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Linux 5.4 Features Are Huge From exFAT To New GPUs To Enabling Lots Of New Hardware

Sunday 29th of September 2019 02:20:00 PM
The Linux 5.4 merge window is set to end today with the release of Linux 5.4-rc1. With the major pull requests in, here is a look at the prominent changes and new features coming with Linux 5.4. As is standard practice, there will be about eight weekly release candidates of Linux 5.4 prior to officially releasing this kernel as stable in late November or potentially early December depending upon how the cycle plays out.

KVM Changes For Linux 5.4 Fix Performance Regression, Add UMWAIT Support

Sunday 29th of September 2019 01:00:00 PM
A second batch of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) changes for the Linux 5.4 kernel have landed...

Intel's SNA 2D Acceleration Code Sees Rare Activity

Sunday 29th of September 2019 12:27:54 PM
Intel's SNA "Sandybridge New Acceleration" for 2D acceleration via their deprecated xf86-video-intel X.Org driver has seen some improvements, which is rare these days considering the for this driver that has been in perpetual version 3.0 development for the past six years...

The Linux Kernel Firms Up The Process For Dealing With Nasty Hardware Vulnerabilities

Sunday 29th of September 2019 12:09:15 PM
With all of the CPU security bugs over the past two years and heightened concerns about hardware vulnerabilities in general, the upstream Linux kernel has been working to create a formal process for dealing with the disclosure process and addressing said issues within the kernel code...

KDE Developers Begin Pushing Improvements For Plasma 5.18

Sunday 29th of September 2019 11:35:47 AM
With Plasma 5.17 releasing soon, developers have begun pushing changes targeted for Plasma 5.18. The KDE Plasma 5.18 release isn't set to arrive until next February but if any of the recent releases are an indication, it should be another exciting and solid release...

It Turns Out CPU Speculative Execution Can Be Useful For Random Entropy / RNG

Sunday 29th of September 2019 04:00:26 AM
While CPU speculative execution has caused a lot of frustrations over the past two years due to the likes of the Spectre vulnerabilities, it turns out CPU speculative execution can be exploited to be a viable source of random entropy for random number generators...

Richard Stallman Reportedly Steps Down As Head Of The GNU Project

Sunday 29th of September 2019 12:02:46 AM
It was just two days ago that Richard Stallman said he would continue as head of the GNU project after last week having resigned as head of the Free Software Foundation (as well as his post at MIT), but this afternoon he reportedly has stepped down from his GNU leadership role...

Fresh Video Encode/Decode Benchmark Numbers For Xeon Platinum 8280 vs. EPYC 7742

Saturday 28th of September 2019 10:39:04 PM
Given recent updates to the Intel Scalable Video Technology (SVT) open-source video encoders as well as other open-source video encoders/decoders, here is a fresh look at the performance of the AMD EPYC 7742 2P server against the Intel competition with the dual Xeon Platinum 8280...

Linux 5.4 Pulls In LOCKDOWN Support For Opt-In Hardware/Kernel Security Restrictions

Saturday 28th of September 2019 04:23:31 PM
While yesterday Linus Torvalds was still undecided on whether to pull in the long-revised "LOCKDOWN" kernel patches and wanted to review them patch-by-patch, following that lengthy examination he has decided to indeed land this opt-in restricted functionality for Linux 5.4...

Java Applications On GNOME Under Wayland Will Now Behave Better

Saturday 28th of September 2019 02:35:49 PM
For those running the GNOME Wayland session and having issues with windows not grabbing keyboard input after a child window is closed with Java applications like IntelliJ, Mutter has landed a fix...

Wine-Staging 4.17 Brings Raw Input For Overwatch, StarCitizen & Other Games

Saturday 28th of September 2019 11:27:26 AM
Wine 4.17 was released yesterday that merged the DXTn support and other improvements from Wine-Staging. Meanwhile Wine-Staging 4.17 is out today to re-up their game with now more than 850 patches in total against upstream Wine...

IO_uring Is More Polished With Linux 5.4

Saturday 28th of September 2019 11:08:39 AM
Added back during the Linux 5.1 cycle was IO_uring for fast and efficient I/O. This new interface allows for queue rings to be shared between the application and kernel to avoid excess copies and other efficiency improvements over the existing Linux AIO code. With Linux 5.4, IO_uring is in even better shape...

Radeon ROCm 2.8 Released But Still Without Navi Support

Saturday 28th of September 2019 08:14:58 AM
AMD released Radeon Open Compute 2.8 (ROCm 2.8) for ending out September. But to some surprise and sadness, this open-source Radeon GPU compute stack still isn't supporting the Navi GPUs...

RPM 4.15 Released With Experimental Rootless Chroot Support

Saturday 28th of September 2019 05:35:40 AM
RPM 4.15 is officially out this week as the newest version of the RPM Package Manager most often associated with Red Hat / Fedora systems...

Oracle Reaffirms Supporting Solaris 11 Through Part Of The Next Decade

Saturday 28th of September 2019 04:05:50 AM
Oracle has reaffirmed their "long term commitment to deliver innovation on Oracle Solaris" though it still doesn't look like anything past Solaris 11 will materialize...

A Last Call For Our Phoronix Premium 2019 Autumn Special

Saturday 28th of September 2019 03:37:22 AM
Just a friendly reminder in case you wanted to help support our open-source/Linux news coverage, Linux hardware reviews, and benchmarking work...

DXVK 1.4.1 Released With Workarounds For Batman: Arkham City, Hitman 2

Friday 27th of September 2019 09:55:32 PM
DXVK lead developer Philip Rebohle has done another weekly update to DXVK for helping weekend gamers have the best Steam Play / Proton experience...

Wine 4.17 Adds DXTn Compressed Textures, Windows Script Runtime Library

Friday 27th of September 2019 09:08:14 PM
Wine 4.17 has been uncorked for weekend testing as the newest bi-weekly feature development release of this open-source project for running Windows games/applications on Linux and other platforms...

Linus Torvalds Hasn't Yet Decided On "LOCKDOWN" Functionality For Linux 5.4

Friday 27th of September 2019 07:10:25 PM
The Linux 5.4 kernel merge window is set to close this weekend and as of writing it's still yet to be decided by Linus Torvalds whether to accept the kernel "lockdown" functionality feature for this release...

Linux 5.4 To Allow Adjusting Intel TCC Thermal Activation Offset For Better Performance

Friday 27th of September 2019 06:21:47 PM
In addition to adding Intel Icelake support to the kernel's processor thermal / int340x code, there is an interesting change with the thermal management updates for Linux 5.4 to potentially boost the performance on Intel platforms...