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Linux 4.19.1 Released While 4.20~5.0 Merge Window Ends Today

Sun, 2018-11-04 17:11
Greg Kroah-Hartman this morning released Linux 4.19.1 as the first point release to Linux 4.19 that debuted two weeks ago today...

AMD Zen 2 CPU Support Merged To GCC 9 (-march=znver2)

Sun, 2018-11-04 15:09
It was just days ago that AMD published their Zen 2 compiler patch for the GCC compiler but with the race on to merge new feature code before the feature freeze happening later this month, that "znver2" tuning patch has now been merged to mainline...

Endless Computers Introducing $299 "Hack" Laptop To Teach Kids To Code

Sun, 2018-11-04 12:46
Endless Computers, the company behind the Linux GNOME/Flatpak-aligned Endless OS and that over the years has worked on various low-cost Linux PCs primarily for developing markets, is now pursing The Hack Computer as a low-cost laptop for teaching kids to code...

WattmanGTK Is A Simple GUI For Radeon Power/Performance Knobs On Linux

Sun, 2018-11-04 12:21
Unfortunately nothing has panned out from previous remarks made by AMD about potentially open-sourcing their Qt-based Radeon Settings control panel used on Windows so that it could be ported to Linux. The latest we've heard from AMD is that they aren't officially pursuing a GUI control panel for their Linux graphics driver but leaving it up to the different desktop environments to implement their own driver user-interfaces. One of the new community solutions in the absence of an official Radeon GUI for Linux is WattmanGTK...

Vulkan 1.1.91 Released With NV_ray_tracing, AMD Memory Overallocation Behavior

Sun, 2018-11-04 12:00
Another Sunday update to the Vulkan API is now available with the stabilized NVIDIA ray-tracing extension and a new AMD vendor-specific extension...

The Linux 4.20/5.0 Kernel Is The Biggest All Year With 354+ Thousand Lines Of New Code

Sun, 2018-11-04 11:48
The Linux kernel will be ending 2018 on a high note with the current merge window for what will be called either Linux 4.20 or Linux 5.0 is the biggest kernel update by lines of code in more than one year...

KDE Developers Had A Busy Week With Revising Icons, Discover & KWin Work

Sun, 2018-11-04 11:32
KDE developers had another busy week working on improvements to their open-source desktop environment on several fronts...

FreeBSD 12.0 Beta 3 Brings Bhyve Update, NUMA Disabling Via sysctl

Sat, 2018-11-03 21:29
Another weekly beta release of FreeBSD 12 is now available for testing with the official release still being several weeks out...

Noctua Air Cooling With The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

Sat, 2018-11-03 14:43
With this week's launch of the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X and 2970WX, the new 24-core / 48-thread 2970WX has a 250 Watt TDP like the 2990WX. Fortunately, with Noctua's high-end TR4/SP3 heatsinks, it's still possible to get by with air cooling...

WireGuard Didn't Make it To The Mainline Linux Kernel This Cycle

Sat, 2018-11-03 12:00
While there are a lot of great new features, hardware support improvements, and other changes with the Linux 4.20 development cycle, not found in this mainline kernel is the long-awaited WireGuard functionality for an in-kernel secure VPN tunnel...

Wayland's Weston Is In Severe Need Of More Development Help

Sat, 2018-11-03 11:49
If you want to dive into the world of Wayland development or the Linux graphics stack as a possible career move, beginning with Weston would be a wise choice and they could really benefit from all the development resources they can receive...

SiFive Unleashes New 7-Series RISC-V Cores With Better Performance

Sat, 2018-11-03 11:34
SiFive this week announced their 7-Series RISC-V cores with the 32-bit E7, 64-bit S7, and 64-bit U7 series. These new RISC-V parts aren't yet capable of running up against the fastest ARM Cortex CPU cores available today, but they are much more powerful than the previous-gen SiFive cores...

Rustlang Is Now Working On 14 Debian Architectures With POWER & MIPS Now In Good Shape

Sat, 2018-11-03 11:11
For fans of the Rust programming language, it's now running on 14 different Debian architectures -- including all of the release architectures -- as we move towards the Debian 10.0 "Buster" release next year...

SDL2 Nukes Its Mir Support With Wayland Compatibility In Great Shape

Sat, 2018-11-03 11:05
Following this week's release of SDL 2.0.9, Ryan Gordon has gone ahead and removed the Mir back-end from this portability/abstraction layer commonly used by cross-platform games...

AMD Sends Out Linux Temperature Driver Patches For Zen 2 CPUs

Fri, 2018-11-02 22:09
It looks like my report on AMD kicking off Zen 2 Linux enablement from last month is panning out. Earlier this week they posted the initial AMD Zen 2 "znver2" support for the GCC compiler and they are ending the week back in kernel space with an updated hardware monitoring driver for being able to report the CPU core temperatures of these CPUs shipping in 2019...

PortSmash: A New Side-Channel Vulnerability Affecting SMT/HT Processors (CVE-2018-5407)

Fri, 2018-11-02 20:55
A new CPU side-channel vulnerability made public today that's unrelated to Spectre and Meltdown speculative execution vulnerabilities is dubbed "PortSmash" but more formerly referred to as CVE-2018-5407...

Initial Benchmarks Of OpenBSD 6.4, DragonFlyBSD 5.3, FreeBSD vs. Linux

Fri, 2018-11-02 15:00
Given the recent release of OpenBSD 6.4, FreeBSD 12 now being in beta, and DragonFlyBSD 5.3 evolving nicely for what will eventually ship as DragonFlyBSD 5.4, here is the start of some fresh benchmarks between the BSDs and a few Linux distributions to see how the performance compares as we approach the end of 2018.

Mentor Graphics Releases CodeBench Lite For AMD EPYC/Ryzen & Radeon Instinct Targets

Fri, 2018-11-02 14:26
Mentor Graphics announced the availability today of their GNU toolchain based CodeBench Lite Edition that is a development environment intended for HPC application development that now supports targeting for AMD Ryzen/EPYC processors as well as Radeon Instinct GPUs...

Intel Already Posts First Open-Source Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 4.21~5.1

Fri, 2018-11-02 13:07
The merge window isn't even over yet for the current Linux kernel cycle that will end in late December or early January, but Intel's stellar open-source crew responsible for their kernel graphics driver have already sent out their first set of changes to DRM-Next for what will start 2019 with either the Linux 4.21 cycle or 5.1 depending upon how the 4.20~5.0 versioning is decided...

Google Volleys Latest FS-VERITY Code For Transparent Integrity/Authenticity Of Files

Fri, 2018-11-02 12:17
One of the new Linux kernel features Google engineers have been working on is fs-verity for read-only file-based authenticity protection. Fs-verity is similar to dm-verity with a similar aim but is designed to work on a per-file basis for read-write file-systems rather than at the block level...