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LLVM Developers Plotting Path Forward For Moving To A New Git Branch Name

Friday 19th of June 2020 10:34:30 PM
LLVM is the latest open-source project working to shift their Git development terminology away from the "master" branch naming and to something more inclusive. Nearly everyone who voiced their opinion so far were in favor of this change, but there still are open matters such as what to call their new main development branch, the involved technical costs, and how quickly such a transition should happen...

Wine 5.11 Released With Updated Mono, Initial Work On NetIO Kernel Driver

Friday 19th of June 2020 08:36:55 PM
Wine 5.11 is out today as the newest bi-weekly development snapshot for this open-source project that allows Windows games and applications to run on Linux and other platforms...

DragonFlyBSD vs. FreeBSD vs. Ubuntu 20.04 On Intel's Core i9 10900K Comet Lake

Friday 19th of June 2020 02:19:05 PM
One of the areas where Intel has the leg up over AMD when it comes to open-source software support is on the BSD side where generally the likes of FreeBSD and DragonFlyBSD often exhibit better out-of-the-box support at launch. Here is a look at how DragonFlyBSD and FreeBSD are running on the Core i9 10900K "Comet Lake" processor with Z490 motherboard.

GNOME's Mutter Sees More Cleaning That Ultimately Could Help Foster Vulkan Support

Friday 19th of June 2020 11:02:59 AM
A Cogl driver API clean-up within GNOME's Mutter code-base was merged this week after being open for two months. This cleanup could ultimately help if/when Mutter decides to add a Vulkan back-end...

Radeon "RADV" Vulkan Driver Adds Experimental Support For Sienna Cichlid

Friday 19th of June 2020 10:45:47 AM
Following AMD publishing the open-source Linux driver patches for "Sienna Cichlid" (Navi 2) that included the RadeonSI OpenGL driver changes, the RADV Vulkan driver has now tacked on support for this next-generation Navi GPU...

Latest Slab Cgroup Memory Controller Patches Saving ~1GB RAM Per Host On Facebook Servers

Friday 19th of June 2020 07:34:01 AM
The past number of months Facebook engineering has been working on a new slab memory controller for Linux that can offer less memory fragmentation and lower memory use and slab utilization. The sixth version of these patches were published earlier this month...

It's Looking Like FSGSBASE Support Might Finally Land In Linux 5.9

Friday 19th of June 2020 04:09:54 AM
It's looking like the Linux kernel support for the FSGSBASE instruction that has been present since Intel "Ivy Bridge" CPUs might finally see mainlining with Linux 5.9...

Intel Volleys Latest Patches For Lighting Up Their DG1 Graphics Card On Linux

Thursday 18th of June 2020 09:08:04 PM
Building off the existing Gen12 graphics driver support that has accumulated in the Linux kernel and Mesa over the past year, last month Intel sent out the open-source patches for supporting the DG1 graphics card on Linux...

VideoLAN Now Developing "libndi" For NDI Video Stream Handling

Thursday 18th of June 2020 05:36:39 PM
If the VideoLAN project wasn't already busy enough developing the VLC media player, dav1d AV1 decoder, libbluray, x264 and numerous other open-source multimedia projects, libndi is a new library being developed for dealing with NDI (Network Device Interface) video streams...

Firefox Private Network Is Now Official As Mozilla VPN

Thursday 18th of June 2020 04:47:31 PM
Following a beta period since last year as the Firefox Private Network, Mozilla's virtual private network offering is now going official and under the Mozilla VPN branding...

Red Hat Investing In Modularity And Will Support It Where It Makes Sense For RHEL 9

Thursday 18th of June 2020 03:40:55 PM
Red Hat continues to invest in the modularity concept for packaging and will be embracing it "where it most makes sense" for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9...

AMD Lands VCN 3.0 Video Encode Support For Navi 2 / Sienna Cichlid

Thursday 18th of June 2020 02:52:34 PM
The latest open-source/Linux bring-up for AMD's "Sienna Cichlid", a.k.a. Navi 2, is enabling VCN 3.0 video encode support...

Intel Launches Cooper Lake Xeons CPUs, New Optane Persistent Memory + SSDs

Thursday 18th of June 2020 01:00:00 PM
Intel is launching their 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable (Cooper Lake) processors today along with Intel Optane Memory 200 Series, new Intel 3D NAND SSDs, and Intel AI-optimized FPGAs in the form of Stratix 10 NX.

AMD SMM Callout Privilege Escalation Bug Disclosed For APUs

Thursday 18th of June 2020 12:29:38 PM
AMD has made public "SMM Callout Privilege Escalation" or more formally CVE-2020-12890 as an AGESA vulnerability that could lead to arbitrary code execution on APUs...

Zink Is Now OpenGL 3.0 Complete For Generic GL Over Vulkan

Thursday 18th of June 2020 11:04:51 AM
A few days ago I wrote about Zink now exposing GLSL 1.30 shader support as one of the few remaining hurdles for exposing OpenGL 3.0 support for this Gallium3D OpenGL-on-Vulkan implementation. It turns out this same week, Zink would already cross the significant OpenGL 3.0 milestone...

Krita 4.3 Released For This Leading Open-Source Digital Painting Application

Thursday 18th of June 2020 10:54:37 AM
Krita 4.3 is out today as the latest major feature release for this popular digital painting program. More than one thousand issues were fixed in this release plus introducing plenty of new functionality...

RADV+ACO Lands FP16 Features - One Step Closer To Making ACO The Default

Thursday 18th of June 2020 04:02:28 AM
The Mesa Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver's ACO shader compiler back-end has merged its FP16 related bits and in turn putting the ACO back-end very close to being enabled by default for this open-source AMD Vulkan driver...

AMD Posts New AMDGPU Patches For UVD Video Decode For GCN 1.0

Wednesday 17th of June 2020 10:40:08 PM
One of the main blockers from AMD Radeon GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" GPUs achieving feature parity when using the newer AMDGPU DRM kernel driver rather than the older "Radeon" DRM kernel driver has been in regards to UVD video decoding. But in 2020 it looks like that might finally change...

Intel oneDNN 1.5 Released With Non-x86 CPU Support, Initial Xe Graphics Support

Wednesday 17th of June 2020 08:58:12 PM
Intel's oneDNN 1.5 deep neural network library has been released that is part of their oneAPI initiative and formerly known as MKL-DNN and DNNL...

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Updated With WSL Support

Wednesday 17th of June 2020 06:12:04 PM
Along with Intel and NVIDIA offering new Windows drivers with WSL2 support, AMD has released an updated Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver with support for Windows Subsystem for Linux...

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