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KWinFT Projects Hit Beta Ahead Of Stable Releases Aligned With KDE Plasma 5.20

4 hours 41 min ago
KWinFT as a fork of KDE's KWin focused on better Wayland support and other modernization efforts is approaching its first stable release next month around the same time as KDE Plasma 5.20...

Warzone 2100 Lands Vulkan Renderer, Adaptive V-Sync For 20+ Year Old Game

12 hours 24 min ago
Warzone 2100 as the real-time strategy/tactics game that first premiered in 1999 before becoming open-source in 2004 and then fully open-source with game data in 2008 is now evolving in 2020 with Vulkan graphics support...

Debian 10.6 Released With Many Security & Bug Fixes

14 hours 25 min ago
While Debian 11 "Bullseye" is on the way for release next year, Debian 10.6 "Buster" is out this weekend as the latest stable installment for this GNU/Linux distribution...

Mesa 20.3 Can Now Consume SPIR-V Binaries Generated By LLVM's libclc

15 hours 11 min ago
Microsoft's work on Mesa continues with a Microsoft engineer reviving earlier work carried out by David Airlie for allowing SPIR-V binaries produced by LLVM's libclc library to work with Mesa OpenCL...

KDE Plasma 5.20 Should Be Crashing A Lot Less Under Wayland

18 hours 48 min ago
Following the recent Plasma 5.20 beta release, KDE developers have been landing many fixes for the Plasma 5.20 desktop ahead of its official release in October...

SiFive Begins Adding RISC-V "Bullet" Microarchitecture Code To LLVM

21 hours 15 min ago
On Friday night patches began to appear for "RISC-V Bullet" in the LLVM compiler code-base...

Apple Open-Sources Swift System, Adds Linux Support

Saturday 26th of September 2020 04:00:31 AM
Earlier this year Apple engineers announced Swift System as their new library for low-level system interfaces. They have now open-sourced Swift System while also introducing Linux support...

AMD Sends Out Linux Kernel Support For Van Gogh APUs - Confirms DDR5 Memory, VCN3

Friday 25th of September 2020 08:37:36 PM
As a nice Friday afternoon patch series there is the 275k lines of code for wiring up the next-generation AMD Van Gogh APU support under Linux...

Wine 5.18 Released With VKD3D 1.2's vkd3d-shader Usage

Friday 25th of September 2020 08:15:07 PM
Wine 5.18 is out as the newest bi-weekly feature development release...

NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Vulkan Neural Network Performance With NCNN

Friday 25th of September 2020 06:35:34 PM
With having added Tencent's NCNN tests to the Phoronix Test Suite with Vulkan acceleration, here is a look at the real-world impact by using RealSR-NCNN for scaling up with RealSR. Various NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards were tested for this initial NCNN / RealSR-NCNN Vulkan comparison.

Firefox Nightly Flips On New JIT "Warp" Code For Greater JavaScript Performance

Friday 25th of September 2020 05:33:59 PM
Mozilla's SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine team have been working on a big update to their just-in-time compiler code. This big update called "Warp" is now enabled in the latest Firefox Nightly builds for offering big speed-ups...

Linux 5.10 To See RAID10 DISCARD Improvement - From 259 Seconds To Less Than 1 Second

Friday 25th of September 2020 05:05:32 PM
Queued today into the block subsystem's "-next" area ahead of the Linux 5.10 cycle kicking off next month are some MD RAID enhancements...

Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org Now Has 600 Different Tests/Benchmarks

Friday 25th of September 2020 02:30:00 PM
Ahead of next month's Phoronix Test Suite 10.0 release and the new OpenBenchmarking.org, the milestone was met this week of having 600 different test profiles (benchmarks) available for automated execution via our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking software...

Trenchboot Secure Launch Support For Linux Sees New Patches

Friday 25th of September 2020 10:56:16 AM
For a while now Oracle engineers and others have been working on Trenchboot as a means of secure launch/boot support when paired with the likes of Intel TXT and AMD SKINIT for trusted execution and configuring each piece of the software boot chain for trusted/secure handling. The latest kernel patches have been sent out for review for secure launching of the kernel...

GraalPHP Is A PHP JIT Implementation Built On GraalVM

Friday 25th of September 2020 10:26:57 AM
Oracle's GraalVM has seen language support well outside of Java/OpenJDK from Ruby to WebAssembly to R and Python. The newest language seeing an experimental implementation built atop GraalVM is PHP...

Zink OpenGL-Over-Vulkan With Unigine Heaven Seeing Improved Performance

Friday 25th of September 2020 07:56:44 AM
Following word last week that the Zink OpenGL-on-Vulkan layer was seeing 50~100% performance gains, more details are now available...

Fedora 33 Beta To Be Released Next Week

Friday 25th of September 2020 04:09:05 AM
After missing the preferred target date of 15 September and the secondary beta target date of this week, Fedora 33 Beta is now on track to ship next week...

Intel DG1 Sound Support Coming For Linux 5.10

Friday 25th of September 2020 12:41:15 AM
Intel continues bringing up the DG1 discrete graphics card under Linux with continued refinements set to hit for Linux 5.10...

AMD Is Hiring To Work On New Radeon Driver Tooling Written In Rust

Thursday 24th of September 2020 09:07:29 PM
It turns out AMD is at least exploring the possibilities around using the Rust programming language in their graphics driver tooling...

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT CPUFreq Governor Comparison With Linux 5.9

Thursday 24th of September 2020 06:36:52 PM
One of the most frequent questions received at Phoronix in recent times is whether the "schedutil" governor is ready for widespread use and if it can compare in performance to, well, the "performance" governor on AMD Linux systems. Here are some benchmarks of an AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT using the latest Linux 5.9 development kernel in looking at the performance differences between the CPUFreq governor options of Ondemand, Powersave, Performance, and Schedutil.

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