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AMD SEV/SEV-ES Local Migration Support Patches For Linux

6 hours 58 min ago
Google engineers have prepared a set of Linux kernel patches allowing for AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) / SEV-ES encrypted state to allow for local migration support of these encrypted virtual machines on the same host...

NVIDIA Releasing DLSS Support For Vulkan API Games On Linux Tomorrow

8 hours 44 min ago
NVIDIA announced earlier this month that they would be bringing DLSS to Linux / Steam Play and tomorrow they will be introducing that initial driver support...

Running The New Intel OpenGL "Crocus" Gallium3D Driver On Sandy Bridge

12 hours 24 min ago
Merged this past week was Crocus as the new open-source Intel Gallium3D driver developed by the community and used for Gen4/i965 through Gen7/Haswell generations of Intel graphics. This week I ran some Crocus benchmarks on Intel Haswell comparing against the existing i965 classic Mesa DRI driver while in this article are some comparison driver benchmarks using Intel Sandy Bridge graphics for those still running those once popular processors.

Rocky Linux 8.4 Released For RHEL 8.4 / CentOS Alternative

12 hours 52 min ago
Stemming from last month's Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 release and then the RHEL 8.4 based updates to Alma Linux, Oracle Linux, and CentOS 8, RockyLinux has today reached general availability on its v8.4 release...

Linux 5.14 To Add Driver For A $10 Open-Source Joystick For DIY Electronics Projects

13 hours 44 min ago
Linux 5.14 is bringing a new input driver to support an open-source joystick that can be used for DIY electronics purposes and other use-cases. The schematics and firmware are open-source for building the joystick device yourself or can be purchased for about $10 USD...

Intel Graphics Compiler 1.0.7683 Ships With Many Changes

16 hours 10 min ago
Last week Intel shipped a big update to their open-source Intel Graphics Compiler "IGC" that is used currently by their Windows driver, their Linux compute stack, and potentially their Linux graphics drivers moving ahead...

Vulkan 1.2.182 Released With Some Prominent Extensions Added

16 hours 34 min ago
Vulkan 1.2.182 is out and on top of various documentation fixes/clarifications, there are a few new extensions added with this revision...

Unvanquished 0.52.1 Brings Rendering Fixes, Flatpak For This Promising Open-Source Game

Monday 21st of June 2021 04:00:00 AM
Following last month's Unvanquished 0.52 beta for this open-source game that has long been in development, Sunday marked the release of Unvanquished 0.52.1...

Linux 5.13-rc7 Released Following A Very Calm Week

Sunday 20th of June 2021 10:51:28 PM
Linus Torvalds is celebrating Father's Day by releasing Linux 5.13-rc7. Kernel maintainers and testers managed to keep him happy the father of Linux happy this week by keeping to a small change set for this late-stage release candidate...

AMD Continues Working To Mainline Their PTDMA Driver For Linux

Sunday 20th of June 2021 07:25:44 PM
Published all the way back in September 2019 was a Linux driver for supporting the Pass-Through DMA controller for EPYC processors. The PTDMA hardware allows for high bandwidth memory-to-memory and I/O copy operations. Now mid-way through 2021 that AMD PTDMA Linux driver remains in the works and is up to its tenth driver revision while waiting to see if it's now ready for mainline or further changes are still deemed necessary...

Experimental Reiser5 File-System Patch Updated For Linux 5.12

Sunday 20th of June 2021 03:40:01 PM
Back in April the out-of-tree Reiser4 file-system was updated for Linux 5.12 compatibility while now with Linux 5.13 being right around the corner, Edward Shishkin has updated the experimental Reiser5 file-system code for v5.12 compatibility...

Linux 5.13 Lands More Fixes To The Mucked Up FPU/XSTATE Handling Mess

Sunday 20th of June 2021 11:23:36 AM
Earlier this month Linux 5.13 disabled Intel's ENQCMD functionality for upcoming Xeon "Sapphire Rapids" processors as the kernel software code around it was deemed "broken beyond repair". More of the recent Intel-submitted patches around reworking kernel code in preparation for upcoming CPU features has been found to be rather hairy after already being mainlined and thus another batch of urgent x86 fixes were sent in this morning...

Mesa Lands Work Around Async glFlush - Should Help Workstation Performance

Sunday 20th of June 2021 10:19:24 AM
While vendors are increasingly just focused on Vulkan (and Direct3D under Windows), there still is plenty of OpenGL software out there especially in the workstation space where software vendors are slow to adapt. Well known RadeonSI OpenGL developer Marek Olšák of AMD landed another performance optimization this week that should benefit the likes of SPECviewperf...

KDE Akademy 2021 Video Streams As Developers Discuss Wayland, Frameworks 6, Qt

Sunday 20th of June 2021 10:02:10 AM
The virtual KDE Akademy 2021 conference kicked off on Friday and runs through the 25th. This annual summertime event of the KDE desktop community is attended by hundreds but again carried out online due to the pandemic...

Surface Suspension Protocol Proposed For Wayland

Sunday 20th of June 2021 04:00:00 AM
Joshua Ashton who is known for his work on DXVK (formerly D9VK) and related Steam Play / Proton graphics related efforts has submitted a proposal for a Wayland Surface-Suspension protocol...

Debian 10.10 Released With Many Security/Bug Fixes, Updated FWUPD

Saturday 19th of June 2021 05:26:29 PM
While Debian 11 is coming up soon and its full freeze is under one month away, Debian 10.10 is out this weekend as the latest routine point release...

GFX1013 Target Added To LLVM 13.0 For RDNA2 APUs

Saturday 19th of June 2021 01:27:28 PM
Merged last week to mainline LLVM 13.0 was the new "GFX1013" target for the AMDGPU shader compiler. Well, it landed twice as at first had to be reverted after breaking the build bots / sanitizer testing...

Libzip 1.8 Released With Support For Zstd Compressed ZIP Files

Saturday 19th of June 2021 11:19:57 AM
Libzip as the widely-used C library for accessing. creating, and modifying Zip archives is out with a new feature release...

KDE Gets Expandable Tooltips, Larger Clipboard, More Wayland Fixes

Saturday 19th of June 2021 10:00:01 AM
Even with the warm summer weather and many municipalities loosening pandemic lockdown restrictions, KDE developers remain quite busy this summer with a variety of improvements to this open-source desktop...

Nearly A Decade Later, UPower Still Working Towards 1.0 Release

Saturday 19th of June 2021 07:00:00 AM
For nearly one decade there has been talk of UPower 1.0 while in 2021 that still has yet to materialize for this former "DeviceKit-Power" project but at least now there is UPower v0.99.12 as the first release in two years...