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Btrfs Will Finally "Strongly Discourage" You When Creating RAID5 / RAID6 Arrays

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 23:00
For a number of years it has been known that the Btrfs RAID5 and RAID6 code is potentially unsafe and not nearly as mature as the native RAID support found in this Linux file-system for other levels. Finally now we are seeing the Btrfs user-space programs warn the user when attempting to create such Btrfs native RAID 5/6 configurations...

Mesa 21.1 Addresses Issue Of Gallium Nine Often Hitting Memory Issues With 32-bit Games

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 22:26
For those using Gallium3D Nine as a Direct3D 9 state tracker when running Windows games on Linux rather than the likes of DXVK for going through Vulkan, next quarter's Mesa 21.1 will better handle 32-bit games with the Nine state tracker...

Linux 5.11.4 Released With Some Prominent Fixes, Hardware Additions

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 20:53
While Linux 5.12-rc2 released on Friday due to that prominent corruption bug, there still is some Sunday kernel fun with Greg Kroah-Hartman releasing a slew of stable kernel updates including Linux 5.11.4 and 5.10.21 LTS...

Glibc 2.34 Will Provide More Helpful Linker Diagnostics

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 19:49
With the exciting "HWCAPS" feature of Glibc 2.33+ allowing for optimized versions of libraries to be more easily deployed on Linux systems, diagnosing issues around it can be a bit more complicated but on the way for Glibc 2.34 is a welcome improvement to help in such issues...

X.Org Foundation Bows Out For Google Summer of Code 2021

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 15:13
Over the years Google Summer of Code (GSoC) has resulted in some really great projects in the X.Org ecosystem from work in the early days on the open-source Radeon graphics driver stack to VKMS more recently to many other improvements especially as it pertains to open-source graphics drivers / Mesa. But for Google Summer of Code 2021 at least, the organization will not be participating...

FreeBSD 13.0-RC1 Released With TCP Performance Improvement, Other Fixes

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 07:44
With plans of formally releasing FreeBSD 13.0 at month's end, FreeBSD 13.0-RC1 is available this weekend and on-schedule for helping to test and evaluate this forthcoming major BSD operating system update...

KDE Plasma 5.22 Adds Adaptive Opacity + Will Avoid Useless Rendering When Screen Is Off

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 03:12
KDE developers have been off to a busy March so far with working on adaptive panel opacity support for Plasma 5.22. Another pleasant improvement with that next Plasma release is to avoid rendering work when the screen is off...

oneAPI Level Zero 1.2.3 Released For Intel's Low-Level Interface

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 23:21
Released this week was Intel's open-source oneAPI Level Zero v1.2.3 for the headers and loader based on their public oneAPI Level Zero specification...

LABWC Is The Newest Stacking Wayland Compositor

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 21:00
The LABWC Wayland compositor advertises itself as an Openbox alternative and just saw its inaugural release...

Linux Developers Continue Discussing "SLS" Mitigation For The Kernel

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 19:25
Disclosed by Arm last summer was the Straight Line Speculation (SLS) vulnerability and they were quick to introduce new safeguards against SLS in the GCC and LLVM compilers. The compiler-based mitigations to straight-line speculation involves adding speculation barrier sequences around the vulnerable instructions to prevent speculatively executing instructions around changes in control flow. While compiler developers were quick to add the options, so far the Linux kernel developers are in disagreement still over its importance and the proposed patches that would flip on this option when compiling the ARM Linux kernel...

Exiv2 Looks To Team Up With The KDE Project

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 16:30
Exiv2, the widely-used C++ metadata library / tools for dealing with image metadata via EXIF / IPTC / XMP standards and ICC profiles is looking to join the KDE project...

Daffodil Promoted To Being An Apache Top-Level Project

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 13:09
Following the recent promotions of DataSketches and ECharts, the Apache Software Foundation has promoted Daffodil as their newest top-level project. Apache Daffodil is an open-source universal interchange implementation of the Data Format Description Language (DFDL)...

Daffodil Promoted To Being An Apache Top-Level Project

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 13:09
Following the recent promotions of DataSketches and ECharts, the Apache Software Foundation has promoted Daffodil as their newest top-level project. Apache Daffodil is an open-source universal interchange implementation of the Data Format Description Language (DFDL)...

Linux 5.12-rc2 Released Early - A Rare Friday Kernel Due To That Nasty Corruption Issue

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 10:15
While Linus Torvalds long has released his new kernel releases -- both release candidates and the inaugural stable releases -- every Sunday, there are the occasional exceptions like this week with Linux 5.12-rc2 being issued on Friday night. The Linux 5.12-rc2 release has come early due to that nasty file-system corruption issue stemming from botched swapfile handling...

Linux 5.12-rc2 Released Early - A Rare Friday Kernel Due To That Nasty Corruption Issue

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 10:15
While Linus Torvalds long has released his new kernel releases -- both release candidates and the inaugural stable releases -- every Sunday, there are the occasional exceptions like this week with Linux 5.12-rc2 being issued on Friday night. The Linux 5.12-rc2 release has come early due to that nasty file-system corruption issue stemming from botched swapfile handling...

Radeon RX 6800 Series Seeing Some Small Gains With Linux 5.12

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 01:09
When it comes to the AMDGPU kernel driver changes in Linux 5.12 for modern open-source AMD Radeon graphics, most notable is RDNA2 OverDrive overclocking support now being available as well as AMDGPU FreeSync over HDMI (pre-HDMI 2.1). But from initial testing the new in-development kernel is showing mostly subtle performance improvements for the Radeon RX 6800 series over Linux 5.11.

Radeon RX 6800 Series Seeing Some Small Gains With Linux 5.12

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 01:09
When it comes to the AMDGPU kernel driver changes in Linux 5.12 for modern open-source AMD Radeon graphics, most notable is RDNA2 OverDrive overclocking support now being available as well as AMDGPU FreeSync over HDMI (pre-HDMI 2.1). But from initial testing the new in-development kernel is showing mostly subtle performance improvements for the Radeon RX 6800 series over Linux 5.11.

PyTorch 1.8 Released With AMD ROCm Binaries

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 21:23
PyTorch 1.8 was released on Thursday as the newest version of this widely-used machine learning library. Exciting many will be easier AMD Radeon ROCm support with Python wheels now provided for that Radeon Open eCosystem support...

PyTorch 1.8 Released With AMD ROCm Binaries

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 21:23
PyTorch 1.8 was released on Thursday as the newest version of this widely-used machine learning library. Exciting many will be easier AMD Radeon ROCm support with Python wheels now provided for that Radeon Open eCosystem support...

Intel Tiger Lake Xe Graphics On Linux 5.12 Git, Mesa 21.1-devel

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 19:20
Recently I wrapped up some tests looking at the Dell XPS Linux laptop with Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" processor when looking at the Linux kernel performance of 5.10 vs. 5.11 vs. 5.12 as well as the impact if upgrading to the Linux 5.12 kernel...

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