Learning More About The Intel Vulkan Driver, Linux Vulkan Plans

LunarG, the company that’s been doing a lot of consulting work for Valve on optimizing Linux graphics drivers, is also the company that Valve paid to develop the Intel Vulkan Linux graphics driver. LunarG has been doing Linux graphics driver development for years with Mesa/Gallium3D and was formed by some of the same former Tungsten Graphics staff. Here’s some more information on their Vulkan and SPIR-V adventures…

From: Phoronix

Open source offline map tool for Android

To realize the full potential of location-based smartphone apps, they should be built to support offline mode and original map graphics. Creating a custom offline map is the best choice. We were faced with this challenge as well, and the solution we came up with was creating a separate library for this purpose. That is how I developed the m?AppWidget code library.?We recently decided to open source it, and now mAppWidget is available to anyone in need of a mobile custom offline map solution.read more

From: LXer

Voyager 14.04.4 Screenshot Tour

Voyager 14.04.4 is available. Voyager Live is an Xubuntu-based distribution and live DVD showcasing the Xfce desktop environment. Its features include the Avant Window Navigator or AWN (a dock-like navigation bar), Conky (a program which displays useful information on the desktop), and over 300 photographs and animations that can be used as desktop backgrounds.

From: LXer