13 October

Ubuntu 19.10 Provides Good Out-Of-The-Box Support For The Dell XPS 7390 Icelake Laptop

For those not following on Twitter, recently I picked up one of the new Dell XPS 7390 laptops for finally being able to deliver Linux benchmarks from Intel Ice Lake! Yes, it's real and running under Linux! For those eyeing the Dell XPS 7390 with this being the first prominent laptop with Ice Lake, here is a brief look at the initial experience with using Ubuntu 19.10.

13 October 01:05 PM EDT - Computers - 16 Comments
WireGuard 0.0.20191012 Released With Latest Fixes

WireGuard is still working on transitioning to the Linux kernel's existing crypto API as a faster approach to finally make it into the mainline kernel, but for those using the out-of-tree WireGuard secure VPN tunnel support, a new development release is available.

13 October 09:46 AM EDT - Programming - WireGuard 0.0.20191012 - 4 Comments
OpenSUSE's OBS Can Now Spin Windows Subsystem for Linux Images

The openSUSE's Open Build Service (OBS) has been picking up the ability to build Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) images for those wishing to craft their own WSL distribution or just rebuild openSUSE from source as a reproducible/verifiable build.

13 October 08:59 AM EDT - SUSE - openSUSE OBS + WSL - 1 Comment
Vulkan To Better Handle Variable Rate Displays / Adaptive-Sync In The Future

While longtime X11 developer Keith Packard is now working for SiFive on RISC-V processors by day, he's still involved in the Linux graphics world through his contract work for Valve. At the XDC2019 conference earlier this month he presented on display timing, the current Linux plumbing for it, and also bringing up Vulkan will better support variable rate displays in the future.

13 October 07:32 AM EDT - Vulkan - Vulkan Display Timing - 10 Comments
GNOME's Mutter 3.35.1 Fixes The Night Light Mode On Wayland

With many of the prominent fixes that we've talked about for GNOME Shell and Mutter since last month's 3.34 release having been back-ported to 3.34.1, this weekend's release of GNOME Shell 3.35.1 and Mutter 3.35.1 as the first steps towards GNOME 3.36 aren't all that big. But at least in the case of this new Mutter development release are some worthwhile fixes.

13 October 07:11 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME Shell + Mutter 3.35.1 - 7 Comments

12 October

11 October

Raspberry Pi 4's V3D Mesa Driver Nearing OpenGL ES 3.1

Back during the summer Eric Anholt who had been the lead developer of Broadcom's VC4/V3D graphics driver stack most notably used by Raspberry Pi boards left the company to join Google. In his place, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is working with consulting firm Igalia to continue work on the DRM/KMS kernel driver and Gallium3D drivers for this open-source graphics driver support.

11 October 09:51 AM EDT - Mesa - Raspberry Pi Graphics Driver - 10 Comments
"VIRTME" Revised For Virtualized Linux Kernel Testing

The "VIRTME" project was started years ago as a set of simple tools for running a virtualized Linux kernel that uses the host distribution or basic root file-system rather than a complete Linux distribution image. There hasn't been a new release of VIRTME in years but that changed on Thursday.

11 October 02:29 AM EDT - Virtualization - VIRTME - 1 Comment

10 October

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 19.10 vs. Clear Linux vs. Debian 10.1 Benchmarks On An Intel Core i9

Earlier this week I provided some fresh Windows vs. Linux web browser benchmarks for both Firefox and Chrome. For those curious how the current Windows 10 vs. Linux performance is for other workloads, here is a fresh look across a variety of software applications and while testing the near-final Ubuntu 19.10, Intel's rolling-release Clear Linux, and Debian 10.1 while running off an Intel Core i9 HEDT platform.

10 October 09:01 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 14 Comments
AMD Sends Out HDCP Support, New GPU Support In AMDKFD For Linux 5.5

In addition to Intel this week sending out their first big batch of graphics driver changes for the Linux 5.5 kernel cycle kicking off at year's end, today AMD developers sent in their first batch of AMDGPU/AMDKFD kernel driver changes targeting this next version of the Linux kernel.

10 October 06:21 AM EDT - Radeon - AMDGPU DRM-Next - 8 Comments
X.Org Server To See New CI-Driven Automated Release Cycles, Big Version Numbers

There hasn't been a major release of the X.Org Server now in 17 months... Not because there haven't been any changes (in fact, a lot of GLAMOR and XWayland work among other fixing) but because no one has stepped up as release manager to get the next version out the door. But to workaround that, developers are looking at moving the X.Org Server to purely time-based releases and letting their continuous integration testing be the deciding factor on if a release is ready to ship.

10 October 04:00 AM EDT - X.Org - xorg-server - 22 Comments
OpenSUSE Expanding Encryption Options For Its Installer

While Ubuntu developers are busy adding experimental ZFS support to their installer, the SUSE developers working on their YaST installer are working on offering better security options for their platform by beefing up the encryption capabilities at install-time.

10 October 01:52 AM EDT - SUSE - OpenSUSE Installer Encryption - 7 Comments

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