"Ubuntu Preview" Makes It Easy To Try The Bleeding-Edge Ubuntu Experience On WSL
"Ubuntu Preview" Makes It Easy To Try The Bleeding-Edge Ubuntu Experience On WSL
112 Minutes Ago - Ubuntu - Windows Subsystem For Linux - 3 Comments

Canonical continues investing a lot in ensuring a first-rate Ubuntu experience when using Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL/WSL2) with Windows 10 and newer. Rather than needing to wait longer to see the fruits of that work in the next Ubuntu releases, Canonical has now made "Ubuntu Preview" available from the Microsoft Store to have a daily-updated, bleeding-edge Ubuntu experience.

VP9 Encoder & Other Media Functionality Of Tesla's FSD Chip To Be Upstreamed In Linux
VP9 Encoder & Other Media Functionality Of Tesla's FSD Chip To Be Upstreamed In Linux
6 Hours Ago - Hardware - Tesla Full Self-Driving Chip - 10 Comments

With the Linux 5.18 kernel reaching stable in the next week or two there is basic support for Tesla's FSD chip. That Samsung-based SoC for powering Tesla's full-self driving technology has the basic support pieces in place for this kernel while Samsung engineers are working on ironing out other portions of the SoC support for future kernel releases.

AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT Linux Gaming Performance
AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT Linux Gaming Performance
6 Hours Ago - Graphics Cards - 9 Comments

Last week AMD launched the Radeon RX 6650 XT / RX 6750 XT / RX 6950 XT models as RDNA2 refreshed for 2022 with higher clock speeds as an interim launch until RDNA3 graphics cards debut later in 2022. Up for Linux benchmarking today is a look at the Radeon RX 6750 XT open-source driver performance using an ASRock Challenger Pro Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB.

AMD Posts Latest Coherent Device Memory Mapping Linux Code - Designed For Frontier
AMD Posts Latest Coherent Device Memory Mapping Linux Code - Designed For Frontier
14 Hours Ago - AMD - MEMORY_DEVICE_COHERENT - 1 Comment

For over the past year we've seen various patches posted by AMD engineers with a state effort around preparations for the Frontier supercomputer. Most of these patches have involved memory handling under Linux and the special purpose memory handling between the CPU/GPUs. Published on Monday was their latest work on coherent device memory mappings for the Linux kernel.

16 May

PNY XLR8 Gaming REV 2x8GB DDR4-3600 Memory
PNY XLR8 Gaming REV 2x8GB DDR4-3600 Memory
16 May 02:20 PM EDT - Memory - 4 Comments

PNY recently sent over their new XLR8 Gaming REV 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600MHz memory that only lists compatibility with Microsoft Windows 11 and older, but fear not, it does work fine for Linux gamers and others looking for DDR4-3600 memory with RGB lighting and running well with the latest Intel and AMD processors.

Apple eFuse Driver Coming To Linux 5.19
Apple eFuse Driver Coming To Linux 5.19
16 May 07:30 AM EDT - Apple - Apple eFuse - 2 Comments

In addition to Linux 5.19 set to add NVMe support for the Apple M1 systems, the Apple eFuse driver also from the open-source community is geared up for landing in this next version of the Linux kernel.

Mesa's Radeon Vulkan Driver Lands Indirect Ray-Tracing Support
Mesa's Radeon Vulkan Driver Lands Indirect Ray-Tracing Support
16 May 06:00 AM EDT - Mesa - rayTracingPipelineTraceRaysIndirect - 4 Comments

Mesa's Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" continues working on maturing its ray-tracing implementation after the initial code was merged last year. RADV ray-tracing is still treated as experimental and not as reliable as the proprietary NVIDIA Vulkan driver's ray-tracing support that has been around much longer, but it's getting there and at least is open-source -- unlike AMD's official AMDVLK driver that continues to not support Vulkan RT unlike their proprietary driver alternative.

15 May

AMD/Xilinx Solarflare Network Driver Restructuring Queued For Linux 5.19
AMD/Xilinx Solarflare Network Driver Restructuring Queued For Linux 5.19
15 May 06:06 AM EDT - Linux Networking - Solarflare SFC - Add A Comment

The Solarflare "SFC" network driver within the Linux kernel for their high performance network adapters, owned by Xilinx and now owned by AMD, is seeing some restructuring with the next version of the Linux kernel. The intention is on shifting older network hardware to a separate kernel module/driver so improvements and new hardware support can be the focus with this main Solarflare Linux network driver.

14 May

13 May

Connecting Intel Alder Lake Systems Via USB4/Thunderbolt Can Be Faster Come Linux 5.19
13 May 03:30 PM EDT - Intel - Thunderbolt XDomain Lane Bonding - 7 Comments

A feature of Thunderbolt seemingly not widely leveraged is allowing two distinct hosts/systems to be connected over a Thunderbolt cable that can then be used for tunneling arbitrary data packets using high-speed DMA rings. Should you find yourself using such a setup, starting with Linux 5.19+ it should open the door for being much faster when running on latest-generation Intel hardware for USB4/Thunderbolt.

Intel IPI Virtualization Ready For Linux 5.19
13 May 01:41 PM EDT - Intel - Intel IPI - Add A Comment

Following the groundwork laid in Linux 5.18, Intel VT-x's IPI Virtualization support is set to be introduced with the Linux 5.19 kernel for supporting this new hardware capability found with Xeon Scalable 4th Gen "Sapphire Rapids" server processors.

Arch Linux Temporarily Steps Back From WirePlumber After Snafu
13 May 05:14 AM EDT - Arch Linux - WirePlumber On Arch Linux - 31 Comments

Earlier this week Arch Linux set the WirePlumber package to replace PipeWire-Media-Session. WirePlumber is the modern, feature-rich session manager for PipeWire and much better off than the reference PipeWire-Media-Session manager that is effectively unmaintained. But Arch Linux developers are now calling this premature and have reverted the change.

12 May

Open 3D Engine 22.05 Released With New Features
12 May 03:30 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - O3DE 22.05 - 3 Comments

In addition to a new development release of Godot 4.0 out today, the other high profile open-source 3D game engine is Open 3D Engine (O3DE) that started last year from Amazon's Lumberyard Engine and now under the Linux Foundation's Open 3D Foundation. Out today is O3DE 22.05 for this high profile free software 3D game engine.

Godot 4.0 Alpha 8 Game Engine Released With Some Nice Improvements
12 May 07:22 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - Godot 4.0 - 4 Comments

Godot 4.0 continues working its way towards release as the most acclaimed open-source game engine. Godot 4.0 brings Vulkan rendering, OpenXR support, and a ton of other features covered in the past few years for making it more competitive with commercial game engines. Out this morning is Godot 4.0 Alpha 8 with a few more improvements worth noting.

More AMD RDNA3 Code Prepared For Linux 5.19, RADV Begins Landing Task Shaders
12 May 06:39 AM EDT - Radeon - Open-Source AMD Excitement - 12 Comments

While open-source fans this morning are celebrating NVIDIA finally publishing open-source kernel driver code as a step to opening up their driver, open-source AMD Radeon driver developers are proceeding as normal and undeterred by NVIDIA's open kernel-only approach. Another batch of AMD graphics code was sent in this morning to DRM-Next and then over in user-space Mesa's RADV Vulkan driver has landed more task shader code.

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