Wine 7.1 Released With Vulkan 1.3 Support, Theming Fixes
Wine 7.1 Released With Vulkan 1.3 Support, Theming Fixes
5 Hours Ago - WINE - Wine 7.1 - 1 Comment

With Wine 7.0 having been released, the code freeze is over and we are now onto the Wine 7.x bi-weekly development releases that will then culminate with the Wine 8.0 stable release one year from now. In kicking off the new development series, Wine 7.1 is out today.

27 January

Open 3D Game Engine 2111.2 Released
Open 3D Game Engine 2111.2 Released
27 January 02:04 PM EST - Linux Gaming - O3DE 2111.2 - 6 Comments

In addition to closing in on the Godot 4.0 release, another equally exciting effort in the open-source game engine space is the Open 3D Engine originally from the Amazon Lumberyard code and backed by the Linux Foundation and other organizations. Open 3D Engine 2111.2 is out today as the newest stable point release for this less than one year old open-source game engine effort.

Intel Core i9 12900K P-State Governor Performance On Linux
Intel Core i9 12900K P-State Governor Performance On Linux
27 January 09:24 AM EST - Software - 14 Comments

Since Intel's Alder Lake launch one of the test requests to come in a few times has been about the Intel P-State CPU frequency scaling driver and how its performance differs with the various governor choices available for altering the CPU frequency scaling behavior. Now that Linux 5.16 stable is out and running in good shape on Alder Lake, here are some Core i9 12900K benchmarks looking at various CPU frequency scaling choices and their impact on raw performance as well as CPU thermals and power consumption.

PipeWire 0.3.44 Released With Latency Improvements, Minimal PW Server Support
PipeWire 0.3.44 Released With Latency Improvements, Minimal PW Server Support
27 January 06:55 AM EST - PipeWire - PipeWire 0.3.44 - 30 Comments

This will hopefully be the year that PipeWire becomes commonplace on the Linux desktop across all major distributions for audio/video stream management. But for as good as PipeWire is already, frequent point releases continue evolving the functionality and ironing out compatibility improvements for existing JACK and PulseAudio integration. PipeWire 0.3.44 is out today as another step in the right direction.

Microsoft's CBL-Mariner Linux Distribution Adds Intel SGX Support, Updated Packages
Microsoft's CBL-Mariner Linux Distribution Adds Intel SGX Support, Updated Packages
27 January 05:05 AM EST - Microsoft - CBL-Mariner January 2022 - 6 Comments

One of Microsoft's Linux/open-source surprises for 2021 was publishing of CBL-Mariner as their internal Linux distribution used for a variety of purposes at the company. Microsoft has kept to updating CBL-Mariner publicly on a monthly basis and continuing to make it easier to test out and enhance its usefulness. Last night they published their January 2022 build of Microsoft's Linux operating system.

DirectFB2 Aims To Resurrect DirectFB For Embedded Systems
DirectFB2 Aims To Resurrect DirectFB For Embedded Systems
27 January 04:43 AM EST - Free Software - DirectFB2 - 6 Comments

The DirectFB library had been a popular option for embedded systems in running off the Linux frame-buffer to avoid the full overhead of an X11 server. But a number of years ago DirectFB disappeared and ultimately stopped being maintained. Meanwhile Wayland has been making lots of inroads into mobile/embedded and areas once popular for DirectFB use. But now it turns out DirectFB2 is in development as a fork of the original DirectFB.

26 January

Intel Celeron G6900 Benchmarks - Performance Of Intel's $40~60 Alder Lake Processor
Intel Celeron G6900 Benchmarks - Performance Of Intel's $40~60 Alder Lake Processor
26 January 07:30 AM EST - Processors - 32 Comments

At the top-end of Intel's current Alder Lake line-up is the Core i9 12900K while at the opposite end is the Celeron G6900... The Celeron G6900 is a dual-core Alder Lake processor with a suggested customer price of $42~52 USD (though for the limited quantities available, I ended up paying $69). Curiosity got the best of me for seeing how well this lowest-end Alder Lake part performs under Ubuntu Linux.

AMDVLK 2022.Q1.2 Released With Vulkan 1.3 Support
AMDVLK 2022.Q1.2 Released With Vulkan 1.3 Support
26 January 05:02 AM EST - Radeon - AMDVLK 2022.Q1.2 - 3 Comments

AMDVLK as AMD's official open-source Vulkan Linux driver derived from their Radeon Software driver sources but using the LLVM shader compiler back-end is out with a new release. AMD is ready with day-after support for the newly-launched Vulkan 1.3 specification for AMDVLK.

25 January

Oracle Releases GraalVM 22.0 With New Features
Oracle Releases GraalVM 22.0 With New Features
25 January 03:26 PM EST - Oracle - GraalVM 22.0 - 17 Comments

GraalVM 22.0 has been released for this Java VM/JDK that also supports other programming languages and run-times / execution modes. GraalVM continues to be performant and showing promising results not just for Java with JIT'ing but also ahead-of-time Java compilation to Native Image as well as for its Python implementation, WebAssembly run-time, and other targets.

24 January

HITMAN 3 Runs Well On Linux With Steam Play - Open-Source Radeon Performance Especially Good
24 January 02:02 PM EST - Linux Gaming - 52 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
24 January 05:15 AM EST - LVFS - Alternative Firmware - 35 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.

23 January

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