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Proton 4.11-7 Released With Controller Improvements, D9VK/DXVK Updates

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 22:32
Valve has released Proton 4.11-7 as the newest version of their Wine downstream that powers Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux...

NixOS 19.09 Released With Xfce 4.14 Packages, GNOME 3 Updates

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 18:03
We are hitting the autumn Linux distribution update season and out today is NixOS 19.09 as the latest installment for this operating system built around the functional Nix package manager...

RMS: No Radical Changes In GNU Project

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 17:18
With Stallman sticking around as head of the GNU and with that the Free Software Foundation re-evaluating their GNU relationship, Richard Stallman is already saying there will be no major changes to the project he founded...

The Mitigation Impact Difference On AMD Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Intel Core i9 9900K Performance

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 16:10
Last week I shared benchmark results of the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Intel Core i9 9900K in 400+ benchmarks in the largest comparison ever for these two competing ~$500 USD processors. If that wasn't enough, I repeated the hundreds of CPU/system benchmarks again but without any of the recent CPU security mitigations in place to see how the situation would have played out pre-2018.

Qt 5.14 Rolls To Beta Stage With Graphics API Independent Scenegraph Renderer

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 14:35
The Qt Company has shipped Qt 5.14 beta as the newest version of the Qt5 tool-kit and their last real feature update as Qt 5.15 will focus more on bug fixes as development is shifting towards Qt 6.0 due out in one year's time...

KDE + Qt 5.14 To Better Behave With Context Loss Around NVIDIA's Driver

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 14:06
Currently when resuming from systemd suspend or switching back to the KDE desktop from an alternate VT, it's possible with the NVIDIA proprietary driver to see screen corruption or leakage of previous screen contents to areas of the lock screen / desktop. This annoying issue is now being better addressed with Qt 5.14...

Ubuntu 19.10 Makes It So Easy To Have Your Desktop Running Off A ZFS File-System

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 11:55
As we reported this weekend, the Ubuntu desktop installer "Ubiquity" has landed the much anticipated ZFS install support. That's now propagated through to the Ubuntu 19.10 daily ISOs and does indeed make for a quick and easy setup of Ubuntu Eoan running off a root ZFS file-system...

Intel Adds GPU-Accelerated Memory Copy Support To FFmpeg

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 11:40
Intel engineers have contributed GPU-accelerated memory copy support to FFmpeg when making use of their preferred video decode implementation...

Intel ANV & Radeon RADV Vulkan Drivers Tacking On More Extensions With Mesa 19.3

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 11:24
There still is another month until the feature freeze for Mesa 19.3 to end out 2019 and it will be a big one...

GNOME Shell & Mutter 3.34.1 Deliver On Their Prominent Fixes

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 11:09
There weren't out in time for yesterday's formal GNOME 3.34.1 point release, but GNOME Shell and Mutter have out their prominent point releases today that are exciting on the correction front...

RadeonSI NIR Mesa 19.3 Testing Didn't Turn Up Any Bugs, Similar Performance To TGSI

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 07:50
Besides RADV ACO compiler testing and AMDGPU bulk moves restored another common test request recently on the Radeon Linux graphics side has been looking at the NIR support...

Amlogic Video Decode Driver Nearly Ready With H.264 Support

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 05:46
The in-kernel staging Amlogic Meson video decode driver could soon handle H.264 support as soon as Linux 5.5...

RadeonSI Adds Zeroing vRAM Workaround To Help Rocket League Players

Sre, 10/09/2019 - 00:20
For those annoyed by random textures appearing when launching the popular Rocket League game with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, a workaround has landed in Mesa 19.3-devel Git while also marked for back-porting to currently supported stable series...

Linux 5.5 To Advertise RDPRU Support For AMD Zen 2 CPUs Via /proc/cpuinfo

Tor, 10/08/2019 - 17:23
RDPRU is one of the new instruction set extensions of AMD "Zen 2" CPUs that is for reading a processor register that is typically limited to privilege level zero. RDPRU allows for reading select registers at any privilege level. With Linux 5.5, the RDPRU presence will be advertised by the CPU features...

Firefox 69 + Chrome 77 On Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu / Clear Linux Benchmarks

Tor, 10/08/2019 - 14:51
With running some fresh cross-OS benchmarks now that Ubuntu 19.10 is imminent followed by Ubuntu 19.10, a new Windows 10 update coming in the days ahead, and also the release of macOS 10.15, a lot of fun benchmarks are ahead. In today's article is a quick look at the Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 19.10 vs. Clear Linux web browser performance for both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Navi 14 AMDGPU Firmware Lands In The Linux-Firmware.Git Tree

Tor, 10/08/2019 - 12:34
Just one day after announcing the Radeon RX 5500 series as the first Navi 14 GPUs, AMD has submitted the firmware binaries to the linux-firmware.git tree that are required for usage with the open-source Linux graphics driver...

KDE's KWin To Still Pursue X11 Composite Unredirect, More Wayland Improvements

Tor, 10/08/2019 - 11:47
KDE developer Roman Gilg attended the X.Org Developer's Conference last week in Montreal. At XDC2019 he provided the X11/Wayland developers with an overview of KWin's architecture as both an X11 window manager and Wayland compositor along with talking of some of the future plans...

GNOME 3.34.1 Released With Latest Fixes

Tor, 10/08/2019 - 11:18
GNOME 3.34.1 is out as the first point release to last month's big GNOME 3.34 desktop debut...

BeOS-Inspired Haiku Making Progress On ARM, Various Kernel Improvements

Tor, 10/08/2019 - 08:37
Just last week marked the one year anniversary since shipping the Haiku R1 beta release for this BeOS-inspired open-source operating system. The developers remain though as busy as ever with advancing this interesting open-source project...

Firefox 71 Landing Wayland DMA-BUF Textures Support

Tor, 10/08/2019 - 05:29
Firefox 71 is bringing another important Wayland improvement!..