9 April

Wine 6.6 Released With Better Plug & Play Driver Support

Wine 6.6 is out as the open-source project's first release of April for running Windows games and applications primarily on Linux and macOS platforms. With Wine 6.6 comes more feature work that will ultimately be incorporated into the Wine 7.0 release due out in early 2022.

9 April 05:05 PM EDT - WINE - Wine 6.6 - 29 Comments
AMD EPYC 7003 Series Working Out Well With The Supermicro H12SSL-i

Following last month's launch of the AMD EPYC 7003 "Milan" series prominent motherboard vendors have been fairly quick to enable Milan support for capable motherboards originally launched for the prior EPYC 7002 "Rome" processors. For those in the market for a 1P ATX motherboard that will work with these exciting new server processors, the Supermicro H12SSL-i is a nice entry-level motherboard that gets the job done and with its BIOS v2.0 release is working well for the new Zen 3 server CPUs.

9 April 11:07 AM EDT - Motherboards - 6 Comments

8 April

Initial Apple M1 SoC Support Aims For Linux 5.13 Kernel

While the independent effort to get the Apple M1 ARM-based SoC working under Linux has just been happening for a few months, with the upcoming Linux 5.13 cycle the very preliminary support for Apple's M1 and initial M1-powered devices looks to land.

8 April 01:08 PM EDT - Hardware - Apple M1 For Linux 5.13 - 38 Comments
Fedora 35 Looking To Make Use Of Debuginfod By Default

Red Hat engineers spearheaded the work on Debuginfod for being able to fetch debuginfo/sources from centralized servers for a project to cut-down on manually having to install the relevant debug packages manually on a system as well as that occupying extra disk space and just being a hassle. The Fedora project is now getting their Debuginfod server off the ground and for Fedora Linux 35 are planning to make use of it by default.

8 April 05:54 AM EDT - Fedora - F35 Debuginfod - 17 Comments
Reiser4 Ported Early To The Linux 5.12 Kernel

Normally we don't see the out-of-tree Reiser4 file-system ported to new Linux kernel releases until after the inaugural stable release, but this time around Reiser4 has seen an early port to the near-final Linux 5.12 kernel.

8 April 03:00 AM EDT - Linux Storage - Reiser4 + Linux 5.12 - 20 Comments
LLVM 12.0 Delays Drag On With RC5 Now Shipping

LLVM 12.0 was supposed to ship at the start of March but now more than one month later and some 6,660+ commits to LLVM 13.0 already, LLVM 12.0 has not yet shipped but on Wednesday 12.0.0-rc5 was issued.

8 April 12:00 AM EDT - LLVM - LLVM 12.0-rc5 - 5 Comments

7 April

AVX / AVX2 / AVX-512 Performance + Power On Intel Rocket Lake

Here is a look at the AVX / AVX2 / AVX-512 performance on the Intel Core i9 11900K "Rocket Lake" when building a set of relevant open-source benchmarks limited to AVX, AVX2, and AVX-512 caps each time while also monitoring the CPU package power consumption during the tests for looking at the performance-per-Watt in providing some fresh reference metrics over AVX-512 on Linux with the latest Intel "Rocket Lake" processors.

7 April 10:45 AM EDT - Software - 54 Comments
Running Steam's Linux Build On FreeBSD Is Becoming Increasingly Capable For Gaming

For many years it's been possible to run Linux games on FreeBSD along with other Linux applications thanks to FreeBSD's "Linuxulator" Linux binary compatibility layer. With that more recently it's becoming possible to run even more recent games thanks to improvements to FreeBSD's graphics drivers, the Linux binary compatibility code, and other FreeBSD improvements -- Steam is even working out for more titles.

7 April 12:00 AM EDT - BSD - Steam On Linux On FreeBSD - 9 Comments

6 April

Google Posts Initial Code For Lyra Speech Codec

Back in February we covered Google's work on the Lyra voice/audio codec designed for fitting with very low bit-rate audio for speech compression in use-cases like WebRTC and video chatting even on the most limited Internet connections. Thanks to leveraging machine learning, Lyra can function at just 3kbps. The code to Lyra is now public.

6 April 08:16 PM EDT - Multimedia - Lyra Open-Source - 24 Comments
AMD Sends Out Linux Kernel Patches To Allow Disabling Predictive Store Forwarding (PSF)

AMD last week published a security whitepaper on Zen 3's Predictive Store Forwarding (PSF) functionality introduced with Ryzen 5000 series and EPYC 7003 series processors. In the whitepaper they mentioned Linux patches were published for allowing this feature to be disabled if concerned about the security risk, well, today those patches were made public.

6 April 12:43 PM EDT - AMD - PSF Mitigation - 1 Comment
GCC 11 Lands A Last Minute Optimization For Intel Skylake

While Skylake was introduced a half-decade ago already, Intel's open-source engineers aren't done relentlessly optimizing for it and subsequent 14nm processors. Hitting the GCC 11 open-source compiler today was an optimization for benefiting Skylake through the likes of Cascade Lake with some possible performance benefits.

6 April 09:15 AM EDT - Intel - GCC 11 Skylake Optimization - Add A Comment
KDE Now Maintaining Their Own Set of Patches For Qt 5

The KDE project and the open-source Linux community has been in a sticky situation with The Qt Company having moved Qt 5.15 LTS to its commercial-only phase while most free software hasn't even been ported yet to Qt 6 let alone a number of modules and other features still missing from the Qt 6 tool-kit. So until the KDE project has fully transitioned to using the Qt 6 tool-kit, the project has taken up maintaining their own collection of Qt 5.15 patches.

6 April 06:07 AM EDT - KDE - Qt 5 Patch Collection - 135 Comments
PulseAudio 15 Lands mSBC Codec Support To Enable Bluetooth Wideband Speech

While PipeWire is being increasingly looked at by desktop Linux distributions as the future of audio/video stream handling on the Linux desktop, aside from Fedora most Linux distributions are so far being cautious in replacing PulseAudio. In any event, PulseAudio is showing no signs of letting up and continues seeing new feature development.

6 April 03:30 AM EDT - Multimedia - PulseAudio msBC - 44 Comments

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