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Linux 4.14 File-System Benchmarks: Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, XFS

Sat, 18/11/2017 - 6:00pm
Our latest Linux file-system benchmarking is looking at the performance of the mainline Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, and XFS file-systems on the Linux 4.14 kernel compared to 4.13 and 4.12.

Darling Is Still Active With A Goal To Run macOS Apps On Linux

Sat, 18/11/2017 - 4:09pm
It's been one year and a few days when last researching a status update on "Project Darling" for running macOS/OSX applications on Linux. While the project hasn't been generating too much buzz this year, it still is being developed...

Funtin SFF-8639: U.2 NVMe SSD To PCI-E Card Adapter

Sat, 18/11/2017 - 2:03pm
With our review this week of the Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB U.2 SSD there was a discussion in the forums about using U.2 SSDs in desktop systems, etc. If your system doesn't have a U.2 slot, an adapter like the Funtin SFF-8639 makes it easy to pop the SSD into a PCI-E x4 slot...

KVM & Xen Don't Change Much With Linux 4.15

Sat, 18/11/2017 - 1:28pm
There are a ton of exciting improvements building up in Linux 4.15, but not too much on the virtualization front...

Facebook Releases HHVM 3.23 With OpenSSL 1.1 Support, Experimental Bytecode Emitter

Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:18pm
HHVM 3.23 has been released as their high performance virtual machine for powering their Hack programming language and current PHP support...

Freedreno Gallium3D Supports A Fair Amount Of OpenGL 4.x

Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:05pm
The Freedreno Gallium3D driver that provides reverse-engineered OpenGL support for Qualcomm Adreno graphics processors is able to handle quite a bit of OpenGL 4...

Linux 4.16 Will Be Another Big Cycle For Intel's DRM Driver

Sat, 18/11/2017 - 11:46am
We are just through week one of two for the Linux 4.15 merge window followed by eight or so weeks after that before this next kernel is officially released. But Intel's open-source driver developers have already begun building up a growing stack of changes for Linux 4.16 when it comes to their DRM graphics driver...

AMDGPU DC Code Lands For Linux 4.15 Kernel

Sat, 18/11/2017 - 12:32am
Linus Torvalds has accepted the AMDGPU DC display code pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel. AMD Linux users can now rejoice!..

Radeon VCN Encode Support Lands In Mesa 17.4 Git

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 9:30pm
It's an exciting day for open-source Radeon Linux users today as besides the AMDGPU DC pull request (albeit still unmerged as of writing), Radeon VCN encoding support has landed in Mesa Git...

The - Hopefully - Final Stab At Intel Fastboot Support

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 8:48pm
Intel's Maarten Lankhorst has sent out what could be the final patches for enabling "fastboot" support by default within their DRM graphics driver...

Linux 4.15 Gets Fixed To Report Current CPU Frequency Via /proc/cpuinfo

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 8:09pm
A change recently in the Linux kernel led the CPU MHz reported value via /proc/cpuinfo to either be the nominal CPU frequency or the most recently requested frequency. This behavior changed compared to pre-4.13 kernels while now it's been fixed up to report the current CPU frequency...

Linux File-System Benchmarks On The Intel Optane 900P SSD

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 4:34pm
Earlier this week I presented out initial Linux benchmarks of the Intel Optane 900P SSD with this 3D XPoint memory U.2 solid-state drive delivering incredible performance figures. Those tests were done with EXT4 while in this article are more tests with other mainline Linux file-systems and also testing some of the different mount options.

Pale Moon Project Rolls Out The Basilisk Browser Project

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 2:57pm
The developers behind the Pale Moon web-browser that's been a long standing fork of Firefox have rolled out their first public beta release of their new "Basilisk" browser technology...

KDE Applications 17.12 Sees Some New KF5 Ports, Other Apps Dropped

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 2:36pm
The beta of KDE Applications 17.12 is now available ahead of next month's official debut for this quarterly update to the collection of official KDE programs...

Microsoft Is Trying To Make Windows Subsystem For Linux Faster (WSL)

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 1:26pm
In our benchmarks of Windows Subsystem for Linux that allows a Linux environment to run atop Windows 10 via this new WSL kernel subsystem, the performance overall has overall been very good and often performing better than virtualized options. But the main area of poor performance is I/O, except now it's being worked on by Microsoft for greater improvements...

AMDGPU DC Pull Request Submitted For Linux 4.15 Kernel - 132,395 Lines Of Code

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 10:40am
One day after submitting the main DRM feature pull request for Linux 4.15, David Airlie of Red Hat has submitted the secondary pull request that would feature the long-awaited introduction of AMDGPU DC into the mainline kernel...

Intel Coffee Lake & Cannonlake Thermal Support In Linux 4.15

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 10:35am
While Intel Coffee Lake hardware is shipping already, a few bits of tardy kernel code for these "8th Gen Core" CPUs is only hitting the Linux 4.15 kernel. The Intel DRM driver is most notably enabling Coffee Lake graphics by default in 4.15, but there's also some thermal code now landing among other changes now happening...

GeForce GTX 900 Series Re-Clocking Patches Updated By Karol Herbst

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 7:44am
Frequent Nouveau open-source NVIDIA driver contributor Karol Herbst has posted his latest patch series in working towards GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell 2" graphics processor re-clocking...

R600 Gallium3D Shader Image Support Lands, Other R600g Patches Pending

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 6:10am
As a follow-up to OpenGL 4.2 Support Could Soon Land For AMD Cayman GPUs On R600g, the patches have landed in Mesa 17.4-dev Git! Plus other R600g patches are on the mailing list for review...

Broadcom Hurricane 2 & Allwinner R40 Supported By Linux 4.15

Fri, 17/11/2017 - 5:02am
More ARM platform upstreaming has taken place for the Linux 4.15 kernel development cycle among other ARM hardware improvements...