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SHADERed 1.2.3 Released With Support For 3D Textures & Audio Shaders

Pon, 10/14/2019 - 12:00
SHADERed is the open-source, cross-platform project for creating and testing HLSL/GLSL shaders. While a version number of 1.2.3 may not seem like a big update, some notable additions can be found within this new SHADERed release...

POCL 1.4 Released For Advancing OpenCL On CPUs - Now Supports LLVM 9.0

Pon, 10/14/2019 - 11:49
Version 1.4 has been released of POCL, the "Portable Computing Language" implementation that allows for a portable OpenCL implementation to be executed on CPUs as well as optionally targeting other accelerators via HSA or even CUDA devices...

Vulkan 1.1.125 Released With SPIR-V 1.4 Support

Pon, 10/14/2019 - 11:37
Succeeding Vulkan 1.1.124 one week later is now Vulkan 1.1.125 with a lone new extension...

Intel Firmware Binaries Land For AX200/AX201 Bluetooth Linux Support

Pon, 10/14/2019 - 08:16
With devices beginning to hit store shelves using the new Intel WiFi 6 AX200 series chipsets, the firmware binaries have landed in linux-firmware.git for rounding out support for these latest WiFi/Bluetooth adapters...

Linux 5.4-rc3 Released Ahead Of Official Kernel Debut In November

Pon, 10/14/2019 - 01:28
Linus Torvalds has just issued the third weekly release candidate of the forthcoming Linux 5.4 kernel that should debut as stable before the end of November...

Ubuntu 19.10 Provides Good Out-Of-The-Box Support For The Dell XPS 7390 Icelake Laptop

Ned, 10/13/2019 - 18:05
For those not following on Twitter, recently I picked up one of the new Dell XPS 7390 laptops for finally being able to deliver Linux benchmarks from Intel Ice Lake! Yes, it's real and running under Linux! For those eyeing the Dell XPS 7390 with this being the first prominent laptop with Ice Lake, here is a brief look at the initial experience with using Ubuntu 19.10.

WireGuard 0.0.20191012 Released With Latest Fixes

Ned, 10/13/2019 - 14:46
WireGuard is still working on transitioning to the Linux kernel's existing crypto API as a faster approach to finally make it into the mainline kernel, but for those using the out-of-tree WireGuard secure VPN tunnel support, a new development release is available...

OpenSUSE's OBS Can Now Spin Windows Subsystem for Linux Images

Ned, 10/13/2019 - 13:59
The openSUSE's Open Build Service (OBS) has been picking up the ability to build Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) images for those wishing to craft their own WSL distribution or just rebuild openSUSE from source as a reproducible/verifiable build...

Vulkan To Better Handle Variable Rate Displays / Adaptive-Sync In The Future

Ned, 10/13/2019 - 12:32
While longtime X11 developer Keith Packard is now working for SiFive on RISC-V processors by day, he's still involved in the Linux graphics world through his contract work for Valve. At the XDC2019 conference earlier this month he presented on display timing, the current Linux plumbing for it, and also bringing up Vulkan will better support variable rate displays in the future...

GNOME's Mutter 3.35.1 Fixes The Night Light Mode On Wayland

Ned, 10/13/2019 - 12:11
With many of the prominent fixes that we've talked about for GNOME Shell and Mutter since last month's 3.34 release having been back-ported to 3.34.1, this weekend's release of GNOME Shell 3.35.1 and Mutter 3.35.1 as the first steps towards GNOME 3.36 aren't all that big. But at least in the case of this new Mutter development release are some worthwhile fixes...

Godot's Vulkan Renderer Is Getting Into Increasingly Good Shape

Ned, 10/13/2019 - 11:50
Lead developer of the open-source Godot 2D/3D game engine Juan Linietsky has continued working daily on the engine's Vulkan renderer ahead of Godot 4.0...

KDE Plasma 5.17 Seeing Last Minute Bug Fixing

Ned, 10/13/2019 - 11:41
With KDE Plasma 5.17 releasing soon, it's been seeing a lot of last minute fixes while feature activity is also brewing around Plasma 5.18...

GNU Binutils 2.33.1 Released With Support For Newer Arm Cortex CPUs, SVE2/TME/MVE

Sob, 10/12/2019 - 17:32
GNU Binutils 2.33 was tagged in Git two weeks ago but seemingly without any release announcement while now Binutils 2.33.1 has been released...

Red Hat's New Graphics Engineer Is A Longtime AMD/ATI Linux Developer

Sob, 10/12/2019 - 15:45
Red Hat had been looking to hire another experienced open-source graphics driver developer and for that their newest member on their growing open-source graphics team is a longtime AMD/ATI developer...

FreeBSD 12.1 Is Near With Libomp Finally In Base, LLD Linker By Default For i386

Sob, 10/12/2019 - 13:56
FreeBSD 12.1 is near with the first release candidate shipping this weekend. While a point release over the nearly one year old FreeBSD 12.0, it does come with some notable changes in tow...

Dav1d 0.5 Released With AVX2, SSSE3 & ARM64 Performance Improvements - Benchmarks

Sob, 10/12/2019 - 12:31
Friday marked the release of dav1d 0.5 as the newest version of this speedy open-source AV1 video decoder. With dav1d 0.5 are optimizations to help out SSSE3 most prominently but also AVX2 and ARM64 processors. Here are some initial benchmarks so far of this new dav1d video decoder on Linux...

XWayland Lands RandR/Vidmode Emulation For Better Game Handling

Sob, 10/12/2019 - 12:13
There is yet another significant improvement found for XWayland in the latest X.Org Server code that will hopefully see a long overdue release soon...

KDE Frameworks 6 Discussions Light Up With Qt 6.0 Coming Next Year

Sob, 10/12/2019 - 11:48
With The Qt Company working hard now on development around Qt 6, the KDE developers are beginning their early discussions over their path forward to adopting this next evolutionary tool-kit update...

xf86-video-amdgpu 19.1 Delivers A Batch Of Fixes

Sob, 10/12/2019 - 11:04
AMD has released a new version of their X.Org display driver...

X-Plane 11.50 Flight Simulator Bringing Vulkan Support

Sob, 10/12/2019 - 05:09
For years we have been looking forward to the realistic X-Plane flight simulator rendered by Vulkan as an alternative to their long-standing OpenGL render and with X-Plane 11.50 that is finally being made a reality...
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