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Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 for Linux Released

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:18
On Wednesday marked the release of AMD's Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver package for Windows and Linux...

AMDVLK 2019.Q3.4 Vulkan Driver Enables Atomic Optimizer For Navi

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:00
AMD's official open-source Vulkan driver code had fallen off its roughly weekly code push / release cadence with not having a new release in nearly three weeks, but that changed today with the availability of AMDVLK 2019.Q3.4...

KDE Applications 19.08 Released With Dolphin Improvements, Better Konsole Tiling

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:45
The KDE community has delivered the release of KDE Applications 19.08 as their newest feature updates to the core collection of KDE programs...

Microsoft's Component Firmware Update Is Their Latest Short-Sighted Spec

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:03
Microsoft's newest specification is the "Component Firmware Update" that they envision as a standard for OEMs/IHVs to be able to handle device firmware/microcode updating in a robust and secure manner. While nice in theory, the actual implementation has a number of issues that complicate the process and could quickly evolve into another troubling specification from Microsoft in the hardware space...

Intel SYCL Compiler/Runtimes Updated With Unified Shared Memory Support

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:43
Intel has released a new version of their SYCL compiler and run-time code for single-source C++ programming and allowing offloaded computations to accelerators via OpenCL...

AMD Bulldozer/Jaguar CPUs Will No Longer Advertise RdRand Support Under Linux

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:20
Not directly related to the recent AMD Zen 2 BIOS update needed to fix an RdRand problem (though somewhat related in that the original systemd bug report for faulty AMD RdRand stems from these earlier CPUs), but AMD has now decided to no longer advertise RdRand support for Family 15h (Bulldozer) and Family 16h (Jaguar) processors under Linux...

Oracle Is Working To Upstream More Of DTrace To The Linux Kernel & eBPF Implementation

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:08
While DTrace prospects for the Linux kernel are no longer viewed as magical or groundbreaking as they once were more than a decade ago, Oracle continues to work on its DTrace port to Linux and extending its reach beyond just their "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" for their RHEL-cloned Oracle Linux. Oracle now says they are working towards upstreaming more work as well as getting an eBPF-based implementation for the kernel...

LLVM 9.0-RC2 Released While LLVM 10 Switches To C++14

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:00
LLVM 9.0 Release Candidate 2 is now available for testing while LLVM 10.0 has switched its code-base over to supporting C++14...

AMD Renoir Lands In Mesa's RadeonSI - Further Pointing To Vega, Not Navi

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 07:55
Last week AMD sent out their initial Linux graphics driver support for next-gen Renoir APUs. Those Linux kernel bits will land with AMDGPU in the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle while the RadeonSI changes were merged today marking that OpenGL support as a new feature for the upcoming Mesa 19.2...

Clear Linux Rolls Out Revamped Documentation

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 05:12
While Arch Linux remains the gold standard for quality Linux documentation, Intel's Clear Linux has rolled out a new documentation web-site to assist new/existing users in making use of this performance-optimized and security-oriented Linux operating system...

EPEL 8.0 Is Now Ready To Offer Up More Packages To Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Users

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 01:29
EPEL 8.0 is now ready for users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and the eventual CentOS 8 for complementing the standard repositories with extra packages for what is found in Fedora...

Blender 2.80 Performance With Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 vs. AMD EPYC 7742

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 22:01
The Blender 2.80 release arrived at the end of July that unfortunately was too late for using that big new release in our launch-day testing of AMD's EPYC 7002 "Rome" processors but as a follow-up here are AMD EPYC 7742 performance benchmarks up against the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 Cascade Lake as well as the AMD EPYC 7601 2P. Blender 2.80 performance is the focus of this article along with some other renderer benchmarks.

The Qt Company Announces Its New High-Level 3D API - Qt Quick 3D

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:46
Continuing on from the recent technical vision for the Qt6 tool-kit, The Qt Company has now announced their new high-level 3D API they are developing for this next major release of Qt...

FreeBSD 13 Is Preparing To Finally Retire GCC 4.2

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:36
GCC 4.2.1 has been out since 2007 and while there have been many big updates to the GNU Compiler Collection over the pase decade, that version remains somewhat common in the BSD land due to being the last version under the GPLv2 license. GCC 4.2.2 and newer switched over to GPLv3+ and that is why several BSDs have stuck to using GCC 4.2.1 or at least keeping it in their base repository. But now for FreeBSD 13, this old version of GCC is set to be retired with FreeBSD already being quite focused on LLVM Clang as its default compiler while also offering newer GCC versions via its package management system...

Building The Default x86_64 Linux Kernel In Just 16 Seconds

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:02
It's now been one week since the launch of AMD's EPYC Rome processors with up to 64 cores / 128 threads per socket and better IPC uplift compared to their previous-generation parts. Rome has outperformed Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs in their class while offering better power efficiency and way better performance-per-dollar. One of my favorite metrics has been how quickly the new EPYC 7742 2P can build the Linux kernel...

A Script Making It Easier Turning A FreeBSD Install Into A Working Desktop

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:43
With TrueOS (formerly PC-BSD) no longer focused on delivering a quality BSD desktop as they once did, while there still are options out there for a desktop-focused BSD like MidnightBSD, for those wanting to use a vanilla FreeBSD installation can now setup a desktop easier using a new script...

Apache Software Foundation's Code-Base Valued At $20 Billion USD

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:00
The Apache Software Foundation has published their 2019 fiscal year report highlighting their more than 350 open-source projects/initiatives and this also marks their 20th anniversary...

Reiser4 File-System Port Updated For The Linux 5.1 + Linux 5.2 Kernels

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:15
Up until today the newest Linux kernel version supported by the official Reiser4 out-of-tree file-system driver patch was Linux 5.0, but that has now changed with the belated Linux 5.1 kernel support arriving as well as a separate patch for Linux 5.2 kernel support...

Cooling The Raspberry Pi 4 With The Fan SHIM & FLIRC For Better Performance

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 03:30
With the Raspberry Pi 4, a passive heatsink is an absolute minimum for running this new ARM SBC unless you want to deal with potentially drastic performance limitations based upon your operating conditions. However, if you will be enduring the Raspberry Pi 4 with significant load for any measurable length of time, an active cooler is almost warranted or otherwise a very capable passive cooler. In this article we're looking at the Raspberry Pi 4 performance with a Fan SHIM as an active fan designed for running on the Raspberry Pi off the GPIO pins as well as the FLIRC as a metal case that passively cools the device.

NVIDIA 435.17 Linux Beta Driver Adds Vulkan + OpenGL PRIME Render Offload

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 01:15
NVIDIA this morning introduced their 435 Linux driver series currently in beta form with the release of the 435.17 Linux build. With this new driver comes finally the best PRIME/multi-GPU support they have presented to date...

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