Open-source News

Virtual KMS Driver To Work On Virtual Refresh Rate Support (FreeSync)

Phoronix - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 00:45
Over the past year and a half the VKMS Linux DRM driver has come together as the "virtual kernel mode-setting" implementation for headless systems and other environments not backed by a physical display. Interestingly being tacked on their TODO list now is VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) support. Separately, the prominent VKMS developer is now employed by AMD...

November Is Still Bringing Many Interesting Linux Benchmarks / Milestones

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 22:47
Pardon for the rather slow pace of new Phoronix content over the past week (in particular, the lack of big benchmark articles) due to my wife giving birth early and being in the hospital for a few days, but the remainder of November is set to be quite exciting on the Linux/open-source performance front. Here is some of what else is on tap for November...

OpenZFS Developer Summit 2019 Videos + Slides For The Latest On Open-Source ZFS

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 22:31
Taking place 4 and 5 November in San Francisco was the OpenZFS Developer Summit. This two-day open-source ZFS developer summit made possible by Intel, Delphix, Datto, and OSNexus had a lot of interesting presentations from the state of ZFS TRIM/Discard to debugging topics...

Thunderbolt 3 Software Connection Manager Support Coming In Linux 5.5 For Apple Hardware

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 21:59
The Thunderbolt changes have been merged to char-misc ahead of the upcoming Linux 5.5 merge window...

OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 Alpha Released With Toolchain Upgrade, Clang-ed Kernel Option

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 21:31
The first alpha release of the forthcoming OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 is now available for testing with this Clang-built Linux distribution that originates back to the days of Mandrake...

KDE Packs Away New Screensaver Setting, Other Changes For First Full Week Of November

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 20:30
It's been another busy week in KDE land with developers working through the massive code-bases comprising the KDE desktop environment on a variety of features and fixes...

How universities are using open source to attract students - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:00

Michigan Tech just launched, a virtual one-stop free shop for all things open source on campus. According to their site, Tech Today:

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Longtime Linux-Friendly X-Plane Flight Simulator Sees v11.40 Released

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 10:00
Besides X-Plane being one of the most realistic PC-based flight simulators, this flight simulator from Laminar Research has long supported Linux. Out this weekend is X-Plane 11.40 as the latest update and the last major release before they roll-out their long-awaited Vulkan graphics API support...

Benchmarks Of 10 Higher-End Intel/AMD CPUs On Ubuntu 19.10

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 03:45
With Ubuntu 19.10 bringing some CPU/system performance changes compared to earlier Ubuntu releases as a result of compiler/toolchain upgrades, the newer kernel, and more, here is a quick weekend look at how the Ubuntu 19.10 performance compares across ten different AMD Ryzen and Intel Core systems...

PulseAudio Adds GStreamer-Powered RTP Implementation

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 03:20
As an alternative to PulseAudio's existing RTP implementation, a new GStreamer-based Real-Time Transport Protocol has been introduced...

OpenZFS 2.0 Out In 2020 With Unified Linux/FreeBSD Support, OpenZFS 3.0 With macOS

Phoronix - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 02:21
Taking place this past week in San Francisco was the annual OpenZFS Developer Summit. As usual, Matthew Ahrens as the co-founder of Sun ZFS and current OpenZFS contributor at Delphix talked about the state of the open-source ZFS efforts in his keynote...