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"Project Springfield" Is Red Hat's Effort To Improve Linux File-Systems / Storage

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 07:18:32 AM
Following recent talk of Fedora potentially switching to Btrfs and Red Hat's Storage Instatiation Daemon among other Linux storage areas pursued by Red Hat, it turns out "Project Springfield" is some effort being pursued by the enterprise Linux giant for improving in this area...

Raspberry Pi Vulkan, WSL2, Renoir, Linux 5.8 + PHP8 Was Exciting For June

Wednesday 1st of July 2020 04:00:00 AM
Aside from the H1'2020 open-source/Linux highlights, here is our look at the top stories for June 2020 on Phoronix with many interesting software and hardware topics...

AMD/ROCm "AOMP" Compiler Enables OpenMP 5.0 By Default, Preps For More Upstreaming

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 11:30:00 PM
AOMP 11.6-2 is out this evening as the final Radeon Open Compute update for H1'2020. This is AMD's LLVM Clang downstream focused on providing OpenMP offloading to Radeon GPUs...

Intel Unveils New "KMB" DRM Driver For Their New SoC With An ARM CPU + Movidius VPU

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 09:46:08 PM
Intel has introduced a new Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) kernel driver for Linux...

Fedora Looks To Introduce The Storage Instantiation Daemon

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 08:09:23 PM
As one of the last minute change proposals for Fedora 33 is to introduce the Red Hat backed Storage Instantiation Daemon "SID" though at least for this first release would be off by default. The Storage Instantiation Daemon is one of the latest storage efforts being worked on by Red Hat engineers...

Crust Drops Paywall For Open-Source CRM Alternative To Salesforce

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 04:28:39 PM
The Crust CRM suite that aims to compete with Salesforce has been open-source under an Apache 2.0 license but now its paywall has been dropped to make it more compelling as a free software CRM suite...

Fedora Developers Discussing Possibility Of Dropping Legacy BIOS Support

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 03:30:00 PM
Fedora stakeholders are debating the merits of potentially ending legacy BIOS support for the Linux distribution and to only support UEFI-based installations...

Benchmarking The Performance Overhead To Linux's Proposed FGKASLR Security Feature

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 02:40:00 PM
One of the security improvements being worked on in recent months by Intel's open-source team has been FGKASLR. But how is the performance overhead compared to just traditional KASLR? Here are benchmarks looking at the performance impact of FGKASLR on top, just KASLR, and then no address space layout randomization.

Khronos Releases SYCL 2020 Provisional Specification

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 01:00:00 PM
The Khronos Group has announced the provisional specification of SYCL 2020 as the newest version of this higher-level programming model originally designed for OpenCL that is based on pure single-source C++...

Firefox 78.0 Released - Also Serves As The Newest ESR Version

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 12:39:06 PM
Firefox 78.0 is available this morning as the newest version of Mozilla's web browser. Firefox 78.0 is also significant in being the newest Extended Support Release (ESR) series...

AMDVLK 2020.Q2.6 Brings More Performance Tuning

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 10:44:50 AM
The AMD Radeon Vulkan driver developers are ending out June by shipping their sixth open-source snapshot of the quarter...

KDE Completes Transition To GitLab For Developer Portal

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 10:29:40 AM
KDE has completed its transition to its own self-hosted GitLab instance for Git hosting and other developer services for handling of bug reports and merge requests...

Intel vs. AMD, Systemd-Homed, Kernel Advancements Top H1'2020 For Linux

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 05:28:48 AM
It's been quite an unfortunately wild year thus far with everything going on in the world, but at least within the open-source / Linux scope it's been an exciting time as ever. Here is a look at the top stories on Phoronix during the first half of this year...

Fedora Looking To Offer Better Upstream Solution For Hiding/Showing GRUB Menu

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 04:01:01 AM
Fedora for the past few releases doesn't show the GRUB boot-loader menu by default when only Fedora is installed on the system as there is little purpose for most users and it just interrupts the boot flow. But for those wanting to access the GRUB bootloader menu on reboot, they offer integration in GNOME to easily reboot into this menu. The other exception is the menu will be shown if the previous boot failed. This functionality has relied on downstream patches but now they are working towards a better upstream solution...

Zink GL-On-Vulkan Driver Approaching OpenGL 3.1 Support

Monday 29th of June 2020 11:30:00 PM
Zink is the generic OpenGL over Vulkan driver that has been in development as part of Mesa's Gallium3D code. It was just earlier this month that Zink achieved OpenGL 3.0 support and now it looks like OpenGL 3.1 will soon be flipped on...

Lua 5.4 Released With New Garbage Collection Mode, Warning System

Monday 29th of June 2020 09:56:18 PM
Lua 5.4 shipped today as the newest version of the interpreter for this scripting programming language that is particularly popular for embedding within games and other applications...

AMD Publishes AMDGPU UVD Firmware For Southern Islands

Monday 29th of June 2020 08:24:58 PM
Recently AMD posted UVD video decode support for GCN 1.0 with the AMDGPU driver, one of the long holdouts for letting the AMDGPU DRM driver approach feature parity with the longstanding Radeon DRM driver that is the default for GCN 1.0/1.1 era GPUs. That AMDGPU UVD GCN 1.0 decode support is going into the Linux 5.9 kernel later this summer after years ago Radeon driver developers largely dismissed the efforts of porting the UVD decode capability for these original GCN graphics cards over to AMDGPU...

LVFS Serves Up Over 17 Million Firmware Files To Linux Users

Monday 29th of June 2020 05:43:30 PM
The Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) for hosting firmware files to be consumed by Fwupd for firmware updating from Linux is on quite a streak...

AMD EPYC 7F72 Performance On A Linux FSGSBASE-Patched Kernel

Monday 29th of June 2020 03:20:00 PM
Slated for Linux 5.9 is finally mainlining the FSGSBASE patches that have been floating around the kernel mailing list for years. Testing last week showed the tentative x86/fsgsbase patches helping Intel Xeon Linux performance but with AMD also supporting this instruction set extension going back to Bulldozer, how is it looking on the likes of AMD? Here are some benchmarks.

Linux 5.8 Bringing Some Performance Boosts For AMD Renoir Graphics

Monday 29th of June 2020 01:50:47 PM
Over the weekend I began running some benchmarks of the Linux 5.8 development kernel on the Lenovo Flex 5 laptop with Ryzen 5 4500U. One of the standouts so far for from this Linux 5.8 testing compared to the stable 5.6/5.7 kernel series is better Radeon graphics performance with the Renoir laptop...

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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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Here’s How to Upgrade from Linux Mint 19.3 to Linux Mint 20

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your Linux Mint 19.3 computers to Linux Mint 20, the wait is finally over. The Linux Mint project announced today that it’s now possible to upgrade Linux Mint 19.3 installations to Linux Mint 20, but only 64-bit versions. As you probably know already, Linux Mint 20 is a 64-bit only system. Linux Mint 19.3 was the last release to offer support for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Therefore, you’ll only be able to upgrade 64-bit Linux Mint 19.3 systems using the following instructions. Read more