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Wine 6.0-RC1 Released Following Last Minute Changes

Phoronix - 2 hours 46 min ago
As expected, the first release candidate of Wine 6.0 is now available for testing for this annual update to Wine for running Windows programs and games on Linux and other platforms...

Raspberry Pi OS Switches To PulseAudio, Updated Chromium

Phoronix - 5 hours 14 min ago
Just in time for any holiday Raspberry Pi purchases, an updated Raspberry Pi OS is available today for the Debian-based Linux distribution optimized for these budget ARM SBCs...

Google Opens Up "Atheris" To Automatically Find Bugs In Python Code

Phoronix - 6 hours 33 min ago
Google today is announcing the open-sourcing of Atheris, a Python fuzzer they developed internally for automatically finding bugs within Python code and native extensions...

Another Look At The Performance Impact To IBM's POWER9 L1d Flushing Change

Phoronix - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 23:00
Last week I provided some benchmarks looking at the IBM POWER9 mitigation for the L1 data cache needing to be flushed upon entering the kernel and on user accesses due to a recently disclosed vulnerability. POWER9 allows speculatively operating on validated data in the L1 cache, but when it comes to incompletely validated data paired with other side channels it could lead to local users potentially obtaining improper access to data in the L1 data cache. When benchmarking the impact on a POWER9 4c/16t CPU the overall impact was fairly modest while since then I fired up some benchmarks as well on a large POWER9 server with 44 cores / 176 threads to see the performance impact of this default Linux kernel change.

Mesa 21.0 Adds Radeon HEVC SAO Encode Support

Phoronix - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 21:22
For the "Video Core Next 2" hardware like Navi as well as Renoir APUs, HEVC "sample adaptive offset" support has landed in Mesa 21.0...

Try this Linux text editor for Emacs fans - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 20:45

GNU Emacs is a very famous editor, but not everyone knows that emacs is a tradition of text editors rather than just one specific application. The term "emacs" is actually a portmanteau of "Editor Macros," and the first one was programmed in 1976 as a set of macros for the TECO editor.

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Arch Linux's Pacman 6.0 Enters Alpha With Parallel Downloads Support

Phoronix - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 19:44
Pacman, the excellent package manager on Arch Linux, is working on becoming even more compelling with the in-development Pacman 6.0...

Fedora 34 To Feature Updated MariaDB, Other Changes

Phoronix - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 17:58
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) approved a fresh batch of changes this week for Fedora 34 that is due out next spring...

EPYC Zen 3 CPU Support Coming To Linux's AMD_Energy Driver

Phoronix - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 16:25
In addition to AMD Zen 1/2/3 PowerCap RAPL support coming for the Linux 5.11 kernel, the hwmon-next Git branch has also queued initial support for Zen 3 processors within the AMD_Energy driver...

A little update from Stack Overflow - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 16:01

When I saw Stack Overflow Chief Product Officer (CPO) Teresa Dietrich on the list of speakers at the All Things Open conference this year, I jumped at the chance to get an update.

We all know the value of Stack Overflow: the information that's been created there over the past twelve years is nothing short of vital for programmers, developers, and other technologists. Just the other day one of our contributors shared how critical it was to his process for starting to learn a new programming language quickly.

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Setting a standard for digital public goods - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 16:00

In June 2020, the Secretary-General of the United Nations published a "Roadmap for Digital Cooperation." In this report, he expanded on recommendations made a year before, calling on all actors, including the Member States, the United Nations system, the private sector, and others, to promote digital public goods. He says to realize the benefits of increased internet connectivity, open source projects in the form of digital public goods must be at the center.

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Linux 5.11 Adding An "Inhibited" Feature To Temporarily Disregard Select Input Devices

Phoronix - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 13:06
The Linux kernel's input subsystem is gaining a new "inhibited" property feature as a policy to temporarily block input from given devices, including not using any event from them as a possible wake-up source...