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Linux 6.6-rc4 Released - Linus Torvalds: It's Fairly Small

Ned, 10/01/2023 - 22:37
Linus Torvalds just released Linux 6.6-rc4 as the newest test release for this kernel that is looking to be released as stable around the end of October...

Linux To Try Again To Disable All RNDIS Protocol Drivers

Ned, 10/01/2023 - 19:52
Several months back was work to disable all Microsoft Remote Network Driver Interface Specification (RNDIS) drivers in the Linux kernel on the basis of being insecure and other factors. That plan of disabling the RNDIS drivers was faced by opposition around concerns of potentially disrupting USB tethering support and the like. It's been months since hearing anything about updated plans for disabling or dropping the RNDIS drivers but the Git branch was updated today for disabling this class of drivers...

Mesa 23.3 Restores DCC With Mipmaps Performance Optimization For AMD RDNA3 GPUs

Ned, 10/01/2023 - 14:06
Prolific RADV developer Samuel Pitoiset with Valve's Linux graphics driver team has re-enabled Delta Color Compression (DCC) with mipmaps for AMD GFX11 (RDNA3) hardware for the Mesa 23.3 release...

Microsoft CBL-Mariner 2.0.20230924 Rebuilds AArch64 Packages Due To That Nasty GCC Bug

Ned, 10/01/2023 - 13:57
Microsoft released CBL-Mariner 2.0.20230924 this week as the newest version of their in-house Linux distribution. The driving force behind this release is to get out rebuilt AArch64 packages following the recent GCC security vulnerability that affected Arm 64-bit built software...

"Open-Source Windows" ReactOS To See Improved GUI Setup/Installation

Ned, 10/01/2023 - 13:29
ReactOS Deutschland e.V. has hired a longtime contributor to this "open-source Windows" project to spend the next five months working on the ReactOS GUI setup mode as an alternative to their classic text-based setup mode...

Linux Now Mitigating Hygon CPUs For Inception/SRSO Vulnerability

Ned, 10/01/2023 - 11:37
Disclosed back in August was the Inception vulnerability affecting all Zen processors. It took until today though for the mainline Linux kernel to mitigate Hygon processors for this vulnerability for those Zen 1 CPUs formed from the AMD-Chinese joint venture...

Silicon Motion X.Org Driver Sees First Release In Six Years

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 18:40
The xf86-video-siliconmotion X.Org driver has seen its first new release in six years for supporting the Silicon Motion Lynx and Cougar chipsets found in vintage laptops...

Raspberry Pi 5, Steam Deck & New AMD CPUs Dominated Q3

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 18:00
During the third quarter on Phoronix were 689 original Linux/open-source news articles and another 50 Linux hardware reviews / benchmark articles. Here's a look back at what excited Linux enthusiasts this quarter...

Canonical's Snap Store Hit By Malicious Apps

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 17:35
Stemming from reports of several fake crypto apps appearing in Canonical's Snap Store that aimed to steal user funds, temporary restrictions have been put in place while Canonical investigates the security matter...

Milk-V Duo Linux Kernel Patches Submitted For This $9 RISC-V Board

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 14:20
Patches have been posted to the Linux kernel mailing list in an effort to mainline support for the Milk-V Duo RISC-V development platform with the basic board retailing for $9...

Wine-Staging 8.17 Released With Fix For Eight Year Old Bug Report

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 13:25
Building off yesterday's Wine 8.17 release, Wine-Staging 8.17 is now available that consists of 494 extra patches atop the upstream Wine code-base...

wlroots Merges Wayland Tearing Control Support

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 11:31
The wlroots Wayland compositor library used by Sway and other Wayland compositors to help with the heavy lifting has merged support for the tearing control protocol...

KDE Plasma 6.0 Ends September With Many New Features & Enhancements

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 11:12
Plasma 6 development is ending September on a high note with a number of new features and enhancements to this desktop now merged...

VP8/VP9's libvpx 1.13.1 Released Due To A High Severity Vulnerability

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 11:02
Google on Friday released libvpx 1.13.1 as the newest update to this open-source reference encoder for the VP8 and VP9 video codecs. This release is coming due to CVE-2023-5217, which is a "high" severity vulnerability that's been exploited within at least the Google Chrome web browser...

Wine 8.17 Released With VKD3D 1.9 Upgrade, Initial Window Management For Wayland Driver

Pet, 09/29/2023 - 21:48
Wine 8.17 is out today as the newest bi-weekly development release for this open-source software that allows Windows games and applications to run on Linux as well as serving as the basis for Valve's Proton that powers Steam Play...

Linux's modprobe Adds The Ability To Load A Module From Anywhere On The File-System

Pet, 09/29/2023 - 19:19
With today's release of kmod 31, Linux's modprobe utility for loading kernel modules can finally allow arbitrary paths to allow loading new kernel modules from anywhere on the file-system...

Linux 6.7 To Support New Intel DG2-G12 Stepping, More Raptor Lake IDs

Pet, 09/29/2023 - 17:46
Intel's Linux graphics driver engineers have begun submitting their feature changes to DRM-Next of new i915 kernel driver feature material they are preparing for the Linux 6.7 cycle this winter...

Intel Arrow Lake NPU Support Slides Into Linux 6.6 IVPU Driver

Pet, 09/29/2023 - 15:15
With the Intel Arrow Lake NPU being very similar to Meteor Lake for this neural processing unit, the patches enabling that NPU for next-gen Intel Core CPUs was submitted as a "fix" for the ongoing Linux 6.6 cycle...

AMD FSR 3 Now Available - Open-Source Code To Come Soon

Pet, 09/29/2023 - 14:52
AMD announced today that the Windows games Immortals of Aveum and Forspoken are available today with their FidelityFX Super Resolution 3 (FSR 3) upscaling technology. More games making use of FSR 3 are on the way and the open-source code drop of FSR 3 is coming at a later date...

AMDVLK 2023.Q3.3 Released With Radeon RX 7700 / 7800 Series Support

Pet, 09/29/2023 - 12:54
After a month and a half delay from AMDVLK 2023.Q3.1 to AMDVLK 2023.Q3.2, the AMDVLK 2023.Q3.3 driver is out today after just one week. This AMD Vulkan driver update finally enables Radeon RX 7700 / RX 7800 series support and delivers on other improvements...