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OpenHMD 0.3 Released With Support For More VR/AR Devices

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 22:00
Nearly three years after OpenHMD 0.2, the OpenHMD 0.3 release is now available for the open-source SDK and support for various AR/VR headsets...

Networking Changes For Linux 5.3 Bring New Google Driver But No WireGuard

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 21:13
The networking subsystem updates were sent out on Wednesday for the Linux 5.3 kernel and include a bunch of improvements to many different drivers...

KDE Frameworks 5.60 Released With Many Changes & Fixes

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 20:41
Today marks the immediate availability of KDE Frameworks 5.60...

AMD Picasso Support For Coreboot Appears Finally Ready

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 20:09
Back in April I wrote about Coreboot seeing AMD Picasso APU enablement work as the first Zen/Ryzen processor target being handled by this open-source BIOS alternative. It now looks like that Picasso support is all squared away and ready for use by future AMD-powered Google Chromebooks...

Glibc's Slow Turnaround For Y2038 Fixes Is Frustrating

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 20:04
While there is another nineteen years to go until the Year 2038 problem manifests, the GNU C Library "glibc" is one of the key software components still needing some fixes for this issue where this problem where storing the Unix time as a 32-bit signed integer will wrap around and become a negative number...

Wayland's Weston 7.0 Compositor Aiming To Release Next Month

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 15:03
Simon Ser who has been serving as the Wayland/Weston release manager has laid out a schedule for getting out the next major release of Wayland's reference compositor...

XFS Gets Cleaned Up In Linux 5.3 Kernel Development Activity

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 12:00
While not too eventful on the end-user feature front, the XFS file-system has seen another round of clean-ups with the ongoing Linux 5.3 merge window...

Purism's Librem 5 July Update Cites Software Progress, No Hardware Update

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 02:07
Purism has shared their July update on their Librem 5 Linux smartphone progress, which is mostly focused around inching along their software support but without any update on their hardware or final design. While their latest public information has continued to report a "Q3" ship date, that's looking increasingly unlikely...

AMD Releases BIOS Fix To Motherboard Partners For Booting Newer Linux Distributions

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 21:53
AMD has just alerted us that they have released a BIOS fix to their motherboard partners that takes care of the issue around booting newer Linux distributions on the new Zen 2 processors...

Initial Raspberry Pi 4 Performance Benchmarks

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 21:39
It's been (and still is) a particularly busy few weeks for benchmarking. For those curious about the Raspberry Pi 4 performance that was announced at the end of June along with Raspbian 10, here are our initial performance benchmarks of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B in 2GB and 4GB variants compared to various other ARM SBCs.

GNOME's Mutter Picks Up Another Optimization For Helping DisplayLink-Type Hardware

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 19:02
Collabora's Pekka Paalanen landed another optimization this week into GNOME's Mutter for further enhancing the performance of using DisplayLink hardware and similar secondary GPUs under this Linux desktop...

F2FS Gains Native SWAP File Support, Other Improvements

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 18:36
F2FS is already very fast compared to the long-standing Linux file-systems when benchmarking on solid-state drives while for Linux 5.3 this file-system is getting in even better shape...

Linux 5.3 Picks Up Support For Compressed Firmware Files - Measurable Storage Savings

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 18:23
With the growing number of devices requiring loadable firmware/microcode at run-time and Linux continuing to simply support a lot more hardware, the size of /lib/firmware has ballooned in recent years while now for the upcoming Linux 5.3 kernel release is the ability to compress these firmware files for fairly significant space savings...

Wayland's Weston Gets Option To Enable HDCP Support Per-Output

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 15:19
An Intel open-source developer contributed support to Wayland's reference Weston compositor for enabling HDCP support on a per-output basis using a new allow_hdcp option...

AMD "GFX908" Additions Land In LLVM 9.0 For New Workstation GPU

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:00
Weeks ahead of SIGGRAPH and days ahead of the LLVM 9.0 code branching, a number of big "GFX908" commits have been landing in the AMDGPU LLVM shader compiler back-end over the past day...

Kernel Address Space Isolation Aims To Prevent Leaking Data From Hyper Threading Attacks

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:11
Kernel Address Space Isolation is an experimental feature in development by Oracle in aiming to prevent leaking sensitive data from Intel Hyper Threading due to speculative execution attacks like L1TF...

Valve Rolls Out Steam Labs

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 02:35
Valve's Steam Labs is the new centralized place for their different experiments around the Steam marketplace...

RADV Picks Up Geometry Shader Support For Navi/GFX10

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 00:49
It's on a daily basis we are seeing improvements to the newly-added Radeon RX 5700 "Navi" support with the open-source Linux graphics driver stack. Today brings geometry shader support for the Mesa RADV Vulkan driver...

Linux 5.3 Is Another Busy Kernel Merge Window Even For The Summer Months

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 00:38
While just being a few days into the two-week long merge window for Linux 5.3, it's certainly another busy cycle even when considering the summer months tend to be a bit slower for developers...

The Performance Impact To AMD Zen 2 Compiler Tuning On GCC 9 + Znver2

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 22:28
One of the areas that I always have "fun" benchmarking for new CPU launches is looking at the compiler performance. Following the recent Ryzen 3000 series launch I carried out some initial benchmarks looking at the current Zen 2 performance using the newest GCC 9 stable series with its "znver2" optimizations. Here is a look at how the Znver2 optimizations work out when running some benchmarks on the optimized binaries with a Ryzen 9 3900X running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.