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Phoronix Apparel Is Now Available From HELLOTUX

Saturday 10th of November 2018 11:36:28 AM
If you are looking for some Phoronix shirts this holiday season, there are some new options available from HELLOTUX, the clothing vendor where everything is "Made on Linux, powered by Linux, for us, Linux fans."..

GCC 9 Lands Initial Support For The OpenRISC Architecture

Saturday 10th of November 2018 11:23:11 AM
It's been a long journey for the OpenRISC CPU instruction set architecture not to be confused with RISC-V, but with the GCC 9.1 compiler release due out in early 2019 will finally be initial mainline support for this ISA...

Patches Revived For A Zstd-Compressed Linux Kernel While Dropping LZMA & BZIP2

Saturday 10th of November 2018 02:02:31 AM
For more than a year it's been talked about adding an option to support Zstd-compressed Linux kernel images while it looks like that Facebook-backed high performance compression algorithm for kernel images could soon finally be mainlined...

Wine 3.20 Released With Several Improvements

Friday 9th of November 2018 08:21:00 PM
Wine 3.20 is now the latest bi-weekly development release for this increasingly popular code-base for running Windows programs/games on Linux and other operating systems...

GIMP 2.10.8 Gets Better Performance Boost On Lower-End Hardware

Friday 9th of November 2018 06:11:11 PM
It doesn't look like GIMP 3.0 will be under the tree this Christmas, but at least GIMP 2.10 continues progressing with new stable releases to provide new optimizations and enhancements...

The Polaris/Vega Performance At The End Of Mesa 18.3 Feature Development

Friday 9th of November 2018 05:47:25 PM
With Mesa 18.3 feature development having wrapped up at the end of October, here are some benchmarks showing how the updated RadeonSI and RADV drivers are performing for this code that is now under a feature freeze before its official release around the end of November. AMD Radeon Vega and Polaris graphics cards were tested with a slew of NVIDIA graphics cards also tested on their respective driver to show where the Linux gaming GPU performance is at as we head into the 2018 holiday shopping season.

Purism Still Working On Librem 5 Developer Kits, Delayed To December

Friday 9th of November 2018 03:54:33 PM
The Librem 5 GNU/Linux smartphone was originally slated to launch in January 2019 and its developer kits were supposed to ship this past summer. Now it's looking like the Librem 5 Developer Kits will hopefully arrive in December...

GRUB Bootloader Picks Up A Verifier Framework For Secure Boot, TPM, PGP Verification

Friday 9th of November 2018 01:09:30 PM
Landing in the GRUB boot-loader minutes ago is a new "verifiers" framework providing core verification functionality for the likes of UEFI Secure Boot, Trusted Platform Modules, and PGP...

Mesa 18.3-RC2 Released With RADV, Wayland & NIR Fixes

Friday 9th of November 2018 12:20:55 PM
The second weekly release candidate of Mesa 18.3 is now available for testing of these open-source OpenGL / Vulkan drivers...

GCC 9 Lands Support For Intel PTWRITE

Friday 9th of November 2018 11:11:44 AM
There has been a flurry of activity recently for the GCC 9 compiler due to feature development ending soon. The latest work hitting their mainline tree this morning is support for the Intel PTWRITE instruction...

VirtualBox 5.2.22 Released, Disables 3D For Wayland & Brings Linux 4.19 Fixes

Friday 9th of November 2018 10:58:12 AM
While VirtualBox 6.0 is in beta, VirtualBox 5.2.22 was released today as the latest stable release for this Oracle virtualization software...

GSConnect 15 Offers Better Phone Integration With The GNOME Shell

Friday 9th of November 2018 10:42:07 AM
In addition to this week bringing KDE Connect 1.10 for the communication/integration between the KDE desktop and Android smartphones/tablets, GSConnect as the GNOME Shell port of this open-source software also received a new feature release...

Better Linux Support Is Coming For The Huawei MateBook X

Friday 9th of November 2018 10:20:34 AM
Some support improvements are on the way for Huawei's MateBook X, a lightweight ultrabook/laptop that aims to compete with the likes of Apple's MacBook Pro...

Ubuntu Linux On Samsung Galaxy Devices Finally Reaches Beta (Samsung DeX)

Thursday 8th of November 2018 09:37:14 PM
In October of 2017 Samsung announced convergence and traditional Linux distributions for Samsung Galaxy smartphones as the "Samsung DeX." Since then we hadn't heard anything more about this initiative while this week they appear to be ready with a beta...

Raptor Talos II POWER9 Benchmarks Against AMD Threadripper & Intel Core i9

Thursday 8th of November 2018 08:32:17 PM
For those curious about the performance of IBM's POWER9 processors against the likes of today's AMD Threadripper and Intel Core i9 HEDT processors, here are some interesting benchmarks as we begin looking closer at the POWER9 performance on the fully open-source Raptor Talos II Secure Workstation. This open-source, secure system arrived for Linux testing with dual 22-core POWER9 CPUs to yield 176 total threads of power.

OpenMP 5.0 Specification Released, GCC 9.0 Lands Initial Support

Thursday 8th of November 2018 06:15:23 PM
The OpenMP ARB has announced the release today of the major OpenMP 5.0 specification. OpenMP 5.0 has been three years in the making and is a big update to this parallel programming specification relative to past updates...

FreeBSD 12.0 Faces A Minor Setback But Still Should Be Out Ahead Of Christmas

Thursday 8th of November 2018 04:53:17 PM
The big FreeBSD 12.0 release still is expected to happen in December but will be a bit later than originally planned...

NVIDIA 415.13 Beta Linux Graphics Driver Released With Assorted Improvements

Thursday 8th of November 2018 03:03:42 PM
NVIDIA today released their first beta release for Linux/Solaris/BSD users in the 415 release stream...

PostgreSQL 11.1 Released To Address The Latest Open-Source Security Vulnerability

Thursday 8th of November 2018 02:05:13 PM
PostgreSQL 11.1 is out today with fixes over last month's PostgreSQL 11 introduction but there are also updates to the 10.6, 9.6, 9.4, 9.4, and 9.3 release streams due to a new security issue...

More AMD Zen Microarchitecture Tuning For Mesa Is Likely Ahead

Thursday 8th of November 2018 01:42:07 PM
Published back in September was some Mesa RadeonSI tuning for AMD Zen CPUs. That tuning to pin the application thread and driver execution thread to the same L3 cache benefits the Zen micro-architecture with its multiple core complexes (CCX). That code was merged a short time later unconditionally but it looks like that behavior needs to be refined for delivering maximum performance...

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