution, Matthew Miller -- Fedora's new Project Leader -- is presenting at LinuxCon Chicago today covering the ongoing working for the Red Hat sponsored distribution.
Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has joined the Khronos Group to help push open, cross-platform, industry-standard APIs.
Version 1.11 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) has been released and it represents a huge milestone for those depending upon the library as part of their desktop.
Tests I carried out last month with a Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air showed Linux largely smashing OS X 10.9 with the latest open-source graphics driver code on Linux over Apple's OpenGL driver. Today I'm testing the latest OS X 10.9.4 state against the newest Linux kernel and Intel Mesa driver code on Ubuntu while this time using an older Sandy Bridge era Apple Mac Mini.
05:59 AM EDT - Operating Systems
While we haven't heard much out of the DirectFB camp in recent months, it turns out their code is still churning and they continue making progress for this library that provides a plethora of features while running off the Linux frame-buffer.
While it was originally set for Linux 3.17, with the Linux 3.18 kernel that's still months away will be userptr support for the AMD Radeon graphics driver.
12:00 AM EDT - AMD - Userptr
NVIDIA put out version 6.5 of their Compute Unified Device Architecture today and it is a big step ahead, including better development tooling for CUDA Fortran.
Besides the recent work to support OpenGL Geometry Shaders for Sandy Bridge in Mesa, users of Intel "Sandy Bridge" HD Graphics can also be thankful for the forthcoming Linux 3.17 kernel. Early testing of Linux 3.17 has revealed that for at least some Intel Sandy Bridge hardware are OpenGL performance improvements with the newer kernel code.
For the upcoming GNOME 3.13.90 release are updates to GNOME Shell and Mutter that bring a few notable last-minute changes.
The KDE Applications stack has been updated for KDE 4.,14 while the Plasma Workspaces and Development Platform are transitioning to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5.
02:11 PM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.14
Ruth Suehle and Tom Callaway are presenting at LinuxCon 2014 Chicago tomorrow about many different Raspberry Pi hacks and other Linux capabilities of these low-cost, low-performance single board computers.
AMD's proprietary Catalyst Linux driver installer is interestingly being prepared for an environment without an X.Org Server.
Earlier this month at SIGGRAPH Vancouver we were surprised yet delighted by the news of Khronos developing a next-generation graphics API following OpenGL 4.5. All of the Khronos Group slides about OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL-Next, and their other industry-standard APIs have now been published from their SIGGRAPH track.
Early benchmarking of the Linux 3.17 kernel have indicated faster performance for AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver thanks to Radeon DRM improvements.
With LinuxCon starting today in Chicago, the Linux Foundation has announced their latest sponsorship recruits for some major organizations that are now backing the foundation.
With the upcoming Qt 5.4 release, LGPLv3 is now an optional license alongside the existing LGPLv2.1 license and the commercial combination for Qt Enterprise.
Fermilab developers continue to be hard at work on their Scientific Linux 7.0 OS, which of course is respun from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
06:14 AM EDT - Operating Systems - SL7
Similar to the kernel states of having a tainted kernel for using binary blob kernel modules or unsigned modules, a new tainting method has been proposed for warning the user about potentially adverse kernel performance.
Lennart Poettering announced the systemd 216 release on Tuesday and among its changes is a more complete systemd-resolved that has nearly complete caching DNS and LLMNR stub resolver, a new systemd terminal library, and a number of new commands.
For those living on the Mesa 10.2 stable series rather than the experimental Mesa 10.3 code, there's a new point release out today.
Brian Fargo's Wasteland 2 game that's the successor to the original Wasteland from two decades ago now has an official release date...
Dead Island is a action role-playing game developed by Techland for all major platforms and is based on a zombie-infested open world island. There's been talk of a potential Linux port and it looks like it might finally be materializing for Linux gamers.
Fans of LXQt, the merge of the Qt version of LXDE along with the Razor-qt desktop project, will soon see out a big update.
