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Wayland Protocols 1.17 Brings Explicit Synchronization & Primary Selection

4 hours 32 min ago
Jonas Ådahl of Red Hat today released a new version of Wayland-Protocols, the collection of stable and unstable protocols for extending Wayland functionality...

Mesa Drops Support For AMD Zen L3 Thread Pinning, Will Develop New Approach

Mon, 2018-11-12 22:48
It was just a few months back that the Mesa/RadeonSI open-source AMD Linux driver stack received Zen tuning for that CPU microarchitecture's characteristics. But now AMD's Marek Olšák is going back to the drawing board to work on a new approach for Zen tuning...

ARMv8.5 Support Lands In GCC Compiler With Latest Spectre Protection

Mon, 2018-11-12 21:36
Landing just in time with the GCC 9 branching being imminent is ARMv8.5-A support in the GNU Compiler Collection's ARM64/AArch64 back-end...

Feral Announces Linux System Requirements For Vulkan-Powered Total War: WARHAMMER II

Mon, 2018-11-12 18:48
With Feral Interactive preparing to release Total War: WARHAMMER II for Linux and macOS later this month, today they announced the system requirements for this latest native game port...

16-Way AMD EPYC Cloud Benchmark Comparison: Amazon EC2 vs. SkySilk vs. Packet

Mon, 2018-11-12 16:56
With last week Amazon Web Services rolling out AMD EPYC cloud instances to EC2, I figured it would be an interesting time for a fresh benchmark look at how the AMD Linux cloud performance compares from some of the popular cloud providers. For this article are sixteen different instances benchmarked while looking at the raw performance as well as the value on each instance type relative to the benchmark performance and time consumed for the on-demand spot instancing. EPYC instances were tested from Amazon EC2,, and SkySilk.

Vulkan 1.1.92 Released, Finally Allows For Chunked HTML Documentation

Mon, 2018-11-12 15:06
Vulkan 1.1.92 is out today to mark the newest specification update to this high-performance graphics/compute API...

Linux Getting Two-Line Patch To Finally Deal With The Quirky Microsoft OEM Mouse

Mon, 2018-11-12 14:17
While Microsoft is self-proclaimed to love Linux, their common and very basic Microsoft OEM Mouse has not loved the Linux kernel or vice-versa... The Linux kernel HID code is finally getting a quirk fix to deal with the Microsoft OEM mouse as it would disconnect every minute when running at run-levels one or three...

The Radeon GCN Backend Is Still Being Worked On For GCC, GCC 9 Deadline Looms

Mon, 2018-11-12 13:49
Back in September Code Sourcery / Mentor Graphics posted their new Radeon GCN port for the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). Two months later this port is still being worked on but not yet ready for mainline...

Kernel Developers Debate Having An Official Linux System Wrapper Library

Mon, 2018-11-12 12:47
As new system calls get added to the Linux kernel, these syscalls generally get added to Glibc (and other libc libraries) for developers to make easy use of them from their applications. But as Glibc doesn't provide 1:1 coverage of system calls, sometimes is delayed in their support for new calls, and other factors, there is a discussion about providing an official Linux system wrapper library that could potentially live as part of the kernel source tree...

AMDVLK Vulkan Driver Sees Its First Tagged Release

Mon, 2018-11-12 11:30
In the nearly one year that the AMDVLK official Vulkan driver has been open-source there hasn't been any "releases" but rather new code drops on a weekly basis that is pushed out of their internal development repositories. But surprisingly this morning is now a v2018.4.1 release tag for this open-source AMD Vulkan Linux driver...

Linux Poised To Remove Decade-Old EXOFS File-System

Mon, 2018-11-12 11:19
The Linux kernel will likely be doing away with EXOFS, a file-system that had been around since the Linux 2.6.30 days...

Linux 4.20-rc2 Released With EXT4 Bug Fixes, New NVIDIA Turing USB-C Driver

Mon, 2018-11-12 00:47
Linus Torvalds put out the second weekly test release of the Linux 4.29 kernel and all-around it's been a normal week past the merge window...

The Performance Impact Of Spectre Mitigation On POWER9

Sun, 2018-11-11 22:30
Over the past year we have looked extensively at the performance impact of Spectre mitigations on x86_64 CPUs but now with having the Raptor Talos II in our labs, here are some benchmarks to see the performance impact of IBM's varying levels of Spectre mitigation for POWER9.

SteamOS/Linux Requirements For Valve's Artifact Is Just A Vulkan Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPU

Sun, 2018-11-11 18:30
With just two weeks to go until Valve unleashes their latest original game, Artifact, it's now up for pre-order and there are also the system requirements published...

DXVK 0.92 Released With Fixes For Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Other Games

Sun, 2018-11-11 17:04
A new release of DXVK is out this weekend for running Direct3D 10/11 games on top of Vulkan...

Intel "Iris" Gallium3D Continues Advancing As The Next-Gen Intel Linux OpenGL Driver

Sun, 2018-11-11 15:38
While we haven't had much to talk about the Intel "Iris" Gallium3D driver in development as the future Mesa OpenGL driver for the company's graphics hardware, it has continued progressing nicely since its formal unveiling back in September...

AMDGPU DRM-Next Driver Picks Up Support For Vega 20 "A1" Stepping

Sun, 2018-11-11 14:27
Among the work queuing in the AMDGPU DRM-Next branch for what will in turn appear with the next kernel cycle (Linux 4.21) is support for Vega 20 A1 ASICs...

EXT4 Getting Many Fixes In Linux 4.20, Including For Some Really Old Leaks

Sun, 2018-11-11 13:52
Last month I reported on a number of fixes for really old bugs in the EXT4 code with some of the issues dating back to the Linux 2.6 days in the EXT3 file-system code that was carried over to the EXT4 driver. Those fixes are now working their way into the Linux 4.20 stable kernel...

Gallium D3D9 "Nine" Support Gets New Patches To Help Fight Lag Without Tearing

Sun, 2018-11-11 13:07
While most Linux gamers these days are mesmerized by DXVK for mapping Direct3D 10/11 to Vulkan for better handling Windows games on Linux, for those with older Direct3D 9 era games there is still the Gallium Nine initiative for D3D9 implemented as a Mesa Gallium state tracker. A new patch series posted this weekend will make that Gallium Nine experience even better...

KDE Plasma Now Supports WireGuard, Alt-Tab Switching Improvements

Sun, 2018-11-11 12:43
The WireGuard secure VPN tunnel is not in the mainline kernel yet but the KDE Plasma desktop is the latest project already adding support for it, which can be useful today if making use of WireGuard's DKMS kernel modules...