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DMEMFS Is A Proposed Virtual File-System For Linux To Help Save Memory

Thursday 8th of October 2020 11:00:00 AM
Tencent developers have proposed "DMEMFS" as a virtual file-system with the intent of helping to save system memory on large servers such as in public cloud environments...

AMD Renoir On Linux Could Soon See Lower Power Consumption During Video Playback

Thursday 8th of October 2020 08:30:00 AM
It looks like for Linux 5.11 there could be lower power usage during video playback on DCN 2.1 hardware, namely AMD Renoir...

Kubuntu Focus M2 Launched As Latest KDE-Friendly Laptop

Thursday 8th of October 2020 05:02:47 AM
Launched at the start of the year was the Kubuntu Focus as a polished KDE laptop while now it's been succeeded by a second-generation model...

AMD RAPL PowerCap Patches Updated For Linux - Now Include Family 19h (Zen 3)

Thursday 8th of October 2020 04:09:21 AM
Patches from a Google engineer allow run-time average power limiting (RAPL) support for AMD Zen processors within the Linux PowerCap driver...

GIMP 2.10.22 Released With AVIF Image Support

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 07:32:26 PM
While GIMP 3.0 development drags on, the GIMP 2.10.x stable series continues seeing new and interesting point releases. Out today is GIMP 2.10.22 that now supports the AV1-based AVIF image format for import and export...

AMDGPU Linux Kernel Driver Support Posted For The "Dimgrey Cavefish"

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 04:44:08 PM
At the end of September there were Mesa patches posted for the "Dimgrey Cavefish" at the same time as also posting VanGogh APU support for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. The AMDGPU Linux kernel driver support has now been posted for the Dimgrey Cavefish...

DXVK 1.7.2 Released With Many Fixes For Direct3D Atop Vulkan

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 04:21:07 PM
DXVK 1.7.2 was just released as this popular library for mapping Direct3D 9/10/11 atop the Vulkan API primarily for accelerating Windows games on Linux via the likes of Steam Play (Proton) and Wine...

Blender 2.90 Performance With GeForce RTX 3080, 18-Way NVIDIA CUDA/OptiX Comparison

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 03:52:04 PM
Complementing yesterday's large GPU compute comparison with the GeForce RTX 3080 across many different workloads, today's article is looking at the Blender 2.90 render performance for this consumer Ampere $699+ graphics card.

Intel Releases OpenVINO 2021.1 With Tigerlake Support, Expanded Capabilities

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 02:14:48 PM
Ready to move past the tumultuous year that is 2020, Intel's open-source developers responsible for the OpenVINO toolkit today issued version 2021.1 with some big ticket additions...

NVIDIA 455.28 Released As Stable Linux Driver For RTX 3080/3090

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 01:22:12 PM
Last month marked the release of the 455.23.04 beta driver for NVIDIA Linux users in providing support for the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards. The NVIDIA 455.28 Linux driver is out today as their first official 455 series release and also stable RTX 3080/3090 Ampere support...

OpenZFS 2.0 Nears Release, OpenZFS 3.0 Could See macOS Support

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 10:34:21 AM
The virtual OpenZFS Developer Summit got underway on Tuesday with many interesting talks on the open-source work around the ZFS file-system...

A New Linux Kernel Framework To Help Ensure You Don't Burn Yourself On Hot Devices

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 07:00:00 AM
Linaro is working on the DTPF framework for the Linux kernel for meeting legal requirements around the maximum allowed case/contact temperature of devices...

Better Support For Newer Synaptics Laptop Touchpads Coming To Linux 5.10

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 04:00:00 AM
Synaptics has contributed RMI4 F3A support for Linux 5.10 to better the support for newer laptop touchpads...

ZFSOnLinux 0.8.5 Released With Support For Newer Kernels, Bug Fixes

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 12:32:12 AM
While the feature-packed OpenZFS 2.0 is on track for releasing before year's end as the evolution of ZFSOnLinux and now with FreeBSD support and many other improvements in tow, for those riding the ZFSOnLinux 0.8 stable series out today is v0.8.5...

Linux 5.10 To Have Initial Support For UEFI Booting On RISC-V

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 09:15:48 PM
It looks like the upcoming Linux 5.10 kernel cycle will be the first to bring initial support for UEFI booting on RISC-V hardware...

Chrome 86 Released With Native File-System, WebCodecs APIs

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 04:32:04 PM
Chrome 86 is out today as the latest feature release to Google's cross-platform web browser...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Offers Up Incredible Linux GPU Compute Performance

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 03:00:00 PM
Yesterday I finally received a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card from NVIDIA for being able to deliver the first of our Linux benchmarks on the new RTX 30 Ampere series. What is immediately clear is the huge performance uplift for OpenCL and CUDA workloads with the RTX 3080 compared to its predecessors. The raw performance and even performance-per-dollar is staggering out of the GeForce RTX 3080 with the initial tests carried out on Ubuntu Linux. Linux gaming benchmarks will be out in the days ahead but for now is a look at the RTX 3080 compute performance across dozens of benchmarks and going as far back as the GeForce GTX 980 series for comparison.

Qt 6.0 Alpha Released

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 12:38:43 PM
Even with the tumultuous year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Qt Company is still on track for delivering the Qt 6.0 toolkit release before year's end...

