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Intel's IPU6 Webcam Linux Driver Still A Mess, But Some Patches To Help
Intel's IPU6 Webcam Linux Driver Still A Mess, But Some Patches To Help
102 Minutes Ago - Intel - IPU6 MIPI Camera Mess - 2 Comments

While for years Intel has been very well regarded -- and rightfully so -- for their open-source Linux hardware support, occasionally there are exceptions. One such exception currently is Intel's IPU6 drivers for their MIPI cameras found on many newer Alder lake laptops and presumably upcoming Raptor Lake laptops too. The IPU6 drivers remain outside of the Linux kernel and will still likely be that way for sometime.

26 November

Samsung's Latest Linux Upstreaming Work For The Tesla FSD SoC Is PCIe Support
Samsung's Latest Linux Upstreaming Work For The Tesla FSD SoC Is PCIe Support
26 November 09:44 AM EST - Hardware - PCIe For Tesla's Full Self-Driving SoC - Add A Comment

At the start of the calendar year Samsung engineers posted Linux patches bringing to enable the Tesla full self-driving "FSD" SoC within the mainline Linux kernel. Linux 5.18 picked up the initial Tesla FSD SoC support and since then other support remnants have continued to be worked on like media functionality. The latest open-source, upstream-focused Tesla FSD SoC work is on enabling PCIe functionality.

25 November

2022 Black Friday Reminders
2022 Black Friday Reminders
25 November 05:00 PM EST - Phoronix - Consider Helping Me Out - 1 Comment

Just some quick "Black Friday" / holiday reminders for those that enjoy the daily original open-source news, Linux hardware reviews, performance benchmarks, and more put out each and every day on Phoronix.

24 November

Valve Implements Opt-In VK_KHR_present_wait For Mesa Vulkan Drivers
Valve Implements Opt-In VK_KHR_present_wait For Mesa Vulkan Drivers
24 November 10:00 AM EST - Mesa - VK_KHR_present_wait - 5 Comments

Landing this week within Mesa 23.0 is an initial implementation of Vulkan's VK_KHR_present_wait extension, which Hans-Kristian Arntzen of Valve's Linux team and VKD3D-Proton notoriety has referred to as a "very useful" extension but due to current spec limitations is for now only being made opt-in via a DriConf option so it can be handled on a per-game/app basis.

23 November

Intel Mesa Driver Changes Land For Building On Non-x86 CPUs
23 November 03:00 PM EST - Intel - Discrete GPU Support - 13 Comments

A patch was merged today to Mesa 23.0 as part of the effort for building the Intel OpenGL and Vulkan Linux drivers for non-x86/x86_64 architectures. This is part of the ongoing effort to enable Intel discrete GPUs to eventually work on the likes of AArch64, POWER, and RISC-V systems.

Intel Posts Reworked Linux Patches To Improve Hybrid CPU + HT/SMT Kernel Behavior
23 November 09:30 AM EST - Intel - Avoid Unnecessary Task Migrations - 5 Comments

Back in August an Intel engineer posted a patch series to help Linux on Intel hybrid CPUs with Hypr Threading. That work benefiting newer Alder Lake and Raptor Lake processors is around avoiding unnecessary migrations within SMT domains. Finally an updated version of that patch series has now been posted as this Intel hybrid improvement works its way toward the kernel.

Intel Details The Accelerators & Security Features For On Demand / Software Defined Silicon
23 November 06:30 AM EST - Intel - Intel On Demand - 30 Comments

Over the past year since being the first to report on Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) for license-activated hardware features with future CPUs, we've been left to wonder all what will be incorporated into this controversial Software Defined Silicon. Intel recently shared that SDSi will be marketed as Intel On Demand and now they have published a web page outlining more about this after-purchase upgrades for activating extra processor features.

Proton 7.0-5 Gets More Games Running On Linux & The Steam Deck
23 November 06:09 AM EST - Valve - Proton 7.0-5 - 15 Comments

Valve has officially released Proton 7.0-5 as the newest version of their Wine downstream that powers Steam Play for enjoying countless Windows games on Linux, most notably now with the Steam Deck. Valve has also introduced "Proton Next" as their new testing grounds for future Proton updates.

SDL3 Begins Dumping A Lot Of Old Code: GLES1, OS/2, DirectFB, WinRT, NaCl & More
23 November 06:00 AM EST - Linux Gaming - SDL 3.0 - 45 Comments

It was just a little more than 24 hours ago that SDL 2.26 released for this widely-used library by cross-platform games and other software for abstracting software/hardware interfaces. With SDL 2.26 released, SDL 3.0 is now in development. One of the first stages of that big Simple DirectMedia Layer update is removing a lot of old platform code and other obsolete targets.

OBS Studio 29 Beta Brings AV1 Encode For AMD & Intel GPUs
23 November 05:20 AM EST - Multimedia - OBS Studio 29 - 11 Comments

OBS Studio 29 Beta 1 has been released as the newest test version for this widely-used, cross-platform open-source software for screen-casting and screen-recording purposes. OBS Studio 29 most notably is adding AV1 hardware-accelerated encoding for Intel Arc Graphics and AMD Radeon GPUs.

22 November

Microsoft Promotes Windows Subsystem For Linux "WSL" To GA Status
22 November 06:13 PM EST - Microsoft - WSL General Availability - 61 Comments

While the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has been around for six years now and with WSL2 is on to running graphical Linux apps with GPU acceleration and a wide array of capabilities, including the ability to run systemd and the like, only today has Microsoft promoted WSL to "general availability" status on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Phoronix Premium Black Friday Deal To Support Open-Source News, Linux Hardware Testing
22 November 06:00 PM EST - Premium - Black Friday / Holiday Deal - 3 Comments

It's that time of the year with "Black Friday" this week and the start of the holiday shopping season. As usual, there is the annual holiday deal for Phoronix Premium to enjoy it at a discounted rate. Unfortunately the state of the ad industry and rampant ad-block use continue to greatly hurt the sustainability of the site while Phoronix Premium allows for enjoying the website ad-free and multi-page articles on a single page.

New Dasharo v1.1 Firmware For The MSI Z690 Board - DDR5 Variant Now Supported, ME Disable
22 November 08:41 AM EST - Coreboot - Dasharo v1.1 - 7 Comments

One of the exciting open-source milestones this year was Dasharo/Coreboot being ported to a modern Intel Alder Lake Z690 motherboard that is readily available and at a decent price. That work by the open-source firmware engineers at 3mdeb was focused on the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 motherboard while with today's v1.1 release there is also support now for the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR5.

SDL 2.26 Released, SDL3 Development Now Underway
22 November 04:38 AM EST - Linux Gaming - SDL 2.26 - 9 Comments

SDL 2.26 has been officially released as the latest version of this widely-used library by cross-platform games and other software wishing to abstract various hardware/software differences between systems. With the release of SDL 2.26 out, SDL 3.0 is now officially under development.

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