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Linux 5.9 To Bring Arm Memory Tagging Extension Support

Monday 6th of July 2020 04:04:53 AM
The 64-bit ARM code building up for the Linux 5.9 cycle is set to mainline Memory Tagging Extension (MTE) support as another security improvement inbound...

Linux 5.8-rc4 Released Following A Calm Week

Monday 6th of July 2020 12:49:26 AM
While last Sunday Linus Torvalds was concerned over a big Linux 5.8-rc3 release, this Sunday he is reporting that Linux 5.8-rc4 is on the smaller side...

Monado OpenXR Runtime Now Supports Multi-Application Rendering / Overlays

Sunday 5th of July 2020 09:47:22 PM
The Monado open-source OpenXR runtime has seen a lot of features added this year and the most recent is support for OpenXR's XR_EXTX_overlay extension to allow for multi-application / overlay rendering...

Reiser5 Pursuing Selective File Migration For Moving Hot Files To High Performance Disks

Sunday 5th of July 2020 01:43:22 PM
Edward Shishkin continues pursuing development of new file-system functionality for Reiser5, the next-generation evolutionary advancement over the controversial Reiser4 file-system...

Frame-Buffer Compression Support For Vintage Intel i865 Graphics Revived

Sunday 5th of July 2020 01:31:07 PM
Back in April I wrote about patches for enabling FBC on the Intel 865 chipset nearly two decades after that chipset first shipped. Those patches didn't yet hit the mainline Linux kernel but they were revived again this week...

DRM Scheduler Improvement, New Epoch Counter, Other DRM Work For Linux 5.9

Sunday 5th of July 2020 01:11:17 PM
Following the drm-misc-next pull request to DRM-Next last week that exposes VRR ranges via DebugFS and other improvements, another round of DRM-Misc-Next material has now been sent in for queuing ahead of the Linux 5.9 cycle...

Arm Cortex-A77 Support Upstreamed Finally To LLVM Clang 11

Sunday 5th of July 2020 12:50:41 PM
While the Arm Cortex-A77 was announced last year and already has been succeeded by the Cortex-A78 announcement, support for the A77 has finally been upstreamed to the LLVM Clang compiler...

GNU Binutils 2.35 Preparing For Release

Sunday 5th of July 2020 10:48:47 AM
Binutils 2.35 was branched this weekend as this important component to the open-source Linux ecosystem...

Phoronix.com Transition To New Server Complete

Sunday 5th of July 2020 02:35:12 AM
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Linux Kernel Preparing New Guidelines For Using Inclusive Terminology

Sunday 5th of July 2020 01:38:14 AM
Prominent upstream Linux kernel developers are working on adding "inclusive terminology" guidelines to the Linux kernel coding style requirements...

New readfile() System Call Under Review For Reading Small~Medium Files Faster

Sunday 5th of July 2020 12:40:33 AM
Back in May we reported on work being done for a readfile() system call to read small files more efficiently. Greg Kroah-Hartman has now volleyed those patches for review on the kernel mailing list for this improvement for reading small to medium file sizes on Linux systems...

Wine-Staging 5.12 Comes In Much Lighter With Many Patches Upstreamed

Saturday 4th of July 2020 12:51:48 PM
Wine-Staging at one point was traditionally 800+ testing/experimental patches on top of the upstream Wine code-base, even as recently as March when it was 850+ patches. Thanks to more work being upstreamed, last month it hit just over 700 patches and now with today's release of Wine-Staging 5.12 it represents a delta of just 665 patches...

KDE Starts July With More Fixes, More QML'ing In The System Settings Area

Saturday 4th of July 2020 10:18:18 AM
KDE developers remain very active with improving this open-source desktop environment even amid the coronavirus pandemic...

Vulkan 1.2.146 Released With DirectFB Support, Extended Fragment Density Map

Saturday 4th of July 2020 10:04:28 AM
The Khronos Group is celebrating the US Independence Day with the release of a new Vulkan spec...

Mircade Still Being Worked On As A Confined Mir + Snap Based Launcher

Saturday 4th of July 2020 07:16:18 AM
Back in early 2017 "Mircade" was introduced as an arcade-style game launcher on Ubuntu powered by Mir. We hadn't heard much of Mircade since 2017 but the effort is still alive for this Mir-based launcher that can trigger various apps to run under Wayland/Mir...

