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Linux "PSI" Patches Report Stall/Pressure Information For CPU / Memory / Storage

Monday 6th of August 2018 04:26:01 PM
One of the interesting patch series in the works is the "PSI" work by Johannes Weiner of Facebook...

GraphicsFuzz Acquired By Google To Focus On Fuzzing Android GPU Drivers

Monday 6th of August 2018 03:01:40 PM
GraphicsFuzz is the company that started out via university research into fuzzing GPU drivers and finding many graphics driver bugs along the way. After forming the company GraphicsFuzz, the researchers took to fuzzing from the web browser with WebGL. That company has now been acquired by Google...

AMD Threadripper 2000 Series Details: Up To 32-Cores / 64-Threads With The 2990WX

Monday 6th of August 2018 01:00:00 PM
AMD's Threadripper 2990WX 32-core / 64-thread processor is real and launching next week. At the end of July we were in Maranello, Italy for AMD's Threadripper "2nd Gen" Tech Day, and while there have been leaks in recent days/weeks, today the embargo expires for being able to talk about this high-end desktop platform update.

Thunderbird 60.0 Released With WebExtension Themes, Attachment Improvements

Monday 6th of August 2018 09:32:05 AM
For those of you that have been waiting for a big update to the Thunderbird mail/RSS client, Thunderbird 60.0 is now available with plenty of changes...

Linux Kernel Gets Patch To Support AMD Zen's Performance Monitoring Unit Events

Monday 6th of August 2018 09:07:19 AM
SUSE developer Martin Liška has published a patch wiring in support for AMD PMU events on the AMD Family 17h "Zen" processors...

Lenovo To Make Their BIOS/UEFI Updates Easier For Linux Users Via LVFS

Monday 6th of August 2018 08:53:33 AM
Lenovo is making it easier for their customers running Linux to update their firmware now on ThinkPad, ThinkStation, and ThinkCenter hardware... Crosses 33 Million Test/Suite Benchmark Downloads

Monday 6th of August 2018 12:52:55 AM
Just over one month since crossing 32 million test/suite downloads, our cloud-based component to the Phoronix Test Suite has now crossed 33 million test profile and test suite downloads...

Linux 4.18-rc8 Kernel Released, Final Pushed Back To Next Weekend

Sunday 5th of August 2018 07:55:13 PM
Last Sunday Linus Torvalds released 4.18-rc7 and expected that to be the last release candidate followed by the stable debut one week later, which would have been today. But by Tuesday this past week he had already decided he would need to delay the release over recent notable regressions and an uptick in merge activity. As a result, out today is Linux 4.18-rc8...

Intel IWLWIFI Adding 802.11ax Support In Linux 4.19

Sunday 5th of August 2018 06:32:30 PM
The latest Linux wireless driver code was sent in today for queueing in the net-next tree ahead of the Linux 4.19 kernel...

Netrunner 2018.08 KDE-Aligned Linux Distribution Released With Seamless GTK Apps

Sunday 5th of August 2018 05:22:34 PM
Netrunner, one of the Linux distributions delivering a great KDE Plasma desktop experience, is out today with version 2018.08 that ships several enhancements on top of the very latest KDE packages...

VKGL: An Effort For OpenGL Core Profile Support Over Vulkan

Sunday 5th of August 2018 04:12:09 PM
A few days ago we wrote about GLOVE being open-sourced as OpenGL ES over Vulkan and we were then pointed out to another project: VKGL...

The State Of Debian Linux On Various Mobile Devices

Sunday 5th of August 2018 02:34:52 PM
At this past week's DebConf18 Debian conference was an update on running Debian GNU/Linux on various mobile / ultra-portable devices...

OpenChrome DRM Driver To Go Through A GEM/TTM Code Rewrite

Sunday 5th of August 2018 02:16:27 PM
With the OpenChrome DRM/KMS driver for vintage VIA x86 graphics likely to be mainlined in its current code state, the sole developer left working on this driver is going to next rewrite the TTM/GEM memory management code that he also hopes will help in his new ATI RAGE 128 driver initiative...

RadeonSI Gets Patches For AMD_framebuffer_multisample_advanced (EQAA)

Sunday 5th of August 2018 01:23:15 PM
Last month AMD's Marek Olšák sent out a new extension for the OpenGL registry, AMD_framebuffer_multisample_advanced, and with the latest Mesa patches he has published this week the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver wires in support for this GL extension...

Zstd Compression Support Coming For Linux Pstore

Sunday 5th of August 2018 01:07:54 PM
Linux's Pstore "persistent store" functionality, which is most often used for preserving kernel panics and related information across reboots when the system runs into a show-stopping problem, will soon be supporting Zstd compression for storing greater amounts of data...

X.Org Server 1.20 Branch Created, Latest EGLStreams Patches Added

Sunday 5th of August 2018 12:32:35 PM
X.Org Server 1.20 was released back in May while now the "server-1.20-branch" was created at last to allow for X.Org Server 1.21 development to happen on master while letting the point releases to be worked out on the branched code...

LoRa Being Worked On For The Linux Kernel - Allows Long-Range, Low-Power Wireless

Sunday 5th of August 2018 12:14:28 PM
Linux kernel patches are in the works for LoRa for various chipsets/modules and the new networking subsystem itself along with a new socket interface. LoRa allows for long-range, low-power wireless with minimal infrastructure...

Wine-Staging 3.13.1 Released To Fix StarCraft 2

Sunday 5th of August 2018 01:32:20 AM
With no Wine 3.14 release having shipped on their usual bi-weekly release cadence due to summer holidays, the Wine-Staging crew has opted to create a v3.13.1 release to ship their latest testing/experimental patches in the absence of a new Wine upstream Wine development release...

The ASUS P8H61-M LX Is The Latest Sandy Bridge Era Motherboard With Coreboot

Sunday 5th of August 2018 12:07:36 AM
If by chance you happen to have an ASUS P8H61-M LX motherboard from the Sandy/Ivy Bridge days or are able to locate one of the boards through used/refurbished channels, this motherboard can now be freed down to the BIOS with Coreboot...

Advanced DRI Configuration Picking Up New Features

Saturday 4th of August 2018 08:38:50 PM
It's been a while since having anything to report on ADriConf but fortunately this graphical utility for configuring some open-source Linux graphics driver features is progressing...

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New Devices With Defective Intel Chips and Linux Support

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    Axiomtek has released a rugged, Ubuntu-ready “eBOX627-312-FL” embedded PC with a dual-core Celeron N3350, 2x GbE, 6x USB, and 4x serial ports plus mini-PCIe, HDMI, SATA, and “Flexible I/O.”
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