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Linux 6.6-rc4 Released - Linus Torvalds: It's Fairly Small

Phoronix - Mon, 10/02/2023 - 05:37
Linus Torvalds just released Linux 6.6-rc4 as the newest test release for this kernel that is looking to be released as stable around the end of October...

Linux To Try Again To Disable All RNDIS Protocol Drivers

Phoronix - Mon, 10/02/2023 - 02:52
Several months back was work to disable all Microsoft Remote Network Driver Interface Specification (RNDIS) drivers in the Linux kernel on the basis of being insecure and other factors. That plan of disabling the RNDIS drivers was faced by opposition around concerns of potentially disrupting USB tethering support and the like. It's been months since hearing anything about updated plans for disabling or dropping the RNDIS drivers but the Git branch was updated today for disabling this class of drivers...

Mesa 23.3 Restores DCC With Mipmaps Performance Optimization For AMD RDNA3 GPUs

Phoronix - Sun, 10/01/2023 - 21:06
Prolific RADV developer Samuel Pitoiset with Valve's Linux graphics driver team has re-enabled Delta Color Compression (DCC) with mipmaps for AMD GFX11 (RDNA3) hardware for the Mesa 23.3 release...

Microsoft CBL-Mariner 2.0.20230924 Rebuilds AArch64 Packages Due To That Nasty GCC Bug

Phoronix - Sun, 10/01/2023 - 20:57
Microsoft released CBL-Mariner 2.0.20230924 this week as the newest version of their in-house Linux distribution. The driving force behind this release is to get out rebuilt AArch64 packages following the recent GCC security vulnerability that affected Arm 64-bit built software...

"Open-Source Windows" ReactOS To See Improved GUI Setup/Installation

Phoronix - Sun, 10/01/2023 - 20:29
ReactOS Deutschland e.V. has hired a longtime contributor to this "open-source Windows" project to spend the next five months working on the ReactOS GUI setup mode as an alternative to their classic text-based setup mode...

Linux Now Mitigating Hygon CPUs For Inception/SRSO Vulnerability

Phoronix - Sun, 10/01/2023 - 18:37
Disclosed back in August was the Inception vulnerability affecting all Zen processors. It took until today though for the mainline Linux kernel to mitigate Hygon processors for this vulnerability for those Zen 1 CPUs formed from the AMD-Chinese joint venture...