December Has Been A Very Exciting Month So Far For Linux/OSS Enthusiasts
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 15 December 2016 at 12:35 PM EST. 4 Comments
We are just half way through December yet it's been a very exciting month already due to the Linux 4.9 release, the never-ending work on open-source graphics drivers, the Linux 4.10 merge window, and much more. So far this month I've already written 152 original news articles as well as a dozen Linux hardware reviews / featured multi-page articles.

With the Linux kernel merge window happening, the end of the year going on with better ad rates around the holidays to motivate more work on my part, and other factors, it's trending like yet another month with more than ten original articles on Phoronix each and every day.

If you've been behind on your Phoronix reading because of the holidays, below is a look at the 20 most popular news items on Phoronix so far this month. The back half of December should be equally exciting with many year-end articles, including a lot of driver/GPU benchmarks coming up! I haven't taken a single day off of work in about four years and don't plan on taking any days off this year for the holidays, so you can expect to find fresh Phoronix articles each day through the end of the year.

If you appreciate all of the Linux enthusiast-oriented content on Phoronix each day, consider this holiday season joining Phoronix Premium to gain access to our ad-free site with multi-page articles on a single page and other benefits. You can also support via using our Amazon and NewEgg shopping links or by making a holiday tip. Thanks for your support as we end out 2016 and hopefully have an even better 2017.

It Looks Like AMDGPU DC (DAL) Will Not Be Accepted In The Linux Kernel
While AMD developers have been working to improve their "DAL" (now known as "DC") display code for the better part of the past year and this code is needed for new hardware support as well as supporting HDMI/DP audio on existing AMDGPU-enabled hardware plus other features, it's still not going to be accepted to the mainline kernel in its current form.

Oracle Might Be Canning Solaris
Oracle might be pulling the plug on the Solaris operating system, at least according to some new rumors.

OpenSUSE Ends Support For Binary AMD Graphics Driver
Bruno Friedmann has announced the end to AMD proprietary driver fglrx support in openSUSE while also announcing they don't plan to support the hybrid proprietary AMDGPU-PRO stack either.

Linux 4.9 Kernel Officially Released
The Linux 4.9 kernel has been officially released.

The Best Features Of The Linux 4.9 Kernel
With the Linux 4.9 kernel expected for release this coming weekend, here is a recap of some of the most interesting changes for this next big kernel release.

Qualcomm Sampling 10nm 48-Core Server SoC
Qualcomm announced this morning they have begun sampling the world’s first 10nm server processor.

Wine 2.0 Coming In December~January: DirectX 11 Support Ongoing, No Android Support
With Wine having moved to annual, time-based releases, the code freeze is indeed imminent for the next stable release, Wine 2.0.

Calligra 3.0 Is Ready As A Qt5 / KDE Frameworks 5 Office Suite
It's been quite a while since last having anything to report on the KDE Calligra open-source graphics/office suite while surprisingly this morning it was pleasant to see Calligra 3.0 tagged for release.

Etnaviv DRM Updates Submitted For Linux 4.10
Etnaviv is the latest DRM driver having its code ready for DRM-Next to in turn land for Linux 4.10.

Chromium/Chrome Wayland Updates: Keyboard Device Changes, Service-Side Decorations
There have been some new commits to Google's Chromium code-base this week worth pointing out.

PTS: PHP 7.1 vs. PHP 7.0 vs. HHVM Benchmarks
With today's PHP 7.1 release, performance isn't highlighted as much as language improvements to this first major update to PHP7, but I decided to run some PHP 7.1, PHP 7.0, PHP 5.6, PHP 5.5, and HHVM benchmarks of our open-source Phoronix Test Suite code-base.

With Wine Git, You Can Run The D3D11 Blizzard Overwatch Game On Linux
Wine has long been working on its Direct3D 11 support, but it's not quite ready for major Windows games with the upcoming Wine 2.0 release. With some work that didn't make the cut for Wine 2.0, Blizzard's Overwatch game appears to be running well.

The Rumor Is Back That Future Intel CPUs To Use Radeon Graphics
The rumor is back that Intel and AMD have reached a deal for future Intel CPUs to be paired with integrated AMD Radeon graphics.

MXSFB DRM Driver Merged Ahead Of Linux 4.10
There is a new DRM driver merged into DRM-Next for the Linux 4.10 merge window.

New Kernel Vulnerability Allows Local Root For Unprivileged Processes
There is yet another new Linux kernel vulnerability being disclosed today that allows for unprivileged processes to gain kernel code execution abilities.

Intel Skylake+ On Mesa Wires In Two More OpenGL Extensions
Intel's Mesa driver has wired in support for two more OpenGL extensions not part of an official OpenGL specification release. These two new extensions are supported for Skylake and newer.

LLVM 3.9.1 Expected For Release Next Week
While LLVM 4.0 isn't coming until its planned release in Feburary, the LLVM 3.9.1 point release is expected this coming week.

The New Feature Highlights For The Upcoming Wine 2.0
Now that Wine 2.0 is under a feature freeze with Wine 2.0-rc1 having been released, I spent some time this Sunday looking back at the new features added during the Wine 1.9 development series.

Arch Linux Now Has A 64-bit AArch64 Kernel For The Raspberry Pi 3
Following openSUSE/SUSE spinning 64-bit Linux for the Raspberry Pi 3, Arch Linux fans now have a mainline AArch64 kernel for the Raspberry Pi 3.

It Looks Like There's A Possible Data Corruption Bug For Btrfs Dating Back To 2009
A Phoronix reader pointed out to us this weekend there's been another Btrfs file-system data corruption bug discovered that dates back to around 2009.
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