The Rest Of The Year Should Be Super Exciting For Linux Enthusiasts
Among the events we have to look forward to in the next three months include:
- Vulkan!!! The initial Vulkan specification should be made public "before the end of the year" as the last official communication while some unofficial chatter I've heard is putting it towards a potential early November debut. Once the Vulkan specification is out, there will be the open-source Intel driver, NVIDIA's proprietary Vulkan driver, and the closed-at-first AMD Vulkan Linux driver. SPIR-V 1.0 should also be firmed up as part of the Vulkan specification.
- Next month is when Valve's Steam Controller and the Steam Machines will begin to ship! Hopefully they will be a success and drive up the Steam Linux market-share with being powered by the Debian-based SteamOS.
- There's more top-notch Steam Linux game ports to look forward to, such as Alien: Isolation and America's Army.
- More Intel Skylake hardware should become available.
- Hopefully Intel's Mesa driver hitting OpenGL 4.0~4.2 support and the Radeon/Nouveau Gallium3D drivers hitting OpenGL 4.2+.
- Linux 4.3 will be released with its many new features.
- Linux 4.4 is building up for development and will hopefully have AMDGPU re-clocking support for TONGA and Fiji, among many other kernel-level improvements.
- Ubuntu 15.10 and Fedora 23 will be officially released.
Am I missing out on anything else? What else do you hope will happen in the Linux/open-source world in Q4?