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Software: Cockpit 150, Komorebi 2, FFmpeg and Chromium

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  • Cockpit 150

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from versions 149 and 150.

  • Your Desktop Wallpaper Just Got Interesting Again

    Komorebi 2 claims to be “faster, smoother, and better” than before. There are new features, a new codebase and (naturally) new wallpapers.

  • FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Is Much Faster Thanks To GSoC 2017

    As we previously reported on, there was a Google Summer of Code project this year optimizing FFmpeg's VP9 decoder particularly around AVX2 instructions and threading. The project was a success and VP9 decoding should be much faster with FFmpeg as a result.

    GSoC '17 student developer Ilia Valiakhmetov spent his time optimizing the FFmpeg VP9 code for AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) as well as implementing tile threading support. His AVX2 optimizations are already in FFmpeg Git while his tile threading code is still being reviewed.

  • Chromium Now Supports GPU Sandboxing With Radeon Graphics On Linux

    Chrome/Chromium supports GPU sandboxing for security purposes and now it will work fine with the AMD graphics on Linux.

    As explained in this Git commit that was just merged minutes ago, "Default sandboxing fails for AMD platform as the GPU process spawns multiple threads. So GPU sandboxing needs to be started early. And all dependent libraries need to be preloaded."

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