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Clear Linux Working On A New Software Store, User Bundles Arriving Before End Of Year

3 hours 56 min ago
Intel developers are still working on some interesting improvements to Clear Linux itself this quarter on top of keeping up to date with the latest upstream software it packages...

RLSL Allows Running A Subset Of Rust On Vulkan/SPIR-V Enabled GPUs

6 hours 24 min ago
There was a recent Khronos meet-up in Munich where Maik Klein of Embark Studios talked about their work on bringing a sub-set of the Rust programming language to Vulkan (SPIR-V) enabled GPUs...

Ubuntu 19.10 Doesn't Ship With AMD Navi / Radeon RX 5700 Support Working, But Easy To Enable

9 hours 55 min ago
While last week's release of Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" is new enough for Radeon RX 5700 series support with the Linux 5.3 kernel and Mesa 19.2, it doesn't actually work out-of-the-box for these Navi graphics cards...

OmniOS r151030y Brings Microcode Updates For Intel, Zen Topology Updates For AMD

12 hours 6 min ago
OmniOS Community Edition remains one of the few successful Illumos/Solaris operating systems outside Oracle. OmniOS CE r151030y was released today along with other older build updates to address the recent sudo vulnerability...

Arch Linux's Pacman 5.2 Released - Drops Support For Delta Packages, Adds Zstd Support

13 hours 29 min ago
The Pacman 5.2 package manager for Arch Linux systems is now available with a variety of changes over earlier releases...

GCC 10 Switches Arm's Scheduling-Pressure Algorithm For Better Performance

15 hours 14 min ago
A minor optimization was merged into GCC 10 last week for benefiting those on Arm compiling their code with the GNU Compiler Collection...

Ikey Doherty Launches Open-Source Focused Game/Software Development Company

16 hours 21 min ago
Well known open-source figure Ikey Doherty who rose to prominence for his work on the Solus Linux distribution and then went on to work on Intel's Clear Linux project is now having his hand at game engine development...

GCC 10 Has C++20 Concepts Support In Order

18 hours 26 min ago
The original C++ Concepts technical specification has been supported by the GNU Compiler Collection since GCC 6, but for GCC 10 the latest C++20 enablement is supporting that refined version of this feature...

Qt 3D Will Still Be Improved On Alongside Qt Quick 3D

19 hours 42 min ago
While Qt Quick 3D has been talked up a lot recently with The Qt Company's plans for that new 3D module inside the current Qt5 and future Qt6 tool-kits, Qt 3D itself is not going away...

Raspberry Pi 4's V3D Driver Lands OpenGL ES 3.1 Bits In Mesa 19.3-devel

Monday 21st of October 2019 04:20:02 AM
The Broadcom "V3D" Gallium3D driver that is most notably used by the new Raspberry Pi 4 boards now is effectively at OpenGL ES 3.1 support within the newest Mesa 19.3 code...

Linux 5.4-rc4 Arrives As Another Normal Release Candidate

Sunday 20th of October 2019 10:03:42 PM
The situation is looking good for seeing the Linux 5.4 kernel debut as stable with today's release of 5.4-rc4 being another "normal" release that isn't coming in too heavy...

Disney+ Currently Won't Work On Linux Systems Due To Tightened DRM

Sunday 20th of October 2019 09:05:10 PM
For those hoping that the Disney+ streaming service would work on Linux in conjunction with a modern web browser, sadly that is not set to be the case. While the likes of Netflix and Hulu can play from Linux desktop web browsers, Disney's tightened Digital Rights Management around their new service doesn't allow for Linux support with current browsers...

Libre RISC-V Open-Source Effort Now Looking At POWER Instead Of RISC-V

Sunday 20th of October 2019 05:38:29 PM
Well, here is a surprise... The Libre RISC-V project that is trying to build an "open-source GPU" more along the lines as a Vulkan accelerator is looking at other options besides RISC-V. While RISC-V is royalty-free and open-source in nature, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton is not content with the RISC-V Foundation and is evaluating the likes of POWER and MIPS...

