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Vulkan 1.1.120 Released As The Newest Maintenance Release

2 hours 18 min ago
Vulkan 1.1.120 is out as the newest weekly update to the Vulkan graphics API...

Linux 5.3 Kernel Yielding The Best Performance Yet For AMD EPYC "Rome" CPU Performance

6 hours 34 min ago
Among many different Linux/open-source benchmarks being worked on for the AMD EPYC "Rome" processors now that our initial launch benchmarks are out of the way are Linux distribution comparisons, checking out the BSD compatibility, and more. Some tests I wrapped up this weekend were seeing how recent Linux kernel releases perform on the AMD EPYC 7742 64-core / 128-thread processors...

System76 Unveils Their Firmware Manager Project For Graphically Updating Firmware

12 hours 56 min ago
While most major hardware vendors have been adopting LVFS+Fwupd for firmware updating on Linux, Linux PC vendor System76 has notably been absent from the party for a variety of reasons. Today they announced their new Firmware Manager project that bridges the gap between their lack of LVFS support and their own hosted firmware service...

Git 2.23 Brings New Switch & Restore Sub-Commands

14 hours 2 min ago
Git 2.23 was released on Friday with more than 500 changes on top of the previous release...

Wine Staging 4.14 Carries 841 Patches Atop Upstream Wine

14 hours 8 min ago
Re-based against yesterday's Wine 4.14 release, Wine-Staging 4.14 is now available with nearly 850 extra patches...

Oracle Continues Working On eBPF Support For GCC 10

14 hours 52 min ago
Back in May we wrote about Oracle's initial plans for introducing an eBPF back-end to GCC 10 to allow this GNU compiler to target this general purpose in-kernel virtual machine. Up to this point LLVM Clang has been the focused compiler for eBPF but those days are numbered with Oracle on Friday pushing out the newest GCC patches...

Linux 5.4 To Expose What's Keeping The System Awake Via Sysfs

15 hours 17 min ago
The next Linux kernel version will expose the real-time sources of what's keeping the system awake via Sysfs compared to existing source information that previously was only available via DebugFS...

Unigine 2.9 Further Enhances Its Stunning Visuals

15 hours 35 min ago
It's a pity there doesn't seem to be any new adoption of Unigine as a game engine, but this visually impressive platform does continue seeing much success in the area of industrial simulations, professional VR platforms, and related areas. With Unigine 2.9 this Linux-friendly graphics engine is even more stunning...

Wine 4.14 Released With The Latest Bits For Running Windows Games/Programs On Linux

Saturday 17th of August 2019 01:11:54 AM
Wine 4.14 was released earlier today as the newest bi-weekly point release for running Windows games and applications on Linux and other operating systems...

Linux 5.4 Set To Remove Intel XScale IOP33X/IOP13XX CPU Support

Friday 16th of August 2019 12:54:25 PM
Linux 5.4 is set to remove the Intel IOP33X and IOP13XX series of processors that are part of the company's former XScale product line for ARM-based CPUs...

Radeon Software for Linux 19.30 Updated With Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Support

Friday 16th of August 2019 11:34:45 AM
In addition to AMD releasing the Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 Linux driver, they also quietly released a new Radeon Software Linux driver release for consumer GPUs...

Intel Volleys Another Batch Of Tiger Lake "Gen 12" Graphics Code

Friday 16th of August 2019 11:12:02 AM
While it remains to be seen if Tiger Lake will be able to ship on time in 2020 as the Icelake successor, the "Gen 12" Xe Graphics continue to be worked on with the company's open-source Linux graphics driver...

QEMU 4.1 Released With Many ARM, MIPS & x86 Additions

Friday 16th of August 2019 11:03:03 AM
QEMU 4.1 is now out as one of the important pieces to the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

Etnaviv Is Packing Code For An Exciting Linux 5.4 Cycle

Friday 16th of August 2019 10:33:43 AM
While Freedreno and Panfrost have been steaming ahead when it comes to open-source, reverse-engineered graphics for Arm SoCs, the Etnaviv project for targeting Vivante graphics hasn't had too much to report on recently. Fortunately, that's changing as coming up for the Linux 5.4 cycle they have a lot of new code to introduce...

Kdevops Aims To Assist In Linux Kernel Testing

Friday 16th of August 2019 10:24:40 AM
Luis Chamberlain has announced the first release of Kdevops as a Linux kernel development "DevOps" framework...

Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 Released

Friday 16th of August 2019 01:26:09 AM
Based on last week's release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 is now Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with many of the same changes...

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 for Linux Released

Thursday 15th of August 2019 01:18:10 PM
On Wednesday marked the release of AMD's Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver package for Windows and Linux...

AMDVLK 2019.Q3.4 Vulkan Driver Enables Atomic Optimizer For Navi

Thursday 15th of August 2019 01:00:00 PM
AMD's official open-source Vulkan driver code had fallen off its roughly weekly code push / release cadence with not having a new release in nearly three weeks, but that changed today with the availability of AMDVLK 2019.Q3.4...

KDE Applications 19.08 Released With Dolphin Improvements, Better Konsole Tiling

Thursday 15th of August 2019 12:45:27 PM
The KDE community has delivered the release of KDE Applications 19.08 as their newest feature updates to the core collection of KDE programs...

Microsoft's Component Firmware Update Is Their Latest Short-Sighted Spec

Thursday 15th of August 2019 12:03:33 PM
Microsoft's newest specification is the "Component Firmware Update" that they envision as a standard for OEMs/IHVs to be able to handle device firmware/microcode updating in a robust and secure manner. While nice in theory, the actual implementation has a number of issues that complicate the process and could quickly evolve into another troubling specification from Microsoft in the hardware space...

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The ClockworkPi GameShell is a super fun DIY spin on portable gaming

Portable consoles are hardly new, and thanks to the Switch, they’re basically the most popular gaming devices in the world. But ClockworkPi’s GameShell is something totally unique, and entirely refreshing when it comes to gaming on the go. This clever DIY console kit provides everything you need to assemble your own pocket gaming machine at home, running Linux-based open-source software and using an open-source hardware design that welcomes future customization. The GameShell is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, which began shipping to its backers last year and is now available to buy either direct from the company or from Amazon. The $159.99 ( on sale for $139.99 as of this writing) includes everything you need to build the console, like the ClockworkPi quad-core Cortex A7 motherboard with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 1GB of DDR3 RAM — but it comes unassembled. Read more

KNOPPIX 8.6.0 Public Release

Version 8.6 basiert auf → Debian/stable (buster), mit einzelnen Paketen aus Debian/testing und unstable (sid) (v.a. Grafiktreiber und aktuelle Productivity-Software) und verwendet → Linux Kernel 5.2.5 sowie Xorg 7.7 (core 1.20.4) zur Unterstützung aktueller Computer-Hardware. Read more English: Knoppix 8.6 new public version is finally out !

Linux 5.3 Kernel Yielding The Best Performance Yet For AMD EPYC "Rome" CPU Performance

Among many different Linux/open-source benchmarks being worked on for the AMD EPYC "Rome" processors now that our initial launch benchmarks are out of the way are Linux distribution comparisons, checking out the BSD compatibility, and more. Some tests I wrapped up this weekend were seeing how recent Linux kernel releases perform on the AMD EPYC 7742 64-core / 128-thread processors. For some weekend analysis, here are benchmarks of Linux 4.18 through Linux 5.3 in its current development form. All tests were done on the same AMD EPYC 7742 2P server running Ubuntu 19.04 and using the latest kernels in each series via the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA. Read more

Fedora 29 to 30 upgrade - How it went

Alas, my Fedora 30 experience started strong with the first review and soured since. The test on the old laptop with Nvidia graphics highlighted numerous problems, including almost ending up in an unbootable state due to the wrong driver version being selected by the software center. With the in-vivo upgrade, I almost ended up in a similar state due to some incompatibility with extensions. I wasn't pleased by other glitches and errors, and the performance improvement margin isn't as stellar as the clean install test. All in all, Fedora 30 feels like a rather buggy release, with tons of problems. I think versions 27 to 29 were quite robust overall, at least the Gnome version, but the latest edition is quite rough. That would mean I'd advise people upgrading to take care of their data, remember the possible snags like extensions, and triple check their hardware is up to the task, because apparently QA isn't cool anymore, and no one else will do this for you. All in all, Fedora 30 is very bleeding edge, finicky, definitely not for everyday use by ordinary desktop folks. It's a dev tool for devs, so if you want something stable and boring, search elsewhere. Read more