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.

48 Minutes Ago - Radeon - AMD Navi 10 - 1 Comment
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.

9 Hours Ago - Intel - FSGSBASE - 3 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.

10 Hours Ago - NVIDIA - NVIDIA SRU To Ubuntu Stable - 13 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 - 21 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 - 3 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 - 33 Comments

14 June

Initial Benchmarks Of Microsoft's WSL2 - Windows Subsystem For Linux 2 On Windows 10 Is A Mixed Bag

Since the release of WSL2 as a Windows 10 Insider Preview update this week, we've been putting the new Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 under some benchmarks compared to WSL1 and bare metal Linux. While WSL2 has improved the I/O performance thanks to the new Hyper-V-based virtualization approach employed by WSL2, the performance has regressed in other areas for running Linux binaries on Windows 10. Here are our preliminary benchmark results.

14 June 12:00 PM EDT - Operating Systems - 27 Comments

13 June

Intel Itanium IA-64 Support To Be Deprecated By GCC 10, Planned Removal In GCC 11

Intel announced at the start of the year their newest Itanium 9700 "Kittson" processors from 2017 would be discontinued with no planned successor for the IA-64 line-up. Given the IA-64 compiler support is already in rough shape for GCC, the GNU developers are planning to deprecate the support for the current GCC 10 cycle and to remove it entirely for GCC 11.

13 June 03:15 PM EDT - Intel - Intel IA-64 - 45 Comments
RADV Vulkan Driver Picks Up Fixes For Vega M Hardware

While Vega M has been on the market for several months as the Radeon graphics processor found on Intel Kabylake-G chips, interestingly in the past few days have been a number of improvements for using the open-source Linux graphics stack on this hardware.

13 June 01:55 AM EDT - Radeon - Vega M + RADV - 2 Comments

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