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Defaulting Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs To Better Linux Driver Is Held Up By Analog Outputs

Tor, 08/04/2020 - 16:08
Switching from the "Radeon" to "AMDGPU" kernel driver on Linux is possible for Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 era graphics cards and doing so can mean slight performance benefits, the ability to run the AMDVLK or RADV Vulkan drivers, and simply making use of this better maintained driver. But having these original GCN graphics cards default to the modern AMDGPU driver appears held up by the lack of analog video output support with that driver...

After 5 Years, FSGSBASE Support Finally Ready For Linux To Enhance AMD/Intel Performance

Tor, 08/04/2020 - 14:45
The Linux kernel work for making use of the x86_64 FSGSBASE instruction since Intel Ivy Bridge and since then AMD CPUs also is set to finally land with the in-development Linux 5.9 kernel. The FSGSBASE support has the possibility of helping Intel/AMD CPU performance especially in areas like context switching that had been hurt badly by Spectre/Meltdown and other CPU vulnerability mitigations largely on the Intel side...

Linux 5.9 Set To Bring "Close_Range" System Call - Coordinated With FreeBSD Developers

Tor, 08/04/2020 - 14:17
The close_range() system call is intended to allow efficiently closing a range of file descriptors (or all file descriptors) of the calling task. This system call was devised in cooperation with FreeBSD developers...

GNOME's Mutter Adds Support For Launching "Trusted Clients" On Wayland

Tor, 08/04/2020 - 11:47
Merged to GNOME's Mutter compositor is an API for Wayland to allow the launching of trusted clients...

Linux 5.9 Adds Intel "Keem Bay" Support, 8 Snapdragon Smartphones, AMD EthanolX BMC, Old Tegra Tablets

Tor, 08/04/2020 - 08:39
There are many ARM changes coming to Linux 5.9, including support for Intel's Keem Bay...

Intel's Open-Source H.265/HEVC Encoder Sees First Release Of 2020

Tor, 08/04/2020 - 05:03
Intel's Scalable Video Technology team is known for their open-source video encoder work particularly on AV1 and VP9 formats, but they also continue to maintain a high performance H.265/HEVC encoder as well. Intel SVT-HEVC 1.5 was released on Monday as their first major update of the year...

Intel SERIALIZE, Dropping Of SGI UV Supercomputer, i386 Clang'ing Hit Linux 5.9

Tor, 08/04/2020 - 01:48
A number of x86-related changes were sent out today for the first full day of the Linux 5.9 merge window...

AMD HSA Offloading Support Dropped From The GCC Compiler

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 23:47
There didn't appear to be much usage ever out of the AMD HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) support within the GCC compiler and hadn't been maintained in a while so now has been wiped out of the GNU Compiler Collection...

Btrfs Seeing Some Nice Performance Improvements For Linux 5.9

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 20:00
With more eyes on Btrfs given the file-system is set to become the default for Fedora 33 desktop spins, there are some interesting performance optimizations coming to Btrfs with the in-development Linux 5.9 kernel...

Kernel Developers Work To Block NVIDIA "GPL Condom" Effort Around New NetGPU Code

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 18:22
Linux kernel developers are working on tightening up the access around GPL-only kernel symbols and kernel shims that interface with proprietary kernel modules. This latest work is being driven by code recently put out for improving the Linux networking code where NVIDIA's proprietary kernel driver would be the initial consumer...

OpenSSF Launches To Improve Open-Source Software Security

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 17:32
The Linux Foundation in cooperation with many hardware and software vendors have announced the Open-Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) for improving open-source security...

Vulkan 1.2.149 Released With Another Extension For Helping The Likes Of DXVK

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 16:00
Vulkan 1.2.149 is out today and its lone new extension is yet another addition to the Vulkan API for helping translation layers like DXVK map other graphics APIs on top...

GNU Linux-libre 5.8 Required A Lot Of Deblobbing

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 14:51
Linux 5.8 is one of the biggest releases in a while but that newly-stable kernel also means a lot of the new drivers need to be stripped out or otherwise modified over being reliant on binary-only firmware/microcode or contingent upon other dependencies deemed not free to the Free Software Foundation standards...

FSCRYPT Inline Encryption Ready To Offer Better Performance On Modern SoCs

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 13:00
After being worked on a number of months, the FSCRYPT file-system encryption framework for the Linux kernel is enabling inline encryption support with the 5.9 kernel...

Ubuntu's Prolific GNOME Developer Is Looking To Tackle Deep Color Support

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 12:28
GNOME could soon be playing nicely with deep color displays that aim to offer more realistic color reproduction thanks to the greater bit depth for each color component...

Linux 5.9 Dropping The Unicore 32-bit RISC Architecture

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 12:07
It's arguably long overdue but with the just-opened Linux 5.9 kernel cycle the Unicore32 CPU architecture is being removed...

Libinput 1.16 Released - Ready To Warn You If Your System Is Too Slow

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 11:37
Libinput 1.16 is out this morning as the newest feature update to this input handling library used by the Linux desktop on both X11 and Wayland...

IO_uring Has Many Improvements Set To Go Into Linux 5.9

Pon, 08/03/2020 - 05:00
In addition to the many outlined changes expected for Linux 5.9, here's another big one: lots of IO_uring work for enhancing this modern Linux I/O interface...

Linux 5.8 Released With AMD Energy Driver, F2FS LZO-RLE, IBM POWER10 Booting

Ned, 08/02/2020 - 23:21
Linus Torvalds was debating up to the last minutes today of whether to opt for Linux 5.8-rc8 or go ahead and release Linux 5.8 as stable... He opted for Linux 5.8 splashing down on this historic day...

DragonFlyBSD Pulls In AMD Temperature Driver, SMN Support From FreeBSD

Ned, 08/02/2020 - 21:16
DragonFlyBSD has been generally working out well for AMD Zen systems sans a few motherboard specific woes, but now is getting even better thanks to importing some new drivers from FreeBSD...