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Linux 5.10 Brings Many Changes From Better CPU Support To File-System Optimizations

1 hour 46 min ago
The Linux 5.10 merge window is set to close this afternoon followed by around seven weeks worth of release candidates before the stable kernel release in December. As usual here is our look at the many new features set to premiere with this next version of the Linux kernel.

New TTM Code Can Yield 3~5x Faster Page Allocation For AMDGPU, Other Benefits

4 hours 16 min ago
The Linux kernel's TTM memory management code that is most notably used by the Radeon / AMDGPU kernel drivers but also Nouveau, QXL, VMWGFX, and others, is seeing a new back-end allocation pool that can yield 3~5x faster page allocation performance for video memory...

Alder Lake Support Published For The Open-Source Intel Compute Stack

6 hours 16 min ago
This past week Intel began adding Alder Lake support to their Linux graphics driver and that also continued on the compute side with the Intel Compute-Runtime receiving initial support for Alder Lake S "ADLS" too...

LLVM Lands Very Basic Support For AMD Zen 3 CPUs

9 hours 39 min ago
While AMD has landed Znver3 support in GNU Binutils, the company hasn't yet sent out patches for either the GCC or LLVM/Clang compilers in setting up the Zen 3 target with its new instructions or optimized scheduling model / cost table. But a basic implementation has been merged to LLVM for allowing "-march=znver3" based on the limited public details thus far...

It's Time To Admit It: The X.Org Server Is Abandonware

10 hours 50 min ago
The last major release of the X.Org Server was in May 2018 but don't expect the long-awaited X.Org Server 1.21 to actually be released anytime soon...

Red Hat's Tom Stellard Now Serving As LLVM Release Manager

13 hours 8 min ago
After six years serving as the LLVM release manager and taking over the role from LLVM founder Chris Lattner followed by Bill Wendling, Google's Hans Wennborg has stepped down from his position and handed it over to Red Hat's Tom Stellard...

Zink OpenGL-Over-Vulkan At ~97% Piglit Testing Conformance

Sunday 25th of October 2020 04:04:23 AM
Not only is the Zink Gallium3D code for OpenGL accelerated by Vulkan up to around 69% the speed of Intel's OpenGL driver but it's at around a 97% passing test rate for Mesa's Piglit testing...

KVM For Linux 5.10 Brings New "TDP" MMU To Help VMs With Hundreds Of vCPUs, TBs of RAM

Sunday 25th of October 2020 12:38:57 AM
The Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is seeing plenty of improvements with the Linux 5.10 kernel...

Linux 5.10 Adds "nosymfollow" Mount Option Security Defense

Saturday 24th of October 2020 08:28:47 PM
FreeBSD has long supported a "nosymfollow" mount option to prevent following of symlinks on mounted file-systems while now the mainline Linux kernel is adding a similar security defense...

Intel Core i7 1165G7 Tiger Lake vs. AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U Linux Performance

Saturday 24th of October 2020 05:03:23 PM
For the Intel Tiger Lake Linux benchmarking thus far with the Core i7 1165G7 on the Dell XPS 13 9310 it's primarily been compared against the Ryzen 5 4500U and Ryzen 7 4700U on the AMD side since those are the only Renoir units within my possession. But a Phoronix reader recently provided me with remote access to his Lenovo ThinkPad X13 with Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U (8 cores / 16 threads) for seeing how the Tiger Lake performance compares against that higher-end SKU...

GNU Debugger 10.1 Released With BPF Debugging, Debuginfod Support

Saturday 24th of October 2020 02:36:22 PM
GDB 10.1 is now shipping as a big update to the GNU Debugger...

KDE Seeing More Bug Fixes Following Plasma 5.20

Saturday 24th of October 2020 01:42:29 PM
KDE developers remain very busy this autumn working on fixes for the recently released Plasma 5.20 and related software...

Linux Gets Fix For AMD Zen 3 CPU Frequency Handling Stemming From 8 Year Old Workaround

Saturday 24th of October 2020 10:47:02 AM
Since 2012 there has been a quirk in the Linux kernel to disable/override using ACPI _PSD data on all AMD processors as a workaround in turn for Windows-specific behavior that clashes with the semantics of the Linux ACPI CPUFreq driver for CPU frequency scaling. With AMD Zen 3 this quirk is no longer needed to behave correctly and thus Linux 5.10 is going to drop this eight year old quirk on Zen 3 and newer...

Wine-Staging 5.20 Released With ESYNC Support Re-Enabled

Saturday 24th of October 2020 09:55:16 AM
Building off the Friday release of Wine 5.20, a new Wine-Staging release is now available that is carrying more than 750 patches atop the upstream code-base that are currently undergoing testing...

Linux 5.10 Has Initial Support For NVIDIA Orin, DeviceTree For Purism's Librem 5

Saturday 24th of October 2020 07:06:36 AM
Complementing the ARM(64) architecture changes for Linux 5.10 are now the SoC and board updates that are quite interesting this round...

OpenJ9 0.23 Released As Latest Eclipse Java Virtual Machine

Saturday 24th of October 2020 04:09:03 AM
Version 0.23 of the Eclipse OpenJ9 Java Virtual Machine was released this week in continuing to focus on being a high performance, open-source JVM...

EXT4 Changes Land In Linux 5.10 With Fast Commits, Big Boost For Parallel Writes

Saturday 24th of October 2020 12:28:06 AM
The EXT4 file-system updates have landed in Linux 5.10 with some notable additions for this mature file-system...

Wine 5.20 Released With Various Improvements For Running Windows Software On Linux

Friday 23rd of October 2020 07:36:56 PM
Wine 5.20 was just released as the newest bi-weekly development milestone for this solution to run Windows games and other software on Linux, macOS, and other platforms...

Intel Xe Graphics' Incredible Performance Uplift From OpenCL To oneAPI Level Zero To Vulkan

Friday 23rd of October 2020 03:20:00 PM
Since picking up the Dell XPS 13 9310 for delivering Tiger Lake Linux benchmarks, most of the focus so far has been about the overall processor performance while in this article is our first deep dive into the Gen12 Xe Graphics performance on Linux with Intel's fully open-source graphics and compute stack. Here is a look at how the Tiger Lake Xe Graphics performance is with the Core i7-1165G7 ranging from OpenGL and Vulkan graphics tests to OpenCL, oneAPI Level Zero, and Vulkan compute tests.

AMD SFH Driver To Land With Linux 5.11 For Better Ryzen Laptop Handling In 2021

Friday 23rd of October 2020 01:20:00 PM
It was sadly too late for squeezing into the current Linux 5.10 merge window but it looks like for Linux 5.11 in early 2021 the AMD Sensor Fusion Hub "SFH" driver will make its long awaited debut...

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