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 Hours Ago - Intel - Management Engine 12 - 20 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 - 23 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 - 44 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

12 June

The Speculative Execution Impact For A 4-Core POWER9

Last year we looked at the Spectre mitigation cost on POWER9 using the high-end Talos II server while now several kernel releases later and also having the desktop Blackbird system in our lab, here is a look at how the Spectre/Meltdown mitigation impact is for an IBM POWER9 4-core processor running Ubuntu 19.04.

12 June 05:20 PM EDT - Processors - 12 Comments
CERN Is Working To Move Further Away From Microsoft Due To License Costs Going Up By 10x

CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research that is home to the Large Hadron Collider and a lot of other experiments, is experimenting with moving further away from Microsoft products. Due to Microsoft license fee increases affecting their work in the research laboratory and its budget, they established the Microsoft Alternatives "MAlt" project.

12 June 11:01 AM EDT - Microsoft - CERN Microsoft Alternatives - 87 Comments
Wine Staging 4.10 Adds EXT4 Case Insensitive Support

Following Monday's release of Wine 4.10, Wine-Staging 4.10 is now available as the latest work on this bleeding-edge / testing version of Wine for running Windows applications and games on Linux and other platforms.

12 June 02:07 AM EDT - WINE - Wine-Staging 4.10 - 6 Comments

11 June

More AMDGPU Radeon Graphics Code Is Getting Ready For Linux 5.3

While eagerly looking out for the Navi/RDNA enablement for the upcoming Radeon RX 5700 / RX 5700XT graphics cards, which should be out soon, in the mean time some other work-in-progress code has been queued as additional material that will make it for the Linux 5.3 cycle.

11 June 05:00 PM EDT - Radeon - AMDGPU + Linux 5.3 - 4 Comments
Google's New Graphics Driver Developer Flips On UBWC For Freedreno

Rob Clark, the longtime leader of the Freedreno driver initiative providing open-source 3D graphics for Qualcomm Adreno hardware and who just recently jumped to Google to continue driver work, is using his new Chromium.org email address for flipping on UBWC in this driver.

11 June 02:22 PM EDT - Hardware - Universal Bandwidth Compression - 4 Comments
The Current Radeon RX Vega 64 / Radeon VII Linux OpenCL Performance Against NVIDIA

Recently I provided a fresh look at the Radeon VII Linux gaming performance (as well as comparing AMDVLK vs. RADV) now that I have a Vega 20 graphics card running great under Linux after the pre-production VII had failed. One of the other areas I was curious to see how the Linux performance evolved in the few months since the original Radeon VII Linux benchmarks was checking on the ROCm OpenCL performance. Here are those results up against NVIDIA with their proprietary Linux graphics driver.

11 June 05:59 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 15 Comments

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