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Ubuntu's Yaru Desktop Theme Seeing Updates - Big Update Against GTK's Latest Adwaita

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 16:53
Canonical's designers have been working to update their Yaru desktop theme ahead of the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" release...

Proton 4.11-2 Pulls In Newest DXVK While Fixing High Refresh Rates For Older Games

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:12
Following the big Proton 4.11 update for Valve's Steam Play that just arrived over one week ago, a second update to this Wine-derived software is now available for enhancing the Windows games on Linux experience...

Summing Up The AMD EPYC 7742 2P Performance In One Graphic

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 00:00
If you didn't have a chance since last night to check out our benchmarks of the AMD EPYC 7742 and EPYC 7502 Linux performance, I certainly encourage you to do so. Even if you aren't a server enthusiast, it's incredible to see the engineering achievement of AMD with Zen 2 and how the race is certainly back on in the CPU space. If you are short on time, here's the quick summary of our initial AMD EPYC 7002 benchmark results...

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Released - Switches To Using 19.04's Linux 5.0 HWE

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 22:14
Canonical has announced the immediate availability of Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS as the newest update to this long-term support series...

LibreOffice 6.3 Released With Better Performance, UI Enhancements

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 18:47
After a slight delay, The Document Foundation this morning announced the release of the LibreOffice 6.3 cross-platform open-source office suite...

How Can AMD EPYC "Rome" 7002 Series Be Even Better? Open-Source BIOS / Coreboot

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 18:26
By now you've likely seen the fantastic performance out of AMD's new "Rome" 7002 series processors. The performance is phenomenal and generally blowing well past Intel's Xeon Cascade Lake processors. So that's all good and it can get even better outside of performance: I asked AMD about the prospects of Coreboot / open-source BIOS support and got a surprising response...

Red Hat Joins The RISC-V Foundation

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 17:57
Red Hat has joined the RISC-V Foundation to help foster this open-source processor ISA...

GTK-VNC 1.0 Released With GTK3 Requirement & Other Improvements

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 17:48
Yesterday marked the release of GTK-VNC 1.0 as GNOME's VNC viewer widget for the GTK tool-kit...

AMD Optimizing C/C++ Compiler 2.0 Released With Zen 2 Support

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 17:37
Coinciding with yesterday's glorious AMD EPYC "Rome" 7002 series CPU launch, AMD's software folks released AOCC 2.0 as their LLVM/Clang-based compiler optimized for Zen processors. AOCC 2.0 brings optimized compiler support now for Zen 2 processors not just only the EPYC 7002 line-up but also the Ryzen 3000 series consumer processors...

Libinput 1.14 Released With Dell Canvas Totem Support, Touchpad Improvements

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 17:28
Version 1.14 of the libinput library for unified input handling on Linux X.Org and Wayland systems is now available...

AMD EPYC 7502 + EPYC 7742 Linux Performance Benchmarks

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:00
Now that you have read our AMD EPYC "Rome" 7002 series overview, here is a look at the initial performance benchmarks from our testing over the past few weeks. This testing focused on the new AMD EPYC 7502 and EPYC 7742 processors in both single (1P) and dual (2P) socket configurations using AMD's Daytona server reference platform. Tests were done on Ubuntu Linux and compared to previous AMD EPYC processors as well as Intel Xeon Scalable.

AMD EPYC 7002 Series Unveiled With Primed Linux Support & Strong Server Performance

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:00
One month ago today we were talking about the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor and new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards, all manufactured on TSMC's 7nm process. Today, for 7th August, the embargo has now lifted and we are talking about something arguably more exciting, or at least the ability to more profoundly impact an industry (data centers): AMD's EPYC 7002 series is ready and their line-up and ultimately the resulting performance is the most exciting and competitive we have seen ever out of AMD in the server space.

NVIDIA Starts Publishing GPU Hardware Documentation To Help Open-Source Drivers

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 02:22
Today is a wild one for open-source/Linux users. Let's begin with the unexpected news: NVIDIA is releasing more GPU hardware documentation at long last! Yes, freely-available hardware interface documentation to assist in the development of the open-source NVIDIA Linux driver (Nouveau)...

Initial Benchmarks Of The Spectre "SWAPGS" Mitigation Performance Impact

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 21:30
Yesterday the SWAPGS vulnerability was made public as a new variant of Spectre V1 that affects all operating systems and is believed to affect only Intel CPUs. The SWAPGS discovery by Bitdefender was quietly mitigated by Microsoft for Windows 10 last month while yesterday the patches were posted for the mainline Linux kernel as the Grand Schemozzle. As soon as learning of this SWAPGS vulnerability and seeing the kernel code, I began running some preliminary performance tests to look at the impact of this latest CPU mitigation.

Lars Knoll Shares His Technical Vision For The Qt 6 Tool-Kit

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 20:33
Longtime KDE/Qt developer Lars Knoll (and current CTO of The Qt Company) has shared his technical vision for the upcoming Qt 6 tool-kit...

Canonical Confirms Their Experimental ZFS Plans For The Ubuntu 19.10 Desktop

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 19:09
We've known for months about Canonical working to ramp up their ZFS On Linux support for Ubuntu 19.10 after initially packaging ZoL for Ubuntu years ago and supporting it in the server space. One of the big changes for Ubuntu 19.10 expected is an experimental ZFS root file-system install option for their desktop GUI installer. That's been confirmed today by Canonical along with some of their related ZoL activities...

Khronos Releases OpenCL 2.2-11 While Still Waiting For OpenCL-Next

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 18:19
The Khronos Group has released the OpenCL 2.2-11 specification to address various issues with the existing OpenCL specification while the next major release as "OpenCL-Next" is likely still a number of months away...

AMD Submits Navi 12/14 & Arcturus GPU Support Code For Linux 5.4 Kernel Queue

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 17:13
AMD sent in their initial pull request of feature changes to their AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager graphics driver to begin queuing in DRM-Next for September's kick off the Linux 5.4 kernel cycle. Notable to this batch of AMDGPU DRM-Next work is a lot of new unreleased GPU support...

RADV Driver Plumbs Navi Support For Performance-Improving DCC On Storage Images

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:33
Another set of patches was merged on Tuesday for the upcoming Mesa 19.2 to further along its Radeon "Navi" support within the RADV Vulkan driver...

NetworkManager 1.20 Released With WiFi Mesh Network Support, WireGuard Improvements

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 13:00
NetworkManager 1.20 is now available as the newest feature update for this widely used configuration component for the Linux networking stack...

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