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Linux 5.5 Kernel Livepatching To Allow Tracking System State

Phoronix - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 20:51
It's been a while since last having any new features to report on in regards to the Linux kernel's livepatching infrastructure for applying kernel updates without system reboots. With the Linux 5.5 there is a big addition to livepatching and that is support for tracking the system state changes...

Godot 4.0 Vulkan Support Continues Progressing - GI System Overhauled

Phoronix - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 20:05
Godot 4.0 continues to be worked on with much excitement by lead developer Juan Linietsky and others. While continuing to advance the Vulkan code in general for its introduction in Godot 4.0, over the past month most of the development efforts were focused on global illumination...

KDE's Dolphin Now Lets Users Know What's Preventing A Drive From Being Unmounted

Phoronix - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 19:57
For those wondering what KDE developers are up to at the start of November, KDE's Nate Graham has published his latest weekly blog post highlighting the new developments in the KDE space...

Kernel Address Space Isolation Is Still Being Explored For Better Security

Phoronix - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 07:12
IBM developers and others continue exploring the potential for address space isolation in the Linux kernel to reduce the risk of leaking sensitive data in attacks like L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF), MDS, and other vulnerabilities. Though this does increase the complexity of the kernel code and the performance hit is still to be evaluated...

Linux 5.5 Bringing Thunderbolt Lane Bonding, DP Tunneling Updates

Phoronix - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 23:53
Intel's Mika Westerberg who continues overseeing the Linux kernel's Thunderbolt code has prepped more changes ahead of the upcoming Linux 5.5 cycle...

BMW Continues Making Great Progress With Linux

Phoronix - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:07
In recent years we have seen prominent automobile manufacturer BMW engaging more with open-source and Linux. At this week's Open-Source Summit Europe / Embedded Linux Conference Europe they talked more about their increasing usage of Linux from their assembly line to within automobiles...

GCC 11 Aims To Default To C++17 Standard

Phoronix - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 20:05
With the C++17 support in the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) already being quite mature for about two releases/years, when the GCC 11 development cycle opens they are looking at enabling their GNU dialect of C++17 to be the default standard when compiling C++ code...

AMD Sends In More "Arcturus" GPU Code For Linux 5.5

Phoronix - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 19:50
Along with Intel sending in their last feature pull to DRM-Next for Linux 5.5, AMD has done the same in sending their lingering AMDGPU feature work for queuing ahead of the upcoming Linux 5.5 merge window...

Rav1e Begins Adding SSE4.1 Support, More x86 Assembly

Phoronix - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 19:39
The Rust-written "rav1e" AV1 video encoder continues working on better performance potential with recent Intel/AMD CPUs...

Wine-Staging 4.19 Brings Fix For X Rebirth Game, Updates NTDLL User Shared Data

Phoronix - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 19:25
Fresh off last night's Wine 4.19 uncorking, Wine-Staging 4.19 is out as the experimental blend of Wine with more than 800 patches for experimental/testing patches atop the upstream code-base for running Windows games/applications on Linux and other platforms...

6 remarkable features of the new United Nations open source initiative - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:00

Three months, ago the United Nations asked me to join a new advisory board to help them develop their open source strategy and policy. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work together with a group of established experts in open source licensing and policy areas.

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