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Linux 6.1 Officially Promoted To Being An LTS Kernel
Linux 6.1 Officially Promoted To Being An LTS Kernel
7 February 03:30 PM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 6.1 LTS - 12 Comments

Linux 6.1 was widely anticipated to be a Long-Term Support (LTS) kernel with normally the last major release series for the calendar year normally promoted to LTS status. Greg Kroah-Hartman as the Linux stable maintainer went ahead today and formally recognized Linux 6.1 as the 2022 LTS kernel.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Linux Performance After Three Years
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Linux Performance After Three Years
7 February 02:30 PM EST - Computers - 15 Comments

Today marks three years since AMD introduced the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, the first HEDT chip sporting 64 cores / 128 threads. While based on Zen 2, the shear multi-threaded compute power of the Threadripper 3990X still bodes well today. Besides 64 cores / 128 threads still being a lot, Linux software improvements over the past three years have helped maintain the competitiveness of the Threadripper 3990X. In today's benchmarks are results from the System76 Thelio Major as tested back in 2020 based on Pop!_OS / Ubuntu 22.04 LTS compared to the very latest state today when running an Ubuntu 23.04 snapshot on the same system and using a Linux 6.2 Git kernel.

Fedora Asahi Aims To Provide The Fedora Workstation Experience For Apple Silicon Systems
Fedora Asahi Aims To Provide The Fedora Workstation Experience For Apple Silicon Systems
7 February 10:36 AM EST - Apple - Fedora Asahi - 12 Comments

For those wanting to run Linux bare metal on modern Apple Silicon M1/M2 systems, the easiest way to do so is by using the Asahi Linux distribution with its downstream kernel carrying the latest Apple driver enablement patches for the ARM hardware, the specialized installer for safely setting up the Linux distribution on the Apple, and modern package base provided by Arch Linux. For fans of Fedora Workstation, the Fedora Asahi remix has been working to provide a great Fedora Workstation experience for modern Macs.

6 February

Noctua NH-L9a-AM5 Low-Profile Heatsink Works Great For 2U AMD Ryzen AM5 Servers
Noctua NH-L9a-AM5 Low-Profile Heatsink Works Great For 2U AMD Ryzen AM5 Servers
6 February 04:30 PM EST - Peripherals - 18 Comments

Noctua at the end of January announced the NH-L9a-AM5 and the all-black NH-L9a-AM5 chromax.black heatsinks as their new ultra low-profile active CPU coolers for the AMD AM5 socket that support AMD's recently announced Ryzen 7000 series 65 Watt CPUs. The height with fan at only 37 mm makes the new NH-L9a-AM5 heatsinks work out very well for small form factor (SFF) builds and for our case at Phoronix an instant hit for running the new AMD Ryzen processors within 2U rackmount enclosures.

Linux Parallel CPU Bring-Up Shows Great Impact Bringing Up 1,920 Sapphire Rapids Cores
Linux Parallel CPU Bring-Up Shows Great Impact Bringing Up 1,920 Sapphire Rapids Cores
6 February 06:55 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Parallel CPU Bring-Up - 14 Comments

After the prior kernel patches had stalled in their review process, last week work was revived on x86_64 parallel CPU bring-up for the Linux kernel to help in booting the kernel faster on larger core count desktops and servers. The results have been promising and over the past few days more test results have flowed in along with other positive commentary that will hopefully this time lead to the work ultimately getting upstreamed.

A Non-GNU Linux Distribution Built With LLVM & BSD Software Aims For Alpha Next Month
A Non-GNU Linux Distribution Built With LLVM & BSD Software Aims For Alpha Next Month
6 February 06:25 AM EST - Operating Systems - Chimera Linux - 68 Comments

In development now for nearly two years is Chimera Linux as a "non-GNU" Linux distribution built with the LLVM Clang compiler, leveraging musl libc, and commonly relying on BSD user-space software components. After a lot of work on bringing up Chimera Linux as well as getting a Wayland-based deskttop going, the project is aiming for its alpha release within the next month.

