Open-source News

AMDGPU Linux Driver Seeing A Lot Of Power Saving Optimization Work

Phoronix - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 19:49
In addition to squaring away the Radeon RX 6000 series RDNA 2 support and promoting the Arcturus support for the new GPU found within the AMD MI100 accelerator, this month AMD open-source Linux driver developers have been devoting a fair amount of work towards power optimizations...

KDE Has Another Week Worth Of Wayland Fixes

Phoronix - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 19:18
Ahead of the holidays the KDE development work is as busy as ever from Plasma 5.21 to its large desktop application set...

Clang LTO Support For The Linux Kernel Spun Up A Seventh Time

Phoronix - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 16:30
Google engineers have sent out their latest patches for allowing the mainline Linux kernel to be built with LLVM Clang link-time optimizations (LTO) for greater performance and possibly size benefits...

Open source brings musicians together virtually - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 16:00

When the COVID-19 pandemic began canceling live music events in spring 2020, it wasn't just the big arena shows, music festivals, and small, local venues that suffered—the big annual marching band competition leagues, like Drum Corps International (DCI) and WGI World Championships, were also called off. This was a huge disappointment for the thousands of musicians and band directors who were already preparing for the spring and summer competition season.

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X11 Library Sees Lots Of Fixes With libX11 1.7 Release

Phoronix - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 13:18
It's been seven years since the release of libX11 1.6.0 for this central X11 library while on Friday was replaced by the libX11 1.7 series. The release is primarily made up of fixes but leading to the version bump is a new API that allows for applications to recover from I/O error conditions rather than being forced to exit...

Wine 5.22 Released With Video Playback Improvements, More PE Conversion

Phoronix - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 05:07
We should be getting near the end of the Wine 5.xx development releases with the timed Wine 6.0 release likely to come in early 2021, but for now Wine 5.22 is out with the latest feature work for running Windows programs and games on Linux and macOS...

Coreboot 4.13 Adds Intel TXT, Picks Up New Boards For AMD Pollock, Intel Alder Lake

Phoronix - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 03:49
Coreboot 4.13 is out today as the latest tagged version of this open-source firmware platform supporting a wide range of hardware...

Apple M1 ARM Performance With A 2020 Mac Mini

Phoronix - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 01:22
For those curious about the hardware potential out of Apple's in-house M1 processor powering new Mac Book Pros and Mac Mini, for the past week we have been running benchmarks of this ARM-based processor and have a number of benchmarks to share today looking at how the performance compares to prior Intel-powered Macs along with the Rosetta 2.0 performance for running x86_64 binaries on ARMv8.