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Fedora Developers Discuss An Idea For Using U-Boot On x86 BIOS Systems

Tue, 05/23/2023 - 20:30
Last year Fedora and Red Hat developers began discussing the idea of dropping legacy BIOS support and to then only focus on UEFI platforms. There was a plan to deprecate BIOS support in Fedora 37 but ultimately it didn't go through due to some cloud providers still booting VMs in BIOS mode and some systems having broken UEFI implementations. An idea has now been raised over the possibility of using U-Boot on x86 BIOS systems to provide a UEFI-like experience from the Fedora perspective...

KDE Neon Unstable Now Building With Qt 6 Frameworks/Plasma

Tue, 05/23/2023 - 18:38
For those feeling adventurous and wanting to see how things are coming along for KDE Plasma 6.0 and KDE Frameworks Qt 6 porting, the KDE Neon Linux distribution with its "unstable" edition has begun building against the Qt6 components...

Linux 6.4 Lands Intel Alder Lake / Raptor Lake Workaround For INVLPG/PCID Bug

Tue, 05/23/2023 - 18:31
The bug I wrote about this weekend where Intel is now disabling PCID for Alder Lake and Raptor Lake under Linux until updated CPU microcode is issued for addressing an issue with the INVLPG instruction when Process Context Identifiers are enabled, has now been merged to Linux 6.4...

GNU Binutils Prepares For Intel FRED/LKGS

Tue, 05/23/2023 - 17:43
The GNU Assembler "Gas" as part of the GNU Binutils collection has landed support for Intel FRED and LKGS instructions...

Python 3.12 Now Under Feature Freeze With Beta 1 Released

Tue, 05/23/2023 - 06:42
The first beta release of Python 3.12 is now available that also marks the beginning of the feature freeze for this year's major Python update...

Intel Provides AI-Accelerated HPC Update For ISC 2023

Tue, 05/23/2023 - 00:45
Intel is using ISC2023 this week in Hamburg, Germany to provide an update on its AI-accelerated HPC efforts. This includes reaffirming their upcoming data center product roadmap, reiterating their great software efforts, and also announcing full Aurora supercomputer specifications.

Cloudflare Launches New Open-Source Software Sponsorship Program

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 23:00
Cloudflare is making it easier for non-profit open-source projects to tap into the premium services offered by the company for speeding up their web infrastructure and protecting against attacks...

AMDVLK 2023.Q2.2 Brings New Extension For VKD3D-Proton, Performance Tuning

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 20:25
It's been over one month since the release of AMDVLK 2023.Q2.1 while today it's been succeeded by the AMDVLK 2023.Q2.2 update...

Google's Working Set Reporting Feature Aims To Better Deal With Over-Committed VMs

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 20:09
Google engineers this month have begun posting new patches for the Linux memory management subsystem and related components for a feature dubbed Working Set Reporting...

Testing Intel Raptor Lake With PCID Disabled & A Move Made By FreeBSD Last Year

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 18:11
With Linux going to disable PCID support on Intel Alder Lake and Raptor Lake while waiting for mitigated microcode due to a CPU bug, I was curious if this disabling of Process Context Identiifiers would have any overall performance implications. So I ran some benchmarks this weekend...

RADV Vulkan Driver Implements Smooth Lines For Zink

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 17:58
The Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" has implemented smooth lines support for in turn to be leveraged by the Zink OpenGL-on-Vulkan driver...

TOP500 List Updated With Frontier Remaining At The Top

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 17:38
The 61st edition of the TOP500 supercomputer list has been published this morning. The Frontier supercomputer continues to hold the top spot and the only true Exascale system...

Linux 6.4-rc3 Released Following A Rather Smooth Week

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 05:52
Linus Torvalds just released the Linux 6.4-rc3 kernel following a rather uneventful week...

Linux To Disable PCID For Intel Alder Lake & Raptor Lake Due To Issue With INVLPG

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 01:00
A patch is pending via x86/urgent to workaround an issue with Intel Alder Lake and Raptor Lake processors that is leaving the kernel developers for the time being to disable Process Context Identifiers (PCID) with these Intel mobile/desktop processors...

Arch Linux Completes Its Git Migration

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 20:42
Arch Linux on Friday began its Git repository migration and as part of that discontinuing SVN access and some changes to how their package repositories are setup. Arch Linux's Git migration has now been successfully completed...

RADV Driver Lands More Vulkan Overhead Reduction Optimizations

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 18:18
Timur Kristóf of Valve's Linux graphics driver team has landed a new set of patches for Mesa 23.2 that are further optimizing the Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" for lower overhead in some code paths...

LLVM's libc Gets Much Faster memcpy For RISC-V

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 18:08
Being merged into LLVM's libc library recently are an optimized memory copy function "memcpy" implementation for the RISC-V architecture...

Linux Adding Leakshield Driver Support For Reporting Liquid Cooling System Leaks

Sun, 05/21/2023 - 17:51
There is pending patches for adding support for the LEAKSHIELD device to the Aquacomputer Linux device driver. German PC component manufacturer Aquacomputer has been enjoying support for their various products on Linux and the latest seeing support in this open-source driver is the Aquacomputer Leakshield for reporting any water cooling leaks and other performance metrics around your cooling setup...

KDE Begins Laying The Groundwork For HDR Support, Wayland Color Management

Sat, 05/20/2023 - 23:38
As covered a few days ago on Phoronix, there's been early progress on HDR display support for the KDE desktop among other highlights this week...

Intel Publishes "X86-S" Specification For 64-bit Only Architecture

Sat, 05/20/2023 - 18:30
Intel quietly released a new whitepaper and specification for their proposal on "X86-S" as a 64-bit only x86 architecture. If their plans workout, in the years ahead we could see a revised 64-bit only x86 architecture...