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LLVMpipe Now Exposes OpenGL 4.2 For GL On CPUs

Monday 6th of July 2020 10:47:23 AM
It was just a few days ago that the LLVMpipe OpenGL software rasterizer within Mesa finally achieved OpenGL 4.0 support while today it has crossed both OpenGL 4.1 and 4.2 milestones...

GCC Compiler Support Posted For Intel AMX

Monday 6th of July 2020 10:40:45 AM
Building upon Intel working on GNU toolchain support for AMX, the newly-detailed Advanced Matrix Extensions being introduced next year with "Sapphire Rapids" Xeon CPUs, the GCC compiler support has been sent out in patch form...

Linux 5.9 To Bring Arm Memory Tagging Extension Support

Monday 6th of July 2020 04:04:53 AM
The 64-bit ARM code building up for the Linux 5.9 cycle is set to mainline Memory Tagging Extension (MTE) support as another security improvement inbound...

Linux 5.8-rc4 Released Following A Calm Week

Monday 6th of July 2020 12:49:26 AM
While last Sunday Linus Torvalds was concerned over a big Linux 5.8-rc3 release, this Sunday he is reporting that Linux 5.8-rc4 is on the smaller side...

Monado OpenXR Runtime Now Supports Multi-Application Rendering / Overlays

Sunday 5th of July 2020 09:47:22 PM
The Monado open-source OpenXR runtime has seen a lot of features added this year and the most recent is support for OpenXR's XR_EXTX_overlay extension to allow for multi-application / overlay rendering...

Reiser5 Pursuing Selective File Migration For Moving Hot Files To High Performance Disks

Sunday 5th of July 2020 01:43:22 PM
Edward Shishkin continues pursuing development of new file-system functionality for Reiser5, the next-generation evolutionary advancement over the controversial Reiser4 file-system...

Frame-Buffer Compression Support For Vintage Intel i865 Graphics Revived

Sunday 5th of July 2020 01:31:07 PM
Back in April I wrote about patches for enabling FBC on the Intel 865 chipset nearly two decades after that chipset first shipped. Those patches didn't yet hit the mainline Linux kernel but they were revived again this week...

DRM Scheduler Improvement, New Epoch Counter, Other DRM Work For Linux 5.9

Sunday 5th of July 2020 01:11:17 PM
Following the drm-misc-next pull request to DRM-Next last week that exposes VRR ranges via DebugFS and other improvements, another round of DRM-Misc-Next material has now been sent in for queuing ahead of the Linux 5.9 cycle...

Arm Cortex-A77 Support Upstreamed Finally To LLVM Clang 11

Sunday 5th of July 2020 12:50:41 PM
While the Arm Cortex-A77 was announced last year and already has been succeeded by the Cortex-A78 announcement, support for the A77 has finally been upstreamed to the LLVM Clang compiler...

GNU Binutils 2.35 Preparing For Release

Sunday 5th of July 2020 10:48:47 AM
Binutils 2.35 was branched this weekend as this important component to the open-source Linux ecosystem... Transition To New Server Complete

Sunday 5th of July 2020 02:35:12 AM
If you are seeing this message, you are successfully browsing from its new server...

Linux Kernel Preparing New Guidelines For Using Inclusive Terminology

Sunday 5th of July 2020 01:38:14 AM
Prominent upstream Linux kernel developers are working on adding "inclusive terminology" guidelines to the Linux kernel coding style requirements...

New readfile() System Call Under Review For Reading Small~Medium Files Faster

Sunday 5th of July 2020 12:40:33 AM
Back in May we reported on work being done for a readfile() system call to read small files more efficiently. Greg Kroah-Hartman has now volleyed those patches for review on the kernel mailing list for this improvement for reading small to medium file sizes on Linux systems...

Wine-Staging 5.12 Comes In Much Lighter With Many Patches Upstreamed

Saturday 4th of July 2020 12:51:48 PM
Wine-Staging at one point was traditionally 800+ testing/experimental patches on top of the upstream Wine code-base, even as recently as March when it was 850+ patches. Thanks to more work being upstreamed, last month it hit just over 700 patches and now with today's release of Wine-Staging 5.12 it represents a delta of just 665 patches...

KDE Starts July With More Fixes, More QML'ing In The System Settings Area

Saturday 4th of July 2020 10:18:18 AM
KDE developers remain very active with improving this open-source desktop environment even amid the coronavirus pandemic...

Vulkan 1.2.146 Released With DirectFB Support, Extended Fragment Density Map

Saturday 4th of July 2020 10:04:28 AM
The Khronos Group is celebrating the US Independence Day with the release of a new Vulkan spec...

Mircade Still Being Worked On As A Confined Mir + Snap Based Launcher

Saturday 4th of July 2020 07:16:18 AM
Back in early 2017 "Mircade" was introduced as an arcade-style game launcher on Ubuntu powered by Mir. We hadn't heard much of Mircade since 2017 but the effort is still alive for this Mir-based launcher that can trigger various apps to run under Wayland/Mir...

