Open-source News

Bcachefs Linux File-System Sent Out For Review With Exciting Feature Progress

Phoronix - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 04:46
Bcachefs has been developed for a half-decade now as the Linux file-system born out of the block cache "bcache" kernel code. Kent Overstreet continues spearheading the work and while it's been quiet in recent months today he sent out a new round of Bcachefs patches for review on the Linux kernel mailing list...

Canonical's Snap Packaging Switching To LZO Compression For Faster Startup Times

Phoronix - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 03:22
The Snap packaging / software deployment effort led by Canonical for Ubuntu and other distributions currently relies on XZ compression of the SquashFS-based archives while moving forward they are planning to make use of LZO compression. Snap'ing with LZO will result in faster startup-times at the cost of larger packages...

Rust Lands Experimental Cranelift-Based Code Generator - Much Faster Debug Build Times

Phoronix - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 01:54
Landing yesterday within the Rust code-base is the initial version of a Cranelift code generator back-end. By leveraging the Cranelift code generator that is developed as part of the Bytecode Alliance for WebAssembly, Rustc with Cranelift can experince much faster debug builds...

A Look At The Performance Improvements With System76 Pop!_OS 20.10

Phoronix - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 00:00
At the end of last week System76 released Pop!_OS 20.10 as their customized distribution built atop Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla. For those curious here are some benchmarks of System76's Pop!_OS 20.10 versus 20.04 using the Thelio Major with AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics.

Fedora 33 Released With Workstation Using Btrfs By Default

Phoronix - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 22:06
Fedora 33 has just been released as the last major update to this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution for 2020...