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AMDGPU Increasing Fragment Size For Performance

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 9:56am
Christian König of AMD yesterday sent out an AMDGPU kernel patch for boosting the default fragment size for GCN graphics cards pre-Vega...

Intel ANV Lands New Vulkan 1.0.61 Extensions, Android Prep Support

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 1:14am
Intel's "ANV" Vulkan Linux driver has landed support today for some new extensions as well as prepping Android support for this open-source Vulkan driver...

Some Early Tests Of The Eclipse OpenJ9 Java Virtual Machine

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 9:30pm
With IBM's newly open-sourced J9 Java Virtual Machine as the Eclipse OpenJ9, I've run some quick benchmarks to get an idea how its performance is comparing to the de facto Java Virtual Machine, Hotspot.

Facebook's HHVM To Focus More On Hack, No Longer Focusing On PHP7 Compatibility

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 6:22pm
Some interesting remarks today by Facebook's HHVM/Hack language team as they plot their future agenda...

SPARC M8 Processors Launched

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 5:28pm
While Oracle recently let go of some of their SPARC team, today marks the launch of the SPARC M8...

Fedora Launches The "Red Team" For Dealing With Cybersecurity

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 4:28pm
The Fedora Red Team is a new special interest group (SIG) within the Fedora ecosystem for dealing with cybersecurity...

Opteron vs. EPYC Benchmarks & Performance-Per-Watt: How AMD Server Performance Evolved Over 10 Years

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 2:00pm
By now you have likely seen our initial AMD EPYC 7601 Linux benchmarks. If you haven't, check them out, EPYC does really deliver on being competitive with current Intel hardware in the highly threaded space. If you have been curious to see some power numbers on EPYC, here they are from the Tyan Transport SX TN70A-B8026 2U server. Making things more interesting are some comparison benchmarks showing how the AMD EPYC performance compares to AMD Opteron processors from about ten years ago.

Linux Mint Continues Working On HiDPI Improvements

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 12:24pm
The latest Linux Mint monthly news is out that highlights some of the recent development efforts around this Ubuntu-derived Linux distribution. A common theme still are HiDPI improvements and Cinnamon 3.6 finally enabling HiDPI by default...

IBM's Eclipse OpenJ9 Is A Promising Open-Source JVM

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 12:10pm
For those that missed the news over the weekend, IBM has open-sourced its in-house JVM and contributed it to the Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse OpenJ9 is this new, full-featured, enterprise-ready open-source Java Virtual Machine...

RadeonSI OoO Rasterization Lands In Mesa 17.3 For RX Vega & VI GPUs

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 10:26am
The RadeonSI out-of-order rasterization support for RX Vega "GFX9" and Volcanic Islands GPUs has now landed in Mesa 17.3-devel Git...

Mir Now Has Initial Support For Wayland Clients

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 10:15am
Quietly being added to the Mir display stack a week ago was initial support for Wayland clients...

Banshee Engine Planning For Linux Support In Q4

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 9:52am
Banshee has been a promising C++14-written, multi-threaded open-source game engine featuring Vulkan support. When the Vulkan support was added at the start of the year the plan was to see the Linux support added to the game engine in Q2. Well, it looks like in Q4 we could see the Linux client finally materialize...

The Exciting Features Of Linux 4.14: Zstd, Vega Hugepages, AMD SME, New Drivers

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 12:30am
With Linux 4.14-rc1 having been released one day early, here is our look at the new features of Linux 4.14 with the merge window having been closed. There's a lot to get excited about with Linux 4.14 from graphics driver improvements, new hardware improvements, a new Realtek WiFi driver, a PWM vibrator driver, and Btrfs Zstd compression support..

Mesa 17.2.1 Released With Restored RADV Vulkan RX Vega Support

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 11:28pm
As anticipated, Mesa 17.2.1 is now available for those wanting to use the latest stable point release of Mesa3D for the best, stable open-source 3D graphics user experience on Linux and other operating systems...

Replicant 6.0 Free Software Android Updated To Support 12 Devices

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 10:47pm
While 8.0 Oreo is the latest version of Google's Android operating system for mobile devices, the free software minded Replicant OS that derives itself from the Android Open-Source Project code-base has re-released their version 6.0...

Keeping Intel Core X-Series CPUs Cool With Noctua Air Cooling

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 6:09pm
With the ten-core / 20-thread Core i9 7900X CPU having a 140 Watt TDP, it's a lot to keep cool with air cooling. Even more, with the soon-to-launch new Core i9 models, you really need a beefy heatsink fan if wishing to avoid water cooling. In this article are some tests with different Noctua heatsinks. Besides being able to cool these 2017X processors, the other requirement too is that they fit within 4U space requirements. The heatsinks benchmarked today included the Noctua NH-C14S, NH-U9S, Noctua NH-D9L, NF-A9 PWM fan, and NF-A14 PWM fan.

Librem 5 Crosses $400k In Funding After Plasma Mobile Announcement

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 12:55pm
Since announcing earlier this week that KDE is working on Plasma Mobile support for the Librem 5, Purism has managed to raise over $100k more towards their goal of building a free software GNU/Linux smartphone, but remain around 1.1 million dollars short of their goal...

Ryzen & RX Vega Totally Dominated This Summer For Linux Users

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 12:31pm
With summer quickly coming to an end next week in the northern hemisphere, here's a look back at the most popular Linux/open-source articles and reviews for summer 2017...

Oracle Now Supports Btrfs RAID5/6 On Their Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 11:23am
Besides incorporating the RHEL 7.4 changes from Red Hat into their recent Oracle Linux update, their Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) has received a few updates of its own...

GCC 5.5 Will Come Before Killing Off GCC5

Sun, 17/09/2017 - 10:48am
Red Hat's Jakub Jelinek has announced that GCC 5.5 will be released soon...