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Btrfs Async Discard Support Looks To Be Ready For Linux 5.6

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 15:52
After months of work by Facebook engineers, it looks like the new async discard support for Btrfs is ready for the upcoming Linux 5.6 cycle as a win for this Linux file-system on solid-state storage making use of TRIM/DISCARD functionality...

Debian Is Making The Process Easier To Bisect Itself Using Their Wayback Machine

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 13:09
For a decade now has been around for accessing old Debian packages and to find packages by dates and version numbers. Only now though is a guide materializing for leveraging this Debian "wayback machine" in order to help in bisecting regressions for the distribution that span multiple/unknown packages...

More Benchmarks Of The Initial Performance Hit From CVE-2019-14615 On Intel Gen7 Graphics

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 08:25
On Wednesday I shined the light on the initial performance hit from Intel's CVE-2019-14615 graphics vulnerability particularly striking their "Gen7" graphics hard. That initial testing was done with Core i7 hardware while here are results looking at the equally disturbing performance hits from Core i3 and i5 affected processors too...

Nextcloud Hub Announced For Offering On-Premises Content Collaboration Platform

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 07:16
Nearly four years since forking from ownCloud, Nextcloud continues taking on the likes of Dropbox, Google Docs, and Microsoft 365 -- especially more so now with their introduction of Nextcloud Hub. Nextcloud Hub is a completely integrated on-premises content collaboration platform...

Wine 5.0-RC6 Released With Another 21 Fixes

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 06:29
We'll likely see the Wine 5.0 stable release next week or the following week, but for now Wine 5.0-RC6 is available as the newest weekly release candidate...

Fedora CoreOS Now Deemed Production Ready For Containerized Workload Experience

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 01:56
Fedora CoreOS has graduated out of its preview state and is now considered ready for general use...

Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Ryzen 9 3950X vs. Core i9 9900KS In Nearly 150 Benchmarks

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 00:46
This week our AMD Ryzen 9 3950X review sample finally arrived and so we've begun putting it through the paces of many different benchmarks. The first of these Linux tests with the Ryzen 9 3950X is looking at the performance up against the Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9 9900KS in 149 different tests.

ASUS TUF Laptops With Ryzen Are Now Patched To Stop Overheating On Linux

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 22:00
The AMD Ryzen Linux laptop experience continues improving albeit quite tardy on some elements of the support. In addition to the AMD Sensor Fusion Hub driver finally being released and current/voltage reporting for Zen CPUs on Linux, another step forward in Ryzen mobile support is a fix for ASUS TUF laptops with these processors...

AMD Sends In A Bunch Of Fixes For Linux 5.6 Along With Pollock Support

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 20:29
After already several rounds of feature work queued in DRM-Next for Linux 5.6, AMD has submitted a final batch of feature work for this next kernel as it concerns their AMDGPU graphics driver...

Intel Gen7 Graphics Mitigation Will Try To Avoid Performance Loss In Final Version

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 20:03
Intel's open-source developers working on their security mitigation for the Gen7 graphics hardware have volleyed a new version of the patch series for that mitigation currently causing big hits to Ivybridge / Haswell performance...

Raspberry Pi 4 V3D Driver Reaches OpenGL ES 3.1 Conformance

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:39
The V3D Gallium3D driver that most notably offers the open-source graphics support for the Raspberry Pi 4 is now an official OpenGL ES 3.1 implementation...

Benchmarks Of Arch Linux's Zen Kernel Flavor

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:09
Following the recent Linux kernel tests of Liquorix and other scheduler discussions (and more), some requests from premium supporters rolled in for seeing the performance of Arch Linux's Zen kernel package against the generic kernel. Here are those benchmark results...

Rav1e Kicks Off 2020 With Speed Improvements For Rust-Based AV1 Encoding

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:00's Rustlang-written "Rav1e" AV1 video encoder is back on track with delivering weekly pre-releases after missing them over the past month due to the holidays. With Rav1e p20200115 are not only performance improvements but also binary side and build speed enhancements...

Red Hat Recommends Disabling The Intel Linux Graphics Driver Over Hardware Flaw

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:05
It's been another day testing and investigating CVE-2019-14615, a.k.a. the Intel graphics hardware issue where for Gen9 all turned out to be okay but for Gen7 graphics leads to some big performance hits. Besides the Core i7 tests published yesterday in the aforelinked article, tests on relevant Core i3 and i5 CPUs are currently being carried out for seeing the impact there (so far, it's looking to be equally brutal)...

Mir 1.7 Released With Improvements For Running X11 Software

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 07:54
Mir 1.7 was released today as the newest feature release for this Ubuntu-focused display stack that for the past two years now has focused on serving viable Wayland support...

Ryzen CPUs On Linux Finally See CCD Temperatures, Current + Voltage Reporting

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:39
One of the few frustrations with the AMD Ryzen CPU support on Linux to date has been besides the often delayed support for CPU temperature reporting has been the mainline kernel not supporting voltage readings and other extra sensors. But that is finally changing with the "k10temp" driver being extended to include current and voltage reporting plus CCD temperature reporting on Zen 2 processors...

Retooled CentOS Build Scripts To Help Spin New Releases Quicker, More Automation

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:05
The release of CentOS 8 came several months after RHEL 8.0 and this week's release of CentOS updated against RHEL 8.1 took over two months of work. But moving forward to RHEL 8.2 and beyond, that turnaround time will hopefully be less...

KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS Reaches Beta With Much Better GTK App Integration

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 23:20
Out this morning is the first beta of KDE Plasma 5.18, which is also the project's first long-term support (LTS) release since Plasma 5.12...

GNU Guile 3.0 Released With JIT Code Generation For Up To 4x Better Performance

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:56
GNU Guile 3.0 has been released, the GNU's implementation of the Scheme programming language with various extra features. The big news with Guile 3.0 is better performance...

LLVM 10 Adds Option To Help Offset Intel JCC Microcode Performance Impact

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:06
Disclosed back in November was the Intel Jump Conditional Code Erratum that necessitated updated CPU microcode to mitigate and with that came with a nearly across the board performance impact. But Intel developers had been working on assembler patches for helping to reduce that performance hit. The GNU Assembler patches were merged back in December while now ahead of LLVM 10.0 that alternative toolchain has an option for helping to recover some of the lost performance...