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L1TF Cache Flushing Mode Could Soon Be Controlled Via Kconfig Build Option

2 hours 33 min ago
Approaching the two year anniversary next month of the L1TF / Foreshadow vulnerability, a Google engineer has proposed allowing the default mitigation state to be controlled via a Kconfig build-time option...

Ubuntu 20.10 Moving Ahead In Restricting Access To dmesg

Friday 3rd of July 2020 05:18:40 AM
Following the discussions last month over restricting access to dmesg / kernel logs on Ubuntu in matching the behavior of other Linux distributions for better security practices, Ubuntu 20.10 indeed is moving forward with these plans where dmesg access would require root privileges...

Intel oneDNN 2.0 Deep Neural Network Library Working On More Performance Tuning

Friday 3rd of July 2020 04:07:21 AM
Intel's open-source oneDNN library, which was formerly known as MKL-DNN and DNNL for this deep neural network library now living under the oneAPI umbrella, continues working on some big performance advancements for its 2.0 release...

Intel Rocket Lake Graphics Support Ready For Liftoff With Linux 5.9

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 10:57:23 PM
Intel has sent in their initial batch of graphics driver updates to DRM-Next that in turn are slated to land with the Linux 5.9 cycle once its merge window opens next month...

Important Patches Land To Improve GNOME's Multi-Monitor Experience With High Refresh Rates

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 10:07:44 PM
If you have say a 144Hz gaming monitor as well as a conventional 60Hz secondary display or any other multi-monitor configuration with different refresh rates, there is now another reason to get excited for GNOME 3.38...

GNOME Shell + Mutter Off To A Good Start For Summer 2020

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 05:46:45 PM
The GNOME Shell and Mutter have seen a lot of work come together nicely over the past two months...

Intel AMX Support Begins Landing In LLVM

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 03:49:40 PM
Following Intel publishing the initial Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX) documentation at the end of June, the open-source/Linux bring-up has continued for these new CPU instruction set extensions set to premiere with Sapphire Rapids next year...

OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 Released With AI/ML Packages Added, YaST Improvements

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 01:00:00 PM
OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 is out today as the Linux distribution built from the same sources as SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 sources...

LLVMpipe Gallium3D Driver Now Exposes OpenGL 4.0

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 11:16:16 AM
The LLVMpipe Gallium3D driver that provides a software/CPU-based OpenGL implementation for running on systems as a fallback path when no GPU / hardware OpenGL driver is available, a vendor-neutral path for debug purposes, and similar use-cases, now has OpenGL 4.0 support...

Intel's IGC 1.0.4241 Graphics Compiler Adds DG1 Platform Support

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 11:08:14 AM
IGC 1.0.4241 is out this morning as the latest version of Intel's open-source graphics compiler that is used by their compute stack for oneAPI and OpenCL...

Steam On Linux Is Still Bouncing Around 0.9% For Summer 2020

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 10:35:00 AM
With the start of a new month comes the latest numbers out of Valve for the rough Linux gaming market percentage from the Steam Survey...

NVIDIA Video Codec SDK 10 Brings Few Changes For This Proprietary Library

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 08:32:03 AM
NVIDIA has quietly released Video Codec SDK 10 as the newest version of their proprietary video encode/decode implementation designed for their GPUs...

Wayland's Weston 9.0 Aims For Release In Early September

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 04:04:20 AM
With Weston 8.0 having shipped in January, Wayland developers are beginning to prepare for the next feature release of this reference Wayland compositor...

TrueNAS 12 Beta 1 Released With Much Improved ZFS, Better AMD Ryzen CPU Support

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 07:14:01 PM
As what was formerly FreeNAS, the first beta of TrueNAS CORE 12.0 is available for testing of this BSD-based operating system for NAS devices and other storage setups...

Benchmarking The Performance Overhead To LKRG 0.8 For Better Security

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 05:49:38 PM
Back in March I benchmarked the Linux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG) as a means of achieving additional security safeguards for a ~5% performance hit. With LKRG 0.8 having been released a few days ago, here is a fresh look at the LKRG performance compared to the stock kernel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

The Dark Mod 2.08 Released As One Of The Few Games Powered By Open-Source id Tech 4

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 03:31:26 PM
There is finally a new release out of The Dark Mod, the original total conversion mod for Doom 3 that transformed into its own standalone game powered by the open-source id Tech 4 engine. This remains the lone flagship example of the open-source id Tech 4 game engine in action by the community (besides the DHEWM3 / RBDOOM-3-BFG engine work) with ioDoom3 having never taken off like ioquake3...

Intel Graphics Driver Fixes Include Assembly Sources To Satisfy GNU Linux-Libre Folks

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 02:03:56 PM
Last month you may recall that the free software purists maintaining the GNU Linux-Libre kernel dropped the Intel "iGPU Leak" security fix for Ivybridge / Haswell as they considered the compiled shaders/kernels responsible for clearing those residual contexts to be binary blobs. A resolution is now pending for upstream...

Systemd 246 Is On The Way With Many Changes

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 01:46:54 PM
With it already having been a few months since systemd 245 debuted with systemd-homed, the systemd developers have begun their release dance for what will be systemd 246...

RadeonSI Switches To Make Greater Wave64 Use On Navi

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 11:11:43 AM
While RDNA/Navi brought Wave32 support, the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for Linux has decided to switch to make greater use now of Wave64 for more shaders...

"Project Springfield" Is Red Hat's Effort To Improve Linux File-Systems / Storage

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 07:18:32 AM
Following recent talk of Fedora potentially switching to Btrfs and Red Hat's Storage Instatiation Daemon among other Linux storage areas pursued by Red Hat, it turns out "Project Springfield" is some effort being pursued by the enterprise Linux giant for improving in this area...

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Ubuntu Phone Recap 2020

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Linux at Home: Research Your Family Tree

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Videos/Audiocasts: Command Line Heroes and Linus

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