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Linux 5.9 Released With Initial AMD RDNA 2 GPU Enablement, Other New Hardware Support

Sunday 11th of October 2020 09:37:44 PM
Linus Torvalds has just released Linux 5.9 as stable...

The AMD Radeon Graphics Driver Makes Up Roughly 10.5% Of The Linux Kernel

Sunday 11th of October 2020 07:05:00 PM
Given the impending release of Linux 5.9, I was having some fun with cloc today looking at the current lines of code count for this near-final Linux 5.9 kernel state...

Pitivi 2020.09 Video Editor Released With Better Stability, Many New Features

Sunday 11th of October 2020 03:49:03 PM
Pitivi 2020.09 is now available (well, actually, was tagged ten days ago but only announced today) as the first release for this GNOME video editor solution since Pitivi 0.999 back in August 2018...

There Are Many Changes To Look Forward To With The Linux 5.10 Kernel

Sunday 11th of October 2020 01:55:38 PM
The Linux 5.9 kernel is expected for release this evening which will in turn kick off the Linux 5.10 merge window for the next two weeks. As we've already been closely monitoring the various "-next" development trees in recent weeks of material building up for this next cycle, here is a look at a portion of what's to come for this late 2020 kernel...

Arm Memory Tagging Extension Ready For Linux 5.10

Sunday 11th of October 2020 10:54:12 AM
While the Linux 5.9 kernel isn't even being released until later today, the ARM64 architectural changes have already been mailed in ahead of the opening of the Linux 5.10 merge window...

Intel Continues Prepping PKS For The Linux Kernel (Protection Keys for Supervisor)

Sunday 11th of October 2020 04:09:12 AM
Intel engineers continue working on "Protection Keys for Supervisor" support for the Linux kernel as a feature coming to a future generation of processors (presumably Sapphire Rapids). The initial users of this PKS support will be helping to protect persistent memory as well as adding safeguards to Trusted Keys within the Linux kernel...

AMD Adds New AMDGPU LLVM Targets For Older GPUs In Cleanup

Sunday 11th of October 2020 12:38:27 AM
Seeing new AMDGPU targets added to mainline LLVM for aging Radeon GFX7/GFX8 graphics hardware wasn't what I expected to see this weekend...

Intel Media SDK 20.3 Released With AV1 Decode, Rocket Lake + DG1/SG1 Support

Saturday 10th of October 2020 06:39:40 PM
Just over one week ago Intel released the Media Driver 2020.3 with Gen12/Xe AV1 decode and other improvements for their quarterly feature release of this open-source video acceleration driver. They have also now released their adjoining Media SDK 20.3 open-source update...

KDE Plasma 5.21 To Bring Multi-GPU Support For Wayland

Saturday 10th of October 2020 03:45:40 PM
KDE developers have been busy not only putting the finishing touches on the soon to be released Plasma 5.20 but also early feature work continues on what will be Plasma 5.21...

AMD Sends Out Latest SFH Linux Driver Patches

Saturday 10th of October 2020 12:49:15 PM
It was in January that AMD finally published an open-source Linux driver for their Sensor Fusion Hub used by AMD Ryzen laptops for various sensor functionality. As we approach the end of the year this driver still hasn't been mainlined yet but a new revision was sent out on Friday...

RADV ACO Lands NGG Geometry Shader Support

Saturday 10th of October 2020 10:27:47 AM
Adding to the growing list of Mesa 20.3 features is now RADV ACO supporting NGG GS. Or rather, the Radeon Vulkan driver with the ACO back-end now supports geometry shaders with Next-Gen Geometry (NGG) as found on newer AMD GPUs...

Wine-Staging 5.19 Adds Windows.Networking.Connectivity

Saturday 10th of October 2020 07:48:25 AM
Following yesterday's release of Wine 5.19, the developers responsible for the Wine-Staging have issued their corresponding update for this codebase that adds 600+ patches currently undergoing testing...

Intel's Latest Compute Code Is Enabling OpenCL 3.0 For All Hardware Since Broadwell

Saturday 10th of October 2020 04:00:00 AM
Intel's next Compute Runtime release is going to be exciting as OpenCL 3.0 will be enabled for all graphics hardware found going back to Broadwell CPUs...

A Last Call For The 2020 Phoronix Premium Oktoberfest Special

Saturday 10th of October 2020 03:59:00 AM
Just a friendly reminder and last call that if you wanted to partake in this week's 2020 "Oktoberfest" Phoronix Premium special, it is ending this weekend...

