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CentOS-8 1911 Released As Rebuild Off Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 00:52
CentOS 8 1911 has been released today as the community rebuild rebased to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 that debuted back in November...

RenderDoc 1.6 Released, NVIDIA + AMD + Intel All Primed For Vulkan 1.2

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 22:56
This morning's release of Vulkan 1.2 is off to a great start...

Vulkan 1.2 Arrives With An Eye On Greater Performance, Better Compatibility With Other 3D APIs On Top

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 22:00
Coming up next month already will mark four years since the release of Vulkan 1.0 but for today is an early surprise... Vulkan 1.2! The Khronos Group has prepared Vulkan 1.2 for release as the newest major update to this graphics and compute API. Several vendors also have Vulkan 1.2 support in tow.

There Is Finally Open-Source Accelerated NVIDIA Turing Graphics Support

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:27
Here is another big feature coming for Linux 5.6: the Nouveau driver will have initial accelerated support for NVIDIA "Turing" GPUs! This is coming at long-last with NVIDIA set to release publicly the Turing firmware images needed for hardware initialization...

Intel Lands A Final Batch Of Graphics Driver Updates Ahead Of Linux 5.6

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:16
Intel's open-source graphics driver crew has submitted a final batch of updates to DRM-Next ahead of the Linux 5.6 kernel merge window. The DRM-Next cut-off is this week ahead of the Linux 5.6 window opening up at the start of February...

A Slew Of ACO Optimizations For The Radeon Vulkan Driver Landed In Mesa 20.0

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 16:43
The Valve-backed ACO compiler back-end that is optionally used by the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver has continued growing in popularity with Linux gamers and also has continued maturing a lot for Mesa 20.0 that is due out later this quarter...

Wayland 1.18 Planned For Release Next Month

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 14:09
Without seeing a new release of Wayland itself in nearly one year, a plan has been rolled out for having Wayland 1.18 in mid-February...

Intel Sends Out Linux Patches For Speed Select Core-Power Controls

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:05
Coming to Linux last year with the 5.3 kernel was Intel Speed Select Technology support as a Cascade Lake feature for optimizing the per-core performance configurations to favor certain cores at the cost of reducing the performance capacity for other CPU cores. That Intel Speed Select (SST) support for Linux is now being enhanced with core-power controls...

Intel Ivybridge + Haswell Require Security Mitigation For Graphics Hardware Flaw

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 09:23
Earlier today we were first to report on an Intel graphics driver patch mitigating a "Gen9" graphics hardware vulnerability. Details on that new security disclosure are coming to light and it turns out older Intel "Gen" graphics are also affected...

Canonical Is Working On A New Desktop Theme For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 07:12
With Ubuntu 20.04 to see installation on many desktops (and servers) given its Long-Term Support status, Canonical and the Yaru community team have begun working on a successor to the Yaru theme for this Linux distribution release due out in April...

Valve's Proton 4.11-12 Released With DXVK 1.5.1, Updated SDKs

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 05:48
The Wine-downstream Proton that powers Valve's Steam Play is up to version 4.11-12 following a release today by a CodeWeavers developer...

GCC 10 Introduces A Static Analyzer - Static Analysis On C Code With "-fanalyzer" Option

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:52
Within GCC's newly minted Git repository is a big last minute feature for the GCC 10 release: a long-awaited static analyzer...

Tesla Is Making Use Of The Open-Source Coreboot Within Their Electric Vehicles

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 03:00
Not only is Linux increasingly used within automobiles but it turns out at least one automobile manufacturer is even using Coreboot within their vehicles...

Intel's Linux Graphics Driver Gets Patched For A Gen9 Graphics Vulnerability

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 02:29
On top of the Intel graphics driver patches back from November for denial of service and privilege escalation bugs, the Linux kernel received a new patch today for "CVE-2019-14615" regarding a possible data disclosure with Gen9 graphics hardware...

The Time Namespace Appears To Finally Be On-Deck For The Mainline Linux Kernel

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 00:32
Back in 2018 a time namespace was proposed for the Linux kernel and now in 2020 it looks like this kernel functionality will be merged for mainline, likely with the upcoming Linux 5.6 cycle...

CoreAVI VkCoreGL SC1 Hits Compliance For Ushering Vulkan Into Safety Critical Systems

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 23:42
Vulkan could soon be used indirectly on safety critical military and aerospace displays thanks to CoreAVI's VkCoreGL SC1...

Goals: Red Hat Developer Working On New Tool To Improve Upon Make

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 22:12
Longtime Red Hat developer Richard Jones has begun developing "Goals" as a new tool to improve upon Make, the common build automation tool...

LLVM/Clang 10.0 Adds AMD Zen 2 Scheduler Model For Optimized Code Generation

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:40
It's too bad that it has taken so many months after AMD Zen 2 based Ryzen and EPYC processors began shipping to see this compiler support in place, but the good news now is that for the upcoming release of LLVM 10.0 is now the Zen 2 scheduler model being added to the "znver2" target...

AMD Begins Providing PowerPC Builds Of Their "AOMP" GPU Compiler

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:07
AOMP is the AMD GPU compiler for OpenMP and HIP support on GPUs as part of Radeon Open Compute 3.0 (ROCm 3.0). Now they have begun providing PowerPC 64-bit LE builds of AOMP as part of allowing Radeon GPU compute to happen on POWER9 systems...

The MLIR-Targeting "FC" LLVM Fortran Compiler Is Now Open-Source

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:06
Last week we reported on "FC" as a new LLVM Fortran compiler targeting the new MLIR intermediate representation. That new Fortran compiler is now public and open-source...