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Linux 5.10 Hardens Against Possible DMA Attacks By External PCIe Devices

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 04:00:07 AM
The PCI changes were submitted on Wednesday for the Linux 5.10 kernel...

Phoronix Test Suite 10.0.1 Released

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 01:09:21 AM
Following last week's big Phoronix Test Suite 10.0 and the new OpenBenchmarking.org, a small update is out this week to address some initial hiccups...

AMD Linux Driver Preparing For A Navi "Blockchain" Graphics Card

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 06:46:20 PM
While all eyes are on the AMD Radeon RX 6000 "Big Navi" graphics cards set to be announced next week, it also looks like AMD is preparing for a Navi 1x "Blockchain" graphics card offering given the latest work in their open-source Linux driver...

Linux Developers Discussing Possible Kernel Driver For Intel CPU Undervolting

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 06:00:00 PM
While the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) on Windows allows for undervolting laptop processors, currently on Linux there isn't any Intel-endorsed way for undervolting your CPU should you be interested in better thermal/power efficiency and other factors. But a hypothetical Linux kernel driver could be coming for filling such void...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 20.10 Performance With Intel Tiger Lake, AMD Renoir

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 02:30:00 PM
Stemming from our initial Intel Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" benchmarks on the Dell XPS 13 9310 last week and then also discovering better single-threaded performance on Ubuntu 20.10, one of the pressing questions was whether this is expected performance on Linux or if it's coming up short of Microsoft Windows for this first tier-one notebook to market with Intel Tiger Lake. So following those earlier tests I proceeded to do a Windows 10 Pro with all available updates comparison on Ubuntu 20.10 with the i7-1165G7. For added context, the same software stack and tests were repeated on an AMD Ryzen "Renoir" notebook.

Intel Begins Adding Alder Lake Graphics Support To Their Linux Driver

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 02:09:11 PM
Intel has begun adding support for Alderlake-S to their open-source Linux kernel graphics driver...

Facebook Is Looking To Upstream Their BOLT Binary Performance Optimizer Into LLVM

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 11:00:00 AM
Facebook's BOLT is a multi-year project focused on speeding up the performance of binaries. This open-source project initially focused on being able to better optimize Linux x86_64/ARM64 ELF binaries as a post-link optimizer. BOLT has been seeing much success with even Google using it now for better performance and now there is work to upstream it as part of the LLVM project...

TrueNAS 12 Released As The Marriage Of FreeNAS + TrueNAS

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 10:37:34 AM
OpenBSD 6.8, NetBSD 9.1, and now TrueNAS 12.0 is out... It seems to be BSD release week!..

Nouveau + LLVMpipe Drivers Enable OpenCL Image Support

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 08:00:00 AM
The interesting work continues pouring in for Mesa 20.3 as the Q4'2020 feature release to this open-source graphics stack... The latest excitement is on the "Clover" front for Gallium3D OpenCL...

Intel OpenGL/Vulkan Linux Drivers Strike Another Optimization For Tiger Lake

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 05:45:35 AM
It was just on Monday that Intel's talented open-source developers merged a hefty Tiger Lake graphics optimization into the Mesa 20.3 code that for some games/software can be around ~11% faster thanks to greater caching. Just a day later another optimization has arrived for helping these latest-generation Intel graphics...

NVIDIA Ships Vulkan Driver Beta With Fragment Shading Rate Control

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 04:07:27 AM
This week's Vulkan 1.2.158 spec release brought the fragment shading rate extension to control the rate at which fragments are shaded on a per-draw, per-primitive, or per-region basis. This can be useful similar to OpenGL and Direct3D support for helping to allow different, less important areas of the screen be shaded less than areas requiring greater detail/focus...

Radeon Linux Driver Seeing "MALL" Feature For Big Navi

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 12:41:17 AM
The AMDGPU open-source Linux kernel graphics driver continues seeing work on next-generation GPU support around the forthcoming "Big Navi" GPUs...

A Quick Look At Ubuntu 20.04 LTS vs. 20.10 With The Core i9 10900K

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 10:13:32 PM
With Ubuntu 20.10 due for release this week I have begun testing near-final Ubuntu 20.10 builds on many more systems in the lab. Larger than our normal distribution/OS comparisons, here is the culmination of running hundreds of benchmarks (366 tests to be exact) under both Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with all available updates and then again on the Ubuntu 20.10 development state while testing on Intel Comet Lake.

NIR-To-TGSI Support Added To Mesa 20.3

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 07:17:36 PM
Mesa 20.3 has merged a long work-in-progress patch series providing support for going from the modern NIR intermediate representation to TGSI as the conventional Gallium3D IR...

