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Kernel: Linux 5.1.5, Mesa 19.1 Near and "X.Org Server Closer To Better Handling On-Demand XWayland Startup"

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  • Linux 5.1.5 Kernel Fixes The Latest Data Corruption Bug

    For those concerned by the kernel's most recent data corruption bug involving LVM, dm-crypt, and Samsung SSD drive combinations leading to FSTRIM/Discard wiping too much data, the issue should be resolved in the newly-minted Linux 5.1.5 kernel. 

    The Linux 5.1.5 kernel debuted on Saturday with this fix as well as various other kernel fixes. 

  • Intel's Linux OpenGL/Vulkan Drivers Seeing Minor Performance Gains With Mesa 19.1

    With Mesa 19.1 due to be released in the coming days as the quarterly update to this open-source OpenGL/Vulkan driver stack, here are some fresh benchmarks looking at how the current Intel (i965) OpenGL and ANV Vulkan drivers performance compare to that of the existing Mesa 19.0 stable series.

  • X.Org Server Closer To Better Handling On-Demand XWayland Startup

    Merged this week to the X.Org Server code-base was an EGL-based GLX provider for helping XWayland and allowing some games to run nicely now under this X11 code-path for Wayland compositors. While not yet merged, another interesting bit of XWayland code is now under review as a merge request.

    The code by Carlos Garnacho is for handling surface creation should the client come up before the compositor. This functionality is necessary for on-demand start-up of XWayland so it's only running when actively used. The on-demand approach that jives better with this XWayland code pending is the compositor setting up a display socket, listening for incoming data, and only spawning XWayland when there are incoming requests from a launched X11 client.

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