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Updated 2018-10-18 13:15
Ubuntu 18.10 Is A Nice Upgrade For Radeon Gamers, Especially For Steam VR
Among the changes to find in Ubuntu 18.10 are the latest stable Linux kernel as well as a significant Mesa upgrade and also the latest X.Org Server. These component upgrades make for a better Linux gaming experience particularly if using a modern AMD Radeon graphics card. Here are some results as well as whether it's worthwhile switching to Linux 4.19 and Mesa 18.3-dev currently on Ubuntu 18.10.
RELPOLINES: A New Spectre V2 Approach To Lower Overhead Of Retpolines
Nadav Amit of VMware has announced their (currently experimental) work on "dynamic indirect call promotion" or what they have dubbed "RELPOLINES" -- not to be confused with the traditional Retpolines for "return trampolines" as one of the Spectre Variant Two software-based mitigation approaches. Relpolines is designed to have lower overhead than Retpolines...
Open-Source Qualcomm Graphics Support Continues Flourishing With Freedreno
When it comes to open-source ARM graphics drivers, the Raspberry Pi / VC4 effort and Freedreno continue to be the two best examples of fully open-source graphics driver coverage including 3D support. Freedreno has been attracting contributions from Qualcomm / CodeAurora in what started out as solely a community reverse-engineered effort and with the latest-generation Adreno 600 series hardware the open-source support is in great shape...
GCC 9 Compiler Adds -std=c2x And -std=gnu2x For Future C Language Update
With GCC 9 feature development ending in a few weeks, it's now a mad dash by developers to land their last minute additions into this annual open-source compiler update -- including a look ahead for what is coming down the pipe in the compiler space...
Ubuntu 18.10 Set For Release Today With Some Nice Improvements
It's Cosmic Cuttlefish day! Assuming no last minute delays, Ubuntu 18.10 and its downstream flavors will be out today with their newest six-month non-LTS releases to be supported through July of 2019...
PCI Peer-To-Peer Memory Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 4.20~5.0
With the upcoming Linux 4.20 kernel cycle (that given past comments by Linus Torvalds might be renamed to Linux 5.0), a new PCI feature queued ahead of the upcoming merge window is peer-to-peer memory support...
OpenSUSE Begins Preparing For Leap 15.1 (15 Service Pack 1)
As part of some brief openSUSE news today, some early details concerning Leap 15 Service Pack 1 (Leap 15.1) were shared...
Mesa VCN JPEG Decode Patches Posted For AMD Raven Ridge
With the imminent Linux 4.19 kernel release there is VCN JPEG decode support within the AMDGPU DRM driver for use with Raven Ridge APUs. The accompanying user-space patches for the Radeon Gallium3D code have now been posted for making this functionality work on the Linux desktop with these Zen+Vega APUs...
GCC's Test Suite To Begin Testing C++17 By Default
GCC's test suite will soon begin testing the C++17 standard as part of its C++98/11/14 standard tests by default... This doesn't affect the default C++ standard used by the GCC G++ compiler at this point, but at least will help eliminate any lingering C++17 bugs as well as helping to stop regressions in the future...
Spectre V2 "Lite" App-To-App Protection Mode Readying For The Linux Kernel
We are approaching one year since the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities shocked the industry, and while no new CPU speculative execution vulnerabilities have been made public recently, the Linux kernel developers continue improving upon the Spectre/Meltdown software-based mitigation techniques for helping to offset incurred performance costs with current generation hardware...
Lightworks 14.5 Video Editor Released With Same-Day Linux Support But Still No Source
Lightworks, the long-standing non-linear video editing system that has offered a native Linux build the past few years after being challenged by delays for a few years, is out today with version 14.5 and comes with Linux, macOS, and Windows support...
New Details On System76's Open-Source Hardware Plans Come To Light
Longtime Ubuntu/Linux PC vendor System76 has been teasing their efforts around an "open-source computer" and other open-source hardware efforts now that they are in the home stretch of setting up their own US-based manufacturing facility. Some new details on their initial aspirations are now out there...
DragonFlyBSD Continues Squeezing More Performance Out Of AMD's Threadripper 2990WX
DragonFlyBSD 5.4 should be a really great release if you are a BSD user and have an AMD Threadripper 2 box, particularly the flagship Threadripper 2990WX 32-core / 64-thread processor.
Coreboot's Flashrom Working On Radeon GPU Flashing Support
Former RadeonHD driver developer Luc Verhaegen is back at the AMD Radeon GPU reverse-engineering game. He's now pursuing Radeon firmware flashing with the Coreboot Flashrom utility...
