14 May

Intel Seeks More Comments From Developers On Key Locker Implementation For Linux

One of the features already found in new Intel "Tiger Lake" CPUs but not yet supported by the Linux kernel is Key Locker for securing AES keys on the system. Going back months there has been various patch series working toward Key Locker support while the actual patch series getting things ready for usage was just sent out again under a "request for comments" flag.

14 May 05:50 PM EDT - Intel - Intel Key Locker - 4 Comments
Zstd 1.5 Released With Big Performance Improvements

Zstd has already been enjoying phenomenal growth throughout the open-source software ecosystem thanks to its feature set and impressive performance, but can it get even better? Yes, with Zstd 1.5 that is out today there are some more mighty impressive performance improvements.

14 May 01:09 PM EDT - Standards - Zstandard 1.5 - 33 Comments
GCC 8.5 Released As The Last GCC 8 Compiler

For those of you still relying on a GCC 8 compiler, it's time to upgrade beyond that considering GCC 11 debuted just several weeks back, but if you are on the 2018 era compiler for enterprise/legacy reasons, GCC 8.5 is out as one last hurrah.

14 May 11:21 AM EDT - GNU - GCC 8.5 - 1 Comment
Ubuntu 21.10 Begins Transition To PHP 8.0 By Default

While PHP 8.0 was released at the end of last year, it wasn't added to Ubuntu 21.04 given all the changes at play over PHP 7.4. But now for Ubuntu 21.10, that transition to PHP 8 is now happening to ensure it's in good enough shape for the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS cycle.

14 May 06:13 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 21.10 + PHP 8 - 6 Comments
Intel Posts Latest Linux Patches For Reporting Per-Client GPU/Media Engine Utilization

For two years now Intel open-source engineers have floated patches for reporting per-client engine utilization for showing on an application level how much it's leveraging the Intel graphics render/3D, blitter, and video/multimedia engines. This can be used for some nifty system information reporting like a GPU top or other system monitoring functionality. The latest version of these patches were sent out this week.

14 May 05:51 AM EDT - Intel - Will It Get Merged Now? - 8 Comments

13 May

System76 Launches The Launch Configurable Keyboard

For months Linux hardware vendor System76 has been teasing their own in-house designed and manufactured keyboard with open-source firmware and various innovations. Today the embargo lifts on the System76 Launch Configurable Keyboard so we can share more about this new open hardware product.

13 May 12:00 PM EDT - Peripherals - 54 Comments
AMDVLK 2021.Q2.2 Driver Re-Released

Back in April we wrote about the AMDVLK 2021.Q2.2 Vulkan driver update for Radeon Linux systems while as some driver deja vu this driver version with the same changes have been re-released.

13 May 05:56 AM EDT - Radeon - AMDVLK 2021.Q2.2 - 3 Comments

12 May

Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 Ice Lake Linux Performance vs. AMD EPYC Milan, Cascade Lake

Last month Intel launched their 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake" processors for these 10nm server processors and SKUs up to 40 cores while boasting around a 20% IPC improvement overall and big reported improvements for AI workloads and more. Recently we received an Intel Ice Lake reference server with the dual Xeon Platinum 8380 processors so we can carry out our own performance tests. In this initial article is our first look at the Xeon Platinum 8380 Linux support in general and a number of performance benchmarks.

12 May 06:42 PM EDT - Processors - 13 Comments

11 May

AMD Publishes Radeon Rays 4.1 As Open-Source

Last year Radeon Rays 4.0 brought Vulkan support while dropping OpenCL and at the same time no longer being open-source... This GPU-accelerated ray intersection library used by the likes of Radeon ProRender is out today with version 4.1 and now it's back to being open-source.

11 May 11:26 AM EDT - Radeon - Radeon Rays Open-Source - 13 Comments

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