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Mir Has Partial Support For The NVIDIA Proprietary Driver, X11 Support Remains WIP

43 min 36 sec ago
Canonical's team responsible for continuing to advance the Mir display server has been making good progress this summer on fleshing out some missing functionality...

AMD Begins Staging AMDGPU Patches For Linux 4.20/5.0, Including FreeSync Refactoring

4 hours 42 min ago
With the DRM feature work for Linux 4.19 now in the kernel, AMD's stellar open-source driver team has begun staging their work-in-progress changes for the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver for the next kernel cycle...

DXVK 0.70 Released With Initial Direct3D 10 Over Vulkan Support

4 hours 53 min ago
Just in time for any weekend Linux gamers, a new release of DXVK is available that maps the Direct3D API to Vulkan for allowing faster Windows gaming performance under Wine...

Lubuntu Planning Switch To Wayland, Porting Openbox To Mir

6 hours 12 min ago
Ubuntu derivative Lubuntu that is now using the LXQt desktop environment has laid out more of their plans to switch over to Wayland rather than the existing X.Org based session...

Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Submitted For Linux 4.19

6 hours 20 min ago
Following the main DRM features update for Linux 4.19, a secondary pull request has now been submitted that offers up the nine thousand lines of code for bringing up the Adreno 600 series support for supporting the very latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs...

More AMDGPU Work For Linux 4.19 Has VCN + PSP Firmware Hookup For Future Hardware

6 hours 30 min ago
The good news is that the open-source AMD graphics team continues working on support for upcoming hardware, but the bad news is that it looks like their VCN video hardware might be a bit more locked down than it is now...

POWER Changes On The Way To Linux 4.19 Include More Spectre Work

6 hours 49 min ago
The POWER architecture changes have been submitted for the in-development Linux 4.19 kernel...

ASUS Begins Offering Linux-Based Endless OS On Select Laptops

17 hours 30 min ago
It has been a while since ASUS last offered any Linux options for laptops, but they appear to have a new effort underway with Endless OS...

A Quick Look At The Windows Server vs. Linux Performance On The Threadripper 2990WX

Thu, 2018-08-16 19:24
One of the frequent requests/comments stemming from the launch-day Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks on the new AMD Threadripper 2990WX were questions about whether this 32-core / 64-thread processor would do better with Windows Server given Microsoft's obvious tuning of that Windows flavor to high core/thread counts... Well, here are some initial figures with Windows Server 2016 and a Windows Server 2019 preview.

KDE Applications 18.08 Released

Thu, 2018-08-16 18:40
Today the quarterly update to the collection of KDE software applications has shipped with its newest features...

ARM Aims To Deliver Core i5 Like Performance At Less Than 5 Watts

Thu, 2018-08-16 17:31
ARM has made public an aggressive CPU forward-looking road-map and some performance expectations. ARM is hoping to deliver year-over-year performance improvements of more than 15% through 2020...

A Look At Linux Gaming Performance Scaling On The Threadripper 2950X

Thu, 2018-08-16 14:57
On Monday when the launch embargo expired on the Threadripper 2950X and Threadripper 2990WX I hadn't run any gaming benchmarks since, well, most games even on Windows can't scale out to 32 threads let alone 64 threads... Especially on Linux. It's far more practical getting these Threadripper 2 processors if you want to compile with 32 or 64 make jobs -- among many other common multi-threaded Linux workloads -- versus using this $899 or $1799 processor for a Linux gaming system. But if you are curious how Linux games scale with the Threadripper 2950X, here are some benchmark results when testing both AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.

Linux 4.19 Goes Ahead And Makes Lazy TLB Mode Lazier For Small Performance Benefit

Thu, 2018-08-16 13:45
Last month I wrote about lazy TLB mode improvements on the way to the mainline kernel and this week the changes were indeed merged for the in-development Linux 4.19 kernel...

L1TF / Foreshadow Mitigations Land In Linux 4.18 / 4.17 / 4.14 / 4.9 / 4.4 Kernel Update

Thu, 2018-08-16 13:28
Linux stable maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman has released new updates across the Linux 4.18, 4.17, 4.14, 4.9, and 4.4 kernel channels to address the recently exposed L1 Terminal Fault "L1TF" / Foreshadow Meltdown-like CPU vulnerability affecting Intel processors...

Linux Kernel Diverts Question To Distros: Trust CPU Hardware Random Number Generators?

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:45
In a controversial move, the Linux kernel will be pushing the question off to distribution vendors on whether to put trust in CPU hardware random number generators...

Some Of The Smaller Features Hitting The Linux 4.19 Kernel This Week

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:22
Here is a look at some of the smaller features landing in the Linux 4.19 kernel this week in a variety of different subsystems...

GNOME Celebrates Its 21st Birthday By Releasing GNOME 3.29.91

Thu, 2018-08-16 01:40
Today marks 21 years since the GNOME desktop environment project was started by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena. Coincidentally, released today is GNOME 3.29.91 that is the GNOME 3.30 desktop's second beta release...

Intel Begins Teasing Their Discrete Graphics Card

Wed, 2018-08-15 21:52
Don't expect the Intel discrete gamer graphics card to come until 2020, but with the SIGGRAPH graphics conference happening this week in Vancouver, they have begun teasing their first PCI Express graphics card...

Phoronix Test Suite 8.2 M2 Released With Offline Improvements, L1TF/Foreshadow Reporting

Wed, 2018-08-15 21:22
The second development snapshot of the upcoming Phoronix Test Suite 8.2-Rakkestad to benchmark to your heart's delight on Linux, macOS, Windows, Solaris, and BSD platforms from embedded/SBC systems to cloud and servers...

VKMS Coming In Linux 4.19 Is One Of The Best GSoC & Outreachy Projects Of The Year

Wed, 2018-08-15 20:45
One of the student summer coding projects that ended up being a cross between Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreachy was the VKMS driver to provide a virtual KMS implementation for headless systems and other interesting use-cases...