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Linux 5.4 Prepares IBM POWER For The Ultravisor / Secure Virtual Machines

1 hour 39 min ago
The PowerPC/POWER architecture changes were sent in today for the ongoing Linux 5.4 merge window. This time around are some interesting POWER changes with work on their means of secure virtual machines...

AMD Pushes Back 3rd Gen Threadripper & Ryzen 9 3950X Until November

8 hours 1 min ago
While the Ryzen 9 3950X and 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors were reportedly on track for launching in October with updates as of a few weeks ago, today AMD announced a slight delay in launching these new processors...

Systemd-homed: Systemd Now Working To Improve Home Directory Handling

10 hours 22 min ago
Kicking off today in Berlin is the annual All Systems Go conference focused on systemd and other user-space components. Systemd lead developer Lennart Poettering presented on systemd-homed as a new component to systemd that is focused on improving home directory handling...

AMD EPYC 7642 Benchmarks

11 hours 5 min ago
Since the AMD EPYC 7002 series "Rome" launch at the beginning of August, it's been known how AMD's top-end (aside from the newly-announced EPYC 7H12) EPYC 7742 easily outperforms the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 in most real-world benchmarks. The EPYC 7742 not only outperforms the Xeon Platinum 8280 in raw performance but also at a significantly lower cost and it gets even better with the EPYC 7642. We have been testing the EPYC 7642 48-core processors and even there the performance is generally ahead of a Xeon Platinum 8280 while being about half the cost of that flagship non-AP Intel Xeon Scalable Cascadelake processor.

NetworkManager Will Now Roam For WiFi Signals More Aggressively

12 hours 30 min ago
NetworkManager has shifted its threshold for a weak WiFi signal for when to begin searching for other WLAN networks. Up to now NetworkManager used a -80dBm threshold for when to roam for other network signals while now that has changed to find hopefully stronger network signals sooner...

Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu 19.10 Video Encoder Performance On The Core i9 9900K

14 hours 36 min ago
Often when doing cross-distribution benchmarks, readers often comment on the performance of Clear Linux particularly for video encoding use-cases as surprisingly different from other distributions. Some argue that it's just over the default CPU frequency scaling governor or compiler flag defaults, so here is a look at that with Ubuntu 19.10 daily benchmarked against Clear Linux...

AMD Sends In Initial Batch Of Fixes To Linux 5.4 - Includes Dali Support

14 hours 52 min ago
While just yesterday the big DRM feature pull was sent in for Linux 5.4, AMD has also volleyed out their initial batch of fixes for this next version of the kernel...

GNOME 3.34 Should Be Hitting Clear Linux "Soon-ish"

17 hours 52 min ago
For those anxious to make use of GNOME 3.34 with its many own performance improvements atop Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux rolling-release distribution, it looks like the wait is still going on for a few more days but is coming "soon-ish" to the platform...

OpenZFS Could Soon See Much Better Deduplication Support

Friday 20th of September 2019 05:23:38 AM
The OpenZFS file-system could soon be seeing better data deduplication support...

EXT4 Brings New Debugging Ioctls For Linux 5.4

Friday 20th of September 2019 04:03:54 AM
Like the mostly mundane Btrfs and XFS changes with the Linux 5.4 merge window, the EXT4 file-system activity is mostly focused on fixes too but also new debugging ioctls...

Node.js Brought To BeOS-Inspired Haiku Open-Source OS

Thursday 19th of September 2019 11:28:05 PM
Haiku as the open-source operating system that still maintains BeOS compatibility continues tacking on modern features and support for software well past the days of BeOS...

Linux 5.4 DRM Pull Submitted With AMD Navi 12/14, Arcturus & Renoir Plus Intel Tigerlake

Thursday 19th of September 2019 09:17:00 PM
While we've known about the many features for a while if you are a faithful Phoronix reader, today the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) graphics driver changes were sent in for the Linux 5.4 kernel...

LLVM 9.0 Released With Ability To Build The Linux x86_64 Kernel, Experimental OpenCL C++

Thursday 19th of September 2019 06:05:00 PM
It's coming almost one month behind schedule, but LLVM 9.0 is out today along with the Clang 9.0 C/C++ compiler and associated sub-projects for this open-source compiler infrastructure...

KDE Plasma 5.17 Beta Rolls Out With Wayland Improvements, Overhauled Settings

Thursday 19th of September 2019 03:44:56 PM
The beta release is out today for KDE Plasma 5.17...

A Total War Saga: TROY Seeing A Native Linux Port Next Year

Thursday 19th of September 2019 02:19:06 PM
Creative Assembly revealed Total War Saga: TROY on Wednesday for release next year. Feral Interactive has announced they are porting this latest Total War game to macOS and Linux...

Running The AMD "ABBA" Ryzen 3000 Boost Fix Under Linux With 140 Tests

Thursday 19th of September 2019 01:00:00 PM
Last week AMD's AGESA "ABBA" update began shipping with a fix to how the boost clock frequencies are handled in hopes of better achieving the rated boost frequencies for Ryzen 3000 series processors. I've been running some tests of an updated ASUS BIOS with this adjusted boost clock behavior to see how it performs under Linux with a Ryzen 9 3900X processor.

Valve's ACO Shader Compiler For The Mesa Radeon Vulkan Driver Just Landed

Thursday 19th of September 2019 10:51:23 AM
It was just two days ago that Valve's performance-focused "ACO" shader compiler was submitted for review to be included in Mesa for the "RADV" Radeon Vulkan driver. Just minutes ago that new shader compiler back-end was merged for Mesa 19.3...

Mesa's Disk Cache Code Now Better Caters To 4+ Core Systems

Thursday 19th of September 2019 10:16:42 AM
Most Linux gamers these days should be running at least quad-core systems so Mesa 19.3 has been updated to reflect that reality with the number of CPU threads used by their disk cache...

Microsoft's Latest Open-Source Contribution: A New Font For Terminals & Code Editors

Thursday 19th of September 2019 10:10:00 AM
This week Microsoft not only open-sourced their C++ standard library (STL) but they have also now shipped Cascadia Code...

BLK-IOCOST Merged For Linux 5.4 To Better Account For Cost Of I/O Workloads

Thursday 19th of September 2019 10:02:36 AM
The Linux 5.4 block subsystem changes brings the new blk-iocost model...

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