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Radeon Software for Linux 19.30 Updated With Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Support

Friday 16th of August 2019 11:34:45 AM
In addition to AMD releasing the Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 Linux driver, they also quietly released a new Radeon Software Linux driver release for consumer GPUs...

Intel Volleys Another Batch Of Tiger Lake "Gen 12" Graphics Code

Friday 16th of August 2019 11:12:02 AM
While it remains to be seen if Tiger Lake will be able to ship on time in 2020 as the Icelake successor, the "Gen 12" Xe Graphics continue to be worked on with the company's open-source Linux graphics driver...

QEMU 4.1 Released With Many ARM, MIPS & x86 Additions

Friday 16th of August 2019 11:03:03 AM
QEMU 4.1 is now out as one of the important pieces to the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

Etnaviv Is Packing Code For An Exciting Linux 5.4 Cycle

Friday 16th of August 2019 10:33:43 AM
While Freedreno and Panfrost have been steaming ahead when it comes to open-source, reverse-engineered graphics for Arm SoCs, the Etnaviv project for targeting Vivante graphics hasn't had too much to report on recently. Fortunately, that's changing as coming up for the Linux 5.4 cycle they have a lot of new code to introduce...

Kdevops Aims To Assist In Linux Kernel Testing

Friday 16th of August 2019 10:24:40 AM
Luis Chamberlain has announced the first release of Kdevops as a Linux kernel development "DevOps" framework...

Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 Released

Friday 16th of August 2019 01:26:09 AM
Based on last week's release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 is now Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with many of the same changes...

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 for Linux Released

Thursday 15th of August 2019 01:18:10 PM
On Wednesday marked the release of AMD's Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver package for Windows and Linux...

AMDVLK 2019.Q3.4 Vulkan Driver Enables Atomic Optimizer For Navi

Thursday 15th of August 2019 01:00:00 PM
AMD's official open-source Vulkan driver code had fallen off its roughly weekly code push / release cadence with not having a new release in nearly three weeks, but that changed today with the availability of AMDVLK 2019.Q3.4...

KDE Applications 19.08 Released With Dolphin Improvements, Better Konsole Tiling

Thursday 15th of August 2019 12:45:27 PM
The KDE community has delivered the release of KDE Applications 19.08 as their newest feature updates to the core collection of KDE programs...

Microsoft's Component Firmware Update Is Their Latest Short-Sighted Spec

Thursday 15th of August 2019 12:03:33 PM
Microsoft's newest specification is the "Component Firmware Update" that they envision as a standard for OEMs/IHVs to be able to handle device firmware/microcode updating in a robust and secure manner. While nice in theory, the actual implementation has a number of issues that complicate the process and could quickly evolve into another troubling specification from Microsoft in the hardware space...

Intel SYCL Compiler/Runtimes Updated With Unified Shared Memory Support

Thursday 15th of August 2019 10:43:19 AM
Intel has released a new version of their SYCL compiler and run-time code for single-source C++ programming and allowing offloaded computations to accelerators via OpenCL...

AMD Bulldozer/Jaguar CPUs Will No Longer Advertise RdRand Support Under Linux

Thursday 15th of August 2019 08:20:00 AM
Not directly related to the recent AMD Zen 2 BIOS update needed to fix an RdRand problem (though somewhat related in that the original systemd bug report for faulty AMD RdRand stems from these earlier CPUs), but AMD has now decided to no longer advertise RdRand support for Family 15h (Bulldozer) and Family 16h (Jaguar) processors under Linux...

Oracle Is Working To Upstream More Of DTrace To The Linux Kernel & eBPF Implementation

Thursday 15th of August 2019 06:08:22 AM
While DTrace prospects for the Linux kernel are no longer viewed as magical or groundbreaking as they once were more than a decade ago, Oracle continues to work on its DTrace port to Linux and extending its reach beyond just their "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" for their RHEL-cloned Oracle Linux. Oracle now says they are working towards upstreaming more work as well as getting an eBPF-based implementation for the kernel...

LLVM 9.0-RC2 Released While LLVM 10 Switches To C++14

Thursday 15th of August 2019 04:00:27 AM
LLVM 9.0 Release Candidate 2 is now available for testing while LLVM 10.0 has switched its code-base over to supporting C++14...

AMD Renoir Lands In Mesa's RadeonSI - Further Pointing To Vega, Not Navi

Wednesday 14th of August 2019 11:55:49 PM
Last week AMD sent out their initial Linux graphics driver support for next-gen Renoir APUs. Those Linux kernel bits will land with AMDGPU in the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle while the RadeonSI changes were merged today marking that OpenGL support as a new feature for the upcoming Mesa 19.2...