Intel's Patches Discussed For Exposing Hybrid CPU Topology Via Sysfs

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 10:50:53 AM
Last week open-source developers at Intel began sending out Linux patches for supporting hybrid CPUs particularly ahead of 12th Gen "Alder Lake" coming to market with a mix of Golden Cove and Gracemont cores. Following that article last week, more patches hit the list in exposing the hybrid CPU topology to user-space...

Google Is Adding Support For Metadata Encryption To F2FS

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 10:30:45 AM
F2FS as the Flash-Friendly File-System has long supported transparent file-system encryption via Linux's FSCRYPT framework but now Google engineers are working on allowing the file-system metadata to also be encrypted...

More in Tux Machines

System76's Pop!_OS 20.10 and More Preinstalled GNU/Linux

  • Pop!_OS 20.10

    Today we are looking at Pop!_OS 20.10.  It is based on Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Kernel 5.8, Gnome 3.38, and uses about 1.1GB of ram when idling.  

  • Pop!_OS 20.10 Run Through - YouTube

    In this video, we are looking at Pop!_OS 20.10. 

  • This Linux laptop is a beast - Juno Computers Neptune 15 First Impressions

    I received this beast on tuesday. It's made by a company you might not have heard of, called Juno computers. They operate ouf of London, and much like Slimbook or Tuxedo, they offer laptops based on Clevo designs, as well as desktops. Disclaimer: I haven't received any money for this video, and I don't get to keep the laptop either, so be nice ;)

ScummVM Android Love

Our new and shiny Android port for ScummVM v2.2.1 is now live on the Google Play Store. After quite a long period of dedicated work from our team developers, and a month of public beta testing by members of our community who helpfully reported quite a few issues for us to address, we are finally ready to give you the stable release for our ScummVM Android app. This app has been significantly re-written and tested on modern Android devices, running up to Android 10+. It includes new features which bring it up to speed with the desktop ScummVM application, such as FluidSynth support, Cloud Saves and more localization choices for the UI. Also included is the Local File Server (LAN) feature, whereby your device can act as a temporary file server allowing you to download files (eg. save files and even the config file) or upload new ones (eg. game data) using a web browser from a PC or another client. Read more

Kernel: Linux 5.10 Outline, TTM and Intel Compute Stack

  • Linux 5.10 Brings Many Changes From Better CPU Support To File-System Optimizations - Phoronix

    The Linux 5.10 merge window is set to close this afternoon followed by around seven weeks worth of release candidates before the stable kernel release in December. As usual here is our look at the many new features set to premiere with this next version of the Linux kernel. With Linux 5.10 there is a lot of work on file-system optimizations and other storage improvements, various additions for AMD Zen 3 processors, continued open-source driver work for Big Navi / Radeon RX 6000 series, mainline support for the Purism Librem 5 smartphone revisions thus far, the Creative SoundBlaster AE-7 support finally being supported under Linux, XFS has shifted its timestamp support from breaking after Year 2038 to now working up to Year 2486, Nintendo Switch controller support, and other new hardware support and other work.

  • New TTM Code Can Yield 3~5x Faster Page Allocation For AMDGPU, Other Benefits - Phoronix

    The Linux kernel's TTM memory management code that is most notably used by the Radeon / AMDGPU kernel drivers but also Nouveau, QXL, VMWGFX, and others, is seeing a new back-end allocation pool that can yield 3~5x faster page allocation performance for video memory.  Longtime AMD Linux driver developer Christian König has been working on this new TT back-end allocation pool that he posted today. With the patch series it is made the default for TTM and updates all existing TTM-based drivers to using this new allocation code for pages.      

  • Alder Lake Support Published For The Open-Source Intel Compute Stack

    This past week Intel began adding Alder Lake support to their Linux graphics driver and that also continued on the compute side with the Intel Compute-Runtime receiving initial support for Alder Lake S "ADLS" too. The open-source Intel Compute-Runtime that provides OpenCL and oneAPI Level Zero support for Intel graphics hardware on Linux merged their initial Alder Lake code this week. But given that Alder Lake is still using Gen12-LP graphics like Tiger Lake and Rocket Lake, the enablement isn't too great but just some basic modifications and tweaks while largely leveraging the existing Gen12 paths, just as we've seen with the kernel DRM driver, etc. The Alder Lake support for the open-source Intel Compute-Runtime was merged under "opensource ADLS."

today's howtos

  • How to host a chat server with OpenFire on Linux

    OpenFire is a cross-platform, real-time chat server that is based on the XMPP protocol. It’s perfect if you’re looking to host your own chat server but don’t want to deal with complicated apps like RocketChat, Mattermost, and others.

  • Getting started with Lutris
  • [Older] How to rebuild a package using the Arch Linux Build System

    The ABS or Arch Build System is a package building system native to the Arch Linux distribution: with it, we can easily build packages which can be installed with pacman, the distribution package manager, starting from source code. All we have to do is to specify instruction inside a PKGBUILD file and then build the package using the makepkg tool. In this tutorial we will see how to customize and re-build an already existing package.

  • Fedora 32 Desktop Install Guide – If Not True Then False

    This is quick guide howto install Fedora 32 Desktop on real pc. First create your bootable USB flash drive using Fedora Media Writer, dd or similar tool.