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Wine 8.1 Released - Now Exposed As "Windows 10" For New Prefixes
Wine 8.1 Released - Now Exposed As "Windows 10" For New Prefixes
5 Hours Ago - WINE - Wine 8.1 - 10 Comments

Following the release of Wine 8.0 stable from a week and a half ago, Wine 8.1 is out today as the first bi-weekly development snapshot for this open-source software that allows running Windows games and applications on Linux, macOS, and other platforms. These Wine 8.x development snapshots will then culminate with the release of Wine 9.0 next year.

1 February

Go 1.20 Released With Preview PGO Support, CPU Architecture Feature Build Flags
Go 1.20 Released With Preview PGO Support, CPU Architecture Feature Build Flags
1 February 04:37 PM EST - Programming - Go 1.20 - 1 Comment

Google has released a new version of the Go programming language that with today's v1.20 release come a number of notable additions as well as gutting out support for older versions of Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS. Two features alone have me excited about Go 1.20: initial work on CPU architecture feature build flags like for x86_64 micro-architecture feature level handling and initial support for Profile Guided Optimizations (PGO) builds.

Intel's "DOITM" Security Feature Not Intended For Always-On Use, Linux Patches To Be Revised
Intel's "DOITM" Security Feature Not Intended For Always-On Use, Linux Patches To Be Revised
1 February 03:00 PM EST - Intel - Data Operand Independent Timing Mode - 18 Comments

Last week I wrote about Linux developers evaluating a new "DOITM" security mitigation for the latest Intel CPUs. While the cost for now of engaging the Data Operand Independent Timing Mode (DOITM) functionality is minimal, following internal Intel engineering discussions it looks like the Linux kernel patches will need to be re-worked with this functionality not intended to always be enabled.

Intel Highlights Their Progress On Arc Graphics Drivers Since Launch
Intel Highlights Their Progress On Arc Graphics Drivers Since Launch
1 February 09:00 AM EST - Intel - Intel Windows Driver Improvements - 31 Comments

Intel this week held a presentation to talk up the progress they've made on their (Windows) graphics driver since launch for Arc Graphics where for many games there are double digit performance improvements to enjoy with the budget-friendly Arc Graphics A750 and A770 graphics cards.

Intel In-Field Scan Functionality Being Extended With Emerald Rapids
Intel In-Field Scan Functionality Being Extended With Emerald Rapids
1 February 07:28 AM EST - Intel - Intel IFS + Emerald Rapids - 1 Comment

Now that Intel 4th Gen Xeon Scalable "Sapphire Rapids" shipped and the initial Linux support is all aligned, recently there has been an uptick in activity around Emerald Rapids and even Granite Rapids as its successor along with the Sierra Forest support. On the EMR front, the latest Linux driver activity is extending the In-Field Scan (IFS) driver for additional testing capabilities.

31 January

System76 Adding XWayland Support & Other Improvements To Its COSMIC DE
System76 Adding XWayland Support & Other Improvements To Its COSMIC DE
31 January 10:00 AM EST - Desktop - System76 COSMIC DE - 54 Comments

In addition to new hardware from Colorado-based Linux laptop/desktop retailer System76, this year we can look forward to more work on their COSMIC desktop environment being developed as part of their Pop!_OS Linux distribution. Already for kicking off 2023 they have made a number of strides in their COSMIC DE development.

MSM DRM Driver Adds Support For Newer Qualcomm Platforms With Linux 6.3
MSM DRM Driver Adds Support For Newer Qualcomm Platforms With Linux 6.3
31 January 05:59 AM EST - Linux Kernel - MSM DRM-Next - 6 Comments

The MSM Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver that was started originally as part of the Freedreno effort for open-source, reverse-engineered graphics driver support for Qualcomm Adreno graphics continues flourishing. A number of MSM driver additions -- including new Qualcomm platform support -- is ready to go with the upcoming Linux 6.3 kernel.

30 January

Vulkan SDK Updated With Vulkan Video Support
Vulkan SDK Updated With Vulkan Video Support
30 January 01:00 PM EST - Vulkan - Vulkan SDK With Vulkan Video - 22 Comments

The Khronos Group with LunarG has now published the Vulkan SDK 1.3.239 release that is the first version of the software development kit with the Vulkan Video extensions now present.

