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OpenBLAS 0.3.11 Brings Many Changes From Zen 3 To POWER10 Support

Saturday 17th of October 2020 10:20:40 PM
OpenBLAS 0.3.11 is out as the newest major feature release for this BLAS linear algebra library. While the version number may not make it seem like a big update, it is especially when it comes to new CPU support...

NVIDIA Doesn't Expect To Have Linux 5.9 Driver Support For Another Month

Saturday 17th of October 2020 06:39:52 PM
While NVIDIA is usually quite timely in supporting new versions of the Linux kernel and aim to have out a driver by the end of the release candidates for new series, in the case of the recently minted Linux 5.9 kernel it's taking a lot longer...

More KDE Wayland Fixes Heading Into Plasma 5.20.1

Saturday 17th of October 2020 02:52:12 PM
This week marked the release of Plasma 5.20 while KDE developers continue working towards not only Plasma 5.21 as the next desktop feature release but also providing fixes for next month's Plasma 5.20.1 release and the growing collection of KDE applications...

Zink In Mesa 20.3 Now Hits OpenGL 3.3, Can Run Blender With This OpenGL-on-Vulkan

Saturday 17th of October 2020 01:07:32 PM
For weeks there have been patches getting the Zink OpenGL-on-Vulkan implementation to OpenGL 4.6 while mainline Mesa has been at OpenGL 3.0 support. Thankfully the out-of-tree patch delta is being reduced and this week in Mesa 20.3-devel the code has been upstreamed getting the support level to OpenGL 3.3...

PowerPC 601 Support Retired In Linux 5.10 While Continuing To Bring Up POWER10

Saturday 17th of October 2020 12:47:05 PM
The POWER architecture changes have been submitted for the Linux 5.10 kernel. As expected, the PowerPC 601 support is retired as that original 32-bit PowerPC processor from the early 90's...

Linux 5.10 Perf Adds More Reporting For Zen 1, Initial Zen 3 Support

Saturday 17th of October 2020 10:46:37 AM
The perf tool updates have been sent in for the ongoing Linux 5.10 merge window...

NGG Appears To Be In Good Shape For RDNA 2 / RX 6000 Series

Saturday 17th of October 2020 10:21:46 AM
NGG (Next-Gen Geometry) ended up being fairly buggy/problematic for Navi but it looks like for the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 (RDNA 2 / Navi 2) launch that it's in better shape...

OverlayFS Adds A "Volatile" Option - Faster Performance But All Syncs Are Omitted

Saturday 17th of October 2020 04:00:00 AM
OverlayFS as the Linux union mount file-system that allows combining multiple underlying mount points into one is seeing a new feature with Linux 5.10...

GCC 11 Ending Feature Development In One Month

Friday 16th of October 2020 06:42:04 PM
The GNU Compiler Collection 11 (GCC 11) will be ending stage one development in mid-November to get the release process underway...

Intel Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" Linux Performance With The Dell XPS 13 9310

Friday 16th of October 2020 02:55:00 PM
Here are our initial benchmarks of Intel Tiger Lake on Ubuntu Linux via the premium Core i7 1165G7 processor. This also appears to be the first public benchmarks of the new Dell XPS 13 9310 laptop that just-launched as the refreshed XPS notebook for Tiger Lake and with Intel EVO certification.

Intel Compute Runtime 20.41.18123 Flips On OpenCL 3.0 For All Hardware Back To Broadwell

Friday 16th of October 2020 12:28:45 PM
Intel issued a notable open-source Compute Runtime stack update today that provides OpenCL and oneAPI Level Zero support for the company's graphics processors from Xe/Gen12 graphics back through Gen8 Broadwell hardware...

AMD Delivers Many Fixes For Polaris GPUs On Linux - Finally Enables ZeroRPM Fan Mode

Friday 16th of October 2020 10:34:36 AM
It seems AMD's Linux graphics driver team is firing with precision on all cylinders these days. Not only have they been working on timely support for the Radeon RX 6000 "RDNA 2" / "Big Navi" Linux driver support ahead of the official launch and have the initial code already upstreamed in Linux 5.9, but they've even been going back with a number of fixes for older graphics processors...

Many Networking Improvements Land In Linux 5.10

Friday 16th of October 2020 10:06:37 AM
The big networking pull request has landed in Linux 5.10 Git...

Zink OpenGL-On-Vulkan Now Nearly At ~69% Of Intel's Native OpenGL Driver

Friday 16th of October 2020 06:46:59 AM
The Zink Gallium3D code for Mesa that is mapping OpenGL on top of the Vulkan API continues making great progress particularly with the near-daily work by developer Mike Blumenkrantz...

