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Git 2.28-rc1 Released - Continues The Transition Towards SHA256 Plus Moving Off "Master"

Saturday 18th of July 2020 08:19:44 AM
Git 2.28-rc1 was released on Friday in stepping towards the next feature release for this widely-used, distributed revision control system...

LibreOffice 7.0 RC2 Released For This Vulkan-Supported Open-Source Office Suite

Saturday 18th of July 2020 05:58:19 AM
Ahead of the official release expected in early August, the second release candidate of LibreOffice 7.0 is now available for testing...

Panfrost Gallium3D Driver Enables Working FP16 Support

Saturday 18th of July 2020 04:02:02 AM
The Panfrost Gallium3D driver providing open-source OpenGL driver support for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost hardware has another feature tacked on as of Friday night...

Wine 5.13 Released - Fixes 15 Year Old Bug To Support Windows NT INI Files To Registry Re-Mapping

Friday 17th of July 2020 10:03:20 PM
Wine is out with its latest bi-weekly development summer blend for running Windows applications and games on Linux and other platforms...

Monado Working On Positional Tracking Support Via Libsurvive To Further Open-Source AR/VR

Friday 17th of July 2020 05:04:41 PM
The Monado open-source OpenXR runtime for AR/VR headsets is making progress on integrating open-source positional tracking capabilities...

I've Been Running The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U + Ubuntu 20.04 As My Main System

Friday 17th of July 2020 02:08:00 PM
For about one and a half months now I have been using the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U as my main laptop paired with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. It's been working out very well for not even being the top-of-the-line AMD Renoir SKU. Here is some additional commentary for those thinking about one of the new AMD laptops with Linux use...

Microsoft Releases Its Own Open-Source Process Monitor For Linux

Friday 17th of July 2020 01:14:52 PM
Microsoft's newest open-source Linux software is ProcMon for Linux, a rewritten and re-imagined version of its Processor Monitor found on Windows within their Sysinternals suite...

Kernel Patch Revved For Syscall User Redirection To Help Newer Windows Games On Wine

Friday 17th of July 2020 11:15:25 AM
It looks like the syscall user redirection support could soon be mainlined to the kernel for this new Linux feature that was originally motivated by helping Windows games running on Wine...

It Needs A Restart: GLIBC Drops Support For Restartable Sequences

Friday 17th of July 2020 10:51:26 AM
Well this is a huge Friday morning bummer: the GNU C Library (glibc) is dropping support for the very interesting Restartable Sequences (RSEQ) as some design changes need to be made, thus restarting work on restartable sequences...

Thunderbird 78 Rolls Out With UI Updates, New Features

Friday 17th of July 2020 10:25:44 AM
There is finally a new release of the Thunderbird mail/RSS client available as the annual update to this longtime Mozilla mail client. Thunderbird 78 is the new version out and serves as an Extended-Support Release with many improvements in tow...

FreeBSD Back To Seeing Progress On 802.11ac WiFi Support, Ath10k Driver

Friday 17th of July 2020 07:17:42 AM
Longtime FreeBSD/Linux network stack developer and former Qualcomm Atheros engineer Adrian Chadd is back to working on FreeBSD wireless networking improvements...

Cage Wayland Compositor For Kiosk Use-Cases Updated With Direct Scan-Out, New Protocols

Friday 17th of July 2020 04:09:56 AM
Joining Sway 1.5 for an exciting week in the Wayland space is an update to Cage, the Wayland compositor designed for kiosk-like experiences...

Fedora 33 Is Shaping Up To Be One Of Its Biggest Releases Ever

Friday 17th of July 2020 12:53:46 AM
Fedora 33 is easily shaping up to be one of the biggest releases ever for this long-time Linux distribution formerly known as Fedora Core. It's just not a few big features like Fedora desktop variants defaulting to Btrfs but even just on feature count alone it's looking by far to be one of the biggest at least in a number of years if not ever...

DC Display Support Continues To Be Worked On For Radeon GCN 1.0 With AMDGPU Driver

Thursday 16th of July 2020 10:03:14 PM
On top of the recent UVD video decode for AMD Radeon "GCN 1.0" GPUs with the AMDGPU kernel driver to complement the existing Radeon kernel driver support, these aging "Southern Islands" graphics cards also continue to see patchwork on enabling "Display Core" (DC) display support with the AMDGPU driver option...

The Linux Performance For AMD Rome vs. Intel Cascade Lake One Year After Launch

Thursday 16th of July 2020 06:30:00 PM
With the Intel 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) processors having turned a year old in April and next month marking one year since the launch of the AMD EPYC 7002 (Rome) series, here are fresh benchmarks of the dual Xeon Platinum 8280 versus the AMD EPYC 7742 when testing the Linux software stack from early 2019 and then again using a bleeding-edge Linux software stack as of this month. This shows how the Linux software performance has evolved over the past year for both Intel and AMD on the server front as well as how the current top-end SKUs are competing right now.

KDE's Konsole Continues Seeing New Features

Thursday 16th of July 2020 05:37:11 PM
In recent months KDE's Konsole terminal emulator has been seeing a lot of new features while even more are in the works...

WirePlumber Ready For The Linux Desktop As Replacement To PipeWire's Session Manager

Thursday 16th of July 2020 03:02:08 PM
Announced earlier this year was WirePlumber as a new session manager for PipeWire with its role in managing of audio/video streams to/from hardware/software components as well as handling security/permissions, device monitoring, and other session management functionality...

QEMU 5.1 Bringing Many CPU Improvements From Loongson To RISC-V To s390

Thursday 16th of July 2020 11:54:25 AM
QEMU 5.1-rc0 is available as the first step towards this next feature release of this important component to the Linux virtualization stack...

Intel Gen12 Graphics Bring EU Fusion - EUs Fused In Pairs

Thursday 16th of July 2020 11:01:11 AM
While we remain eager to find out more about (and benchmark) Intel Gen12 graphics in Tiger Lake and Xe discrete graphics with this generation bringing the biggest changes to the ISA since i965, Linux patches and bug reports do continue offering new tid-bits of information on Gen12...

"Navy Flounder" Is The Newest AMD Navi 2 GPU Being Added To The Linux Driver

Thursday 16th of July 2020 10:10:43 AM
In addition to the "Sienna Cichlid" support recently published for the open-source AMD Radeon Linux kernel graphics driver, there is another new graphics processor being added to their driver: Navy Flounder...

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