As expected, Dota 2 with Vulkan rendering support is now available.
Another one of the interesting pull requests this week for the Linux 4.7 merge window is the addition of ZAC (Zone ATA Command) support for Singled Magnetic Recording (SMR) devices.
Released on Saturday was the new AMDGPU-PRO Linux beta driver release for the AMD GCN 1.2 graphics cards. Given the time that's passed since the first beta of this "hybrid" open/closed driver stack, I've been running some fresh benchmarks.
The DRM subsystem updates have been submitted for the Linux 4.7 kernel. This is a big pull with more than 80,000 lines of new code for the mainline kernel!
Version 15.17 of the Gentoo-based Calculate Linux distribution was released this past week.
A change made in the recent release of systemd 230 makes it easy for rogue user processes to be able to spy on your desktop, assuming a few conditions are met.
For those using the open-source Roundcube software for your webmail needs, Roundcube 1.2 is now available as the latest stable version.
Version 1.4 of the Wayland Protocols package has been released with a new protocol extension.
Version 4.2 of GNU's Make was released this Sunday.
This past week I showed how Intel Broadwell graphics are much faster with Mesa 11.3 but this new Mesa version doesn't do much for Haswell. Similar to Broadwell, Mesa 11.3 is a big win if you are on Intel's latest-generation Skylake hardware.
New to the upcoming Mesa release is the OpenSWR software rasterizer developed by Intel and geared for faster performance, at least for the workloads of most interest to the Intel engineers working on this driver.
The Btrfs and F2FS file-system updates were submitted this weekend for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window.
Developers behind the Glasgow Haskell Compiler announced their first "super-major version" of the compiler in six years.
A new release of the AMD GPU-PRO "hybrid" Linux graphics driver stack is now available.
A new release of systemd is available this weekend.
The sixth alpha release of the Debian Installer for the upcoming "Stretch" release is now available.
For users of Nouveau's NVC0 Gallium3D driver with a GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" graphics card, there is now OpenGL 4.2 compliance.
With the in-development Linux 4.7 kernel there is a new CPUFreq governor that leverages the kernel's scheduler utilization data in an attempt to make better decisions about adjusting the CPU's frequency / performance state. Here are some benchmarks of that new CPUFreq governor, Schedutil, compared to the other CPUFreq governors as well as the Intel P-State CPU frequency scaling driver.
We've been waiting to see Vulkan on Mir after the developers working on this display server for Ubuntu missed their original Ubuntu 16.04 target but the latest chatter indicates we might be seeing the support materialize soon.
PHP 7.1 is coming later this year as the first significant update to last year's PHP 7 release that delivered huge speed improvements.
For Broadwell hardware and newer, this week marked the milestone of the Intel Mesa driver exposing OpenGL 4.2 support. However, they are only one extension away from OpenGL 4.3 compliance for the newer Intel graphics hardware and a new version of that patch-set was just posted.
GNOME Games 3.21.2 was released this weekend as the newest version of this GNOME desktop application for managing your video games collection.
Greg Kroah-Hartman has sent in his various pull requests for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window.
We've already covered at length the many AMDGPU/Radeon changes, the usual Intel DRM churn, and the multiple new DRM drivers coming for Linux 4.7. Missing from our coverage has been the Nouveau driver, but that work is finally getting queued up for this next kernel version.
It's been a year since the last LM-Sensors release and the project isn't as vibrant or active as it once was while the project site has been down for a while now and it doesn't appear to be coming back.
It's possible to get XWayland running on DragonFlyBSD if you want to experience Wayland/Weston outside of Linux.
Following all of the Intel 3D graphics tests this week for DRM-Next code for Linux 4.7, Mesa 11.3-devel, and more, there's been a few readers requesting a fresh xf86-video-intel vs. xf86-video-modesetting comparison.
Up to now Mir servers (basically compositors / shells) have only supported OpenGL ES but now with the latest Mir work they are able to support full OpenGL.
The newest module added to the Phoronix Test Suite is the start of a watchdog implementation with initially being focused on watching the system's thermal state to trip the benchmarking process if any of the selected sensors cross a defined threshold.
For those curious whether Mesa 11.3 improves the performance at all for users bound to an old AMD Radeon graphics card using the R600 Gallium3D driver, I have some tests of that to share this morning.
There is finally a public TODO list for Intel's Vulkan Linux driver living within Mesa.