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Jolla Releases Sailfish 3.0 Mobile Linux Operating System

Wed, 2018-10-31 16:46
For those interested in Jolla's Sailfish OS mobile Linux operating system, Sailfish 3 is beginning to roll out to supported devices...

Intel Core i9 9900K Spectre Mitigation Benchmarks

Wed, 2018-10-31 16:00
One of the benefits with the recently launched Core i9 9900K is hardware-based mitigations for Meltdown and L1TF/Foreshadow vulnerabilities. but mitigations are still needed for the other Spectre vulnerabilities. In this article is a look at the performance impact of still needing generic Retpolines via IBPB IBRS firmware for Spectre V2 and Speculative Store Bypass disabling (SSBD) for Spectre V4.

GNOME 3.30.2 Released As Focus Shifts To GNOME 3.32

Wed, 2018-10-31 15:44
GNOME 3.30.2 is now available as the second and final point release to this half-year update to the GNOME desktop environment...

FFmpeg Re-Enables HEVC Decode For NVIDIA VDPAU

Wed, 2018-10-31 14:14
The FFmpeg multimedia library has restored support for HEVC/H.265 video decoding accelerated on NVIDIA GPUs using VDPAU...

The AMD Threadripper ECC DDR4-2666 Testing That Wasn't

Wed, 2018-10-31 13:18
Recently in our forums there has been a lot of interest in Threadripper 2 builds using ECC DDR4 memory and the impact on performance, especially now with the Threadripper 2 family being rounded out by the 2920X and 2970WX. So I set out to do some DDR4-2666 ECC UDIMM testing with Threadripper 2, but that hasn't turned out well...

Fedora Enables ClearType Subpixel Font Rendering Thanks To Microsoft

Wed, 2018-10-31 12:21
Fedora has finally enabled ClearType sub-pixel rendering in FreeType for providing much nicer font rendering...

AMD Publishes Zen 2 Compiler Patch "znver2" Exposing Some New Instructions

Wed, 2018-10-31 11:05
With GCC 9 feature development ending in November, AMD today sent out their first patch enabling Zen 2 support in the GNU Compiler Collection via the new "znver2" target...

Samsung Comments On Open-Source Restructuring

Wed, 2018-10-31 10:42
Over the weekend we reported on the Samsung Open-Source Group reportedly shutting down with many of the former OSG staffers in the US no longer employed by Samsung. We've now received comments both from Samsung in the US and Korea on the matter...

VC4 & V3D Open-Source Drivers Continue Maturing At Broadcom

Wed, 2018-10-31 10:24
Eric Anholt of Broadcom has provided a status update on his efforts around the VC4 open-source driver stack that most notably works with Raspberry Pi devices and also his efforts on the V3D driver as the next-generation Broadcom graphics driver stack for VideoCore V and later...

EXT4 Getting Fixes For A Number Of Ancient Bugs -- Back To The Linux 2.6 Days With EXT3

Wed, 2018-10-31 10:14
A set of eleven patches have been published that fix a number of longstanding bugs in the EXT4 file-system...

Cedrus VPU Decoder Driver Being Mainlined With New Linux Media Request API

Tue, 2018-10-30 23:34
The Cedrus VPU driver developed by Bootlin for supporting the Allwinner VPU open-source support via crowdfunding is set to hit the mainline kernel for Linux 4.20~5.0...