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GCC 10's LTO Will Make Use Of Available CPU Cores By Default

Phoronix - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 20:26
Currently when passing "-flto" for enabling Link-Time Optimizations with the GCC compiler, it defaults to using a single core/thread for carrying out the optimizations and code generation. There has been support for specifying a number of threads to use for carrying out this link-time work in parallel while finally in GCC 10 that is being enabled by default...

Monado Open-Source OpenXR Implementation Seeing Driver Work On PSVR, OSVR, Razer Hydra

Phoronix - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 19:22
Monado as an open-source implementation of the Khronos OpenXR standard for AR/VR devices continues taking form though isn't quite ready yet for end-users...

Intel's Iris Gallium3D Driver Now Has Better OpenGL Compatibility Profile Support

Phoronix - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 19:14
Intel's modern "Iris" Gallium3D driver has exposed GLSL 4.60 compatibility (the shading language requirements for OpenGL 4.6) but when creating an OpenGL compatibility context it's been at 1.40 for the old OpenGL 3.1 requirements. Fortunately, the compatibility mode now too exposes 4.60 support...

KDE System Settings Now Shows Basic Hardware/Software Details, Wayland Improvements

Phoronix - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 18:54
There is one month to go until KDE's annual Akademy developer conference in Milan while open-source contributors to this desktop environment remain hard at work over the summer on making various improvements...

Get to know how to install Linux Mint 19.2 - Gamer Roof

Google News - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 10:36
Get to know how to install Linux Mint 19.2  Gamer Roof

Linux Mint project announced the latest release of Linux Mint, updated version 19.2. We thought it'd be good to explain the process of installing.

Godot Making Progress On Vulkan Support, Threaded Shader Compilation

Phoronix - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 08:00
Shared one month ago was the initial work done on implementing a Vulkan renderer for Godot, the increasingly-used open-source cross-platform game engine. That Godot Vulkan support continues maturing along with other features that will form the basis of Godot 4.0...

Wine On 64-bit NetBSD Is Now In Much Better Shape Thanks To GSoC

Phoronix - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 07:46
One of the many interesting Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects this year has been to improve the Wine support on NetBSD. Thanks to student developer Naveen Narayanan, that is becoming a reality...

AMD Radeon GCN Offloading Support For OpenMP/OpenACC On The Way For GCC 10

Phoronix - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 02:47
Merged for the GCC 9 compiler release that launched earlier this year was the preliminary AMD Radeon "GCN" GPU compiler back-end. In that initial release it wasn't particularly useful as the GPU offloading bits for the popular programming APIs/models wasn't supported so for now could just run some basic single-threaded programs. But now those interesting GPU offloading bits are pending for GCC 10...

Want to test a Windows 10 alternative? Here's how to install Linux Mint 19.2 - Neowin

Google News - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 00:54
Want to test a Windows 10 alternative? Here's how to install Linux Mint 19.2  Neowin

In this tutorial we explain how to install Linux Mint 19.2. It covers every aspect from downloading the disc image to installing Linux Mint onto your computer ...

Windows 10 WSL2 Now Allows You to Configure Global Options - BleepingComputer

Google News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 22:30
Windows 10 WSL2 Now Allows You to Configure Global Options  BleepingComputer

Microsoft recently released a new feature for the Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2 (WSL2) that allows you to configure global options that will be used by ...

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X cross-platform benchmarking shows the Windows 10 scheduler finally catching up to that of Linux -

Google News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 22:22
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X cross-platform benchmarking shows the Windows 10 scheduler finally catching up to that of Linux

Comparative benchmarks between AMD Ryzen 9 3900X systems running Windows 10 1903 and Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS show that Microsoft's work in optimizing ...

Radeon Vulkan Driver Now Supports Wave32 Support For More Shaders

Phoronix - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 21:08
Earlier this week the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" added support for Wave32 with compute shaders on the new Navi graphics processors. That RADV Wave32 support has now been extended for more shader types...

Qt Creator 4.10 RC Available With Support For Pinning Files, UI Improvements

Phoronix - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 20:58
The Qt Company on Friday issued the release candidate for the upcoming Qt Creator 4.10 integrated development environment...

Wine Staging 4.13 Brings Fixes For Epic Games Launcher, Cmd.exe File Association

Phoronix - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 19:54
Hot on the heels of the upstream Wine 4.13 release following a long summer retreat, Wine-Staging 4.13 is now available with the latest testing/experimental patches re-based atop the newest Wine code...

Intel OpenCL Runtime 19.30.13641 Adds Elkhart Lake Support, Other Changes

Phoronix - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 19:30
Intel's NEO OpenCL run-time stack has been living by the "release early, release often" mantra with continuing to see frequent new updates for this OpenCL stack...

The Smaller DRM Drivers Begin Seeing Their Improvements Queued For Linux 5.4

Phoronix - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 19:20
In addition to the Intel DRM driver landing lots of feature code into DRM-Next for the Linux 5.4 kernel cycle coming up in September, the DRM-Misc-Next crew for collecting core infrastructure changes and work to the smaller Direct Rendering Manager drivers has also been seeing new 5.4 work...

Manjaro Linux Team Responds To LibreOffice Versus FreeOffice In Upcoming Version 18.1 - Forbes

Google News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 18:08
Manjaro Linux Team Responds To LibreOffice Versus FreeOffice In Upcoming Version 18.1  Forbes

The Linux community was in a bit of an uproar this week when Manjaro Linux announced that it would be swapping out the open source office suite LibreOffice ...

Protect your privacy on the internet - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 15:00

The idea that internet privacy is important only if you have something to hide is a misconception, says Nathan Handler. Privacy is something we should all care about to protect ourselves and the people we communicate with, whether or not we're doing anything wrong or embarrassing, he says.

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The fastest open source CPU ever, Facebook shares AI algorithms fighting harmful content, and more news - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 15:00

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we share Facebook's choice to open source two algorithms for finding harmful content, Apple's new role in the Data Transfer Project, and more news you should know.

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New long-term support version of Linux Mint desktop released - ZDNet

Google News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 05:16
New long-term support version of Linux Mint desktop released  ZDNet

The best Linux desktop gets a refresh that will last users until 2023.