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    Phoronix: Linux 5.9 Features New GPU Support To Numerous Security + Performance Optimizations

    Linux 5.9-rc1 is set to be released this evening in marking the end of the two-week long merge window where new features are introduced for the cycle.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=29443

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    Realtek 8125 kernel firmware added to 5.9 by suse dev (bugzilla)

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      At what rate does it classify as bloatware?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jedibeeftrix View Post
        Realtek 8125 kernel firmware added to 5.9 by suse dev (bugzilla)
        this being the affordable 2.5Gbps NIC chip that is turning up on all the Z490/B550/x570 motherboards in the last year.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by milkylainen View Post
          At what rate does it classify as bloatware?
          Never. Linux source code is monolithic by design. What you can regard as bloated is the compiled kernel your distro provides downstream (but modular architecture does help in avoiding unnecessary code loaded in RAM). Anyway, you can always recompile it to fit your needs and not contain a single bit more than that.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lucrus View Post
            Never.
            That's a bold statement...
            So, per your definition the size and structure of a codebase is never bloated?
            I guess we differ in how we define bloat.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by milkylainen View Post

              That's a bold statement...
              So, per your definition the size and structure of a codebase is never bloated?
              No, that's only what you get when you strip the context from a sentence. I'm not talking about any codebase, only about Linux codebase, taking into account the rules for mainlining any line of code. A piece of code is accepted and kept upstream in Linux if at least:
              • it's good quality / there's someone maintaining it and using it
              • it's actually being used by some relevant FOSS project
              Given those rules, you can safely say that, in the Linux source code case, size does not imply bloat, because everything in there has got a good reason to be there (i.e. it's useful at least to someone contributing to the FOSS).
              Last edited by lucrus; 08-17-2020, 05:44 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jedibeeftrix View Post
                Realtek 8125 kernel firmware added to 5.9 by suse dev (bugzilla)
                I'm also happy about this driver.
                To me it is strange that this commonly used 2.5GB/s Ethernet chip is supported just in some months...

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                  me too.

                  i have an X570 tomahawk in my main PC using this NIC, and a B550-itx board waiting to go in a HTPC that has the same...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jedibeeftrix View Post

                    this being the affordable 2.5Gbps NIC chip that is turning up on all the Z490/B550/x570 motherboards in the last year.
                    And this is why I prefer as much Intel hardware as possible, I don't have to wait for months after hardware release for driver support.

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