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Linux 5.3 Kernel Released With AMD Navi Support, Intel Speed Select & More

Sunday 15th of September 2019 10:12:27 PM
Linus Torvalds just went ahead and released the Linux 5.3 kernel as stable while now opening the Linux 5.4 merge window...

Intel's Gallium3D Driver Is Running Much Faster Than Their Current OpenGL Linux Driver With Mesa 19.3

Sunday 15th of September 2019 04:44:43 PM
Last month I did some fresh benchmarks of Intel's new open-source OpenGL Linux driver with Mesa 19.2 and those results were looking good as tested with a Core i9 9900K. Since then, more Intel Gallium3D driver improvements have landed for what will become Mesa 19.3 next quarter. In taking another look at their former/current and new OpenGL drivers, here are fresh benchmarks of the latest code using a Core i7 8700K desktop as well as a Core i7 8550U Dell XPS laptop.

Linux 5.4 Cycle To Begin With exFAT Driver, EPYC Improvements & New GPU Support

Sunday 15th of September 2019 03:08:30 PM
The Linux 5.3 kernel is expected to be released as stable today and that will mark the opening of the two-week Linux 5.4 merge window. Here is a look ahead at some of the material expected to make it into this next version of the Linux kernel that will also be the last major stable release of 2019...

KDE's KWin Options UI Improved, Various Other Enhancements During Akademy Week

Sunday 15th of September 2019 02:28:02 PM
KDE's annual Akademy developer conference took place this past week in Milan, Italy. But even with that in-person event the development of the KDE desktop environment didn't let up in landing new improvements...

Mesa Vulkan Drivers Now Tracking Game Engine/Version For Handling More Workarounds

Sunday 15th of September 2019 01:22:12 PM
Currently the Mesa OpenGL/Vulkan drivers have relied upon matching executable names for applying game/application-specific workarounds. But with Vulkan as part of the instance creation information and VkApplicationInfo it's possible to optionally advertise the rendering engine and version in use. The Mesa Vulkan drivers are now making use of that information to allow for more uniform workarounds...

How Google's Android Maintains A Stable Linux Kernel ABI

Sunday 15th of September 2019 12:37:38 PM
While the Linux kernel is well known for not offering a stable API/ABI, Google and other enterprise Linux distribution vendors tend to aim at providing their own stable ABI for the lifespan of their products. Google engineers talked in Portugal this week at Linux Plumbers Conference 2019 about some of their means to maintaining a stable API/ABI for Android's Linux kernel...

Fedora Is Beginning To Spin Workstation & Live Images For POWER

Sunday 15th of September 2019 12:19:37 PM
If you are running the likes of the Raptor Blackbird for a POWER open-source desktop and wanting to run Fedora on it, currently you need to use the Fedora "server" CLI installer and from there install the desired packages for a desktop. But moving forward, Fedora is beginning to spin Workstation and Live images for PPC64LE...

Intel Continues Investing In Execute-Only Memory Support For The Linux Kernel

Sunday 15th of September 2019 12:05:51 PM
One of the steps Intel's open-source developers continue working on for Linux is supporting "execute only memory" that will already work with some of today's processors and serve as another defense for bettering the security of systems particularly in a virtualized environment...

An Alternative exFAT Linux File-System Driver Based On Samsung's sdFAT

Sunday 15th of September 2019 02:25:04 AM
While the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel cycle is finally bringing a driver for Microsoft exFAT file-system read/write support, it's dated on an old Samsung code drop that has seen little public work over the years. Since queued for staging-next, there has been a big uptick in clean-ups and other activity, but there also exists another alternative out-of-tree exFAT Linux driver...

An Improved Linux MEMSET Is Being Tackled For Possibly Better Performance

Saturday 14th of September 2019 08:26:08 PM
Borislav Petkov has taken to improve the Linux kernel's memset function with it being an area previously criticzed by Linus Torvalds and other prominent developers...

Clear Linux Is Being Used Within Some Automobiles

Saturday 14th of September 2019 07:54:07 PM
Intel's speedy Clear Linux distribution could be running under the hood of your car...

The Linux Kernel Is Preparing To Enable 5-Level Paging By Default

Saturday 14th of September 2019 02:47:52 PM
While Intel CPUs aren't shipping with 5-level paging support, they are expected to be soon and distribution kernels are preparing to enable the kernel's functionality for this feature to extend the addressable memory supported. With that, the mainline kernel is also looking at flipping on 5-level paging by default for its default kernel configuration...

KDE Frameworks 5.62 Released With KWayland Additions & Other Improvements

Saturday 14th of September 2019 01:07:14 PM
KDE Frameworks 5.62 is out today as the latest monthly update to this collection of KDE libraries complementing the Qt5 tool-kit offerings...

GNOME Shell + Mutter Patches Pending For Wayland Fullscreen Compositing Bypass

Saturday 14th of September 2019 12:15:42 PM
There's an exciting patch set to GNOME Shell and Mutter now pending for finally wiring up the full-screen unredirected display / full-screen bypass compositing for helping the performance of full-screen games in particular on Wayland...

Wine-Staging 4.16 Brings Rendering Fix For A Number Of Direct3D Games

Saturday 14th of September 2019 11:45:33 AM
Based off yesterday's release of Wine 4.16, the Wine-Staging 4.16 update out today is more prominent with a number of new patches introduced to this experimental/testing flavor of Wine for running Windows games/applications on Linux...

Slax 9.11 Released While Re-Base To Debian 10 Is In Development

Saturday 14th of September 2019 11:30:41 AM
For fans of the lightweight Slax Linux distribution, version 9.11 is now available and is re-based against upstream Debian 9.11 for this operating system that was resurrected two years ago...

Kernel Address Space Isolation Still Baking To Limit Data Leaks From Foreshadow & Co

Saturday 14th of September 2019 11:18:40 AM
In addition to the work being led by DigitalOcean on core scheduling to make Hyper Threading safer in light of security vulnerabilities, IBM and Oracle engineers continue working on Kernel Address Space Isolation to help prevent data leaks during attacks...

Radeon ROCm 2.7.2 Released

Saturday 14th of September 2019 11:00:37 AM
Radeon ROCm 2.7.2 is now available as the newest update to AMD's open-source GPU compute stack for Linux systems...

Proton 4.11-4 Released With Updated DXVK, Improved PS4 Controller Handling

Friday 13th of September 2019 10:51:56 PM
In time for any weekend gaming, Valve's team maintaining their Proton downstream of Wine for powering Steam Play to run Windows games on Linux has issued their v4.11-4 update...

Wine 4.16 Bringing Better Compatibility With Windows Debuggers

Friday 13th of September 2019 08:55:27 PM
Wine 4.16 is out as the newest bi-weekly development snapshot leading up to the Wine 5.0 release in just a few more months...