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Mesa 20.0-rc1 Released With Intel Gallium3D Default, OpenGL 4.6 for RadeonSI, Vulkan 1.2

Phoronix - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 07:17
Mesa 20.0 feature development is over with the code now being branched from Git master and the first of several release candidates issued...

Valve's ACO Helps Put New Life Into Radeon GCN 1.0 GPUs With ~9% Better Linux Gaming Performance

Phoronix - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 06:06
Among many other Valve ACO back-end improvements for Mesa 20.0, one of the notable additions is this AMDGPU LLVM alternative now working for Radeon "Southern Islands" / GCN 1.0 graphics cards. With this, these original AMD GCN graphics cards may have some extra life out of Linux gaming boxes thanks to slightly higher performance some eight years after these graphics cards first launched in the Radeon HD 7000 series.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Adds WireGuard Support

Phoronix - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:13
While WireGuard was merged into Linux 5.6, the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release is currently tracking Linux 5.4 and for the April release is likely to be shipping with Linux 5.5 as the 5.6 release will be cutting it too close. But Ubuntu 20.04's kernel has now back-ported WireGuard...

Google's OpenSK Offers An Open-Source Rust-Written Security Key Implementation

Phoronix - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 02:56
Google today announced OpenSK as an open-source Rust-based security key implementation supporting FIDO U2F and FIDO2 standards...

EXT4 Gets Performance Work While XFS Gets 32-Bit Fixes For Linux 5.6

Phoronix - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 01:26
File-system / storage activity is as busy as always during the Linux kernel merge windows...

DXVK 1.5.3 Released - Helps Games Like Skyrim + Mafia II, Direct3D 9 Fixes

Phoronix - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 23:45
Succeeding last week's DXVK 1.5.2 is now a version 1.5.3 release with various fixes...

pidfd_getfd Lands In Linux 5.6 With Use-Cases From LXD To Web Browsers

Phoronix - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 23:39
In addition to the new openat2() system call in Linux 5.6, pidfd_getfd() has landed with growing interest from many different parties for what will be an increasingly used syscall moving forward...

Systemd-Homed Merged As A Fundamental Change To Linux Home Directories

Phoronix - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 21:05
Systemd-homed has been merged as the latest (optional) fundamental change to Linux distributions in how home directories are handled...

Linux 5.6 Graphics Changes Bring Open-Source NVIDIA Turing, AMD Pollock Enablement

Phoronix - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 20:47
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) kernel driver updates were sent in today for Linux 5.6 with plenty of fun features in tow...

AMD Sensor Fusion Hub Driver Revved But Not On Tap For Linux 5.6

Phoronix - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 20:32
Earlier this month AMD finally published their Sensor Fusion Hub driver for Linux to improve the Ryzen laptop support. That new "SFH" driver hasn't been queued as part of any Linux 5.6 pull request but a second version of the driver did make it out this week...