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GNOME 3.34's Mutter Lands A Last-Minute Performance Fix For NVIDIA

Monday 2nd of September 2019 10:42:01 AM
GNOME 3.34 is expected for release next Tuesday while squeezing into Mutter this morning is an important performance fix for those running GNOME on X11 with the NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver...

Wine-Staging 4.15 Released With Framework For PnP Drivers, Various Updated Patches

Monday 2nd of September 2019 12:10:26 AM
Based off Friday's Wine 4.15, Wine-Staging 4.15 is now available that has its 800+ existing patches while adding a number of new patches and updating functionality for some of the existing feature patches...

LLVM 9.0-RC3 Released With The Official Compiler Release Coming Soon

Sunday 1st of September 2019 02:26:41 PM
LLVM 9.0 is past due for release but it looks like this compiler stack along with sub-projects like Clang 9.0 could be released in the coming weeks...

EROFS Is Graduating From Staging In Linux 5.4

Sunday 1st of September 2019 01:35:59 PM
Linux 5.4 will be a big kernel on the file-system front as in addition to introducing the new VirtIO-FS and exFAT file-system support, Huawei's EROFS file-system will be graduating from staging...

AMD EPYC 7002 & Ryzen 3000 Series Dominated Linux Interest During August

Sunday 1st of September 2019 01:22:50 PM
When looking back over the 270 original news articles on Phoronix during August and our 17 featured Linux hardware reviews / benchmark articles, the majority of the most popular content came down to our continued testing of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors and the newly-launched AMD EPYC 7002 "Rome" processors...

Thank The NSA For Their Ghidra Software Now Helping Firmware Reverse Engineering

Sunday 1st of September 2019 11:28:42 AM
Ghidra is the open-source reverse engineering tool published by the US National Security Agency as an alternative to existing decompilers/disassemblers and other reverse engineering utilities. As noted earlier this summer, a Google Summer of Code project has been creating Ghidra plug-ins for helping with firmware reverse engineering...

GreenWithEnvy 0.13 Released For Better NVIDIA GPU Overclocking On Linux

Sunday 1st of September 2019 11:17:40 AM
It's been a number of months since last seeing a new release of GreenWithEnvy or hearing anything out of the project, but this weekend is finally a new version of this open-source overclocking panel for NVIDIA graphics cards on Linux...

KDE Gets A New "Recently Used" Implementation, Fixes App Reviews Showing In Discover

Sunday 1st of September 2019 11:11:56 AM
KDE had a busy final week to August...

AMD Has A Number Of Graphics Driver Fixes To Add For Linux 5.4

Saturday 31st of August 2019 02:20:12 PM
In addition to the new hardware support and other features queued already in DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 5.4 merge window, on Friday AMD sent in a final pull request to DRM-Next of new material ahead of this upcoming kernel cycle...

Wine Is Now In Better Shape On NetBSD Thanks To GSoC 2019

Saturday 31st of August 2019 12:10:05 PM
In addition to NetBSD seeing better DRM ioctl support for its Linux compatibility layer (as part of an effort towards possible Steam support) thanks to Google Summer of Code 2019, there were also Wine improvements as a result of this Google programming initiative...

Intel Icelake Thunderbolt Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 5.4

Saturday 31st of August 2019 11:43:10 AM
The Intel Icelake Linux support has largely been squared away for months but one lingering important feature for many is the Thunderbolt support and that's now set to be introduced with the upcoming Linux 5.4 version...

The EOMA68 Upgradeable ARM Board Faces Another Setback: HDMI Connectors Don't Fit

Saturday 31st of August 2019 11:09:37 AM
The EOMA68 computer card design was novel when first talked about for interchangeable Arm-based computer cards that could also be installed within laptops and other devices. But even after being worked on for years and raising more than $234k USD, it's still not ready yet to see the light of day...

GNOME's GUADEC 2019 Videos Available Online

Saturday 31st of August 2019 10:45:08 AM
This past week was GNOME's annual developer conference, GUADEC. Video recordings from all the presentations at this event in Thessaloniki, Greece are now online...

VirtIO-FS File-System Driver Being Added For Linux 5.4

Saturday 31st of August 2019 04:04:36 AM
In addition to the initial exFAT driver landing for Linux 5.4, also slated to land for this next kernel cycle is the VirtIO-FS file-system driver...

Wine 4.15 Brings Initial HTTP Service Implementation (HTTP.sys)

Friday 30th of August 2019 09:04:06 PM
Wine 4.15 is out for testing this US holiday weekend. With Wine 4.15 it brings an initial implementation of Windows' HTTP.sys as the HTTP protocol stack that is a kernel-mode driver that lists for HTTP requests and passes it onto Microsoft's IIS...

AMD Is Hiring For Coreboot Development, Sponsoring Open-Source Firmware Conference

Friday 30th of August 2019 06:46:54 PM
Back on the AMD EPYC 7002 "Rome" launch day I wrote about how AMD is working to return to open-source BIOS / Coreboot support and now there's further confirmation of their work in that direction...

The Initial exFAT Driver Queued For Introduction With The Linux 5.4 Kernel

Friday 30th of August 2019 05:30:58 PM
The Linux 5.4 kernel merge window will kick off in September and with this next kernel cycle the initial open-source exFAT file-system driver is set to be mainlined for supporting this Microsoft file-system, but it will premiere within the kernel's "staging" area for code of lesser, yet-to-be-proven quality...

ACRN 1.2 Hypervisor Released With Kata Containers Support, Secure Boot Capability

Friday 30th of August 2019 04:21:42 PM
The ACRN hypervisor that was open-sourced by Intel last year as a small footprint virtualization hypervisor focused on real-time computing and safety-critical applications for IoT and related embedded use-cases is up to version 1.2...

Clear Linux Offering Performance Advantages Even With Low-Power IoT/Edge Hardware

Friday 30th of August 2019 03:10:00 PM
While we are often testing Intel's Clear Linux on high-end desktop and server hardware, it turns out even on the opposite end of the spectrum that their performance-optimized distribution can offer meaningful performance advantages on low-end SoCs for IoT-type devices. When testing Clear Linux with an Apollolake platform, it came out to being about 20% faster than the likes of Fedora and Ubuntu Linux.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Power Usage Is Running Measurably Higher On Linux Than Windows

Friday 30th of August 2019 12:44:27 PM
Frequently brought up following our various Ryzen 3000 "Zen 2" benchmarks like the Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9 9900K gaming benchmarks is how the Ryzen 9 3900X is pulling considerably more power than the similarly equipped Intel Core i9 system and those numbers are higher than what is often cited by Windows reviewers as the difference. I've begun investigating that power difference and indeed quite quickly could see Linux power usage being higher than Windows 10...

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