Open-Source C.A.S. Vulkan Layer - Similar to Radeon Image Sharpening But For Any GPU

Sunday 20th of October 2019 04:19:44 PM
AMD's Radeon Image Sharpening feature is designed to improve image quality with minimal performance costs. However, it is only supported by Radeon Polaris / Vega / Navi graphics cards and only under Microsoft Windows 10. An independent open-source project has implemented contrast adaptive sharpening support for Vulkan that is similar to Radeon Image Sharpening but will work for any Vulkan-enabled GPU -- including NVIDIA GPUs...

Xfce 4.16 To Drop GTK2 Support, Explore Some Client-Side Decorations

Sunday 20th of October 2019 02:08:48 PM
Prominent Xfce developer Simon Steinbeiß has shared more of the group's plans for the planned 2020 release of Xfce 4.16...

An Interview With Zlatan Todoric, Open-Source Developer & Former Purism CTO

Sunday 20th of October 2019 12:25:08 PM
With the early Librem 5 smartphones now shipping from their "Aspen" batch and recent Reddit discussions about the Librem 5 roping him in, former Purism CTO Zlatan Todoric has agreed to a brief interview on Phoronix...

GNOME 3.35.1 Released As The First Step Towards GNOME 3.36

Sunday 20th of October 2019 11:41:28 AM
GNOME 3.35.1 was released this morning as the first development release towards GNOME 3.36 next March...

KDE Continues Seeing A Lot Of Bug Fixes, Continued Tweaks Around System Settings

Sunday 20th of October 2019 11:25:23 AM
KDE developers remain busy this autumn on addressing bugs in the recent KDE Plasma 5.17 release and tackling early feature work for Plasma 5.18. Plus work on KDE Frameworks 5 and KDE Applications is as busy as ever...

AMD Lands Greater Direct State Access Support Within Mesa

Sunday 20th of October 2019 07:54:03 AM
Landing this week in Mesa 19.3-devel were more functions being implemented around the big OpenGL EXT_direct_state_access extension...

Codeplay Launches Open-Source 'SYCL Academy' To Learn This Increasingly Popular Standard

Sunday 20th of October 2019 05:47:08 AM
While SYCL has been around for five years as a Khronos standard providing a single-source C++ programming model for exploiting OpenCL, it has yet to reach its prime but demand for it is picking up with Intel working to upstream their SYCL back-end in LLVM, SYCL becoming part of their programming model with oneAPI and Xe Graphics, and other vendors also jumping on the SYCL bandwagon. Codeplay has now provided an open-source SYCL learning code for those interested in this higher-level alternative to straight OpenCL programming...

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Ubuntu: AMD Support, NVIDIA GPU Operator and More

  • Ubuntu 19.10 Doesn't Ship With AMD Navi / Radeon RX 5700 Support Working, But Easy To Enable

    While last week's release of Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" is new enough for Radeon RX 5700 series support with the Linux 5.3 kernel and Mesa 19.2, it doesn't actually work out-of-the-box for these Navi graphics cards. While the principal driver components of the Linux kernel and Mesa3D (for RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan) are new enough with Navi support, Ubuntu 19.10's support isn't rounded out because its linux-firmware package isn't new enough for containing the necessary Navi firmware binaries required for the open-source driver usage. So if booting a clean Ubuntu 19.10 install with Radeon RX 5700, you are likely to just see a blank screen.

  • NVIDIA GPU Operator – Simplifying AI/ML Deployments on the Canonical Platform

    Leveraging Kubernetes for AI deployments is becoming increasingly popular. Chances are if your business is involved in AI/ML with Kubernetes you are using tools like Kubeflow to reduce complexity, costs and deployment time. Or, you may be missing out! With AI/ML being the tech topics of the world, GPUs play a critical role in the space. NVIDIA, a prominent player in the GPU space is one of the top choices for most stakeholders in the field. Nvidia takes their commitment to the space a step ahead with the launch of the GPU Operator open-source project at Mobile World Congress LA.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 601

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 601 for the week of October 13th – 19th, 2019.

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