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Mesa 17.2 Merge Window Extended To Sunday, RADV Shared Semaphores Lands

4 hours 24 min ago
The merging fun for Mesa 17.2 will continue through the weekend...

Linux Full Disk Encryption Performance With AMD Ryzen 5 + SATA 3.0 SSD

5 hours 55 min ago
Honoring another request of a Phoronix Premium supporter is looking at the performance impact of full-disk encryption using LUKS when using an AMD Ryzen processor. For this round of testing I used an AMD Ryzen 5 1400 running Fedora 26 and backed by an Intel 545s 512GB SATA 3.0 SSD.

Wine 2.13 Released: Unicode 10.0, Better Mouse Cursors

6 hours 21 min ago
If Wine 2.0.2 with 60+ bug fixes doesn't interest you, perhaps the Wine 2.13 development update will get you more excited...

GNOME 3.25.4 Released

7 hours 17 min ago
GNOME 3.25.4 is the latest development snapshot available of this open-source desktop environment in the road towards GNOME 3.26...

100+ More KHR_no_error Patches, Might Help Some Games

7 hours 44 min ago
Open-source driver contributor Samuel Pitoiset for Valve has published a set of 101 new patches for implementing more KHR_no_error support...

StarTech 12U Computer Rack

8 hours 53 min ago
In needing to make more room for Ryzen/Epyc/ThreadRipper and Core-X Series, the StarTech 12U rack was the latest investment. This 12U rack can, fortunately, fit quite comfortable under my custom-made desk.

Revised DRI3 v1.1 Modifiers Support For Mesa

11 hours 15 min ago
Daniel Stone of Collabora has published a new set of 14 patches implementing DRI3 v1.1's modifiers support inside Mesa with support for EGL X11 and Vulkan X11/Wayland...

Ubuntu Is Trying To Figure Out The Default Apps For 18.04 LTS

13 hours 1 min ago
Canonical is running a survey in trying to figure out what should be the default applications for next year's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release...

Haswell-Tuned Binaries Are Still Sometimes Faster On AMD Ryzen Than Znver1 Tuning

14 hours 14 min ago
Yesterday I posted benchmarks of Clang 4 vs. Clang 5 with AMD Ryzen now that LLVM 5 has received the initial AMD Zen "znver1" scheduler model. That scheduler model and improvements to LLVM/Clang 5.0 yielded some performance improvements, but still there are cases where using "-march=haswell" for tuning and running those generated binaries on Ryzen leads to better performance...

Etnaviv Gallium3D Driver Now Has Mainline Support For ETC2 Compression

14 hours 44 min ago
With Mesa 17.2 expected to be branched before the week is through, expect a lot of last-minute feature activity for new work getting into this next quarterly update for Mesa 3D...

NVIDIA's Server-Side GLVND Implementation

15 hours 7 min ago
Earlier this week I wrote about Adam Jackson's work at Red Hat on a prototype of an X.Org server-side GLVND implementation. NVIDIA has also now announced their coincidentally similar work...

Some AMD Grenada Cards Have Been Borked On The Open-Source Driver For 2 Years

15 hours 20 min ago
A frustrated Phoronix reader pointed out a bug report that's been open nearly two years regarding AMD Grenada (basically, Hawaii cards in the R9 300 series) support on the open-source Linux driver being in a tough position for a subset of users...

Complete Kabylake Support For Intel GVT Coming

15 hours 28 min ago
For those looking to use Intel Kabylake hardware with Intel's Graphics Virtualization Technology, it looks like that support will finally be here come Linux 4.14...

Intel Mesa Driver Lands Support For OpenGL ARB_shader_ballot

Friday 21st of July 2017 12:11:33 AM
Just in time for this weekend's expected Mesa 17.2 branching, the Intel "i965" Mesa driver has landed support for the ARB_shader_ballot OpenGL extension...

Linux 4.11 vs. 4.12 vs. 4.13-rc1 Intel Kabylake Graphics Tests

Thursday 20th of July 2017 11:57:07 PM
Besides testing the Radeon/AMDGPU work in Linux 4.13, here are some fresh benchmarks of Intel Kabylake GT 2 / HD Graphics 630 from this new in-development kernel...

Wine 2.0.2 Released With 62 Bug Fixes

Thursday 20th of July 2017 05:22:23 PM
The Wine project has today announced Wine 2.0.2 as the newest stable update for running Windows programs on Linux, macOS, and other operating systems...

AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM On Linux 4.13 For AMD GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs

Thursday 20th of July 2017 05:14:03 PM
With the Linux 4.13 kernel currently under development there are new module parameters that can make it easier switching from the Radeon DRM default on GCN 1.0 and GCN 1.1 GPUs to instead using the newer AMDGPU DRM driver, but Radeon remains the default. Here's my test experiences and benchmark results of AMDGPU vs. Radeon for GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs.

GCC Begins Preparing For C++20 With -std=c++2a

Thursday 20th of July 2017 02:50:33 PM
With C++20 feature talk heating up, GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) developers are beginning to prepare working on more of the new compiler functionality for this next standard due out in a few years...

Fedora 25/26 Will Soon Receive The Linux 4.12 Kernel

Thursday 20th of July 2017 02:42:01 PM
For users of Fedora 25 and Fedora 26, the Linux 4.12 kernel will soon be sent down as a stable release update...

