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RadeonSI Disables SDMA For Polaris To Fix Corruption Bugs

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 14:47
For those plagued by OpenGL corruption issues with the RadeonSI driver on Polaris GPUs like the Radeon RX 580, System DMA (SDMA) support is now being disabled as a workaround...

Mesa's NIR Linker Taking On More Duties - Further Enhancing Linker Speed

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 13:04
The NIR intermediate representation is already faster than GLSL IR and TGSI but could be seeing even quicker linking speeds moving forward...

Manjaro 19.0 Preview Images For KDE + GNOME Available For Testing

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 09:00
For fans of the easy-to-use Arch-based Manjaro Linux distribution, 19.0 preview images as the first test builds have begun to surface...

Flang Fortran Compiler Set To Land Next Week For LLVM 10.0

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 07:44
As reported last month, Flang is expected to land in the LLVM 10.0 source tree ahead of the feature freeze for the v10.0 release due out in February. That landing is now scheduled to take place next week...

GCC 10 Link-Time Optimization Benchmarks On AMD Threadripper

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 04:08
Stemming from the recent news in Fedora 32 potentially LTO'ing packages by default for better performance and not yet having checked on the Link-Time Optimization performance of the in-development GCC 10, here is a fresh look at the possible performance gains from making use of link-time optimizations for generating faster binaries. This round of testing was done on the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and is complementary to the recent Profile Guided Optimization benchmarks.

Radeon GPU Profiler 1.7 Released With RX 5300/5500 Support, New Visualizations

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 03:37
AMD has issued their first update to the open-source Radeon GPU Profiler since the v1.6 update last July that introduced initial RDNA/Navi support...

Intel's IGC Linux Network Driver For 2.5G Ethernet Speeds Up By ~7%

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 01:28
Wiring up an additional feature for Intel's IGC Linux network driver that is for their 2.5G Ethernet devices is allowing data to be sent up to 7% or so faster...

OpenMandriva Is The Latest Linux Distribution Using Zstd To Compress Packages

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 23:59
Similar to Fedora's move last year to compress RPMs with Zstd rather than XZ for much faster decompression speeds and a better compression ratio at the highest level, OpenMandriva has now enacted a similar change...

Linux Kernel "Zen" Downstream Pulls In A MuQSS Fix To Help Gaming Performance

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 22:00
This weekend I posted some fresh benchmarks of the Liquorix kernel against upstream Linux 5.4 and found the gaming performance to be rather disappointing for that kernel flavor derived from the "Zen" patches and more. Fortunately, the Zen kernel patches now include a fix that should make their gaming performance more competitive...

AMD To Restore Retry Faults Behavior To Help With Raven Stability

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 19:57
Last week I reported on a possible workaround for helping AMD APUs with stability issues on recent Linux kernels. That behavior will now be the new temporary default in dealing with stability issues on Raven APUs...

Rockchip PX30 Display Support Coming With Linux 5.6

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 19:04
Adding to the many changes on the way with Linux 5.6 is the Rockchip DRM display driver supporting the PX30 SoC...

Fedora 32 Aiming To Ship With The Latest Mono 6 For Microsoft .NET On Linux

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 15:53
A late change proposal for Fedora 32 would jump the shipped Mono package from version 5.20 to version 6.6...

AMD Drops TGSI Support From Their RadeonSI OpenGL Driver

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 13:16
It was just shy of a month ago in Mesa 20.0-devel code that RadeonSI enabled NIR by default to enjoy OpenGL 4.6 support and now already ahead of the Mesa 20.0 branching the previous TGSI code-path has been removed. TGSI has been the default intermediate representation of RadeonSI and other Gallium3D drivers but these days NIR has become the go-to IR for Mesa drivers...

Intel At CES 2020 Talks Up One Of Their Open-Source Projects, Shows Off Tiger Lake

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 09:10
Following AMD's keynote with announcing the Ryzen 4000 series + RX 5600 XT + Threadripper 3990X, Intel now has up their address from the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Here are all the highlights from the perspective of a Linux user...

AMD Announcements From CES 2020: Ryzen 4000 Mobile Series, Radeon RX 5600 XT

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 06:42
Kicking off the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas, AMD CEO Lisa Su has begun with some interesting product announcements.....

Firefox 72 Released With Picture-In-Picture Video Support Working On Linux

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 04:59
Firefox 72 is now available from Mozilla's FTP server as their first release of 2020 and ahead of their more aggressive release cycle moving forward...

Fedora Project Leader Envisions The Project Becoming An "Operating System Factory"

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 01:43
Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller has shared his vision for Fedora over the next decade and is encouraging discussions about the direction of this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution over the next five to ten years...

Fedora QA No Longer Needs To Test Physical CD/DVD Media As Part Of Their Formal Release Process

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 00:55
This morning's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting approved more changes for this spring's release of Fedora 32...

With Python 2 EOL'ed, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Moves Along With Its Python 2 Removal

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 23:38
With Python 2 having reached end-of-life at the start of 2020, Ubuntu and Debian developers continue their work on removing Python 2 at least from the base OS. Work continues on transitioning packages to Python 3 or otherwise ultimately dropping unmaintained packages...

Systemd "Path Images" Feature Allows Mounting Images At Arbitrary Paths

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 22:39
A new work-in-progress feature for systemd is "PathImages" though there is a suggestion this option be renamed to "MountPaths", but in any case is about allowing arbitrary images / block devices to be mounted at any path by systemd...