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Fedora Miracle Spin Proposed For Fedora 41
Fedora Miracle Spin Proposed For Fedora 41
3 Hours Ago - Fedora - Fedora Miracle - 5 Comments

Not to be confused with Fedora's "Beefy Miracle" from a decade ago during their entertaining codename days, but a Fedora Miracle spin has been proposed for the now-open Fedora 41 development cycle.

Llamafile 0.8 Releases With LLaMA3 & Grok Support, Faster F16 Performance
Llamafile 0.8 Releases With LLaMA3 & Grok Support, Faster F16 Performance
3 Hours Ago - Free Software - llamafile 0.8 - Add A Comment

Llamafile has been quite an interesting project out of Mozilla's Ocho group in the era of AI. Llamafile makes it easy to run and distribute large language models (LLMs) that are self-contained within a single file. Llamafile builds off Llama.cpp and makes it easy to ship an entire LLM as a single file with both CPU and GPU execution support. Llamafile 0.8 is out now to join in on the LLaMA3 fun as well as delivering other model support and enhancing the CPU performance.

Etnaviv NPU Optimizations Make It Into Mesa 24.1
Etnaviv NPU Optimizations Make It Into Mesa 24.1
3 Hours Ago - Mesa - Etnaviv - Add A Comment

In addition to many RadeonSI driver optimizations that were merged just prior to yesterday's code branching and Mesa 24.1-rc1 release, a number of Etnaviv driver improvements were also merged for benefiting that recent Vivante NPU IP open-source driver work.

24 April

GCC 14 vs. LLVM Clang 18 Compiler Performance On Fedora 40
GCC 14 vs. LLVM Clang 18 Compiler Performance On Fedora 40
24 April 11:02 AM EDT - Software - 28 Comments

One of the leading-edge benefits of Fedora Linux is that it always ships with the most up-to-date open-source compiler toolchains at release. For their spring releases each year, it typically means shipping with a GCC compiler that isn't even officially released as stable yet. With this week's release of Fedora 40, it's shipping with GCC 14.0.1 as the development version that will culminate with the inaugural GCC 14 stable release in the coming weeks. Plus Fedora 40 has all of the other latest GNU toolchain components and then over on the LLVM side is with the current LLVM 18 stable series. For those curious how GCC 14 vs. LLVM Clang 18 performance is looking, here is a wide range of C/C++ benchmarks carried out on Fedora Workstation 40 using a System76 Thelio Major workstation powered by the Zen 4 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X.

Polychromatic 0.9 OpenRazer GUI Frontend Released With Port To PyQt6
Polychromatic 0.9 OpenRazer GUI Frontend Released With Port To PyQt6
24 April 06:50 AM EDT - Hardware - Polychromatic - 1 Comment

Polychromatic is the open-source software package that serves as a GUI front-end to the OpenRazer drivers for allowing Razer devices to be configured under Linux for managing keyboard/mice RGB lighting and other options. With today's Polychromatic 0.9 release there is a port for the Qt6 toolkit.

Nginx 1.26 Released With Experimental HTTP/3 Support
Nginx 1.26 Released With Experimental HTTP/3 Support
24 April 06:26 AM EDT - Free Software - Nginx 1.26 - 10 Comments

Nginx 1.26 stable is out as the newest version of this popular alternative to the Apache web server while also able to work as a load balancer, reverse proxy, and HTTP cache. Nginx 1.26 incorporates the great work from the Nginx 1.25 mainline branch such as experimental HTTP/3 support.

23 April

CBD Proposed For The Linux Kernel: CXL Block Device
CBD Proposed For The Linux Kernel: CXL Block Device
23 April 06:42 AM EDT - Linux Storage - CXL Block Device - 7 Comments

The latest Compute Express Link (CXL) feature work being pursued for the mainline Linux kernel is a driver to create CXL block devices for storage. On Monday a "request for comments" patch series sent out the initial code for setting up CXL shared memory to be used as Linux block devices.

AMD Prepping Fixes & Enhancements For P-State CPUFreq Driver
AMD Prepping Fixes & Enhancements For P-State CPUFreq Driver
23 April 06:21 AM EDT - AMD - AMD P-State - 3 Comments

The AMD P-State CPU frequency scaling driver for Zen 2 and newer processors has been working out well in its roughly two years of being in the mainline Linux kernel. The AMD P-State driver has helped with ensuring modern Ryzen systems are delivering optimal performance and power efficiency. Recently AMD Linux engineers have been working on a few fixes and enhancements to this CPUFreq driver.

