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AMD Zen 3 "Family 19h" Enablement Beginning With The Linux 5.6 Kernel

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 19:59
With the upcoming Linux 5.6 kernel cycle will be the first of many patches to come surrounding AMD Zen 3 "Family 19h" support...

Linux 5.5-rc7 Kernel Released

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 08:27
The seventh weekly release candidate to Linux 5.5 is now available for testing...

GNU Make 4.3 Released With Performance Improvements, Newer GNU libc + Musl Support

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 07:44
While a Red Hat developer is working on "Goals" to try to improve upon Make, the GNU Make project is not slowing down and is out this Sunday with a big update...

The Performance Cost To SELinux On Fedora 31

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 03:10
Following the recent AppArmor performance regression in Linux 5.5 (since resolved), some Phoronix readers had requested tests out of curiosity in looking at the performance impact of Fedora's decision to utilize SELinux by default. Here is how the Fedora Workstation 31 performance compares out-of-the-box with SELinux to disabling it.

Intel's ConnMan Is Ready With WireGuard Support

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 22:36
In addition to NetworkManager having good WireGuard support in advance of this secure VPN tunnel tech landing with the Linux 5.6 kernel, Intel's ConnMan software is also ready with supporting WireGuard...

Intel's OSPray 2.0 Ray-Tracing Engine Released

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 20:26
An area where Intel continues striking with rhythm and near perfection is on the open-source software front with their countless speedy and useful open-source innovations that often go unmatched as well as timely hardware support. Out this weekend is their OSPray 2.0 release for this damn impressive ray-tracing engine...

KDE Plasma 5.18 Seeing More Last Minute Work To Make It One Of Their Best Releases Ever

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 20:12
This past week KDE Plasma 5.18 reached beta for this next long-term support release of the modern KDE desktop. While it's approaching the finish line next month, developers have not let up on more improvements in making this one of their best and most polished releases ever...

The AMD Ryzen Thermal / Power Linux Reporting Improvements Working Well - V2 Up For Testing

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 13:04
A few days ago I reported on AMD's "k10temp" Linux kernel driver finally seeing the ability to report CCD temperatures and CPU current/voltage readings as a big improvement to this hardware monitoring driver. The work hasn't yet been queued for inclusion into the mainline kernel, but initial testing is working well and a second revision to the patches has been sent out...

X.Org's XDC2020 May Abandon Poland Conference To Find More Welcoming European Location

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 09:00
Hopefully you didn't yet book your tickets to XDC2020 as the annual X.Org conference as the venue -- and host country for that matter -- may change...

GNU Binutils 2.34 Branched - Bringing With It "debuginfod" HTTP Server Support

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 04:15
GNU Binutils 2.34 has been branched off in preparing for the upcoming release of this important set of "binary utilities" to the GNU compiler toolchain. Most interesting with Binutils 2.34 is in fact an optional HTTP server support for enhancing the developer/debugging experience...

More Details On Intel's CVE-2019-14615 Graphics Vulnerability, a.k.a. iGPU Leak

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 03:52
As for CVE-2019-14615 the Intel graphics vulnerability disclosed this week affecting Gen7 through Gen9 graphics architectures, it's been dubbed "iGPU Leak" by the researchers involved. Thanks to the researcher who originally discovered this vulnerability having reached out to us, we now have some more information on this issue they describe as a "dangerous vulnerability."..

Experimental Support For C++20 Coroutines Has Landed In GCC 10

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 21:16
As of this morning experimental support for C++20 coroutines has been merged into the GCC 10 compiler!..

The Linux Kernel Obsoletes The Intel Simple Firmware Interface

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 20:50
We haven't heard of the Simple Firmware Interface in a number of years, but that changed this week in Linux now formally marking SFI as "obsolete" and confirmation Intel does not plan to ship any future platforms with this standard that dates back to their early days of working on Atom-powered mobile devices...

Red Hat Shows Off Their vDPA Kernel Patches For Better Ethernet Within VMs

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 18:16
Red Hat engineers have been developing virtual data path acceleration (vDPA) as a standard data plane that is more flexible than VirtIO full hardware offloading. The goal is providing wire-speed Ethernet interfaces to virtual machines in an open manner...

Btrfs Async Discard Support Looks To Be Ready For Linux 5.6

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 15:52
After months of work by Facebook engineers, it looks like the new async discard support for Btrfs is ready for the upcoming Linux 5.6 cycle as a win for this Linux file-system on solid-state storage making use of TRIM/DISCARD functionality...

Debian Is Making The Process Easier To Bisect Itself Using Their Wayback Machine

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 13:09
For a decade now has been around for accessing old Debian packages and to find packages by dates and version numbers. Only now though is a guide materializing for leveraging this Debian "wayback machine" in order to help in bisecting regressions for the distribution that span multiple/unknown packages...

More Benchmarks Of The Initial Performance Hit From CVE-2019-14615 On Intel Gen7 Graphics

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 08:25
On Wednesday I shined the light on the initial performance hit from Intel's CVE-2019-14615 graphics vulnerability particularly striking their "Gen7" graphics hard. That initial testing was done with Core i7 hardware while here are results looking at the equally disturbing performance hits from Core i3 and i5 affected processors too...

Nextcloud Hub Announced For Offering On-Premises Content Collaboration Platform

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 07:16
Nearly four years since forking from ownCloud, Nextcloud continues taking on the likes of Dropbox, Google Docs, and Microsoft 365 -- especially more so now with their introduction of Nextcloud Hub. Nextcloud Hub is a completely integrated on-premises content collaboration platform...

Wine 5.0-RC6 Released With Another 21 Fixes

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 06:29
We'll likely see the Wine 5.0 stable release next week or the following week, but for now Wine 5.0-RC6 is available as the newest weekly release candidate...

Fedora CoreOS Now Deemed Production Ready For Containerized Workload Experience

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 01:56
Fedora CoreOS has graduated out of its preview state and is now considered ready for general use...