Wine 5.19 Released With A Variety Of Changes

Friday 9th of October 2020 09:12:27 PM
Wine 5.19 is out as the latest bi-weekly development release of this software for running Windows games/applications on Linux and other platforms...

EXT4 "Fast Commits" Coming For Big Performance Boost In Ordered Mode

Friday 9th of October 2020 06:51:48 PM
After being in development for more than one year, it looks like with Linux 5.10 there will be EXT4 fast commit support...

The Current Intel Coffee Lake Mitigation Performance Impact With Linux 5.9

Friday 9th of October 2020 06:07:11 PM
Of the many new features in Linux 5.9 with its debut set for this weekend, one of the performance-related changes is Intel FSGSBASE support finally being mainlined. A half-decade after the Linux patches first appeared for this feature present in Intel CPUs going back to Ivy Bridge, the mainline kernel is now patched for this feature that can help out I/O and other context switching heavy workloads. Given many of the same workloads were negatively impacted by the CPU security mitigations of recent years, here is a look at the current mitigated vs. unmitigated performance difference on the Linux 5.9 kernel with an Intel Core i9 9900K CPU for reference on how the mitigation impact is on recent versions of the Linux kernel.

Paragon Sends Out Latest NTFS Read-Write Linux Driver Patches

Friday 9th of October 2020 02:45:47 PM
Back in August was the big surprise of file-system driver vendor Paragon Software wanting to mainline their NTFS driver into the Linux kernel that is much more advanced than the existing NTFS Linux driver. While not merged yet, on Friday the latest version was sent out for review...

KDE Plasma Mobile Has Been Making Great Progress

Friday 9th of October 2020 01:00:25 PM
Not only is the Plasma 5.20 desktop shining and more Wayland improvements and other enhancements queuing for Plasma 5.21, but the Plasma Mobile effort is also beginning to shine...

The Linux Kernel Preparing To Take Advantage Of The Intel DSA / ENQCMD In Sapphire Rapids

Friday 9th of October 2020 10:46:39 AM
Expected with next year's Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPUs is the Intel DSA as the Data Streaming Accelerator for high performance data movement and transformation operations. Since the end of 2019 there have been Linux patches surfacing for bringing up the DSA support and now as we roll into 2021 the Linux kernel looks to begin making use of the new capabilities...

More in Tux Machines

Single Points of Failure and Proprietary Entrapment (Microsoft GitHub)

  • Ahmad Haghighi: GitLab blocked Iranians’ access.

    On 3rd Oct. 2020 GitLab blocked Iranians’ access (based on IP) without any prior notice! and five days later (8th Oct.) my friend’s account blocked and still he doesn’t have any access to his projects! even after creating a ticket and asks for a temporary access to only export his projects! GitLab refused to unblock him! (screenshot in appendix). My friend is not the only one who blocked by GitLab, with a simple search on the web you can find a growing list of blocked accounts. So I decided to move from GtiLab and EVERY Free Software based/hosted/managed on/in USA. When it comes to USA policies, Free Software is a Joke :) GitLab is not the only actor in this discrimination against Persian/Iranian people, we also blocked by GitHub, Docker, NPM, Google Developer, Android, AWS, Go, Kubernetes and etc.

  • ‘youtube-dl’ downloading software removed from GitHub by RIAA takedown notice

    This takedown notice does not necessarily spell the permanent end of youtube-dl. GitHub always immediately takes down any source code project that receives a DMCA notice like this, but the project’s creators will have an opportunity to file a counterclaim in the hopes of restoring youtube-dl’s status on GitHub. We’ll be keeping an eye on the situation as it develops.

  • RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music

    YouTube-DL is pretty simple to use: you give the command-line program the URL of any YouTube video, and it will fetch the material and save it to your computer for future playback.

  • Recording Industry Association of America Gets Youtube-dl Kicked Off GitHub

    Microsoft GitHub has removed all traces of the very useful youtube-dl utility for downloading videos from YouTube and other websites, including this one, following a questionable DMCA request from the Recording Industry Association of America.

    youtube-dl is a simple command-line utility that lets you easily download audio adn videos from just about any website with a file file embedded in it. It works on sites like this one. A lot of software, including the popular video player mpv, can use it to download video fragments on the fly so videos embedded in web pages can be opened and played as if they were local files.

    The Recording Industry Association of America submitted a DMCA request to Microsoft GitHub demanding that youtube-dl gets removed from the Internet on October 23rd, 2020. The complaint contains this rather misleading claim: [...]

today's howtos

  • How to install NotepadQQ on Linux

    NotepadQQ is an exciting application that attempts to bring Linux users what Notepad++ does on Windows: an impressive, Microsoft Notepad-like text editor that supports various programming languages and other useful features. Here’s how to get it installed on your Linux system.

