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Linux 5.13-rc7 Released Following A Very Calm Week

Phoronix - 5 hours 35 min ago
Linus Torvalds is celebrating Father's Day by releasing Linux 5.13-rc7. Kernel maintainers and testers managed to keep him happy the father of Linux happy this week by keeping to a small change set for this late-stage release candidate...

AMD Continues Working To Mainline Their PTDMA Driver For Linux

Phoronix - 9 hours 1 min ago
Published all the way back in September 2019 was a Linux driver for supporting the Pass-Through DMA controller for EPYC processors. The PTDMA hardware allows for high bandwidth memory-to-memory and I/O copy operations. Now mid-way through 2021 that AMD PTDMA Linux driver remains in the works and is up to its tenth driver revision while waiting to see if it's now ready for mainline or further changes are still deemed necessary...

Experimental Reiser5 File-System Patch Updated For Linux 5.12

Phoronix - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 23:40
Back in April the out-of-tree Reiser4 file-system was updated for Linux 5.12 compatibility while now with Linux 5.13 being right around the corner, Edward Shishkin has updated the experimental Reiser5 file-system code for v5.12 compatibility...

Linux 5.13 Lands More Fixes To The Mucked Up FPU/XSTATE Handling Mess

Phoronix - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 19:23
Earlier this month Linux 5.13 disabled Intel's ENQCMD functionality for upcoming Xeon "Sapphire Rapids" processors as the kernel software code around it was deemed "broken beyond repair". More of the recent Intel-submitted patches around reworking kernel code in preparation for upcoming CPU features has been found to be rather hairy after already being mainlined and thus another batch of urgent x86 fixes were sent in this morning...

Mesa Lands Work Around Async glFlush - Should Help Workstation Performance

Phoronix - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 18:19
While vendors are increasingly just focused on Vulkan (and Direct3D under Windows), there still is plenty of OpenGL software out there especially in the workstation space where software vendors are slow to adapt. Well known RadeonSI OpenGL developer Marek Olšák of AMD landed another performance optimization this week that should benefit the likes of SPECviewperf...

KDE Akademy 2021 Video Streams As Developers Discuss Wayland, Frameworks 6, Qt

Phoronix - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 18:02
The virtual KDE Akademy 2021 conference kicked off on Friday and runs through the 25th. This annual summertime event of the KDE desktop community is attended by hundreds but again carried out online due to the pandemic...

8 books open source technologists should read this summer - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 15:00

Welcome to the 2021 summer reading list. This year's list contains eight wonderful book recommendations from members of the community. From classics like Frank Herbert's Dune and a new translation of Beowulf to non-fiction books about the history of tech industry culture, this list has books for readers with different tastes and interests.

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Surface Suspension Protocol Proposed For Wayland

Phoronix - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 12:00
Joshua Ashton who is known for his work on DXVK (formerly D9VK) and related Steam Play / Proton graphics related efforts has submitted a proposal for a Wayland Surface-Suspension protocol...