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Unigine 2.0 Is In Alpha With Many Changes & OpenGL 4.5 Support

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 22:18
Unigine Corp has revealed today that Unigine 2.0 has been under development for about one year and with this major revision to their technologically-amazing but seldom adopted engine is OpenGL 4.5 rendering support and other changes...

Chrome 39 Beta Has JS Generators, Web Animation Improvements

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 19:06
The latest beta release of Google's Chrome/Chromium web browser is now available with new features...

For Older NVIDIA GPUs, Nouveau Re-Clocking Is Getting Fit

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 17:42
Student developer Roy Spliet presented at XDC2014 Bordeaux this week about his X.Org Foundation funded work on improving GPU re-clocking for the open-source Nouveau (NVIDIA) Linux graphics driver. For NVA3/NVA5/NVA8 hardware owners, the reverse-engineered driver will soon start offering better performance with the GPU core and memory frequencies finally able to hit their rated targets...

The Limitations Of Wayland On Fedora 21

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:17
With Fedora 21 there's the GNOME 3.14 Wayland session that's starting to become day-to-day usable but isn't yet complete. There's also a long list of known applications that don't yet play well outside of X11 and other shortcomings...

SilverStone Raven RV05

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 15:30
We're finally starting to reach a state where case manufacturers are doing away with the seldom-used 5.25-inch drive bays! With computer enthusiasts not often needing optical drives these days in their desktops, SilverStone introduced the Raven RV05 this past summer that does away with all 5.25-inch drive bays (though there is a slim slot-loading optical drive bay slot if you really need it...). With Linux users especially being rarely reliant on optical drives given that most Linux distributions can be installed in a "live USB" manner and most software obtained over the Internet via distribution package repositories, the Raven RV05 we're looking at today should be efficient and attractive to many Linux users.

Former Valve/VOGL Dev: OpenGL Next Could Take 3+ Years

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:00
Rich Geldreich, one of the original Valve Linux team members who started work on their VOGL OpenGL debugger, thinks it will take three years or more before the next-generation OpenGL materializes for users...

openSUSE 13.2 RC1 Is Out & Still Riding On Btrfs

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 13:00
Following almost ten thousand downloads of openSUSE 13.2 Beta, the first release candidate is out for this first openSUSE release using the Btrfs file-system by default...

xf86-video-modesetting Gets The GLAMOR Treatment

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:38
Patches are pending to provide the xf86-video-modesetting with GLAMOR hardware acceleration support for 2D...

Open-Source AMD Linux Developers Already Thinking About API Improvements

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:29
Given yesterday's big update about AMD's unified Linux driver approach and creating a new "AMDGPU" kernel driver, open-source driver developers independent of AMD who have worked on the current Radeon code are already proposing API improvements...

New ARM Hardware Support For Linux 3.18 Kernel

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:13
There's new ARM SoCs supported by the Linux 3.18 kernel...

AMD's Carrizo Gets Temperature Monitoring On Linux

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:03
The Linux 3.18 kernel will bring support for reading the core temperature of AMD's forthcoming "Carrizo" APUs...

AMD Has A CEO Shake-Up Again

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:28
The AMD news keeps rolling today... The latest is word hitting the wire that Rory Read has stepped down from AMD...

A Look Back: When Everyone Had Problems With ATI/AMD On Linux

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:00
If you go back more than seven years ago, lots of people took easy aim at the state of ATI/AMD's Linux graphics drivers. Back then, they didn't even have an open-source strategy... How times have changed...

The Slides Announcing The New "AMDGPU" Kernel Driver

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 18:00
Today to kick off XDC, AMD announced its rolling with its new Linux driver model that includes the development of a new kernel DRM driver...

F2FS File-System Gets Even Better With Linux 3.18

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 16:54
The Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) has been running well in our latest SSD benchmarks but with the forthcoming Linux 3.18 kernel it's going to be in even better shape...

AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:45
Alex Deucher of AMD has taken the floor at XDC2014, which got underway today in France to provide an update on the company's new unified open-source driver strategy. Compared to what I originally reported earlier in the year when breaking the news, there's some notable changes but overall this is an exciting endeavor for AMD Linux customers with the open and closed source AMD GPU drivers going to share the same (open-source) Linux kernel driver.

TYAN Launches Its First OpenPOWER Reference System

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:04
Our hardware friends at TYAN have announced their first customer reference system built around OpenPOWER, the collaboration around IBM's Power Architecture with the Power ISA and other technology being opened up. TYAN's "Palmetto System" is promoted as being innovative, collaborative, and open...

Linux 3.18 To Add Support For Firmware Core Dumps To User-Space

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:03
Besides Greg KH sending in the USB changes for Linux 3.18 he also sent in the driver core changes for the 3.18 merge window. With the driver core patches this time around is a notable change for benefiting developers to ultimately better debug wireless and GPU driver issues...

XDC 2014 Kicked Off This Morning In Bordeaux

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:20
This morning the annual X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC) started in Bordeaux, France...

Understanding More Of AMD's Open-Source HSA Plans

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:25
On Monday I wrote about AMD adding native object code support to their Radeon Gallium3D drivers and Clover. Besides being a huge performance win for OpenCL kernel compile times, this work is also instrumental as part of AMD's open-source HSA Linux plans...