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GNOME Launches An Inclusion & Diversity Team

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 00:46
In addition to GNOME's involvement and stewarding of the Outreachy program (back to the days when it was known as GNOME's "Outreach Program for Women"), they have just launched an Inclusion and Diversity Team to help the desktop environment community become more inclusive...

AMD Zen 2 Performance Looking Even Better With GCC 10

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 22:26
While this year's GCC 9 compiler release brought initial support for AMD Zen 2 processors with the Znver2 target, the support was sadly incomplete. While the GCC 9 support added some of the new instructions, it wasn't complete (such as RDPRU support remains missing) and the cost tables and scheduler model were not updated from Znver1 to account for the microarchitectural changes. Thankfully, SUSE's compiler experts recently fixed up this support for the GCC 10 compiler and more recently were able to get it back-ported for the upcoming GCC 9.2 for the Linux distributions that will upgrade to that point release. Here are some benchmarks looking at the performance impact of that updated AMD Zen 2 compiler code.

Intel Sends Out First Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 5.4 With Tiger Lake Support

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 21:15
Intel's open-source driver team has sent in their initial batch of kernel graphics driver changes to DRM-Next for material that will be targeting the Linux 5.4 cycle later this year...

Firefox 68 vs. Chrome 76 Linux Web Browser Performance Benchmarks

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 19:38
With this week's release of the Chrome 76 web browser, here are some fresh benchmarks of that latest Google web browser release compared to Firefox 68 on Ubuntu Linux...

The MATE Desktop Is Becoming Quite Usable On Wayland Via Mir

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:33
The MATE desktop environment is becoming usable on Wayland thanks to its support being provided by the Mir display stack...

Linux Mint 19.2 Officially Released

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:24
Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" is now officially available in its Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce flavors while continuing to be powered off the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS base...

LLVM Plans To Complete Transition To Git From SVN By October

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:02
While GCC and Clang are now competing neck-and-neck on Linux x86_64 when it comes to the performance of generated binaries, when it comes to each of their initiatives to transition to Git it looks like LLVM will take the cake...

AMD Publishes Documentation On RDNA 1.0 ISA

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:46
AMD has published their instruction set architecture documentation for their new RDNA 1.0 architecture found on their new Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs and other forthcoming products...

System76 To Introduce New "Adder WS" Laptop With 4K OLED Display

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:05
System76 will be announcing the Adder WS laptop next week as their new high-end Linux laptop offering that features a 4K OLED display...

Steam Linux Usage Slipped In July According To Valve's Current Data

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 08:44
While Steam Play continues getting better for allowing more Windows games to run on Linux to enhance the overall Linux gaming ecosystem, Valve's latest monthly data for Steam shows another month-to-month decline in usage at least on percentage terms...

AMD Sends Out Linux Kernel Driver Support For Navi 12 GPUs

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 07:19
While we've already seen the RADV Vulkan driver land their slated support for Navi 12 GPUs on top of the recently launched Radeon RX 5700 "Navi 10" graphics cards, today is the first time we're seeing patches from AMD to wire in the support to the AMDGPU DRM Linux kernel driver for this next iteration of Navi...

A Look At Intel's Clear Linux Performance Over The Course Of July

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 23:00
Over the course of July, Intel's rolling-release Clear Linux distribution shifted from Linux 5.1 to the brand new Linux 5.2 kernel, pulled in the latest GCC9 branch compiler fixes, updated to Python 3.7.4, rolled out a new OpenJDK build, and had many other package updates and original optimizations applied...

Intel Launches 11 New Icelake CPUs - Still Just Laptops/2-in-1s Up To 4 Cores

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 21:17
Intel today announced 11 new 10th Gen "Icelake" CPUs for 2-in-1s and laptops...

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X SMT Linux Performance Benchmarks

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 21:07
For those wondering what the SMT performance impact is for new Zen 2 processors, here are some tests done using a Ryzen 9 3900X with Ubuntu Linux when testing at the default 12-core / 24-threads and then again when disabling SMT to look at just the twelve physical cores...

Intel's Linux Graphics Driver Begins Preparing For Multi-GPU Support

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 19:29
Up until now the Intel Linux graphics driver hasn't had to worry about supporting multiple devices concurrently since, well, it hasn't been a possibility. But with the first Intel Xe discrete GPU hardware expected to arrive next year, the "i915" kernel driver has begun seeing restructuring work to support multi-GPU setups, or what most commonly will be Intel integrated graphics paired with a discrete Xe GPU...

Glibc 2.30 Released With Unicode 12.1 Support, New POSIX-Proposed Functions

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 18:58
Releasing on schedule was the GNU C Library 2.30 release. Glibc 2.30 brings with it more optimizations and new features for this all-important part of the GNU toolchain...

Sysprof Picks Up Profiling Support For CPU Power Consumption

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 18:44
GNOME's Sysprof profiler continues on a trajectory of becoming an incredibly versatile component for developers looking to maximize performance and efficiency under this desktop environment. Sysprof already picked up a number of new features for GNOME 3.34 but work is not yet finished...

Xfce 4.14 Should Finally Be Out By Mid-August - Final Testing Now With "Pre3"

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 18:29
Xfce 4.12 was released in February 2015 while finally getting ready to succeed that is the long talked about Xfce 4.14 that is expected to ship this month...

AMD Dominated The Conversation Among Linux/Open-Source Fans In July

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 17:57
AMD dominated the Linux hardware conversations and benchmarking in July with their 7/7 launch of their 7nm Ryzen 3000 series "Zen 2" processors and Radeon RX 5700 "Navi" processors. Of the 273 original news articles on Phoronix during July and the 19 featured Linux hardware reviews / benchmark specials, AMD news and Linux benchmark results tended to dominate many of the top spots...

Fedora Has Formed A Minimization Team To Work On Shrinking Packaged Software

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:11
The newest initiative within the Fedora camp is a "Minimization Team" seeking to reduce the size of packaged applications, run-times, and other software available on Fedora Linux...