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X.Org Server 1.20.7 Released With A Handful Of Fixes For GLAMOR + Modesetting

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 15:08
With no sign of X.Org Server 1.21 on the horizon, the X.Org Server 1.20 point releases continue rolling on...

Unity 8 Desktop On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Could Take A Year Before Being Usable

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 13:51
While Canonical no longer develops their Unity 8 stack for Ubuntu, the UBports crew continues advancing Ubuntu Touch mobile as a community project and as part of that they do work on Unity 8 for their devices and desktop support. But if you're hoping to see Unity 8 running nicely on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, that could be a while...

Wayland Adds Meson Build System Support

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 13:00
While Wayland's Weston reference compositor has been using the Meson build system for about the past year, only this week did Wayland itself see Meson support introduced...

Xfce 4.16 Is Making Good Progress On Utilizing GTK3 Client-Side Decorations

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:21
Several months ago we learned of the Xfce 4.16 plans to drop GTK2 support and explore client-side decoration goals among other changes for this lightweight desktop environment release expected in late 2020...

Intel Uncore Frequency Driver On Linux Is Closer To Mainline With Latest Patches

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 07:04
Sent out shortly before the holidays was an Intel Uncore Frequency driver for Linux servers. That driver has now been revised with the latest fixes and is looking like it could soon land in mainline for helping latency-sensitive servers...

Fedora 32 Greenlit For Enabling FSTRIM Support By Default

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 04:40
Back in December was the proposal to finally enable FSTRIM by default for Fedora 32 in benefiting solid-state storage. Today the formal approval was given by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee to go ahead with this long overdue change...

Git 2.25 Released As Its First Update Of 2020

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:41
Git 2.25 is out today with over 500 commits making up this latest feature release...

Looking At The Linux Performance Two Years After Spectre / Meltdown Mitigations

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 01:10
Last week marked the two year anniversary since the formal public disclosure of the Spectre and Meltdown disclosures. To commemorate that anniversary, I was running some fresh benchmarks of various Intel desktop and server processors with the in-development Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to look at the performance impact today with the default CPU vulnerability mitigations and then again with the mitigations disabled at run-time.

Phoronix Test Suite 9.4 Milestone 1 Released

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 21:30
The first development release of Phoronix Test Suite 9.4-Vestby is now available for evaluation...

GCC 10 Enters Its Fourth Stage Of Development, 20 Bugs Of Highest Priority

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 20:29
Following the long-awaited GCC transition from SVN to Git that took place this weekend, the GNU Compiler Collection is kicking off this week by transitioning to "stage four" development on the GCC 10 compiler...

RADV's Next-Gen Geometry Code Continues To Be Revised For Navi GPUs

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 20:17
The NGG (Next-Gen Geometry) support with Navi continues to be refined by the open-source AMD Linux graphics drivers with the RADV Vulkan driver seeing a fresh batch of fixes/clean-ups, inspired in part by the NGG code from the RadeonSI and AMDVLK drivers...

Intel Revs Linux Patches For Per-Client Engine Busyness - Allowing For Great GPU Insight

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 20:00
One of the set of patches for Intel's Linux kernel graphics driver that have been floating around for more than one year is about exposing per-client (process) statistics in how each application is making use of the GPU's render/blitter/video hardware and various insightful statistics related to that. The patches aren't queued for mainline yet but at least a new revision of the work was published...

Linux 5.5-rc6 Released With Some Notable Radeon Graphics Fixes Plus Other Random Work

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 09:51
Linus Torvalds has just issued Linux 5.5-rc6 as the latest test release ahead of the stable Linux 5.5 kernel due out in a few weeks...

Benchmarks Of LLVM Clang 6.0 Through Clang 10.0 Compilers

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 04:00
At the end of 2019 I ran some GCC 5 through GCC 10 compiler benchmarks while here are the similar tests conducted on the LLVM side for seeing how the Clang C/C++ compiler performance has evolved over the past few years...

The Big Highlights Of Wine 5.0 From FAudio Integration To Vulkan 1.1 + A Ton Of Bug Fixes

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 01:48
Wine 5.0 is still going through weekly release candidates but the stable release of Wine 5 is expected to land in the back-half of January. With that imminent release, here is a look at the big changes to find with this annual Wine update...

Project Trident Reaches Beta For Its ZFS-Based Void Linux Powered OS

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 00:12
Making rounds in Q4 of last year was the little known Project Trident open-source operating system switching from its TrueOS/FreeBSD base to in turn moving to Void Linux as a base for their platform. Towards the end of the year they offered some initial images of their reborn OS while now Project Trident based on Void Linux has reached beta...

Linux In 2020 Can Finally Provide Sane Monitoring Of SATA Drive Temperatures

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 21:16
Here is another long overdue kernel change... For more than a decade there have been patches trying to get SATA/SCSI drive temperature monitoring working nicely within the Linux kernel but none of that work ever made it through for mainlining. That has left various user-space tools to provide the functionality, but in doing so that has required root access and not to mention the need to first install said utilities. Well, with Linux 5.6 in 2020, there is finally a proper drive temperature driver for disks and solid-state drives with temperature sensors...

Marvell Is Plumbing Octeon TX2 Support Into The GCC Compiler

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 21:00
Marvell has been preparing the Octeon TX2 processor support for the GCC compiler, their next-generation version of the (originally Cavium) infrastructure/network processors now based on their ThunderX2 line...

Steam's December Numbers Point To A Lower Linux Marketshare But With More Oddities

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 20:49
I refrained from writing about Valve's Steam Survey numbers at the start of January when they were posted for December as the numbers didn't seem up to scratch. But half-way through the month now, the same numbers are up with no edits by Valve, as we've seen in some months when they refine their measurements...

It's 2020 And GCC Has Finally Converted From SVN To Git

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 20:31
I reported a few days ago GCC was hoping to transition to Git this weekend from their large SVN repository. Going into this weekend I wasn't going to be the least bit surprised if this transition got delayed again given all of the months of delays already, but actually, they went ahead and migrated to Git!..