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AMD Threadripper 2950X Offers Great Linux Performance At $900 USD

Mon, 2018-08-13 15:00
The embargo has expired now for talking about Threadripper 2 performance figures... First up are our initial Threadripper 2950X Linux benchmarks. In this article are the most interesting metrics for this 16-core / 32-thread processor while in the just-published AMD Threadripper 2990WX Linux Benchmarks are a lot more figures complemented by the 2950X and other CPUs plus power consumption numbers, etc. This article is most useful if specifically focused on the performance of the Threadripper 2950X that comes in at $899 USD.

SIGGRAPH 2018: OpenCL-Next Taking Shape, Vulkan Continues Evolving

Mon, 2018-08-13 14:59
It's a busy week folks as besides the AMD Threadripper 2 performance embargo expiring, it is also SIGGRAPH 2018 week in Vancouver and as well the start of the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle... No longer under wraps are the Khronos announcements from this annual graphics conference. Continue reading to learn about the latest happenings for the various Khronos industry-standard APIs and efforts like Vulkan and OpenCL-Next.

Wine Had A Successful GSoC 2018, Better Direct3D Game Benchmarks

Mon, 2018-08-13 13:13
The Wine project once again participated in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) for furthering their open-source agenda of better support for Windows programs on Linux and other operating systems...

IBM S/390 Linux 4.19 Kernel Code Sees More Spectre Updates, Boot Code Rework

Mon, 2018-08-13 11:40
The IBM System/390 "s390" architecture code has seen a number of improvements for Linux 4.19...

Threadripper 2900 Series Temperature Monitoring Sent In For Linux 4.19 Then Backported

Mon, 2018-08-13 11:30
As expected, the CPU temperature monitoring support within the "k10temp" hwmon driver has seen the patches sent in today to be updated for the AMD Threadripper 2900 series CPU support. These patches are going into the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window but slated to be back-ported to the currently supported stable kernel series...

GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu Released As The Latest Deblobbed Kernel

Mon, 2018-08-13 11:08
Hot off the release of the upstream Linux 4.18 kernel, the GNU folks have released GNU Linux-libre 4.18-gnu that is their deblobbed version that strips out any "non-free" device driver support, removes the ability to load binary-only kernel modules and not being able to load firmware blobs either...

Radeon Pro WX 8200 Launches As "Best Workstation Graphics Performance Under $1,000"

Mon, 2018-08-13 10:56
It's SIGGRAPH week and AMD has used this annual graphics conference to announce the Radeon Pro WX 8200, which they are saying is able to offer the best workstation graphics card performance in the sub-$1,000 USD category...

Linux 4.18 Kernel Officially Released

Sun, 2018-08-12 23:07
Following the one week setback, the Linux 4.18 kernel is now officially available just a little more than two months since the cycle officially began...

Pitivi's User Interface Is Getting Better Thanks To GSoC, Plus Other GNOME Improvements

Sun, 2018-08-12 21:08
If you have been less than satisfied with the user-interface of the Pitivi non-linear open-source video editor for Linux, you may want to try out their next release...

New ARM SoCs & Boards To Be Supported By The Linux 4.19 Kernel

Sun, 2018-08-12 17:36
Hardware support improvements coming for Linux 4.19 aren't limited to the x86 space but a lot of new ARM hardware support is also being introduced in this imminent kernel cycle...

XDC2018 Will Have Many Interesting Talks On Vulkan, AR/VR, Wayland & More

Sun, 2018-08-12 14:53
Just over one month away is XDC2018 as the annual X.Org Developers' Conference where a variety of X.Org, Wayland, Mesa, Vulkan, and OpenGL talks will take place. This year's schedule is particularly packed and full of interesting information...

F2FS In Linux 4.19 Will Fix Big Performance Issue For Multi-Threaded Reads

Sun, 2018-08-12 14:34
The Linux 4.19 kernel updates for the Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) should bring much faster performance for multi-threaded sequential reads -- as much as multiple times faster...

KDE Plasma 5.14's Lock Screen Will No Longer Eat Your CPU Resources On Old Hardware

Sun, 2018-08-12 14:20
With KDE Plasma 5 right now it turns out that if you have relied upon CPU-based software rendering, when hitting Plasma's lock-screen it would actually go CPU-wild -- as far as maxing out the CPU to 100% utilization, thereby consuming a lot of power and generating excess heat. That will be fixed for KDE Plasma 5.14.0...

DXVK 0.65 Released With New Configuration System, Game Fixes

Sun, 2018-08-12 13:47
For those weekend Linux gamers, DXVK 0.65 is available today as the newest feature update to this library for running Direct3D 11 games under Wine via Vulkan...

SoundWire For Linux Preps Support For Multiple Masters

Sun, 2018-08-12 12:08
Back in Linux 4.16 the SoundWire subsystem was added to the staging area as the MIPI standard for a low-power, two-wire sound bus that can support multiple audio streams and primarily utilized by small audio peripherals like IoT and mobile devices. With the next Linux kernel cycle, the SoundWire support is being improved upon...

Patches Revised For AMD Zen Based Hygon Dhyana Server CPUs

Sat, 2018-08-11 22:46
Patches have been revised for the Linux kernel to support the initial Hygon Dhyana server CPUs that are the licensed AMD Family 17h "Zen" technology, basically the EPYC server CPUs for the Chinese market...

KDE Frameworks 5.49 Released With Many Changes

Sat, 2018-08-11 18:57
The latest monthly update to the KDE Frameworks is now available that complement the offerings of the Qt5 tool-kit...

Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Proposed For Linux 4.19 Kernel

Sat, 2018-08-11 15:34
While a bit late, Freedreno lead developer Rob Clark is hoping to see the Qualcomm Adreno 600 series bring-up happen for the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle...

Flatpak Gets New FreeDesktop SDK 18.08 Runtime

Sat, 2018-08-11 14:26
Flatpak now has access to an updated FreeDesktop SDK runtime that is built on their new BuildStream build system rather than Yocto and has other improvements...

Wayland 1.16 & Weston 5.0 Release Candidates For Testing

Sat, 2018-08-11 14:13
Derek Foreman of Samsung's Open-Source Group put out the release candidates on Friday for the upcoming Wayland 1.16 release as well as the Weston 5.0 reference compositor...