X.Org vs. Wayland Linux Gaming Performance For NVIDIA GeForce + AMD Radeon In Early 2023
X.Org vs. Wayland Linux Gaming Performance For NVIDIA GeForce + AMD Radeon In Early 2023
30 January 11:30 AM EST - Display Drivers - 92 Comments

With recent NVIDIA's proprietary driver updates continuing to refine their Wayland support, the open-source AMDGPU Linux graphics drivers continuing to be enhanced, and work on the GNOME desktop with Mutter compositor continuing to advance, today's benchmarking article is looking at how the GNOME session under X.Org and Wayland for (X)Wayland is performing across various Linux games. It's been a while since I last ran a X.Org vs. (X)Wayland Linux gaming comparison so today's article is a fresh look from Ubuntu 22.10 while moving to the very latest graphics drivers and newest Steam Play Experimental state.

Mesa EGL X11/Wayland Code Receives Optimization For Multi-GPU/PRIME Systems
Mesa EGL X11/Wayland Code Receives Optimization For Multi-GPU/PRIME Systems
30 January 09:30 AM EST - Mesa - Linear Buffer On Scanout GPU - 6 Comments

Code merged last week to Mesa 23.1 by AMD ensures that a linear copy buffer is made on the display/scanout GPU when dealing with EGL contexts under Wayland or X11. This follows an optimization made last year to Mesa's GLX code within X.Org environments for enhancing the PRIME/multi-GPU support.

Linux Will Now Better Handle AMD SEV-SNP To Avoid Undefined Behavior For Old VMs
Linux Will Now Better Handle AMD SEV-SNP To Avoid Undefined Behavior For Old VMs
30 January 07:09 AM EST - AMD - AMD SEV-SNP Feature Negotiation - Add A Comment

Merged on Sunday prior to tagging Linux 6.2-rc6 is a late "fix" for the AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization Secure Nested Paging (SEV-SNP) code to avoid possible situations of undefined behavior with difficult to debug issues where a modern Linux host with SEV-SNP may try booting a Linux virtual machine with an outdated kernel.

Unvanquished 0.54 Brings More Renderer Improvements, ARM Binaries
Unvanquished 0.54 Brings More Renderer Improvements, ARM Binaries
30 January 06:21 AM EST - Linux Gaming - Unvanquished 0.54 - 4 Comments

Unvanquished 0.54 was released overnight as the latest update across the array of many releases going back a decade for this open-source first person shooter game. With Unvanquished 0.54 there continues to be enhancements to its renderer, the project is now providing ARM binaries on Linux to complement their x86/x86_64 builds, user-interface improvements, and gameplay enhancements.

GIMP 3.0 Aiming To Release In 2023
GIMP 3.0 Aiming To Release In 2023
30 January 12:00 AM EST - Free Software - GIMP 3.0 - 65 Comments

The long elusive GIMP 3.0 release that overhauls the UI and ports from GTK2 to GTK3 along with a wealth of other changes after being talked about for a decade could finally see its stable release this year.

29 January

RADV Graphics Pipeline Library Support Becoming Speedy, Aims For Mesa 23.1 Promotion
29 January 07:17 AM EST - Radeon - RADV Graphics Pipeline Library - 14 Comments

The Mesa Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver's implementation of the graphics pipeline library (VK_EXT_graphics_pipeline_library) is becoming much faster thanks to fast-linking and various pending fixes. In turn this will get games making use of the extension the ability to ideally have no shader pre-caching while still enjoying no in-game stuttering. Valve's Linux graphics driver developers working on RADV have been working through some issues with the RADV graphics pipeline library and for Mesa 23.1 looks like it could be in good shape.

Valve Fixes RAGE 2 Breaking For Recent Mesa RADV Driver
29 January 06:19 AM EST - Mesa - RADV + RAGE 2 - 3 Comments

For fans of the RAGE 2 first person shooter game as the sequel to id Software's Rage game from nearly a decade ago, the latest Mesa Git code has landed a fix courtesy of Valve's Linux graphics driver developers to correct the rendering.

28 January

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