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GNOME 43.1 To Support Wayland On The AMD-Xilinx Kria KR260
GNOME 43.1 To Support Wayland On The AMD-Xilinx Kria KR260
111 Minutes Ago - GNOME - Working GNOME Support - Add A Comment

Earlier this year AMD-Xilinx announced a Linux-powered robotics starter kit making use of Xilinx's Kria KR26 SOM featuring a Zynq Ultrascale+ with four Cortex-A53 cores and Mali graphics. While robotics focused, there is a DisplayPort output and over the summer Canonical has been working to get this board playing nicely with a Wayland-powered GNOME desktop.

24 September

23 September

Reminder: The Phoronix Premium Autumn Sale Is On
23 September 11:00 PM EDT - Premium - Discounted Phoronix Premium - Add A Comment

Just a friendly reminder that if you wish to show your support for Phoronix this autumn season and help in allowing me to continue Linux hardware testing and the like, the annual Phoronix Premium sale is currently taking place.

Solidigm P41 Plus NVMe SSD
Solidigm P41 Plus NVMe SSD
23 September 07:21 AM EDT - Storage - 13 Comments

Up on the review block today is the Solidigm P41 Plus as a value-focused solid-state drive. Solidigm is the US company formed when SK Hynix acquired Intel's NAND/SSD business. Since forming Solidigm at the end of last year they have continued to sell products from Intel's existing SSD product line-up while last month they announced the P41 Plus as their first consumer solid-state drive of their own design. Recently I've been testing out the Solidigm P41 Plus 1TB and 2TB drives under Linux for seeing how these affordable QLC drives perform.

Radeon R600 Gallium3D Switches To Modern NIR Backend By Default
Radeon R600 Gallium3D Switches To Modern NIR Backend By Default
23 September 06:07 AM EDT - Radeon - R600g Switches To NIR Default - 6 Comments

After the persistent work by developer Gert Wollny with a desire to improve the aging "R600g" driver that provides open-source OpenGL support for Radeon HD 2000 through HD 6000 series graphics cards, this Gallium3D driver in Mesa 22.3 will now use the NIR back-end by default.

Linux RSEQ Patches Updated For Allowing Faster getcpu() In C Libraries
23 September 05:33 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Faster getcpu() - 7 Comments

Restartable Sequences "RSEQ" has been one of the nice additions to the Linux kernel in recent years and can allow for faster user-space operations on per-CPU data by providing a shared data structure ABI between each user-space thread and the kernel. RSEQ has been in the process of being extended to provide even more performance benefits.

22 September

Blender 3.3 AMD Radeon HIP vs. NVIDIA CUDA/OptiX Performance
Blender 3.3 AMD Radeon HIP vs. NVIDIA CUDA/OptiX Performance
22 September 11:40 AM EDT - Software - 22 Comments

Earlier this month Blender 3.3 released and in addition to introducing an Intel oneAPI back-end, it's notable for bringing improvements to the AMD HIP back-end for Radeon GPUs. Significant on the AMD side is extending GPU support back to GFX9/Vega. Thus it's a good time for a fresh round of benchmarking for showing how the AMD Radeon HIP performance against that of NVIDIA's existing CUDA and OptiX back-ends.

Intel Gallium3D "Iris" Driver Changes Merged For Rusticl's OpenCL 3.0
22 September 06:48 AM EDT - Intel - Intel Graphics + Rusticl - 5 Comments

While Intel's Compute-Runtime stack is fully open-source and already provides OpenCL 3.0 support for recent generations of Intel graphics under Linux, it looks like the recently-merged "Rusticl" Rust OpenCL implementation in Mesa will soon be working too on Intel graphics hardware as an alternative OpenCL 3.0 implementation.

21 September

Framework Laptop Launches Chromebook Edition With Google
21 September 11:15 AM EDT - Google - Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition - 25 Comments

The Framework Laptop has proven to be very popular with enthusiasts thanks to its focus on the ability for users to make repairs and upgrades to their laptop. Google has even taken notice and they in cooperation with Framework Computer Inc have launched a Chromebook Edition laptop.

Google Cloud Tau T2A Ampere Altra vs. T2D AMD EPYC Performance
21 September 06:00 AM EDT - Processors - 8 Comments

Over the summer Google announced Tau T2A as the first Google Cloud Compute Engine VM to run on Arm. The T2A series is powered by Ampere Altra processors and complement the Tau T2D series powered by AMD EPYC 7003 "Milan" processors that launched last year. I have been trying out the Tau T2A series for the past several weeks and have some initial benchmarks to share today for showing how the Ampere Altra Arm VMs can perform against the existing T2D series.

Mesa Radeon Driver "RADV" Ray-Tracing Performance Becoming Viable For Linux Gaming
21 September 05:23 AM EDT - Radeon - RADV Performance Good Enough - 7 Comments

In addition to a ~10% performance boost seen yesterday for RADV ray-tracing performance with Quake II RTX, another merge request also made it to Mesa 22.3 for much more significantly bolstering the RADV ray-tracing performance. With all of the recent RADV ray-tracing work, we are finally reaching a point where it's becoming viable for Linux gamers on this open-source driver.

Sound Open Firmware 2.3 Released With Support For AMD Rembrandt, Intel Raptor Lake
21 September 04:49 AM EDT - Hardware - SOF 2.3 - 5 Comments

Sound Open Firmware is what started as an open-source Intel effort to push towards more open sound/DSP firmware and has grown since that point into a Linux Foundation project also supported by other vendors like Mediatek, AMD, Realtek, and others. Sound Open Firmware 2.3 was released on Tuesday as the latest advancement for this open-source audio DSP firmware stack.

AMD Hardware Ray-Tracing Hopes To Be Ready For Blender 3.5
21 September 04:39 AM EDT - AMD - AMD HIP RT - 3 Comments

While Blender 3.2 introduced AMD HIP on Linux support for GPU acceleration and the recent Blender 3.3 extended the AMD GPU Cycles acceleration back to GFX9/Vega GPUs, for those wanting AMD ray-tracing support within Blender it's not expected to come until Blender 3.5.

20 September

Mesa 22.2 Released With AMD RDNA3 Prep, Intel Arc Graphics, Many Vulkan Improvements
20 September 07:16 PM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 22.2 - 6 Comments

The belated Mesa 22.2 was unexpectedly released today for providing the very latest open-source Linux graphics driver support not only for Intel and AMD Radeon graphics hardware but also the reverse-engineered Nouveau (NVIDIA) driver and the many smaller drivers like Etnaviv, Mali, Panfrost, the new PowerVR Vulkan driver, and the software drivers like LLVMpipe and Zink.

System76 Launches Redesigned Thelio Desktop
20 September 10:30 AM EDT - Hardware - System76 Thelio - 10 Comments

Four years ago System76 launched their Thelio line of Linux desktop computers that are built from scratch and wonderfully by them in their Colorado facility. Today the Linux-focused vendor is announcing their most significant overhaul of the Thelio desktop chassis design to date.

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