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Linux 5.9 Likely To See USB4 Support Improvements

Monday 29th of June 2020 10:55:48 AM
Linux 5.6 brought initial USB4 support that primarily was starting things off by basing things off the existing Thunderbolt 3 support in the kernel for which this latest USB standard is based. For the Linux 5.9 kernel later this summer it's looking like there will be further work on getting Linux's USB4 support into good shape ahead of hardware appearing in the months ahead...

GNOME Shell's Icon Grid Could See Almost Double The Performance

Monday 29th of June 2020 10:28:17 AM
On top of an optimization to lower render times and reduce power usage and fixing window culling as another performance optimization, Canonical's Daniel van Vugt also came across another serious optimization for GNOME Shell's icon grid performance...

Linux 5.8-rc3 Released - Fairly Big But Not Particularly Scary

Sunday 28th of June 2020 10:25:00 PM
Linus Torvalds just pushed out Linux 5.8-rc3 as the newest weekly test candidate for the upcoming Linux 5.8 that should debut as stable around early August...

Bcachefs Linux File-System Seeing Performance Improvements, Other Progress

Sunday 28th of June 2020 05:28:58 PM
While Ubuntu continues in their path of OpenZFS integration, Fedora is revisiting the possibility of using Btrfs on the desktop, Red Hat is continuing to invest in Stratis, and Reiser5 is being developed, Bcachefs as the file-system born out of the Linux block cache code is continuing to evolve...

Godot 4.0 Is Looking Even More Impressive With SDFGI

Sunday 28th of June 2020 02:28:51 PM
While we are most excited about Godot 4.0 for its Vulkan renderer for this leading open-source game engine, there continues to be a lot of other improvements building up for this major release...

Intel Media Driver 20.2.pre4 Brings DG1 Graphics Card Support

Sunday 28th of June 2020 01:18:17 PM
Intel's open-source media team has released a new development snapshot of their media driver that provides GPU-accelerated video encode/decode capabilities on Linux...

BeOS-Inspired Haiku Working On Supporting Modern CPU Features Like AVX

Sunday 28th of June 2020 11:22:30 AM
The open-source Haiku operating system that continues maintaining compatibility with BeOS and inspiration from its design has continued in its quest of better supporting modern hardware...

In 2020 The Linux Kernel Is Still Seeing Driver Work For The Macintosh II

Sunday 28th of June 2020 11:11:24 AM
The Linux kernel is seeing some modern work done to its driver for supporting the Apple Desktop Bus on Macintosh II era systems...

5+ Years Late: LLVM's AMD Excavator Target Was Missing Two Features

Sunday 28th of June 2020 06:40:00 AM
It took until 2020 for an Intel developer to land a patch providing support for two instructions supported by AMD "Excavator" CPUs but not exposed by the "bdver4" target...

RISC-V UEFI Linux Support Under Review

Sunday 28th of June 2020 04:09:52 AM
Following Linux's UEFI code getting cleaned up earlier this year in preparation for RISC-V support being added and then some early RISC-V UEFI patches, a more comprehensive set of patches for enabling UEFI support on RISC-V under Linux have been sent out...

An Early Benchmark Of The NVIDIA CUDA GPU Performance On WSL2

Saturday 27th of June 2020 10:00:00 PM
Our recent benchmarks have shown WSL/WSL2 performance on the latest Windows 10 builds to generally be quite good compared to running bare metal Linux. But past the May 2020 Update and on the latest Insider Preview builds is the initial support for GPU acceleration in conjunction with updated Windows graphics drivers. The initial emphasis is on GPU compute with DirectML and for NVIDIA hardware CUDA support as well. Here are a couple CUDA benchmarks that ran gracefully under WSL2 albeit the performance leaves a lot to be desired...

LuxCore 2.4 Beta Brings Big Changes For This Open-Source Physically Based Renderer

Saturday 27th of June 2020 07:24:00 PM
This leading open-source physically based renderer is about to get even better with the upcoming LuxCore 2.4 release...

