Open-source News

GNOME Foundation Executive Director Departing After Less Than One Year

Phoronix - Sat, 07/13/2024 - 00:54
It was just announced at the end of last year that Holly Million was named as the GNOME Foundation Executive Director. After a little more than a half-year, this previous outsider to GNOME announced she will be stepping down from her post. A new interim executive director will be starting while the search begins for a permanent replacement...

AWS Graviton4 Benchmarks Prove To Deliver The Best ARM Cloud Server Performance

Phoronix - Sat, 07/13/2024 - 00:30
This week AWS announced that Graviton4 went into GA with the new R8G instances after Amazon originally announced their Graviton4 ARM64 server processors last year as built atop Arm Neoverse-V2 cores. I eagerly fired up some benchmarks myself and I was surprised by the generational uplift compared to Graviton3. At the same vCPU counts, the new Graviton4 cores are roughly matching Intel Sapphire Rapids performance while being able to tango with the AMD EPYC "Genoa" and consistently showing terrific generational uplift.

Ubuntu Makes It Easier To Launch VMs On Windows, Authd PPA Up For Testing

Phoronix - Sat, 07/13/2024 - 00:20
Oliver Smith with Canonical has been communicating a lot in recent months around the great improvements planned for Ubuntu 24.10. Canonical engineers and the Ubuntu community have been working on many significant improvements for the desktop in Ubuntu 24.10. Today is a new blog post by Oliver to highlight some of the recent changes...

Thunderbird 128 Now Available With More Rust Code & UI/UX Enhancements

Phoronix - Sat, 07/13/2024 - 00:00
Thunderbird 128 "Nebula" is now available as the newest Extended Support Release (ESR) of this open-source and cross-platform mail client...

GTK 4.16 To Feature More Graphics Offloading Improvements

Phoronix - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 20:37
Over the past year there have been a lot of GTK4 graphics offload improvements including work on its Vulkan renderer. Another round of graphics offload improvements have been recently wrapped up for this open-source toolkit...

openSUSE Aeon Prepares For Comprehensive Full Disk Encryption

Phoronix - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 20:19
openSUSE's Aeon desktop operating system that brings automated maintenance and other features to be a platform that "just works" is preparing for what they describe as comprehensive full disk encryption...

libavif 1.1 Released For Improving AVIF Image Encoding

Phoronix - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 18:56
Libavif 1.1 has arrived as the newest feature release to this library for implementing the AV1 Image File Format with image encode and decode capabilities...

ARM64 Updates Submitted For The Linux 6.11 Kernel

Phoronix - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 18:30
Due to the ARM64 maintainer for the Linux kernel going on holiday, the ARM64 port updates have been submitted ahead of the opening of the Linux 6.11 merge window that will likely be on Monday or otherwise the following week depending upon if a 6.10-rc8 is warranted...

AMD Has A Crucial Linux Optimization Coming To Lower Power Use During Video Playback

Phoronix - Fri, 07/12/2024 - 03:01
There have been ongoing reports from a variety of users and systems around high power use during GPU-accelerated video playback with current-generation AMD Ryzen "Phoenix" laptops. Fortunately, an optimization is coming to benefit Phoenix and forthcoming Strix Point laptops with noticeably lower power consumption during video playback...