24 January

HITMAN 3 Runs Well On Linux With Steam Play - Open-Source Radeon Performance Especially Good
HITMAN 3 Runs Well On Linux With Steam Play - Open-Source Radeon Performance Especially Good
24 January 02:02 PM EST - Linux Gaming - 35 Comments

After being an Epic Games exclusive for its first year, HITMAN III launched on Steam last week. While there isn't a native Linux port for HITMAN 3, it does run wonderful under Steam Play with Proton for enjoying this Windows game on Linux complete with Vulkan API rendering. Here are some initial benchmarks of HITMAN 3 on Linux with NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards.

LVFS Exploring Alternate, Open-Source Firmware For Capable End-Of-Life Devices
LVFS Exploring Alternate, Open-Source Firmware For Capable End-Of-Life Devices
24 January 05:15 AM EST - LVFS - Alternative Firmware - 34 Comments

The Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) with Fwupd for firmware updating on Linux could soon be making it easier to transition older, end-of-life devices off official firmware packages and onto the likes of open-source Coreboot for capable aging PC hardware. This not only would make the system run on more free software but would extend the life of the hardware with firmware updates where the vendor has ceased their support.

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21 January

SiFive Shifting Production Focus To Next-Gen HiFive Development Board
21 January 02:22 PM EST - RISC-V - HiFive Unmatched Reaching End Of Line - 48 Comments

SiFive's HiFive Unmatched is the best, readily available RISC-V developer board at the moment with enough horsepower for modest development/porting work and continues seeing improvements with the mainline Linux kernel. But availability on HiFive Unmatched is beginning to dry up and SiFive isn't planning on any further production runs as it begins focusing on the board's successor.

Linux 5.17 Adds GPU Recovery Support For AMD Rembrandt APUs
21 January 05:06 AM EST - Radeon - AMDGPU Fixes - 2 Comments

On top of all the GPU driver feature changes to merge last week, yesterday marked the first batch of "fixes" sent in to Linux 5.17 for the Direct Rendering Manager drivers. Notable from this batch of fixes is getting GPU recovery enabled for Yellow Carp / Rembrandt APUs.

20 January

Intel Linux Driver Adds New DG2 "G12" Graphics Variant
20 January 07:29 PM EST - Intel - Intel DG2-G12 - 5 Comments

To date the Intel Linux graphics driver has supported Intel's DG2 "Alchemist" G10 and G11 sub-platforms/variants as the main designs to this point. However, at the end of last year we began seeing "G12" references surface in their compute stack and now the Intel open-source Linux kernel driver is formally preparing the DG2-G12 variant support.

Fedora Server 36 Could Make It Easier To Manage NFS & Samba File Sharing
20 January 04:00 PM EST - Fedora - Cockpit UI Control - 10 Comments

Red Hat with the Fedora community have been working for years now to make Cockpit very capable for a web-based interface for administering Linux servers. In addition to this year working on shifting their Anaconda installer to a web-based interface that makes use of Cockpit, from this web management portal they are wanting to make it easier to setup file sharing with NFS and Samba.

Intel's Unaccepted Memory Support Updated For Substantially Faster Booting Of TDX VMs
20 January 06:42 AM EST - Intel - Unaccepted Memory - Add A Comment

Way back in August Intel posted a set of Linux kernel patches for supporting "unaccepted memory" by the Linux kernel in preparation for next-generation Xeon processors and speeding up the boot time for guest virtual machines making use of Intel's Trust Domain Extensions (TDX) security feature. Unaccepted memory support hasn't yet made it to the mainline kernel but now a second iteration of the patches have been posted.

Linux 5.17 Making It Easier To Build A Kernel With All The Shiny Debug Features
20 January 06:19 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 5.17 debug.config - 6 Comments

Over the years the Linux kernel has picked up many different sanitizers, memory leak detectors, and other features for helping to diagnose and address deficiencies in the kernel. However, all of these debugging-optimized features aren't centrally located that can make it difficult for system administrators and developers to spot these numerous features when configuring a kernel build manually. Now with Linux 5.17 that is changing.

AMD SMCA Updates Land In Linux 5.17 For Future CPUs
20 January 06:02 AM EST - AMD - Future AMD Zen - Add A Comment

Last week I noted about EDAC changes in Linux 5.17 for future AMD CPUs. The "Error Detection and Correction" work included AMD adding RDDR5 / LRDDR5 support to their driver and new CPU model IDs that appear to be for Zen 4. Also working on next-gen AMD processor support in Linux 5.17 are recent SMCA changes.

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