A Call For KDE To Fully Embrace Simplicity By Default, Appeal To More Novice Users

A Call For KDE To Fully Embrace Simplicity By Default, Appeal To More Novice Users KDE developer Nate Graham is known for his weekly (excellent) development summaries and driving many usability improvements and other refinements to the KDE desktop in recent years. Nate has written a new opinion piece arguing for more simplicity by default to broaden the desktop's appeal to more novice computer users with limited skills.

3 Hours Ago - KDE - Basic Computer Skills - 20 Comments
Open-Source FPGA-Based RISC-V GPGPU That Supports OpenCL 1.2

While there was the Libre RISC-V GPU effort aiming to provide an open-source GPU accelerator based on RISC-V, it ultimately turned into Libre-SOC with a focus now on the POWER ISA. Meanwhile Vortex is continuing to mature as an open-source, FPGA-based RISC-V GPGPU processor.

4 Hours Ago - RISC-V - Vortex GPGPU - 2 Comments

29 November

FWUPD Linux Firmware Updater Prepares "Best Known Configuration" Feature

FWUPD Linux Firmware Updater Prepares "Best Known Configuration" Feature The Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) and FWUPD on their great upward trajectory has in recent times been expanding beyond their initial focus of desktop/laptop hardware to supporting more server platforms for firmware updating. The latest feature driven by their growing server interests is "best known configuration" handling for where there are multiple independently-versioned firmware packages for a given system and may be support recommendations or potential version conflicts between the the different firmware packages.

29 November 08:37 AM EST - Hardware - Best Known Configurations - 11 Comments

28 November

Linux 5.17 To Boast Latency Optimization For AF_UNIX Sockets

Linux 5.17 To Boast Latency Optimization For AF_UNIX Sockets Net-next has been queuing a number of enticing performance optimizations ahead of the Linux 5.17 merge window kicking off around the start of the new year. Covered already was a big TCP optimization and a big improvement for csum_partial() that is used in the network code for checksum computation. The latest optimization is improving the AF_UNIX code path for those using AF_UNIX sockets for local inter-process communication.

28 November 07:14 AM EST - Linux Kernel - AF_UNIX Optimization - 11 Comments
Facebook/Meta Tackling Transparent Page Placement For Tiered-Memory Linux Systems

Facebook/Meta Tackling Transparent Page Placement For Tiered-Memory Linux Systems Back during the Linux 5.15 cycle Intel contributed an improvement for tiered memory systems where less used memory pages could be demoted to slower tiers of memory storage. But once demoted that kernel infrastructure didn't have a means of promoting those demoted pages back to the faster memory tiers should they become hot again, though now Facebook/Meta engineers have been working on such functionality.

28 November 05:43 AM EST - Hardware - Handling Hot Pages - 12 Comments

27 November

Intel Preparing USI Stylus Support For Linux

Intel Preparing USI Stylus Support For Linux Intel open-source driver engineers have been working on USI stylus support for the Linux kernel. The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) aims to offer interoperability of active styluses across touchscreen devices.

27 November 09:12 AM EST - Hardware - Universal Stylus Initiative - 7 Comments
KDE Squashes Many "Annoying" Bugs As It Works To Improve The Desktop's Reliability.

KDE developers are trying to ensure the reliability of their desktop environment and thus they have recently begun a renewed effort on bug fixing. There is also talk of starting a KDE initiative focused on "15 minute bugs" for "embarrassing" issues that can be easily found within minutes. In any event, this week saw a lot of bug fixing in the KDE world.

27 November 05:12 AM EST - KDE - KDE Bug Fixing - 61 Comments

26 November

Intel Compute-Runtime Updated With DG2/Alchemist Support

Intel's open-source engineers today released the Compute-Runtime 21.47.21710 as their latest update to this open-source compute stack for Linux systems enabling their graphics processors to enjoy performant OpenCL and oneAPI Level Zero support.

26 November 11:56 AM EST - Intel - Compute Runtime - 5 Comments

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