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I've Been Running The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U + Ubuntu 20.04 As My Main System

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 22:08
For about one and a half months now I have been using the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U as my main laptop paired with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. It's been working out very well for not even being the top-of-the-line AMD Renoir SKU. Here is some additional commentary for those thinking about one of the new AMD laptops with Linux use...

Microsoft Releases Its Own Open-Source Process Monitor For Linux

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 21:14
Microsoft's newest open-source Linux software is ProcMon for Linux, a rewritten and re-imagined version of its Processor Monitor found on Windows within their Sysinternals suite...

Kernel Patch Revved For Syscall User Redirection To Help Newer Windows Games On Wine

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 19:15
It looks like the syscall user redirection support could soon be mainlined to the kernel for this new Linux feature that was originally motivated by helping Windows games running on Wine...

It Needs A Restart: GLIBC Drops Support For Restartable Sequences

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 18:51
Well this is a huge Friday morning bummer: the GNU C Library (glibc) is dropping support for the very interesting Restartable Sequences (RSEQ) as some design changes need to be made, thus restarting work on restartable sequences...

Thunderbird 78 Rolls Out With UI Updates, New Features

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 18:25
There is finally a new release of the Thunderbird mail/RSS client available as the annual update to this longtime Mozilla mail client. Thunderbird 78 is the new version out and serves as an Extended-Support Release with many improvements in tow...

FreeBSD Back To Seeing Progress On 802.11ac WiFi Support, Ath10k Driver

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 15:17
Longtime FreeBSD/Linux network stack developer and former Qualcomm Atheros engineer Adrian Chadd is back to working on FreeBSD wireless networking improvements...

Cage Wayland Compositor For Kiosk Use-Cases Updated With Direct Scan-Out, New Protocols

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 12:09
Joining Sway 1.5 for an exciting week in the Wayland space is an update to Cage, the Wayland compositor designed for kiosk-like experiences...

Fedora 33 Is Shaping Up To Be One Of Its Biggest Releases Ever

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 08:53
Fedora 33 is easily shaping up to be one of the biggest releases ever for this long-time Linux distribution formerly known as Fedora Core. It's just not a few big features like Fedora desktop variants defaulting to Btrfs but even just on feature count alone it's looking by far to be one of the biggest at least in a number of years if not ever...

DC Display Support Continues To Be Worked On For Radeon GCN 1.0 With AMDGPU Driver

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 06:03
On top of the recent UVD video decode for AMD Radeon "GCN 1.0" GPUs with the AMDGPU kernel driver to complement the existing Radeon kernel driver support, these aging "Southern Islands" graphics cards also continue to see patchwork on enabling "Display Core" (DC) display support with the AMDGPU driver option...

The Linux Performance For AMD Rome vs. Intel Cascade Lake One Year After Launch

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 02:30
With the Intel 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) processors having turned a year old in April and next month marking one year since the launch of the AMD EPYC 7002 (Rome) series, here are fresh benchmarks of the dual Xeon Platinum 8280 versus the AMD EPYC 7742 when testing the Linux software stack from early 2019 and then again using a bleeding-edge Linux software stack as of this month. This shows how the Linux software performance has evolved over the past year for both Intel and AMD on the server front as well as how the current top-end SKUs are competing right now.

KDE's Konsole Continues Seeing New Features

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 01:37
In recent months KDE's Konsole terminal emulator has been seeing a lot of new features while even more are in the works...

WirePlumber Ready For The Linux Desktop As Replacement To PipeWire's Session Manager

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 23:02
Announced earlier this year was WirePlumber as a new session manager for PipeWire with its role in managing of audio/video streams to/from hardware/software components as well as handling security/permissions, device monitoring, and other session management functionality...

QEMU 5.1 Bringing Many CPU Improvements From Loongson To RISC-V To s390

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 19:54
QEMU 5.1-rc0 is available as the first step towards this next feature release of this important component to the Linux virtualization stack...

Intel Gen12 Graphics Bring EU Fusion - EUs Fused In Pairs

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 19:01
While we remain eager to find out more about (and benchmark) Intel Gen12 graphics in Tiger Lake and Xe discrete graphics with this generation bringing the biggest changes to the ISA since i965, Linux patches and bug reports do continue offering new tid-bits of information on Gen12...

"Navy Flounder" Is The Newest AMD Navi 2 GPU Being Added To The Linux Driver

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 18:10
In addition to the "Sienna Cichlid" support recently published for the open-source AMD Radeon Linux kernel graphics driver, there is another new graphics processor being added to their driver: Navy Flounder...

Early Intel DG1 Graphics Card Enablement Sent In To DRM-Next For Linux 5.9

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 14:47
As we have been anticipating for weeks, initial (but still early) enablement of the Intel DG1 graphics card on their open-source driver stack will indeed be sent in for the upcoming Linux 5.9 cycle and is currently being queued in the DRM-Next repository...

Sway 1.5 Wayland Compositor Released With Adaptive-Sync/VRR, New Protocols

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 12:00
Sway 1.5 is out as a big feature update to this Wayland compositor inspired by the i3 window manager. A big user-facing feature with Sway 1.5 is support for Adaptive Synchronization / Variable Refresh Rate, such as AMD FreeSync...

Valve/CodeWeavers Rolls Out Proton 5.0-10 RC For Death Stranding, One Day After Windows Release

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 07:28
Valve and CodeWeavers have rolled out a release candidate of Proton 5.0-10 as the newest update to their Wine-based software powering Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux...

Approved: Fedora 33 Desktop Variants Defaulting To Btrfs File-System

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 06:30
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee formally signed off today on allowing Fedora 33 desktop variants to default to using the Btrfs file-system rather than the existing EXT4 default or other alternatives...

FreeBSD Getting Close To Finally Migrating Development From Subversion To Git

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 05:27
The FreeBSD project has published their Q2'2020 status report that outlines their neat-complete work on migrating from Subversion to Git plus many hardware support improvements for this BSD operating system and more...