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Fujitsu Begins Adding A64FX Support To GCC Compiler

3 hours 55 min ago
The Fujitsu A64FX ARM processor that has 48 cores per node and 32GB of HBM2 memory that currently powers the fastest supercomputer is beginning to see GCC compiler support...

Several Drivers Promoted Out Of Staging With Linux 5.9

Sunday 9th of August 2020 04:01:11 AM
The "staging" area of the kernel, where new drivers and other code live that has yet to prove itself or live up to kernel code quality standards, saw a few drivers graduate into Linux mainline proper for the current 5.9 cycle...

LLVM Clang 11 Has A Nice Build Speed Improvement With New Feature For Pre-Compiled Headers

Sunday 9th of August 2020 12:44:13 AM
There are many improvements in LLVM/Clang 11.0 due out in the weeks ahead though an interesting change merged prior to last month's code branching that slipped under our radar... If using the clang-cl driver for MSVC or when otherwise making use of pre-compiled headers (PCH) functionality, there is a new option that can offer significant build time speed-ups...

Intel Cloud-Hypervisor 0.9 Brings io_uring Block Device Support For Faster Performance

Saturday 8th of August 2020 07:27:27 PM
Intel's Cloud Hypervisor focused on being a Rustlang-based hypervisor focused for cloud workloads is closing in on the 1.0 milestone. With this week's release of Cloud-Hypervisor 0.9 there is one very exciting feature in particular but also a lot of other interesting changes...

Kodi 19 Alpha 1 Released With AV1 Decoding, Many Other HTPC Improvements

Saturday 8th of August 2020 02:58:12 PM
Kodi 19 "Matrix" Alpha 1 has been released for this very popular, cross-platform open-source HTPC software...

Linux 5.9 Supports A Lot Of New Audio Hardware, Intel Silent Stream Added

Saturday 8th of August 2020 01:39:27 PM
The Linux kernel continues supporting a lot more audio devices and much more punctual than a decade or two ago...

Mesa To Join Other Open-Source Projects With "Main" For Primary Code Branch

Saturday 8th of August 2020 01:04:54 PM
This week Mesa developers began drafting plans for transitioning their primary Git branch to "main", following the naming plans of other open-source projects using Git...

Linux 5.9 Networking Changes Are As Active As Ever

Saturday 8th of August 2020 12:40:17 PM
Each kernel cycle the networking subsystem sees a lot of churn given the importance of network interconnect performance and reliability especially in high performance computing environments where Linux dominates...

More Wayland Fixes Pile On For KDE Plasma 5.20

Saturday 8th of August 2020 10:45:57 AM
Getting KDE's Wayland session into shape remains a priority for developers this year and it's looking like the support should be quite slick come Plasma 5.20...

Char/Misc Is Still Quite Busy With Linux 5.9 Still Lacking An "Accelerator" Subsystem

Saturday 8th of August 2020 04:02:19 AM
The "char/misc" area of the kernel continues to be quite busy for Linux 5.9 included as a sort of "catch-all" for the Linux kernel drivers not properly jiving within other areas. While there previously was talk of formally making a hardware accelerator subsystem for the Linux kernel for fitting some of the drivers currently living under char/misc, as of Linux 5.9 that still has not materialized...

Mageia 8 Beta 1 Released With Many Improvements

Friday 7th of August 2020 10:23:41 PM
The first beta of the forthcoming Mageia 8 is now available, the Linux distribution that traces its roots back to Mandriva/Mandrake...

ARM Now Defaulting To Schedutil Governor, Other Power Management Work For Linux 5.9

Friday 7th of August 2020 08:00:00 PM
There are a number of notable power management changes to find with the Linux 5.9 kernel...

How A Raspberry Pi 4 Performs Against Intel's Latest Celeron, Pentium CPUs

Friday 7th of August 2020 05:09:40 PM
Following the recent Intel Comet Lake Celeron and Pentium CPU benchmarking against other x86_64 Intel/AMD CPUs, here was a bit of fun... Seeing how these budget Intel CPUs compare to a Raspberry Pi 4 in various processor benchmarks, all tested on Debian Linux...

