18 June

HAMMER vs. HAMMER2 Benchmarks On DragonFlyBSD 5.6

With the newly released DragonFlyBSD 5.6 there are improvements to its original HAMMER2 file-system to the extent that it's now selected by its installer as the default file-system choice for new installations. Curious how the performance now compares between HAMMER and HAMMER2, here are some initial benchmarks on an NVMe solid-state drive using DragonFlyBSD 5.6.0.

18 June 07:33 PM EDT - BSD - DragonFlyBSD 5.6 - 8 Comments
Ubuntu 19.10 To Drop 32-bit x86 Packages

Ubuntu and their downstream flavors all stopped shipping x86 32-bit images and now for the 19.10 cycle they have decided to stop their i386 support entirely. Beginning with Ubuntu 19.10, the archive/packages will not be built for x86 32-bit.

18 June 12:01 PM EDT - Ubuntu - No More i386 - 87 Comments
AMDVLK Still Hasn't Yet Adopted FreeSync Support

While the AMDGPU kernel driver has shipped with the long-awaited FreeSync support since the Linux 5.0 release earlier this year and was quickly wired up for the RadeonSI Gallium3D OpenGL driver in Mesa 19.0 while the recent Mesa 19.1 update brought FreeSync for the RADV Vulkan driver, AMDVLK as AMD's official open-source Vulkan driver isn't yet supporting this variable rate refresh technology.

18 June 07:50 AM EDT - Radeon - AMDVLK FreeSync - 15 Comments
Radeon Software for Linux 19.20 Brings RHEL 8.0 Support

Quietly released last week was Radeon Software for Linux 19.20, the latest quarterly update to AMD's packaged Linux driver that consists of their AMDGPU-PRO binary driver option as well as the AMDGPU-Open packaged components using a snapshot of Mesa.

18 June 12:09 AM EDT - Radeon - Radeon Software 19.20 - 7 Comments

17 June

AMD Posts 459 Linux Kernel Patches Providing Navi Support - 412k+ Lines Of Code

As we've been expecting, AMD's open-source developers today posted their set of patches enabling Navi (10) support within their AMDGPU DRM kernel driver. Bringing up the Navi support in kernel-space are 459 patches amounting to more than four-hundred thousand lines of code, not counting the work done to LLVM as part of their shader compiler back-end or the yet-to-be-published OpenGL/Vulkan driver patches.

17 June 04:03 PM EDT - Radeon - AMD Navi 10 - 42 Comments
Linux 5.3 Could Finally See FSGSBASE - Performance Improvements Back To Ivybridge

The FSGSBASE instruction set has been present on Intel processors going back to Ivy Bridge processors and while there have been Linux kernel patches for this feature going on for years, it looks like with the Linux 5.3 kernel cycle is this support for merging. Making us eager for this support is the prospect of better performance, especially for context switching workloads that already have been suffering as a result of recent CPU mitigations.

17 June 08:18 AM EDT - Intel - FSGSBASE - 5 Comments
Developers Devising Plan To Ship Newer NVIDIA Drivers On Ubuntu Stable Releases

Currently NVIDIA's packaged drivers on Ubuntu can get a bit stale on Ubuntu stable releases since they aren't updated in-step with the latest driver releases. But a new stable release update (SRU) policy/exception similar to the Firefox approach is being made for Ubuntu so that new releases will end up working their way into currently supported Ubuntu series.

17 June 07:20 AM EDT - NVIDIA - NVIDIA SRU To Ubuntu Stable - 16 Comments

16 June

KDE Frameworks 5.60 Bringing More Baloo Optimizations

Making KDE's Baloo file indexing/searching framework really efficient appears to be a never-ending task. Baloo is already much less bloated recently than it's been hungry for resources in the past and with KDE Frameworks 5.60 will be slightly more fit.

16 June 07:39 AM EDT - KDE - KDE Frameworks 5.60 - 22 Comments

15 June

Lightworks 14.6 Remains A Closed-Up Blob, But At Least The Linux Support Continues

It was nearly a decade ago the high-end, commercial video software editing solution Lightworks announced they would be going open-source but to this day that milestone has yet to be materialized. Lightworks though does continue advancing with their v14.6 release on the horizon and at least their added Linux support continues to be expanded upon.

15 June 07:01 AM EDT - Multimedia - Lightworks 14.6 Beta 2 - 4 Comments
It's Becoming Possible To Soft-Disable Intel ME 12 On Newer Motherboards

The past few years there's been the me_cleaner software for disabling and stripping parts of Intel's Management Engine for soft-disabling the notorious bit on modern Intel boards. ME_Cleaner has been making much progress and now there is work pending for being able to disable the newer Management Engine 12 found on more recent Intel motherboards.

15 June 06:47 AM EDT - Intel - Management Engine 12 - 38 Comments

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