Fresh Benchmarks Of CentOS 7 On Xeon & EPYC With/Without KPTI/Retpolines

While every few weeks or so we have ended up running benchmarks of the latest Linux Git kernel to see the evolving performance impact of KPTI (Kernel Page Table Isolation) and Retpolines for Meltdown and Spectre V2 mitigation, respectively, a request came in last week from a premium supporter to see some new comparison test runs on CentOS 7 with its older 3.10-evolved kernel.

15 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - CentOS 7 - 1 Comment
xf86-input-libinput 0.27.0 Released

Aside from a few touchpad issues and other minor random issues with select hardware, libinput these days is mostly in great shape for being a generic input handling library that is working out well for both X.Org and Wayland users.

19 Hours Ago - X.Org - Libinput For Xorg - Add A Comment

19 March

Radeon GPUs Are Increasingly Competing With NVIDIA GPUs On Latest RadeonSI/RADV Drivers

As it's been a few weeks since last delivering a modest Linux GPU comparison and given the continuously evolving state of the Linux kernel Git tree as well as the Mesa project that houses the RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan drivers, here are our latest benchmarks showing the current state of the AMD Radeon open-source Linux graphics driver performance relative to NVIDIA's long-standing and high-performance but proprietary driver using several different graphics cards.

19 March 03:21 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - 59 Comments
Ubuntu 18.10 Looking At LZ4-Compressed Initramfs Image By Default

With Ubuntu 18.10 being the release after an LTS cycle, it's shaping up to be another big feature period. They have already been discussing Zstd-compressed Debian packages for Ubuntu 18.10 while the latest proposal for this next cycle is on switching from Gzip to LZ4 for the default kernel initramfs image.

19 March 11:19 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Initrfamfs - 16 Comments

18 March

GTK+ 4.0 Getting Audio/Video Playback Integration

The GTK+ 4.0 tool-kit has just landed its GtkMediaStream / GtkMediaFile / GtkVideo / GtkMediaControls widgets for now having native multimedia stream playback support in the tool-kit that in turn is backed by GStreamer / FFmpeg.

18 March 05:56 PM EDT - GNOME - GTK4 Media Widgets - 10 Comments
Wine Developers Determining How To Handle Vulkan Loader Support

While this week's Wine 3.4 release delivers on working Wine Vulkan ICD support for beginning to allow Windows Vulkan programs to work under Wine assuming the host has Vulkan API support, this current implementation still requires the user to install the Windows Vulkan SDK.

18 March 10:14 AM EDT - WINE - Wine Vulkan Loader - 11 Comments

17 March

Vulkan 1.1.71 Released As The First Update To Vulkan 1.1

The first point release to the Vulkan 1.1 release from earlier this month is now available. Vulkan 1.1 promoted a lot of functionality to core while also officially adding sub-groups and protected content support. This Vulkan 1.1.71 point release adds a new extension and fixes.

17 March 08:14 AM EDT - Vulkan - Vulkan 1.1.71 - 6 Comments
Ubuntu Tried Adding Synaptics Support Back To GNOME's Mutter

GNOME developers previously dropped support for Synaptics and other input drivers from Mutter in favor of the universal libinput stack that is also Wayland-friendly. Canonical developers tried to get Synaptics support on X11 added back into Mutter but it looks clear now that was rejected.

17 March 07:21 AM EDT - GNOME - Synaptics + Libinput - 26 Comments
HAMMER2 Gets Many Fixes On The Latest DragonFlyBSD Git

The HAMMER2 file-system has been available with install-time support since DragonFlyBSD 5.0 while the latest Git code continues to revise this next-generation FS for DragonFly. Landing overnight in DragonFlyBSD were several HAMMER and HAMMER2 improvements.

17 March 06:17 AM EDT - BSD - HAMMER2 File-System - 1 Comment

16 March

Linux 4.17 To Enable AMDGPU DC By Default For All Supported GPUs

Since the introduction of the AMDGPU DC display code (formerly known as DAL) in Linux 4.15, this modern display stack has just been enabled by default for newer Radeon Vega and Raven Ridge devices. With Linux 4.17 that is changing with AMDGPU DC being enabled by default across the board for supported GPUs.

16 March 06:03 PM EDT - Radeon - AMDGPU DC - 73 Comments

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