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EXT4 In Linux 4.15 Gets Online Resizing When Using Bigalloc, Corruption Fixes

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 10:15am
Ted Ts'o was quick to send in the EXT4 file-system and fscrypt file-system encryption framework changes for the just-opened Linux 4.15 merge window...

AMD Zen Temperature Monitoring Queued For Linux 4.15

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 12:40am
We've been expecting it to happen for weeks while indeed the hwmon pull request was indeed sent in today exposing AMD Ryzen / Threadripper / EPYC temperature reporting on Linux...

Linux 4.14 Kernel Officially Released

Sun, 12/11/2017 - 8:08pm
The Linux 4.14 kernel is now official!..

KDE Frameworks 5.40 Brings Kirigami Improvements, Wayland Foreign Protocol

Sun, 12/11/2017 - 4:09pm
The KDE camp this weekend has released KDE Frameworks 5.40 as their latest feature update to this collection of add-on libraries complementing Qt5...

The Latest In Our Massive Linux Benchmarking Setup - November 2017

Sun, 12/11/2017 - 3:18pm
Two and a half years ago was the start of the continually evolving effort around turning a basement into a big Linux server room and last year having shared a one year redux in the effort but having been late in a second year redux into this effort and how the systems are configured for our Linux/BSD/open-source benchmarking at scale, here is an update.

Intel Icelake CPU Target Patch Published For GCC

Sun, 12/11/2017 - 1:00pm
While it was just days ago Intel got around to posting the patch for introducing -march=cannonlake support for GCC, this weekend they already posted the patch for its successor with the new Icelake target...

Solus Borrows From The Clear Linux Playbook For AVX2-Optimized Gaming

Sun, 12/11/2017 - 12:35pm
One of the approaches Intel's Clear Linux distribution uses for achieving greater performance is by shipping AVX2 (and even now AVX-512) optimized libraries with their OS that are then automatically used if the detected host CPU is AVX equipped. Solus is making use of this approach now for striving for better Linux gaming performance...

PHP 7.2 Is One Step Away From Release

Sun, 12/11/2017 - 12:30pm
This week marked the sixth and final planned release candidate for PHP 7.2...

FFmpeg Lands NVDEC-Accelerated H.264 Decoding

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 8:45pm
NVIDIA has been shifting their focus from VDPAU for GPU-accelerated video decoding to instead the NVIDIA Video Codec SDK that offers NVENC for encoding and NVDEC for video decoding. FFmpeg has landed initial NVDEC support...

12-Way Graphics Card OpenCL Comparison With AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 ROCm, NVIDIA 384.98

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 5:00pm
With the recent testing of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti being our new graphics card up for Linux benchmarking as well as having a new NVIDIA Linux graphics driver release, hare are OpenCL benchmarks of 12 graphics cards using the latest AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 and NVIDIA 384.98 Linux drivers on Ubuntu x86_64.

Intel Posts Patches For SPIR-V Generation From Mesa's GLSL Compiler

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 3:36pm
Longtime Intel open-source graphics driver developer Ian Romanick has posted his initial set of patches for what he calls "the first of the real SPIR-V work."..

We Could See WireGuard Upstreamed In The Linux Kernel In 2018

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 1:24pm
WireGuard is the effort led by Jason Donenfeld to provide a next-gen secure network tunnel for the Linux kernel. Jason has laid out plans and next steps for getting this interesting project merged into the upstream Linux kernel...

Mesa 17.2.5 Released

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 1:13pm
The fifth point release to Mesa 17.2 is now available with the latest fixes while the Mesa 17.3 official release is imminent...

Outreachy 2017 Participants Selected For Winter 2017 Open-Source Work

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:41pm
The Outreachy participants for the Winter 2017 internship program for "underrepresented people in tech" have been named...

Wine 2.21 Supports Direct3D Indirect Draws, More ARM Work

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:27pm
Alexandre Julliard has released the latest bi-weekly development snapshot of Wine as this project approaches its Wine 3.0 release around the end of the year...

G-Homa WiFi Smart Meter ETH+XMR Mining Power Efficiency

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 7:58am
German Phoronix reader Thomas Frech is back with another guest post on the topic of ETH/XMR mining under Linux. This time around he's sharing some power efficiency numbers using a new G-Homa WiFi smart meter. See his past articles in this series here...

NetworkManager 1.10 Released With OpenVSwitch & WPS Connection Support

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 9:25pm
NetworkManager 1.10 was released today as the newest version of this commonly used Linux network management utility...

Intel Begins Testing Early Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 4.16

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 6:41pm
Linux 4.14 isn't even out the door yet but with the DRM-Next feature period over in preparation for the Linux 4.15 merge window, Intel open-source developers are already prepping code improvements that will in turn target Linux 4.16...

Apple's Late-2016 MacBook Pro Is Still A Wreck With Linux

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 3:36pm
At the end of last year we had a brief encounter with the new at the time MacBook Pro with Touchbar to see how well it would run under Linux. It was a mess with SSD difficulties, non-working touchpad/keyboard, WiFi issues, and more. It's a bit better using the newly-released Ubuntu 17.10, but would still advise against Linux for the Apple MacBook Pro Late-2016 model / Mac-A5C67F76ED83108C / MacBookPro 13,3 model.

Football Manager 2018 Now Available With Linux Support

Fri, 10/11/2017 - 3:29pm
November is off to a good start for Linux gaming with Feral's port of F1 2017, Croteam releasing Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE, and now the debut of Football Manager 2018...