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Wine 4.18 Released With Many Bug Fixes, Some Feature Work

7 hours 14 min ago
While three weeks have passed since the previous Wine development release compared to the usual two week cadence, Wine 4.18 is out today and isn't too busy on the feature front but there are more than three dozen bug fixes...

Rewriting Old Solaris C Code In Python Yielded A 17x Performance Improvement

9 hours 47 min ago
While we normally hear of rewriting code from Python and other scripting languages into C/C++ when its a matter of performance, in the case of Oracle Solaris it was taking old C code and modernizing it in Python 3 to yield a ~17x performance improvement...

DXVK 1.4.3 Works On State Cache Improvements, Lowering CPU Overhead

9 hours 51 min ago
As another release in time for weekend gamers, DXVK 1.4.3 was released today as the newest update for this library mapping Direct3D 10/11 to Vulkan for accelerating the Wine/Proton-based Linux gaming experience...

The Spectre Mitigation Impact For Intel Ice Lake With Core i7-1065G7

11 hours 50 min ago
For those wondering if -- or how much -- of a performance impact mitigations still make regarding Spectre for Intel's long-awaited 10nm+ Ice Lake processors, here is the rundown on the mitigation state and the performance impact.

WireGuard Restored In Android's Google Play Store After Brief But Controversial Removal

13 hours 6 min ago
After Google dropped the open-source WireGuard app from their Play Store since it contained a donation link, the app has now been restored within Google's software store for Android users but without the donation option...

Cascade Lake vs. Rome With MrBayes, dav1d 0.5, OSPray, SVT-VP9, OIDn + Other Benchmarks

15 hours 9 min ago
While swapping around CPUs for the AMD EPYC vs. Intel Xeon Cascade Lake testing of Facebook's RocksDB enterprise workload testing, I also took the opportunity for running some other recently updated test profiles on these EPYC/Xeon parts under test...

Xfce4-Panel Adds Dark Mode Preference

15 hours 43 min ago
As a change for next year's Xfce 4.16, the xfce4-panel now exposes a preferences option for those preferring "dark modes" of GTK themes...

AMDGPU DC Looks To Have PSR Squared Away - Power-Savings For Newer AMD Laptops

18 hours 40 min ago
It looks like as soon as Linux 5.5 is where the AMDGPU kernel driver could be ready with Panel Self Refresh (PSR) support for enabling this power-savings feature on newer AMD laptops...

Pensando Systems Exits Stealth Mode With Plans To Take On Amazon AWS

Friday 18th of October 2019 05:00:00 AM
While normally we don't cover hardware start-ups on Phoronix, Pensando Systems has just exited stealth and given their focus will be heavily involved with Linux and in fact already have their first kernel driver mainlined...

Gallium3D's Mesa State Tracker Sees "Mega Cleanup" For NIR In Mesa 19.3

Friday 18th of October 2019 04:00:00 AM
AMD developer Marek Olšák has landed a "mega cleanup" to the Gallium3D Mesa state tracker code around its NIR intermediate representation handling...

Fedora 31 Release Held Up By Installer + DNF Bugs

Thursday 17th of October 2019 09:02:07 PM
Fedora developers had been trying to ship Fedora 31 for their original release target of next Tuesday, 22 October, but that isn't going to happen due to remaining blocker bugs...

Ubuntu 19.10's Kernel Ships With A DoS / Arbitrary Code Execution Bug In The IPv6 Code

Thursday 17th of October 2019 05:32:39 PM
If you are planning to run the newly-released Ubuntu 19.10, among the initial round of stable release updates is an important kernel fix...

Ubuntu 19.10 Available For Download With Its GNOME 3.34 + Experimental ZFS Experience

Thursday 17th of October 2019 03:32:38 PM
Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" has hit mirrors today for an on-time release of this six-month non-LTS installment to Ubuntu Linux...

NVIDIA 440.26 Beta Linux Driver Brings HDMI 2.1 VRR, VP9 VDPAU Decode + Much More

Thursday 17th of October 2019 03:03:23 PM
NVIDIA today introduced their first beta driver in the 440 Linux branch and it's quite an exciting release!..

AMD EPYC vs. Intel Xeon Cascadelake With Facebook's RocksDB Database

Thursday 17th of October 2019 02:33:04 PM
Following the benchmarks earlier this month looking at PostgreSQL 12.0 on AMD EPYC Rome versus Intel Xeon Cascade Lake there was interest from Phoronix readers in wondering how well Rome is doing for other modern enterprise database workloads. One of those workloads that was recently added to the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org is Facebook's RocksDB, the company's embedded database that is forked from Google LevelDB. With RocksDB being designed to exploit many CPU cores and modern SSD storage, here are some benchmarks looking at how the Xeon Platinum 8280 stacks up against various new AMD EPYC 7002 series processors.

OpenBSD 6.6 Arrives: Disables GCC In Base For ARMv7/i386, SMP Improvements, AMDGPU Added

Thursday 17th of October 2019 02:22:02 PM
Theo de Raadt released OpenBSD 6.6 today as the newest feature update to this popular BSD operating system known for its security focus...

Google Releases Bazel 1.0 Build System With Faster Build Performance

Thursday 17th of October 2019 11:00:00 AM
Google open-sourced their Bazel build system four years ago while today it reached version 1.0 for this multi-language, multi-platform build solution...

Phoronix Test Suite 9.2 Milestone 1 Released With Updates For macOS Benchmarking

Thursday 17th of October 2019 10:45:43 AM
The first development snapshot of Phoronix Test Suite 9.2-Hurdal is now available ahead of the stable release later this quarter...

GhostBSD Reaffirms To Being TrueOS+BSD Desktop OS With Official MATE Desktop

Thursday 17th of October 2019 07:00:00 AM
With Project Trident moving away from a TrueOS/FreeBSD base to instead Void Linux, if you are looking for a good BSD-based desktop operating system it largely comes down to the likes of MidnightBSD and GhostBSD providing good out-of-the-box setups. As for GhostBSD, they are reaffirming their commitment to using TrueOS/FreeBSD and MATE as their official desktop...

Libdrm 2.4.100 Released With Bits For Intel Elkhart Lake, Tiger Lake Graphics

Thursday 17th of October 2019 05:09:37 AM
AMD open-source developer Marek Olšák on Wednesday released libdrm 2.4.100 as the newest feature update to this Mesa DRM library...