GNOME Developers Are Looking At Sprucing Up Pango
GNOME developers want to make sure they have a competitive text rendering stack with other platforms and as such are looking to make some modernization improvements to Pango...
GCC 9 Feature Development Is Ending Next Month
There is just three weeks left for GNU toolchain developers to finish landing new feature material in GCC 9.0 ahead of next year's GCC 9.1 stable release...
Raptor Computing Systems Is Working On Bringing Up Chrome's POWER Support
With Raptor Computing Systems' Talos II Lite and especially the forthcoming Blackbird positioning the POWER architecture in a prime spot for use by libre Linux users who want a system that's open-source down to the firmware, they've been trying to make sure the Linux desktop stack is in order. The latest area they've been working on is browser coverage...
LLVM Still Proceeding With Their Code Relicensing
It's been three years since the original draft proposal for relicensing the LLVM compiler code was sent out and while there hasn't been a lot to report on recently about the effort, they are making progress and proceeding...
Updated Proton 3.16 Beta For Steam Play Has DXVK 0.90, D3D11 Fixes
Valve in cooperation with CodeWeavers and other developers continues making rapid progress on Steam Play and their "Proton" downstream flavor of Wine...
Google Engineer Proposes KUnit As New Linux Kernel Unit Testing Framework
Google engineer Brendan Higgins sent out an experimental set of 31 patches today introducing KUnit as a new Linux kernel unit testing framework to help preserve and improve the quality of the kernel's code...
Chrome 70 Now Officially Available With AV1 Video Decode, Opus In MP4 & Much More
Google's Chrome/Chromium 70 web-browser made it out today for Linux users as well as all other key supported platforms...
Ubuntu Server Is Making It Easier To Deploy Let's Encrypt SSL Certificates
The Ubuntu Server developers are looking to make it easier to deploy free SSL/TLS certificates from Let's Encrypt...
AMD Dual EPYC 7601 Benchmarks - 9-Way AMD EPYC / Intel Xeon Tests On Ubuntu 18.10 Server
Arriving earlier this month was a Dell PowerEdge R7425 server at Phoronix that was equipped with two AMD EPYC 7601 processors, 512GB of RAM, and 20 Samsung 860 EVO SSDs to make for a very interesting test platform and our first that is based on a dual EPYC design with our many other EPYC Linux benchmarks to date being 1P. Here is a look at the full performance capabilities of this 64-core / 128-thread server compared to a variety of other AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon processors while also doubling as an initial look at the performance of these server CPUs on Ubuntu 18.10.
Elementary OS 5.0 "Juno" Released For A Pleasant Linux Desktop Experience
Just ahead of Ubuntu 18.10, Solus 4, and Fedora 29 among other forthcoming Linux distribution releases, Elementary OS 5 "Juno" has been released for a polished desktop experience that aims to compete with macOS and Windows for desktop usability...
The Next Linux Kernel Will Bring More Drivers Converted To Use BLK-MQ I/O
More Linux storage drivers have been converted to the "blk-mq" interfaces for the multi-queue block I/O queuing mechanism for the 4.20~5.0 kernel cycle...
NVIDIA 410.66 Linux Driver Released With RTX 2070 Support, Vulkan Ray-Tracing, Etc
NVIDIA has released the 410.66 Linux graphics driver today as their first stable release in the 410 series and comes with support for the new GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card...
CodeWeavers CrossOver Linux 18 Released With DXVK/VKD3D Support
While CodeWeavers' developers have been busy with improvements to Wine and Valve's downstream "Proton" for allowing a great Windows-on-Linux gaming experience, they haven't parted ways with their core business and today they announced the availability of CrossOver 18...
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Linux Benchmarks Will Be Coming
NVIDIA's embargo for reviews on the GeForce RTX 2070 graphics cards has now expired ahead of the expected retail availability on Wednesday...
Linux's LoRa Is Ready To Deliver Long-Range, Low-Power Wireless
Adding to the long list of new features for what will be Linux 4.20 or likely renamed to Linux 5.0 per Linus Torvalds' numbering preferences is a new wireless networking subsystem within the kernel's networking code... Meet LoRa...
The Biggest Features Of Linux 4.19: Intel/AMD, CoC, 802.11ax, EROFS, GPS & GASKET
With the Linux 4.19 kernel set to be released next weekend, here's a recap of the most prominent features to be found in this next kernel release...
Qt 5.12 Beta 2 Brings Many Fixes
Just two weeks after the Qt 5.12 beta release, a second beta is now available for testing of this forthcoming tool-kit update...
The Expected Feature We Didn't See Yet For Ubuntu 18.10
While Ubuntu 18.10 is set to roll out this week with its new theme and an assortment of package updates and other enhancements, there is one feature Canonical previously talked about for the Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" cycle that we have yet to see made public...