JACK2 Audio Server Rolls Out Better Windows + macOS Support

Friday 16th of October 2020 04:02:16 AM
JACK2 1.9.15 released on Thursday as the newest version of this professional-minded sound server focused on real-time, low-latency connections...

F2FS With Linux 5.10 Brings Many Improvements And A Few More Features

Friday 16th of October 2020 12:35:49 AM
The Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) that is of growing prominence on Android-powered mobile phones and other flash-storage-only Linux systems has some promising improvements with Linux 5.10...

Valve/CodeWeavers Releases Proton 5.13-1 With More Windows Games Running On Linux

Thursday 15th of October 2020 08:46:20 PM
The Wine-based Proton development has been disappointingly quiet in recent weeks but fortunately it's alive and ticking with today's Proton 5.13-1 release for powering Valve's Steam Play to run many modern Windows games gracefully on Linux...

Chrome 87 Beta Brings Further FTP Deprecation, Cookie Store API

Thursday 15th of October 2020 06:51:22 PM
Following last week's release of Chrome 86, Google has promoted its Chrome 87 web browser to beta...

Intel Finally Kills Gen10/Cannonlake-Specific Graphics Code From Their Linux Driver

Thursday 15th of October 2020 05:22:24 PM
Given that Intel never shipped a production "Cannon Lake" CPU with its Gen10 graphics enabled, Intel's open-source driver developers have finally removed all Gen10-specific code from their Linux OpenGL/Vulkan drivers in Mesa...

KWinFT 5.20 With Aims For Better Wayland/X11 Experience Than KDE Plasma 5.20's KWin

Thursday 15th of October 2020 03:24:58 PM
Following this week's KDE Plasma 5.20 release, KWinFT 5.20 has been released as the fork of KWin and other select components in aiming to offer a better experience...

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Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 20.10 Performance With Intel Tiger Lake, AMD Renoir

Stemming from our initial Intel Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" benchmarks on the Dell XPS 13 9310 last week and then also discovering better single-threaded performance on Ubuntu 20.10, one of the pressing questions was whether this is expected performance on Linux or if it's coming up short of Microsoft Windows for this first tier-one notebook to market with Intel Tiger Lake. So following those earlier tests I proceeded to do a Windows 10 Pro with all available updates comparison on Ubuntu 20.10 with the i7-1165G7. For added context, the same software stack and tests were repeated on an AMD Ryzen "Renoir" notebook. Today's article answers the question of Intel Tiger Lake performance on if it's coming up short against Windows and where any outliers are between the Windows and Linux support for these latest-generation Intel mobile processors. Plus with the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U "Renoir" Lenovo Flex 15 performance added in there it also helps address whether any of the tests/benchmarks may be favoring one operating system over the other and ultimately seeing how the Windows vs. Linux raw performance is for these autumn 2020 notebooks. Read more

Alpine 3.12.1 released

The Alpine Linux project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 3.12.1 of its Alpine Linux operating system. Read more

Plasma 5.20 is an exceptionally refined desktop

There you go. I have to say, this is the best Plasma release in a long while. I would say since 5.12. In fact, this should have been the LTS. You get everything: speed, stability, consistency, beautiful looks, highly functional software. And now, the challenge: this ought to remain, without regressions, for three releases. There are some small niggles here and there, but all in all, there's nothing cardinally wrong with this edition. Quite the contrary, it brings massive improvements on many levels, and infuses joy into my jaded soul, a ray of hope that has been absent for many months now. If you're contemplating Linux, or contemplating replacing your desktop environment, then Plasma 5.20 offers the freshest, most elegant solution by a huge margin. Worth testing and using - and hopefully, there will be some long-term version available somewhere, so that people need stability and minimal change can settle in and enjoy a refined, pleasant desktop. That's my wish for the new year, and now off you go testing. Bottom line: awesome. Bye bye. Read more

Accessibility in GTK 4

The big news in last weeks GTK 3.99.3 release is that we have a first non-trivial backend for our new accessibility implementation. Therefore, now is a good time to take a deeper look at accessibility in GTK 4. Lets start with a quick review of how accessibility works on Linux. The actors in this are applications and assistive technologies (ATs) such as screen readers (for instance, Orca), magnifiers and the like. The purpose of ATs generally is to provide users with alternative ways to interact with the application that are tailored to their needs (say, an enlarged view, text read out aloud, or voice commands). To do this, ATs need a lot of detailed information about the applications UI, and this is where the accessibility stack comes into play—it is the connecting layer between the application (or its toolkit) and the ATs. Read more