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Linux 5.13-rc7 Released Following A Very Calm Week

6 hours 48 sec 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

9 hours 26 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

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

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

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

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...

Surface Suspension Protocol Proposed For Wayland

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...

Debian 10.10 Released With Many Security/Bug Fixes, Updated FWUPD

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 01:26
While Debian 11 is coming up soon and its full freeze is under one month away, Debian 10.10 is out this weekend as the latest routine point release...

GFX1013 Target Added To LLVM 13.0 For RDNA2 APUs

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 21:27
Merged last week to mainline LLVM 13.0 was the new "GFX1013" target for the AMDGPU shader compiler. Well, it landed twice as at first had to be reverted after breaking the build bots / sanitizer testing...

Libzip 1.8 Released With Support For Zstd Compressed ZIP Files

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 19:19
Libzip as the widely-used C library for accessing. creating, and modifying Zip archives is out with a new feature release...

KDE Gets Expandable Tooltips, Larger Clipboard, More Wayland Fixes

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 18:00
Even with the warm summer weather and many municipalities loosening pandemic lockdown restrictions, KDE developers remain quite busy this summer with a variety of improvements to this open-source desktop...

Nearly A Decade Later, UPower Still Working Towards 1.0 Release

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 15:00
For nearly one decade there has been talk of UPower 1.0 while in 2021 that still has yet to materialize for this former "DeviceKit-Power" project but at least now there is UPower v0.99.12 as the first release in two years...

Oracle Sends Out Latest Linux Patches So Trenchboot Can Securely Launch The Kernel

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 12:00
Trenchboot continues to be worked on for providing boot integrity technologies that allow for multiple roots of trust around boot security and integrity. Oracle engineers on Friday sent out their latest Linux kernel patches so it can enjoy a "Secure Launch" by the project's x86 dynamic launch measurements code...

RADV Open-Source Radeon Vulkan Driver Begins Landing Ray-Tracing Changes

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 07:05
In recent months RADV lead developer Bas Nieuwenhuizen began working on Vulkan ray-tracing support for this Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver that isn't officially supported by AMD but as an alternative to the company's open-source AMDVLK driver or their cross-platform proprietary Vulkan driver. Hitting the Mesa 21.2-devel code a few minutes ago is the initial Vulkan ray-tracing bits for RADV!..

Wine 6.11 Released With Theming Support For All Built-In Programs

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 04:10
Wine 6.11 is out as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot for running an increasing number of Windows applications and games on Linux...

Proton 6.3-5 RC Allows More Windows Games To Run On Linux

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 03:00
Just in time for the weekend Linux gamers is a new release candidate of the upcoming Proton 6.3-5 that powers Valve's Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux...

Pending Patches Allow Direct3D 9 "Gallium Nine" To Run Over Mesa's Zink Vulkan

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 01:54
Mesa's Zink is well known for working to provide a generic OpenGL implementation over the Vulkan API that can be used across hardware/drivers. While still focused on OpenGL-over-Vulkan, with some pending patches it turns out Zink can support Gallium3D Nine for ultimately allowing Direct3D 9 atop this layer...

GravityMark OpenGL/Vulkan Performance For NVIDIA RTX 30 vs. AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 21:30
A few days ago I wrote about GravityMark as a new cross-API GPU benchmark from a former Unigine developer. Being curious about the Linux GPU driver performance for this benchmark that is focused on delivering maximum GPU acceleration support, I ran some benchmarks on the latest NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards with this benchmark for OpenGL and Vulkan.

LibreOffice 7.2 Beta Arrives With Initial Command Pop-Up HUD, Better Performance

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:17
Following last month's LibreOffice 7.2 Alpha, the first beta for this open-source office suite update is now available for testing...

New Linux Patch To Allow Booting From Arbitrary Non-Block Device File-Systems

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:00
The Linux kernel currently has code to allow booting an initial root file-system via NFS or CIFS for non-blockdevice file-systems while a new patch aims to allow for mounting of arbitrary non-block device file-systems as root...