Clear Linux Rolls Out Revamped Documentation

Wednesday 14th of August 2019 09:12:15 PM
While Arch Linux remains the gold standard for quality Linux documentation, Intel's Clear Linux has rolled out a new documentation web-site to assist new/existing users in making use of this performance-optimized and security-oriented Linux operating system...

EPEL 8.0 Is Now Ready To Offer Up More Packages To Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Users

Wednesday 14th of August 2019 05:29:00 PM
EPEL 8.0 is now ready for users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and the eventual CentOS 8 for complementing the standard repositories with extra packages for what is found in Fedora...

Blender 2.80 Performance With Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 vs. AMD EPYC 7742

Wednesday 14th of August 2019 02:01:12 PM
The Blender 2.80 release arrived at the end of July that unfortunately was too late for using that big new release in our launch-day testing of AMD's EPYC 7002 "Rome" processors but as a follow-up here are AMD EPYC 7742 performance benchmarks up against the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 Cascade Lake as well as the AMD EPYC 7601 2P. Blender 2.80 performance is the focus of this article along with some other renderer benchmarks.

The Qt Company Announces Its New High-Level 3D API - Qt Quick 3D

Wednesday 14th of August 2019 10:46:46 AM
Continuing on from the recent technical vision for the Qt6 tool-kit, The Qt Company has now announced their new high-level 3D API they are developing for this next major release of Qt...

FreeBSD 13 Is Preparing To Finally Retire GCC 4.2

Wednesday 14th of August 2019 10:36:45 AM
GCC 4.2.1 has been out since 2007 and while there have been many big updates to the GNU Compiler Collection over the past decade, that version remains somewhat common in the BSD land due to being the last version under the GPLv2 license. GCC 4.2.2 and newer switched over to GPLv3+ and that is why several BSDs have stuck to using GCC 4.2.1 or at least keeping it in their base repository. But now for FreeBSD 13, this old version of GCC is set to be retired with FreeBSD already being quite focused on LLVM Clang as its default compiler while also offering newer GCC versions via its package management system...

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Leftovers: Kate, Krita, UCLA Library and RcppExamples

  • Kate - Document Preview Plugin - Maintainer Wanted!

    At the moment the Document Preview plugin that e.g. allows to preview Markdown or other documents layout-ed via embedding a matching KPart is no longer maintained. If you want to step up and keep that plugin alive and kicking, now is your chance!

  • The Sprint

    Hi -)) haven’t posted for some time, because I was busy travelling and coding for the first half of the month. From Aug 5 to Aug 9, I went to the Krita Sprint in Deventer, Netherlands. According to Boud, I was the first person to arrive. My flight took a transit via Hong Kong where some flights were affected due to natural and social factors, but fortunately mine was not one of them. Upon arrival in Amsterdam I got a ticket for the Intercity to Deventer. Railway constructions made me take a transfer via Utrecht Centraal, but that was not a problem at all: the station has escalators going both up to the hall, and down to the platforms (in China you can only go to the hall by stairs or elevator (which is often crowded after you get off)). When I got out of Deventer Station, Boud immediately recognized me (how?!). It was early in the morning, and the street’s quietness was broken by the sound of me dragging my suitcase. Boud led me through Deventer’s crooked streets and alleys to his house. For the next two days people gradually arrived. I met my main mentor Dmitry (magician!) and his tiger, Sagoskatt, which I (and many others) have mistaken for a giraffe. He was even the voice actor for Sago. He had got quite a lot of insights into the code base (according to Boud, “80%”) and solved a number of bugs in Krita (but he said he introduced a lot of bugs, ha!). Also I met David Revoy (my favourite painter!), the author of Pepper and Carrot. And Tiar, our developer who started to work full-time on Krita this year; she had always been volunteering to support other Krita users and always on the IRC and Reddit. And two of other three GSoC students for the year: Blackbeard (just as his face) and Hellozee. Sh_zam could not come and lost communications due to political issues, which was really unfortunate (eh at least now he can be connected). It is feels so good to be able to see so many people in the community – they are so nice! And it is such an experience to hack in a basement church.

  • How UCLA Library preserves rare objects with open source

    The University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Library houses a collection of millions of rare and unique objects, including materials dating from 3000 BCE, that could be damaged, destroyed, or otherwise threatened if they were displayed. To make these special collections widely available while keeping them secure, the UCLA Library has been modernizing its digital repository, which was established 15 years ago on now-outdated software. [...] Watch Jen's Lightning Talk to learn more about the UCLA Library's rare collections digitization project.

  • RcppExamples 0.1.9

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