Open-source News

Microsoft Has Now Open-Source Their BASIC Code From 1983

Phoronix - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:31
Adding to Microsoft's wild ride this week after announcing Linux GUI apps for WSL2 and in turn writing their own Wayland compositor, Direct3D sort of for WSL2/Linux, and other announcements out of BUILD 2020, the company has announced the open-sourcing of their original BASIC implementation...

Wine's Direct3D Vulkan Back-End Continues Seeing An Uptick In Activity

Phoronix - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 07:37
Last month we reported on Wine's Direct3D Vulkan back-end seeing new activity as an alternative to the project's mature Direct3D-to-OpenGL path. Over the course of May work on this Vulkan back-end has edged only even higher...

Linux 5.8 Prepped To Make Use Of TPAUSE Instruction With New Intel CPUs

Phoronix - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 05:47
TPAUSE is the new instruction supported by Intel's Tremont microarchitecture and beyond. TPAUSE allows for an optimized state that can provide low wake-up latency compared to existing delay mechanisms. With Linux 5.8, the kernel will begin making use of TPAUSE where supported...

Dav1d 0.7 Released With More Performance Optimizations

Phoronix - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 01:28
The VideoLAN team responsible for the dav1d AV1 video decoder have just released dav1d 0.7 as the newest feature release and it comes with more performance optimizations...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 20.04 Linux Performance On The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U

Phoronix - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 23:30
While most of you are well aware how Linux often slaughters Microsoft Windows performance on high-end desktop and platform servers with large core counts, on smaller systems it can be a different story and often comes down to the particular workloads and any peculiarities of the hardware under test. With recently buying the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 (14) for our AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Linux benchmarking, here are some benchmarks for how that Zen 2 laptop is comparing with different workloads between Windows 10 and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.