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Rav1e Picks Up More Speed Optimizations For Rust-Written AV1 Encoding

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 10:38
The Rust-based "rav1e" AV1 video encoder continues picking up performance optimizations...

USB Updates In Linux 5.5 Help Intel Ice Lake, NVIDIA Xavier + More - But No USB 4.0 Yet

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 04:00
Earlier this week as part of his series of pull requests, Greg Kroah-Hartman has submitted the USB subsystem updates for the in-development Linux 5.5 kernel...

Wine 4.21 Released As Wine 5.0 Inches Closer

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 03:27
Wine 4.21 is out today as the newest bi-weekly development release as the feature freeze approaches for the Wine 5.0 release in early 2020...

Systemd 244 Released With New Init System Features For Black Friday

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 01:06
Systemd has a present for you with a new release that comes bearing more features for this Linux init system...

Windows 10 vs. Linux Performance On The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 00:25
The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is performing faster on Linux than Microsoft Windows 10. When carrying out more than 80 different tests on Windows 10 compared to five Linux distributions, Windows 10 was beat out by the open-source competition. However, the performance loss for Windows isn't as dramatic as we have seen out of earlier generations of Ryzen Threadripper HEDT workstations. Here are those benchmarks of Windows 10 compared to Ubuntu 19.10, CentOS 8, Clear Linux, Fedora Workstation 31, and openSUSE Tumbleweed.

VirtIO-GPU Working Towards Vulkan Support, Other Features For Graphics In VMs

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 22:00
As we've known for a long time, VirtIO-GPU / Virgl Vulkan support to allow accelerated Vulkan within virtual machines is in the works but still has a long road ahead. A number of other VirtIO-GPU features are also in the works or at least planning stages...

XWayland Multi-Buffering Lands To Avoid Stuttering / Tearing

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 21:37
When X.Org Server 1.21 finally lands those relying upon XWayland for running various Linux games should find less (or ideally, none at all) stuttering or tearing...

The Linux Kernel Disabling HPET For More Platforms - Including Ice Lake

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 21:18
Reported on earlier this month is the decision by Linux kernel developers to disable HPET for Intel Coffee Lake systems. The High Precision Event Timer was being disabled since on some Coffee Lake systems at least this timer skews when entering the PC10 power state and that makes the time-stamp counter unstable...

The Allwinner "Cedrus" Video Decoder Supports H.265 On Linux 5.5

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 18:03
The Cedrus video decode driver developed by Bootlin after successful crowdfunding for creating an open-source Linux video decoder for Allwinner SoCs now has H.265 support!..

There Is Just A Few Days Left To Go Premium For Black Friday / Cyber Monday

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 16:30
Just a friendly reminder that our Black Friday / US Thanksgiving / Cyber Monday promotion ends on Tuesday. Show your support for Linux hardware benchmarking and daily open-source news coverage...

Microsoft Talks Up The Concept Of Panes, Tab Reordering For Windows Terminal

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 13:57
This week Microsoft released Windows Terminal Preview 0.7 with some groundbreaking features... Well compared to Command Prompt and the existing PowerShell terminal, but capabilities many Linux terminal emulators have offered for years...

EXT4 For Linux 5.5 Sees New Improvements For This Mature File-System

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 13:06
While EXT4 is the most common Linux file-system among distributions and is quite mature at this stage, it does continue seeing noteworthy improvements every so often with new kernel releases. With Linux 5.5 there are more notable improvements on deck...

Whoops: The Linux Kernel's Spectre RSB Mitigation For PowerPC Missed Covering Some CPUs

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 08:31
Even with all the light shed on Spectre over the past nearly two years, with the Spectre RSB (Return Stack Buffer) disclosure that did affect IBM POWER processors it turns out the mitigations applied didn't cover all of the CPUs that should have been in place until this week...

Canonical Formulates The 32-Bit Support Strategy For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 05:19
Canonical's Ubuntu engineers in cooperation with community members have figured out their 32-bit support adjustments for the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release...

Khronos + W3C Collaborating On SPIR-V Potentially Being The Shading Language For The Web

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 01:02
The W3C put out an interesting status update this week on web games technologies and the various standardization efforts at play...

Gallium3D's LLVMpipe Lands NIR Support Plus Radeon R600g NIR Support Is Forthcoming

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 00:02
More Mesa drivers continue to be embracing NIR as the modern intermediate representation shared between these OpenGL and Vulkan open-source implementations...

The Big Graphics Driver Update Lands In Linux 5.5 With Exciting Changes For Intel + AMD

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 22:56
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) graphics/display driver updates were sent out last night for the Linux 5.5 kernel and quickly landed into the mainline tree...

Compiz Sees New Update Ahead Of The Holidays - But It's Mainly Bug Fixing

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 20:09
Over a decade ago all the Linux desktop rage was over the likes of Compiz, Beryl, Compiz Fusion, and the like... Ah the memories. But to much surprise, Compiz saw a new release today. Compiz 0.9.14.1 isn't the most exciting update, but the project is still alive...

PHP 7.4 Released With FFI, Typed Properties, Arrow Functions, Better Performance

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 19:27
PHP 7.4 is out this US Thanksgiving day as the newest feature release for the PHP scripting language. PHP 7.4 comes with a number of prominent language additions while, yes, also having even better performance on the PHP series...

Intel Comet Lake Added To RAPL Driver With Linux 5.5, New "HMEM" Driver

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 16:26
The ACPI and power management updates were sent in back on Tuesday for the Linux 5.5 kernel and punctually landed in the mainline tree...

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