Open-source News

Intel Linux Driver Patches Revived For Useful Per-Process Load Statistics

Phoronix - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 14:12
Just over one year ago were proposed changes to improve the insight into per-client load activity for Intel graphics under Linux. The changes would indicate how busy each Intel graphics engine (render, blitter, video, etc) was on a per-client basis and other metrics similar to what users have to look at when it comes to analyzing CPU activity. Those patches were never followed up on or merged but have been revived this past week...

GhostBSD 19.10 Released With Installation / UEFI Improvements

Phoronix - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 13:24
Just in time for Halloween there is a new release of GhostBSD, the operating system focused on providing a good BSD desktop experience built off FreeBSD and the MATE desktop environment...

The Qt 3D Story With Vulkan Should Be Quite Compelling For Qt 6.0

Phoronix - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 12:05
With the soon to be released Qt 5.14 is the start of their new high-level 3D API that itself is graphics API independent for being able to target the likes of Apple Metal and Vulkan as well as Direct3D and still falling back to OpenGL. The start of the graphics API independent scenegraph renderer is turning out well for Qt 5.14 but there will be more to come in the spring with Qt 5.15 while at the end of next year with Qt 6.0 should be a much more compelling story...

Linux 5.4 Officially Deprecates Xen 32-bit PV Guest Support

Phoronix - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 06:50
As a late change that was merged yesterday for the Linux 5.4 kernel that will be released in the next few weeks, Xen 32-bit PV guest support has been deprecated...

FFmpeg Can Now Make Use Of VDPAU VP9 Video Decoding

Phoronix - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 04:00
For those looking to make use of VP9 hardware accelerated video decoding with FFmpeg, that support has landed in its latest Git code...

A Look At The Per-Clock Performance / Peak Frequencies With The Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake

Phoronix - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 23:12
Following this week's Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake Linux benchmarks there was some questions and speculations about the per-clock performance of this long-awaited Intel microarchitecture update. Here is some additional data shedding light on the clock frequencies under load and ultimately how the per-clock performance compares to the common Intel previous-generation mobile CPUs.

Linux 5.5 Bringing A New System76 ACPI Driver For Their Coreboot-Enabled Laptops

Phoronix - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 22:00
Slated for introduction with the upcoming Linux 5.5 kernel is a System76 ACPI driver needed for their new laptops that are now shipping with an open-source Coreboot firmware implementation...

Valve Adds RADV "Secure Compile" Support For Pre-Caching Game Shaders

Phoronix - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 20:10
The latest feature contribution by Valve's Linux driver developers to the open-source RADV driver is a "secure compile" feature...

AMD Sends In Another Batch Of Feature Changes For Linux 5.5 AMDGPU Driver Code

Phoronix - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 19:24
Complementing the big AMDGPU feature pull request from two weeks ago, on Friday AMD sen out a second batch of features targeting the upcoming Linux 5.5 kernel merge window...

NVIDIA Extends GL_SYNC_DISPLAY_DEVICE To Work With Vulkan Apps, Better RAM Reclamation

Phoronix - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 18:58
NVIDIA on Friday released the 435.27.02 Linux beta driver that features a few Vulkan updates...

Rav1e Rust AV1 Encoder Adds SSSE3 Support, AArch64 NEON - But It's Still Slow

Phoronix - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 18:50
The Xiph rav1e AV1 video encoder written in the Rust programming language recently picked up more optimizations among other improvements...

RADV Vulkan Driver's ACO Compiler Back-End Has Navi/GFX10 Nearly Squared Away

Phoronix - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 18:33
Following a lot of work on the AMD "ACO" compiler back-end to the RADV Vulkan driver for GFX10/Navi, this experimental alternative to AMDGPU LLVM is about ready to go for these newest AMD graphics processors...

Netflix builds a Jupyter Lab alternative, a bug bounty to fight election hacking, Raspberry Pi goes microscopic, and more open source news - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 15:01

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a machine learning tool from Netflix, Microsoft's election software bug bounty, a cost-effective microscope built with Raspberry Pi, and more!

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What's the best Linux distribution for beginners? - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 15:00

There are hundreds of different Linux distributions, each meeting the unique needs of its users. This diversity of distributions is what makes Linux the preferred operating system, but choosing the best one to get started can be quite daunting. First-timers need to take into consideration hardware, internet connection, installation method, desktop environment, support community, and more. So which one should a beginner choose? Take our Linux poll!

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