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Extra KVM Changes For Linux 4.15 Bring UMIP Support, AMD SEV Changes Delayed

Tuesday 21st of November 2017 12:40:14 AM
As some additional work past the KVM changes for Linux 4.15 submitted last week, a few more feature items have been queued...

AMD EPYC Is Running Well On Linux 4.15

Monday 20th of November 2017 09:17:27 PM
Of the many changes coming for Linux 4.15, as detailed this weekend Radeon GPU and AMD CPU customers have a lot to be thankful for with this new kernel update currently in development. Here are some initial benchmarks of the Linux 4.15 development kernel using an AMD EPYC 7601 32-core / 64-thread setup...

6-Way Enterprise Focused Linux Distribution Comparison With An Intel Core i9, Dual Xeon Gold Systems

Monday 20th of November 2017 05:33:54 PM
Here's our latest Linux distribution comparison with this time looking at the out-of-the-box performance of six Linux distributions while running a range of enterprise/workstation-focused benchmarks while using two systems. One system is a high-end Core i9 7980XE desktop system and the other a Tyan 1U Xeon Scalable server with dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors.

Mesa 17.3-RC5 Released, Official Mesa 3D Update Expected By Next Week

Monday 20th of November 2017 02:57:02 PM
The Mesa 17.3 release game is in overtime but it should be wrapping up in the days ahead...

Ryzen/Threadripper Prices Have Been Dropping Ahead Of The Holidays

Monday 20th of November 2017 01:37:00 PM
If you have been wanting to build a new system before the end of the year, AMD Ryzen CPU prices -- including the high-end Threadripper -- have been dropping in recent days in at least the US and EU...

GCC 8 Feature Development Is Over

Monday 20th of November 2017 11:19:17 AM
Feature development on the GCC 8 compiler is over with it now entering stage three of its development process...

LWJGL 3.1.4 Adds Zstd & LZ4 Bindings

Monday 20th of November 2017 10:39:38 AM
A new release is available of the Lightweight Java Game Library 3 (LWJGL) that is popular among game developers using the Java programming language...

SuperTuxKart 0.9.3 Officially Out With New Screen Recorder, In-Game Improvements

Monday 20th of November 2017 10:14:30 AM
There was the release candidate back for Halloween while now officially available is SuperTuxKart 0.9.3, the latest installment of the Tux-themed racing game...

Intel 2017Q3 Graphics Stack Recipe Released

Sunday 19th of November 2017 10:32:34 PM
Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has put out their quarterly Linux graphics driver stack upgrade in what they are calling the latest recipe...

OpenBenchmarking.org Crosses 27 Million Test/Suite Downloads

Sunday 19th of November 2017 07:31:56 PM
Today the Phoronix Test Suite's OpenBenchmarking.org crossed its 27,000,000th test profile / test suite download!..

Intel Ironlake Receives Patches For RC6 Power Savings

Sunday 19th of November 2017 06:05:56 PM
Intel Ironlake "Gen 5" graphics have been around for seven years now since being found in Clarkdale and Arrandale processors while finally now the patches are all worked out for enabling RC6 power-savings support under Linux...

The Big Changes So Far For The Linux 4.15 Kernel - Half Million New Lines Of Code So Far

Sunday 19th of November 2017 02:00:00 PM
We are now through week one of two for the merge window of the Linux 4.15 kernel...

FOSDEM 2018 Will Be Hosting A Wayland / Mesa / Mir / X.Org Developer Room

Sunday 19th of November 2017 01:07:18 PM
This year at the FOSDEM open-source/Linux event in Brussels there wasn't the usual "X.Org dev room" as it's long been referred to, but for 2018, Luc Verhaegen is stepping back up to the plate and organizing this mini graphics/X.Org developer event within FOSDEM...

The Linux Kernel Is Still Rectifying The Year 2038 Problem

Sunday 19th of November 2017 12:28:34 PM
The Linux kernel is still working to rectify the Year 2038 problem whereby the time values stored as signed 32-bit integers will wrap around...

Libre Computer Board Launches Another Allwinner/Mali ARM SBC

Sunday 19th of November 2017 12:13:15 PM
The Tritium is a new ARM single board computer from the Libre Computer Board project...

Intel Icelake Support Added To LLVM Clang

Sunday 19th of November 2017 11:57:25 AM
Initial support for Intel's Icelake microarchitecture that's a follow-on to Cannonlake has been added to the LLVM/Clang compiler stack...

Linux 4.15 Is A Huge Update For Both AMD CPU & Radeon GPU Owners

Sunday 19th of November 2017 01:00:00 AM
Linux 4.15 is shaping up to be a massive kernel release and we are just half-way through its merge window period. But for AMD Linux users especially, the 4.15 kernel release is going to be rocking...

