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PHP 7.3 Is In Ubuntu 19.10, PHP 7.4 Hopefully Will Make It Into Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 10:03:19 AM
One of the benefits of upgrading to Ubuntu Server 19.10 this month is for a newer version of PHP7 providing new features and better performance. While that took close to one year to land PHP 7.3 in Ubuntu 19.10, it looks like next spring's Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will be pulling in PHP 7.4 that is shipping later this year...

Panfrost Gallium3D Driver Focusing On Bettering The Arm Midgard Support

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 09:51:59 AM
While there hasn't been too much to write on it in recent weeks, the Panfrost Gallium3D driver within Mesa for Arm Midgard/Bifrost graphics continues chugging along. The latest work on it is switching over to a new scheduler for Midgard...

Steam Linux Marketshare Ticks Up Higher For September

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 01:05:30 AM
The Steam Linux marketshare measurement for September ticked up slightly and to the highest point we have seen in a a number of months...

GeForce RTX SUPER Linux Compute Performance - 18 GPU NVIDIA OpenCL Comparison

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 04:21:28 PM
Last week we began our belated NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER benchmarking by looking at the RTX 2060 / 2070 / 2080 SUPER Linux gaming performance in a 26-way graphics card comparison. For those more interested in the RTX SUPER graphics cards for their OpenCL compute performance potential, these benchmarks today are for you.

Intel's Inaugural Release Of OpenVKL Ties Into Their Promising oneAPI Rendering Toolkit

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 01:46:00 PM
While announced some months ago, today in-step with the OSPray 2.0 Alpha ray-tracing release is the inaugural development release of the Open Volume Kernel Library (OpenVKL)...

Intel Sends Out Initial USB 4.0 Support For The Linux Kernel

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 01:00:11 PM
Intel open-source engineers have sent out their initial patches wiring up USB 4.0 support for the Linux kernel...

Significant Performance & Perf-Per-Watt Gains Coming For Intel CPUs On Linux Schedutil

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 11:03:38 AM
Sadly not making it for the just-closed Linux 5.4 merge window but hopefully something we could see in Linux 5.5 is recent patches on "frequency invariance" in optimizing the Schedutil frequency scaling governor that will really benefit Intel CPUs and improve their performance by double digits...

Phoronix Test Suite 9.0.1 Available Along With Several New/Updated Test Profiles

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 10:36:21 AM
As a minor update following last month's Phoronix Test Suite 9.0 release, version 9.0.1 is now available and also for all PTS users are a number of new/updated test profiles via

Steam, Open-Source Intel & Ryzen 3000 / EPYC's Continued Domination Rocked September

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 10:05:57 AM
It was another busy September on Phoronix with 298 original Linux/open-source news articles and 22 featured articles / hardware reviews written by your's truly. There was an interesting combination of both hardware and software happenings over the past month, so here is your convenient recap...

Unofficial Radeon ROCm Packages Re-Enable APU Support

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 09:55:00 AM
Over a year ago the AMD APU support in the Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) stack was quietly removed and has yet to be re-enabled in the upstream ROCm packages. But should you be wanting to use ROCm for their compute APIs or OpenCL on APUs, unofficial Ubuntu packages are now available to provide this capability...

Intel's OSPray 2.0 Enters Alpha With Many Changes For This Ray-Tracing Engine

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 09:43:15 AM
Ahead of the oneAPI beta expected this quarter, Intel's OSPray ray-tracing engine that is set to be part of the oneAPI rendering tool-kit is embarking on its next major release...

Intel's Clear Linux Upgrades Its Performance-Optimized Desktop To GNOME 3.34

Monday 30th of September 2019 11:35:33 PM
For those that had been interested in GNOME 3.34 for Intel's Clear Linux when running their developer-focused, performance-optimized desktop those packages have now landed...

Linux 5.4-rc1 Kernel Steps Forward With Next-Gen GPU Bits, Arm Laptop Support & exFAT

Monday 30th of September 2019 06:16:34 PM
It's coming one day late due to the last minute entropy/RNG patches to improve the random behavior during boot time (among other late patches), but Linus Torvalds has just tagged Linux 5.4-rc1 as what will be the last major stable kernel release of 2019...

Raspbian 2019-09-26 Has Raspberry Pi SPI EEPROM Updater, NTFS-3G Added

Monday 30th of September 2019 05:19:37 PM
Raspbian 2019-09-26 is out as the latest version of this Debian-based Linux distribution that leads the default OS experience for Raspberry Pi devices...

Xfce's xfce4-panel Says Farewell To GTK2 Support

Monday 30th of September 2019 04:00:18 PM
Following last month's release of Xfce 4.14 that transitioned from GTK2 to GTK3 as its tool-kit, old remnants of GTK2 support are now being nuked...

LuxCoreRender 2.2 Released With Intel Open Image Denoise Yields Faster Render Times

Monday 30th of September 2019 02:44:10 PM
LuxCoreRender, the open-source physically based renderer for execution on CPUs as well as OpenCL accelerators / GPUs, is out with version 2.2 and now integrates Intel's open-source Open Image Denoise...

The Xeon vs. EPYC Performance With Intel's oneAPI Embree & OSPray Render Projects

Monday 30th of September 2019 11:37:40 AM
With Intel seemingly ramping up work on their open-source OSPray portable ray-tracing engine now that they have pulled it under their oneAPI umbrella as part of a forthcoming rendering tool-kit, I figured it would be the latest interesting candidate for benchmarking of AMD EPYC 7742 vs. Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 performance. In addition, the Embree ray-tracing kernels are also being benchmarked as part of this performance comparison.

Intel Releasing FSP For Xeon Scalable Skylake-SP For Coreboot Support

Monday 30th of September 2019 10:16:43 AM
Intel in cooperation with Facebook have announced they are releasing a Firmware Support Package (FSP) to allow Xeon Scalable "Skylake-SP" to boot with Coreboot...

Linux 5.4 Will Try When Needed To Actively Generate RNG Entropy To Avoid Boot Problems

Monday 30th of September 2019 09:57:01 AM
Linux 5.4-rc1 didn't end up being released on Sunday night as is tradition but instead there were some last-minute critical patches that landed around the kernel's handling of the random number generator / entropy at boot-time...

GCC Developers Look At Transitioning Their Codebase To C++11

Monday 30th of September 2019 08:32:02 AM
Seven years after the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) developers began transitioning their codebase from C to C++, they are now discussing the prospects of adopting C++11 as their allowed C++ standard revision for developing this open-source compiler...