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NVIDIA Video Codec SDK 8.1 Released, Now Supports Real-Time HEVC 4K @ 60 FPS

Thursday 5th of April 2018 12:18:20 PM
NVIDIA has released a new version of their Video Codec SDK that serves as CUDA-based, cross-platform video encode and decode functionality that ultimately succeeds their VDPAU Linux video decode stack for GPU video coding needs...

NixOS 18.03 Switches To Linux 4.14, GCC 7 & Other Package Updates

Thursday 5th of April 2018 12:03:58 PM
For fans of the NixOS Linux distribution that makes use of the Nix package manager, version 18.03 "Impala" is now available...

F2FS File-System Gets A Lost & Found, Performance Enhancements

Thursday 5th of April 2018 10:12:21 AM
The explicitly flash-focused F2FS file-system is the latest noteworthy pull request on its way to the mainline Linux 4.17 kernel...

New Sound Drivers & UAC3 Ready To Play On Linux 4.17

Thursday 5th of April 2018 09:55:25 AM
Longtime Linux sound system maintainer Takashi Iwai of SUSE has sent in his album of updates for the Linux 4.17 kernel...

Panfrost Project Getting "Half-Way Driver" To Gallium3D

Thursday 5th of April 2018 09:41:11 AM
Alyssa Rosenzweig who has been leading the charge recently on the open-source Mali T700 GPU driver that was called "Chai" but has been renamed to "Panfrost" is now pursuing a "half-way driver" approach to testing their knowledge of the hardware's command stream...

Matthew Garrett Elaborates More On Lockdown + Secure Boot Pairing

Thursday 5th of April 2018 09:29:20 AM
A few days back we covered the heated exchange on the kernel mailing list over the path being pursued by the Linux kernel "lockdown" patches. Those back and forth messages between Google's Matthew Garrett and Linus Torvalds have now spilled over into a blog post by Garrett...

Clear Linux Shedding More Light On Their "Magic" Performance Work

Thursday 5th of April 2018 01:00:00 AM
If you have been a Phoronix reader for any decent amount of time, you have likely seen how well Intel's Clear Linux distribution continues to run in our performance comparisons against other distributions. The developers behind this Linux distribution have begun a new blog series on "behind the magic" for some of the areas they are making use of for maximizing the out-of-the-box Linux performance...

Linux 4.17's Staging Area Loses Some Weight

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 11:34:37 PM
While the Linux 4.17 kernel is getting much larger in some areas like the sizable additions to DRM this cycle, when it comes to the kernel's staging area where new/experimental code gets vetted before being officially mainline, it's lost tens of thousands of lines of code this cycle...

RISC-V Support Continues Maturing Within The Mainline Linux Kernel

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 08:04:17 PM
The initial RISC-V architecture support landed in Linux 4.15 and now this open-source, royalty-free processor ISA is seeing further improvements with the Linux 4.17 cycle...

New Intel ISA Document Notes New "Tremont" CPU

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 06:34:07 PM
Intel published new ISA documentation today where the "Tremont" architecture is a major addition to this documentation update...

EXT4 Gets Extra Protection Against Maliciously Crafted Container Images

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 03:36:43 PM
Given the booming popularity of Linux containers, it's little surprise but unfortunate that Linux file-systems are having to protect against specially-crafted file-system images by malicious actors looking to exploit vulnerabilities in the code...

POWER9 Benchmarks vs. Intel Xeon vs. AMD EPYC Performance On Debian Linux

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 02:26:32 PM
For several days we've had remote access to one of the brand new Raptor Talos II Workstations that is powered by POWER9 processors and open-source down through the firmware. For those curious how these latest POWER processors compare to AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon processors, here are some benchmarks comparing against of the few other systems in house while all testing was done from Debian GNU/Linux.

RADV Vulkan Driver Lands Out-of-Order Rasterization Support, Small Performance Boost

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 12:26:55 PM
The Mesa-based RADV Vulkan driver has landed initial support for out-of-rasterization support, but it's currently disabled by default...

USB Type-C Improvements On The Way To The Linux 4.17 Kernel

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 11:57:01 AM
The Linux 4.17 kernel is bringing further improvements to USB Type-C support...

AMDGPU DC Begins Reworking FreeSync Module

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 10:00:00 AM
The latest batch of AMDGPU DC display code patches were posted last night on the mailing list. These 32 patches touching around three thousand lines of code have more fixes and also work on the FreeSync module...

The Big DRM Pull Request Made It Into Linux 4.17

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 09:37:07 AM
Last week David Airlie sent in the big DRM feature update for Linux 4.17 prior to going on holiday. For those wondering whether there was going to be any drama with the DRM updates increasing the size of the Linux kernel by another one hundred thousand lines of code, in large part due to Vega 12 header additions, Linus pulled it in without any fuss...

Intel Has Been Working To Improve Linux Suspend/Resume, Calls For More Testing

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 09:26:41 AM
With Linux suspend/resume support still sometimes being problematic, it's great to hear Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has a team working on continuing to improve the Linux support for this power-saving functionality...

SPARC ADI, SELinux SCTP & New BMC Server-Side Driver For Linux 4.17

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 09:19:10 AM
The Linux 4.17 kernel cycle is in full swing with many large pull requests pending...

Valve Reaffirms Commitment To Linux, SteamOS

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 11:32:38 PM
While there was a lot of hoopla recently about Valve removing the "Steam Machines" link from their main navigation on their website, Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais has written a public post to reaffirm the company's commitment to Linux and SteamOS...

Torvalds Expresses Concerns Over Current "Kernel Lockdown" Approach

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 11:23:45 PM
The kernel lockdown feature further restricts access to the kernel by user-space with what can be accessed or modified, including different /dev points, ACPI restrictions, not allowing unsigned modules, and various other restrictions in the name of greater security. Pairing that with UEFI SecureBoot unconditionally is meeting some resistance by Linus Torvalds...

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