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FUSE Adds Initial Support For Statx, File Birth Times For File-Systems In User-Space

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 18:39
The Linux 6.6 FUSE driver code for enabling file-systems in user-space is adding support for STATX to the protocol as part of focusing on enabling file birth time "btime" support...

USB MIDI 2.0 Gadget Function Driver Merged For Linux 6.6, Lunar Lake USB Work

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 18:15
The USB/Thunderbolt subsystem updates were merged this past weekend for the ongoing Linux 6.6 kernel merge window...

Linux 6.6 char/misc Brings Intel PECI Updates, Sapphire Rapids Support

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 17:53
Greg Kroah-Hartman last Friday sent out the "char/misc" changes for the Linux 6.6 kernel merge window that include the catch-all of different driver changes. This cycle the char/misc updates aren't particularly exciting but the Intel PECI updates do stand-out...

systemd's All Systems Go Conference Returns Next Week

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 17:18
After a hiatus due to the pandemic, systemd's All Systems Go conference is returning next week to Berlin...

Intel Ready To Declare Meteor Lake Linux Graphics Driver Support Stable

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 05:14
Ahead of Intel expecting to formally reveal more Meteor Lake processor details in the coming weeks, Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver developers are ready to declare the new integrated graphics stable with the upstream Linux kernel -- dropping the existing flag that treated them as experimental and not enabled by default unless passing a special kernel module parameter...

Linux 6.6 Bringing Qt6 Port To "make xconfig" Interface

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 03:51
Masahiro Yamada submitted today all of the Kconfig feature updates targeting the Linux 6.6 merge window. Most notable with the Kconfig work is the "make xconfig" GUI seeing a port for Qt6 toolkit compatibility...

Mesa 23.2-rc3 Released After Five Week Hiatus

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 01:56
Mesa 23.2 was supposed to have been released by now following a series of weekly release candidates that started in mid-July when feature work ended. After a five week hiatus, Mesa 23.2-rc3 is now available for testing...

AMD Open Hardware Competition Winners Announced For 2023

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 01:09
AMD by way of their Xilinx acquisition has been running the Open Hardware Competition since 2015 for helping to drive new innovations around FPGAs and the ACAP compute platform. The winners of the AMD Open Hardware Competition 2023 were recently announced...

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Make For Compelling Budget Servers, Leading Performance & Value Over Xeon E

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 21:36
While this summer has been a busy season of benchmarking with the new AMD EPYC Bergamo processors providing up to 128-cores / 256-threads per socket and the new EPYC Genoa-X parts providing up to 1.1GB of L3 cache with 3D V-Cache to provide for excellent HPC performance, not everyone needs such levels of performance nor having the budget for such platforms. It's always fun talking about the high-end server platforms, but at the opposite end AMD and their platform partners have been rolling out an equally interesting assortment of AMD Ryzen 7000 series based server products. With the Ryzen 9 7950X/7950X3D providing up to 16-cores / 32-threads, a growing number of Ryzen server motherboards supporting DDR5 ECC UDIMM, and a number of innovative Ryzen server platforms coming to market, it's an interesting time to be after a budget-friendly server platform or other robust rackmount systems where looking for power efficient 16 cores or less configurations.

PoCL-Remote Allows OpenCL To Be Transparently Used Across Networked Systems

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 20:25
PoCL began as an open-source project providing a CPU-based OpenCL implementation and over the years has added support for various LLVM back-ends such as for targeting AMD HSA, Intel Level Zero, and NVIDIA CUDA/PTX with its OpenCL implementation. The latest back-end merged ahead of Portable Computing Language 5.0 is a remote back-end that allows for OpenCL codes to be transparently utilized on networked systems for distributed computing...

Intel & Tower Semiconductor Reach Foundry Agreement

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 20:08
Following Intel's acquisition of Tower Semiconductor falling through due to failing to obtain all the necessary regulatory approvals, Intel and Tower today announced a foundry agreement...

Linux 6.6 Adds New Sound Support For AMD Van Gogh, Valve Galileo

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 18:45
The sound subsystem and audio driver updates were merged last week for the ongoing Linux 6.6 merge window. Interesting about the sound work this cycle is a fair amount of work around AMD Van Gogh platforms, which so far is just the APU that's known to power Valve's Steam Deck...

Hangover 8.15 Released With Box64 Integration As PE Library

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 18:15
Building off Friday's release of Wine 8.15 is a new version of Hangover, the Wine-based software that aims to ease the deployment of Wine with x86/x86_64 Windows software support atop AArch64 processors and other CPU architectures...

Some AMD CPUs To Benefit From New Micro-Optimization In Linux 6.6

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 17:50
One of the patches to be picked up by the Linux 6.6 kernel this week brings back REP MOSQ for user-access on CPUs without Enhanced REP MOVSB (ERMS) support. In turn this can equate to some performance benefits on AMD CPUs lacking ERMS...

Manjaro 23.0 Released With GNOME 44, KDE Plasma 5.27 & Xfce 4.18 Desktop Options

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 17:26
Manjaro 23.0 "Uranos" has been released as the latest version of this desktop-focused Linux distribution built atop Arch Linux...

Linux Fix Incoming For Intel Fallout After The Kernel Disabled Buggy AMD fTPM RNG

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 07:58
The decision last month for the Linux kernel to disable random number generation (RNG) for all AMD fTPMs ended up having some unintended consequences on Intel systems that ended up breaking S3 suspend behavior...

Microsoft Adds AMD SEV-SNP & Intel TDX Guest Support To Hyper-V With Linux 6.6

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 05:14
Microsoft continues improving the Hyper-V support within the Linux kernel for benefiting Linux guest VMs running within this hypervisor on Windows. With Linux 6.6 the Hyper-V code adds support for SEV-SNP secure guests on the AMD EPYC side while over on the Intel Xeon Scalable Sapphire Rapids side is initial support for Trust Domain Extensions (TDX) protected guests...

DXVK 2.3 Brings Presentation Improvements, More Game Fixes, "hideNvidiaGpu" Option

Tue, 09/05/2023 - 00:10
It's been nearly four months since the release of DXVK 2.2 for this Direct3D 9/10/11 API implementation built atop the Vulkan API that is used by Valve's Steam Play (Proton) for enjoying Windows games on Linux. Out today is DXVK 2.3 as the latest major step forward for the project...

AMD P-State Fixes & Other Power Management Changes For Linux 6.6

Mon, 09/04/2023 - 22:07
The ACPI and power management updates were merged last week for the Linux 6.6 kernel...

uutils 0.0.21 Released With More Improvements For GNU Coreutils Written In Rust

Mon, 09/04/2023 - 20:17
Released at the end of August was GNU Coreutils 9.4 while out this weekend is uutils 0.0.21 as the open-source, Rust-written re-implementation of the Coreutils utilities...