PNY XLR8 Gaming REV 2x8GB DDR4-3600 Memory
PNY XLR8 Gaming REV 2x8GB DDR4-3600 Memory
19 Minutes Ago - Memory - Add A Comment

PNY recently sent over their new XLR8 Gaming REV 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600MHz memory that only lists compatibility with Microsoft Windows 11 and older, but fear not, it does work fine for Linux gamers and others looking for DDR4-3600 memory with RGB lighting and running well with the latest Intel and AMD processors.

Apple eFuse Driver Coming To Linux 5.19
Apple eFuse Driver Coming To Linux 5.19
7 Hours Ago - Apple - Apple eFuse - 1 Comment

In addition to Linux 5.19 set to add NVMe support for the Apple M1 systems, the Apple eFuse driver also from the open-source community is geared up for landing in this next version of the Linux kernel.

Mesa's Radeon Vulkan Driver Lands Indirect Ray-Tracing Support
Mesa's Radeon Vulkan Driver Lands Indirect Ray-Tracing Support
9 Hours Ago - Mesa - rayTracingPipelineTraceRaysIndirect - 2 Comments

Mesa's Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" continues working on maturing its ray-tracing implementation after the initial code was merged last year. RADV ray-tracing is still treated as experimental and not as reliable as the proprietary NVIDIA Vulkan driver's ray-tracing support that has been around much longer, but it's getting there and at least is open-source -- unlike AMD's official AMDVLK driver that continues to not support Vulkan RT unlike their proprietary driver alternative.

15 May

AMD/Xilinx Solarflare Network Driver Restructuring Queued For Linux 5.19
AMD/Xilinx Solarflare Network Driver Restructuring Queued For Linux 5.19
15 May 06:06 AM EDT - Linux Networking - Solarflare SFC - Add A Comment

The Solarflare "SFC" network driver within the Linux kernel for their high performance network adapters, owned by Xilinx and now owned by AMD, is seeing some restructuring with the next version of the Linux kernel. The intention is on shifting older network hardware to a separate kernel module/driver so improvements and new hardware support can be the focus with this main Solarflare Linux network driver.

14 May

13 May

Connecting Intel Alder Lake Systems Via USB4/Thunderbolt Can Be Faster Come Linux 5.19
Connecting Intel Alder Lake Systems Via USB4/Thunderbolt Can Be Faster Come Linux 5.19
13 May 03:30 PM EDT - Intel - Thunderbolt XDomain Lane Bonding - 7 Comments

A feature of Thunderbolt seemingly not widely leveraged is allowing two distinct hosts/systems to be connected over a Thunderbolt cable that can then be used for tunneling arbitrary data packets using high-speed DMA rings. Should you find yourself using such a setup, starting with Linux 5.19+ it should open the door for being much faster when running on latest-generation Intel hardware for USB4/Thunderbolt.

Intel IPI Virtualization Ready For Linux 5.19
Intel IPI Virtualization Ready For Linux 5.19
13 May 01:41 PM EDT - Intel - Intel IPI - Add A Comment

Following the groundwork laid in Linux 5.18, Intel VT-x's IPI Virtualization support is set to be introduced with the Linux 5.19 kernel for supporting this new hardware capability found with Xeon Scalable 4th Gen "Sapphire Rapids" server processors.

Arch Linux Temporarily Steps Back From WirePlumber After Snafu
13 May 05:14 AM EDT - Arch Linux - WirePlumber On Arch Linux - 31 Comments

Earlier this week Arch Linux set the WirePlumber package to replace PipeWire-Media-Session. WirePlumber is the modern, feature-rich session manager for PipeWire and much better off than the reference PipeWire-Media-Session manager that is effectively unmaintained. But Arch Linux developers are now calling this premature and have reverted the change.

12 May

The Initial Performance Of NVIDIA's R515 Open-Source Linux GPU Kernel Driver
12 May 05:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 54 Comments

As outlined in yesterday's extensive article about NVIDIA's new open-source Linux kernel GPU driver, currently for consumer GeForce RTX GPUs the driver is considered of "alpha quality" while NVIDIA's initial focus has been on data center GPU support. In any event with having lots of Turing/Ampere GPUs around, I've been trying out this new open-source Linux kernel driver on the consumer GPUs. In particular, I've been curious about the performance of using this open-source kernel driver relative to the default, existing closed-source kernel driver. Here are some early benchmarks.

Open 3D Engine 22.05 Released With New Features
12 May 03:30 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - O3DE 22.05 - 3 Comments

In addition to a new development release of Godot 4.0 out today, the other high profile open-source 3D game engine is Open 3D Engine (O3DE) that started last year from Amazon's Lumberyard Engine and now under the Linux Foundation's Open 3D Foundation. Out today is O3DE 22.05 for this high profile free software 3D game engine.

Godot 4.0 Alpha 8 Game Engine Released With Some Nice Improvements
12 May 07:22 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - Godot 4.0 - 4 Comments

Godot 4.0 continues working its way towards release as the most acclaimed open-source game engine. Godot 4.0 brings Vulkan rendering, OpenXR support, and a ton of other features covered in the past few years for making it more competitive with commercial game engines. Out this morning is Godot 4.0 Alpha 8 with a few more improvements worth noting.

More AMD RDNA3 Code Prepared For Linux 5.19, RADV Begins Landing Task Shaders
12 May 06:39 AM EDT - Radeon - Open-Source AMD Excitement - 12 Comments

While open-source fans this morning are celebrating NVIDIA finally publishing open-source kernel driver code as a step to opening up their driver, open-source AMD Radeon driver developers are proceeding as normal and undeterred by NVIDIA's open kernel-only approach. Another batch of AMD graphics code was sent in this morning to DRM-Next and then over in user-space Mesa's RADV Vulkan driver has landed more task shader code.

11 May

Qt 5.15.4 LTS Release Now Available As Open-Source
11 May 07:55 AM EDT - Qt - Qt 5.15.4 - 14 Comments

Back in March marked the release of Qt 5.15.3 as open-source, one year after it was released to commercial customers of The Qt Company. Today a similar Qt 5.15.4 open-source release is now available, one year after its commercial release.

Intel Gets Back To Working On Linear Address Masking Support For The Linux Kernel
11 May 05:37 AM EDT - Intel - Intel LAM - 4 Comments

Back in December 2020 Intel's programming reference manual was updated to cover Linear Address Masking (LAM) as a future CPU feature and there was some GNU toolchain activity around LAM while not much to report on the effort since then -- until today. A revised "request for comments" has been posted on the Intel Linear Address Masking enabling for the Linux kernel that allows for using untranslated address bits of 64-bit linear addresses to be used for storing arbitrary software metadata.

Open-Source Firmware For The MSI Alder Lake Motherboard Taking Shape
11 May 03:00 AM EDT - Hardware - Dasharo - 11 Comments

Last month was the surprising news of open-source Coreboot working on a readily available Intel Alder Lake motherboard. That work for the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 motherboard is being carried out by independent firmware consulting firm 3mdeb and using the Dasharo open-source firmware distribution with Coreboot.

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