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Arch Linux Installer Update Allows More Control Over Parallel Downloads, Ly

Sat, 09/23/2023 - 21:30
Archinstall 2.6.1 was released today as the newest version of this Arch Linux text-based OS installer, ahead of next month's October Arch Linux ISO refresh...

Linux Terminal Emulators Have The Potential Of Being Much Faster

Sat, 09/23/2023 - 20:35
Prominent GNOME developer Christian Hergert announced he created a new terminal emulator that is twice as fast as the closest GPU-based renderer he's found yet so far on Linux, which was Alacritty. Unfortunately though he currently doesn't have any plans to develop this experimental speedy terminal emulator any further...

Intel Arrow Lake's NPU/VPU Very Similar To Meteor Lake - Linux Driver Patch Posted

Sat, 09/23/2023 - 18:48
With Meteor Lake comes the introduction of the Versatile Processing Unit (VPU) that is now marketed by Intel as the Neural Processing Unit (NPU). Recent versions of the Linux kernel have the "IVPU" accelerator driver to support Meteor Lake's VPU/NPU while now a patch is pending to extend that support for next-generation Arrow Lake processors...

Wayland Color Management Protocol Posted For Weston

Sat, 09/23/2023 - 18:36
The Wayland Color Management protocol has been years in the making and is needed for a client to specify the color space and HDR metadata of a surface. This color management protocol is ultimately needed for getting high dynamic range (HDR) support working out well within Wayland environments. This week an initial merge request was opened for implementing the draft color management protocol with the Weston reference compositor...

KDE Plasma 6 Seeing Many Bug Fixes -- Including For The Plasma Wayland Session

Sat, 09/23/2023 - 18:24
With Plasma 6.0 aiming for an early February release, more of the KDE developer attention is turning to bug fixing...

VKD3D 1.9 Released With HLSL Compiler Improvements, Ability To Inspect DXBC Blobs

Sat, 09/23/2023 - 07:57
While VKD3D-Proton continues to be the downstream used by Valve's Steam Play (Proton) and receiving a bulk of the Windows D3D12 gaming optimizations, Wine's upstream VKD3D project continues to evolve for mapping the Direct3D 12 API atop Vulkan. Released on Thursday was VKD3D 1.9 as the newest feature update...

AMDVLK 2023.Q3.2 Released With Quadbuffer Stereo, Quake 2 RTX Optimizations

Fri, 09/22/2023 - 18:44
AMD used to release new AMDVLK Vulkan driver updates on a near weekly basis for Linux users but that has slowed down for a while. We are approaching the end of Q3 and now AMDVLK 2023.Q3.2 has been published as their first new open-source driver release since early August...

Valve Is A Wonderful Upstream Contributor To Linux & The Open-Source Community

Fri, 09/22/2023 - 18:18
This shouldn't come as any surprise to any longtime Phoronix readers and dedicated open-source/Linux enthusiasts, but Valve with their work on the Steam Deck and SteamOS have been lifting the open-source ecosystem as a whole. A talk this week at the Linux Foundation Europe's Open-Source Summit highlighted some of the great and ongoing contributions by Valve and their partners...

Compute Runtime 23.30.26918.9 Released For Intel's Open-Source GPU Compute Stack

Fri, 09/22/2023 - 18:07
Intel engineers have published their Compoute Runtime 23.30.26918.9 that provides their open-source Level Zero and OpenCL support for use on Windows and Linux platforms with Intel integrated/discrete graphics hardware...

Ubuntu 23.10 Beta Released - Powered By Linux 6.5, GNOME 45 & Other Updates

Fri, 09/22/2023 - 17:54
The beta images of the Ubuntu 23.10 "Mantic Minotaur" release are now available for testing ahead of the planned official release in October...

Reminder: The 2023 Phoronix Premium Oktoberfest/Autumn Special

Fri, 09/22/2023 - 17:46
This is just a friendly reminder that if you wish to go ad-free on this site while supporting the ongoing Linux operations at Phoronix, enjoy native dark mode, and view multi-page articles on a single page, there remains an ongoing "Oktoberfest" sale for our Phoronix Premium subscription service...

Cloud Hypervisor 35 Released With Few New Features & Fixes

Fri, 09/22/2023 - 17:32
Cloud Hypervisor 35 was released on Thursday for this open-source, Rust-based VMM that was originally started by Intel software engineers before evolving into a multi-vendor initiative for secure and cloud focused workloads...

AMD's GPUOpen Releases Updated RGP, RGA & RMV Tools For Developers

Fri, 09/22/2023 - 07:49
AMD's GPUOpen team today released a number of updated components for graphics application/engine developers...

Linux 6.5 With AMD P-State EPP Default Brings Performance & Power Efficiency Benefits For Ryzen Servers

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 21:25
With the new Linux 6.5 kernel stable series one of the many new features is defaulting to the AMD P-State driver with the EPP/active mode compared to the long-used default of the ACPI CPUFreq driver. As shown in various Phoronix articles this can help with the mobile/desktop performance with this new default change while this article is looking at the Ryzen for server benefits too.

PuzzleFS Continues Striving To Be The Best File-System For Containers

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 19:56
Amid all the recent chatter around Bcachefs working its way toward mainline and all the ongoing improvements to existing Linux file-systems, you may have forgotten about Puzzlefs as the new file-system aiming to be an optimal solution for containers and with a kernel driver written in the Rust programming language...

AMDGPU LLVM Backend Begins Seeing Additions For New RDNA3 Refresh Instructions

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 18:39
Over the summer the AMDGPU compiler back-end in upstream LLVM began with new targets for GFX1150 and GFX1151 which given all things known are likely the "RDNA3 Refresh" APUs. That work started out light with not much in the way of different code paths from the existing GFX11 support but we're beginning to see some new instructions added for the RDNA3 refresh graphics processors...

CentOS Starts An Integration SIG To Help Products/Services Built On RHEL / CentOS Stream

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 16:00
The CentOS board has approved the creation of a CentOS Integration Special Interest Group (SIG) to assist those building products and services atop Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or in particular its upstream, CentOS Stream...

Mesa 23.1.8 Released While Waiting On Mesa 23.2

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 12:00
Mesa 23.1.8 was released on Wednesday as yet another bi-weekly stable release for the Mesa 23.1 release as that series drags on while waiting for Mesa 23.2 to materialize...

GNOME 45 Released With New Apps, New Activities Indicator

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 04:30
GNOME 45 is out as stable today as the latest six-month update to this open-source desktop environment that will be powering the likes of Ubuntu 23.10 and Fedora Workstation 39...

Wine Wayland Driver Updated With Basic Window Management Capabilities

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 01:13
The latest set of patches for the Wine Wayland driver have been posted for review that continue working on enabling native Wayland support for this open-source software that allows Windows applications and games to be enjoyed under Linux...