Intel DRM Linux Driver Working On DisplayPort Forward Error Correction
Going in hand with their work on display stream compression for dealing with next-generation displays, the Intel Direct Rendering Manager driver developers are working on "FEC" support to deal with any errors that come up in the stream...
GCC Is Preparing To End Support For Solaris 10
Solaris 10, what may will argue as the last "good" Solaris operating system release before Sun Microsystems fell under control of Oracle, may soon see its support deprecated by the GCC compiler stack...
Mesa Vulkan Drivers Move Ahead With PCI Bus Info, Calibrated Timestamps
With this weekend's release of Vulkan 1.1.88 stealing the show was the Vulkan transform feedback capability to allow projects like DXVK to support Direct3D's Stream Output functionality. But besides VK_EXT_transform_feedback, there are other extensions also being worked on for Mesa ANV / RADV Vulkan driver coverage...
Purism Shares The Latest Librem 5 Smartphone Progress - Dev Kits Going Out Soon
Purism has shared the latest details on their efforts to deliver the open-source Linux Librem 5 smartphone to market in 2019...
Linux's Qualcomm Ath10k Driver Getting WoWLAN, WCN3990 Support
The Qualcomm/Atheros "Ath10k" Linux driver coming up in the Linux 4.20~5.0 kernel merge window is picking up two prominent features...
AMD CodeXL 2.6 Advances GPU Profiling, Static Analysis & GPU Debugging
AMD's GPUOpen group today released CodeXL 2.6 as the newest version of their GPU developer suite...
FUSE File-Systems Pick Up Another Performance Boost With Symlink Caching
FUSE file-systems in user-space are set to be running faster with the upcoming Linux 4.20~5.0 kernel thanks to several performance optimizations...
X.Org Server 1.20.2 Released With A Bunch Of Bug Fixes
It's almost been a half-year already since the release of the long delayed X.Org Server 1.20, but with no signs of X.Org Server 1.21 releasing soon, xorg-server 1.20.2 was announced today as the latest stable point release...
FreeDesktop.org Might Formally Join Forces With The X.Org Foundation
FreeDesktop.org is already effectively part of X.Org given the loose structure of FreeDesktop.org, the key members/administrators being part of both projects, and FreeDesktop.org long being the de facto hosting platform from the X.Org Server to Mesa and much more. But now they may be officially joining forces...
Windows 10 October 2018 Update Performance Against Ubuntu 18.10, Fedora 29
As the latest of our benchmarks using the newly re-released Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 Update, here are benchmarks of this latest Windows 10 build against seven different Linux distributions on the same hardware for checking out the current performance of these operating systems.
Experimental Patches For Using SIMD32 Fragment Shaders With Intel's Linux Driver
Existing Intel graphics hardware already supports SIMD32 fragment shaders and the Intel open-source Linux graphics driver has supported this mode for months, but it hasn't been enabled. That though is in the process of changing...
Xfce4-Screensaver Has Its First Release - Fork Of MATE Screensaver, Forked From GNOME
As a new alternative over XScreenSaver or using other desktop environments' screensaver functionality, xfce4-screensaver has out its first release albeit of alpha quality...
Another Change Proposed For Linux's Code of Conduct
With the Linux 4.19-rc8 kernel release overnight, one change not to be found in this latest Linux 4.19 release candidate are any alterations to the new Code of Conduct. The latest proposal forbids discussing off-topic matters while protecting any sentient being in the universe...
DragonFlyBSD Lands Another NUMA Optimization Helping AMD Threadripper 2 CPUs
DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon has been quite impressed with AMD's Threadripper 2 processors particularly the Threadripper 2990WX with 32-cores / 64-threads. Dillon has made various optimizations to DragonFly for helping out this processor in past months and overnight he made another significant improvement...
KDE Frameworks 5.51 Released
KDE Frameworks 5.51 is out today as the latest monthly update to this collection of KDE libraries complementing Qt5...
Linux 4.19-rc8 Released With A Lot Of "Tiny Things"
Greg Kroah-Hartman went ahead and released Linux 4.19-RC8 as the last test release of the upcoming Linux 4.19 kernel...
Fedora Workstation 29 Is Looking Up To Be Another Impressive Release, Looking Great
In addition to Ubuntu 18.10 releasing soon, Fedora 29 is set to be release by month's end if all goes well...
GNOME's Geoclue 2.5 Brings Vala Support, WiFi Geolocation For City-Level Accuracy
GNOME's Geoclue library that provides a D-Bus service for location information based on GPS receivers, 3G modems, GeoIP, or even WiFi-based geolocation has been baking a lot of changes...
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