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POWER9 & ARM Performance Against Intel Xeon Cascadelake + AMD EPYC Rome

Monday 19th of August 2019 03:26:17 PM
For those wondering how ARM and IBM POWER hardware stack up against AMD's new EPYC "Rome" processors and that of Intel's existing Xeon "Cascade Lake" processors, here is a round of tests from the POWER9 Talos II, Ampere eMAG, and Cavium ThunderX in looking at the cross-architecture Linux CPU performance currently in the server space.

Qt 6 Will Bring Improvements To The Toolkit's Python Support

Monday 19th of August 2019 01:21:44 PM
Adding to the interesting objectives for Qt 6 are further enhancements to "Qt for Python" for enhancing the programming language's support for this tool-kit...

Intel Icelake Thunderbolt Support Still Being Squared Away For Linux - Hopefully For 5.4

Monday 19th of August 2019 12:59:04 PM
Intel Icelake laptops will soon be hitting store shelves and a vast majority of the Linux support has been squared away for many months. Unfortunately one bit still not mainlined is the Thunderbolt support...

A POWER'ful Announcement Is Expected Tomorrow Changing The Open-Source Landscape

Monday 19th of August 2019 11:09:21 AM
For those interested in IBM's POWER architecture and/or open-source hardware prospects, an industry-shaking announcement is expected to happen Tuesday morning...

System76 Still Aiming To Be The Apple Of The Linux Space With Software & Hardware

Monday 19th of August 2019 10:58:15 AM
System76 continues doing much more work on software these days as well as expanding their own hardware manufacturing capabilities. This is much more than they did a decade or even several years ago when they were just selling PCs/laptops pre-loaded with Ubuntu. As summed up by System76 founder and CEO, Carl Richell, their end game is much more Apple-esque...

NetBSD Sees Its First Wayland Application Running

Monday 19th of August 2019 10:28:17 AM
Wayland support is inching ahead on NetBSD for this secure, modern next-generation successor to running an X.Org Server...

Linux 5.3-rc5 Released Following A Calm Week

Sunday 18th of August 2019 09:56:14 PM
Linus Torvalds just issued the Linux 5.3-rc5 kernel test release as we are now just a few weeks out from the official Linux 5.3 kernel debut...

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Linux Performance

Sunday 18th of August 2019 06:46:52 PM
Now that the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series are running great with the latest Linux distributions following prominent motherboard vendors issuing BIOS updates that correct the "RdRand" issue, we're moving on with looking at the performance of the rest of the Ryzen 3000 series line-up while having freshly re-tested the processors under Ubuntu 19.04. Up for exploration today is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, the six-core / 12-thread processor retailing for about $250 USD.

Intel Tries Again To Auto Enable GuC/HuC Functionality For Their Linux Graphics Driver

Sunday 18th of August 2019 04:02:33 PM
Intel previously tried auto-enabling GuC and HuC functionality within their Linux kernel graphics driver but ended up reverting the support since the driver didn't gracefully handle the scenarios of missing/corrupt firmware files. The driver should now be more robust in such situations so they will try again for turning on the automatic behavior, possibly for the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle...

Qt's Development Branch To Begin Forming Qt 6

Sunday 18th of August 2019 11:30:25 AM
Following the feature freeze and code branching for Qt 5.14, the Qt "Dev" branch will likely be shifting immediately to Qt 6 development. A Qt 5.15 release is still expected to happen before Qt 6.0, but that 5.15 milestone will likely just be a polished release derived from Qt 5.14...

Warfork Letting Warsow Live On Under Steam

Sunday 18th of August 2019 11:22:19 AM
Going back a decade one of the interesting open-source FPS games of its time was Warsow. Development on Warsow has seemingly been tremulous over the past few years (edit: though the core developer has recently released a new beta) for this Qfusion (Quake 2 code base) engine powered game that started in 2005, but now there is Warfork as a fork of Warsow that is being developed and also available via Steam...

KDE Usability & Productivity Initiative Coming To An End

Sunday 18th of August 2019 11:06:31 AM
The KDE Usability and Productivity Initiative to solve various problems in the KDE software stack to make it easier to use to more individuals and to do so more efficient will be coming to an end. But other KDE goals are being envisioned and the usability and productivity elements will continue to be worked on outside of this initiative...

Knoppix 8.6 Released - This Original Linux Live Distro Now Based On Debian Buster

Sunday 18th of August 2019 04:12:34 AM
Knoppix 8.6 is out this weekend as the newest version for this one of the original Linux distributions supporting Live CD/DVD booting...

Vulkan 1.1.120 Released As The Newest Maintenance Release

Sunday 18th of August 2019 01:08:10 AM
Vulkan 1.1.120 is out as the newest weekly update to the Vulkan graphics API...

Linux 5.3 Kernel Yielding The Best Performance Yet For AMD EPYC "Rome" CPU Performance

Saturday 17th of August 2019 08:52:00 PM
Among many different Linux/open-source benchmarks being worked on for the AMD EPYC "Rome" processors now that our initial launch benchmarks are out of the way are Linux distribution comparisons, checking out the BSD compatibility, and more. Some tests I wrapped up this weekend were seeing how recent Linux kernel releases perform on the AMD EPYC 7742 64-core / 128-thread processors...

System76 Unveils Their Firmware Manager Project For Graphically Updating Firmware

Saturday 17th of August 2019 02:30:16 PM
While most major hardware vendors have been adopting LVFS+Fwupd for firmware updating on Linux, Linux PC vendor System76 has notably been absent from the party for a variety of reasons. Today they announced their new Firmware Manager project that bridges the gap between their lack of LVFS support and their own hosted firmware service...

Git 2.23 Brings New Switch & Restore Sub-Commands

Saturday 17th of August 2019 01:24:44 PM
Git 2.23 was released on Friday with more than 500 changes on top of the previous release...

Wine Staging 4.14 Carries 841 Patches Atop Upstream Wine

Saturday 17th of August 2019 01:18:31 PM
Re-based against yesterday's Wine 4.14 release, Wine-Staging 4.14 is now available with nearly 850 extra patches...

Oracle Continues Working On eBPF Support For GCC 10

Saturday 17th of August 2019 12:34:29 PM
Back in May we wrote about Oracle's initial plans for introducing an eBPF back-end to GCC 10 to allow this GNU compiler to target this general purpose in-kernel virtual machine. Up to this point LLVM Clang has been the focused compiler for eBPF but those days are numbered with Oracle on Friday pushing out the newest GCC patches...

Linux 5.4 To Expose What's Keeping The System Awake Via Sysfs

Saturday 17th of August 2019 12:08:57 PM
The next Linux kernel version will expose the real-time sources of what's keeping the system awake via Sysfs compared to existing source information that previously was only available via DebugFS...

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