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Intel Mesa Driver Code Working To Split Off Old Broadwell "Gen8" Graphics Code
Intel Mesa Driver Code Working To Split Off Old Broadwell "Gen8" Graphics Code
21 February 11:00 AM EST - Intel - Focus On The Future - 13 Comments

Intel's Iris Gallium3D driver for modern OpenGL support works on hardware going back to old Broadwell processors with "Gen8" integrated graphics as does the HasVK Vulkan driver for Haswell/Broadwell. But in allowing to focus on the common Skylake "Gen9" graphics and newer/future Intel graphics architectures, pending Mesa code is working to split-off that old Broadwell/Gen8 code. The Gen8 support will continue to be in-tree but separated from the rest of the compiler code so that the code can continue to be improved for newer Intel hardware without risking regressions/breaking those still on Broadwell era processors.

A Linux Kernel API For Today's Complex RGB Devices Is Being Devised
A Linux Kernel API For Today's Complex RGB Devices Is Being Devised
21 February 06:39 AM EST - Hardware - Modern RGB Lighting - 16 Comments

When it comes to today's complex RGB lighting for PC peripherals and the like it's mostly been left up to user-space. With most RGB devices interfacing via USB, it's been up to Linux user-space projects like OpenRGB, OpenRazer, etc, to implement their RGB lighting controls as needed. But as RGB lighting use continues to grow in the PC space for better or worse, there's an increasing need for a kernel API to handle complex RGB devices. Such an API is currently being devised.

20 February

AMD's Latest ROCm Effort: More Blogging With A New Blog Platform
AMD's Latest ROCm Effort: More Blogging With A New Blog Platform
20 February 07:40 PM EST - AMD - AMD ROCm Software Blog Platform - 18 Comments

As many enthusiasts wait to hear from AMD more broadly supporting ROCm in an official capacity across consumer Radeon GPUs and/or hearing about better supporting more Linux distributions outside of the major enterprise Linux distributions, today AMD announced a new medium for their communications with the community: the "New AMD ROCm Software Blog Platform" will be rolling out.

NVIDIA GH200 72 Core Grace CPU Performance vs. AMD Ryzen Threadripper Workstations
NVIDIA GH200 72 Core Grace CPU Performance vs. AMD Ryzen Threadripper Workstations
20 February 10:55 AM EST - Computers - 22 Comments

Earlier this month I posted some initial CPU benchmarks of the NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper up against AMD EPYC Zen 4 and Intel Xeon Emerald Rapids processors. That was a very interesting battle and showed the interesting capabilities of the 72 Arm Neoverse-V2 cores. With this GPTshop.ai GH200 system actually being in workstation form, I also ran some additional benchmarks looking at the CPU capabilities of the GH200 compared to AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series workstations.

X.Org Server Clears Out Remnants For Supporting Old Compilers
X.Org Server Clears Out Remnants For Supporting Old Compilers
20 February 06:27 AM EST - X.Org - Sun Pro / Sun Studio & More - 113 Comments

There are still no signs of a new X.Org Server feature release coming in the near-term with most of the major stakeholders divesting from the xorg-server besides the XWayland portion of the code-base. But for those interested in the past few days there have been some NetBSD/OpenBSD build fixes to the X.Org Server as well as clearing out some remnants of old compiler support.

19 February

Windows NT Synchronization Primitive Driver Updated For The Linux Kernel
Windows NT Synchronization Primitive Driver Updated For The Linux Kernel
19 February 07:54 PM EST - WINE - NTSYNC - 23 Comments

For years Wine developers have been after a better synchronization API for the Linux kernel to better match the semantics of Microsoft Windows. Posted back in January was a request for comments on an "NTSYNC" Linux kernel driver to implement Windows NT synchronization primitives for the Linux kernel. At the start of the month a post-RFC version was posted of this open-source driver and today the latest iteration of that work has been published to the kernel mailing list.

Fedora Workstation's Anaconda Web UI Installer Delayed To Fedora 41
Fedora Workstation's Anaconda Web UI Installer Delayed To Fedora 41
19 February 05:50 PM EST - Fedora - Anaconda Web Installer - 21 Comments

For over two years Red Hat's engineers working on the Anaconda installer have been working on a modern web-based installer UI that integrates with Cockpit and is a modern alternative to their GTK-based installer interface for deploying Fedora Linux and eventually RHEL too. The hope was to offer this web UI installer option for Fedora Workstation 40 but that's now been delayed to Fedora 41.

Linux Still Working To Disable RNDIS Drivers In 2024
Linux Still Working To Disable RNDIS Drivers In 2024
19 February 06:35 AM EST - Hardware - Microsoft RNDIS - 56 Comments

Back in January 2023 was an attempt to disable kernel drivers for Microsoft's RNDIS protocol. The Remote Network Driver Interface Specification (RNDIS) is home to security concerns for this protocol built atop USB for virtual Ethernet functionality. Later in the year the effort to disable RNDIS on Linux was tried again without going mainline. In recent days it looks like there will be a fresh attempt at getting the RNDIS driver support disabled.

Third Version Of Linux Atomic Console Support Posted
Third Version Of Linux Atomic Console Support Posted
19 February 06:24 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Needed For Linux Real-Time RT - 10 Comments

Posted on Sunday was the third iteration of the patches working toward the threaded/atomic non-blocking console "NBCON" support that is known to be one of the last blockers to sort out before the remainder of the Linux real-time "RT" patches can be upstreamed.

18 February

17 February

Fedora COSMIC Desktop Spin Being Considered
17 February 08:55 AM EST - Fedora - COSMIC - 100 Comments

System76 has been developing the Rust-based COSMIC desktop for their Pop!_OS Linux distribution but its usage won't be artificially limited to that in-house distro. Among other distributions that have been looking toward packaging it, interest is currently being evaluated in creating a Fedora special interest group (SIG) for the COSMIC desktop environment.

dav1d 1.4 Released With More AVX-512 Optimizations, RISC-V & LoongArch CPU Support
17 February 06:48 AM EST - Multimedia - dav1d 1.4 - 5 Comments

While recent graphics cards support GPU-accelerated AV1 video decoding, for those still relying on dav1d for CPU-based AV1 decode there is now version 1.4 "Road Runner" available that adds support for LoongArch and RISC-V architectures while continuing to further enhance the performance of this open-source AV1 decoder on x86_64 Intel/AMD processors too.

More Fixes Land Ahead Of KDE Plasma 6.0 Coming In Two Weeks
17 February 06:28 AM EST - KDE - KDE 6 Mega-Release - 13 Comments

There is just two weeks to go until the much-anticipated KDE 6 Mega-Release that includes KDE Plasma 6.0, KDE Frameworks 6, and the updated KDE Gear apps. KDE developers continue fixing bugs as well as already working on KDE Plasma 6.1 features.

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