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Wine Is Approaching Six Million Lines Of Code

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:00
Given yesterday's release of Wine 5.0 I was curious to run some development stats on Wine Git as of the 5.0 release tag for seeing how development is trending on this wildly popular program among Linux users especially for running Windows games and applications...

New Linux System Call Proposed To Let User-Space Pin Themselves To Specific CPU Cores

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:23
A "pin_on_cpu" system call has been proposed for the Linux kernel as a new means of letting user-space threads pin themselves to specific CPU cores...

Vulkan 1.2.132 Released As The First Documentation Fix-Up Following Vulkan 1.2

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:14
Following last week's release of Vulkan 1.2, Vulkan 1.2.132 was released on Tuesday as the first maintenance/point release to this major Vulkan API revision...

Keith Packard Talks About The Early Politics Of X Window System + Code Licensing

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 07:28
At last week's Linux.Conf.Au conference was an interesting presentation by longtime X developer Keith Packard on the early days of the pre-X.Org X Window System, the collapse of Unix, and how his views formed on copyleft licenses for building thriving communities...

Wine 5.0 Released With Big Improvements For Gaming, Countless Application Fixes

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 01:20
Wine 5.0 has been released as stable as the annual timed release of this software for running Windows games and applications on Linux, macOS, and other platforms...

Wayland 1.18 Alpha Released With Meson Support, Connection Sharing

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 00:56
In meeting the plans for releasing Wayland 1.18 in February, the alpha release of this Wayland update is now available...

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Linux Gaming Performance

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 22:00
As announced back at CES, the Radeon RX 5600 XT is being launched as the newest Navi graphics card to fill the void between the original RX 5700 series and the budget RX 5500 XT. The Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are beginning to ship today at $279+ USD price point and offers great Linux support but with one last minute -- and hopefully very temporary -- caveat.

GNOME Work Is Underway For Sharper Background Images

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:24
Canonical's Daniel Van Vugt continues working on a variety of interesting performance optimizations for upstream GNOME as well as other usability enhancements for this desktop environment. One of the latest items being tackled is improving the quality of background images on GNOME...

Canonical Gets Into Cloud Gaming & More With Anbox Cloud For Cloud-Based Android Apps/Gaming

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:48
Canonical this morning has announced Anbox Cloud for containerized workloads using Google's Android as the guest operating system...

Fedora's Scientific & Audio/Music Spins Could Be On Their Last Leg

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:12
Fedora 32 could be two spins lighter with two little known variants of Fedora Linux set to be removed unless maintainers step up...

Genode OS Draws Up 2020 Plans Of USB Audio, A Kernel Written In Ada

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 16:20
The Genode operating system framework that's been going strong for over a decade and continuing to employ a micro-kernel architecture continues to plan for an interesting future...

Merging Of Flang/F18 Fortran Compiler Support Into LLVM Has Been Delayed

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 13:14
The modern F18/Flang Fortran front-end to LLVM had been set to land in the LLVM mono repository last Monday that could have made it included as part of the LLVM 10.0 branch set for that day. The LLVM 10.0 branching happened as planned but the landing of this Fortran support did not...

Intel's Vulkan Driver Begins Making Infrastructure Changes For Multi-GPU Support

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 08:04
For months we have seen various Intel open-source Linux graphics driver patches that begin preparing for multi-GPU support where in moving forward with their Xe graphics cards there could be the iGPU + dGPU setup or even multiple Xe graphics cards in a single system. So far those Intel Linux multi-GPU preparations have been focused on their kernel-space driver while now it's reaching into user-space with their Vulkan driver seeing early infrastructure changes...

Debian Policy Updated Following Recent Systemd "Init System Diversity" Vote

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 06:48
Following last month's Debian init system diversity vote where the Debian developers decided on a general resolution of focusing on systemd but support exploring alternatives, the official Debian Policy has been updated to reflect that...

Fedora's FESCo Has Deferred Any Decision On EarlyOOM By Default

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 04:36
One of the changes planned for Fedora 32 has been to enable EarlyOOM by default to better handle low memory situations either due to the system running with minimal RAM or under memory pressure. But the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee has yet to reach a decision over this default...

XanMod-ing Ubuntu To Perform Closer To Intel's Clear Linux

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 01:50
Earlier this month many Phoronix readers were interested in our fresh tests of the XanMod-patched Linux kernel for boosting the desktop and workstation performance compared to Ubuntu's default Linux kernel. Among many patches, XanMod does pull in some kernel patches from Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux, so we figured it would be interesting to see how the XanMod'ed Ubuntu compares to Clear Linux performance.

Think Silicon's GLOVE OpenGL-Over-Vulkan Library Now Works On Wayland, Windows + macOS

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 23:34
One of several projects implementing the OpenGL graphics API over Vulkan has been Think Silicon's GLOVE library. GLOVE currently is focuses on OpenGL ES 2.0 + EGL 1.4 support and is a standalone project unlike Mesa's Zink Gallium3D driver working on OpenGL / GLES over Vulkan too. GLOVE 0.4 is out today as a big feature update...

AMD Zen Thermal/Power Reporting Improvements Could Hit Linux 5.6 But More Testing Needed

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 22:38
Last week I eagerly reported on Ryzen CPUs on Linux finally seeing CCD temperatures and current/voltage reporting thanks to new patches to the k10temp driver by Google's Guenter Roeck who oversees the kernel's hardware monitoring "HWMON" subsystem. The patches seem to be working well and are tentatively queued in hwmon-next, but more testing is still needed...

Samsung's Better exFAT Driver Gets Revised Ahead Of Mainline Linux Integration

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 21:19
While there has been the initial Microsoft exFAT file-system driver since Linux 5.4, that code is based on a vintage snapshot of prior Samsung code. Samsung engineers meanwhile have been working to upstream a much newer and better off exFAT implementation to replace that existing driver and it looks like it could be ready for Linux 5.6...

Red Hat Developer's MIR Is A Lightweight JIT Compiler

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 20:14
Not to be confused with Ubuntu's Mir display stack or Rustlang's MIR, the new MIR effort by Red Hat developer Vladimir Makarov is a new project focused on providing a lightweight JIT compiler...

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