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Linux Finally Has A Fix For Crackling Audio Input On Recent AMD Systems

Tuesday 13th of August 2019 05:50:00 AM
Queued now for Linux 5.3 and also marked for back-porting to existing kernel stable series is a fix to address distorted and crackling analog audio input that has affected AMD systems for at least the past two years with certain Realtek audio codecs...

ROCK Pi 4 Is Becoming A Good Arm SBC With Panfrost Graphics & Wayland Support

Tuesday 13th of August 2019 04:02:17 AM
At $39 to $66 USD depending upon model, the ROCK Pi 4 is evolving to offer nice open-source support down to the Arm Mali graphics thanks to the Panfrost Mesa driver and also works nicely with Wayland...

Intel's Linux Graphics Driver Developers Discover 3~20% Boost For Current-Gen Hardware

Monday 12th of August 2019 10:48:04 PM
Last week was the Intel Gallium driver one line patch to boost performance by 1%. Today's code churn within Mesa for Intel's open-source Linux graphics drivers were larger but also with a more profound performance impact with some workloads now being faster by around 20%. Making this more exciting is that today's round of driver optimizations apply to the very common and mature "Gen 9" graphics hardware...

DragonFlyBSD 5.6.2 Released With Disruptive Change To Help Chromium, Ported Apps

Monday 12th of August 2019 09:47:35 PM
DragonFlyBSD 5.6.2 is out today as the newest version of this popular BSD operating system...

TGSI To NIR Improvements Hit Mesa 19.2 For RadeonSI

Monday 12th of August 2019 09:10:26 PM
AMD Mesa lead developer Marek Olšák has landed a set of improvements to the TGSI-to-NIR pass today for Mesa 19.2 to enhance the RadeonSI driver's support for using this intermediate representation...

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Playing Nicely With Latest Linux Distros Following BIOS Updates

Monday 12th of August 2019 03:00:00 PM
One month ago we were told that AMD released a BIOS fix to their motherboard partners for addressing the systemd boot issue with Ryzen 3000 series processors that stems from an RdRand instruction issue. Finally over the past week we've seen motherboard vendors pushing out BIOS updates for the prominent motherboards and indeed this takes care of the issue...

Gentoo's 64-bit ARM Support Is Now In Good Shape With Profiles Deemed Stable

Monday 12th of August 2019 02:10:06 PM
Gentoo's AArch64/ARM64 support for 64-bit ARM should now be in good shape...

AMD EPYC Rome Still Conquering Cascadelake Even Without Mitigations

Monday 12th of August 2019 01:43:39 PM
With last week's dramatic EPYC "Rome" launch where AMD has blown past Intel Xeon "Cascadelake" performance in a majority of server benchmarks, helping the successful launch of these Zen 2 server processors has been Intel's repeated delays of 10nm/Icelake CPUs and also the Spectre / Meltdown / Zombieload / Foreshadow mitigations. Out of curiosity, I've run some unmitigated benchmarks for the various relevant CPU speculative execution vulnerabilities on both the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 Cascadelake and AMD EPYC 7742 Rome processors for seeing how the performance differs.

Intel Tiger Lake Support Added To The LLVM Clang 10 Compiler

Monday 12th of August 2019 11:29:44 AM
We have seen Intel's compiler gurus contributing new enablement patches for Tiger Lake support with GCC 10 due out next year while now they have also landed their initial Tiger Lake support into the LLVM Clang 10 code compiler also due out in H1'2020...

Vulkan 1.1.119 Already Released With Another New Extension

Monday 12th of August 2019 11:10:47 AM
It was just yesterday that Vulkan 1.1.118 was released with two new extensions while now this Monday morning Vulkan 1.1.119 was released as a third extension was accidentally left out of yesterday's weekly revision...

Stepping Towards Better VR Headset Support On Wayland

Monday 12th of August 2019 10:58:31 AM
Sway and WLROOTS creator Drew DeVault on top of his several open-source projects has also been working on improving the VR infrastructure support on Wayland as part of contract work for Status.im. The secure communication company is looking to build a Wayland-driven VR workspace but for that the VR headset support on Wayland needs to be improved...

GCC 9.2 Released With Bug Fixes & AMD Zen 2 Improvements

Monday 12th of August 2019 10:49:07 AM
The GNU toolchain crew released today GCC 9.2 as the newest stable release to their compiler stack...

Xfce 4.14 Desktop Officially Released

Monday 12th of August 2019 04:09:10 AM
After more than four years in development there is finally the release of Xfce 4.14...

Linux 5.3-rc4 Released With A Week Of Fixes Plus SWAPGS "Grand Schemozzle" Code

Sunday 11th of August 2019 09:18:49 PM
Linus Torvalds just released Linux 5.3 release candidate 4 as the latest weekly test release for this new kernel version...

Vulkan 1.1.118 Released With New AMD Extensions

Sunday 11th of August 2019 03:08:56 PM
Another week, another new Vulkan update...

Linux 4.4 & 4.9 Kernels Get Back-Ported SWAPGS Protection

Sunday 11th of August 2019 02:14:56 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman issued the Linux 4.4.189 and Linux 4.9.189 LTS kernels on Sunday morning that address the new Spectre V1 "SWAPGS" variant mitigations...

Linux Deprecating Wireless USB & Ultra Wideband Subsystems

Sunday 11th of August 2019 01:11:25 PM
The Linux 5.4 kernel will deprecate and mark as obsolete the Wireless USB (WUSB) and Ultra-wideband (UWB) subsystems within the kernel...

Improved Fscrypt File Encryption Handling Aims For Linux 5.4

Sunday 11th of August 2019 12:17:22 PM
Fscrypt is the common Linux kernel framework leveraged by the likes of the EXT4, F2FS, and UBIFS file-systems for providing native encryption support. While that Fscrypt-based file encryption has been part of the kernel for several releases now, there's been some shortcomings in how the encryption keys are handled but that should be cleared up for the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle...

KDE Frameworks 5.61 Fixes The Directory/Desktop File Security Vulnerability

Sunday 11th of August 2019 12:01:51 PM
Out this Sunday is the KDE Frameworks 5.61 update that most notable addresses the recently exposed vulnerability to KDE where specially crafted .desktop and .directory files could automatically execute arbitrary code on users' systems...

System76 Preparing To Roll Out Their First Coreboot-Enabled Laptop

Sunday 11th of August 2019 11:58:59 AM
System76 has been making good strides on their Coreboot support for their hardware and they are now readying a System76 Darter Pro OSFC Edition as their apparent first laptop to ship with Coreboot in place of the proprietary BIOS...