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Xe2 Ray-Tracing & More Intel Lunar Lake Enabling Land In Mesa 24.2
Xe2 Ray-Tracing & More Intel Lunar Lake Enabling Land In Mesa 24.2
95 Minutes Ago - Mesa - Lunar Lake + Mesa - 1 Comment

Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver engineers continue to be quite busy preparing their Xe kernel driver and Mesa user-space ANV Vulkan / Iris Gallium3D driver for upcoming Lunar Lake processors. Merged today for Mesa 24.2-devel is more Lunar Lake platform enablement work plus early support for ray-tracing with the integrated Xe2 graphics. However, more work is still needed before this Lunar Lake / Xe2 support will be ready for end-users on the Linux desktop.

Crucial Pro DDR5-6000 32GB Memory Kit
Crucial Pro DDR5-6000 32GB Memory Kit
4 Hours Ago - Memory - 2 Comments

Crucial last week announced the launch of their newest Crucial DDR5 Pro Memory: Overclocking (OC) Edition in white heatspreader form. Crucial recently sent over a pair of these 2 x 16GB Crucial Pro DDR5-6000 UDIMM memory kits that we've been putting through the paces with Intel Core i9 14900K and AMD Ryzen 9 7950X systems. These new Crucial Pro DIMMs have been working out very well and align with the great quality we've long enjoyed from Crucial/Micron.

TPM HMAC Encryption Being Pulled Back To x86_64 By Default For Linux 6.10
TPM HMAC Encryption Being Pulled Back To x86_64 By Default For Linux 6.10
9 Hours Ago - Linux Security - Bugs For Other Archs - 4 Comments

One of the new security features coming with Linux 6.10 is TPM bus encryption and integrity protection to fend off a wave of possible attacks against Trusted Platform Module recovery keys, TPM sniffing, etc. This functionality was merged for the Linux 6.10 merge window but is now being pulled back to x86_64-only by default where it's been sufficiently tested.

27 May

An End-User Has Made It Easier To Build ROCm & AMD GPU Machine Learning Software
An End-User Has Made It Easier To Build ROCm & AMD GPU Machine Learning Software
27 May 06:26 AM EDT - Radeon - Easier ROCm - 34 Comments

An end-user and Phoronix reader has taken up creating his own AMD ROCm SDK build system to make it easier to setup a machine learning software stack from scratch on AMD Radeon GPUs under Linux. This open-source build system pulls in the AMD ROCm source code as well as AMD GPU-accelerated tools like PyTorch and ONNX and makes it easier to deploy and without having to rely on Docker or other solutions.

26 May

Intel NPU Driver Being Refactored For More Versatile CPU+NPU Handling
Intel NPU Driver Being Refactored For More Versatile CPU+NPU Handling
26 May 09:50 AM EDT - Intel - Intel NPU - 2 Comments

Intel's open-source NPU "iVPU" Linux kernel driver for supporting their Neural Processing Unit beginning with Core Ultra "Meteor Lake" processors is already seeing a code refactoring. The refactoring of this Intel accelerator driver is intended for allowing more versatile CPU and NPU combinations moving forward.

Linux 6.10 Supports NUMA Balancing For Multi-Size THPs
Linux 6.10 Supports NUMA Balancing For Multi-Size THPs
26 May 06:59 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Transparent Hugepages - Add A Comment

With the memory management "MM" updates merged for the Linux 6.10 there is now NUMA balancing support for multi-size transparent hugepages (THPs). This is yielding some nice performance results and there is also other work in this new kernel around multi-size THPs.

Nouveau DRM_Panic Being Worked On For Linux "Blue Screen Of Death" Type Situations
Nouveau DRM_Panic Being Worked On For Linux "Blue Screen Of Death" Type Situations
26 May 06:15 AM EDT - Nouveau - Nouveau + DRM_Panic - 6 Comments

Merged for Linux 6.10 is DRM_Panic as a kernel panic screen for situations akin to Windows' well known "Blue Screen of Death". This is a kernel-based panic screen as an alternative to systemd's recent systemd-bsod. Patches have been posted by Red Hat for allowing the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" Direct Rendering Manager driver to work with DRM Panic.

Modern NTFS Driver Sees Bug Fixes With Linux 6.10
Modern NTFS Driver Sees Bug Fixes With Linux 6.10
26 May 06:01 AM EDT - Linux Storage - NTFS3 Driver - 20 Comments

While not as exciting as XFS expanding its online repair support, Bcachefs prepping for online fsck, Btrfs seeing some performance work, or F2FS improving zoned storage support, the modern NTFS driver "NTFS3" saw a set of fixes land for the Linux 6.10 kernel.