Firefox 80 To Support VA-API Acceleration On X11

Saturday 4th of July 2020 04:00:00 AM
While recent Firefox releases have seen VA-API video acceleration working when running natively under Wayland, the Firefox 80 release later this summer will bring VA-API support by default to those running on a conventional X.Org Server...

Wine 5.12 Brings WebSocket API Support, Better RawInput Handling

Friday 3rd of July 2020 07:53:12 PM
Wine 5.12 is out for the US Holiday weekend testing...

Server Infrastructure Upgrade Weekend - AMD EPYC Rome Across The Board

Friday 3rd of July 2020 05:30:37 PM
There may be some brief, intermittent downtime this weekend as all of the Phoronix Media web server infrastructure is being upgraded. This also marks the first time in Phoronix's 16+ year history that the servers are AMD powered, thanks to the incredible success of the EPYC 7002 "Rome" series...

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today's leftovers (Red Hat Picks and Security Mostly)

  • WordPress 5.5 Beta 1

    WordPress 5.5 Beta 1 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so it’s not recommended to run this version on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. [...] Keep your eyes on the Make WordPress Core blog for 5.5-related developer notes in the coming weeks, breaking down these and other changes in greater detail. So far, contributors have fixed more than 350 tickets in WordPress 5.5, including 155 new features and enhancements, and more bug fixes are on the way.

  • Security updates for Tuesday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (php7.3), Fedora (gst), Mageia (libvirt, mariadb, pdns-recursor, and ruby), openSUSE (chocolate-doom, coturn, kernel, live555, ntp, python3, and rust, rust-cbindgen), Oracle (virt:ol), Red Hat (file, firefox, gettext, kdelibs, kernel, kernel-alt, microcode_ctl, nghttp2, nodejs:10, nodejs:12, php, qemu-kvm, ruby, and tomcat), SUSE (libjpeg-turbo, mozilla-nspr, mozilla-nss, mozilla-nss, nasm, openldap2, and permissions), and Ubuntu (coturn, glibc, nss, and openexr).

  • Lawsuit & Bi-Partisan Group Of Senators Seek To Push Back On Trump Administration's Attempt To Corrupt The Open Technology Fund

    Last month we wrote about how the newly appointed head of the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) had cleaned house, getting rid of the heads of the various organizations under the USAGM umbrella. That included Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting... and the Open Technology Fund. The general story making the rounds is that Pack, a Steve Bannon acolyte, planned to turn the famously independent media operations into a propaganda arm for the Trump administration. Leaving side the concerns about why this is so dangerous and problematic on the media side, we focused mostly on the one "different" organization under the USAGM banner: the Open Technology Fund.

  • EFF Joins Coalition Calling On the EU to Introduce Interoperability Rules

    Today, EFF sent a joint letter to European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, highlighting the enormous potential of interoperability to help achieve the EU’s goals for Europe’s digital future. EFF joins a strong coalition of organizations representing European civil society organizations, entrepreneurs, and SMEs. We are calling on the European Commission to consider the role interoperability can play in ensuring that technology creates a fair and competitive economy and strengthens an open, democratic, and sustainable society. Specifically, we urge the Commission to include specific measures requiring interoperability of large Internet platforms in the forthcoming Digital Services Act package. This will strengthen user empowerment and competition in the European digital single market.

    Interoperability mandates will enable users to exercise greater control over their online experiences. No longer confronted with the binary choice of either staying on dominant platforms that do not serve their needs or losing access to their social network, users will be able to choose freely the tools that best respect their privacy, security, or accessibility preferences. Interoperability rules will also be crucial to ensure a dynamic market in which new entrants and innovative business models will have a fair shot to convince users of their value.

  • How not to treat a customer

    First, my complaint to Simply NUC about the recent comedy of errors around my attempt to order a replacement fan for Cathy’s NUC. 

  • Kafka Monthly Digest – May 2020
  • Kafka Monthly Digest – June 2020

    In this 29th edition of the Kafka Monthly Digest, I’ll cover what happened in the Apache Kafka community in June 2020.

  • Introduction to Watson AutoAI

    AutoML is a current buzzword that appears in a lot in tech industry articles and research, and is a product offering in many vendor product catalogs. It’s also one of the topics that I get asked about, such as “How to approach AutoML products”, “Will these products perform all of the steps of the machine learning lifecycle while giving me as a data scientist some control over the parameters?”

  • Red Hat Learning Subscription News Flash 5: First look at Red Hat Remote Certification Exams
  • Mike Blumenkrantz: Testing Accidents

    Armed with a colossal set of patches in my zink-wip branch and feeling again like maybe it was time to be a team player instead of charging off down the field on my own, I decided yesterday morning to check out Erik’s MR to enable ARB_depth_clamp that’s been blocked on a failing piglit test for several weeks. The extension was working, supposedly, and all this MR does is enable it for use, so how hard could this be?