Benchmarking LLVM/Clang's New AMD Zen Scheduler Model

Thursday 20th of July 2017 12:22:16 PM
Just prior to LLVM 5.0 being branched yesterday, the AMD Zen scheduler model finally landed in LLVM and has the potential of boosting the performance of generated binaries targeting AMD's Zen "znver1" architecture. Here are some benchmarks of LLVM Clang 4.0 compared to the latest LLVM Clang compiler code when testing with both generic x86-64 optimizations and then optimized builds for the first-generation Zen CPUs, tested on a Ryzen 7 processor.

More in Tux Machines

deepin 15.4.1 Linux Distro Launches with a Focus on Details, Launcher Mini Mode

The developers behind the deepin GNU/Linux distribution announced today the general availability of the first point release to the deepin 15.4 stable series, versioned 15.4.1. Read more Also: deepin 15.4.1 Debian-based Linux distribution now available for download

Canonical Outs New Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

On July 20, 2017, Canonical released new kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases, including Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10, and Ubuntu 17.04, fixing up to fifteen security vulnerabilities. Read more Also: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Users Can Now Install the Linux 4.10 Kernel from Ubuntu 17.04

Leftovers: Ask the Linux Foundation and Review of Damn Small Linux

  • Questions about SysAdmin Training from The Linux Foundation? Join the Next #AskLF
    His #AskLF chat will take place the Monday after SysAdmin Day: a professional holiday the organization has recognized for years.
  • Damn Small Linux A Lightweight Linux Distro For Old Computers
    By the name yes it’s really small and lightweight (had to utter this word too “damn!”). Damn Small Linux is a distro that offers a GUI based OS for low resource systems and some applications for normal users task-alike. It’s designed with the intention to pack all the modern features under 50 MB. ​Well, that may sound crazy but you cannot rely on it as a primary OS if you have a recent modern hardware. Instead take a U-turn now and see what Ubuntu, Fedora or OpenSUSE has to offer. Damn Small Linux latest version is v4.11rc2 and development has been in a long pause since 2015. Don’t be put off by that because that’s how some people roll. Slow and steady until they sort things out.

Software: Emacs and Magit, KeePassXC, Weblate, Cockpit, Kate, AtCore, GNOME Builder, Undo, and WPS Office

  • Emacs and Magit
    The Git source-code management system is widely known for its flexibility and for the distributed development model that it supports. Its reputation for ease of use is ... less well established. There should, thus, be an opening for front-end systems that can make Git easier to use. One of the most comprehensive Git front ends, Magit, works within the Emacs editor and has a wide following. But Magit has run into some turbulence within the Emacs development community that is blocking its wider distribution.
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  • KeePassXC: A Great Way to Manage Passwords In Linux
    Do you always forget your password or want to have strongest password which can be hard to remember? If yes, then here is an application for you which will keep your passwords safe, strongest and encrypted. KeePassXC is an open-source forked from KeePassX by community released under GNU GPL license, it is cross-platform and all features works perfectly on every platform (Linux, Mac and Windows), as it is mentioned on KeePassXC website they have thoroughly tested features on multiple systems to provide user with the same look and feel on every supported operating system. This includes the beloved Auto-Type feature. KeePassXC, on the other hand, is developed in C++ and runs natively on all platforms giving you the best-possible platform integration.
  • Making Weblate more secure and robust
    Having publicly running web application always brings challenges in terms of security and in generally in handling untrusted data. Security wise Weblate has been always quite good (mostly thanks to using Django which comes with built in protection against many vulnerabilities), but there were always things to improve in input validation or possible information leaks.
  • Cockpit 146
    The Available Updates and Restart recommended pages now show the packages from the previous update run. This makes it easier to see which services to check or to decide whether a restart is really necessary...
  • Kate is now translated also on Windows!
  • AtCore officially moved to KDE Extragear
    It’s with all the joy in my heart that I share with you this amazing notice: AtCore was officially moved today to KDE Extragear by my favorite sysadmin Ben Cooksley after more than a month on KDE Review. This is the first huge milestone that we achieve on this 11 months of team work made by me, Patrick, Chris and sometimes Tomaz. Particularly I thanks, Luigui Toscano and Albert Cid for all the attention and review on AtCore code, that allowed us to make this move to Extragear. =D
  • Builder 3.25.5
    Like every year, GUADEC has snuck up on me. I’ll be heading out to Manchester in a handful of days which means things are going to get hectic any moment now. We just reached another milestone in our development phase towards 3.26. I’ve landed two important components which will have important roles in Builder’s future. The new visual layout, and the new shortcut engine. Neither are complete yet, but they are good enough to land on master and allow us to iterate without giant branches.
  • What I do at Undo
    In October, I started working for Undo and, now that I understand our technology better, it’s time to explain what I do. Undo produces a (closed source) technology which allows to record, rewind and replay Linux programs (on x86 and ARM). One of our products using this technology is UndoDB, a debugger built on top of gdb which allows you to do everything you do with gdb, but also to go back in time.
  • WPS Office Is An Alternative To Microsoft Office for Linux
    WPS Office is a slang for Writer, Presentation ad Spreadsheets, formerly known as Kingsoft Office. It is free (basic version) Office suite available for all platforms Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. A fully featured professional-grade version is also available for a subscription fee.