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Linux 5.5 Livepatching Tracks The System State For Better Patch Handling/Compatibility

Phoronix - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:39
The kernel livepatching infrastructure that allows applying kernel patches (primarily security fixes) to a running kernel without the need to reboot in order to avoid downtime is seeing a big improvement with Linux 5.5...

XFS For Linux 5.5 Brings Quite A Few Changes

Phoronix - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:08
The XFS file-system is seeing a large number of changes for the in-development Linux 5.5 kernel...

Imagination Announces IMG A-Series To Deliver 2.5x Faster Performance Over Current PowerVR

Phoronix - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:34
Imagination today announced the IMG A-Series as their next-generation GPU cores and architecture that deliver 2.5x faster performance for the same area and same power to their current-generation PowerVR graphics processors...

Mesa Adds Option For Changing Intel's OpenGL Driver Default

Phoronix - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 07:07
While originally Intel planned to transition their OpenGL driver default to the modern "Iris" Gallium3D driver rather than the longstanding "i965" DRI driver for Mesa 19.3, that was pushed back to Mesa 20.0 for introduction in Q1'2020. In aiming to make that revised milestone a reality, a new option has been added to Mesa 20.0 with the Meson build system for being able to indicate the Intel OpenGL driver preference...

NEOX V Announced By Think Silicon As First RISC-V 3D GPU

Phoronix - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 03:46
While there has been the Libre RISC-V community-driven effort to create a RISC-V graphics processor that basically amounts to a RISC-V core with vector extensions/improvements and running a Vulkan software implementation (though they are now reportedly eyeing POWER instead of RISC-V), Think Silicon has announced the first actual RISC-V ISA based 3D graphics processor...

FreeBSD 12.1 Runs Refreshingly Well With AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X - Benchmarks Against Windows + Linux

Phoronix - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 00:00
For those of you interested in AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 3960X/3970X processors with TRX40 motherboards for running FreeBSD, the experience in our initial testing has been surprisingly pleasant. In fact, it works out-of-the-box which one could argue is better than the current Linux support that needs the MCE workaround for booting. Here are some benchmarks of FreeBSD 12.1 on the Threadripper 3970X compared to Linux and Windows for this new HEDT platform.

NetBSD 9.0 RC1 Released With 64-Bit Arm Support, Updated ZFS + Other Improvements

Phoronix - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 23:20
NetBSD 9.0 is around the corner and finally presenting 64-bit Arm (AArch64) support as well as other long overdue hardware support like Intel Kabylake graphics...