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Vulkan Video Decoding Coming In H1'2020, Ray-Tracing Progressing

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 01:00
The Khronos Group has posted their material from the SIGGRAPH 2019 graphics conference and includes some interesting updates on Vulkan and their ongoing efforts...

NVIDIA Continues To Be Involved With Making Vulkan More Appropriate For Machine Learning

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 00:41
NVIDIA engineers continue to be among those in the Vulkan technical sub-group working to advance machine learning for this API...

Fedora Developers Discuss Ways To Improve Linux Interactivity In Low-Memory Situations

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 21:25
Similar to the recent upstream Linux kernel discussions over the poor Linux desktop experience when in memory pressure situations particularly with systems having limited amounts of RAM, Fedora developers are discussing ways to improve this experience as well...

Oracle's Kernel Test Framework Might Be Added To The Linux Kernel Tree

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 20:12
Knut Omang of Oracle is working on integrating the Kernel Test Framework into the Linux kernel source tree/repository...

Mir 1.4 Released With Fix For GTK3, Support For Exclusive Zones

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 19:01
The Canonical team led by Alan Griffiths for maintaining the Mir display server with Wayland support today rolled out Mir version 1.4...

Qt PDF Being Discussed For Qt 5.14

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 18:48
Being evaluated for Qt 5.14 is shipping Qt PDF that allows PDF documents to be rendered/viewed inside QWidget-based applications...

Linux Finally Has A Fix For Crackling Audio Input On Recent AMD Systems

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:50
Queued now for Linux 5.3 and also marked for back-porting to existing kernel stable series is a fix to address distorted and crackling analog audio input that has affected AMD systems for at least the past two years with certain Realtek audio codecs...

ROCK Pi 4 Is Becoming A Good Arm SBC With Panfrost Graphics & Wayland Support

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:02
At $39 to $66 USD depending upon model, the ROCK Pi 4 is evolving to offer nice open-source support down to the Arm Mali graphics thanks to the Panfrost Mesa driver and also works nicely with Wayland...

Intel's Linux Graphics Driver Developers Discover 3~20% Boost For Current-Gen Hardware

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:48
Last week was the Intel Gallium driver one line patch to boost performance by 1%. Today's code churn within Mesa for Intel's open-source Linux graphics drivers were larger but also with a more profound performance impact with some workloads now being faster by around 20%. Making this more exciting is that today's round of driver optimizations apply to the very common and mature "Gen 9" graphics hardware...

DragonFlyBSD 5.6.2 Released With Disruptive Change To Help Chromium, Ported Apps

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 05:47
DragonFlyBSD 5.6.2 is out today as the newest version of this popular BSD operating system...

TGSI To NIR Improvements Hit Mesa 19.2 For RadeonSI

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 05:10
AMD Mesa lead developer Marek Olšák has landed a set of improvements to the TGSI-to-NIR pass today for Mesa 19.2 to enhance the RadeonSI driver's support for using this intermediate representation...

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Playing Nicely With Latest Linux Distros Following BIOS Updates

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 23:00
One month ago we were told that AMD released a BIOS fix to their motherboard partners for addressing the systemd boot issue with Ryzen 3000 series processors that stems from an RdRand instruction issue. Finally over the past week we've seen motherboard vendors pushing out BIOS updates for the prominent motherboards and indeed this takes care of the issue...

Gentoo's 64-bit ARM Support Is Now In Good Shape With Profiles Deemed Stable

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 22:10
Gentoo's AArch64/ARM64 support for 64-bit ARM should now be in good shape...

AMD EPYC Rome Still Conquering Cascadelake Even Without Mitigations

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 21:43
With last week's dramatic EPYC "Rome" launch where AMD has blown past Intel Xeon "Cascadelake" performance in a majority of server benchmarks, helping the successful launch of these Zen 2 server processors has been Intel's repeated delays of 10nm/Icelake CPUs and also the Spectre / Meltdown / Zombieload / Foreshadow mitigations. Out of curiosity, I've run some unmitigated benchmarks for the various relevant CPU speculative execution vulnerabilities on both the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 Cascadelake and AMD EPYC 7742 Rome processors for seeing how the performance differs.

Intel Tiger Lake Support Added To The LLVM Clang 10 Compiler

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 19:29
We have seen Intel's compiler gurus contributing new enablement patches for Tiger Lake support with GCC 10 due out next year while now they have also landed their initial Tiger Lake support into the LLVM Clang 10 code compiler also due out in H1'2020...

Vulkan 1.1.119 Already Released With Another New Extension

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 19:10
It was just yesterday that Vulkan 1.1.118 was released with two new extensions while now this Monday morning Vulkan 1.1.119 was released as a third extension was accidentally left out of yesterday's weekly revision...

Stepping Towards Better VR Headset Support On Wayland

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 18:58
Sway and WLROOTS creator Drew DeVault on top of his several open-source projects has also been working on improving the VR infrastructure support on Wayland as part of contract work for Status.im. The secure communication company is looking to build a Wayland-driven VR workspace but for that the VR headset support on Wayland needs to be improved...

GCC 9.2 Released With Bug Fixes & AMD Zen 2 Improvements

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 18:49
The GNU toolchain crew released today GCC 9.2 as the newest stable release to their compiler stack...

Xfce 4.14 Desktop Officially Released

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:09
After more than four years in development there is finally the release of Xfce 4.14...

Linux 5.3-rc4 Released With A Week Of Fixes Plus SWAPGS "Grand Schemozzle" Code

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 05:18
Linus Torvalds just released Linux 5.3 release candidate 4 as the latest weekly test release for this new kernel version...

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