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Zink OpenGL-On-Vulkan Hits Another "Massively Improved Performance" Milestone

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 08:29:26 PM
The Zink component to Mesa that provides a generic OpenGL implementation built atop the Vulkan API recently hit another "massively improved performance" milestone by Valve contractor Mike Blumenkrantz...

Blender 3.0 Likely Delayed 2 Months For Post-Lockdown Breather, Cycles X Might Land

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 06:41:58 PM
The wildly successful Blender 3D open-source modeling software has been working hard towards its Blender 3.0 release but will likely now be proactively delayed to allow developers more time to relax with COVID-19 lockdowns/restrictions loosening, the possibility of developer meetups pre-3.0, and letting more changes flow into this big feature release...

Wasmer 2.0 Released With Significantly Faster Runtime Performance, Quicker Deserialization

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 05:49:55 PM
Going along with a number of other recent WebAssembly interpreter/run-time releases, Wasmer 2.0 has been released as this popular WebAssembly WASI and EmScripten run-time...

AMD EPYC 7343 / EPYC 7443 Linux Performance

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 01:00:00 PM
Since the AMD EPYC 7003 "Milan" series launch back in March we have carried out many benchmarks with their flagship processors like the EPYC 7763 and 7713 processors and some of the frequency optimized SKUs, but what about the performance lower down the product stack? Up for benchmarking today is a look at the AMD EPYC 7343 and 7743 processors in 1P and 2P configurations against other AMD EPYC Milan processors as well as Intel's Xeon Platinum 8380 Ice Lake processors.

Fedora Cloud 35 Approved To Use Btrfs By Default

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 10:00:00 AM
Last month plans were published for Fedora Cloud 35 to use the Btrfs file-system by default, similar to Fedora Workstation using Btrfs by default for several releases. That plan has now been signed off on by FESCo allowing for this change to happen...

SUSE Linux Enterprise / openSUSE Leap Pursuing x86_64-v2 Optimized Libraries

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 09:11:05 AM
In addition to the rolling-release openSUSE Tumbleweed looking at HWCAPS / x86-64 feature levels for being able to provide greater out-of-the-box performance by selectively loading more tuned libraries depending upon the CPU in use, SUSE Linux Enterprise / openSUSE Leap are also looking at offering similar functionality that may turn up in time for the next point release / service pack...

VirtIO-GPIO Guest Driver Updated For The Linux Kernel

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 08:00:00 AM
There has been a number of new VirtIO driver additions recently to the Linux kernel like for sound and Bluetooth for the expanding VirtIO specification while one still in the works for mainlining is the GPIO guest driver...

GNU C Library Lands Year 2038 Handling For Legacy ABIs

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 04:00:00 AM
The GNU C Library (Glibc) saw another batch of Year 2038 "Y2038" preparations on Tuesday for the Unix timestamp for when the time since 1 January 1970 can no longer be stored in a signed 32-bit integer...

Systemd 249-rc1 Released With Many New Features

Wednesday 16th of June 2021 12:22:40 AM
The first release candidate of systemd 249 is now available for testing with yet more new and improved features...

Alpine Linux 3.14 Released With Many Package Updates For This Lightweight Distro

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 08:00:00 PM
A new version of Alpine Linux is now available for this distribution that's popular for container use and other environments requiring a small footprint or those simply preferring its Busybox + Musl libc usage...

Intel Xe Graphics Squeeze Out More Linux Performance By Flushing Less

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 06:26:34 PM
Intel's "Gen12" Xe Graphics should be performing marginally better with next quarter's Mesa 21.2 feature release for its open-source ANV Vulkan driver...

Left 4 Dead 2 Updated With Vulkan Rendering Via DXVK, Many Other Improvements

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 05:46:46 PM
Similar to Portal 2 getting Vulkan rendering support earlier this year by leveraging DXVK to convert Direct3D calls to Vulkan, Valve's Left 4 Dead 2 has now received similar treatment alongside a big update out today...

DXVK 1.9 Brings Conservative Rasterization For Running Direct3D Games On Linux

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 05:09:04 PM
A new release of DXVK is available for running Direct3D 9/10/11 games over the Vulkan API that is most notably used by Steam Play (Proton) for allowing many Windows games to run gracefully on Linux...

NVIDIA Launches The Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial Module

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 04:00:00 PM
Given the success and popularity of their Jetson AGX developer board, NVIDIA has now launched the Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial Module that is a rugged, module-based version of the AGX Xavier intended for various industrial / manufacturing / construction use-cases...

Mesa's New "Crocus" OpenGL Driver Is Performing Well For Old Intel Hardware

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 01:30:00 PM
Landing this week in Mesa 21.2's development code is Crocus Gallium3D providing a new Intel OpenGL driver for i964 "Gem4" through Haswell "Gen7" graphics. While even Haswell graphics are showing their age these days, I couldn't help but to fire up a few benchmarks seeing how this new Crocus open-source OpenGL driver performs against the existing "i965" classic open-source driver for Linux systems.

GravityMark Launches As Cross-API Graphics Benchmark From Former Unigine Dev

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 12:32:09 PM
There's a new, cross-platform, cross-API graphics benchmark out there that is free to download and focused on delivering maximum GPU acceleration support when rendering hundreds of thousands of objects...

Noctua Launches NH-P1 As High-End Passive CPU Cooler

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 10:42:34 AM
For those that have been wanting to build a passively cooled PC or at least keeping the number of fans to a minimum, Noctua just officially announced the NH-P1 as their high-end passive cooler. It's a massive heatsink but aims to be able to cool higher-end AMD and Intel desktop processors...

GNU C Library Looking To Drop FSF Copyright Assignment Policy

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 10:00:00 AM
The GCC compiler has long had a requirement that all contributors assign their copyright to the Free Software Foundation. Recently GCC dropped that copyright assignment policy and now the GNU C Library is looking at making a similar move...

Intel Working On Updating Its GuC, Still Aiming To Transition To This Firmware-Based Scheduling

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 09:45:26 AM
In addition to a lot of movement right now within the Intel kernel graphics driver around memory management handling for local memory / discrete GPUs, another big and ongoing area is improving the job submission and workload scheduling by making proper use of its GuC firmware capabilities and also integrating the DRM scheduler...

Debian 11 "Bullseye" Installer RC2 Released

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 06:00:00 AM
The second release candidate of the Debian Installer for the upcoming 11.0 "Bullseye" release is now available for testing...

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