  • How to Install and Configure Squid Proxy on Ubuntu 20.04 | Linuxize

    Squid is a full-featured caching proxy supporting popular network protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It can be used to improve the web server’s performance by caching repeated requests, filter web traffic, and access geo-restricted content. This tutorial explains how to set up a Squid Proxy on Ubuntu 20.04 and configure Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers to use it.

  • How to set up the Jellyfin media server on Linux

    The Jellyfin developers offer up a myriad of ways to install the media server on the Linux platform. From Docker to downloadable DEBs and custom packages in the Arch Linux AUR. In this guide, we’ll focus on downloadable packages. However, if you are an advanced Linux user and know how to use Docker, click here to get your hands on it. To start installing Jellyfin on your Linux server, open up a terminal window via SSH or by physically sitting in front of it. After that, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below.

  • libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention

    The libtraceevent package prior to version 5.9-1 was missing a soname link. This has been fixed in 5.9-1, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked files created by ldconfig.

  • Parabola GNU/Linux-libre: [From Arch] libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention
  • How to Install and Configure FreeNAS 11.3 U5 Storage on VMware Workstation - SysAdmin

    This video tutorial shows how to install and configure FreeNAS 11.3 U5 Storage on VMware Workstation step by step.

  • How to check the sshd Logs on Linux? – Linux Hint

    sshd stands for Secure SHell Daemon. It is a hidden process that silently listens to all the authentication and login attempts of the Linux operating system. It is especially helpful if you are trying to figure out any unauthorized login attempts to your system. In this article, how to check the sshd Logs on Linux is explained.

  • How to Check If a Port Is in Use in Linux – Linux Hint

    At any single instance, multiple ports can be open in your system, so it can be useful to determine which ports are open. This article shows you four possible methods to use to check whether a port is in use in Linux.

  • Best Books for Learning Linux – Linux Hint [Ed: Caution for spammy links in the referrer spam sense]

    Books are important learning resources for both beginners and experts, but with all the books available on the market, it may be difficult to choose just one. Here, we review five books on Linux to help you choose.

  • How to change Chrome profile name

    Chrome has support for multiple profiles. What differentiates one profile from the other is the Google account that is (or isn’t) connected to a profile. Users can create a new Chrome profile and sync it with their Google account, or they can skip adding an account and keep everything local. What a user cannot do is create a profile that has no name.

Android Leftovers

Audiocasts/Shows: Noodlings, Python Bytes, Going Linux, Linux in the Ham Shack and Hackaday

  • Noodlings | Inspiration Is Around You – CubicleNate's Techpad

    This is the 21st hot-pocket-sized podcast that won’t scorch roof of your mouth. I have a small collection of vintage or near vintage gaming consoles. I lean mostly in the Nintendo party as I think they have a great grasp on what is fun. I don’t always agree with many of their business practices but the entertainment they have provided is multi-generationally successful. In order to lower the wasted time of hooking these systems up to enjoy and better organize their presentation, I built a Gaming Rack that was inspired by watching a YouTube channel called Retro Recipes. Seeing how nicely laid out and easily enjoyed they were set up, I made the decision that I must adapt this idea to my little world.

  • Episode #204 Take the PSF survey and Will & Carlton drop by - [Python Bytes Podcast]

    Python Bytes podcast delivers headlines directly to your earbuds.

  • Going Linux #398

    In our second of two parts on editing and managing photos on Linux we describe a few additional applications for you to try. We share what they do but the trying is up to you! We also reveal what we are doing for our 400th episode.

  • LHS Episode #374: The Weekender LVIV | Linux in the Ham Shack

    It's time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain fun. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. Tell us how we're doing. We'd love to hear from you.

  • Hackaday Podcast 090: DIY Linux SBC, HDMI CEC, Fake Bluepills, And SCARA Arms | Hackaday

    Hackaday editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys chat about our favourite hacks from the past week. We start off with a bit of news of the Bennu asteroid and the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module. We drive ourselves crazy trying to understand how bobbin holders on sewing machines work, all while drooling over the mechanical brilliance of a bobbin-winding build. SCARA is the belt and pulley champion of robot arms and this week’s example cleverly uses redundant bearings for better precision. And we wrap up the show looking in on longform articles about the peppering of microcontrollers found on the Bluepill and wondering what breakthroughs are left to be found for internal combustion.