With Linux 5.12 Set To Boot On The Nintendo 64, The N64 Controller Driver Is Now Queued

A few days ago we wrote about Linux 5.12 to see support for the Nintendo 64 more than two decades after that MIPS-based video game console first shipped. While the practicality of Linux on the Nintendo 64 is particularly limited given only 4~8MB of RAM and the MIPS64 NEC VR4300 clocked under 100MHz, it's going upstream and now the N64 controller driver is also queued for this next kernel cycle.

9 Hours Ago - Hardware - N64 Controller Driver - 16 Comments

25 January

Patched Linux 5.11 Continues Looking Great For AMD Ryzen/EPYC Performance

While the initial AMD Linux 5.11 performance regression written about at the end of last year was of much concern given the performance hits to AMD Zen 2 / Zen 3 processors with the out-of-the-box "Schedutil" governor, with a pending patch the regression is not only addressed but in various workloads we continue seeing better performance than even compared to Linux 5.10. Here is the latest from several more days of extensive performance testing.

25 January 11:37 PM EST - Software - 12 Comments
AMD Celebrates Five Years Of GPUOpen

Today marks five years since AMD began the GPUOpen initiative for providing more open-source Radeon GPU code projects, code samples, and more for better engaging GPU/game developers in the open.

25 January 03:17 PM EST - Radeon - GPUOpen - 18 Comments
Mozilla Announces "Open Web Docs" Following Last Year's Layoffs

Last year during the big round of layoffs at Mozilla the entire Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) writers team was laid off. That was a particularly sad blow considering how valuable the MDN documentation has been to web developers as a very useful resource. Today the Mozilla folks are announced Open Web Docs in seemingly looking to have the community take over.

25 January 12:51 PM EST - Mozilla - Open Web Docs - 55 Comments
Alder Lake S Support Added To Intel's Open-Source Media Driver

Last quarter Intel began upstreaming their open-source Alder Lake S graphics support for Linux. It hasn't been too big of a feat or revealed many details since it's still Gen12 / Xe graphics seen since Tiger Lake. But it's been coming along and over the past month is now wired up into Intel's open-source Media Driver stack too.

25 January 12:07 AM EST - Intel - Intel Alder Lake - Add A Comment

24 January

23 January

Linux 5.12 To Allow Voltage/Temperature Reporting On Some ASRock Motherboards

Voltage, temperature, and fan speed reporting among desktop motherboards under Linux remains one of the unfortunate areas even in 2021... Many SIO ICs remain publicly undocumented and the Linux driver support is often left up to the community and usually through reverse-engineering. Thus the mainline Linux kernel support is left to suffer especially among newer desktop motherboards. At least for Linux 5.12 some ASRock motherboards will begin seeing their voltage/temperature reporting now function.

23 January 01:43 PM EST - Hardware - ASRock Boards - 30 Comments
Pyston 2.1 Released With Striving For High Performance Python

Pyston started out as a fork of CPython and was very promising during its early days as a Dropbox project for delivering on high performance Python. Its performance was great but in 2017 Dropbox stopped supporting it. Then at the end of 2020, Pyston reappeared and Pyston 2.0 promoted ~20% faster performance than Python 3.8. Pyston 2.x was developed by many of the original developers from Dropbox now out working on their own firm.

23 January 12:02 AM EST - Programming - Pyston 2.1 - 1 Comment

22 January

Zink OpenGL-On-Vulkan vs. RadeonSI OpenGL Performance As Of January 2021

With the Zink OpenGL-on-Vulkan implementation within Mesa on a nice upward trajectory with most recently now having the backing of a Valve contract developer and a focus on getting the backlog of patches to this Gallium3D code upstreamed, here are some fresh benchmarks looking at where the performance currently stands when using Zink atop the RADV Vulkan driver compared to using the native RadeonSI driver with this round of testing from a Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card.

22 January 03:47 PM EST - Display Drivers - 27 Comments
Linux 5.12 Set To See Support For The Nintendo 64

It's taken nearly twenty five years but the mainline Linux kernel this year will be able to boot on the Nintendo 64 game console... It's looking like the Nintendo 64 support will be merged with the upcoming Linux 5.12 kernel.

22 January 11:38 AM EST - Hardware - Linux 5.12 + Nintendo 64 - 30 Comments

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