Defaulting Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs To Better Linux Driver Is Held Up By Analog Outputs

Switching from the "Radeon" to "AMDGPU" kernel driver on Linux is possible for Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 era graphics cards and doing so can mean slight performance benefits, the ability to run the AMDVLK or RADV Vulkan drivers, and simply making use of this better maintained driver. But having these original GCN graphics cards default to the modern AMDGPU driver appears held up by the lack of analog video output support with that driver.

3 Hours Ago - Radeon - GCN 1.0/1.1 For AMDGPU - 13 Comments
After 5 Years, FSGSBASE Support Finally Ready For Linux To Enhance AMD/Intel Performance

The Linux kernel work for making use of the x86_64 FSGSBASE instruction since Intel Ivy Bridge and since then AMD CPUs also is set to finally land with the in-development Linux 5.9 kernel. The FSGSBASE support has the possibility of helping Intel/AMD CPU performance especially in areas like context switching that had been hurt badly by Spectre/Meltdown and other CPU vulnerability mitigations largely on the Intel side.

4 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - FSGSBASE For Linux 5.9 - 6 Comments
Intel's Open-Source H.265/HEVC Encoder Sees First Release Of 2020

Intel's Scalable Video Technology team is known for their open-source video encoder work particularly on AV1 and VP9 formats, but they also continue to maintain a high performance H.265/HEVC encoder as well. Intel SVT-HEVC 1.5 was released on Monday as their first major update of the year.

14 Hours Ago - Intel - SVT-HEVC 1.5.0 - 10 Comments

3 August

GNU Linux-libre 5.8 Required A Lot Of Deblobbing

Linux 5.8 is one of the biggest releases in a while but that newly-stable kernel also means a lot of the new drivers need to be stripped out or otherwise modified over being reliant on binary-only firmware/microcode or contingent upon other dependencies deemed not free to the Free Software Foundation standards.

3 August 09:51 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - GNU Linux-Libre 5.8 - 13 Comments

2 August

1 August

Valve's Steam July 2020 Numbers Point To A Small Dip For Linux

While some platforms like Netmarketshare have reported increases month-over-month for Linux desktop usage, that doesn't appear to be translating similarly to the Linux gaming market-share, or at least not at the rate Steam is growing on Windows and macOS. Valve has just published their July 2020 numbers that are part of the Steam Survey.

1 August 08:49 PM EDT - Valve - July 2020 On Steam - 32 Comments
The Beautiful + Linux-Friendly Unigine 2.12 Engine Released

The Unigine Engine appears to be having great success in the engineering and simulation space more so than for the competitive game engine space, but in any case Unigine 2.12 is now out with this visually stunning engine delivering even more life-like visuals while continuing to be Linux-friendly.

1 August 12:08 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - Unigine Engine 2.12 - 3 Comments

31 July

MoltenVK Update Brings Vulkan To Apple's tvOS

The open-source MoltenVK portability layer has already been providing Vulkan support on Apple iOS and macOS by re-mapping the Vulkan API to Apple's Metal graphics framework. With today's update, Vulkan has now come to tvOS as well.

31 July 08:47 PM EDT - Vulkan - MoltenVK - 7 Comments
Eight Great Features Of Linux 5.8

If all goes well the Linux 5.8 kernel will be released as stable this weekend. Linus Torvalds last weekend expressed some uncertainty whether an extra release candidate would be required, but so far this week the kernel Git activity is light, thus for the moment at least is looking like 5.8 will be christened on Sunday.

31 July 01:00 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 5.8 Features - 23 Comments
"Speakup" Promoted Out Of Staging For Linux 5.9

The Speakup screen reader that is built into the kernel and allows for speaking all text printed to the text console from boot-up to shutdown for assisting blind individuals is now being promoted out of staging with Linux 5.9.

31 July 11:34 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Speakup Screen Reader - 20 Comments
X.Org's Latest Security Woes Are Bugs In LibX11, Xserver

The X.Org/X11 Server has been hit by many security vulnerabilities over the past decade as security researchers eye more open-source software. Some of these vulnerabilities date back to even the 80's and 90's given how X11 has built up over time. The X.Org Server security was previously characterized as being even worse than it looks while today the latest vulnerabilities have been made public.

31 July 09:54 AM EDT - X.Org - CVE-2020-14344 - 39 Comments
Wayland's Weston 9.0 Reaches Alpha

Weston 9.0 release preparations are getting underway. At least compared to the original Weston 9.0 release plans, this Wayland compositor is running about a month behind those plans but in any case the release is now making its way to reality.

31 July 03:08 AM EDT - Wayland - Weston 9.0 - 2 Comments

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