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Intel Compute Runtime Update Adds OpenCL + oneAPI Level Zero For DG1

Friday 3rd of July 2020 01:13:32 PM
Intel's open-source Compute Runtime stack for providing OpenCL and oneAPI Level Zero support for their graphics hardware has now rolled out support for the DG1 Xe discrete graphics card...

Mesa CI Optimization Could Provide Big Bandwidth Savings

Friday 3rd of July 2020 11:16:02 AM
You may recall that earlier this year X.Org/FreeDesktop.org may have to cut CI services for developers over the cloud expenses associated with that continuous integration service for the likes of Mesa, the X.Org Server, and other components. CI usage was leading to a lot of bandwidth consumption so much so that the X.Org Foundation is facing potential ~70k USD cloud costs this year largely from their continuous integration setup...

Raspberry Pi 4's Vulkan Driver Is Now More Usable - Supporting More Features

Friday 3rd of July 2020 10:51:17 AM
The "V3DV" Vulkan driver being developed by Igalia under contract with the Raspberry Pi Foundation has offered a status update on this official driver for the Raspberry Pi 4...

L1TF Cache Flushing Mode Could Soon Be Controlled Via Kconfig Build Option

Friday 3rd of July 2020 08:38:04 AM
Approaching the two year anniversary next month of the L1TF / Foreshadow vulnerability, a Google engineer has proposed allowing the default mitigation state to be controlled via a Kconfig build-time option...

Ubuntu 20.10 Moving Ahead In Restricting Access To dmesg

Friday 3rd of July 2020 05:18:40 AM
Following the discussions last month over restricting access to dmesg / kernel logs on Ubuntu in matching the behavior of other Linux distributions for better security practices, Ubuntu 20.10 indeed is moving forward with these plans where dmesg access would require root privileges...

Intel oneDNN 2.0 Deep Neural Network Library Working On More Performance Tuning

Friday 3rd of July 2020 04:07:21 AM
Intel's open-source oneDNN library, which was formerly known as MKL-DNN and DNNL for this deep neural network library now living under the oneAPI umbrella, continues working on some big performance advancements for its 2.0 release...

Intel Rocket Lake Graphics Support Ready For Liftoff With Linux 5.9

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 10:57:23 PM
Intel has sent in their initial batch of graphics driver updates to DRM-Next that in turn are slated to land with the Linux 5.9 cycle once its merge window opens next month...

Important Patches Land To Improve GNOME's Multi-Monitor Experience With High Refresh Rates

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 10:07:44 PM
If you have say a 144Hz gaming monitor as well as a conventional 60Hz secondary display or any other multi-monitor configuration with different refresh rates, there is now another reason to get excited for GNOME 3.38...

GNOME Shell + Mutter Off To A Good Start For Summer 2020

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 05:46:45 PM
The GNOME Shell and Mutter have seen a lot of work come together nicely over the past two months...

Intel AMX Support Begins Landing In LLVM

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 03:49:40 PM
Following Intel publishing the initial Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX) documentation at the end of June, the open-source/Linux bring-up has continued for these new CPU instruction set extensions set to premiere with Sapphire Rapids next year...

OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 Released With AI/ML Packages Added, YaST Improvements

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 01:00:00 PM
OpenSUSE Leap 15.2 is out today as the Linux distribution built from the same sources as SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 sources...

LLVMpipe Gallium3D Driver Now Exposes OpenGL 4.0

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 11:16:16 AM
The LLVMpipe Gallium3D driver that provides a software/CPU-based OpenGL implementation for running on systems as a fallback path when no GPU / hardware OpenGL driver is available, a vendor-neutral path for debug purposes, and similar use-cases, now has OpenGL 4.0 support...

Intel's IGC 1.0.4241 Graphics Compiler Adds DG1 Platform Support

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 11:08:14 AM
IGC 1.0.4241 is out this morning as the latest version of Intel's open-source graphics compiler that is used by their compute stack for oneAPI and OpenCL...

Steam On Linux Is Still Bouncing Around 0.9% For Summer 2020

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 10:35:00 AM
With the start of a new month comes the latest numbers out of Valve for the rough Linux gaming market percentage from the Steam Survey...

NVIDIA Video Codec SDK 10 Brings Few Changes For This Proprietary Library

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 08:32:03 AM
NVIDIA has quietly released Video Codec SDK 10 as the newest version of their proprietary video encode/decode implementation designed for their GPUs...

Wayland's Weston 9.0 Aims For Release In Early September

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 04:04:20 AM
With Weston 8.0 having shipped in January, Wayland developers are beginning to prepare for the next feature release of this reference Wayland compositor...

TrueNAS 12 Beta 1 Released With Much Improved ZFS, Better AMD Ryzen CPU Support

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 07:14:01 PM
As what was formerly FreeNAS, the first beta of TrueNAS CORE 12.0 is available for testing of this BSD-based operating system for NAS devices and other storage setups...

Benchmarking The Performance Overhead To LKRG 0.8 For Better Security

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 05:49:38 PM
Back in March I benchmarked the Linux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG) as a means of achieving additional security safeguards for a ~5% performance hit. With LKRG 0.8 having been released a few days ago, here is a fresh look at the LKRG performance compared to the stock kernel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

The Dark Mod 2.08 Released As One Of The Few Games Powered By Open-Source id Tech 4

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 03:31:26 PM
There is finally a new release out of The Dark Mod, the original total conversion mod for Doom 3 that transformed into its own standalone game powered by the open-source id Tech 4 engine. This remains the lone flagship example of the open-source id Tech 4 game engine in action by the community (besides the DHEWM3 / RBDOOM-3-BFG engine work) with ioDoom3 having never taken off like ioquake3...

Intel Graphics Driver Fixes Include Assembly Sources To Satisfy GNU Linux-Libre Folks

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 02:03:56 PM
Last month you may recall that the free software purists maintaining the GNU Linux-Libre kernel dropped the Intel "iGPU Leak" security fix for Ivybridge / Haswell as they considered the compiled shaders/kernels responsible for clearing those residual contexts to be binary blobs. A resolution is now pending for upstream...

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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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