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OpenMandriva Can Now Clang Its Linux Kernel Build For This LLVM Focused Distribution

Pon, 09/30/2019 - 07:24
OpenMandriva is one of the few Linux distributions (and arguably the only prominent one) that uses LLVM Clang as its default compiler toolchain over GCC for building its packages and the preferred C/C++ compiler exposed to its users. One of the last hold outs for this Clang'ed Linux distribution has been the kernel build but that is now no longer a blocker...

QEMU's Assortment Of Virtual VGA/GPU Options & What To Pick For Desktop Virtualization

Pon, 09/30/2019 - 05:17
The virtual GPU/display landscape particularly for having accelerated guest graphics was once non-existent and then suffering for the open-source Linux virtualization stack around QEMU, but that is no longer the case. There are options these days to rival the GPU/display offerings of VirtualBox and VMware albeit to newcomers may not be so clear...

Linux 5.4 Should Improve NUMA Hugepage Allocation Performance

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 23:41
It turns out Linux 5.3 shipped with potentially subpar performance for the allocation of hugepages but that should be rectified in the now open Linux 5.4 cycle for trying to provide a sane default allocation strategy on NUMA boxes...

Wine-Nine-Standalone 0.5 Released To Improve Wine Integration With Gallium Nine

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 21:49
Wine-Nine-Standalone is the project making it easier to make use of Gallium3D's Direct3D 9 state tracker within Wine. Wine-Nine-Standalone 0.5 is out as the first new release since March for this project making it easier to use the Direct3D 9 Gallium state tracker within Wine...

D9VK 0.22 Released To Workaround Direct3D 9 Game Bugs

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 18:11
Joining DXVK 1.4.1 with a new release this weekend is D9VK 0.22 as the similar project achieving faster Direct3D 9 performance over Wine/Proton via translating the API calls to Vulkan...

Linux 5.4 Features Are Huge From exFAT To New GPUs To Enabling Lots Of New Hardware

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 15:20
The Linux 5.4 merge window is set to end today with the release of Linux 5.4-rc1. With the major pull requests in, here is a look at the prominent changes and new features coming with Linux 5.4. As is standard practice, there will be about eight weekly release candidates of Linux 5.4 prior to officially releasing this kernel as stable in late November or potentially early December depending upon how the cycle plays out.

KVM Changes For Linux 5.4 Fix Performance Regression, Add UMWAIT Support

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 14:00
A second batch of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) changes for the Linux 5.4 kernel have landed...

Intel's SNA 2D Acceleration Code Sees Rare Activity

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 13:27
Intel's SNA "Sandybridge New Acceleration" for 2D acceleration via their deprecated xf86-video-intel X.Org driver has seen some improvements, which is rare these days considering the for this driver that has been in perpetual version 3.0 development for the past six years...

The Linux Kernel Firms Up The Process For Dealing With Nasty Hardware Vulnerabilities

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 13:09
With all of the CPU security bugs over the past two years and heightened concerns about hardware vulnerabilities in general, the upstream Linux kernel has been working to create a formal process for dealing with the disclosure process and addressing said issues within the kernel code...

KDE Developers Begin Pushing Improvements For Plasma 5.18

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 12:35
With Plasma 5.17 releasing soon, developers have begun pushing changes targeted for Plasma 5.18. The KDE Plasma 5.18 release isn't set to arrive until next February but if any of the recent releases are an indication, it should be another exciting and solid release...

It Turns Out CPU Speculative Execution Can Be Useful For Random Entropy / RNG

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 05:00
While CPU speculative execution has caused a lot of frustrations over the past two years due to the likes of the Spectre vulnerabilities, it turns out CPU speculative execution can be exploited to be a viable source of random entropy for random number generators...

Richard Stallman Reportedly Steps Down As Head Of The GNU Project

Ned, 09/29/2019 - 01:02
It was just two days ago that Richard Stallman said he would continue as head of the GNU project after last week having resigned as head of the Free Software Foundation (as well as his post at MIT), but this afternoon he reportedly has stepped down from his GNU leadership role...

Fresh Video Encode/Decode Benchmark Numbers For Xeon Platinum 8280 vs. EPYC 7742

Sob, 09/28/2019 - 23:39
Given recent updates to the Intel Scalable Video Technology (SVT) open-source video encoders as well as other open-source video encoders/decoders, here is a fresh look at the performance of the AMD EPYC 7742 2P server against the Intel competition with the dual Xeon Platinum 8280...

Linux 5.4 Pulls In LOCKDOWN Support For Opt-In Hardware/Kernel Security Restrictions

Sob, 09/28/2019 - 17:23
While yesterday Linus Torvalds was still undecided on whether to pull in the long-revised "LOCKDOWN" kernel patches and wanted to review them patch-by-patch, following that lengthy examination he has decided to indeed land this opt-in restricted functionality for Linux 5.4...

Java Applications On GNOME Under Wayland Will Now Behave Better

Sob, 09/28/2019 - 15:35
For those running the GNOME Wayland session and having issues with windows not grabbing keyboard input after a child window is closed with Java applications like IntelliJ, Mutter has landed a fix...

Java Applications On GNOME Under Wayland Will Now Behave Better

Sob, 09/28/2019 - 15:35
For those running the GNOME Wayland session and having issues with windows not grabbing keyboard input after a child window is closed with Java applications like IntelliJ, Mutter has landed a fix...

Wine-Staging 4.17 Brings Raw Input For Overwatch, StarCitizen & Other Games

Sob, 09/28/2019 - 12:27
Wine 4.17 was released yesterday that merged the DXTn support and other improvements from Wine-Staging. Meanwhile Wine-Staging 4.17 is out today to re-up their game with now more than 850 patches in total against upstream Wine...

IO_uring Is More Polished With Linux 5.4

Sob, 09/28/2019 - 12:08
Added back during the Linux 5.1 cycle was IO_uring for fast and efficient I/O. This new interface allows for queue rings to be shared between the application and kernel to avoid excess copies and other efficiency improvements over the existing Linux AIO code. With Linux 5.4, IO_uring is in even better shape...

Radeon ROCm 2.8 Released But Still Without Navi Support

Sob, 09/28/2019 - 09:14
AMD released Radeon Open Compute 2.8 (ROCm 2.8) for ending out September. But to some surprise and sadness, this open-source Radeon GPU compute stack still isn't supporting the Navi GPUs...

RPM 4.15 Released With Experimental Rootless Chroot Support

Sob, 09/28/2019 - 06:35
RPM 4.15 is officially out this week as the newest version of the RPM Package Manager most often associated with Red Hat / Fedora systems...