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Open-Source "Terakan" Vulkan Driver For Radeon HD 6000 Series Shown On Windows
Open-Source "Terakan" Vulkan Driver For Radeon HD 6000 Series Shown On Windows
15 Hours Ago - Radeon - Terakan - 9 Comments

The past year there's been an independent open-source driver developer working on "Terakan" as a Vulkan driver for old Radeon HD 6000 series GPUs. These pre-GCN GPUs never received any official Vulkan driver support from AMD but thanks to open-source and a strong desire to pull off such a feat, Vitaliy Kuzmin "Triang3l" has been pursuing this challenge and has been pulling off some basic results. The work so far has been predominantly been carried out with the open-source Linux graphics stack while this weekend the Terakan driver was demonstrated under Microsoft Windows.

19 April

Miracle-WM 0.2 Released For Mir-Based Wayland Compositor
Miracle-WM 0.2 Released For Mir-Based Wayland Compositor
19 April 12:02 PM EDT - Wayland - Miracle-WM 0.2 - 3 Comments

Announced back in February was Miracle-WM as a Wayland compositor built atop Mir and developed by Canonical engineer Matthew Kosarek. Today he announced version 0.2 as the latest feature update to this Wayland compositor with tiling window management.

Linux 6.10 Preps A Kernel Panic Screen - Sort Of A "Blue Screen of Death"
Linux 6.10 Preps A Kernel Panic Screen - Sort Of A "Blue Screen of Death"
19 April 10:09 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - DRM Panic Handler - 30 Comments

While systemd 255 last year introduced a "blue screen of death" inspired solution with systemd-bsod for presenting logged error messages full-screen, it's not appropriate for all errors. Systemd-bsod can work out for presenting full-screen messages in case of boot failures and other problems where user-space is alive. But the user-space code does little good in case of a kernel panic and similar issues bringing the system to a halt. Set to be introduced now with Linux 6.10 is a parallel "blue screen of death" like error presenting experience with the introduction of the DRM panic handler.

Intel Compute Runtime 24.13.29138.7 Brings Improved OpenCL/OpenGL Sharing
Intel Compute Runtime 24.13.29138.7 Brings Improved OpenCL/OpenGL Sharing
19 April 09:42 AM EDT - Intel - 24.13.29138.7 - 4 Comments

As the first new release to Intel's open-source Compute Runtime stack in about one month for this OpenCL and Level Zero compute support, Intel Compute Runtime 24.13.29138.7 was released this morning with much improved OpenCL/OpenGL sharing and interoperability on Linux, out-of-the-box support for the Xe kernel graphics driver, new optimizations, and many other changes.

Rockchip NPU Open-Source Driver Taking Shape, Will Aim For Upstream Accel Driver
Rockchip NPU Open-Source Driver Taking Shape, Will Aim For Upstream Accel Driver
19 April 06:36 AM EDT - Hardware - Rockchip NPU - 2 Comments

It was just one month ago that open-source developer Tomeu Vizoso was beginning work on reverse-engineering and writing a Rockchip NPU driver following his work on the Vivante NPU IP open-source driver support. He quickly began seeing the driver working and with very viable performance and now today he's shared another update on this Rockchip open-source NPU driver effort.

18 April

Ubuntu 24.04 Boosts Performance, Outperforming Windows 11 On The AMD Ryzen Framework 16 Laptop
Ubuntu 24.04 Boosts Performance, Outperforming Windows 11 On The AMD Ryzen Framework 16 Laptop
18 April 11:25 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 40 Comments

With the Framework 16 laptop one of the performance pieces I've been meaning to carry out has been seeing out Linux performs against Microsoft Windows 11 for this AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS powered modular/upgradeable laptop. Recently getting around to it in my benchmarking queue, I also compared the performance of Ubuntu 23.10 to the near final Ubuntu 24.04 LTS on this laptop up against a fully-updated Microsoft Windows 11 installation.

