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Microsoft Surface "DTX" Driver Slated For Linux 5.13

While Microsoft often likes to proclaim their "love" for Linux, it's been independent open-source developer Maximilian Luz that has been spearheading improvements for Microsoft Surface devices on Linux. With Linux 5.13 his latest work on better handling Microsoft Surface device detachment handling should land.

24 March 2021 - Microsoft Surface DTX - 1 Comment
Microsoft Contributes Integrity Improvements To Linux 5.12

Microsoft engineers continue increasing their contributions to the Linux kernel where it makes business sense for them, such as in the case of securing the Azure cloud given that around 50% or more of the instances run Linux. With Linux 5.12 there are integrity subsystem improvements coming from Microsoft.

22 February 2021 - Integrity Subsystem - 31 Comments
2020 Was Another Interesting Year For Microsoft Around Open-Source/Linux

Each of the past several years it has been interesting to monitor Microsoft's engagement in the open-source and Linux communities. Over 2020 there were interesting strides from Samsung upstreaming their improved exFAT file-system driver after having Microsoft's blessing to Microsoft contributing more and more to Mesa in leveraging the OpenGL/OpenCL code in various Windows components to new WSL2 capabilities.

28 December 2020 - Microsoft 2020 - 15 Comments
Microsoft Adds SPIR-V To DXIL Library In Mesa - With A Focus On WebGPU Support

Microsoft continues pushing new code into Mesa 21.0 as its efforts around Mesa continue to ramp up principally around GPU acceleration within Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) as well as allowing the likes of OpenGL and OpenCL to function under Windows 10 in the absence of native GL/CL drivers by using Mesa to translate the APIs for consumption by Direct3D 12 drivers.

22 December 2020 - SPIR-V To DXIL - 9 Comments
WireGuard For Windows Updated With Improved Installer, ARM/ARM64 Support

WireGuard's adoption continues growing with it recently having the accomplishments of being back-ported to Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, coming to Android 12, upstreamed into OpenBSD, and other accomplishments this year. The WireGuard developers have now also updated their port of this secure VPN tunnel technology for Micrsoft Windows.

24 November 2020 - WireGuard For Windows 0.3 - 7 Comments
It's Now Even Easier Setting Up Windows Subsystem For Linux On Windows 10

When Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) initially debuted there were a few different steps that needed to be carried out for setting up this Linux binary compatibility layer atop Windows. But now with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds it's becoming increasingly trivial to get going with WSL.

29 October 2020 - wsl --install - 43 Comments
Microsoft Is Exploring LTO+PGO For A Faster Linux Kernel

While more and more software vendors are employing link-time optimizations (LTO) and profile-guided optimizations (PGO) for leveraging the compiler to squeeze out performance, it may surprise many that Microsoft engineers are exploring LTO+PGO for the Linux kernel in their own quest of achieving greater Linux performance.

27 August 2020 - PGO The Kernel - 41 Comments
Wine-Mono Won't Bother With .NET 5.0 - The Official Microsoft Binaries Should Work Fine

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the .NET 5.0 release is now "feature complete" for this major overhaul of .NET that breaks compatibility with prior versions. Microsoft .NET 5.0 has many changes to its libraries and runtimes, introduces WebAssembly support, support for single file applications/executables, new APIs, better performance, and much more.

26 August 2020 - Wine-Mono + dotNET 5.0 - 26 Comments
Microsoft Engineer Proposes "TRAMPFD" For Improving Linux Security

A Microsoft engineer is proposing the Trampoline File Descriptor "TRAMPFD" as a new kernel API for securely dealing with trampoline code on systems. There are concerns already over the potential performance implications but there does seem to be some interest in this approach.

28 July 2020 - Trampoline File Descriptor - 22 Comments
Microsoft Has Now Open-Source Their BASIC Code From 1983

Adding to Microsoft's wild ride this week after announcing Linux GUI apps for WSL2 and in turn writing their own Wayland compositor, Direct3D sort of for WSL2/Linux, and other announcements out of BUILD 2020, the company has announced the open-sourcing of their original BASIC implementation.

21 May 2020 - GW-BASIC - 55 Comments
Mainlining The Microsoft DirectX Kernel Driver For Linux Will Be An Uphill Battle

On Tuesday was the big announcement of Microsoft bringing Direct3D 12 to Linux/WSL2 in the context of allowing GUI applications and GPU compute within Windows Subsystem for Linux. This also means OpenCL/OpenGL/Vulkan support by ultimately converting it into D3D12 consumption by the host Windows system. While Microsoft was quick to post patches for their "dxgkrnl" kernel driver for this Direct3D implementation, it's already facing resistance and will be an uphill battle for it to be mainlined.

20 May 2020 - DXGKRNL - 40 Comments

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