Intel Begins Volleying Open-Source Patches Around Intel AMX

Saturday 27th of June 2020 03:00:08 PM
Intel updated their instruction set extensions programming reference guide that along with other additions now details the Intel AMX (Advanced Matrix Extensions) coming with Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPUs next year...

Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" Released - Based On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Saturday 27th of June 2020 02:33:51 PM
Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" is shipping this weekend as the newest major release to this user-friendly desktop Linux distribution derived from the Ubuntu LTS package set...

GCC 11 Now Defaults To C++17 Dialect By Default

Saturday 27th of June 2020 01:02:17 PM
Following the proposal at the end of last year over GCC 11 aiming to default to C++17 for its C++ front-end, that change is now in place for GNU Compiler Collection 11...

Freedreno Lands On-Disk Shader Cache Support In Mesa 20.2

Saturday 27th of June 2020 12:41:59 PM
Freedreno Gallium3D is the latest Mesa driver implementing an on-disk shader cache...

KDE Ending Out June With Many Bug Fixes, Finally Supporting Btrfs Copy-On-Write

Saturday 27th of June 2020 10:46:47 AM
KDE developers remain as busy as ever, especially when it comes to fixing bugs...

AMD Queues Its First Batch Of AMDGPU Changes For Linux 5.9: Sienna Cichlid + More

Saturday 27th of June 2020 04:00:00 AM
On Friday the initial batch of AMDGPU kernel graphics driver changes were submitted to DRM-Next ahead of the Linux 5.9 merge window happening in August...

RHEL Deprecating The Virt-Manager UI In Favor Of The Cockpit Web Console

Friday 26th of June 2020 08:19:54 PM
The upstream virt-manager project including the virt-manager user-interface is still being maintained, but Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 has decided to deprecate the virt-manager UI moving forward...

There's A Proposal To Switch Fedora 33 On The Desktop To Using Btrfs

Friday 26th of June 2020 04:39:05 PM
More than a decade ago Fedora was routinely trying to pursue the Btrfs file-system by default but those hopes were abandoned long ago. Heck, Red Hat Enterprise Linux no longer even supports Btrfs. While all Red Hat / Fedora interests in Btrfs seemed abandoned years ago especially with Red Hat developing their Stratis storage technology, there is a new (and serious) proposal about moving to Btrfs for Fedora 33 desktop variants...

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Ubuntu Phone Recap 2020

I found my community at Mastodon. They share a lot about Ubuntu Phone - particularly Ubuntu Touch operating system and its current maintainer The UBPorts Project and the hardware maker PINE64. Fortunately unexpected, two interesting things come - the arrival of Volla and also Fairphone which want to be the next Ubuntu Phone and powered with the Touch. These are interesting to cover in a short summary so this article is for you who are interested in Ubuntu Phone once again. Let's go! Read more

Linux at Home: Research Your Family Tree

In this series, we look at a range of home activities where Linux can make the most of our time at home, keeping active and engaged. The change of lifestyle enforced by Covid-19 is an opportunity to expand our horizons, and spend more time on activities we have neglected in the past. With lockdowns starting to be reintroduced in some countries, it looks set that social distancing will continue in many countries for the foreseeable future. Researching your family tree is a popular hobby. Here’s my recommended 3 programs to help you research your family tree. They are all free and open source and use open standards. Don’t fall into the trap of being locked into a particular vendor who might pull development at any time. And they all run on Linux, macOS, and Windows. Read more

Videos/Audiocasts: Command Line Heroes and Linus

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    After four seasons of epic tales about how command line heroes have shaped the tech landscape, we're tackling a new topic: The job itself. Season 5 covers the job of being a coder. How coding careers begin. How the job is done. How it’s changed. And how coders are shaping its continued evolution. Clive Thompson, previous guest and friend of the podcast, joins us for this 3-episode mini-season. The tech journalist shares his insights from the over 200 interviews he’s conducted with coders: programmers, developers, software engineers, sysadmins, and more. The first episode drops July 14, 2020. Subscribe today and sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates.

  • Linus Torvalds Ponders The Future Of The Linux Kernel
  • Video: Two guys name Linus build a new PC

    I wonder what the final price of this is?