Open-source News

Facebook Engineer Improving BPF "User Programs" Support

Phoronix - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 01:25
Facebook engineer Song Liu has sent out a set of patches for "BPF_PROG_TYPE_USER" as a new BPF type for the Linux kernel focused on better supporting user programs...

Changes Expected For The Linux 5.9 Kernel From Intel DG1 To AMD Navi 2 To New CPU Capabilities

Phoronix - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 22:48
The Linux 5.9 kernel merge window will open up immediately upon the release of Linux 5.8, which is expected to happen this evening unless Linus Torvalds decides to stave it off for one week to allow for additional testing. In any case, once Linux 5.9 kicks off there are a lot of changes expected...

Wine-Staging 5.14 Release In 2020 Finally Implementing... Findstr

Phoronix - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 18:47
Incredibly it has taken until now with Wine-Staging 5.14 to implement more than just a stub to Wine's FINDSTR program implementation. Yes, the long-standing command to search for strings...

Why making mistakes makes me a better sysadmin - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 15:00

I've been a Fedora Linux contributor for a little over a decade now. Fedora has a large community of developers and users, each with a unique set of skills ranging from being a particularly discerning user to being an amazing programmer. I like this because it inspires and motivates me to develop new skills of my own.

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Intel ISPC 1.14 Released With Initial GPU Offloading Support

Phoronix - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 13:05
A few days back we wrote of Intel's ISPC compiler landing GPU code generation support for their UHD/Iris/Xe Graphics from Gen9 Skylake and beyond. Following that code being merged, ISPC 1.14.0 was quickly tagged...

Rust Maybe Coming To The Linux Kernel, Other Open-Source Milestones For July

Phoronix - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 12:00
Even with the coronavirus pandemic, the distributed open-source and Linux communities continue advancing with great new features and improvements. During the course of July on Phoronix were 266 original news articles and another 15 featured Linux hardware reviews / benchmark featured articles...

Valve's Steam July 2020 Numbers Point To A Small Dip For Linux

Phoronix - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 08:49
While some platforms like Netmarketshare have reported increases month-over-month for Linux desktop usage, that doesn't appear to be translating similarly to the Linux gaming market-share, or at least not at the rate Steam is growing on Windows and macOS. Valve has just published their July 2020 numbers that are part of the Steam Survey...

Linux 5.9 Adding New Knob To Control Default Boost Value For Real-Time Workloads

Phoronix - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 06:19
Primarily driven currently by Arm big.LITTLE use-cases like high-end smartphones where you may be running on battery and not want to boost the CPU performance too high for real-time (RT) tasks, Linux 5.9 is adding new capabilities around setting the default boost value...

FNA FAudio 20.08 Released With WMA Decoding Powered By GStreamer

Phoronix - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 00:00
Linux game porter Ethan Lee who also develops FNA-XNA today released FAudio 20.08 as the open-source XAudio re-implementation...

Debian 10.5 Released To Address The GRUB2 BootHole Vulnerability, Other Security Fixes

Phoronix - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 22:07
Debian 10.5 is out today as the latest point releasr to "Buster" in shipping the latest security and bug fixes...