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Sway 1.7 Nears Release With Less Abrasive NVIDIA Option, Zero-Copy Direct Scanout

9. Leden 2022 - 12:14
Sway 1.7 is up to its second release candidate for this popular i3-inspired Wayland lightweight compositor...

Linux 5.17 To Introduce Cirrus CS35L41 HD Audio Codec Driver

9. Leden 2022 - 12:02
Among many other sound driver changes destined for the upcoming Linux 5.17 cycle, Cirrus Logic has contributed CS35L41 HD audio codec support in the form of a new sound driver, cs35l41_hda...

Using Distrobox To Augment The Package Selection On Clear Linux, Other Distributions

9. Leden 2022 - 11:22
While our testing has consistently shown how Clear Linux can deliver leading performance on Intel/AMD x86_64 platforms, one of the user criticisms to that distribution has been around the limited selection of packaged software especially on the desktop side. But the rather interesting Distrobox can help address that by leveraging Podman or Docker to run other Linux distribution user-space software packages atop...

Fast Kernel Headers v2 Posted - Speeds Up Clang-Built Linux Kernel Build By ~88%

8. Leden 2022 - 19:34
What may end up being one of the greatest Linux kernel features of 2022 is the recently published "Fast Kernel Headers" effort for cleaning up the kernel headers and dramatically speeding up Linux kernel builds both for absolute/clean and incremental builds. Fast Kernel Headers can cut the Linux kernel build time in half or greater and out this weekend are the v2 patches...

Linux 5.17 To Bring AMD P-State, Many AMD & Intel Improvements, New Optimizations

8. Leden 2022 - 15:35
The Linux 5.16 stable kernel is slated for release tomorrow and it delivers on some grand improvements to kick off 2022. But as for great as the Linux 5.16 features are, we are already looking forward to the enhancements on deck with Linux 5.17...

GCC 12 + Glibc 2.35 Planned For Fedora 36

8. Leden 2022 - 15:02
It should hardly come as a surprise given Fedora's history of always shipping with the very latest GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), but with this spring's Fedora 36 the plan is to ship with the yet-to-be-released GCC 12 and other very latest open-source compiler toolchain components...

KDE Kicks Off 2022 With New Feature Work

8. Leden 2022 - 11:03
KDE developers have kicked off 2022 into full-swing with new features and other improvements now on their way to the next round of KDE software releases...

GNOME On Wayland Lands Improved Handling For Direct Scanout Support

8. Leden 2022 - 10:00
Adding to the changes for GNOME 42 this spring is the Mutter Wayland compositor now taking into account sub-surfaces when determining direct scanout capabilities...

Gentoo Linux Packages Up AMD ROCm, Makes Progress On RISC-V, LTO+PGO Python

8. Leden 2022 - 6:00
Gentoo Linux developers were very busy over the course of 2021 for this popular rolling-release operating system choice...

Wine 7.0-rc5 Released With Another 30 Bugs Fixed

7. Leden 2022 - 22:16
Wine 7.0-rc5 is available for testing while the stable release of Wine 7.0.0 will be popped soon...

Linux 5.17 GPU Updates: Raptor Lake, ADL-P Stable, Raspberry Pi 4K@60, AMD Seamless Boot

7. Leden 2022 - 19:50
While the Linux 5.17 merge window doesn't open up until next week following Sunday's Linux 5.16 stable debut, due to lead Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem maintainer David Airlie going on holiday next week he has sent out the feature pull early. Here is a look at the many GPU/display driver updates for this next kernel version...

AMD Radeon Open-Source Linux GPU Driver Performance: 2020 vs. 2021

7. Leden 2022 - 15:00
Across dozens of articles over the past year I have covered a variety of different open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver optimizations from their kernel driver through their Mesa RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and the popular RADV Vulkan driver, among other interesting open-source AMD contributions. For those wondering what the cumulative gain was for 2021 from all these AMD graphics driver changes, here are some end-of-year 2020 vs. 2021 benchmarks across a number of different Linux games while testing on Vega, Navi, and Navi 2 graphics cards.

Canonical To Focus On A New, More Modular Snapcraft - Current Codebase Goes Legacy

7. Leden 2022 - 13:32
A few minutes ago a new Ubuntu blog post hit the wire entitled "The Future of Snapcraft" where immediately I wondered if it was announcing plans to move away from their own app packaging/store/update tech and shift over to a Flatpak world like the rest of the Linux ecosystem for app sandboxing, app store, and distribution. Nope, but they are going to overhaul Snapcraft's architecture...

Linux 5.17 Picking Up Support For New NVIDIA Spectrum-4 Network ASIC

7. Leden 2022 - 13:00
As part of the plethora of networking changes for Linux 5.17, NVIDIA is introducing support for Spectrum-4 networking ASICs...

Microsoft Eyeing OpenGL Compute + GLES 3.1 For Its Mesa D3D12 Backend

7. Leden 2022 - 11:08
Microsoft had a wild 2021 with Linux/open-source contributions and now days into 2022 we are already seeing more of their Mesa feature work as they look to further advance the capabilities of their Direct3D 12 back-end for running OpenGL/OpenCL atop native Windows D3D12 drivers...

Wine 7.0's Many Features From Better Theming To Improved HiDPI To New Joystick Driver

7. Leden 2022 - 11:00
We are closing in on the release of Wine 7.0 as the annual stable feature release for this open-source software that allows running Windows games and applications under Linux, macOS, BSDs, and other platforms. Here is a recap of the many changes being introduced since last year's Wine 6.0 milestone...

Linux 5.17 AArch64 Code Has SME Preparations, Adds KCSAN Support

7. Leden 2022 - 10:55
While the Linux 5.17 merge window hasn't opened up yet, there have been a few early pull requests sent out this week ahead of this imminent next kernel cycle. One of those already sent out is the ARM64/AArch64 CPU architecture code updates for Linux 5.17...

Linux 5.17 Random Number Generator Seeing Speed-Ups, Switching From SHA1 To BLAKE2s

7. Leden 2022 - 6:00
Ahead of the Linux 5.17 merge window officially opening next week, random (RNG) subsystem maintainer Jason Donenfeld has submitted an exciting batch of updates for this next kernel cycle...

Firefox 95 vs. Chrome 97 Browser Performance On Linux

6. Leden 2022 - 20:12
With starting a new year, it's an interesting time to take a fresh look at how the latest Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers are competing on the Linux desktop...

WirePlumber 0.4.6 Released For Managing PipeWire

6. Leden 2022 - 19:11
Helping make PipeWire suitable for the Linux desktop so quickly has been WirePlumber as a more featureful alternative to PipeWire's default session manager. Out today is WirePlumber 0.4.6 as the latest step forward on that front...