Intel Planning To End Legacy BIOS Support By 2020

Saturday 18th of November 2017 10:12:27 PM
Intel is planning to end "legacy BIOS" support in their new platforms by 2020 in requiring UEFI Class 3 or higher...

Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support For Skylake Fixed With Linux 4.15

Saturday 18th of November 2017 09:28:18 PM
The platform-drivers-x86 updates have been sent in for Linux 4.15 and include a range of improvements for Intel hardware support. One of the bigger items is support for Skylake CPUs with Turbo Boost Max 3.0...

GNU Nano Text Editor Can Now Record & Replay Keystrokes

Saturday 18th of November 2017 07:10:00 PM
GNU Nano 2.9 is now available as the latest feature release of this popular CLI text editor and it's bringing several new capabilities...

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Programming: Swift, Brilliant Jerks in Engineering, and Career Path for Software Developers

  • Swift code will run on Google's Fuchsia OS
    A few days ago, there was a flash-in-the-pan controversy over Google "forking" Apple's open-source programming language Swift. After a few minutes of speculation over whether Google was going to make its own special flavor of the language for its own purposes, Swift's creator Chris Lattner (who now works at Google) helpfully clarified the situation:
  • Brilliant Jerks in Engineering
    This are numerous articles and opinions on the topic, including Brilliant Jerks Cost More Than They Are Worth, and It's Better to Avoid a Toxic Employee than Hire a Superstar. My colleague Justin Becker is also giving a talk at QConSF 2017 on the topic: Am I a Brilliant Jerk?. It may help to clarify that "brilliant jerk" can mean different things to different people. To illustrate, I'll describe two types of brilliant jerks: the selfless and the selfish, and their behavior in detail. I'll then describe the damage caused by these jerks, and ways to deal with them. The following are fictional characters. These are not two actual engineers, but are collections of related traits to help examine this behavior beyond the simple "no asshole rule." These are engineers who by default act like jerks, not engineers who sometimes act that way.
  • [Older] The missing career path for software developers
    You started hacking on technology thrilled with every stroke of the key, making discoveries with every commit. You went about solving problems, finding new challenges. You were happy for a while, until you hit a plateau. There was a choice to be made. Continue solving the same problems or start managing others. You tried it out, and hated it. Longing to focus on technology, not people, you turned to your open source project. When it became successful, you became an open source maintainer but ended up overwhelmed and burned out. Hoping to get back to doing work that fascinates you, you went work for yourself. Lacking experience running a business, you're crushed with all the decisions you need to make. You’re nearing burnout — again. It feels like you’re on a hamster wheel.

Mastodon is Free Software, But It Does Not Respect Free Speech

Mastodon was always known to be tough on Nazis; it was known that they were strict on free speech only to a degree. After the treatment that I received yesterday, however, I can no longer recommend Mastodon. It may be Free software, but it’s very weak on free speech. Read more

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Mesa 17.3 RC5 and Early Stages of Linux 4.15

  • mesa 17.3.0-rc5
    The fifth release candidate for Mesa 17.3.0 is now available. This is the last planned release candidate before the final release. We still have a couple of regressions in our tracker [1] although I'm anticipating for those to be resolved by EOW.
  • Mesa 17.3-RC5 Released, Official Mesa 3D Update Expected By Next Week
    The Mesa 17.3 release game is in overtime but it should be wrapping up in the days ahead. Emil Velikov of Collabora announced the Mesa 17.3-RC5 release candidate this morning. He anticipates it being the last release candidate, but there still are a few blocker bugs open. As of writing there still are 4 bugs open with one pertaining to Gallium3D Softpipe and the others being Intel driver issues.
  • Extra KVM Changes For Linux 4.15 Bring UMIP Support, AMD SEV Changes Delayed
    As some additional work past the KVM changes for Linux 4.15 submitted last week, a few more feature items have been queued. The second batch of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) updates sent in today for Linux 4.15 include ARM GICv4 support, x86 bug fixes, the AMD VFIO NFT performance fix, and x86 guest UMIP support. Landing already with Linux 4.15 is Intel UMIP capabilities for User-Mode Instruction Prevention to prevent certain instructions from being executed if the ring level is greater than zero. This latest KVM pull update adds this UMIP support to its space for both real and emulated guests.
  • AMD EPYC Is Running Well On Linux 4.15
    Of the many changes coming for Linux 4.15, as detailed this weekend Radeon GPU and AMD CPU customers have a lot to be thankful for with this new kernel update currently in development. Here are some initial benchmarks of the Linux 4.15 development kernel using an AMD EPYC 7601 32-core / 64-thread setup. When it comes to EPYC in Linux 4.15, the kernel side-bits have landed for Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), CPU temperature monitoring support now working, and improved NUMA node balancing.