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ZFS On Linux 0.8.3 Released With Many Fixes

7 hours 2 min ago
ZFS On Linux 0.8.3 is out today as the first official update to ZoL since last September...

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile Series "Renoir" Graphics No Longer Experimental With Linux 5.5

9 hours 16 min ago
While the Linux 5.5 kernel is expected to be released as soon as this Sunday, a last minute change to the AMDGPU DRM driver makes the Renoir graphics no longer treated as experimental. With that, there is open-source support out-of-the-box rather than being hidden behind a kernel module flag...

Linux 5.6 To Bring FQ-PIE Packet Scheduler To Help Fight Bufferbloat

11 hours 1 min ago
In addition to WireGuard being part of "net-next" as the networking subsystem material targeting the upcoming Linux 5.6 cycle, there is another big last minute addition to the networking space: the Flow Queue PIE packet scheduler has been merged...

Valve's ACO Shader Compiler Back-End For Radeon Vulkan Is Now In Good Shape For GCN 1.0

12 hours 12 min ago
As last minute material for Mesa 20.0 is making Valve's "ACO" AMD compiler back-end for the RADV Vulkan driver in better shape for GFX6/GCN1.0 graphics hardware...

AMD vs. Intel Contributions To The Linux Kernel Over The Past Decade

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:30
Driven by curiosity sake, here is a look at how the total number of AMD and Intel developers contributed to the upstream Linux kernel during the 2010s as well as the total number of commits each year from the respective hardware vendors...

LibreOffice 7.0 Is The Version Now In Development With Its Skia + Vulkan Support

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:20
LibreOffice 6.4 is set to be released in the coming days while succeeding that will now be LibreOffice 7.0...

Flatpak 1.6.1 Released Due To Security Issue - Special Case Of Getting Access Outside Home

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:10
Flatpak 1.6 was an exciting update for this Linux application sandboxing/distribution tech in that it started laying the foundation to support a paid app store but elsewhere in the code-base a security issue came about...

Gutting Out Intel MPX Support To Be Finished Up In The Linux 5.6 Kernel

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 20:38
Last year Linux kernel developers began removing support for Intel's Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) and that looks like it will be finished up in the forthcoming Linux 5.6 cycle...

RHEL 8.2 Beta Application Streams Bring GCC 9.1, Python 3.8

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 20:24
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 entered public beta this week as the latest installment to RHEL8...

Linux k10temp Driver For AMD CPUs Updated To Better Handle Power/Temp Analysis

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:57
As we have been eagerly talking about for the past week, the Linux kernel's k10temp driver was updated for better AMD CPU CCD temperatures and voltage/current reporting. Those improvements have been quickly evolving thanks to the work of the open-source community with AMD still sadly holding the datasheets concerning the power/temperature registers close to their vest. A new version of k10temp was sent out on Wednesday...

Vulkan 1.2 Comes To macOS / iOS Via Updated MoltenVK

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 13:45
While Apple still isn't officially supporting the Vulkan graphics/compute API in remaining focused on their Metal drivers, MoltenVK at least has been updated for Vulkan 1.2 in allowing developers to target this Vulkan-to-Metal abstraction layer for macOS and iOS...

Mesa 20.0 Feature Development Is Ending Next Week

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 13:09
Mesa developers are planning to end feature work on Mesa 20.0 next week as this first quarter update to the Mesa 3D graphics stack...

Android-x86 Is Still Working Towards Its 9.0 "Pie" Release

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:10
Android 9.0 "Pie" is approaching two years of age and already succeeded by Android 10, but on the Android-x86 front the 9.0 release is finally getting closer...

Dav1d AV1 Decoder Begins Adding AVX-512 Optimizations For Intel Ice Lake

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 05:45
Ahead of the forthcoming dav1d 0.6 release, this open-source AV1 video decoder has begun implementing AVX-512 optimizations targeting Intel Ice Lake processors...

Sway 1.4 Wayland Compositor Brings VNC Support, Initial Bits For MATE Panel Support

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 03:31
Sway 1.4 is out today as the newest version of this i3-inspired Wayland compositor that has a growing following...

GhostBSD 20.01 Released For FreeBSD 12.1 + MATE 1.22.2 Desktop Experience

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 03:22
GhostBSD 20.01 is out today as the first release of 2020 for this desktop-focused BSD operating system built off FreeBSD...

Debian 7 Through Debian Testing Benchmarks With/Without Mitigations

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 01:38
As part of our many Linux benchmarks in ending out the 2010s we ran tests looking at CentOS 6 through CentOS 8, seven years of Ubuntu Linux performance, and various other Linux distribution benchmarks and testing other important pieces of open-source software over time. One of the additional comparisons now wrapped up is looking at the performance of Debian GNU/Linux going back from the old 7 series through the current 10 stable series and also Debian Testing. Tests where relevant were done out-of-the-box with the default security mitigations and again with mitigations disabled.

AMDVLK 2020.Q1.1 Brings Some Performance Tuning, Still On Vulkan 1.1

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 23:53
Out this morning is AMDVLK 2020.Q1.1 as AMD's first official open-source Vulkan driver code drop of the new year...

Feral's GameMode 1.5 Now Supports Changing The CPU Governor Differently For iGPUs

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 23:02
GameMode, the open-source daemon led by the game porters at Feral Interactive for dynamically optimizing Linux system performance when running games, is out today with version 1.5 as its newest feature update...

Intel Continues Improving Its SYCL Stack - Now Supports Ahead-Of-Time Compilation

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 20:19
The Khronos SYCL standard as a single-source C++-based programming model for OpenCL is one of the exciting elements for Intel's GPU compute plans with the forthcoming Xe graphics cards and fits into their oneAPI umbrella. They just released their SYCL Compiler and Runtimes 2019-12 release with numerous updates...