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AMD Posts RDNA3+ Firmware Files For Linux Users

Phoronix - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 22:25
This weekend AMD upstreamed a number of new AMDGPU firmware files into the linux-firmware.git repository that serves as a basis for all of the binary firmware/microcode files used by the Linux kernel drivers. This big set of new AMDGPU firmware files is likely for the upcoming RDNA 3.5 / "RDNA3 refresh" / RDNA3+ as it appears will be called updated RDNA3 graphics for upcoming AMD Ryzen SoCs...

GNOME Mutter 46.1 Brings Explicit Sync, Better NVIDIA Hybrid GPU Acceleration

Phoronix - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 21:50
GNOME Mutter 46.1 was released this weekend as the developers prepare to release the GNOME 46.1 point release. This Mutter update brings several exciting feature/bug changes back-ported for the GNOME 46 series...

GNU Portability Library's Tool Rewritten In Python For 8~100x Better Performance

Phoronix - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 21:42
The GNU Portability Library for common portability code across platforms has seen a major rewrite to gnulib-tool, the program for importing modules from gnulib into their packages. This code rewrite of gnulib-tool is said to offer between eight and 100 times faster performance than the existing implementation...

Acer Aspire One ARM Laptop To Have "Almost Full" Support With Linux 6.10

Phoronix - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 18:46
The good news is that with the upcoming Linux 6.10 kernel cycle the ARM-based Acer Aspire One laptop will feature "almost full" support for this Qualcomm Snapdragon powered laptop. The downside though it's now a three year old device with far more interesting ARM laptops on the market and more powerful options coming to the market this year...

EROFS Eyes Zstd Compression, Intel QAT/IAA Accelerator Support, & Experimental Rust Code

Phoronix - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 18:36
The open-source EROFS read-only file-system that is popular with mobile/embedded devices and containerized applications has been making good progress on performance, showing itself to be rather robust, and has an ambitious roadmap of new feature plans for this RO file-system...

Linux 6.9-rc5 Picking Up Fixes For Intel FRED, BHI & GFNI/VAES Checks

Phoronix - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 18:08
Ahead of the Linux 6.9-rc5 test kernel being released later today, this week's batch of "x86/urgent" fixes were sent out this morning...

Niri 0.1.5 Scrollable-Tiling Wayland Compositor Adds New Animations

Phoronix - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 03:17
Niri as an innovative, scrollable-tiling Wayland compositor is out today with its newest feature release...

GNOME Working To Make Key Rack A Viable Password Manager, Better Printing For Flatpaks

Phoronix - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 20:41
This Week in GNOME is out with its latest issue that outlines ongoing exciting work to the desktop thanks to the additional funding from Germany's Sovereign Tech Fund plus a variety of other ongoing desktop/app enhancements...

Linux BHI Mitigation Being Tweaked Following 12% Database Performance Hit

Phoronix - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 20:00
A new set of Linux kernel patches were sent out on Friday for tweaking th Native BHI mitigation introduced earlier this month for Intel processors...

Open-Source "Terakan" Vulkan Driver For Radeon HD 6000 Series Shown On Windows

Phoronix - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 18:41
The past year there's been an independent open-source driver developer working on "Terakan" as a Vulkan driver for old Radeon HD 6000 series GPUs. These pre-GCN GPUs never received any official Vulkan driver support from AMD but thanks to open-source and a strong desire to pull off such a feat, Vitaliy Kuzmin "Triang3l" has been pursuing this challenge and has been pulling off some basic results. The work so far has been predominantly been carried out with the open-source Linux graphics stack while this weekend the Terakan driver was demonstrated under Microsoft Windows...

AMD Sends In More Kernel Graphics Driver Updates For Linux 6.10

Phoronix - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 18:21
Following last week's AMDGPU pull to DRM-Next preparing more next-gen GPU support and other updates for the upcoming Linux 6.10 merge window, another batch of feature changes were sent out on Friday ahead of this next kernel cycle...

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