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Zswap Could See Better Performance Thanks To A B-Tree Search Implementation

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 13:26
For those using Zswap as a compressed RAM cache for swapping on Linux systems, the performance could soon see a measurable improvement...

Intel Confirms Ponte Vecchio As 7nm General Purpose GPU

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 09:00
In addition to announcing the much anticipated oneAPI beta, Raja Koduri spent his time at Intel's event today also talking about "Ponte Vecchio" as their forthcoming general purpose GPU...

Linux 5.4-rc8 Released - Things Are Calm For Linux 5.4's Debut Next Week

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 07:49
As expected, Linus Torvalds opted for doing a 5.4-rc8 kernel release today rather than going straight to Linux 5.4 stable. However, he says he could have just as well done the stable kernel release thanks to the cycle settling down...

Intel Releases oneAPI Base Toolkit Beta For Performance-Focused, Cross-Device Software

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 04:46
Since Intel announced "oneAPI" last December we have been eagerly looking forward to its availability and today is finally that day! For SC19, Intel has made available the beta of the oneAPI Base Toolkit for developing speedy code that runs cross-architecture...

The Exciting Linux 5.4 Changes From exFAT Support To Intel Tiger Lake Graphics

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 04:01
It's possible this afternoon Linus Torvalds will release Linux 5.4 stable but considering his communications in recent weeks and many changes still flowing in this week, it's more than likely he will divert and release Linux 5.4-rc8 today and then ship this next stable kernel update on the next Sunday...

Arch Linux Held Their First Internal Conference Last Month In Berlin

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 00:24
Key stakeholders of the Arch Linux distribution quietly met in Berlin last month for their first conference...

Zink Benchmarks - Mesa OpenGL Running Over Vulkan

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 23:45
With the upcoming Mesa 19.3 release one of the big new features is the "Zink" driver that provides a Mesa OpenGL implementation over Vulkan. This in theory allows for a generic OpenGL driver running over Vulkan hardware drivers, but there is a lot of work ahead before it's really a viable option.

DragonFlyBSD Pulls In AMD Radeon Graphics Driver Code From Linux 4.9

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 21:25
DragonFlyBSD developer François Tigeot has continued doing a good job in continually updating their kernel's graphics driver code with a port of the AMD Radeon graphics source code from the Linux kernel along with related components like TTM memory management...

KDE Plasma 5.18 Bringing Better GTK/GNOME App Integration

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 21:00
For KDE users often still running GNOME/GTK applications from the Plasma desktop, the experience is about to get a lot better with Plasma 5.18...

GCC Might Finally Have A Static Analysis Framework Thanks To Red Hat

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 17:52
Clang's static analyzer has become quite popular with developers for C/C++ static analysis of code while now the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) might finally see a mainline option thanks to Red Hat...

The GCC 10 Compiler Lands OpenMP / OpenACC Offloading To AMD Radeon GPUs

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 16:16
A few days ago I wrote about the OpenMP / OpenACC offloading patches for Radeon "GCN" GPUs being posted and seeking inclusion in the GCC 10 compiler that will be released in a few months. Those patches were successfully merged meaning this next annual update to the GNU Compiler Collection will feature initial OpenMP/OpenACC code offloading support to supported AMD GPU targets...

Linux 5.5 Should Bring Another Power Management Improvement For Intel Ice Lake

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 14:08
The upcoming Linux 5.5 kernel cycle should bring an improvement for power management on Intel's latest-generation Ice Lake processors...

IWD 1.1 Released For Intel's Linux Wireless Daemon

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 13:06
Released at the end of October was Intel's IWD 1.0 wireless daemon while hitting the web this week was version 1.1...

Debian Moves Closer To Voting On Proposals Over Init System Diversity

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 09:00
Following the decision by Debian Project Leader Sam Hartman to seek a general resolution over init system diversity and just how much Debian developers care about supporting systemd alternatives, the general resolution vote is moving closer...

GCC Developers Discuss New Option For Recording Compiler Flags / Details In Binaries

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 01:14
GCC developers recently have been discussing a new proposal over an option for preserving the command-line flags/options used when building a binary as well as the associated compiler version...

Firefox vs. Chrome Browser Performance On Intel Ice Lake + Power/Memory Usage Tests

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 23:05
Using Firefox 70 (including WebRender) and Google Chrome 78, here are our latest round of Linux web browser benchmarks tested on the Dell XPS Ice Lake laptop. Making this round of Linux browser benchmarking more interesting is also including power consumption and RAM usage metrics for the different browser benchmarks.

Debian 10.2 Released With The Latest Security Fixes

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 20:29
Debian 10.2 is out this morning as the latest point release to the "Buster" series...

Wine-Staging 4.20 Adds Undocumented D3D9 Internal Function For The Sims 2

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 20:18
Wine 4.20 came out last night while out today is Wine-Staging 4.20 as this experimental blend of Wine with more than eight-hundred extra patches on top...

Lenovo X1 Extreme 2nd Generation To Have Better Touchpad Input On Linux 5.4

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 20:11
With a change merged Friday night for the nearly over Linux 5.4 cycle, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen laptop should see better touchpad input support...

AMD OverDrive Overclocking To Finally Work For Radeon Navi GPUs With Linux 5.5 Kernel

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 14:42
While most Linux gamers don't appear to be into GPU overclocking, one of the limitations of the Radeon RX 5000 "Navi" series support with the AMD open-source driver to date has been no overclocking support. With the upcoming Linux 5.5 kernel that is set to change...