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Vulkan 1.1.118 Released With New AMD Extensions

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 23:08
Another week, another new Vulkan update...

Linux 4.4 & 4.9 Kernels Get Back-Ported SWAPGS Protection

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 22:14
Greg Kroah-Hartman issued the Linux 4.4.189 and Linux 4.9.189 LTS kernels on Sunday morning that address the new Spectre V1 "SWAPGS" variant mitigations...

Linux Deprecating Wireless USB & Ultra Wideband Subsystems

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 21:11
The Linux 5.4 kernel will deprecate and mark as obsolete the Wireless USB (WUSB) and Ultra-wideband (UWB) subsystems within the kernel...

Improved Fscrypt File Encryption Handling Aims For Linux 5.4

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 20:17
Fscrypt is the common Linux kernel framework leveraged by the likes of the EXT4, F2FS, and UBIFS file-systems for providing native encryption support. While that Fscrypt-based file encryption has been part of the kernel for several releases now, there's been some shortcomings in how the encryption keys are handled but that should be cleared up for the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle...

KDE Frameworks 5.61 Fixes The Directory/Desktop File Security Vulnerability

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 20:01
Out this Sunday is the KDE Frameworks 5.61 update that most notable addresses the recently exposed vulnerability to KDE where specially crafted .desktop and .directory files could automatically execute arbitrary code on users' systems...

System76 Preparing To Roll Out Their First Coreboot-Enabled Laptop

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 19:58
System76 has been making good strides on their Coreboot support for their hardware and they are now readying a System76 Darter Pro OSFC Edition as their apparent first laptop to ship with Coreboot in place of the proprietary BIOS...

Wave Hello To WEV - Similar To X.Org's Xev For Event Viewing On Wayland

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 19:37
WEV is a new Wayland utility developed by Drew DeVault of Wayland notoriety for his work on the Sway i3-inspired compositor and the WLROOTS library...

KDE Picks Up Much Better GTK3 App Integration, Better Wayland Performance

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 19:14
It's been an exciting week in the KDE space...

X.Org Server Gains Support For Auto-Binding Secondary GPUs To The Screen

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 09:30
Adding to the changes to find with the eventual X.Org Server 1.21 release is a change from Red Hat that has been carried by Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora for years...

A Third-Party Installer Allows Clear Linux To Run On Microsoft Windows WSL

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 22:34
For more than one year we've been hearing of Clear Linux working on Windows WSL support to allow for this performance-optimized Linux distribution to run within Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux. There isn't an official release yet, but at least now is a third-party installer/script for making it possible to setup such a configuration...

Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 Is Now Available For Testing

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 22:23
For those with extra time on their hands over the weekend and having a spare Ubuntu Touch supported mobile device, Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 is now available in testing form...

GNU Radio Sees Its First Release In More Than Six Years

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 20:03
After being in development for more than six years, GNU Radio 3.8 is now available and is in fact considered a minor release update...

Google Chrome 77 Enters Beta

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 19:10
Following the Chrome 76 release from just over one week ago, Google has now issued the beta for the Chrome/Chromium 77 series...

GNOME Shell & Mutter Reach The 3.34 Beta Milestone With Last-Minute Changes

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 19:02
Earlier this week was the GNOME 3.34 beta release that also marked the UI/feature/API/ABI freezes for this six month update to the GNOME desktop The GNOME Shell and Mutter are late to the party but on Friday evening saw their 3.33.90 (3.34 beta) releases...

Intel SVT-HEVC 1.4 Brings GStreamer Plug-In, HDR Feature

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 07:44
Intel's open-source SVT video encoder team today released a new feature update to their HEVC/H.265 open-source video encoder...

AMD Sends Out Initial Linux Driver Support For "Renoir" APUs

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 00:31
AMD is striking well over the past month with their Linux hardware bring-up. In the past month we've seen the Navi 10/12/14 support get in order for Linux as well as support for the future Vega-based Arcturus GPU and now we see the initial enablement patches for their next-generation APUs, Renoir...

GCC vs. LLVM Clang vs. AOCC Compiler Benchmarks On The AMD EPYC 7742

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 19:00
While AMD's hardware folks were launching the EPYC 7002 series, their software crew was pushing out the AMD Optimizing C/C++ Compiler 2.0 with support/optimizations for the Zen 2 micro-architecture. Using the top-end AMD EPYC 7742 in a 2P Linux server configuration, here are C/C++ compiler benchmarks looking at the performance when built by the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), LLVM Clang, and AOCC 2.0.

F2FS Case-Insensitive Support Is Pending Ahead Of The Linux 5.4 Kernel

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 18:00
EXT4 set off the new trend for opt-in, per-directory case-insensitive file/folder support on Linux systems. EXT4 picked up that optional case-insensitive support for Linux 5.2 while the for Linux 5.4 kernel cycle the Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) is set to receive similar support...

A Modern Supermicro Kabylake Xeon Motherboard Now Supports Coreboot

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 17:27
While the tide may be eventually turning, as it stands today for those wanting to run Coreboot on x86 desktop/server hardware you are largely limited to generations-old platforms. But now there is a new option and that is a Coreboot port having been completed to a modern Supermicro motherboard for use with Intel Xeon "Kabylake" processors...

Sway 1.2-RC1 Released For The i3-Inspired Wayland Compositor

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 17:03
Drew DeVault is working on buttoning up the Sway 1.2 Wayland compositor release as the newest feature update to this i3 window manager inspired compositor...

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