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02.18.14

Linux in the News: New RC, Steve Jobs’ Offer to Torvalds Recalled, OpenDaylight Summit…

Posted in News Roundup at 4:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Kernel-centric news items from the past few days

Kernel Space

Graphics Stack

  • Wayland’s Libinput Gets New Multi-Touch Touchpad

    This new multi-touch touch-pad implementation presents support for one / two / three finger tapping, two-finger scrolling, clickfinger, drag-n-drop on clickpads, and single-touch touch-pad support. There’s also work underway in the clickpad software button support and better timeout handling. Other possible features include trackstick mode support, disable-while-tapping, pinch/rotation support, and other features.

  • Formerly Confidential SGI Tapes Now Freed To The Public

    An SGI fan and Phoronix reader happened to have an old set of SGI tapes dating back to the 90′s regarding “Tech Talk” and “KGSI Radio” on SGI wares. The Phoronix reader, Steven Hill, digitized these recordings and obtained permission to release them from SGI after formally being marked confidential.

  • What It Takes To Port An X11 Application To Wayland
  • AMD Publishes New Code For Open-Source VCE Video Encode

    AMD has published a second version of their open-source Linux driver code for exposing the “VCE” video engine on modern Radeon GPUs under Linux via OpenMAX for accelerated H.264 video encoding.

  • Another OpenGL 4.1 Extension Comes To R600 Gallium3D

    The Radeon R600 Gallium3D driver has picked up support for another OpenGL extension that’s mandated by the OpenGL 4.1 specification.

  • 9-Way AMD Radeon Comparison On Ubuntu With Catalyst 14.1 Beta

    For those curious how AMD’s Catalyst Linux performance is doing as we get 2014 underway with the first Catalyst 14.1 beta, here are benchmarks from nine different AMD Radeon graphics cards under Ubuntu Linux and running this latest publicly available driver when looking at both the OpenGL graphics and OpenCL compute performance.

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