AMDVLK Driver Updated With Environment Variable To Enable Experimental Extensions

AMD normally just does one code drop per week to their open-source “AMDVLK” Linux Vulkan driver code-base but now today marks the second time this week being greeted by new code. This latest release, v-2019.Q1.5, should provide for some fun weekend testing by Linux gamers preferring this driver...

Fedora 30 Flips On Intel Graphics Fastboot By Default To Enhance The Boot Experience

While Intel is finally poised to enable Fastboot by default for recent generations of their Iris/HD/UHD Graphics hardware, which could happen as soon as Linux 5.1, for now Fedora is comfortable enough enabling the support by default on their own…

Lutris 0.5 Released With Much Improved GTK User Interface, GOG Support

For those using the Lutris open-source gaming platform that aims to enhance the experience of managing games and better integration from Wine to Steam games, the huge 0.5 release is now available for upgrades…

Gallium3D’s Mesa State Tracker Sees Shaders Ported From TGSI To NIR For Capable Drivers

Kenneth Graunke of Intel’s Open-Source Technology Center team is the developer who has been leading the charge for the past year on developing the Intel “Iris” Gallium3D driver that eventually should succeed their “i965” classic Mesa driver for Broadwell hardware and newer....

Ubuntu vs. Debian vs. openSUSE On The POWER9 Raptor Talos II

While we frequently compare the performance of many x86_64 Linux distributions, we haven’t done one under IBM POWER9 since getting our hands on the Raptor Computing Systems’ Talos II back in November. It’s been very interesting to benchmark this libre hardware that’s high performance...

Linux DRM Gets CRTC Background Color Property For Memory Bandwidth Savings

The Linux kernel’s Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) code getting a “CRTC background color” property value may not seem exciting, but it can mean video memory bandwidth savings and thus better performance or power savings…

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