GTK+ 3.24 To Deliver Some New Features While Waiting For GTK4

While the GNOME tool-kit developers have been hard at work on GTK4 roughly the past two years and have kept GTK3 frozen at GTK+ 3.22, a GTK+ 3.24 release is now being worked on to deliver some new features until GTK+ 4.0 is ready to be released…

Source: Phoronix – GTK+ 3.24 To Deliver Some New Features While Waiting For GTK4

Early Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey Data

With the Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey that was introduced in Ubuntu 18.04 and presented to users upon new installations, it’s been collecting data since the Bionic Beaver launch in April but the data hasn’t been made public up to this point. Viewing the survey data is currently being worked on for the Ubuntu 18.10 cycle and today a first look at these numbers have been shared…

Source: Phoronix – Early Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey Data

App Launching From GNOME Shell Now More Robust Under Memory Pressure & Faster

Right now on systems with low amounts of available system memory, GNOME Shell can sometimes fail to launch applications due to an error over not being able to allocate memory in the fork process. With the latest rounds of Glib optimizations, this should no longer be the case…

Source: Phoronix – App Launching From GNOME Shell Now More Robust Under Memory Pressure & Faster

Wine 3.10 vs. Ubuntu 18.04 vs. Windows 10 Desktop Performance

Here are some fresh benchmarks comparing the performance of a variety of cross-platform Windows/Linux desktop applications when benchmarking the native Windows 10 binaries, the Windows binaries under Wine 3.10 on Ubuntu 18.04, and then the native Linux binaries itself on Ubuntu 18.04. All tests were done on the same system and these results do a good job at showing the potential (and shortcomings) of Wine from a performance perspective.

Source: Phoronix – Wine 3.10 vs. Ubuntu 18.04 vs. Windows 10 Desktop Performance

RadeonSI Compatibility Profile Is Close To OpenGL 4.4 Support

It was just a few days ago that the OpenGL compatibility profile support in Mesa reached OpenGL 3.3 compliance for RadeonSI while now thanks to the latest batch of patches from one of the Valve Linux developers, it’s soon going to hit OpenGL 4.4…

Source: Phoronix – RadeonSI Compatibility Profile Is Close To OpenGL 4.4 Support

DXVK 0.60 Released With Support For 64-Bit Floating Point Instructions, Optimizations

DXVK 0.60 is now available as the newest feature release for this translation layer that allows Direct3D 11 games running on Wine to be mapped to Vulkan rather than Wine’s default OpenGL translation layer. With DXVK 0.60 there are more performance optimizations and other feature additions…

Source: Phoronix – DXVK 0.60 Released With Support For 64-Bit Floating Point Instructions, Optimizations