Open-source News

System76 May Offer AMD Ryzen Laptops When They Begin Their Own Manufacturing

Phoronix - Sun, 03/22/2020 - 00:48
System76 is preparing to begin shipping their new Lemur Pro laptop in early April. This will be their most open laptop yet albeit still based on Intel. But it looks like when they move on with their ambitious plans to begin manufacturing their own devices, we may finally see a System76 AMD-powered laptop...

Updated Basis Universal Yields High Quality Compression, 3~4x Smaller Than JPEG/PNG

Phoronix - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 22:52
For those wondering what the buzz was about earlier this month when there was word of a high quality GPU compression codec going open-source, details on that have now been revealed...

OpenGL Threading "GLTHREAD" Seeing Improvements For Mesa 20.1

Phoronix - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 19:09
Well known open-source AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D driver developer Marek Olšák has been focusing recently on improvements to glthread for OpenGL threading that is generally able to offer better performance...

Debian Testing Is Enabling WireGuard Within Their Linux Kernel Build

Phoronix - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 18:35
Debian is the latest Linux distribution flipping on WireGuard within their kernel builds...

Even Apple Is Interested In Migrating Their C Code To Rust

Phoronix - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 18:12
Even Apple is on the bandwagon of transitioning select C code-bases of theirs over to Rust as well as expanding the code they are writing in Rust...

Proton 5.0-5 Brings Support For Newer Vulkan Extensions, Fixes Game Crashes

Phoronix - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 17:49
As another update to their Wine-based Proton 5.0 series for powering Steam Play, Valve has been readying their next update for enhancing the experience of running Windows games on Linux under Steam...

3 metrics to measure your open source community health - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 15:00

Community building is table stakes in the success of any open source project. Even outside of open source, community is considered a competitive advantage for businesses in many industries—from retail, to gaming, to fitness. (For a deeper dive, see "When community becomes your competitive advantage" in the Harvard Business Review.)

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TrueNAS 12.0 CORE Supporting ZFS Async Copy-On-Write

Phoronix - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 12:49
TrueNAS 12.0 CORE, which up until the new TrueNAS / FreeNAS branding unification would have been called FreeNAS, will in its next release support ZFS async copy-on-write functionality...

Google Engineer Shows "SESES" For Mitigating LVI + Side-Channel Attacks - Code Runs ~7% Original Speed

Phoronix - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 07:10
Disclosed last week was the Load Value Injection attack affecting Intel CPUs and requiring new mitigations. While the GNU Assembler mitigation options were quickly added, on the LLVM toolchain side the developers there continue evaluating the proposed LVI mitigation along with another option that looks to mitigate more than just LVI. The "SESES" proposal looks more broadly at mitigating CPU side-channel vulnerabilities but with shattering performance hits...

Intel Cloud Hypervisor 0.6 Released With VFIO Device Hotplug, I/O Improvements

Phoronix - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 05:57
Intel's open-source team responsible for their Rust-based cloud hypervisor today issued a big feature update...