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Ubuntu Details Initial Plans For Immutable Linux Desktop With Ubuntu Core & Snaps

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 02:00
For next year's Ubuntu 24.04 LTS release, Canonical is planning to offer an Ubuntu Core based immutable desktop OS flavor as an alternative to the traditional Ubuntu Desktop image. A new blog post today outlines Ubuntu Core usage for an immutable Linux desktop...

Fedora 39 To Raise Its vm.max_map_count To Satisfy Some Steam Play Games

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 01:19
There's been a proposal in the works for Fedora 39 to raise its default vm.max_map_count in order to satisfy some Windows games running on Linux via Valve's Steam Play. A revised proposal has now been approved by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee...

openSUSE Aeon & openSUSE Kalpa Announced For MicroOS Desktop Spins

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 23:49
The openSUSE project announced that MicroOS Desktop GNOME has been renamed to openSUSE Aeon and MicroOS Desktop Plasma is now known as openSUSE Kalpa...

Linux Foundation Launches RISC-V Software Ecosystem Project

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 23:31
Linux Foundation Europe has announced the RISC-V Software Ecosystem (RISE) Project to help facilitate more performant, commercial-ready software for the RISC-V processor architecture...

FFmpeg's Next Release Will Be Exciting With Vulkan Video Decode, More Vulkan Filters

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 22:53
FFmpeg's next release (v6.1) will prove quite exciting with Vulkan Video support merged for decoding H.264, H.265/HEVC, and AV1 content. Plus there are more Vulkan Video features and other improvements in the next version...

Raspberry Pi V3D Driver Adds Native ASTC Texture Compression Support

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 22:12
The V3D Gallium3D driver that is most notably used by the latest Raspberry Pi single board computers has landed support in mainline Mesa for native ASTC texture compression support...

NVIDIA Cleans Up GSP Firmware Binary License

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 20:38
With yesterday's NVIDIA R535 Linux driver beta one of the unlisted changes with this driver update is revising the driver license around the firmware handling to make it more explicit around permitting the GPU System Processor (GSP) firmware binaries to make it easier for redistribution and use by the Nouveau open-source kernel driver...

Armbian 23.05 Brings Debian Bookworm Based Images, i3 Desktop Support

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 20:25
Armbian 23.05 is out today as this Arm-focused Debian-based Linux distribution effort is approaching its tenth anniversary...

Chrome 114 Released With CHIPS, Popover API

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 05:07
Google has promoted Chrome 114 to stable across Linux, Windows, and macOS...

LLVM Clang 16 vs. GCC 13 Compiler Performance On AMD 4th Gen EPYC "Genoa"

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 23:42
With the recent stable releases of LLVM's Clang 16 and GCC 13 compilers there is now initial AMD Zen 4 "znver4" support in these open-source compilers. Curious about the performance difference between these two compilers on the very newest AMD 4th Gen EPYC "Genoa" server processors, I ran some LLVM Clang 16.0 and GCC 13.1 benchmarks on the flagship EPYC 9654 2P Linux server.

Linux 6.3.5 Released With XFS Metadata Corruption Fix

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 22:02
Greg Kroah-Hartman released Linux 6.3.5 today along with the 5.15.114, 5.10.181, 5.4.244, 4.9.284, and 4.4.316 point releases for those long-term (LTS) kernel versions...

NVIDIA R535 Linux Beta Brings New Vulkan Extensions, DMA-BUF v4 Wayland Protocol

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 21:18
NVIDIA has a nice treat to end out May for Linux users by publishing their first beta build in the R535 feature series...

Purism Librem Server v2 Announced: $2999 USD For A 9th Gen Core i3 With 16GB RAM

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 20:45
The folks at Purism have announced their latest product in the form of the Librem Server v2. Starting out at $2999 USD, these new servers are built around four-year-old 9th Gen Core CPUs already discontinued by Intel...

Intel VPU To Be Found On All Meteor Lake SKUs, Intel Seeding Open-Source Projects

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 19:46
Intel this week is using Computex 2023 to make some disclosures around next-generation Meteor Lake processors for laptops. The most exciting aspect relayed in advance during our press briefing last week was that all Intel Meteor Lake processor SKUs will feature their new Vision/Versatile Processing Unit...

AMD Working On WiFi RFI Interference Mitigation For Linux

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 18:31
As a step toward further improving AMD laptop support under Linux, AMD engineers have been working on WiFi radio frequency interference (RFI) mitigation support for Linux with their latest laptops...

Intel's Vulkan Linux Driver Temporarily No Longer Identifies As "Intel" For CP2077

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 18:17
As a temporary workaround for helping recent versions of Cyberpunk 2077 to run on Linux under Valve's Steam Play with Intel Arc Graphics, Intel's open-source Mesa driver is temporarily no longer identifying as "Intel" graphics via its graphics vendor ID in order to workaround an issue...

System76 Virgo Aims To Be The Quietest Yet Most Performant Linux Laptop

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 22:00
System76 continues teasing the in-house laptop design they are working on codenamed Virgo...

XFS Metadata Corruption On Linux 6.3 Tracked Down To One Missing One-Line Patch

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 20:51
Last week XFS users began encountering metadata corruption on the latest Linux 6.3 point releases. Following kernel developers and those testing the kernels on affected hardware over the US holiday weekend, it's believed the issue has been tracked down to one missing patch that is a one line of code being deleted...

Intel Posts Latest 113 Patches For Linux KVM TDX Support

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 20:38
One of the new features of Intel Xeon Scalable 4th Gen "Sapphire Rapids" server processors is support for Trust Domain Extensions (TDX) but for this generation is only being activated for CPUs going to select cloud providers. Intel TDX allows better isolating virtual machines from the VMM/hypervisor and other non-TD software on the platform. This limited roll-out of Intel TDX has worked out okay with the Linux support for this security feature still being in flux. Sent out today was the 14th spin of the 113 patches needed for getting KVM TDX support wired up within the Linux kernel...

GCC 11.4 Released With 110+ Bugs Fixed

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 18:28
While GCC 13 saw its first stable release several weeks back, for those taking their time in moving to major new compiler releases and still relying on the two-year-old GCC 11 series, out today is the GCC 11.4 point release...