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Ubuntu "User Statistics" Published, But It's A Letdown To Data Junkies

Fri, 2018-10-19 02:09
Canonical managed to announced on the same-day as the Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" debut their goal for this cycle of opening up their software/hardware survey results that began with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS desktop installations. Those initial results are now available but the available data and analytic capabilities are rather underwhelming...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 OpenCL, CUDA, TensorFlow GPU Compute Benchmarks

Thu, 2018-10-18 23:11
Here are the first of our benchmarks for the GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card that launched this week. In our inaugural Ubuntu Linux benchmarking with the GeForce RTX 2070 is a look at the OpenCL / CUDA GPU computing performance including with TensorFlow and various models being tested on the GPU. The benchmarks are compared to an assortment of available graphics cards and also include metrics for power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and performance-per-dollar.

Mesa 18.2.3 Coming This Week With Fixes/Workarounds For Several Steam Play Games

Thu, 2018-10-18 21:11
Igalia's Juan Suarez Romero as the Mesa 18.2 series release manager is putting the finishing touches on the 18.2.3 point release to benefit Steam Play / Proton / Wine games...

Fedora 29 Is Blocked From Release Due To 11 Open Bugs

Thu, 2018-10-18 21:00
Fedora 29 will not be managing to deliver its final release right on time due to lingering blocker bugs...

Opus 1.3 Released - One Of The Leading Lossy Open-Source Audio Codecs

Thu, 2018-10-18 20:35
The busy release date continues with Mozilla/Xiph.Org announcing the release of the Opus 1.3 audio codec...

Ubuntu 18.10 Officially Released

Thu, 2018-10-18 19:56
It should come as no surprise, but the official release of Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" is now available with the announcement just hitting the wire...

OpenBSD 6.4 Released - Disables SMT/HT By Default, Updates Radeon DRM

Thu, 2018-10-18 15:56
Adding to the exciting release day is Theo de Raadt releasing OpenBSD 6.4 as the newest version of this BSD operating system known for its security mindfulness...

PostgreSQL 11.0 Released With Better Robustness, Performance Improvements

Thu, 2018-10-18 15:20
Besides Ubuntu 18.10 releasing today, another cause for celebration today is the official debut of the PostgreSQL 11 database server...

Ubuntu 18.10 Is A Nice Upgrade For Radeon Gamers, Especially For Steam VR

Thu, 2018-10-18 13:13
Among the changes to find in Ubuntu 18.10 are the latest stable Linux kernel as well as a significant Mesa upgrade and also the latest X.Org Server. These component upgrades make for a better Linux gaming experience particularly if using a modern AMD Radeon graphics card. Here are some results as well as whether it's worthwhile switching to Linux 4.19 and Mesa 18.3-dev currently on Ubuntu 18.10.

RELPOLINES: A New Spectre V2 Approach To Lower Overhead Of Retpolines

Thu, 2018-10-18 11:26
Nadav Amit of VMware has announced their (currently experimental) work on "dynamic indirect call promotion" or what they have dubbed "RELPOLINES" -- not to be confused with the traditional Retpolines for "return trampolines" as one of the Spectre Variant Two software-based mitigation approaches. Relpolines is designed to have lower overhead than Retpolines...

Open-Source Qualcomm Graphics Support Continues Flourishing With Freedreno

Thu, 2018-10-18 11:11
When it comes to open-source ARM graphics drivers, the Raspberry Pi / VC4 effort and Freedreno continue to be the two best examples of fully open-source graphics driver coverage including 3D support. Freedreno has been attracting contributions from Qualcomm / CodeAurora in what started out as solely a community reverse-engineered effort and with the latest-generation Adreno 600 series hardware the open-source support is in great shape...

GCC 9 Compiler Adds -std=c2x And -std=gnu2x For Future C Language Update

Thu, 2018-10-18 10:58
With GCC 9 feature development ending in a few weeks, it's now a mad dash by developers to land their last minute additions into this annual open-source compiler update -- including a look ahead for what is coming down the pipe in the compiler space...

Ubuntu 18.10 Set For Release Today With Some Nice Improvements

Thu, 2018-10-18 07:00
It's Cosmic Cuttlefish day! Assuming no last minute delays, Ubuntu 18.10 and its downstream flavors will be out today with their newest six-month non-LTS releases to be supported through July of 2019...

PCI Peer-To-Peer Memory Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 4.20~5.0

Thu, 2018-10-18 06:00
With the upcoming Linux 4.20 kernel cycle (that given past comments by Linus Torvalds might be renamed to Linux 5.0), a new PCI feature queued ahead of the upcoming merge window is peer-to-peer memory support...

OpenSUSE Begins Preparing For Leap 15.1 (15 Service Pack 1)

Thu, 2018-10-18 01:09
As part of some brief openSUSE news today, some early details concerning Leap 15 Service Pack 1 (Leap 15.1) were shared...

Mesa VCN JPEG Decode Patches Posted For AMD Raven Ridge

Wed, 2018-10-17 23:56
With the imminent Linux 4.19 kernel release there is VCN JPEG decode support within the AMDGPU DRM driver for use with Raven Ridge APUs. The accompanying user-space patches for the Radeon Gallium3D code have now been posted for making this functionality work on the Linux desktop with these Zen+Vega APUs...

GCC's Test Suite To Begin Testing C++17 By Default

Wed, 2018-10-17 23:37
GCC's test suite will soon begin testing the C++17 standard as part of its C++98/11/14 standard tests by default... This doesn't affect the default C++ standard used by the GCC G++ compiler at this point, but at least will help eliminate any lingering C++17 bugs as well as helping to stop regressions in the future...

Spectre V2 "Lite" App-To-App Protection Mode Readying For The Linux Kernel

Wed, 2018-10-17 21:15
We are approaching one year since the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities shocked the industry, and while no new CPU speculative execution vulnerabilities have been made public recently, the Linux kernel developers continue improving upon the Spectre/Meltdown software-based mitigation techniques for helping to offset incurred performance costs with current generation hardware...

Lightworks 14.5 Video Editor Released With Same-Day Linux Support But Still No Source

Wed, 2018-10-17 19:06
Lightworks, the long-standing non-linear video editing system that has offered a native Linux build the past few years after being challenged by delays for a few years, is out today with version 14.5 and comes with Linux, macOS, and Windows support...

New Details On System76's Open-Source Hardware Plans Come To Light

Wed, 2018-10-17 18:43
Longtime Ubuntu/Linux PC vendor System76 has been teasing their efforts around an "open-source computer" and other open-source hardware efforts now that they are in the home stretch of setting up their own US-based manufacturing facility. Some new details on their initial aspirations are now out there...