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AMDVLK 2020.Q3.2 Radeon Vulkan Driver Christened Early Due To Bugs

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 18:55
While it was just two days ago that AMDVLK 2020.Q3.1 debuted and normally there is a two to three week release cadence for these open-source AMD Radeon Vulkan driver code drops, this morning was already met by the debut of AMDVLK 2020.Q3.2...

GCC 10.2 Compiler Released With Nearly 100 Bug Fixes

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 18:35
Version 10.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is now available...

Google Finally Begins Their Open-Source Dance Around Linux User-Space Threading

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 15:17
Way back in 2013 there was a presentation at the Linux Plumbers Conference around Google's work on user-level threads and how they were working on new kernel functionality for using regular threads in a cooperative fashion and building various features off that. Fast forward to today, that functionality has been in use internally at Google for a range of services for latency-sensitive services and greater control over user-space scheduling while now finally in 2020 they are working towards open-sourcing that work...

RenderDoc 1.9 Released - The Open-Source Graphics Debugging Tool Gets Even Better

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 12:00
RenderDoc as the open-source, cross-platform, cross graphics API debugger tool for profiling and analyzing issues across Vulkan / Direct3D / OpenGL / GLES continues getting even better with its advanced tool set...

GNOME OS Is Taking Shape But Its To Serve For Testing The Desktop

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 09:15
The virtual GNOME conference kicked off today, GUADEC 2020, and one of the talks was focused on running "GNOME OS" on real hardware...

LLVMpipe Gallium3D Driver Now Exposes OpenGL 4.3

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 08:55
It was just at the start of July that the LLVMpipe software driver gained OpenGL 4.0 support at long last. Days after that milestone OpenGL 4.2 support was reached for this driver that offers OpenGL acceleration atop CPUs either for fallback purposes or a vendor-neutral debug path. Now just days before the Mesa 20.2 branching, OpenGL 4.3 support has been cleared!..

RadeonSI Lands Bits In Mesa 20.2 For Better Dealing With GPU Virtualization

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 01:13
Well known open-source AMD graphics driver developer Marek Olšák has landed a set of 15 patches into Mesa 20.2 for improving the RadeonSI driver's handling within virtualized environments...

AMD Ryzen "Renoir" CPU Frequency Scaling Governor Performance

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 22:35
With 129 tests carried out while also looking at the CPU power consumption and temperatures during benchmarking, here is a look at how the CPU frequency scaling governor plays a role in the performance of the latest-generation AMD Ryzen 4000 "Renoir" laptops for Linux.

Open-Source NVIDIA "Nouveau" CRC Support Ready For Linux 5.9

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 19:00
Stemming from documentation released by NVIDIA last year, the forthcoming Linux 5.9 kernel will feature CRC support on the display side thanks to the development work by Red Hat...

Ruby on Rails 6.0 Slated For Fedora 33

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 18:41
Fedora 33 is already set to be one of their largest releases ever and it's only getting bigger...

New KDE Slimbook Released - Powered By AMD Ryzen 7 4800H

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 16:30
The KDE Slimbook is getting a big upgrade in the form of the ProX and ProX 15 that are powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 4800H "Renoir" processor for offering much better performance and all-around better specs...

LLVM Clang Should Be Able To Build Linux 5.9 x86 32-bit Kernels

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 12:00
With LLVM Clang 9 and Linux 5.3 the mainline kernel can be built following a years-long effort to be able to build the mainline Linux x86_64 kernel with Clang rather than GCC, which followed the AArch64 efforts in a similar achievement. Now with Linux 5.9 coming later this year, the i386 / 32-bit x86 mainline kernel will also now be capable of building under Clang...

OpenRGB 0.3 Released For Open-Source RGB Lighting Control

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 09:32
Out this evening is OpenRGB v0.3 as the newest feature release of this open-source RGB lighting control solution that works on both Windows and Linux. ASUS, ASRock, Corsair, GSKILL, Gigabyte, Kingston, MSI, Razer, and Thermaltake are among the brands of devices supported by this growing software package...

Build2 v0.13 Released As C/C++ Build Toolchain Inspired By Rust's Cargo

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 09:02
Version 0.13 of the Build2 build toolchain is now available, the open-source project inspired by the Rust programming language's Cargo system but instead tooled for C/C++ while serving not only as the build system but also a package and project manager...

LLVM 10.0.1 Finally Ready As Latest Stable Compiler Version

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 08:46
LLVM 10.0 released back in March and today marks the first point release finally shipping. Normally they try to be a bit more punctual in shipping the seldom point releases to LLVM but today marks LLVM 10.0.1 finally being available, just over one month out from the planned LLVM 11.0 debut...

Arm Backporting SLS Vulnerability Mitigation To Existing GCC Releases

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 04:39
Back in June when Arm disclosed their Straight Line Speculation (SLS) vulnerability affecting their modern ARM processor designs there wasn't a whole lot of attention. It seems SLS is serious enough that Arm is working on bringing their compiler-based mitigations to existing GCC releases beyond it already being in the current development code...

Fedora Looks To Make DXVK Their Default Back-End For Direct3D 9/10/11 On Wine

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 23:17
Fedora like most distributions ship their Wine packages as-is at the defaults, but for Fedora 33 we could see DXVK used by default on Wine in place of the conventional WineD3D back-end for Direct3D 9/10/11 usage...

AMD Launches Ryzen 4000 APUs - But Only For Pre-Built PCs / OEMs

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 21:06
AMD today officially revealed their Renoir-based Ryzen 4000 APUs. Unfortunately though for enthusiasts, at least for now these APUs are just available for pre-built systems and OEMs...

TUXEDO Computers Launches A Linux Laptop With Ryzen 7 4800H / Ryzen 5 4600H

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 20:58
Back in May the folks at TUXEDO Computers in Germany launched their first AMD Linux laptop. That device though was a letdown in being based on a previous-generation AMD Ryzen 3000 series mobile processor rather than the far better Ryzen 4000 "Renoir" processors. Fortunately, today they announced the Pulse 15 laptop that comes in Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H processor options...

Eclipse OpenJ9 v0.21 Released With Many Fixes, Big Performance Improvements For AArch64

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 18:35
A new version of the Eclipse OpenJ9 JVM implementation was released last week with many fixes and other improvements over its prior release...

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