Ubuntu's Chromium Snap Finally Seeing Progress On Supporting VA-API GPU Acceleration
10 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Chromium Snap + VA-API - 16 Comments

Those making use of Ubuntu's Chromium Snap for running the Google open-source web browser have been without VA-API support for GPU-based video acceleration within this sandboxed app. Fortunately, it looks like that will soon be crossed off the list for ensuring Ubuntu users can enjoy VA-API acceleration for lowering CPU resources and better power efficiency on Intel graphics and other Mesa Gallium3D drivers supporting VA-API.

Fedora 37 Planning For Binutils 2.38, GNU C Library 2.36
12 Hours Ago - Fedora - Fedora 37 Toolchain - Add A Comment

It should be hardly surprising at all for longtime Linux users aware of how Fedora Linux tends to always ship with the most modern open-source compiler toolchain support possible, but for Fedora 37 this autumn they again are planning for the latest and greatest.

3 July

When Time Comes For GTK5, It Might Be Wayland-Only On Linux
When Time Comes For GTK5, It Might Be Wayland-Only On Linux
3 July 06:48 AM EDT - GNOME - GTK5 Might Drop X11 - 137 Comments

While GTK4 is still in its early stages and it will presumably be some years before "GTK5" even begins to take shape, GNOME developers are already thinking of ditching X11 support for that next major GTK release -- effectively making it Wayland-only on Linux.

2 July

Linux Mint 21 Is Going To Avoid systemd-oomd
Linux Mint 21 Is Going To Avoid systemd-oomd
2 July 07:09 AM EDT - Operating Systems - No OOMD - 37 Comments

Linux Mint 21 is working its way toward release this summer as the latest version of this desktop OS that is being built atop Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Unlike Ubuntu 22.04 upstream that is now using systemd-oomd by default on the desktop to try to improve the low memory / system memory pressure experience, Linux Mint has now decided to avoid this daemon due to user criticism.

Xonotic 0.8.5 Improves This Prominent Open-Source Game
Xonotic 0.8.5 Improves This Prominent Open-Source Game
2 July 06:30 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - Xonotic 0.8.5 - 20 Comments

It's sadly been years since having anything major to report on for Xonotic, the open-source first person shooter game that started out many years ago as Nexuiz. Thankfully a new version of Xonotic was published this week and while it's just a point release, it does come with many improvements.

1 July

Fedora 37 Looks To Better Manage Its 175MB+ Of Linux Firmware Blobs
Fedora 37 Looks To Better Manage Its 175MB+ Of Linux Firmware Blobs
1 July 02:38 PM EDT - Fedora - Linux-Firmware Binaries - 32 Comments

The size of the linux-firmware.git tree continues to grow with Linux continuing to support more and more modern hardware that is increasingly reliant upon firmware blobs for operation. Most Linux distributions like Fedora end up installing this entire set of Linux firmware files that can easily be 200~300MB even though most systems only use a few select files. With Fedora 37 later this year they are hoping to better deal with the situation by splitting up of linux-firmware and only installing sets of firmware packages depending upon the actual hardware in use.

The First RISC-V Laptop Announced With Quad-Core CPU, 16GB RAM, Linux Support
The First RISC-V Laptop Announced With Quad-Core CPU, 16GB RAM, Linux Support
1 July 01:55 PM EDT - RISC-V - DeepComputing + Xcalibyte - 34 Comments

RISC-V International has relayed word to us that in China the DeepComputing and Xcalibyte organizations have announced pre-orders on the first RISC-V laptop intended for developers. The "ROMA" development platform features a quad-core RISC-V processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and should work with most RISC-V Linux distributions.

