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EXT4 On Linux 5.5 To Support Encryption On Smaller Block Sizes

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 13:01
For the past four years going back to Linux 5.5 has been EXT4 native file-system encryption making use of the kernel's FSCRYPT framework that is shared between several file-systems. That support has continued to improve with time and with Linux 5.5 another limitation will be dropped...

Wine 4.20 Brings Vulkan Updates, Better LLVM MinGW Support

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 07:44
Wine 4.20 is out today as the newest bi-weekly development snapshot for this open-source project allowing Windows games and applications to run on Linux and other non-Microsoft platforms...

NUVIA To Make Serious Play For New CPUs In The Datacenter, Hires Linux/OSS Veteran

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 07:33
Making waves this afternoon is word of the NUVIA server CPU start-up landing its series A funding round and thus making more information known on this new silicon start-up...

The Librem 5 "Birch" Batch Was Missing A Resistor But Now Fixed

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 06:54
Librem 5 "Birch" batch was supposed to be shipping from 29 October to 26 November. They are now preparing to start shipping this second iteration of the Librem 5 Linux smartphone after early units in this batch were missing a resistor...

WXRC Is The Wayland XR Compositor For VR Headsets

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 06:25
Drew DeVault of Sway/WL-ROOTS notoriety and longtime Wayland developer Simon Ser have started development on WXRC, a new Wayland compositor...

Purism Outlines Librem 5 Software Work During October - Including Battery / Thermal

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 03:47
Purism has finally published their blog post outlining the software work they accomplished during October on bringing up the Librem 5 smartphone...

OnLogic Karbon 700: Passively-Cooled, Up To 8 Core / 16 Thread Industrial & Rugged PC

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 01:40
OnLogic (formerly known as Logic Supply until a recent rebranding) announced the Karbon 700 back in August as a durable Linux-friendly computer largely intended for industrial applications but nothing prevents the user from using it as a passively, well-built desktop PC either. OnLogic recently sent over the Karbon 700 and it's been working out very well even with passively cooling an Intel Xeon eight-core / sixteen-thread processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB NVMe storage, and more.

Android-x86 9.0 Nearing Release - RC1 Brings Experimental Vulkan, Text-Based Installer

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 00:09
While Android 10 is the latest release of Google's mobile operating system, the downstream Android-x86 has been on the Android 8 "Oreo" series for stable while now the first release candidate of Android-x86 9.0 is available for testing...

Linux 5.5 To Finally Kill The Async Block Cipher API In Favor Of SKCIPHER

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 23:45
The crypto code within the Linux kernel for the upcoming 5.5 cycle finishes converting the drivers to making full use of the four-year-old SKCIPHER interface so that the old ABLKCIPHER code can be removed...

Intel Spins Up Latest Graphics Compiler + Compute Runtime With Ice/Tiger Lake Work

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 21:20
The Intel developers working on their open-source compute run-time this morning released a new version as they continue making improvements to their Gen11 Ice Lake support as well as further bringing up the Gen12/Xe Tiger Lake support...

Experimental Work Allows DXVK To Be Natively Used For Direct3D 11 On Linux

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:41
The DXVK Direct3D 10/11 over Vulkan implementation to date has been built as a Windows library run under Wine along with the game/software being rendered for converting the calls to Vulkan for execution by the host drivers. There is now experimental work for building DXVK as a native Linux library for converting D3D10/D3D11 calls to Vulkan outside of Wine...

OpenWrt 19.07 RC Offers WPA3 Configuration Support, All Targets On Same Kernel Version

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:32
OpenWrt 19.07 is on the way as the next feature release to this router/network focused Linux distribution that remains quite popular with hobbyists...

Picolibc 1.1 Released With POSIX File I/O Support

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:21
Longtime X11 developer Keith Packard has spent a lot of time in recent months while being employed by SiFive working on Picolibc as a new C library for embedded systems...

Canonical Finally Discovers "--no-install-recommends" Is Worthwhile For Docker

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:15
Debian's APT package manager has supported the --no-install-recommends for years so only the main dependencies are installed and not the "recommended" packages. Seemingly it's taken Canonical until now to figure out how practical that option is for reducing the size of their Docker containers...

Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 Announced With Udica, Optane DCPM Support

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 19:56
Fresh off the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 at the beginning of November, Oracle is now shipping Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 as their spin of RHEL 8.1 with various changes on top -- including their "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" option...

PHP 7.4 Aims For Release In Two Weeks With FFI, Performance Improvements

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 05:19
The sixth and final release candidate of PHP 7.4 is now available with it being on track for the general availability release before month's end...

Zombieload V2 TAA Performance Impact Benchmarks On Cascade Lake

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 21:28
While this week we have posted a number of benchmarks on the JCC Erratum and its CPU microcode workaround that introduces new possible performance hits, also being announced this week as part of Intel's security disclosures was "Zombieload Variant Two" as the TSX Async Abort vulnerability that received same-day Linux kernel mitigations. I've been benchmarking the TAA mitigations to the Linux kernel since the moment they hit the public Git tree and here are those initial benchmark results on an Intel Cascade Lake server.

Darktable 3.0 RC1 Released With Greater Undo/Redo Support, More SSE Optimizations

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 20:29
Darktable 3.0 is coming soon as the next major release for this open-source RAW photography workflow software...

GCC 7.5 Released With 215+ Bug Fixes As The Last Update To GCC7

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 20:17
For those still on the GCC 7 series, GCC 7.5 was released this morning as the final point release to this compiler series with that branch that saw its original release in 2017 now closed...

Intel's Assembler Changes For JCC Erratum Are Not Hurting AMD

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 17:23
When writing about the Intel Jump Conditional Code (JCC) Erratum and how Intel is working to mitigate the performance hit of the CPU microcode update with patches to the GNU Assembler, there was some concern expressed by readers that it might hurt AMD performance. That does not appear to be the case...