NetBSD 9.1 Released With Parallelized Disk Encryption, Better ZFS, X11 Improvements

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 06:35:36 PM
Not only is there a new OpenBSD release this week but the NetBSD crew also issued a big update in the form of NetBSD 9.1...

The Document Foundation Is Looking To Finish ODF 1.3 Support In LibreOffice

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 04:32:07 PM
The ODF 1.3 Open Document Format specification was approved by the OASIS Committee at the start of the year and now as we approach the end of the year The Document Foundation is hoping to see ODF 1.3 support completed soon for this leading open-source office suite...

System76 Launches The Thelio Mega With Threadripper + Four GPUs

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 03:00:00 PM
The System76 Thelio Major with AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3900 series is already a beast, but now this Linux PC vendor has managed to outdo themselves once again with the Thelio Mega...

Firefox 82 Released With Performance Improvements, Video Playback Enhancements

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 02:40:02 PM
Firefox 82.0 is now available as the latest release of Mozilla's web browser that continues on their expedited release cycles...

Linux 5.10 Xen Brings Security Updates - Includes Fixing ARM Guests With KPTI

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 02:00:44 PM
The Xen virtualization work for the Linux 5.10 kernel revolves around security...

AMDVLK 2020.Q4.1 Released With Various Game Fixes

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 10:21:45 AM
AMD has issued their first open-source Vulkan driver code drop of the quarter with AMDVLK 2020.Q4.1...

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Mudita Pure OS and Purism's PureOS

  • Mudita Pure OS is going open source

    The company stated that MuditaOS operating system will be publicly available on the GitHub platform, under a GPL (GNU General Public License) license. In the initial phase, MuditaOS will be available as a Developer Preview, during which, Mudita will work with the growing community to fine-tune the documentation and deal with the first reported issues. [...] The Mudita phone has been delayed numerous times this year, it was supposed to have come out in April, and was slated for release in October and now has been pushed back until Spring of 2021. It will eventually come out, it is a vanity project of Michal Kicinski, who created the Witcher/Cyberpunk games.

  • A Librem 5 Video Made on a Librem 5

    When it comes to making a video, there are a lot of workflows involved. From writing, planning, to local screen capture, all the way to editing raw 4k footage with proxy clips. Even with all that workflow complexity, the following video was made completely on the Librem 5 phone. [...] Ultimately the Librem 5 phone lets you take your regular workflow with you while also keeping you in contact with your friends and family.

  • Specify Form-Factors in Your Librem 5 Apps

    While more and more applications are being redesigned to take smartphones like the Librem 5 into account, PureOS still offers lots of desktop applications which are not ready to run on such devices yet. As a user you want to know which applications are relevant to install, so PureOS Store will by default only present mobile-ready applications, while still letting you opt-into showing all applications to take full advantage of the Librem 5’s convergeant docked mode. As a user you also want to know which applications are relevant to run at a given time, so Phosh will let you run desktop-only applications only when the phone is docked. This requires the applications to provide some information on which form-factors they can handle, if you are an application developer and you want your applications to work as expected on the Librem 5, please provide the relevant information as shown below. To make your application appear in PureOS Store, add the following lines to your AppStream metainfo...

Septor 2020.5

Tor Browser is fully installed (10.0.2) System upgrade from Debian Buster repos as of October 21, 2020 Update Linux Kernel to 5.9.0-1 Update Thunderbird to 78.3.1-2 Update Tor to 0.4.4.5 Update Youtube-dl to 2020.09.20 Read more

Incremental backup with Butterfly Backup

This article explains how to make incremental or differential backups, with a catalog available to restore (or export) at the point you want, with Butterfly Backup. Read more

Regressions in GNU/Linux Evolution

  • When "progress" is backwards

    Lately I see many developments in the linux FOSS world that sell themselves as progress, but are actually hugely annoying and counter-productive. Counter-productive to a point where they actually cause major regressions, costs, and as in the case of GTK+3 ruin user experience and the possibility that we'll ever enjoy "The year of the Linux desktop". [...] We live in an era where in the FOSS world one constantly has to relearn things, switch to new, supposedly "better", but more bloated solutions, and is generally left with the impression that someone is pulling the rug from below one's feet. Many of the key changes in this area have been rammed through by a small set of decision makers, often closely related to Red Hat/Gnome/freedesktop.org. We're buying this "progress" at a high cost, and one can't avoid asking oneself whether there's more to the story than meets the eye. Never forget, Red Hat and Microsoft (TM) are partners and might even have the same shareholders.

  • When "progress" is backwards