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Linux 5.0 Kernel Performance Is Sliding In The Wrong Direction

54 min 17 sec ago
With the Linux 5.0 kernel performance approaching the finish line, the past few days I've been ramping up my tests of this new kernel in our benchmarking farm. Unfortunately, when looking at the results at a macro level it's pointing towards Linux 5.0 yielding lower performance than previous kernel releases.

NVIDIA 390.116 Legacy & 410.104 Long-Lived Linux Drivers Released

4 hours 39 min ago
In addition to NVIDIA christening the 418 driver series as stable today with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti release, they also issued updates for their 390 legacy driver series as well as the 410 long-lived driver release series...

NVIDIA 418.43 Stable Linux Driver Released, Includes GTX 1660 Ti Support

6 hours 47 min ago
As expected given today's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti launch, NVIDIA has released a new Linux graphics driver supporting the 1660 Ti as well as the RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design and RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design, among other changes...

GCC 8.3 Released With 153 Bug Fixes

7 hours 17 min ago
While the GCC 9 stable compiler release is a few weeks away in the form of GCC 9.1, the GNU Compiler Collection is up to version 8.3.0 today as their newest point release to last year's GCC 8 series...

Qt Publishes A 2019 Public Roadmap: More Work On WebAssembly, Tooling

8 hours 57 min ago
The Qt Company has published a 2019 roadmap of sorts for areas they plan on focusing their resources this 2019 calendar year...

AMDGPU Squeezes In Revised Context Priority Handling For Linux 5.1

9 hours 56 min ago
With the Linux 5.1 kernel cycle soon to kick-off, an early batch of fixes for the AMDGPU DRM driver and other fixes were sent in on Thursday to queue along with all of the new functionality being staged in DRM-Next...

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Launch Today - Supported By The NVIDIA Linux Driver, No Nouveau Yet

11 hours 9 min ago
After weeks of leaks, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is expected to be formally announced in just a few hours. This is a ~$300 Turing graphics card but without any ray-tracing support as so far has been common to all Turing graphics cards. The GTX 1600 series family is expected to expand as well in the weeks ahead...

GCC 9 Compiler Picks Up Official Support For The Arm Neoverse N1 + E1

12 hours 49 min ago
Earlier this week Arm announced their next-generation Neoverse N1 and E1 platforms with big performance potential and power efficiency improvements over current generation Cortex-A72 processor cores. The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) ahead of the upcoming GCC9 release has picked up support for the Neoverse N1/E1...

The Most Interesting Highlights To The Linux 5.0 Kernel

14 hours 37 min ago
With the Linux 5.0 kernel due out within the next week or two, here's a look back at the biggest end-user facing changes for this kernel release that started out as Linux 4.21...

Raspberry Pi Begins Rolling Out The Linux 4.19 Kernel

Friday 22nd of February 2019 05:48:30 AM
The Raspberry Pi folks have been working the past few months on upgrading their kernel in moving from Linux 4.14 to 4.19. That roll-out has now begun...

Phoronix Test Suite 8.6.1 Released For Open-Source, Cross-Platform Benchmarking

Friday 22nd of February 2019 05:00:00 AM
Phoronix Test Suite 8.6.1 is now available as a minor update over Phoronix Test Suite 8.6-Spydeberg that shipped at the start of February...

Early Intel i965 vs. Iris Gallium3D OpenGL Benchmarks On UHD Graphics 620 With Mesa 19.1

Thursday 21st of February 2019 10:00:00 PM
With yesterday's somewhat of a surprise announcement that Intel is ready to mainline their experimental Iris Gallium3D driver as their "modern" Linux OpenGL driver with numerous design advantages over their long-standing "classic" i965 Mesa driver, here are some fresh benchmarks of that latest driver compared to the current state of their OpenGL driver in Mesa 19.1.

