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NVMeTCP Offload Bits Coming For Linux 5.14 To Lower CPU Utilization, Better Latency

Saturday 5th of June 2021 01:07:00 PM
Adding to other networking changes queuing up for the upcoming Linux 5.14 cycle, NVMeTCP Offload has begun landing into "net-next" ahead of this next kernel merge window...

-O3 Compiler Optimization Level Still Deemed Too Unsafe For The Linux Kernel

Saturday 5th of June 2021 11:15:15 AM
Due to not too old versions of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) possibly generating bad code with the "-O3" compiler optimization level and sometimes there not being performance benefits, Linus Torvalds remains against using this optimization flag when compiling the Linux kernel...

Wine-Staging 6.10 Ships With Just Under 600 Patches Atop Upstream Wine

Saturday 5th of June 2021 10:15:36 AM
It's been a few releases since there has been much in the way of new additions to Wine-Staging worth talking about. This staging/experimental version of Wine has at some points carried 700+ patches over upstream Wine but with not many new patches introduced recently while the flow of patches from staging to upstream Wine continuing, at this point its down to "only" 571 patches. With today's Wine-Staging 6.10 there are also some new improvements incorporated into this build...

KDE Gears Up For The Plasma 5.22 Release Next Week

Saturday 5th of June 2021 09:51:59 AM
Next week will mark the release of the Plasma 5.22 desktop with its Wayland support now much more mature alongside various performance improvements and a variety of other enhancements. Plasma 5.22 is a big step forward while already some feature work is going into Plasma 5.23 and the next round of KDE application updates...

Wine 6.10 Released With Newer Mono, Updated AppData Paths

Friday 4th of June 2021 07:49:32 PM
As another cork to pop on the Phoronix 17th birthday weekend, Wine 6.10 has been released for running Windows applications and games on Linux...

NVIDIA 470.76 WSL Driver Released

Friday 4th of June 2021 07:25:33 PM
While waiting for NVIDIA to publicly launch a beta of their much anticipated 470 Linux driver series, today they issued a new 470.76 release of their WSL "Windows Subsystem for Linux" driver...

LLVM Clang 12 Leading Over GCC 11 Compiler Performance On Intel Xeon Scalable Ice Lake

Friday 4th of June 2021 03:20:57 PM
Recently we have been running a number of compiler benchmarks looking at the recently released LLVM Clang 12 and GCC 11 open-source code compilers. There is as healthy and competitive competition as ever between GCC and Clang with the mainline Linux kernel these days working well under Clang, more software projects shifting to Clang by default, and the performance being as tight as ever between GCC and Clang for compiled C/C++ code on x86_64 and AArch64. In today's article are benchmarks of Clang 12 vs. GCC 11 on the dual Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 Ice Lake server.

Linux's USB Audio Driver Aims For Latency Reduction

Friday 4th of June 2021 01:19:12 PM
With the upcoming Linux 5.14 cycle, the USB sound driver will ideally exhibit lower latency when starting playback...

Haiku OS Continues Making Progress On RISC-V, Adds Stack Protection

Friday 4th of June 2021 10:35:45 AM
The Haiku open-source operating system inspired by BeOS continues advancing with work ranging from their hardware support and low-level kernel features up through user-interface work...

Wasmer 2.0 WebAssembly Runtime Is Near With Much Faster Performance

Friday 4th of June 2021 09:48:16 AM
WASM3 v0.5 released this week for that WebAssembly interpreter that claims to be the fastest. The Wasmer WebAssembly runtime for WASI/EmScripten meanwhile released its initial 2.0 release candidates this week where it's been upping the performance...

Atari VCS Controller Support Added To SDL2

Friday 4th of June 2021 09:33:22 AM
Ahead of the long-awaited Atari VCS game console launching this month, the SDL2 library has added the mapping for the Linux game console's controllers...

Arm Releases ASTC Encoder 3.0 With Even Better Performance

Friday 4th of June 2021 07:00:00 AM
Arm has released version 3.0 of its encoder for Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC), the lossy compression algorithm popular with OpenGL (ES) and Vulkan that is royalty-free and available through official extensions...

Chrome 92 Beta Released With File Handling API, Other Developer Additions

Friday 4th of June 2021 12:36:26 AM
Following last week's stable release of Chrome 91, Google has now promoted Chrome 92 to beta...

FUTEX2 Linux Patches Updated To Support Variable-Sized Futexes

Thursday 3rd of June 2021 09:46:01 PM
One of the elusive kernel patch series we have been eager to see for the mainline Linux kernel has just been spun up a fourth time...

CentOS Linux 8 2105 Released As RHEL 8.4 Equivalent

Thursday 3rd of June 2021 09:03:04 PM
While CentOS Linux 8 is being discontinued at the end of the year in favor of Red Hat focusing those resources on CentOS Stream, CentOS Linux 8 2105 was released today as the newest version that is now based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 sources...

AMD Teasing 8 June Launch Event For New Radeon Card

Thursday 3rd of June 2021 08:46:51 PM
Following this week's big AMD keynote at the virtual Computex 2021, AMD just sent out emails teasing another launch event coming next week...

NVMe 2.0 Released As A Library Of Specifications With ZNS, Simple Copy + More

Thursday 3rd of June 2021 06:11:46 PM
NVM Express Inc today published NVMe 2.0 as a family/library of specifications rather than being a monolithic specification in order to allow them to advance faster and independently of each other...

NVIDIA 460.84 Linux Driver Released With GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Support

Thursday 3rd of June 2021 01:01:18 PM
NVIDIA has now published the 460.84 Linux driver as the latest in their long-lived 460 driver series...

AMD Queues More Beige Goby Bring-Up, 16bpc Format For Vulkan, Smart Shift For Linux 5.14

Thursday 3rd of June 2021 10:29:14 AM
AMD has submitted their latest batch of feature work on the AMDGPU kernel graphics driver to DRM-Next of new material queuing for the upcoming Linux 5.14 cycle...

GRUB Adds Backup/Restore Safeguard, Support For Going Beyond Year 2038

Thursday 3rd of June 2021 10:13:11 AM
The GRUB bootloader saw some fresh feature work merged this week...

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