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OpenZFS 2.0 Released With Unified FreeBSD/Linux Support, Many New Features

Monday 30th of November 2020 10:00:28 PM
OpenZFS 2.0 has been officially released! OpenZFS 2.0 marks a major step forward for open-source ZFS file-system support for what started out as ZFSOnLinux but is now OpenZFS with unified FreeBSD and Linux support (macOS support is still being pursued as well) and this release also bringing many new features...

Fedora Looks To Provide Standalone XWayland Package Tracking X.Org Server Git

Monday 30th of November 2020 08:50:00 PM
With the X.Org Server being "abandonware" but at the same time the upstream XWayland portion of the codebase continuing to be worked on, Fedora developers at Red Hat are looking at splitting XWayland into its own standalone package to make it easier to ship it without having to use the rest of the xorg-server code-base...

Mesa 20.3 Is Near With Lavapipe Vulkan, Raspberry Pi V3DV, Better AMD RDNA2 Support

Monday 30th of November 2020 07:28:58 PM
The weekly release candidates of Mesa 20.3 fell off the wagon last week due to the US Thanksgiving holiday but now is updated today for Mesa 20.3-RC3...

Intel IWD 1.10 With DHCP v6 Support

Monday 30th of November 2020 06:21:41 PM
Version 1.10 of Intel's IWD "iNet Wireless Daemon" has been released as the increasingly useful alternative to the likes of WPA_Supplicant for Linux systems...

Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD Linux Performance

Monday 30th of November 2020 04:36:04 PM
This month Western Digital introduced the WD_BLACK SN850 as the latest PCI Express 4.0 solid-state drive hitting the market. The WD_BLACK SN850 is a surprisingly strong performer if looking to upgrade to PCIe 4.0 solid-state storage, competing with the fastest of the consumer drives currently available.

PAPPL 1.0 RC1 Released With A Goal To Replace CUPS Printer Drivers

Monday 30th of November 2020 02:28:39 PM
CUPS printing system founder Michael Sweet who left Apple last year and that left CUPS in a stagnate position (as of writing, still no commits to their Git repository since April) while Sweet continues pushing ahead with his new and modern "PAPPL" effort...

Qt 6.0's 3D Renderer Is Much Improved But More Work Remains

Monday 30th of November 2020 02:13:45 PM
With Qt 6.0 due to be released in December, Qt-minded consulting firm KDAB has published a blog post outlining the extensive 3D renderer improvements made for this big toolkit update. While Qt6's 3D rendering abilities are much improved, there still is further work ahead...

RADV Vulkan Driver Enables NGG For AMD VanGogh APUs

Monday 30th of November 2020 01:00:00 PM
Up to now the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" has only enabled Next-Gen Geometry (NGG) support by default for discrete graphics cards. But now that requirement is lifted for supporting NGG on forthcoming GFX10.3 (RDNA 2) APUs...

GhostBSD 20.11.28 Released With Improved Steam On Linux Performance

Monday 30th of November 2020 11:39:36 AM
GhostBSD 20.11.28 is out as the latest version of this desktop-focused BSD operating system based on FreeBSD...

GNOME Circle Officially Announced For Letting More Apps/Libraries "Join GNOME"

Monday 30th of November 2020 11:19:15 AM
GNOME Circle was talked about earlier this month at the Linux App Summit 2020 while now it's been officially announced...

Linux 5.10-rc6 Released - This LTS Kernel Now Appearing In Good Shape

Monday 30th of November 2020 01:12:28 AM
While in recent weeks Linus Torvalds was becoming increasingly concerned over the size of the changes in Linux 5.10, 5.10-rc6 is out this evening and fortunately it has calmed down. At this point Linus is appearing relieved that Linux 5.10 will be in good shape for shipping on time and without any major concerns...

Firefox 83 vs. Chrome 87 On Intel Tiger Lake + AMD Renoir Under Linux

Sunday 29th of November 2020 07:34:45 PM
With this month's release of Chrome 87 having more performance improvements while Firefox 83 debuted with its "Warp" JavaScript improvements, it's a good time for some fresh Linux web browser benchmarks of these two main options. Plus with Firefox 84 to begin enabling WebRender by default in some Linux configurations, there is also a fresh run of Firefox with WebRender enabled.

Vulkan Improvements & Fixes Land In FFmpeg

Sunday 29th of November 2020 03:13:46 PM
Over the past year we have seen various Vulkan features landing in the FFmpeg repository and this past week brought more fixes and improvements around using the Vulkan API for accelerated filters and more...

Xilinx Continues Their Open-Source FPGA Upstreaming Push For The Linux Kernel

Sunday 29th of November 2020 02:14:15 PM
Earlier this month we covered the news of Xilinx is looking to upstream their open-source "AI Engine" driver to the Linux kernel. This comes as Xilinx and AMD are working on Radeon Open eCosystem (ROCm) support for their FPGAs with AMD being in the process of acquiring the FPGA giant. Now more open-source code is looking to be included in the Linux kernel tree...

SVT-AV1, Dav1d Speeding Along AV1 Into 2021

Sunday 29th of November 2020 11:33:45 AM
While consumer GPUs are reaching market with AV1 decode acceleration, there still is the matter of the various media APIs and multimedia software making use of it. In cases where that is missing or the user doesn't yet have a supported Tiger Lake / Ampere / RDNA2 GPU, the dav1d decoder remains the fastest open-source CPU-based AV1 decoder. Similarly, SVT-AV1 remains the fastest CPU-based AV1 encoder available...

Linux 5.11 Adds "Magic" To Support Guitar Hero Live PlayStation 3 / Wii U Dongles

Sunday 29th of November 2020 08:32:04 AM
The latest bit of obscure hardware support set to arrive with Linux 5.11 are the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii U dongles for the Guitar Hero Live...

Mediatek DRM Driver Adding MT8167 Support In Linux 5.11

Sunday 29th of November 2020 05:15:00 AM
The Mediatek MT8167 SoC was announced four years ago already while for the Linux 5.11 kernel in early 2021 will finally be display support via the open-source Mediatek DRM driver...

Pioneer DDJ-RR DJ Controller To Be Supported By The Linux 5.11 Kernel

Saturday 28th of November 2020 07:12:50 PM
For aspiring DJs wanting to mix beats under Linux, the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RR controller should be working come Linux 5.11 early next year...

Zink OpenGL-On-Vulkan Development Now Being Done On RADV With Navi GPU

Saturday 28th of November 2020 02:06:50 PM
Mike Blumenkrantz who has spent most of the year working on the "Zink" Gallium3D code for allowing universal OpenGL over Vulkan translation and took this Mesa code to OpenGL 4.6 compatibility and in some cases 90%+ the performance of a native OpenGL driver is now working on Zink development from a Radeon Navi graphics card with the RADV driver, which may in turn help uncover bugs and areas of optimizations for the open-source Radeon driver stack...

GNOME 40 Mutter Moves Input Work To A Separate Thread

Saturday 28th of November 2020 12:00:59 PM
An exciting addition for GNOME 40 is that the Mutter compositor will be punting the input work off to a separate CPU thread...