openSUSE Tumbleweed Now Offering GNOME 40

While openSUSE/SUSE is known for their friendliness towards the KDE desktop, this week's openSUSE Tumbleweed updates have made GNOME 40 available on this rolling-release distribution.

10 Hours Ago - SUSE - GNOME 40 + OpenSUSE - 9 Comments
Mesa 21.2 Begins Seeing Intel Xe-HP Graphics Driver Changes

With Mesa 21.1 now branched for this collection of primarily OpenGL/Vulkan open-source drivers for Linux, feature development is on for Mesa 21.2 that will debut in Q3. One of the first major changes to land for Mesa 21.2 is the beginning of the graphics compiler support for Intel's forthcoming Xe-HP high performance graphics processor.

16 Hours Ago - Intel - Intel Xe-HP Compiler Bits - Add A Comment

15 April

NVIDIA RTX 30 Series OpenCL / CUDA / OptiX Compute + Rendering Benchmarks

Recently from NVIDIA we received the rest of the NVIDIA RTX 30 series line-up for cards we haven't been able to benchmark under Linux previously, thus it's been a busy month of Ampere benchmarking for these additional cards and re-testing the existing parts. Coming up next week will be a large NVIDIA vs. AMD Radeon Linux gaming benchmark comparison while in this article today is an extensive look at the GPU compute performance for the complete RTX 20 and RTX 30 series line-up under Linux with compute tests spanning OpenCL, Vulkan, CUDA, and OptiX RTX under a variety of compute and rendering workloads.

15 April 01:10 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 11 Comments
Google Supports Getting Rust Into The Linux Kernel

It should come as little surprise -- especially given the recent news of Google allowing Rust to be used for Android system-level code -- but engineers at the search giant are in support of Rust code being used within the mainline Linux kernel.

15 April 06:12 AM EDT - Google - Rust The Kernel - 42 Comments

14 April

Metro Exodus Launches For Linux But Off To Bumpy Start

As scheduled, Metro Exodus saw its native Linux port debut today. This first person shooter from 4A Games launched on Windows and consoles in 2019 while the 4A Engine powered game only debuted today for macOS and Linux. Previously it would work with Steam Play but now there is a native Linux port albeit with some kinks still to work out.

14 April 08:15 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - Metro Exodus - 36 Comments
Rust Support In The Linux Kernel Undergoing Another Round Of Discussions

Last month the initial infrastructure for allowing the Rust programming language to be used within the Linux kernel landed in the Linux-Next tree for more widespread testing ahead of its possible inclusion in the mainline kernel. Now a "request for comments" has been started again on the kernel mailing list around the prospects of Rust code for the Linux kernel.

14 April 06:29 PM EDT - Programming - Rust For Linux - 56 Comments
The Linux Kernel & GNOME Desktop Preparing For Privacy Screen Support

Over the past year there has been an uptick in Linux developers from different vendors working on laptop privacy screen support under Linux. When it comes to the support with newer Lenovo ThinkPad laptops, it looks like that kernel support could soon land and the GNOME desktop is already preparing to support this feature.

14 April 01:11 PM EDT - Hardware - Linux + GNOME - 27 Comments
Mesa 21.1 Squeezes In Improvements For Direct3D 9 (Gallium Nine)

The feature freeze and code branching for Mesa 21.1 is imminent but last minute feature work continues to pour in. Hitting Mesa Git this morning as the latest activity were some fixes and improvements in Gallium Nine for providing Direct3D 9 support atop Gallium3D drivers to Wine/Windows programs.

14 April 06:18 AM EDT - Mesa - Gallium Nine - 4 Comments
Mesa's Virgl Straps On A Simple Disk Cache

The "Virgl" virtual 3D GPU project for providing OpenGL (and work-in-progress VirtIO-GPU Vulkan) acceleration within guest virtual machines continues to mature for improving the open-source Linux desktop virtualization stack.

14 April 05:51 AM EDT - Mesa - Disk Cache - 4 Comments
Linux 5.13 To Allow For OpenBMC Development With A Lower-Cost ASRock Rack Motherboard

The Linux Foundation's OpenBMC project to provide an open-source BMC firmware stack is quite exciting for freeing this low-level aspect of servers, but finding a supported motherboard that works well with OpenBMC can be a challenge at this stage. Fortunately, Linux 5.13 is set to support a lower-cost motherboard option in hopes of boosting OpenBMC development/usage.

14 April 02:00 AM EDT - Hardware - Low-Cost Board Option - Add A Comment

13 April

Vulkan Video Arrives For New Industry-Standard Video Encode/Decode

For years we have been eager to learn more about the long mentioned Vulkan Video API, which was supposed to come in H1-2020, but now has finally arrived with today's v1.2.175 update in provisional form. The new Vulkan Video extensions allow for GPU-accelerated video encode/decode. The initial public work is treated as a provisional specification and with limited codec coverage but will be expanded upon in time.

13 April 09:00 AM EDT - Vulkan - Vulkan Video - 38 Comments

12 April

Intel Rocket Lake Target Added To GCC 11

While Intel is often very proactive in adding new CPU families to the open-source GCC and LLVM/Clang compilers where it tends to land a year or more in advance of the processors actually shipping, occasionally there are slipups. Today in fact the "Rocket Lake" support finally was merged into GCC 11 days ahead of that compiler release and after the CPUs were already launched at the end of March.

12 April 05:44 AM EDT - Intel - -march=rocketlake - 2 Comments

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