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Btrfs Gets More Fixes & Performance Optimizations For Linux 4.11

Saturday 4th of March 2017 01:21:33 PM
Chris Mason has sent in a secondary pull request of Btrfs material for the Linux 4.11 merge window...

Valleyview & Cherryview To Get Atomic Mode-Setting Enabled

Saturday 4th of March 2017 01:14:15 PM
Intel's set to enable atomic mode-setting by default with code slated to land for the Linux 4.12 kernel...

Geminilake Will Require Intel Audio Firmware Blobs

Saturday 4th of March 2017 01:02:02 PM
Besides recent Intel graphics hardware making use of firmware binary blobs now for the GuC/HuC functionality, Intel audio hardware continues in making use of firmware binary-only blobs for audio support...

Free Software Foundation Europe: What Happened In Munich

Saturday 4th of March 2017 01:01:55 PM
For those looking for some interesting weekend reading, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has provided a lengthy write-up about what happened in Munich with regards to LiMux and the possibility of abandoning their Linux/open-source efforts in favor of going back to Microsoft Windows...

WeTek Hub & WeTek Play Steaming/Media Devices To Be Supported By Linux 4.11

Saturday 4th of March 2017 12:45:23 PM
Submitted earlier in the Linux 4.11 merge window were the big ARM SoC and platform changes for this next kernel version while some last-minute ARM changes have just arrived...

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Linux Benchmarks: Great Multi-Core Performance For $329

Friday 3rd of March 2017 09:19:49 PM
Yesterday we posted launch-day Ryzen 7 1800X Linux benchmarks that were particularly appealing for multi-core / heavily-threaded workloads like code compilation. Given all the code compilation done by Linux users in particular, if you were intrigued by the Ryzen 7 1800X performance but find the $499 USD price-tag to be too higher, today I have my initial benchmark figures on the Ryzen 7 1700. The Ryzen 7 1700 is still eight cores and sixteen threads but will only set you back $329 USD as the current low-end Ryzen processor for what's currently available.

Wine 2.3 Released, Still Prepping For The Direct3D CSMT

Friday 3rd of March 2017 08:40:44 PM
Wine 2.3 is out as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot...

How The Ryzen 7 1800X Compares To The Performance Of Systems By Phoronix Readers

Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:10:35 PM
Yesterday on top of the main Ryzen 7 1800X Linux benchmarks and the follow-up Linux gaming benchmarks, I also posted some extra Ryzen benchmark results and encouraged Phoronix readers to compare their own system's performance to our data using our open-source, automated benchmarking framework...

Patches For FP64 Support For OpenGL 3.0 GPUs On Mesa

Friday 3rd of March 2017 04:56:30 PM
Soft/emulated ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 support for GPUs not natively implementing double-precision/FP64 support is getting close in Mesa...

The Impact Of GCC Zen Compiler Tuning On AMD Ryzen Performance

Friday 3rd of March 2017 02:52:35 PM
The latest in our AMD Ryzen Linux benchmarking is looking at the impact of compiled binaries when making use of Zen "znver1" compiler optimizations with the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) compared to other optimization levels like Bulldozer and K8-SSE3.

KDE's Kube Mail/PIM Client Does Its First Tech Preview Release

Friday 3rd of March 2017 02:39:36 PM
Today marks the release of KDE's new Kube 0.1 project, the first tech preview (pre-production) release of this experimental Kontact based on Qt Quick and Akonadi-Next...

Statx - Enhanced File Information - System Call Sent In For Linux 4.11

Friday 3rd of March 2017 11:40:00 AM
Al Viro has called for the new statx system call to be added to the Linux 4.11 kernel...

LLVM 4.0 Release Candidate 3

Friday 3rd of March 2017 11:22:38 AM
LLVM 4.0 remains running behind schedule but the third release candidate is now available for testing with hopes of shipping this updated compiler stack in the next week or so...

TurboStat Updated, More Power Management Code For Linux 4.11

Friday 3rd of March 2017 11:17:20 AM
One week after sending in the main power management and ACPI updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel, Rafael Wysocki has served up a second batch of feature updates for this next kernel version...

RadeonSI On-Disk Shader Cache Lands In Mesa Git

Friday 3rd of March 2017 01:48:38 AM
Taking things further than the recent landing of the TGSI on-disk shader cache for this Gallium3D IR, Timothy Arceri at Valve has landed his support for a RadeonSI driver on-disk shader cache...

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Intel Core i7 7700K Linux Gaming Performance

Friday 3rd of March 2017 01:00:00 AM
For those craving some Linux gaming benchmarks from the newly-released AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor, here are some test results. In this initial comparison are benchmarks of the Ryzen 7 1800K to Core i7 7700K when running these processors at stock speeds while using a Radeon R9 Fury graphics card paired with AMDGPU+RadeonSI for the Linux graphics driver stack.

X.Org Server 1.19.2 Released With Numerous Fixes

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 11:25:46 PM
Adam Jackson has announced the release of X.Org Server 1.19.2 and users are encouraged to update to this latest point release...

AMD Ryzen/Zen Currently Doesn't Support Coreboot Today

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 08:00:00 PM
Back in 2011 was the glorious announcement that AMD would support Coreboot with its future CPUs. Sadly, a lot has changed at AMD over the past half-decade, and there isn't any Coreboot support to find today for Zen/Ryzen...

Extra AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Linux Benchmarks

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 07:30:00 PM
Assuming you have already checked out this morning's Ryzen 7 1800X Linux benchmarks, here are some more data points while putting the finishing touches on the Ryzen 7 Linux gaming benchmarks being published later today...

NVIDIA Signed Firmware Published For Pascal GP102/GP104/GP106/GP107

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 06:05:43 PM
Yesterday I wrote about initial Nouveau open-source acceleration for GeForce GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080 GPUs and now the signed firmware images needed for pairing with that code are readily available...

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Fedora 26 Linux Distro Delayed Again, Looks Like It Launches on June 27, 2017

Last week, we told you that the upcoming Alpha build of the Fedora 26 Linux distribution was delayed by a week due to late blockers, being re-scheduled for tomorrow, March 28, 2017. Read more

ARM boosts Big.Little with DynamIQ, and launches Linux dev kit

ARM unveiled a more flexible version of its Big.Little multi-core scheme called DynamIQ, and launched an Embedded Linux Education Kit based on the Udoo Neo. ARM Ltd. announced a more advanced version of its Big.Little heterogeneous multi-processing technology for balancing core loads on multi-core Cortex-A SoCs. The new DynamIQ multi-core scheme enables more flexible core configurations that were not possible with Big.Little, says ARM. Meanwhile, ARM’s educational unit released a new ARM Embedded Linux Education Kit based on the i.MX6 SoloX based Udoo Neo hacker SBC (see farther below). Read more

Four Things a New Linux User Should Know

If you’re making the move from Windows or Mac (or even from Android or iOS), welcome to our world. These days, using Linux for doing everyday computer tasks isn’t that much different than using other operating systems — meaning the learning curve is only slight. In fact, my colleague Phil Shapiro works at a library that uses Linux on the computers its patrons use and says that hardly anyone even notices they’re not using Windows. It’s that easy. Read more