Wine 5.0.2 Released With Fixes For Various Games, Windows Applications

Friday 7th of August 2020 04:39:25 PM
For those using Wine in a production environment for running Windows software on Linux, Wine 5.0.2 is out as the latest stable update...

Linux 5.9 Exposes Device Link Details Via Sysfs, Allows Hiding DebugFS From User-Space

Friday 7th of August 2020 03:29:25 PM
There are a few driver core changes for the Linux 5.9 kernel worth mentioning...

Intel Compute Runtime Preparing For The Upcoming oneAPI Level Zero 1.0

Friday 7th of August 2020 01:51:06 PM
It looks like Intel will soon be tagging their oneAPI Level Zero specification as version 1.0...

Radeon Software for Linux 20.30 Released

Friday 7th of August 2020 01:23:05 PM
Just under two months since Radeon Software for Linux 20.20 that is comprised of the AMDGPU-Open and AMDGPU-PRO driver components for these packaged drivers, Radeon Software for Linux 20.30 was quietly released at the end of last week...

RISC-V Software Support Adds More Features With Linux 5.9

Friday 7th of August 2020 11:15:36 AM
More kernel architecture features continue to be supported by the RISC-V code with Linux 5.9...

AMDVLK 2020.Q3.3 Driver Enables Its Pipeline Cache

Friday 7th of August 2020 10:44:01 AM
The latest open-source code snapshot of AMD's official Vulkan driver is now available...

Researchers Make More Discoveries Around L1TF/Foreshadow - It's Not Good

Friday 7th of August 2020 01:12:52 AM
Security researchers from Graz University of Technology and CISPA Helmholtz are out with their latest findings on CPU speculative execution vulnerabilities, namely taking another look at L1TF/Foreshadow. Their findings are bad news not only for Intel but potentially other CPU vendors as well...

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Kernel: Linux Plumbers and New in Linux 5.9

  • Linux Plumbers currently sold out

    Linux Plumbers is currently sold out of regular registration tickets. Although the conference is virtual this year our virtual platform cannot support an unlimited number of attendees, hence the cap on registration. We are currently reviewing our capacity limits to see if we can allow more people to attend without over burdening the virtual platform and potentially preventing discussion. We will make another announcement next week regarding registration.

  • Linux 5.9 Supports A Lot Of New Audio Hardware, Intel Silent Stream Added

    The Linux kernel continues supporting a lot more audio devices and much more punctual than a decade or two ago.

  • Linux 5.9 Networking Changes Are As Active As Ever

    Each kernel cycle the networking subsystem sees a lot of churn given the importance of network interconnect performance and reliability especially in high performance computing environments where Linux dominates.

5 of the Best Linux Laptops in 2020

If you’re shopping for a laptop and know you’re planning to run Linux, you can either get any laptop, reformat the hard drive and install your favorite Linux distro on it or just get a laptop that is running Linux right out of the box. Here are some of the best Linux laptops you can get in 2020. [...] These all come preloaded with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which is a solid base for any of the various flavors or just vanilla Ubuntu. Many of the drivers have been contributed upstream by Dell, so many distros that use newer kernels should be able to take full advantage of the Killer Wi-Fi cards and Intel Iris Plus Graphics. [...] Pine64 has been in the news often for its Pinephone, but the Pinebook Pro is another great product from them. It’s a 14” ARM laptop that weighs less than 3 lbs/1.5 KG and sips power. It’s a great little machine that helps to push Linux forward on the ARM platform and comes in just under $200. Read more

Richard Stallman: A Discussion on Freedom, Privacy & Cryptocurrencies

Dr. Richard Stallman is well-known for his free software movement activism. His speeches and work revolve around a term: freedom. And it is precisely that word that prompted Stallman to launch the GNU Project, founding the Free Software Foundation and releasing the GNU General Public License, among other projects, to promote the free software concept. RMS, as Dr. Stallman is also known, has some opinions regarding the concept of cryptocurrencies that have been widely discussed within the crypto community. Read more