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DM-Clone Target Added To Linux 5.4 For Efficient Remote Replication Of A Block Device

Sunday 22nd of September 2019 04:07:04 AM
Added to the device mapper (DM) code with the Linux 5.4 kernel is an interesting addition that benefits those wanting to carry out some interesting use-cases around remote replication of block devices...

ReactOS 0.4.12 Pulls In Wine-Staging 4.0 DLLs, Many Kernel Improvements

Saturday 21st of September 2019 09:30:20 PM
ReactOS, the open-source operating system still striving for binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows as a drop-in replacement, has version 0.4.12 now available as its first big alpha update in six months...

OLPC XO-1.75 Seeing Mainline Support With The Linux 5.4 Kernel, Seven Years After Launch

Saturday 21st of September 2019 09:08:14 PM
Seven years after the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO-1.75 Arm-based laptop entered production or nearly one decade since development began, it's now seeing mainline kernel support...

DXVK 1.4 Released With Updates Against Direct3D 11.4, Other Improvements

Saturday 21st of September 2019 03:14:55 PM
In time for any weekend gaming is the release of DXVK 1.4 as the latest big update to this Direct3D 11 over Vulkan implementation to boost the D3D11 Windows gaming performance with the likes of Wine and Valve's Steam Play (Proton)...

Noctua NH-L9a-AM4: A Very Low-Profile AMD Ryzen Cooler

Saturday 21st of September 2019 03:08:15 PM
When looking for a heatsink with a small stature for an AMD APU mini PC build for HTPC / file storage use-cases (more on that build in the next day or two), the Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 fit the criteria and so I went with that given the success with the many Noctua heatsinks we have used over the years. For those potentially interested in the NH-L9a-AM4 for an AMD APU like the new Ryzen 5 3400G or for lower-end Ryzen CPUs, I ran some benchmarks with this cooler.

F2FS Linux 5.4 Changes Sent In With Case-Insensitivity, Get/Set Label Support

Saturday 21st of September 2019 02:36:39 PM
While most of the other Linux file-systems are seeing mostly mundane changes for the Linux 5.4 feature work, the F2FS activity is fairly notable...

Linux 5.4 Kernel Adds Driver For The Mysterious Pensando Ionic Network Hardware

Saturday 21st of September 2019 12:50:55 PM
Little is publicly known about stealth networking startup Pensando Systems, which is founded by former Cisco executives. They've been ramping up efforts since early 2018 but to date their web-site hasn't launched nor formally introduced any products, but they now have a networking driver in the mainline Linux kernel...

The Phoronix Premium Oktoberfest 2019 Deal - Support Linux/Open-Source Benchmarking

Saturday 21st of September 2019 11:41:44 AM
While sadly this is another year not out at Oktoberfest for the once annual Phoronix reader gathering/pilgrimage, there is another Phoronix Premium sale for those interested. With Oktoberfest kicking off today in Munich, here's the start of our premium sale if wishing to support our daily news and benchmarking operations while enjoying features like ad-free viewing and multi-page articles on a single page...

Nouveau Finally Lands SPIR-V Support As Part Of OpenCL Push

Saturday 21st of September 2019 11:13:00 AM
Going back to December 2017 we've been tracking the Red Hat led effort on improving Nouveau's OpenCL compute support that involves adding NIR/SPIR-V support and improvements to the Clover Gallium3D state tracker. To much surprise, this morning the SPIR-V support for this open-source NVIDIA driver was merged for Mesa 19.3...

FreeBSD 12.1 Beta Released With Security Fixes, Pulls BearSSL Into Base

Saturday 21st of September 2019 10:54:48 AM
FreeBSD 12.0 is already approaching one year old while FreeBSD 12.1 is now on the way as the next installment with various bug/security fixes and other alterations to this BSD operating system...

Ubuntu/Mir Developer Issues Porting Guide To Help Port MATE To Wayland

Saturday 21st of September 2019 08:23:23 AM
Canonical's Mir developers since re-shifting focus to serving as a Wayland compositor have been working with the likes of the GNOME2-forked MATE desktop environment to implement Wayland support using Mir. For helping those interested in porting MATE applications from X11 to Wayland, one of the Mir developers has now issued a porting guide...

Chrome 78 Hits Beta With Native File System API, Much Faster WebSockets

Saturday 21st of September 2019 06:01:54 AM
Google on Friday released the Chrome 78 web-browser beta following last week's release of Chrome 77...

NVIDIA's Nsight Graphics 2019.5 Released With Better Vulkan Coverage

Saturday 21st of September 2019 04:54:50 AM
NVIDIA this week released Nsight Graphics 2019.5 as the newest feature update to their proprietary developer tool for graphics profiling and debugging across multiple APIs...

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

Friday 20th of September 2019 11:45:46 PM
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

Friday 20th of September 2019 05:24:14 PM
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

Friday 20th of September 2019 03:03:12 PM
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

Friday 20th of September 2019 02:20:02 PM
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

Friday 20th of September 2019 12:54:41 PM
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

Friday 20th of September 2019 10:49:01 AM
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

Friday 20th of September 2019 10:33:11 AM
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...

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