Intel Iris Gallium3D Driver Merged To Mainline Mesa 19.1

Thursday 21st of February 2019 06:47:16 PM
Well that sure didn't take long... Less than 24 hours after the merge request to mainline the Intel "Iris" Gallium3D driver was sent out, it's now been merged into the mainline code-base! The Intel Gallium3D driver is now in Mesa Git for easy testing of their next-generation OpenGL Linux driver...

Intel's Shiny Vulkan Overlay Layer Lands In Mesa 19.1 - Provides A HUD With Driver Stats

Thursday 21st of February 2019 06:26:48 PM
As some more exciting open-source Intel Linux graphics news this week besides their new merge request to mainline the Iris Gallium3D driver, over in the Vulkan space they have merged today their overlay layer that provides a heads-up display of sorts for their Linux "ANV" driver...

Librem 5 Smartphone Specs Firmed Up, But Now Delayed To Q3

Thursday 21st of February 2019 04:00:00 PM
The Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone originally planned to ship in January 2019 but last year was delayed to April to allow for more time to finish up work on the hardware and software. Today Purism is announcing that the Librem 5 is being delayed to "Q3" but they have been making progress particularly on the hardware side...

Clear Linux Has A Goal To Get 3x More Upstream Components In Their Distro

Thursday 21st of February 2019 03:43:41 PM
For those concerned that running Clear Linux means less available packages/bundles than the likes of Debian, Arch Linux, and Fedora with their immense collection of packaged software, Clear has a goal this year of increasing their upstream components available on the distribution by three times...

GNOME 3.32 Beta 2 Released

Thursday 21st of February 2019 02:18:55 PM
Released earlier this month was the GNOME 3.32 beta which also marked the feature/UI/API freeze. Out today is the second beta for the upcoming GNOME 3.32 and now the string freeze is also in effect...

Fedora 30's Slick Boot Process Is Ready To Go

Thursday 21st of February 2019 02:04:37 PM
The work led by Red Hat's Hans de Goede the past few Fedora release cycles has culminated with a great out-of-the-box boot experience for the upcoming Fedora 30...

Qt Creator 4.9 Beta Brings Expanded LSP Support, Perf Profiling, C++ Improvements

Thursday 21st of February 2019 12:51:58 PM
The Qt Company has today issued their first public beta/test release of the upcoming Qt Creator 4.9 integrated development environment...

BMW Volleys Open-Source "RAMSES" Distributed 3D Rendering System

Thursday 21st of February 2019 10:55:52 AM
For those interested in distributed 3D rendering, the developers at BMW recently received clearance to open-source RAMSES, a 3D rendering system optimized for bandwidth and resource efficiency...

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  • GCC 8.3 Released
    The GNU Compiler Collection version 8.3 has been released. GCC 8.3 is a bug-fix release from the GCC 8 branch containing important fixes for regressions and serious bugs in GCC 8.2 with more than 153 bugs fixed since the previous release. This release is available from the FTP servers listed at: http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html Please do not contact me directly regarding questions or comments about this release. Instead, use the resources available from http://gcc.gnu.org. As always, a vast number of people contributed to this GCC release -- far too many to thank them individually!
  • GCC 8.3 Released With 153 Bug Fixes
    While the GCC 9 stable compiler release is a few weeks away in the form of GCC 9.1, the GNU Compiler Collection is up to version 8.3.0 today as their newest point release to last year's GCC 8 series.
  • GCC 9 Compiler Picks Up Official Support For The Arm Neoverse N1 + E1
    Earlier this week Arm announced their next-generation Neoverse N1 and E1 platforms with big performance potential and power efficiency improvements over current generation Cortex-A72 processor cores. The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) ahead of the upcoming GCC9 release has picked up support for the Neoverse N1/E1. This newly-added Neoverse N1 and E1 CPU support for GCC9 isn't all that surprising even with the very short time since announcement and GCC9 being nearly out the door... Arm developers had already been working on (and landed) the Arm "Ares" CPU support, which is the codename for what is now the Neoverse platform.

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