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Xen Developers Continue Work On CPU Core Scheduling Support

20. Květen 2019 - 12:37
Sent out earlier this month is the second version of the Xen core scheduling patches that allow for CPU core and socket-level scheduling by this virtualization hypervisor...

Lenovo Hooks Up With Debian For DebConf 19

20. Květen 2019 - 12:25
Not only does this appear to be the first time Lenovo has decided to sponsor Debian's annual conference, but they have done so at the flagship "platinum" sponsorship tier...

Qt Design Studio 1.2 Beta Offers Bridge With Sketch Vector Graphics Editor

20. Květen 2019 - 12:09
The Qt Company today released a public beta of their upcoming Qt Design Studio 1.2, the software letting designers easily create QML-based user-interfaces and that can integrate with Photoshop and other design applications...

Xfce 4.14 Sees Its Long-Awaited Pre-Release

20. Květen 2019 - 1:31
The GTK3-ported Xfce 4.14 might see its long-awaited official release in the near future. In preparing for a hopeful August debut, the Xfce 4.14 pre-release is now available...

Linux 5.2-rc1 Kernel Released With Case-Insensitive EXT4, New Intel HW & RTW88 WiFi

20. Květen 2019 - 0:29
Back when Linux 5.1 was released, Linus Torvalds expressed some concern that the Linux 5.2 merge window may have to be extended by a few days as it would conflict with his daughter's graduation, but he has managed still to get 5.2-rc1 out on time...

Linux's vmalloc Seeing "Large Performance Benefits" With 5.2 Kernel Changes

19. Květen 2019 - 20:57
On top of all the changes queued for Linux 5.2 is an interesting last-minute performance improvement for the vmalloc code...

SVT-AV1 0.5 Released As Intel's Speedy AV1 Video Encoder

19. Květen 2019 - 20:00
While we have been reporting on and benchmarking the Intel SVT video encoders since February, they were only officially announced last month and this Sunday marks their first tagged release for the AV1 encoder in the form of SVT-AV1 0.5.0...

DXVK 1.2.1 Released With Game Fixes, Some Performance Improvements

19. Květen 2019 - 17:08
A new release of DXVK is available for translating Direct3D 10/11 calls to Vulkan for speeding up the Windows on Linux gaming experience...

The Many Changes & Additions To Find With The Linux 5.2 Kernel

19. Květen 2019 - 15:10
The Linux 5.2 kernel merge window has been open for two weeks now and is expected to close today or in the next few days (there is some uncertainty due to Linus Torvalds traveling this week due to his daughter's graduation). But anyhow all of the major pull requests have already been sent in so here is a look at the new features to find with the Linux 5.2 kernel and the many other changes.

LibreOffice 6.3 Alpha Was Tagged This Week, Stable Expected In August

19. Květen 2019 - 14:43
Tagged at the start of the week was LibreOffice 6.3 Alpha 1 as the first step towards the next major release of this cross-platform, open-source office suite...

Raptor's Blackbird micro-ATX POWER9 System Is Ready To Take Flight This Week

19. Květen 2019 - 13:00
The much anticipated Raptor Blackbird is set to begin shipping over the days ahead. Blackbird is the lower-cost (compared to the Talos II Secure Workstation) micro-ATX motherboard for IBM POWER9 systems and offers open-source firmware as currently one of the most open, high-performance systems available...

Linux Kernel's Perf Now Supports Zstd-Compressed Trace Recording

19. Květen 2019 - 12:46
Late updates to the Linux kernel's perf subsystem introduces support for compressed recording of traces, which can yield a three to five time reduction in file-size...

KDE Plasma 5.16 To Allow Fully Configuring Touchpads With Libinput On X11

19. Květen 2019 - 12:10
It was another busy week in KDE space with a lot of bug fixing and last minute work around KDE Plasma 5.16. In case you missed it, this week Plasma 5.16 reached beta...

AMD Zen-Derived Hygon Dhyana Appears To Be Working On Coreboot Support

19. Květen 2019 - 3:28
Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co with its Hygon Dhyana processor that is based on AMD Zen IP appears to be pursuing Coreboot support...

The Performance Impact Of MDS / Zombieload Plus The Overall Cost Now Of Spectre/Meltdown/L1TF/MDS

18. Květen 2019 - 16:30
The past few days I've begun exploring the performance implications of the new Microarchitectural Data Sampling "MDS" vulnerabilities now known more commonly as Zombieload. As I shared in some initial results, there is a real performance hit to these mitigations. In this article are more MDS/Zombieload mitigation benchmarks on multiple systems as well as comparing the overall performance impact of the Meltdown/Spectre/Foreshadow/Zombieload mitigations on various Intel CPUs and also AMD CPUs where relevant.

The Open-Source / Linux Highlights From OSTS 2019

18. Květen 2019 - 13:03
We've had a number of articles covering the interesting news out of Intel's 2019 Open-Source Technology Summit (OSTS) held at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. Here's a look back at the news out of the open-source event as well as some other smaller bits of information shared during the event...

PRIME GPU Offloading Improvement For GLXVND Merged For X.Org Server 1.21

18. Květen 2019 - 12:40
Work by NVIDIA to provide separate per-client vendor mappings for GLXVND were merged to X.Org Server 1.21 Git as another step towards improving the PRIME GPU offloading support when multiple GPU drivers are at play...

Xfdesktop 4.13.4 Released On The Road To Xfce 4.14 Possibly This August

18. Květen 2019 - 12:26
Xfce's Xfdesktop 4.13.4 was released on Friday as the newest stepping stone on the long and winding journey towards Xfce 4.14...

Linux 5.2 To Allow P2P DMA Between Any Devices On AMD Zen Systems

18. Květen 2019 - 12:14
With the Linux 5.2 kernel an AMD-supplied change by AMDGPU developer Christian König allows for supporting peer-to-peer DMA between any devices on AMD Zen systems...

KVM Changes Make It Into Linux 5.2 With Improvements For x86, POWER, ARM

18. Květen 2019 - 11:58
The Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) changes were sent out on Friday of the new feature updates for the Linux 5.2 kernel that is nearing the end of its merge window...