NetBSD 9.4 Released With Security & Stability Fixes
NetBSD 9.4 Released With Security & Stability Fixes
23 April 06:01 AM EDT - BSD - NetBSD 9.4 - 5 Comments

NetBSD 10.0 debuted last month with a long list of improvements and other enhancements that built up over the past several years. For those not yet taking the leap to this big NetBSD update, NetBSD 9.4 is out today for those relying on the stable NetBSD 9 series.

22 April

Reverse Engineered MSI WMI Platform Driver Being Worked On For Linux
Reverse Engineered MSI WMI Platform Driver Being Worked On For Linux
22 April 12:55 PM EDT - Hardware - MSI WMI Platform Driver - 5 Comments

Submitted for code review this weekend was a new MSI WMI Platform driver that was developed via reverse engineering MSI laptops. Initially this MSI WMI Platform driver is just exposing fan speed sensors but ultimately can be more useful for other Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) features.

Kioxia KCD8XPUG1T92 CD8P-R & KCMYXVUG3T20 CM7-V PCIe 5.0 SSDs
Kioxia KCD8XPUG1T92 CD8P-R & KCMYXVUG3T20 CM7-V PCIe 5.0 SSDs
22 April 11:20 AM EDT - Storage - 14 Comments

While there is a growing number of PCIe 5.0 consumer NVMe SSDs available through Internet retailers, when it comes to PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD data center / enterprise grade solid-state drives there aren't as many yet and even for announced ones they have been relatively in short supply. In preparing for some upcoming Ubuntu 24.04 LTS tests and ahead of next-gen servers arriving, I was recently searching for some new PCIe 5.0 data center solid state drives. Arriving so far are the Kioxia KCD8XPUG1T92 CD8P-R and Kioxia KCMYXVUG3T20 CM7-V PCIe 5 SSDs. Here are a few benchmarks of those drives for those curious about the performance.

udev-hid-bpf To Help Enable HID-BPF Use Rather Than Kernel Drivers To Fix HID Hardware
udev-hid-bpf To Help Enable HID-BPF Use Rather Than Kernel Drivers To Fix HID Hardware
22 April 06:23 AM EDT - Hardware - udev-hid-bpf - 5 Comments

Right now for buggy HID hardware or other input devices not exactly aligning to specs or having known hardware workarounds required, a new Linux kernel driver tends to be needed or at least quirks to be added to existing kernel driver code. There's no shortage of wonky HID hardware/drivers out there to deal with such odd cases. Due to the lengthy kernel cycles and other factors involved, leveraging (e)BPF has long been talked about as one of the areas where it may make sense for being able to more quickly send out hardware support fixes in the form of eBPF programs. The Rust-written udev-hid-bpf project is ready to help in that enabling effort.

Intel Media Driver 2024Q1 Brings Arrow Lake H Support
Intel Media Driver 2024Q1 Brings Arrow Lake H Support
22 April 05:59 AM EDT - Intel - Intel VA-API - Add A Comment

The Intel Media Driver 2024Q1 release is now available that serves as the company's modern Video Acceleration API (VA-API) driver for Linux systems. The Intel media driver allows for iGPU/dGPU-based video encode/decode for HEVC, VP9, AV1, and other formats supported by the respective graphics hardware.

21 April

AMD Posts RDNA3+ Firmware Files For Linux Users
21 April 10:25 AM EDT - Radeon - linux-firmware.git - 16 Comments

This weekend AMD upstreamed a number of new AMDGPU firmware files into the linux-firmware.git repository that serves as a basis for all of the binary firmware/microcode files used by the Linux kernel drivers. This big set of new AMDGPU firmware files is likely for the upcoming RDNA 3.5 / "RDNA3 refresh" / RDNA3+ as it appears will be called updated RDNA3 graphics for upcoming AMD Ryzen SoCs.

Acer Aspire One ARM Laptop To Have "Almost Full" Support With Linux 6.10
21 April 06:46 AM EDT - Arm - Acer Aspire One - 21 Comments

The good news is that with the upcoming Linux 6.10 kernel cycle the ARM-based Acer Aspire One laptop will feature "almost full" support for this Qualcomm Snapdragon powered laptop. The downside though it's now a three year old device with far more interesting ARM laptops on the market and more powerful options coming to the market this year.

20 April

Open-Source "Terakan" Vulkan Driver For Radeon HD 6000 Series Shown On Windows
20 April 06:41 AM EDT - Radeon - Terakan - 25 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.

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