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MuQSS/CK's Con Kolivas Becoming Concerned Over The Increasing Size Of The Linux Kernel

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 19:06
Longtime independent Linux kernel developer Con Kolivas known for his work previously on the BFS scheduler and now the MuQSS scheduler as well as his out-of-tree "-ck" patch set is becoming increasingly concerned over the growing size of the kernel code-base and that ultimately could put an end to his work with a focus on greater desktop interactivity/performance...

Fedora IoT To Be Promoted To An Official Edition With Fedora 33

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 15:55
For the past few years there has been a Fedora spin for the "Internet of Things" while with Fedora 33 this autumn the Fedora IoT version is being promoted to an official edition...

Phoronix Test Suite 10.0 Milestone 1 Released For Open-Source Benchmarking

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 15:00
The first development release of the forthcoming Phoronix Test Suite 10.0-Finnsnes is now available for evaluation for this open-source, cross-platform, fully-automated benchmarking software framework...

Mesa 20.1.6 Released With Several Radeon Vulkan Driver Fixes

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 12:00
While the feature rich Mesa 20.2 should be christened as stable within the next couple of weeks, Mesa 20.1.6 is out today as for what is now the newest bi-weekly stable point release for this collection of open-source OpenGL/Vulkan drivers...

Oracle Linux 7 U9 Beta Bringing Updated Drivers, Wayland Tech Preview

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 08:37
Along with Solaris 11.4 SRU24, another operating system update out this week from Oracle is the beta of their forthcoming RHEL7-based Oracle Linux 7 Update 9...

Linux vs. Windows Performance Will Be All The More Interesting With Intel's Hybrid x86 Architecture

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 05:48
With Intel's Lakefield and the future Alder Lake with their hybrid x86 architecture mixing of "little" and "big" cores, operating system optimizations become all the more important and thus will be interesting to see how the battle is between Windows and Linux...

The New Now In Alpha For Better Hardware & Benchmark Discovery

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 00:30
As alluded to previously, a major overhaul of has been in the works for a number of months now including a completely brand new analytics engine as part of the Phoronix Test Suite 10.0 development with its release due out later this year. With the new now in good enough shape at least for the internal infrastructure, this new version is being opened up to the public today while over the weeks ahead more features will continue to be flipped on.

Fedora 33 LTO Support Is Now In Good Shape For Faster, Smaller Packages

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 21:55
Fedora's plans to make use of link-time optimizations (LTO) by default with the GCC compiler when building Fedora 33 packages is looking like it will successfully pan out...

GraalVM 20.2 Released With Compile Time Improvements, Better Error Reporting

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 19:12
Oracle engineers have released a new version of GraalVM, their Java virtual machine that supports JIT compilation, ahead-of-time compilation with GraalVM Native Image, an LLVM runtime, JavaScript runtime, and other language support like Python and R...

Red Hat Bringing Multipath TCP To RHEL 8.3 As A Tech Preview

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 18:49
Red Hat confirmed today it is bringing Multipath TCP (MPTCP) to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 as a "tech preview" feature...

Intel Compute Runtime 20.32.17625 Prepares For oneAPI Level Zero 1.0

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 14:47
Intel's open-source team responsible for their Compute Runtime on Tuesday released version 20.32.17625 for this HD/UHD/Iris/Xe Graphics compute stack providing OpenCL 2.x/3.0 and oneAPI Level Zero capabilities...

Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU24 Released With A Plethora Of Package Updates

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 12:02
Solaris 11.4 continues chugging along per the Oracle/Solaris maintenance terms but still with no signs of life beyond the 11.4 series with any radical changes. The twenty-fourth stable release update was issued on Tuesday for Oracle Solaris 11.4...

GRVK Allows AMD's Deprecated Mantle API To Run Atop Vulkan

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 06:18
There are just a handful of games like Battlefield 4, Thief, and others that can make use of AMD's long-deprecated Mantle graphics API as the predecessor to modern graphics APIs like Vulkan and Direct3D 12. Mantle never was brought to Linux given the emphasis quickly turned to Vulkan within The Khronos Group, but now with the open-source "GRVK" project it's being mapped on top of Vulkan...

Rust Core Team + Mozilla To Create A Rust Foundation

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 00:27
Given the uncertainty created by Mozilla laying off roughly a quarter of their staff last week that did include some Rust developers and in looking to further along the Rust ecosystem in its own right, the Rust core developers in cooperation with Mozilla are working to form the Rust Foundation...

Alibaba Reports Their XT910 RISC-V Core To Be Faster Than An Arm Cortex-A73

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 23:48
A few weeks back Alibaba announced the "XT910" as the fastest RISC-V processor featuring 16 cores and clock speeds up to 2.5GHz while being manufactured on a 12nm node. This by far beats most RISC-V hardware currently available and now at this week's Hot Chips conference the Chinese company is reporting that the XT910 is faster than an Arm Cortex-A73...

TensorFlow Lite Now Supports Tapping OpenCL For Much Faster GPU Inference

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 23:21
TensorFlow Lite for AI inference on mobile devices now has support for making use of OpenCL on Android devices. In doing so, the TFLite performance presents around a 2x speed-up over the existing OpenGL back-end...

Debian's Qt Maintainers Stepping Down Ahead Of Qt 6.0

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 22:55
Ahead of the big Qt 6.0 release expected before the end of the year, Debian's current Qt package maintainers have decided to step down...

NVIDIA 450.66 Linux Driver Released With Expanded EIZO, Matrox Support

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 21:42
NVIDIA today released 450.66 as their latest stable Linux graphics driver update...

Microsoft Doubles Their Commits To Mesa This Week

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 19:19
More than a dozen patches were merged by a Microsoft engineer into Mesa yesterday...

30-bit Deep Color For GNOME On Wayland Will Likely Take Some Time

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 19:04
As written about at the start of the month, well known GNOME contributor Daniel van Vugt of Canonical/Ubuntu has added tackling deep color support to his TODO list for being able to properly handle 30-bit color on the desktop...