Outreachy Summer 2019 Applications Open With Expanded Eligibility

Outreachy, the program formerly known as the Outreach Program for Women and intended to get more females and other under-represented groups in technology engaged with Linux/open-source projects, has opened up their application process for those seeking a summer internship while receiving a $5,500 USD stipend.

25 Minutes Ago - Free Software - Outreachy Summer 2019 - 4 Comments
Linux 5.0 I/O Scheduler Benchmarks On Laptop & Desktop Hardware

Our past tests have shown that while most Linux distributions default to "none" for their I/O scheduler on NVMe solid-state storage, that isn't necessarily the best scheduler decision in all cases. Here are tests using the Linux 5.0 Git kernel using laptop and desktop hardware while evaluating no I/O scheduler, mq-deadline, Kyber, and BFQ scheduler options.

6 Hours Ago - Software - 5 Comments
Chamferwm: A Vulkan-Powered X11 Window Manager

While we have talked about the possibilities of writing a Vulkan Wayland compositor and there was even a short-lived Vulkan renderer for KDE's KWin, it's also possible to write a X11 window manager around the Vulkan interfaces.

6 Hours Ago - Vulkan - Chamferwm - 13 Comments

17 February

Fedora 31 Planning To Use Cgroups V2 By Default

While the Linux kernel has shipped Cgroups V2 as stable since early 2016, on Fedora and most other Linux distributions it hasn't been enabled by default over the original control groups "Cgroups" implementation. But come Fedora 31 later this year, they are now planning to make it the default.

17 February 12:07 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Fedora 31 - 1 Comment

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15 February

Proton 3.16-7 Updates Against DXVK 0.96, New FAudio

It's been a while since Valve issued a new Proton update for their spin of Wine that powers Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux. Fortunately, in time for any weekend gaming, a new Proton release is now available.

15 February 10:00 PM EST - Valve - Proton 3.16-7 - 14 Comments
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks

Announced at the end of January was the Samsung 970 EVO Plus as the first consumer-grade solid-state drive with 96-layer 3D NAND memory. The Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSDs are now shipping and in this review are the first Linux benchmarks of these new SSDs in the form of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB MZ-V7S500B/AM compared to several other SSDs on Linux.

15 February 11:41 AM EST - Storage - 6 Comments
Nouveau Driver Picks Up SVM Support Via HMM

The Nouveau kernel driver has queued patches for introducing Shared Virtual Memory (SVM) support for this open-source NVIDIA driver as a step forward to its OpenCL/compute opportunities.

15 February 07:17 AM EST - Nouveau - Shared Virtual Memory - 3 Comments

14 February

RadeonSI Primitive Culling Yields Mixed Benchmark Results

Yesterday's patches introducing RadeonSI primitive culling via async compute yielded promising initial results, at least for the ParaView workstation application. I've been running some tests of this new functionality since yesterday and have some initial results to share on Polaris and Vega.

14 February 02:22 PM EST - Radeon - Primitive Culling - 16 Comments
Celebrate Valentine's Day By Going Premium To Support Linux Benchmarking

If you enjoy the new and original content on Phoronix each and every day of the year, now approaching the 15th birthday of Phoronix, consider taking part in our Valentine's Day special to "go premium" to help support the site while being able to enjoy the site ad-free, multi-page articles on a single page, and other benefits.

14 February 12:00 PM EST - Premium - Valentine Special - 1 Comment
No Surprise But Intel Linux Developers Are Working Towards Adaptive-Sync Support

Back during the Intel Architecture Day event in December, Intel confirmed that finally with Icelake "Gen 11" graphics there is Adaptive-Sync support after talking about it for several years. While they didn't explicitly mention Linux support, they've been largely spot on for years with supporting new display features on Linux and this should be the case as well with Adaptive-Sync and their next-generation graphics.

14 February 03:39 AM EST - Intel - Intel VRR - 15 Comments
Microsoft Developer: You Still Should Have Anti-Virus With Windows Subsystem For Linux

While disabling Windows Defender or other anti-virus programs may partially help offset the performance losses imposed by running Windows Subsystem for Linux, a.k.a. "Bash for Windows" or Ubuntu and other distributions running natively atop Windows 10 and now Windows Server 2019, it's not the root cause of the I/O performance bottleneck and is not a recommended course of action.

14 February 12:27 AM EST - Microsoft - Do Not Skip Windows Defender - 22 Comments

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