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Intel LAM Will Try Again For Linux 6.4
Intel LAM Will Try Again For Linux 6.4
4 Hours Ago - Intel - Linear Address Masking - Add A Comment

Intel's Linear Address Masking (LAM) functionality to make use of untranslated address bits of 64-bit linear addresses for arbitrary metadata is aiming to be mainlined with the upcoming Linux 6.4 cycle.

X.Org Needs More People To Run For The Board
7 Hours Ago - X.Org - X.Org Board of Directors - 21 Comments

The X.Org Board of Directors has delayed their election process by two weeks in hopes of having more candidates nominated to run for the board as currently they do not have enough candidates to start an election.

22 March

Google Chrome/Chromium Lands Wayland Fractional Scaling Support
Google Chrome/Chromium Lands Wayland Fractional Scaling Support
22 March 06:12 PM EDT - Google - fractional-scale-v1 - 25 Comments

On top of today seeing the KDE XWaylandVideoBridge announcement, the debut of GNOME 44 with its many Wayland improvements, and XWayland 23.1 being released with multiple new features/improvements, there is more good news for Wayland fans. Google has merged to the Chrome/Chromium Ozone code support for Wayland fractional scaling via the fractional-scale-v1 protocol.

KDE XWayland Video Bridge Aims To Improve Linux Desktop Screen Sharing
KDE XWayland Video Bridge Aims To Improve Linux Desktop Screen Sharing
22 March 10:26 AM EDT - KDE - xwaylandvideobridge - 16 Comments

KDE developers David Edmundson and Alex Poi have begun working on XWaylandVideoBridge as a new project to help improve Linux desktop screen sharing for X11-based applications that may try to share the contents of Wayland screens, such as could be the case for some software like Discord, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and others.

21 March

Linux VGEM Driver Rewritten In Rust Sent Out For Review
Linux VGEM Driver Rewritten In Rust Sent Out For Review
21 March 06:30 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Rust VGEM - 20 Comments

Besides the ongoing work around the reverse-engineered Apple Silicon graphics driver being brought up in the Rust programming language, the other notable Rust effort within the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) kernel subsystem is a rewrite of the basic VGEM driver in this increasingly-used programming language. That Rust VGEM driver has now been sent out on the mailing list for review as part of a request for comments.

20 March

The Current Intel Arc Graphics Linux Gaming Performance On Linux 6.2 + Mesa 23.1-dev
The Current Intel Arc Graphics Linux Gaming Performance On Linux 6.2 + Mesa 23.1-dev
20 March 01:00 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - 17 Comments

Last week I shared my findings over the great state of Intel's open-source compute stack for Arc Graphics now that the DG2/Alchemist support was promoted to stable in Linux 6.2 and the Compute-Runtime user-space stack for OpenCL and Level Zero is back to seeing regular updates with that code having matured particularly well. Here is a brief look at the current state of the Linux gaming performance for Arc Graphics on Linux 6.2 and making use of the latest Mesa 23.1-devel OpenGL and Vulkan drivers.

19 March

Serpent OS Build Infrastructure Launched
19 March 09:20 AM EDT - Operating Systems - Serpent OS Build Infrastructure - 13 Comments

Serpent OS as the new Linux distribution project by Solus Linux founder Ikey Doherty has made public its build infrastructure as it begins building more packages and opening up packaging work to outside contributors.

18 March

AMD P-State Guided Autonomous Mode Coming For Linux 6.4
18 March 01:00 PM EDT - AMD - AMD Guided Autonomous Mode - 14 Comments

While Linux 6.3 adds AMD P-State EPP as the "Energy Performance Preference" mode for enhancing the power/performance on recent Ryzen and EPYC systems on Linux, with Linux 6.4 the P-State Guided Autonomous Mode is coming to round out AMD's current CPU frequency scaling driver efforts.

LLVM 16.0 Released With New Intel/AMD CPU Support, More C++20 / C2X Features
18 March 06:24 AM EDT - LLVM - LLVM 16.0 + Clang 16.0 - 13 Comments

LLVM 16 was released on Friday night as the latest half-year feature release to this open-source compiler stack. From initial AMD Zen 4 support to bringing up new Intel CPU instruction sets and processor targets for their new processors being introduced through 2024, there is a lot of exciting hardware additions in LLVM 16.0. LLVM 16.0 is also notable for faster LLD linking, Zstd compressed debug sections, stabilizing of its LoongArch target, defaulting to C++17 for Clang, and much more. Here's a look at all the exciting changes of LLVM 16.

KDE Delivers More Wayland Fixes & Plasma 6.0 Changes This Week
18 March 05:53 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Wayland Fixes!! - 26 Comments

KDE developer Nate Graham is out with his usual weekly development summary that highlights all of the interesting desktop changes made over the course of the past seven days. This week he particularly calls out more Wayland fixes -- a common occurrence in the KDE camp.

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