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Links 18/11/2013: Linux (Kernel) News Roundup

Posted in News Roundup at 9:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Version 3.13

  • Linux 3.13 Supports The Neonode zForce

    There’s many exciting Linux 3.13 kernel features already, but we have another one to talk about today. In the input subsystem update for 3.13, support for the Neonode zForce has been added, an interesting touch-screen technology based on infrared light fields.

  • KVM Pushes Linux Virtualization Forward In Linux 3.13

    The Kernel-based Virtual Machine updates for the Linux 3.13 kernel were filed today and includes a fair amount of improvements for virtualization on PowerPC hardware, but there’s also some x86 improvements too.

  • 13 Reasons Linux 3.13 Is Going To Be Very Exciting

    While the merge window for the Linux 3.13 kernel isn’t even over yet, this next major kernel update is already looking to be rather exciting with a number of new features.

  • F2FS File-System Major Linux 3.13 Enhancements

    For those in need of a high-performance specially-optimized file-system for flash storage devices, the F2FS file-system developed at Samsung has seen more “major enhancements” queued up for the Linux 3.13 kernel.

  • The Linux 3.13 Kernel Is Already Super Exciting

    The merge window hasn’t even officially opened yet on the Linux 3.13 kernel but it’s already super exciting and I can’t wait for the new code to start hitting mainline and to benchmark these massive changes to the Linux kernel. Here’s just a few things to expect so far but it’s already gearing up to be a super exciting release and perhaps the best of 2013.

More Development


Graphics Stack

  • NVIDIA, Mentor Graphics May Harm GCC

    Yesterday there was news that OpenACC 2.0 parallel programming support was coming to GCC complete with GPU acceleration support for NVIDIA GPUs. While it was exciting on the surface, it appears that this work may be poisonous and could have a very tough time making it upstream.

    The news yesterday was about Oak Ridge, Mentor Graphics, and NVIDIA working to add OpenACC 2.0 parallel programming support to the GCC compiler for C and Fortran. GCC right now doesn’t have any support for OpenACC, even the older versions of the specification, and the patches thus far haven’t fully exploited the GPU potential besides converting OpenACC to OpenCL or another implementation that just runs OpenACC over OpenMP on the CPU. Mentor Graphics is now responsible for bringing OpenACC 2.0 with NVIDIA GPU support to the GNU Compiler Collection.

  • Freedreno Graphics Driver Reaches Version 1.0

    The xf86-video-freedreno X.Org driver for providing support for Qualcomm’s Adreno/Snapdragon graphics hardware has reached version 1.0 in its first stable release.

  • Sub-Surfaces Support Added To Wayland Protocol

    After the support has been within Wayland’s Weston reference compositor for several months, developers have now added sub-surfaces support to the Wayland core protocol itself. Wayland sub-surfaces can make for efficient use of video players and windowed OpenGL games on Wayland.

  • Alt-Tab Support, Exposay For Wayland’s Weston

    Interesting in the Wayland camp this week has been lots of discussions about the XDG-Shell proposal but besides that, a patch-set just appeared that finally adds alt-tab support to Wayland’s Weston compositor and also updates the exposay feature.

  • AMD Wants Mantle On Linux, OS X, Mobile Devices

    As part of the recent Radeon Rx 200 series and Hawaii GPU launch, AMD also unveiled Mantle as a new graphics rendering API to compete with OpenGL and Direct3D. AMD claims Mantle is easier, faster, and all-around better than OpenGL for game engines and other purposes. This week AMD has renewed their push that they want to see Mantle on Linux and other platforms.

  • Intel X.Org Driver Released With New Stability Fixes

    The xf86-video-intel 3.0 driver is still on the way and Intel OTC’s Chris Wilson has put out today its latest development release that has stability fixes, including further TearFree updates.

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 On Linux

    If you are after a low-end graphics card for use on Linux, up for review today is the Zotac GeForce GT 610 Synergy 1GB graphics card that sells for less than $50 USD. The results in this Linux hardware review compare the GT 610 to a range of other AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards using the proprietary drivers under Ubuntu Linux. Even if you’re not interested in the GT 610, this article makes for a nice 12-way Linux graphics card comparison with the very latest AMD/NVIDIA GPU drivers.

  • Video Showing Off Hawaii Desktop Running On Wayland

    If you’re curious about the state of the Qt5-powered Hawaii Desktop running natively on Wayland, a new video has been uploaded that nicely shows off this new Linux desktop alternative that’s designed around Wayland.


  • 13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison On The Source Engine

    For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve’s Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight, is AMD’s open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve’s Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight, is AMD’s open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?

  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux

    Last week AMD released the Radeon R9 290 “Hawaii” graphics card. The R9 290 is a cut-down R9 290X and sells for just $399 USD. Here are the first Linux benchmarks of the AMD R9 290 using Ubuntu 13.10!

  • 5-Way Amazon EC2 Cloud Linux OS Benchmarks

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4, Amazon Linux AMI 2013.09, Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu 13.10, and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 have been pitted against each other in Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and the Linux performance benchmark results are now available.

  • 8-Way AMD Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Ubuntu GPU Benchmarks

    This testing isn’t too different from other open vs. closed-source GPU driver benchmarks run recently on Phoronix but is a fresh look and with some different tests. The Catalyst driver in use was the latest publicly available (Catalyst 13.11 Beta 6 – OpenGL 4.3.12614 – fglrx 13.25.5) and the open-source version was Mesa 10.0-devel with an xf86-video-ati Git snapshot. The Linux 3.12 kernel was used throughout all testing and DPM was enabled for the Radeon Linux driver.

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