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NVIDIA Bringing Up Open-Source Volta GPU Support For Their Xavier SoC

5 hours 25 min ago
While NVIDIA doesn't contribute much open-source Linux driver code as it concerns their desktop GPUs (though they have been ramping up documentation), when it comes to Tegra/embedded is where they have contributed improvements and new hardware support to Nouveau and associated driver code in the past several years. NVIDIA's open-source Tegra/embedded contributions come as a result of customer demand/requirements. Their latest work is preparing to finally bring-up the "GV11B" Volta graphics found within last year's Tegra Xavier SoC...

Radeon Navi 12/14 Open-Source Driver Support Now Being Marked As "Experimental"

8 hours 54 min ago
In an interesting change of course, the open-source driver support for AMD Radeon Navi 12 and Navi 14 GPUs is being flagged as experimental and hidden behind a feature flag...

HIPCL Lets CUDA Run On OpenCL+SPIR-V

12 hours 14 min ago
Based off AMD's GPUOpen HIP as part of their ROCm stack, researchers at Tampere University in Finland have created HIPCL as leveraging HIP as well as POCL for routing CUDA codes to run on any hardware supporting OpenCL+SPIR-V...

Mozilla Shifting Firefox To A Four-Week Release Cycle

13 hours 35 min ago
Mozilla announced today they are tightening up the Firefox release cycle even more... Expect to see new Firefox releases monthly...

CentOS 7.7 Released As The Last Stop Before CentOS 8.0

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:57
CentOS 8.0 is coming next week as the long-awaited community rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0. But for those currently maintaining CentOS 7 / EL7, CentOS 7.7 is out today...

AMD EPYC 7302 / 7402 / 7502 / 7742 Linux Performance Benchmarks

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:47
Last month we provided launch-day benchmarks of the AMD EPYC 7502 and 7742 under Linux in both 1P and 2P configurations for these exciting "Rome" Zen 2 server processors. For your viewing pleasure today is a fresh look at not only the EPYC 7502 and 7742 processors under the latest Linux 5.3 kernel but we've also expanded it to looking at the EPYC 7302 and EPYC 7402 processors as well with those processors recently being sent over by AMD. Under Ubuntu 19.04 with Linux 5.3, these four different AMD EPYC 7002 series SKUs were benchmarked along with some of the older AMD Naples processors and Intel Xeon Gold/Platinum processors for a fresh look at the Linux server performance.

Fedora 31 Beta Released With GNOME 3.34, Guts i686 Hardware Support

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:28
Fedora 31 beta has released on time! It's not only on-time but it's also coming with many exciting updates...

The 32-Bit Packages That Will Continue To Be Supported Through Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:19
Earlier this year Canonical announced they would be pulling 32-bit support from Ubuntu ahead of next year's 20.04 LTS. But following public backlash, they stepped back to provide 32-bit support for select packages. Today they announced the 199 32-bit packages that will continue to be supported through Ubuntu 20.04 LTS...

Phoronix Test Suite 9.0 Released With New Result Viewer, Offline/Enterprise Benchmarking Enhancements

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 20:50
Phoronix Test Suite 9.0 is now available as the latest quarterly feature release to our cross-platform, open-source automated benchmarking framework. With Phoronix Test Suite 9.0 comes a rewritten result viewer to offer more result viewing functionality previously only exposed locally via the command-line or through a Phoromatic Server (or OpenBenchmarking.org when results are uploaded), new offline/enterprise usage improvements, various hardware/software detection enhancements on different platforms, and a variety of other additions.

Microsoft Makes Their C++ Standard Library Open-Source (STL)

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 18:23
Microsoft has begun their next open-source expedition by open-sourcing an important piece of MSVC / Visual Studio... STL, their C++ standard library...

Richard Stallman Resigns From The Free Software Foundation

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:47
Richard M Stallman has resigned as president from the Free Software Foundation and from his Board of Directors post...

Linux 5.4 Continues Sound Open Firmware, Improvements For AMD/NVIDIA HDMI Audio

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:39
Linux 5.4 will sound better. Well, at least provide audio support on more hardware with this next kernel release thanks to the latest batch of open-source sound improvements...

GhostBSD 19.09 Provides A Good BSD Desktop Built Off TrueOS & FreeBSD 12

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:42
TrueOS changing direction was a disappointment back in 2018 with having done away with their desktop version that had been around for years since formerly being known as PC-BSD. But at least there are a few viable alternatives that continue advancing for a nice out-of-the-box BSD desktop experience like GhostBSD and MidnightBSD...

Linux 5.4 Adds Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Supports Some Newer ARM Laptops

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:33
The ARM SoC platform and driver changes landed on Monday during the first full day of the Linux 5.4 merge window. There is some exciting ARM hardware support improvements for this kernel while doing away with some older platforms...

Linux 5.4 Dropping Support For The Itanium IA64-Powered SGI Altix

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 12:08
While Linux 5.4 is bringing a new driver to help SGI systems back to their Origin boxes, this kernel meanwhile dropping support for the SGI Altix that is newer than the some of the Origin systems. SGI Altix being removed from the Linux kernel is the latest in the path for winding down Itanium (IA64) support...

RHEL8-Based CentOS 8.0 Slated To Be Released Next Week

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:35
It looks like CentOS 8.0 as the community and cost-free re-spin of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 will finally ship next week...

Linux 5.4 Scheduler Changes Bring Better AMD EPYC Load Balancing, Other Optimizations

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 05:49
The Linux 5.4 scheduler changes are fairly exciting on multiple fronts...

PulseAudio 13.0 Released With Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Support

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 05:04
While PipeWire may be seeing a lot of investment by Red Hat for improving audio/video streams on Linux, PulseAudio isn't letting up yet as the de facto Linux desktop sound server. Quietly released last week was PulseAudio 13.0 as the newest feature update and their first big update in some fifteen months...

A Look At The Speedy Clear Linux Boot Time Versus Ubuntu 19.10

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 02:46
Given the interest last week in how Clear Linux dropped their kernel boot time from 3 seconds to 300 ms, here are some fresh boot time benchmarks of Clear Linux compared to Ubuntu 19.10 on both Intel and AMD hardware...

Vulkan 1.1.123 Released With Two New Extensions

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 00:24
Vulkan 1.1.123 is the latest weekly update to this high performance graphics API and it's formally introducing two more extensions...

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