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Wine Takes Minor Performance Hit Running Windows Programs On Linux With KPTI

Fri, 2018-01-05 19:07
With word this morning that Wine performance may be impacted by the Linux KPTI patches stealing the spotlight this week, I ran some basic benchmarks of Wine in different configurations looking at the performance impact of the kernel page table isolation patches.

NVIDIA Mainlining Tegra186 DRM Support For Linux 4.16

Fri, 2018-01-05 17:24
Nearly one year after rolling out the Jetson TX2 developer board with the "Tegra186" SoC, the Tegra DRM driver in Linux 4.16 will finally be offering basic display support with this open-source driver...

Fedora 28 Taking To Modularizing Their Anaconda Installer

Fri, 2018-01-05 16:59
When talking about the Fedora/RedHat Anaconda installer it still brings back bad memories from the Anaconda fallout a few years ago when they went through some painful transitions that also led to release delays. In 2018, Fedora/RedHat developers are taking up the initiative of modularizing the Anaconda installer...

Wine Performance May Be Impacted By Linux KPTI Patches

Fri, 2018-01-05 15:07
Besides VM performance and databases and heavy I/O taking a performance hit in the "Kernel Page Table Isolation" patches in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown attack, it looks like Wine's performance may also be impaired...

Red Hat's Latest Nouveau Developer Posts Updated NIR Code

Fri, 2018-01-05 13:37
Not only is RadeonSI working on NIR support but Red Hat has begun working on NIR support for the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver as part of a compute effort and possible Vulkan support in the future...

AMD Posts Last KFD Kernel Patches For Discrete GPUs, Needed For Upstream ROCm

Fri, 2018-01-05 13:06
AMD has posted their remaining patches for now for getting the discrete GPU support upstream in the AMDKFD "Kernel Fusion Driver" that is part of their ROCm compute stack...

Xilinx ZynqMP DisplayPort DRM/KMS Driver Posted

Fri, 2018-01-05 12:21
Xilinx is interested in contributing the latest DRM/KMS driver upstream...

Tessellation Shaders Land For RadeonSI NIR Backend

Fri, 2018-01-05 12:11
The work led by Valve Linux driver developer Timothy Arceri on adding tessellation shader support to RadeonSI's NIR code-path has been merged to Mesa 17.4-dev Git...

Valve Ships Its First SteamOS Brewmaster Beta Of 2018

Fri, 2018-01-05 11:49
While SteamOS has felt like it's just been on life-support the past year, Valve is starting off 2018 by a fairly sizable SteamOS Brewmaster Beta update...

Linux KPTI Tests Using Linux 4.14 vs. 4.9 vs. 4.4

Fri, 2018-01-05 02:31
Yet another one of the avenues we have been exploring with our Linux Page Table Isolation (KPTI) testing has been looking at any impact of this security feature in the wake of the Meltdown vulnerability when testing with an older Linux Long Term Support (LTS) release. In particular, when using a kernel prior to the PCID (Process Context Identifier) support in the Linux kernel that is used to lessen the impact of KPTI.

Solus Experimenting With Qt Wayland Compositor, NVIDIA EGLStreams Support

Thu, 2018-01-04 21:29
Solus taking a break from their Steam Linux integration improvements and their other open-source desktop innovations has been experimenting with their own Qt Wayland compositor over the holiday period...

RADV Supports Android Native Buffer, Increasing Likelihood Of Chrome/Android AMD Device

Thu, 2018-01-04 21:00
The open-source Mesa RADV Vulkan driver, RADV, now has patches for supporting VK_ANDROID_native_buffer...

NVIDIA Gaming Performance Minimally Impacted By KPTI Patches

Thu, 2018-01-04 18:57
Earlier this week when news was still emerging on the "Intel CPU bug" now known as Spectre and Meltdown I ran some Radeon gaming tests with the preliminary Linux kernel patches providing Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) support. Contrary to the hysteria, the gaming performance was minimally impacted with those open-source Radeon driver tests while today are some tests using the latest NVIDIA driver paired with a KPTI-enabled kernel.

NVIDIA 390.12 Linux Driver Reaches Beta

Thu, 2018-01-04 17:42
NVIDIA has released their first beta driver in the long-awaited 390 series...

Fedora 28 To Work On Better VirtualBox Integration, Hardening Packages & Stronger Crypto

Thu, 2018-01-04 17:00
With more developers returning to their activities after the holidays, feature work on Fedora 28 is heating up...

Mesa 17.3.2 Being Prepped With Fixes For RADV Vulkan, Unreal Engine 4 Games

Thu, 2018-01-04 15:57
For those of you riding the Mesa 17.3 stable train, the second point release is expected for release this weekend with many fixes...

Dell Rolls Out New XPS 13 Laptop For 2018

Thu, 2018-01-04 15:12
Just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Dell has unveiled a new XPS 13 high-end laptop...

Broadcom's Open-Source VC5 OpenGL & Vulkan Support Improving

Thu, 2018-01-04 14:20
Broadcom open-source driver developer Eric Anholt has written his first status update on the VC5 driver activities of the new year...

ARM Preps ARMv8.4-A Support For GCC Compiler

Thu, 2018-01-04 13:52
ARM Holdings has submitted patches implementing support for the ARMv8.4-A instruction set update for the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)...

10-bit Color Visual Support Lands In Mesa

Thu, 2018-01-04 12:45
Mario Kleiner's work on plumbing Mesa for handling 10-bit colors has landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git...