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New Intel Linux Graphics Driver Patches Aim For Better vGPU Performance

Wednesday 9th of September 2020 04:00:00 AM
Proposed last year were a set of patches aiming to improve the Intel virtual GPU "vGPU" performance in para-virtualized cases by having optimizations around the shared memory region between the guest and Intel GVTg code. With optimizing the workload PV submission and PPGTT PV updates, the glxgears performance could improve by 30~50% while for large media/3D workloads was more around a 4% average improvement...

The Many Mutter + Shell Improvements Coming With GNOME 3.38

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 10:13:19 PM
With GNOME 3.38 due to be released next week, the GNOME Shell and Mutter development blog has put out their overview of all the improvements and new features to expect...

Android 11 Released, Now Available Via Open-Source Project

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 07:32:29 PM
Google engineers today celebrating pushing the Android 11 sources to the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP) as part of the official Android 11 release...

Fedora 34 KDE Spin Planning Switch To Wayland

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 07:06:31 PM
For four years now since Fedora 25 the default GNOME Shell desktop environment has been using Wayland by default. Next spring with Fedora 34, the KDE Spin is finally planning a similar migration to use Wayland by default with the KDE Plasma desktop...

Intel AMT Hit By Another "Critical" Security Vulnerability

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 06:39:02 PM
Intel's September 2020 security advisories were posted today and include four security advisories around nine vulnerabilities...

Zink OpenGL-Over-Vulkan Driver - Performance Is Turning Out Better Than Expected

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 02:07:30 PM
When looking at the performance of Zink's OpenGL over Vulkan implementation just about one year ago the performance had a lot to be desired. But since then they have patches bringing it all the way to OpenGL 4.6 compared to the OpenGL 2.1 days and there has also been a lot of work on the performance. The performance at least for select operations is now turning out better than even the developers were expecting...

Intel Lands Adaptive-Sync/VRR Into Modesetting X.Org Driver

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 01:41:37 PM
With Intel Gen11 graphics and newer supporting Adaptive-Sync / Variable Refresh Rate for minimizing tearing and stuttering, their open-source developers have now added the necessary bits to the generic xf86-video-modesetting X.Org driver for supporting the VRR functionality...

Hikari 2.2 Wayland Compositor Adds Support For WayVNC, Other Features

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 01:03:05 PM
Hikari, the FreeBSD-focused Wayland compositor that also works on Linux systems, is out with a new feature release...

GStreamer 1.18 Released With Better Windows Support, Intel SVT-HEVC

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 11:18:21 AM
GStreamer 1.18 is now available for this widely-used, cross-platform multimedia framework...

GNOME Power-Profiles-Daemon Taking Shape For Better System/Laptop Power Controls

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 04:00:00 AM
The GNOME Power Profiles Daemon (power-profiles-daemon) has begun taking shape over the past few weeks for ultimately allowing better controls over system power preferences with different profiles...

Inkscape 1.0.1 Released With Many Fixes, Experimental Scribus PDF Export

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 12:30:31 AM
Following the major Inkscape 1.0 release happening back in May for this very popular, cross-platform vector graphics program there is the first point release now available...

KDevelop 5.6 IDE Brings Better Stability, Performance

Monday 7th of September 2020 09:21:10 PM
Version 5.6 of KDevelop as the KDE-focused integrated development environment is now available...

Ubuntu 20.10 Adding Active Directory Support To The Installer

Monday 7th of September 2020 04:32:16 PM
The "Ubiquity" installer used by the Ubuntu desktop is set to feature Active Directory (AD) integration with the upcoming Ubuntu 20.10 release...

V3DV Driver For Raspberry Pi Closing In On Vulkan 1.0

Monday 7th of September 2020 03:26:10 PM
The V3DV open-source Vulkan driver being developed by consulting firm Igalia for the Raspberry Pi Foundation is nearing official support for Vulkan 1.0...

Dynamic Triple Buffering For GNOME Still Being Worked On To Ramp Up The GPU When Needed

Monday 7th of September 2020 02:10:42 PM
Proposed earlier this summer for GNOME's Mutter was the idea of triple buffering the desktop when the GPU is running behind in order to ideally cause that extra load to ramp up the GPU clock frequencies in order to in turn get back on track with rendering the desktop on-time. A third version of that work is now brewing albeit too late to see with the imminent GNOME 3.38.0 release...

