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Qt 6.1.1 Released With 150+ Bug Fixes

Tuesday 8th of June 2021 09:44:21 AM
Following last month's release of Qt 6.1, the first point release of this latest Qt6 stable series is now available...

AMD Is Hiring More Linux Engineers For The Scheduler, Memory Management, Net I/O

Monday 7th of June 2021 08:29:14 PM
It looks like AMD's rising marketshare in the data center is paying off as AMD is hiring more Linux kernel engineers...

Experimental Wayland Driver For Wine Now Supports Vulkan, Other Features

Monday 7th of June 2021 05:18:25 PM
Announced at the end of last year was an experimental Wayland driver for Wine providing native Wayland support without relying on X11/XWayland. In the months since that yet-to-be-merged driver has continued supporting more functionality and with the latest update is much more viable...

Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 P-State CPU Frequency Scaling Comparison

Monday 7th of June 2021 03:46:45 PM
As part of the curiosity-driven benchmarks and areas of technical interest now that we've gotten some of our initial Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 "Ice Lake" benchmarks out of the way has been looking into the performance of Linux's P-State CPU frequency scaling driver on the 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable server. Benchmarked for the latesting testing was the power/efficiency out-of-the-box with P-State powersave as used by default with many Linux distributions against the P-State "performance" mode as well as putting P-State into passive mode to be able to via intel_cpufreq to try the Schedutil governor that relies on the kernel's scheduler utilization data for making frequency scaling decisions. Here is a number of power/performance governor benchmarks with the dual Xeon Platinum 8380 server in these varying kernel configurations.

Open-Source Driver Flips On OpenGL ES 3.1 For Select NVIDIA GeForce 200 Series GPUs

Monday 7th of June 2021 02:06:06 PM
Sadly there isn't much to report on at this time around improved open-source "Nouveau" driver support for the recent GeForce RTX 20 and RTX 30 series while even the GTX 900 and GTX 1000 series graphics processors are in poor shape for this unofficial driver. But when it comes to the aging GeForce 200 series, select models there are finally seeing OpenGL ES 3.1 supported by this open-source driver...

Mesa 21.2's Direct3D 12 Driver Now Allows For Easy Multi-GPU Selection

Monday 7th of June 2021 12:29:21 PM
Mesa's Direct3D 12 driver maintained by Microsoft as part of their WSL and Windows OpenGL-over-D3D12 efforts has added a means of being able to select between multiple GPUs/adapters...

Qt 6.2 Enters Feature Freeze With More Qt5 Modules Ported To Qt6

Monday 7th of June 2021 10:08:52 AM
While Qt 6.1 released just one month ago, Qt 6.2 as of today is already into its feature freeze. This quicker than normal time to feature freeze comes due to this year's Qt releases being tightened up following the Qt 6.0 debut at the end of last year. Qt 6.2 will be the first Long Term Support (LTS) release of the Qt6 series...

Linux 5.14 To Allow EXT4 Journal Checkpoints From User-Space For Extra Privacy

Monday 7th of June 2021 09:51:02 AM
Queued up now into the EXT4 file-system's "dev" tree is the recent work on a journal checkpoint ioctl (EXT4_IOC_CHECKPOINT) and optional support for TRIM/discard or zero-out support on journal flushes. This is the work that came about in recent months in working to ensure the privacy of deleted file names from the system...

Vulkan 1.2.180 Released With Two New Extensions

Monday 7th of June 2021 09:11:21 AM
Vulkan 1.2.180 is out as the latest revision to this graphics/compute interface. Vulkan 1.2.180 comes with a number of fixes/clarifications to the spec plus the addition of two more extensions...

Linux 5.14 Set To Retire The Long-Deprecated RAW Driver For Direct I/O Access

Monday 7th of June 2021 07:00:00 AM
Linux's RAW driver (RAW_DRIVER) for providing direct I/O access to block devices is finally set to be removed with the Linux 5.14 kernel this summer since its deprecation all the way back in the mid 2000s and its use has been discouraged even longer...

Linux 5.13-rc5 Is Fairly Average In Size But Not Calming Down Yet

Monday 7th of June 2021 12:08:52 AM
Linus Torvalds just released Linux 5.13-rc5 ahead of Linux 5.13 potentially releasing later this month but depending upon how the rest of the cycle plays out could end up in early July...

Steam Play's Proton Working To Further Lower Input Latency

Sunday 6th of June 2021 09:17:45 PM
The latest updates to Valve's Proton Experimental build for Steam Play should be offering lower input latency...

Git 2.32 Released With Numerous Improvements

Sunday 6th of June 2021 01:20:12 PM
Version 2.32 of the Git distributed revision control system is now available with a variety of improvements from performance optimizations to usability enhancements and a whole lot of bug fixes...

Linux x86/x86_64 Will Now Always Reserve The First 1MB Of RAM

Sunday 6th of June 2021 12:01:39 PM
The Linux x86/x86_64 kernel code already had logic in place for reserving portions of the first 1MB of RAM to avoid the BIOS or kernel potentially clobbering that space among other reasons while now Linux 5.13 is doing away with that "wankery" and will just unconditionally always reserve the first 1MB of RAM...

More Intel Alder Lake Enablement Landing For Coreboot

Sunday 6th of June 2021 11:09:52 AM
In addition to getting Intel's Alder Lake hybrid processors ready for the Linux kernel and other areas of the operating system stack, Intel's open-source engineers have continued their trend in recent weeks of upstreaming more Alder Lake work into Coreboot...

GNOME's Need To Broaden Its Audience For Greater Impact & Funding

Sunday 6th of June 2021 10:14:18 AM
Robert McQueen, the President of the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors, wrote a post this week ultimately about the GNOME project's need to broaden its focus in order to attract more new users and ultimately to be able to raise funds from new organizations outside of their traditional reach. If they aren't able to find new funding sources, they may need to scale back in some of their efforts but still have a sufficient safety net...

Linux Disables Intel's New ENQCMD Feature Since Kernel Code "Broken Beyond Repair"

Sunday 6th of June 2021 09:55:05 AM
For two years now we have seen various open-source patches around ENQCMD instructions for the code compilers and the Linux kernel. This Enqueue Stores support is part of Intel's Data Streaming Accelerator coming with Xeon Scalable "Sapphire Rapids". But even with Sapphire Rapids not launching until later this year, the already merged Linux kernel code is force-disabling the ENQCMD instructions support as the current kernel support is deemed "broken beyond repair" and will need to be reworked...

Phoronix Turns 17 Years Old, Covering The Linux Hardware Scene Daily

Sunday 6th of June 2021 03:00:00 AM
Today marks seventeen years since I started Phoronix.com for what would become the leading Linux hardware reviews and benchmarking site. The 5th of June also marks 13 years now since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.0 for leading open-source benchmarking...

Crocus Gallium3D Nears Mainline Mesa For Gallium3D i965 Through Haswell Graphics

Sunday 6th of June 2021 12:24:39 AM
A few months ago you may recall word of Crocus as a new Mesa Gallium3D driver for supporting Intel Gen7 Haswell graphics and older back through the i965 class hardware. That Gallium3D driver for the aging class of Intel graphics is nearing mainline Mesa with the work-in-progress merge request now pending as of this week...

GNU Poke 1.3 Released For Poking At Binaries, Understanding Binary Data

Saturday 5th of June 2021 04:26:00 PM
GNU Poke debuted earlier this year as a new GNU project providing an interactive editor and integrated, interactive programming language for dealing with binary data. Poke makes it easier to analyze binary data and their data structures as well as manipulating said binary data...

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