Rocky Linux To Support Upstream Stable Kernels
Rocky Linux To Support Upstream Stable Kernels
18 April 06:42 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Rocky Linux - 28 Comments

With the various Linux distributions derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), we're beginning to see more features to distinguish between them rather than just "RHEL clones". It was just days ago talking about AlmaLinux restoring old hardware support that's been deprecated by upstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Now over on the Rocky Linux side, CIQ as the principal organization behind them is rolling out support for upstream Linux kernels.

17 April

Former Nouveau Lead Developer Joins NVIDIA, Continues Working On Open-Source Driver
Former Nouveau Lead Developer Joins NVIDIA, Continues Working On Open-Source Driver
17 April 06:45 AM EDT - Nouveau - Working At NVIDIA - 83 Comments

Following last year Nouveau receiving support for running with the NVIDIA GSP firmware and initial GeForce RTX 40 series accelerated support, Ben Skeggs of Red Hat unexpectedly resigned as the Nouveau kernel driver maintainer. It turns out this longtime open-source Nouveau driver developer is now employed by NVIDIA Corp and continuing to work on the open-source Linux graphics driver.

Linux 6.10 To Add Script For Building ARM64 Flat Image Trees
Linux 6.10 To Add Script For Building ARM64 Flat Image Trees
17 April 06:10 AM EDT - Arm - Flat Image Trees - 1 Comment

Queued as part of the ARM64 patches in the various "-next" branches ahead of the Linux 6.10 merge window is a script for being able to build Flat Image Trees (FITs). A Flat Image Tree is the compiled Linux kernel paired with the associated DeviceTree content that is compressed and easily then distributed and executed by capable bootloaders.

16 April

Valkey Celebrates Its First Stable Release As Open-Source Redis Fork
16 April 10:25 AM EDT - Free Software - Valkey 7.2.5 - 19 Comments

Last month the Linux Foundation along with industry stakeholders such as AWS, Google Cloud, Snap, Oracle, and others formed Valkey as an open-source Redis fork following Redis moving to Redis Source Available License v2 and SSPL v1 licensing. Today they've released Valkey 7.2.5 as the first stable release for this open-source Redis fork.

Native BHI Mitigation Performance Benchmarks On Core i9 14900K Under Linux 6.9
16 April 06:27 AM EDT - Intel - Spectre Native BHI - 2 Comments

With the new security mitigation for the "Native BHI" Spectre vulnerability affecting even the recent Intel processors, a number of Phoronix readers have been curious about the performance impact of the mitigation. Over the past week I've been running some benchmarks on recent Intel CPUs to better look into any performance implications.

15 April

openSUSE Leap Micro 6 Reaches Alpha
15 April 11:35 AM EDT - SUSE - openSUSE Leap Micro 6 - 6 Comments

openSUSE's Leap Micro OS that caters to containerized and virtualized workloads by providing a lightweight and reliable foundation is embarking on its next major release. The openSUSE Leap Micro 6.0 operating system is now available in alpha form.

Servo Driving Modularity To Support Different JavaScript Engines
15 April 07:10 AM EDT - Free Software - Servo JavaScript Engine Modularity - 34 Comments

The Rust-based Servo web layout engine started by Mozilla that is now stewarded by the Linux Foundation and worked on by several different organizations is eyeing modularity support for its JavaScript integration. Currently Servo is closely tied to Mozilla's SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine but with a modularity push could see other options supported.

FEX-Emu 2404 Optimization Can Take Memcpy From 2-3 GB/s To 88 GB/s
15 April 06:23 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - FEX 2404 - 13 Comments

FEX 2404 is now available for this open-source emulator project to allow running x86/x86_64 binaries on AArch64 (ARM 64-bit) LInux systems. FEX has been one of the leading avenues for opening up gaming on AArch64 Linux hardware, even making use of Wine / Proton (Steam Play) for enjoying Windows x86 games within AArch64 Linux confines.

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