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Arm's Mali T720 Now Stable With Panfrost Gallium3D On Mesa 20.0

3. Prosinec 2019 - 12:35
The Panfrost Gallium3D driver that is the open-source OpenGL community-led driver for supporting Arm Mali Midgard/Bifrost architectures now has stable support for the T720 GPU...

OmniOS Updated With Latest Intel Microcode, Better LX Zones Support For Newer Distros

3. Prosinec 2019 - 12:18
OmniOS, the Illumos/OpenSolaris-derived platform focused on delivering an enterprise-quality open-source OS, is out with a new update today...

Linux 5.5 Livepatching Tracks The System State For Better Patch Handling/Compatibility

3. Prosinec 2019 - 8:39
The kernel livepatching infrastructure that allows applying kernel patches (primarily security fixes) to a running kernel without the need to reboot in order to avoid downtime is seeing a big improvement with Linux 5.5...

XFS For Linux 5.5 Brings Quite A Few Changes

3. Prosinec 2019 - 6:08
The XFS file-system is seeing a large number of changes for the in-development Linux 5.5 kernel...

Imagination Announces IMG A-Series To Deliver 2.5x Faster Performance Over Current PowerVR

3. Prosinec 2019 - 2:34
Imagination today announced the IMG A-Series as their next-generation GPU cores and architecture that deliver 2.5x faster performance for the same area and same power to their current-generation PowerVR graphics processors...

Mesa Adds Option For Changing Intel's OpenGL Driver Default

3. Prosinec 2019 - 0:07
While originally Intel planned to transition their OpenGL driver default to the modern "Iris" Gallium3D driver rather than the longstanding "i965" DRI driver for Mesa 19.3, that was pushed back to Mesa 20.0 for introduction in Q1'2020. In aiming to make that revised milestone a reality, a new option has been added to Mesa 20.0 with the Meson build system for being able to indicate the Intel OpenGL driver preference...

NEOX V Announced By Think Silicon As First RISC-V 3D GPU

2. Prosinec 2019 - 20:46
While there has been the Libre RISC-V community-driven effort to create a RISC-V graphics processor that basically amounts to a RISC-V core with vector extensions/improvements and running a Vulkan software implementation (though they are now reportedly eyeing POWER instead of RISC-V), Think Silicon has announced the first actual RISC-V ISA based 3D graphics processor...

FreeBSD 12.1 Runs Refreshingly Well With AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X - Benchmarks Against Windows + Linux

2. Prosinec 2019 - 17:00
For those of you interested in AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 3960X/3970X processors with TRX40 motherboards for running FreeBSD, the experience in our initial testing has been surprisingly pleasant. In fact, it works out-of-the-box which one could argue is better than the current Linux support that needs the MCE workaround for booting. Here are some benchmarks of FreeBSD 12.1 on the Threadripper 3970X compared to Linux and Windows for this new HEDT platform.

NetBSD 9.0 RC1 Released With 64-Bit Arm Support, Updated ZFS + Other Improvements

2. Prosinec 2019 - 16:20
NetBSD 9.0 is around the corner and finally presenting 64-bit Arm (AArch64) support as well as other long overdue hardware support like Intel Kabylake graphics...

The Qt Company Launches Qt Marketplace For Free + Paid Qt Extensions / Add-Ons

2. Prosinec 2019 - 14:17
While there is the KDE Frameworks that offers a wonderful set of complementary extensions/add-ons to the Qt5 tool-kit, for those looking for more Qt5 extensions, The Qt Company has launched "The Qt Marketplace" as a source for both free and paid extensions...

Linux 5.5 Can Boot The Modem Processor On Snapdragon 835 - Needed For Cell/WiFi On Qualcomm Laptops

2. Prosinec 2019 - 13:47
With the Linux 5.4 cycle we saw mainline support beginning to come together for some Qualcomm ARM Linux laptops while with Linux 5.5 another milestone is being achieved. There has been out-of-tree support in the works for getting the various consumer Snapdragon laptops working with Linux while those changes are slowly getting into the mainline kernel...

AMD IOMMU Driver Reworked For Linux 5.5

2. Prosinec 2019 - 13:07
With the IOMMU updates for the Linux 5.5 kernel there is a major rework to the AMD IOMMU driver to make use of more common DMA IOMMU code for implementing the DMA API but with an admitted risk of potential new regressions...

With Approaching Another Year Closer To Year 2038, Linux 5.5 Brings More Y2038 Fixes

2. Prosinec 2019 - 12:50
With approaching another year closer to the Year 2038 problem, where on 19 January 2038 the number of seconds for the Unix timestamp can no longer be stored in a signed 32-bit integer, Linux 5.5 is bringing more Y2038 preparations...

Steam Survey For November Points To Flat Linux Percentage

2. Prosinec 2019 - 12:15
With the start of a new month always comes the excitement of seeing what Valve's Steam Survey is pointing at for gaming trends as to the percentage of Linux gamers...

Linux 5.5 Seeing Some Wild Swings In Performance - Improvements But Also Regressions

1. Prosinec 2019 - 18:15
While there still is a week to go in the Linux 5.5 merge window with more feature code still landing, due to scheduler changes and other work already having landed, I already started running some Git benchmarks. Linux 5.5 at this stage appears quite volatile with some really nice improvements in some workloads but also regressions in others...

Video: 100+ Daily Performance Tests For Clear Linux + Intel's Other Full-Stack Optimizations

1. Prosinec 2019 - 16:16
A month ago at the Open-Source Summit Europe 2019 in Lyon, France, Intel's Kelly Hammond who serves as the company's Senior Director of System Platform Software talked up their open-source contributions with a particular emphasis on performance. The video from that keynote was recently published for those curious about Intel's open-source work in the name of performance, including Clear Linux...

GDB Adds Multi-Threaded Symbol Loading For Faster Debugging Performance

1. Prosinec 2019 - 14:52
It's not often there are features to report on with regard to GNU Debugger (GDB) performance, but a new feature in place is multi-threaded symbol loading...

Linux 5.5 Block Changes Include NVMe Temperature Monitoring, Optimizations

1. Prosinec 2019 - 13:43
The Linux 5.5 block changes landed earlier this week with a wide variety of driver and core improvements. There are some I/O optimizations to make the pull exciting as well as the NVMe HWMON drive temperature reporting integration...

VMs Can Finally Hibernate Under Microsoft Hyper-V With Linux 5.5

1. Prosinec 2019 - 13:23
It seems like the feature would have been wired up long ago, but with the Linux 5.5 kernel guest virtual machines running on Microsoft Hyper-V should be able to successfully hibernate...

KDE Now Deals With GTK CSD Headerbars - Improving GNOME App Integration On Plasma

1. Prosinec 2019 - 12:52
There is an exciting improvement to the GTK client side decoration handling ahead of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS release due out in February...