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Purism Announces Librem 5 "USA" Model For $1199 USD

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 00:56
Purism announced today a Librem 5 USA model of their smartphone that has the same specifications and features of their Librem 5 Linux smartphone but manufactured in the US. That pushes the 720x1440 display, i.MX8M, 3GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, 802.11n device from $699 USD to $1,199 USD...

Intel Publishes oneAPI Level 0 Specification

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 00:12
Back at SC19 Intel released a beta of their oneAPI Base Toolkit for software developers to work on performance-optimized, cross-device software. Complementing that initial software beta is now the oneAPI Level 0 Specification...

An Extensive Look At The AMD Naples vs. Rome Power Efficiency / Performance-Per-Watt

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 23:00
Since the AMD EPYC 7002 "Rome" series launch in August we have continue to be captivated by the raw performance of AMD's Zen 2 server processors across many different workloads as covered now in countless articles. The performance-per-dollar / TCO is also extremely competitive against Intel's Xeon Scalable line-up, but how is the power efficiency of these 7nm EPYC processors? We waited to deliver those numbers until having a retail Rome board for carrying out those tests and now after that and then several weeks of benchmarking, here is an extensive exploration of the AMD EPYC 7002 series power efficiency as well as a look at the peak clock frequencies being achieved in various workloads to also provide some performance-per-clock metrics compared to Naples.

BeOS-Inspired Haiku Continues Working On 64-bit ARM, Other Hardware Improvements

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 22:19
The open-source Haiku operating system project working off inspirations from BeOS continued to be quite active over the past two months in adding various modern features and fixes to their platform...

Lima Gets Tiling While Vulkan Turnip Lands SSBO + Compute Shaders

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 19:57
Even with the holidays fast approaching Mesa developers continue to be quite busy in landing new features ahead of next quarter's Mesa 20.0 release. The Lima Gallium3D driver and Turnip Vulkan driver are the latest benefiting from the Git code...

Libinput 1.15 Is On Approach With Various Improvements/Fixes For Linux Input Handling

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 19:39
Peter Hutterer has been preparing libinput 1.15 as the next update to this open-source input handling library used by Linux systems both on X.Org and Wayland...

Mesa Developers Weigh Renaming Gallium "State Tracker" To "API"

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:44
In addition to the discussion over potentially dropping non-Gallium3D drivers from Mesa or otherwise potentially forking a portion of the code, AMD's Marek Olšák made a separate proposal about renaming the Gallium3D "state tracker" concept to being "API" implementations...

F2FS File-System Gets More Fixes With Linux 5.5

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:03
The Flash-Friendly File-System continues to be refined and with the forthcoming Linux 5.5 kernel are more improvements albeit largely bug fixes...

Chromium's Ozone Wayland Back-End Is Now Considered Beta, Aiming To Ship Next Year

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 13:04
For years there has been work on a Wayland back-end to Ozone, the Google component for abstracting user-interface elements and input/window handling among other tasks across platforms. It looks like in 2020 the Ozone Wayland support will be in good standing and promoted out of beta...

Firefox 71 Linux Performance Isn't Looking All That Great

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:25
With each new release of Firefox we set out to see how the performance is looking on the Linux desktop. One discovery we've made is that when using Intel's Clear Linux the Firefox performance is a lot more competitive to Google Chrome than we traditionally see on Ubuntu Linux. But with Firefox 71 we're seeing the performance trending lower compared to Firefox 69 and 70...

Mesa 19.3 Might Release Next Week But For Now There's RC6 With Several ACO+RADV Fixes

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 05:56
Mesa 19.3 continues running behind schedule but stands chances for releasing next week if the lingering blocker bugs are closed...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Linux Performance

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 03:33
For those looking to spend less than $200 USD on a graphics card, the recently launched NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER offers great value starting at $159 USD and working well with the NVIDIA Linux driver for providing decent 1080p Linux gaming performance as well as OpenCL / CUDA support. Here are benchmarks of the GTX 1650 SUPER alongside a total of 18 lower-end/mid-range AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on Ubuntu Linux.

Qt 5.14 On Track For Releasing Next Week With New Scenegraph Renderer, Better HiDPI

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 01:12
While missing the original release target of the end of November, The Qt Company is buttoning up Qt 5.14 for debut next week. Today, however, marks the release candidate availability for those wanting to test out this forthcoming Qt5 release prior to more of the development efforts shifting to Qt 6.0...

AMD's GPUOpen Releases Vulkan Memory Allocator 2.3

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 00:11
AMD's GPUOpen team has released their first official update to the open-source Vulkan Memory Allocator project in nearly one year...

Canonical Announces "Ubuntu Pro" For AWS

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 23:52
Looking to further capitalize upon the popularity of Ubuntu in the cloud, Canonical today announced Ubuntu Pro premium images for Amazon's EC2 cloud...

Mesa Devs Discuss Potentially Dropping Non-Gallium Drivers Or Forking Code For Gallium

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 20:56
Longtime open-source AMD graphics driver developer Marek Olšák has kicked off a discussion over the possibility in the not too distant future of either dropping non-Gallium3D drivers from Mesa (and moving them off to a maintenance branch or the like) or forking some of Mesa's existing code to allow it to be better optimized for Gallium3D use-cases. Due to raised concerns, other possibilities are also being expressed like simply moving ahead with optimizing the Mesa code-base for Gallium3D at a cost of potentially hitting dead code more often with the classic drivers...

RadeonSI Lands SDMA Copy Support For Vega/GFX9

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 20:24
The RadeonSI Gallium3D driver has finally landed SDMA copy support for Vega/GFX9 graphics hardware, which should principally benefit compute shaders and other cases...

Linux 5.5 Begins Plumbing Secure Boot Infrastructure For POWER9

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 17:42
With the PowerPC changes for the Linux 5.5 kernel comes the initial infrastructure work on preparing to be able to handle a Secure Boot implementation for POWER9 hardware...

Linux 5.5 Provides Knob To Toggle ASPM Link States Individually - Better Power-Savings

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 15:18
ASPM can be a big boost to help power-savings on Linux laptops and desktops as shown by a prominent kernel regression a number of years ago. However, a number of Linux drivers are forced to disable Active State Power Management (ASPM) due to quirky/buggy hardware where it ends up not being sane to enable that power-saving feature by default. But with the Linux 5.5 kernel is support for toggling ASPM link states via sysfs as an easy-to-perform manner for achieving better power-savings with friendly devices...

Open Source Firmware Conference 2019 Videos Posted

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 14:27
Taking place back in September at Google and Facebook facilities was the Open-Source Firmware Conference (OSFC 2019). For those not able to attend, video recordings of those talks are now freely available online...