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Spectre/Meltdown Mitigations Can Now Be Toggled With Convenient "mitigations=" Option

Monday 6th of May 2019 12:04:38 PM
Beginning with the Linux 5.2 kernel, it will be easier to disable Spectre, Meltdown, and other CPU vulnerability mitigations if you prefer maximum performance out of your system instead...

Intel Baytrail & Cherrytrail Systems Can Now Correctly Hibernate Again Under Linux

Monday 6th of May 2019 11:36:04 AM
Baytrail era systems have been a bit notorious on Linux but at least one recent regression is now resolved that for the past few kernel releases had broke hibernation support for Intel Baytrail and Cherrytrail SoC systems...

DXVK Developer Working On New "AGS" Experiment For Possible Performance Benefit

Monday 6th of May 2019 11:05:26 AM
DXVK lead developer Philip Rebohle is experimenting with "DXVK-AGS" as a new exploration project to see if it makes sense implementing AMD AGS SDK support within DXVK for this Direct3D 11 to Vulkan translation layer...

The Huge Linux 5.2 Kernel Merge Window Kicks Off

Monday 6th of May 2019 10:58:00 AM
Following last night's release of Linux 5.1, the Linux 5.2 merge window is now open. There's already been several pull requests sent in today that Linus is expected to begin acting on shortly...

Looking Ahead To Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 News During Red Hat Summit 2019 Week

Monday 6th of May 2019 04:07:46 AM
Kicking off Tuesday in Boston is Red Hat Summit 2019 where Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 could be released or at least hearing more about the company's plans for releasing this next major installment of RHEL...

Linux 5.1 Has Been Released With Plenty Of New Features

Monday 6th of May 2019 01:11:18 AM
As was expected, Linus Torvalds just tagged the Linux 5.1 stable kernel...

Firefox 66.0.4 Released To Address The Broken Add-Ons Issue Due To Expired Certificate

Sunday 5th of May 2019 10:59:28 PM
After a long weekend, Mozilla has released Firefox 66.0.4 to address the glaring omission on Friday that led to most browser add-ons getting disabled due to an expired certificate used for signing these plug-ins...

Unigine 2.8 Brings Better Vegetation, Improved Asynchronous Data Streaming

Sunday 5th of May 2019 04:31:01 PM
While there are no major games currently shipping that make use of the Unigine 2 engine, the company appears to be seeing great success in the industrial simulation space as they keep making great strides in features for their cross-platform engine. Unigine 2.8 was released this week as the newest feature release...

Intel Linux Patches Revised For SVA/SVM Virtualization

Sunday 5th of May 2019 12:19:33 PM
Intel's patches for providing shared virtual address (SVA) support for IOMMU and VT-D in the Linux kernel have been revised...

ThunderX2 Getting Big MEMMOVE Performance Boost With Glibc 2.30

Sunday 5th of May 2019 12:04:38 PM
For those running Arm servers powered by the Cavium ThunderX2, a big performance optimization is on the way for Glibc 2.30...

Linux 5.1 Should Be Released Today With IO_uring, Faster zRAM, More Icelake

Sunday 5th of May 2019 11:46:04 AM
Linus Torvalds will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo today with the anticipated release of the Linux 5.1 kernel...

KDE's KWin Now Correctly Shows Emojis In Titlebars, Wayland Fixes

Sunday 5th of May 2019 11:24:15 AM
KDE developers have been off to a busy start of May with continuing to get Plasma 5.16 ready for debut next month as well as ongoing improvements to the monthly KDE Frameworks 5 and work on KDE Applications 19.08...

Fedora 30 Wayland vs. X.Org Graphics Benchmarks On GNOME Shell

Saturday 4th of May 2019 11:45:50 PM
In the run up to the Ubuntu 19.04 release I ran various gaming/graphics benchmarks looking at different desktops and X.Org vs. Wayland sessions. Check that article out if interested in the situation while this posting is just some complementary data I did from Fedora Workstation 30 when looking at the graphics performance under GNOME Shell's X.Org and Wayland sessions...

DXVK 1.1.1 Released To Address The Recalled DXVK 1.1

Saturday 4th of May 2019 05:26:13 PM
At the start of April was the DXVK 1.1 release that offered many changes but it was eventually recalled over nasty bugs that entered the release. Now is the DXVK 1.1.1 to address that fallout...

Linux 5.2 Should Resolve Many AMD Ryzen Laptop Touchscreens/Touchpads Not Working

Saturday 4th of May 2019 01:58:08 PM
Linux 5.2 is certainly going to be a big kernel release... On top of many new features and other changes, AMD Ryzen laptops will be better supported by this kernel update to be released as stable around July...

Mozilla Had A Rough Night With Add-Ons Getting Disabled Due To An Expired Certificate

Saturday 4th of May 2019 10:43:44 AM
If you are waking up this morning to find all of your Mozilla Firefox add-ons have expired, you are certainly not alone. A major blunder has found users of Firefox finding most add-ons getting disabled...

ARM Transactional Memory Extension Support Starts Being Plumbed For Linux

Saturday 4th of May 2019 10:33:00 AM
Last month Arm announced Scalable Vector Extension 2 (SVE2) and Transactional Memory Extension (TME) as two new technologies for its A-Profile architecture. That TME support is already being plumbed into the Linux toolchain stack...

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Eyeing LTO By Default; GCC 9 Optimization Work Thanks To Firefox

Saturday 4th of May 2019 08:26:34 AM
Longtime GCC developer Honza Hubička of SUSE has posted a lengthy and quite interesting blog post concerning some of the optimization work that went into the now-released GCC 9 compiler. It turns out some of the GCC 9 optimization work was motivated by the Firefox developers and their desire to switch to LLVM Clang in the name of performance. Separately, openSUSE Tumbleweed has been looking at using link-time optimizations (LTO) by default for their packages and that has also motivated developers and help ensured the LTO support was in good shape for this annual compiler release...

Google Worked On A New Aspeed Control Driver For Linux 5.2

Saturday 4th of May 2019 07:35:19 AM
Aspeed BMCs have seen a lot of mainline Linux kernel driver activity from a recent Aspeed video engine driver to an AST2500 SoC DRM driver queued for Linux 5.2 and now also joining that is the Aspeed P2A CTRL driver...

DragonFlyBSD Updates Its Radeon/TTM Driver Code Against Linux 3.18 Bits

Saturday 4th of May 2019 04:00:00 AM
The Radeon (and Intel) graphics driver support on DragonFlyBSD has improved a lot compared to where it was at many years ago, but it remains a perpetual catch-up game with the porting of this driver code from Linux to their BSD kernel...

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