Firefox 80 To Support VA-API Acceleration On X11

Saturday 4th of July 2020 04:00:00 AM
While recent Firefox releases have seen VA-API video acceleration working when running natively under Wayland, the Firefox 80 release later this summer will bring VA-API support by default to those running on a conventional X.Org Server...

Wine 5.12 Brings WebSocket API Support, Better RawInput Handling

Friday 3rd of July 2020 07:53:12 PM
Wine 5.12 is out for the US Holiday weekend testing...

Server Infrastructure Upgrade Weekend - AMD EPYC Rome Across The Board

Friday 3rd of July 2020 05:30:37 PM
There may be some brief, intermittent downtime this weekend as all of the Phoronix Media web server infrastructure is being upgraded. This also marks the first time in Phoronix's 16+ year history that the servers are AMD powered, thanks to the incredible success of the EPYC 7002 "Rome" series...

The Annual X.Org / Wayland / Mesa Conference Is Going Virtual Due To COVID-19

Friday 3rd of July 2020 03:34:22 PM
XDC 20 was set to take place this September in Poland but is now moving to an online event as a result of the ongoing coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic...

XFS / EXT4 / Btrfs / F2FS / NILFS2 Performance On Linux 5.8

Friday 3rd of July 2020 02:00:00 PM
Given the reignited discussions this week over Btrfs file-system performance stemming from a proposal to switch Fedora on the desktop to using Btrfs, here are some fresh benchmarks of not only Btrfs but alongside XFS, EXT4, F2FS, and for kicks NILFS2 was also tossed into the mix for these mainline file-system tests off the in-development Linux 5.8 kernel.

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Security Leftovers

  • FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-20:19.unbound
  • GCC Compiler Lands Mitigation For Arm's Straight Line Speculation Vulnerability

    It took a month after Arm disclosed the CPU "SLS" vulnerability and when the LLVM compiler landed their initial mitigation, but the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) now has mitigations as well for this Straight Line Speculation vulnerability. The Straight Line Speculation vulnerability could lead to instructions on ARMv8 processors being executed following a change in control flow. Mitigating SLS involves using SB instructions for a speculation barrier following vulnerable instructions.

  • Security updates for Thursday

    Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox), Debian (ffmpeg, fwupd, ruby2.5, and shiro), Fedora (freerdp, gssdp, gupnp, mingw-pcre2, remmina, and xrdp), openSUSE (chocolate-doom), Oracle (firefox and kernel), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-lts-xenial, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon and thunderbird).

  • Mozilla Security Blog: Reducing TLS Certificate Lifespans to 398 Days

    We intend to update Mozilla’s Root Store Policy to reduce the maximum lifetime of TLS certificates from 825 days to 398 days, with the aim of protecting our user’s HTTPS connections. Many reasons for reducing the lifetime of certificates have been provided and summarized in the CA/Browser Forum’s Ballot SC22. Here are Mozilla’s top three reasons for supporting this change.

Games: Proton, SUPERHOT, Vintage Story

  • New Games You Can Play With Proton Since June 2020

    It’s now July 2020 and the Steam Summer Sale has just ended. I hope you took the chance to grab some titles at low prices! We did! This time around I will not delve into games with the largest number of reports on ProtonDB. Instead, I focus on recent reports for which the median rating (not the ProtonDB one, my own rating based on the raw data) is something like Platinum or Gold at least (4 or 5 on my scale).

  • SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE arrives for Linux PC on July 16

    Time moves when you move. Ready for more? SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE is confirmed to be launching for Linux and it's going to be available on July 16. Even better, if you buy the original SUPERHOT before then it will be yours free. It was actually already available on Windows in Early Access for some time but they're now moving to full release for all platforms and they're making a bit of a splash about it. Coming to Linux officially is obviously great news too!

  • Wilderness survival game 'Vintage Story' adding seasons, improved graphics

    Vintage Story, an uncompromising wilderness survival sandbox game inspired by lovecraftian horror themes has a new test release up that makes it an even deeper game. Minecraft in style, sure, someone will mention that I've no doubt due to the blocky style. Anything actually like Minecraft? No, quite far from it. The gameplay mechanics have a lot more depth to them and it's quite a lot more interesting but everything also takes a lot more time to learn and get through. Vintage Story's description of being 'uncompromising' certainly holds up at times.

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