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AMDGPU TMZ + HDCP Should Allow Widevine DRM To Behave Nicely With AMD Linux Systems

3 hours 26 min ago
Coming together this year for the mainline Linux kernel was the AMDGPU Trusted Memory Zone (TMZ) capability for encrypted video memory support with Radeon GPUs. This topic was talked about at this week's XDC2020 conference...

Zink OpenGL-On-Vulkan Seeing Some 50~100% FPS Gains

7 hours 56 min ago
After working on getting the Zink OpenGL-over-Vulkan driver up to OpenGL 4.6 with still pending patches, former Samsung OSG engineer Mike Blumenkrantz has been making remarkable progress on the performance aspect as well...

Intel Compute Runtime 20.37.17906 Brings Rocket Lake Support

11 hours 41 min ago
Intel's software team has released a new version of their Compute Runtime that provides OpenCL and oneAPI Level Zero capabilities for their graphics hardware on Linux...

KDE Plasma 5.21 Bringing Systemd Startup Support, Wayland Improvements

12 hours 6 min ago
KDE developer Nate Graham known for his weekly development summaries characterized this week as "the floodgates started opening! Amazing stuff has been landing left and right every day this week!"..

NVIDIA C++ Standard Library Now Available Via GitHub

13 hours 35 min ago
Introduced last year as part of CUDA 10.2 was libcu++ as the CUDA C++ standard library, which works with not only NVIDIA CUDA enabled configurations but also CPUs. The libcu++ sources are now available via GitHub...

Sculpt OS 20.08 Released With Redesigned GUI Stack

Saturday 19th of September 2020 06:41:30 AM
Building off the recent Genode OS 20.08 operating system framework release is now Sculpt OS 20.08 as the open-source project's general purpose operating system attempt...

FreeBSD 12.2 BETA2 Brings TRIM For Bhyve's VirtIO-BLK, Intel ICE Added

Saturday 19th of September 2020 04:08:44 AM
The second beta of the forthcoming FreeBSD 12.2 is now available with a fair number of prominent changes accumulating over the past week...

OpenZFS 2.0-RC2 Released With Dozens Of Fixes

Friday 18th of September 2020 10:45:14 PM
Nearly one month ago OpenZFS 2.0 saw its first release candidate while now it's been succeeded by another test candidate in time for some weekend exposure...

Intel Submits More Graphics Driver Updates For Linux 5.10

Friday 18th of September 2020 07:53:27 PM
Building off their earlier Intel graphics driver pull request of new material queuing ahead of the Linux 5.10 cycle, another round of updates were submitted on Friday...

Libre-SOC Still Persevering To Be A Hybrid CPU/GPU That's 100% Open-Source

Friday 18th of September 2020 04:26:27 PM
The project that started off as Libre-RISC-V with aims to be a Vulkan accelerator but then decided on the OpenPOWER ISA rather than RISC-V is still moving ahead under the "Libre-SOC" branding...

X.Org Is Getting Their Cloud / Continuous Integration Costs Under Control

Friday 18th of September 2020 01:33:33 PM
You may recall from earlier this year that the X.Org/FreeDesktop.org cloud costs were growing out of control primarily due to their continuous integration setup. They were seeking sponsorships to help out with these costs but ultimately they've attracted new sponsors while also better configuring/optimizing their CI configuration in order to get those costs back at more manageable levels...

Linux 5.10 To Support AMD SME Hardware-Enforced Cache Coherency

Friday 18th of September 2020 11:18:54 AM
Linux 5.10 is set to support a new feature of AMD Secure Memory Encryption (SME) as part of the Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV)...

New /dev/random Implementation Hits 35th Revision

Friday 18th of September 2020 10:39:51 AM
Going on for more than four years now has been creating a new /dev/random implementation and this Friday marks the 35th revision to this big set of patches that aim for better performance and security...

Etnaviv Gallium3D Adds On-Disk Shader Cache Support

Friday 18th of September 2020 10:24:49 AM
Etnaviv as the open-source, reverse-engineered OpenGL graphics driver for Vivante graphics IP now has support for an on-disk shader cache...

Taiwins 0.2 Released As Modular Wayland Compositor That Supports Lua Scripting

Friday 18th of September 2020 04:02:13 AM
Back in May the Taiwins Wayland compositor was announced as a compact compositor based on Libweston while Thursday marked its second release...

V3DV Developers Lay Out Plans For Upstreaming The Raspberry Pi 4 Vulkan Driver In Mesa

Friday 18th of September 2020 12:38:47 AM
Building off the V3DV driver talk at XDC2020 about this open-source Vulkan driver for the Raspberry Pi 4 driver, the Igalia developers responsible for this creation have laid out their plans on getting this driver upstream within Mesa...

Linux 5.9 To Allow Controlling Page Lock Unfairness In Addressing Performance Regression

Thursday 17th of September 2020 08:14:00 PM
Following the Linux 5.0 to 5.9 kernel benchmarks on AMD EPYC and it showing the in-development Linux 5.9 kernel regressing in some workloads, bisecting that issue, and that bringing up the issue of the performance regression over page lock fairness a solution for Linux 5.9 has now landed.

Cache Creator Tool Proposed For AMDVLK Vulkan Driver

Thursday 17th of September 2020 04:55:03 PM
Google engineer Steven Perron has laid out their proposal for an XGL cache creator tool for AMD's official Vulkan Linux driver, AMDVLK...

KDE Plasma 5.20 Beta Released With Better Wayland Support

Thursday 17th of September 2020 03:10:19 PM
If GNOME 3.38 isn't your cup of tea, you may be interested in trying out the beta of the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.20 desktop...

NVIDIA 455.23.04 Linux Beta Released With GeForce RTX 3080/3090 Support

Thursday 17th of September 2020 01:42:17 PM
NVIDIA has once again managed to provide launch-day Linux driver support for their next-generation graphics processors. Today the NVIDIA 455.23.04 beta driver is shipping for Linux support with the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 "Ampere" graphics cards...

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