There's many new features to Linux 3.17 that were covered over the past two weeks on Phoronix. One of the merged Linux 3.17 features that went under our radar at the time was the new memfd syscall was merged, which is a requirement of the forthcoming KDBUS, the kernel-based D-Bus implementation sought after by the systemd crew.
The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 was just announced with "$210 worth of awesome games" that can be found on Steam, but before Linux gamers get too excited, they're mostly left in the dust.
For good or bad, it sure seems like time flew by the past few months of the Ubuntu 14.10 development cycle; the feature freeze for the Utopic Unicorn is this week.
Eltechs is preparing to introduce ExaGear Desktop next month as new proprietary software for running Linux x86 software on Linux ARM using their own virtual machine technology.
This week at LinuxCon Chicago are two talks about Red Hat's Kpatch live kernel patching solution to reduce downtime. However, there aren't any scheduled talks about SUSE's kGraft solution with neither yet being in the mainline kernel.
12:46 PM EDT - Linux Events - LinuxCon
This week at LinuxCon North America in Chicago is a presentation by Google's Marc Merlin that's entitled "Why you should consider using btrfs, real COW snapshots and file level incremental server OS upgrades like Google does." The presentation does a good job at looking at the state of Btrfs on Linux and comparing it to ZFS.
While Mesa is still racing towards OpenGL 4.0 compliance, another OpenGL 4.5 extension can now be crossed off the Mesa TODO list.
XBMC 13.2 has been released as one of the last "Gotham" series bug-fix releases before the project renames itself to Kodi.
10:00 AM EDT - Multimedia - XBMC Gotham
The ISO C++14 draft international standard was unanimously approved and is now clear for publication.
Not to be confused with the Radeon R7 graphics cards, AMD today officially announced the Radeon R7 SSD line-up.
The Linux Foundation is pushing for two-factor authentication for Kernel.org Git repositories.
Ubuntu MATE is making progress as becoming an official Ubuntu derivative using the GNOME2-forked desktop environment.
Connor Abbott, the open-source developer that began contributing to the Lima Linux graphics driver while a high school student, was interning at Intel this summer even before starting college. Over the summer the focus of his Intel Linux internship was focusing on developing a new intermediate representation for Mesa graphics drivers.
As an update to yesterday's story about Coreboot now working for the MacBook 2,1 model, with today's Git activity the open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement will also work with the even older 1,1 model.
The Linux Foundation's LinuxCon North America event is happening this week in Chicago.
We haven't heard much talk lately about Wayland 1.6 but Pekka Paalanen is stepping up and is trying to begin organizing work towards the Wayland/Weston 1.6 release that's quickly due.
For several months now there's been a Direct3D 9 state tracker under development for Mesa that's making some headway and working out for bettering the Wine performance with D3D9 titles rather than using Wine's translation layer to OpenGL. While no official request for pulling the code has been issued, it looks like it might stand a chance of hitting mainline Mesa.
Several Phoronix readers have written in this weekend to share that the Viber Linux client is finally up to par with the Windows version.
Those wishing to work for one of the best open-source companies while focusing on improving open-source Linux graphics drivers, Red Hat has an opening.
After the Lenovo X200 support the latest laptop supporting Coreboot is Apple's second-generation MacBook.
The second alpha release to Mageia 5 was released this weekend and it incorporates updated package "under the hood" and is working towards KDE Frameworks 5 and LXQt support for Mageia 5.
Nouveau developer Martin Peres has published a set of ten Nouveau DRM patches working towards proper fan/power management support for NVIDIA's latest "Maxwell" GPUs.
Now that the merge window has passed and Linux 3.17-rc1 released, here's a rundown of the new features for the Linux 3.17 kernel.
Version 2.1 of the Git revision control system is available this weekend.
10:42 AM EDT - Free Software - Git 2.1
KDE's Konqueror web-browser is in need of a new maintainer and for some love to port it to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.