5 February

Linux 6.3 To Allow Some AMD GPU Power Savings Benefits Even Without S0ix BIOS Support
Linux 6.3 To Allow Some AMD GPU Power Savings Benefits Even Without S0ix BIOS Support
5 February 07:25 AM EST - Radeon - Lower Radeon Power - 7 Comments

AMD sent in another batch of AMDGPU features and fixes to DRM-Next this week ahead of the Linux 6.3 merge window. With being late in the cycle the material is mostly of different fixes -- including some Radeon RX 7000 series "RDNA3" (GFX11) fixes -- but also a new feature in that AMD Radeon GPU power savings with S0ix even when the system BIOS support is lacking.

MidnightBSD 3.0 Coming Soon For FreeBSD-Derived Desktop OS
MidnightBSD 3.0 Coming Soon For FreeBSD-Derived Desktop OS
5 February 07:00 AM EST - BSD - MidnightBSD 3.0 - 7 Comments

For those that may have tried the recent macOS-inspired helloSystem 0.8 release for that desktop-focused FreeBSD-based operating system, if that didn't satisfy your desktop BSD desires, MidnightBSD 3.0 is working its way to release as another alternative.

4 February

A Detailed Explanation On Intel's DOIT Mode, Possible Options For Linux's Handling
4 February 04:24 PM EST - Intel - Data Operand Independent Timing - 4 Comments

Following last week's article about Linux developers eyeing a new "DOITM" security mitigation for latest Intel CPUs based on guidance from Intel around Data Operand Independent Timing (DOIT) instructions and then it coming to light that the DOIT mode shouldn't always be on, a lengthier statement from one of Intel's Linux engineers has been published summing up the current beliefs and Linux kernel possibilities around DOIT(M).

Servo Web Engine Publishes Its 2023 Roadmap
4 February 06:40 AM EST - Mozilla - Servo 2023 Roadmap - 16 Comments

Back in 2020 Mozilla moved Servo to the Linux Foundation for the Rust-written web engine after it laid off the Servo developers. Servo development is now community/volunteer-driven and a road-map was published yesterday outlining some of their hopes for this calendar year.

3 February

Proton 7.0-6 Released With More Windows Games Playable On Linux
3 February 01:45 PM EST - Valve - Proton 7.0-6 - 9 Comments

Valve has just published Proton 7.0-6 as the newest version of this Wine-based software that powers Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux. Proton 7.0-6 had been available in testing and release candidate form since the end of last year while now has been promoted to stable.

Intel TPMI Linux Driver Published To Enhance Power Management Handling
3 February 11:30 AM EST - Intel - Intel TPMI - Add A Comment

Intel engineers this week published new Linux open-source driver code for TPMI, the Topology Aware Register and PM Capsule Interface. Intel TPMI for seemingly future processors will allow for more streamlined power management handling and other enhancements over the way the Intel power management drivers currently function.

Red Hat's Display/HDR Hackfest Scheduled For April
3 February 06:39 AM EST - Red Hat - High Dynamic Range - 10 Comments

As mentioned a few weeks back, Red Hat has been working to arrange a developer "hackfest" to further work out plans and development around HDR display support on the Linux desktop. They are aiming to bring together graphics driver developers, desktop developers, and other Linux stakeholders -- including possibly the likes of Valve -- to work out planning of high dynamic range monitor support over the next year or two for the Linux desktop. That Red Hat HDR hackfest has now been organized to happen in late April.

Dbus-Broker 33 Released With Few Changes
3 February 05:55 AM EST - Free Software - D-Bus Broker - 14 Comments

A half-year has passed already since Dbus-Broker 32 was released for this drop-in replacement to the reference D-Bus implementation that is focused on providing better performance and reliability. Today that's been succeeded by Dbus-Broker 33 as a relatively minor update to this software from the BUS1 project.

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