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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...

Crypto Updates Sent In For Linux 4.19 Kernel, Speck Is Still In The Kernel

Wed, 2018-08-15 19:33
The Linux kernel's crypto subsystem updates were sent out today with its new feature work for the Linux 4.19 kernel. One change we were curious to see was whether they were going to nuke the Speck cipher code, but they did not...

Mesa 18.2-RC3 Released With Two Dozen Fixes

Wed, 2018-08-15 17:50
Mesa 18.2 as the next quarterly feature release to the contained OpenGL/Vulkan drivers is about two weeks out if all goes well, but today for testing Mesa 18.2-RC3 is now available...

An Early Look At The L1 Terminal Fault "L1TF" Performance Impact On Virtual Machines

Wed, 2018-08-15 15:45
Yesterday the latest speculative execution vulnerability was disclosed that was akin to Meltdown and is dubbed the L1 Terminal Fault, or "L1TF" for short. Here are some very early benchmarks of the performance impact of the L1TF mitigation on the Linux virtual machine performance when testing the various levels of mitigation as well as the unpatched system performance prior to this vulnerability coming to light.

QEMU 3.0 Brings Spectre V4 Mitigation, OpenGL ES Support In SDL Front-End

Wed, 2018-08-15 14:22
QEMU 3.0 is now officially available. This big version bump isn't due to some compatibility-breaking changes, but rather to simplify their versioning and begin doing major version bumps on an annual basis. As an added bonus, QEMU 3.0 comes at a time of the project marking its 15th year in existence...

64-bit ARM Changes For Linux 4.19 Has "A Bunch Of Good Stuff"

Wed, 2018-08-15 13:49
Will Deacon submitted the 64-bit ARM (ARM64/AArch64) changes on Tuesday for the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window...

DRM Updates Sent In For Linux 4.19 With New VKMS Driver, Intel Icelake Work

Wed, 2018-08-15 12:49
David Airlie has submitted the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) updates for the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window with these various open-source graphics/display driver updates...

The Linux Benchmarking Continues On The Threadripper 2950X & 2990WX

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:38
While I haven't posted any new Threadripper 2950X/2990WX benchmarks since the embargo expired on Monday with the Threadripper 2 Linux review and some Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks, tests have continued under Linux -- as well as FreeBSD...

CodeWeavers Joins The Khronos Group Along With IKEA

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:25
In addition to the many technical accomplishments of Khronos this week at SIGGRAPH 2018, they were also celebrating the milestone of crossing 140 members to this industry standards group...

The Big Networking Update Sent In For Linux 4.19, Including 802.11ax Bits

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:11
David Miller sent in the networking subsystem updates today for the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window...

Updated Vega 20 Open-Source Driver Patches Posted, Including PSP & PowerPlay Support

Wed, 2018-08-15 02:13
Back in May AMD posted initial open-source "Vega 20" patches and support for that yet-to-launch graphics processor was subsequently merged for the Linux 4.18 kernel. More of the Vega 20 AMDGPU kernel driver enablement has now been posted...

Power Management Updates Land In The Linux 4.19 Kernel

Wed, 2018-08-15 01:28
Intel's Rafael Wysocki has submitted the ACPI and power management updates today for the Linux 4.19 kernel which were subsequently merged by Linus Torvalds...

xf86-video-v4l X.Org Driver Sees First New Release In A Decade

Tue, 2018-08-14 23:31
The xf86-video-v4l v0.3.0 driver was announced today as the first new release for this DDX driver in ten years...

Libinput 1.12 RC2 Continues Working On Improving Linux Touchpad Behavior

Tue, 2018-08-14 21:58
We've known libinput 1.12 is going to be a significant release and that's still holding true in looking at the second release candidate for this Wayland/X.Org input handling library...

L1 Terminal Fault - The Latest Speculative Execution Side Channel Attack

Tue, 2018-08-14 19:10
Details are still light but a new vulnerability is coming out called the L1 Terminal Fault. It's been described as a "train-wreck" and is another big deal in the security space as the latest speculative side-channel attack vector...

A Lot Of Spectre Changes Land In The Linux 4.19 Git Tree, Possible Performance Impact

Tue, 2018-08-14 18:30
"The Speck [Spectre slang, not to be confused with the controversial NSA algo] brigade sadly provides yet another large set of patches destroying the perfomance which we carefully built and preserved," began the latest x86/pti pull request by kernel maintainer Thomas Gleixner...

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