25 May

Linux 6.10 On RISC-V Allows Configurable Boot Image Compression
Linux 6.10 On RISC-V Allows Configurable Boot Image Compression
25 May 09:04 AM EDT - RISC-V - RISC-V Kernel Image Compression - 1 Comment

A few days ago with the main RISC-V architecture pull for Linux 6.10 was enabling Rust support within the kernel for this ISA as well as other additions. A secondary set of RISC-V changes have been merged as well ahead of the Linux 6.10 merge window closing this weekend.

Llamafile 0.8.5 Delivers Greater Performance: Tiny Models 2x Faster On Threadripper
Llamafile 0.8.5 Delivers Greater Performance: Tiny Models 2x Faster On Threadripper
25 May 06:50 AM EDT - Programming - Llamafile 0.8.5 - 7 Comments

The Mozilla Ocho group has published their newest version of Llamafile, the open-source project that makes it very easy to distribute and run large language models (LLMs) as a single file. Llamafile is an excellent solution for easily sharing and running LLMs and supporting both speedy CPU-based execution as well as GPU acceleration where available.

Intel NPU Acceleration Library 1.1 Adds New Model Support & Optimizations
Intel NPU Acceleration Library 1.1 Adds New Model Support & Optimizations
25 May 06:18 AM EDT - Intel - Intel NPU Accel Library 1.1 - 2 Comments

Intel software engineers did a late Friday night release of the Intel NPU Acceleration Library v1.1, their Python library for tapping into the Intel Neural Processing Unit (NPU) found on the new Core Ultra (Meteor Lake) processors. This Python library makes it easier to interface with the Intel VPU/NPU kernel driver and in turn enjoying accelerated operations for AI.

KDE Landed Many Last Minute Features Ahead Of The Plasma 6.1 Beta
KDE Landed Many Last Minute Features Ahead Of The Plasma 6.1 Beta
25 May 06:11 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Plasma 6.1 Features - 24 Comments

It was a busy week for KDE developers ahead of yesterday's Plasma 6.1 Beta release. KDE developer Nate Graham in his weekly development summary outlined all of the interesting changes to make it into the Plasma 6.1 desktop ahead of the feature freeze that went into effect with the beta release.

24 May

Intel Core Ultra 7 165U "Meteor Lake" Linux Performance
24 May 02:00 PM EDT - Computers - 18 Comments

For those considering an Intel Core Ultra 7 165U "Meteor Lake" powered laptop, here are some benchmarks of the 165U using a Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 compared against the Acer Swift 14 with the Core Ultra 7 155H (Meteor Lake), the AMD Ryzen 7 7840U (Zen 4) within the Framework 13, and the AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS (Zen 4) within the Framework 16 under Linux.

Framework 13 & 16 Added To ChromeOS Platform Driver In Linux 6.10
24 May 06:43 AM EDT - Hardware - cros_ec_lpc - 5 Comments

The Framework 13 and Framework 16 AMD Ryzen powered laptops make use of an NPCX embedded controller that rely on the ChromeOS open-source embedded controller (EC) firmware. With the Linux 6.10 kernel the Chrome OS "cros_ec_lpc" driver is being extended to support these latest Framework upgradeable laptops.

Linux 6.10 Adds Support For The Machenike G5 Pro Controller
24 May 06:17 AM EDT - Hardware - Linux 6.10 Input - Add A Comment

Following the HID changes last week that brought Steam Deck IMU and ASUS ROG Ally support along with other Human Interface Device additions, on Thursday the input subsystem updates were submitted for this new kernel. The Machenike G5 Pro gaming controller is now supported along with other input additions.

23 May

GNOME Publishes Draft Of Five-Year Strategic Plan
23 May 02:10 PM EDT - GNOME - GNOME's Five Year Plan - 147 Comments

The GNOME Foundation has published a draft copy of their five-year strategic plan that calls for more around the community, DEI, services, a more streamlined and inclusive annual event, and strengthening the foundation.

Linux 6.10 Staging Drops Broken & Unused Drivers To Remove 19k L.O.C.
23 May 06:58 AM EDT - Hardware - 19k Lines Of Code Removed - 8 Comments

In addition to the Linux 6.10 USB changes and char/misc with the new NTSYNC driver, Greg Kroah-Hartman on Wednesday also sent out the staging updates for Linux 6.10. There isn't much in the way of new code but some 19k lines of code removed thanks to removing an unused driver as well as a broken driver.

GNOME Shell & Mutter Broke Their Good Faith With Ubuntu
23 May 06:09 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME MicroRelease Exception - 79 Comments

GNOME Shell and Mutter had been covered by Ubuntu's GNOME MicroReleaseException "MRE" policy that allows for new point releases to ship rather easily as stable updates to existing Ubuntu Linux releases. But breaking the camel's back is GNOME 46.1 shipping explicit sync support. Due to landing a "significant new feature" into a point release, the GNOME Shell and Mutter are no longer covered by this exception.

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