HP Dev One With Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U Competes Well Against Intel's Core i7 1280P "Alder Lake P" On Linux
HP Dev One With Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U Competes Well Against Intel's Core i7 1280P "Alder Lake P" On Linux
1 July 08:48 AM EDT - Processors - 25 Comments

With my review last month of the HP Dev One laptop powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U and running Pop!_OS I benchmarked it against various laptops I had locally with both AMD and Intel CPUs, including the likes of the very common Tiger Lake SoCs. At the time I hadn't any newer Alder Lake P laptops but now with a Core i7 1280P laptop in hand, here is a look at how that AMD Cezanne Linux laptop can compete with Intel's brand new Alder Lake P SoCs with the flagship Core i7 1280P.

XWayland "Rootfull" Changes Merged For Running A Complete Desktop Environment
XWayland "Rootfull" Changes Merged For Running A Complete Desktop Environment
1 July 06:00 AM EDT - X.Org - XWayland Rootfull - 44 Comments

While XWayland is normally used just for running root-less single applications like games within an otherwise native Wayland desktop, new patches from Red Hat that have been merged into the X.Org Server enhance XWayland's existing "root-full" mode of operation for allowing entire desktop environments and window managers to nicely function within the context of XWayland.

New Activity Around Adapting ACO Compiler Back-End For RadeonSI
New Activity Around Adapting ACO Compiler Back-End For RadeonSI
1 July 05:08 AM EDT - Radeon - ACO + RadeonSI Soon? - 8 Comments

As part of the work on the Mesa Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver, Valve engineers developed the "ACO" compiler back-end that is now used by default for RADV and has shown to deliver better performance at least for RADV than using AMD's official AMDGPU LLVM shader compiler back-end. There has long been talk about adding ACO support to RadeonSI while in recent weeks there has been new code activity on that front.

30 June

A Dream Come True: Running Coreboot On A Modern, Retail Desktop Motherboard
30 June 02:00 PM EDT - Motherboards - 53 Comments

Over the many years of covering Coreboot (going back to when it was called LinuxBIOS!) on Phoronix the selection of supported motherboards has been rather unfortunate especially over the last decade. If wanting to run Coreboot on a system today it basically means running a Google Chromebook, using an outdated server motherboard or old Lenovo ThinkPad that has seen a Coreboot port, or out of reach to most individuals are various server motherboards that are reference platforms or board designs from hyperscalers. But over the past several months the folks at the 3mdeb consulting firm have carried out a terrific feat: porting their "Dasharo" downstream of Coreboot to a modern and readily available Intel desktop motherboard. I've been trying this out and it has worked out surprisingly well. Here are my experiences and benchmarks of Coreboot/Dasharo on this Intel Alder Lake motherboard.

Intel Continues Meteor Lake Preparations For Coreboot
30 June 05:15 AM EDT - Intel - Meteor Lake For Coreboot - Add A Comment

Earlier this month Intel began committing Meteor Lake code to Coreboot for beginning to enable what will be the 14th Gen Core processors under this open-source system firmware solution used by Google Chromebooks and other use-cases. Intel engineers are ending out June with more Meteor Lake enablement code landing ahead of these processors expected to launch in 2023.

29 June

Fedora 37 Proposing To Allow Unrestricted Access To Flathub
29 June 02:45 PM EDT - Fedora - Unfiltered Access - 34 Comments

To this point Fedora out-of-the-box has been restricted to a filtered subset of Flathub packages when enabled via GNOME Software or GNOME Initial Setup. However, legal has now cleared Fedora for allowing unfiltered/unrestricted access to Flathub, allowing a far greater selection of Flatpaks to become available on Fedora Linux with the plan for this to begin with Fedora 37.

Radeon Software For Linux 22.20 Driver Prepared With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, RHEL 9.0 Support
29 June 05:28 AM EDT - Radeon - Radeon Software for Linux 22.20 - Add A Comment

For consumer Radeon GPUs the "Radeon Software for Linux" packaged driver version has been on the 22.10 series since the end of March. For AMD Radeon PRO professional/workstation graphics the advertised "Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise on Linux" driver is still the 21.Q4 driver from last December. AMD appears to be finally prepping to release the "22.20" packaged driver as the next feature release to this packaged AMD Linux driver stack for those not relying just on the upstream kernel and Mesa.

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