AV2 Is In R&D As The Eventual Successor To The AV1 Video Codec

Monday 7th of September 2020 01:36:49 PM
While AV1 adoption is still taking off and finally seeing desktop hardware with AV1 decode, given the time it takes to develop a new high-end video codec it shouldn't come as too much surprise that "AV2" is already being explored...

Intel Releases SVT-AV1 0.8.5 With More AV1 Encoder Improvements

Monday 7th of September 2020 11:31:09 AM
Intel's open-source SVT-AV1 encoder that is now being used as the basis for the AV1 Software Working Group and used by Netflix and other organizations for being one of the most performant CPU-based AV1 encoders is out with a new release...

Vulkan 1.2.153 Released As Development Switches To "Main"

Monday 7th of September 2020 11:09:35 AM
Vulkan 1.2.153 doesn't come with any new extensions or major changes aside from an important fundamental change if you are interacting with their Git repository...

Gentoo's Portage 3.0 Stabilized With Much Faster Dependency Calculations

Monday 7th of September 2020 10:46:03 AM
Gentoo's Portage 3.0 package manager has been stabilized and ready to shine...

Linux 5.9-rc4 Kernel Released

Monday 7th of September 2020 12:45:20 AM
Linus Torvalds took some time out of his US Labor Day weekend to issue the fourth weekly release candidate of the Linux 5.9 kernel...

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This week in KDE: fixing up Plasma 5.20

Okular’s editable forms are no longer mis-rendered when inertially scrolling (Kezi Olio, Okular 1.11.2) When your scanner can almost but not quite fit a particular page size, Skanlite will now display the option to scan to that page size anyway (e.g. 215mm wide scan beds now give you the option to scan using the US Letter page size) (Kåre Särs, libksane 20.12) The text of Elisa’s keyboard shortcuts are now translated properly (Nikunj Goyal, Elisa 20.12) Clearing the clipboard history on Wayland no longer crashes Plasma (David Edmundson, Plasma 5.20) Improved the Plasma SVG cache heuristics such that various things which might sometimes be invisible after upgrading Plasma now show up like they’re supposed to (Arjen Hiemstra, Plasma 5.20) On Wayland, clicking on a Task Manager entry while that entry’s tooltip is visible no longer crashes Plasma (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 5.20) On Wayland, clicking on a Task Manager thumbnail now activates that window, as you would expect (Marco Martin, Plasma 5.20) Read more Also: KDE Plasma 5.20 Should Be Crashing A Lot Less Under Wayland

Legacy: Dennis Ritchie's Lost Dissertation and FTP Fadeout

  • Discovering Computer Legend Dennis Ritchie's Lost Dissertation
  • FTP Fadeout

    Here’s a small piece of news you may have missed while you were trying to rebuild your entire life to fit inside your tiny apartment at the beginning of the COVID crisis: Because of the way that the virus shook up just about everything, Google skipped the release of Chrome version 82. Who cares, you think? Well, users of FTP, or the File Transfer Protocol. During the pandemic, Google delayed its plan to kill FTP, and now that things have settled to some degree, Google recently announced that it is going back for the kill with Chrome version 86, which deprecates the support once again, and will kill it for good in Chrome 88. (Mozilla announced similar plans for Firefox, citing security reasons and the age of the underlying code.) It is one of the oldest protocols the mainstream [Internet] supports—it turns 50 next year—but those mainstream applications are about to leave it behind. Today’s Tedium talks about history of FTP, the networking protocol that has held on longer than pretty much any other.

virt-manager 3.0.0 released!

Yesterday I released virt-manager 3.0.0. Despite the major version number bump, things shouldn't look too different from the previous release. For me the major version number bump reflects certain feature removals (like dropping virt-convert), and the large amount of internal code changes that were done, though there's a few long awaited features sprinkled in like virt-install --cloud-init support which I plan to write more about later. Read more Also: virt-install --cloud-init support