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Some Open-Source Projects Begin Quickly Working Towards macOS ARM64 Support

Monday 29th of June 2020 11:56:29 AM
Following the announcement last week that future Apple computers will use in-house ARM-powered chips, some open-source projects have already begun prepping for the future ARM64-supported macOS 11...

Linux 5.9 Likely To See USB4 Support Improvements

Monday 29th of June 2020 10:55:48 AM
Linux 5.6 brought initial USB4 support that primarily was starting things off by basing things off the existing Thunderbolt 3 support in the kernel for which this latest USB standard is based. For the Linux 5.9 kernel later this summer it's looking like there will be further work on getting Linux's USB4 support into good shape ahead of hardware appearing in the months ahead...

GNOME Shell's Icon Grid Could See Almost Double The Performance

Monday 29th of June 2020 10:28:17 AM
On top of an optimization to lower render times and reduce power usage and fixing window culling as another performance optimization, Canonical's Daniel van Vugt also came across another serious optimization for GNOME Shell's icon grid performance...

Linux 5.8-rc3 Released - Fairly Big But Not Particularly Scary

Sunday 28th of June 2020 10:25:00 PM
Linus Torvalds just pushed out Linux 5.8-rc3 as the newest weekly test candidate for the upcoming Linux 5.8 that should debut as stable around early August...

Bcachefs Linux File-System Seeing Performance Improvements, Other Progress

Sunday 28th of June 2020 05:28:58 PM
While Ubuntu continues in their path of OpenZFS integration, Fedora is revisiting the possibility of using Btrfs on the desktop, Red Hat is continuing to invest in Stratis, and Reiser5 is being developed, Bcachefs as the file-system born out of the Linux block cache code is continuing to evolve...

Godot 4.0 Is Looking Even More Impressive With SDFGI

Sunday 28th of June 2020 02:28:51 PM
While we are most excited about Godot 4.0 for its Vulkan renderer for this leading open-source game engine, there continues to be a lot of other improvements building up for this major release...

Intel Media Driver 20.2.pre4 Brings DG1 Graphics Card Support

Sunday 28th of June 2020 01:18:17 PM
Intel's open-source media team has released a new development snapshot of their media driver that provides GPU-accelerated video encode/decode capabilities on Linux...

BeOS-Inspired Haiku Working On Supporting Modern CPU Features Like AVX

Sunday 28th of June 2020 11:22:30 AM
The open-source Haiku operating system that continues maintaining compatibility with BeOS and inspiration from its design has continued in its quest of better supporting modern hardware...

In 2020 The Linux Kernel Is Still Seeing Driver Work For The Macintosh II

Sunday 28th of June 2020 11:11:24 AM
The Linux kernel is seeing some modern work done to its driver for supporting the Apple Desktop Bus on Macintosh II era systems...

5+ Years Late: LLVM's AMD Excavator Target Was Missing Two Features

Sunday 28th of June 2020 06:40:00 AM
It took until 2020 for an Intel developer to land a patch providing support for two instructions supported by AMD "Excavator" CPUs but not exposed by the "bdver4" target...

RISC-V UEFI Linux Support Under Review

Sunday 28th of June 2020 04:09:52 AM
Following Linux's UEFI code getting cleaned up earlier this year in preparation for RISC-V support being added and then some early RISC-V UEFI patches, a more comprehensive set of patches for enabling UEFI support on RISC-V under Linux have been sent out...

An Early Benchmark Of The NVIDIA CUDA GPU Performance On WSL2

Saturday 27th of June 2020 10:00:00 PM
Our recent benchmarks have shown WSL/WSL2 performance on the latest Windows 10 builds to generally be quite good compared to running bare metal Linux. But past the May 2020 Update and on the latest Insider Preview builds is the initial support for GPU acceleration in conjunction with updated Windows graphics drivers. The initial emphasis is on GPU compute with DirectML and for NVIDIA hardware CUDA support as well. Here are a couple CUDA benchmarks that ran gracefully under WSL2 albeit the performance leaves a lot to be desired...

LuxCore 2.4 Beta Brings Big Changes For This Open-Source Physically Based Renderer

Saturday 27th of June 2020 07:24:00 PM
This leading open-source physically based renderer is about to get even better with the upcoming LuxCore 2.4 release...

Intel Begins Volleying Open-Source Patches Around Intel AMX

Saturday 27th of June 2020 03:00:08 PM
Intel updated their instruction set extensions programming reference guide that along with other additions now details the Intel AMX (Advanced Matrix Extensions) coming with Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPUs next year...

Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" Released - Based On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Saturday 27th of June 2020 02:33:51 PM
Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" is shipping this weekend as the newest major release to this user-friendly desktop Linux distribution derived from the Ubuntu LTS package set...

GCC 11 Now Defaults To C++17 Dialect By Default

Saturday 27th of June 2020 01:02:17 PM
Following the proposal at the end of last year over GCC 11 aiming to default to C++17 for its C++ front-end, that change is now in place for GNU Compiler Collection 11...

Freedreno Lands On-Disk Shader Cache Support In Mesa 20.2

Saturday 27th of June 2020 12:41:59 PM
Freedreno Gallium3D is the latest Mesa driver implementing an on-disk shader cache...

KDE Ending Out June With Many Bug Fixes, Finally Supporting Btrfs Copy-On-Write

Saturday 27th of June 2020 10:46:47 AM
KDE developers remain as busy as ever, especially when it comes to fixing bugs...

AMD Queues Its First Batch Of AMDGPU Changes For Linux 5.9: Sienna Cichlid + More

Saturday 27th of June 2020 04:00:00 AM
On Friday the initial batch of AMDGPU kernel graphics driver changes were submitted to DRM-Next ahead of the Linux 5.9 merge window happening in August...

RHEL Deprecating The Virt-Manager UI In Favor Of The Cockpit Web Console

Friday 26th of June 2020 08:19:54 PM
The upstream virt-manager project including the virt-manager user-interface is still being maintained, but Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 has decided to deprecate the virt-manager UI moving forward...

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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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