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Apple Confirms Their Future Desktops + Laptops Will Use In-House CPUs

Monday 22nd of June 2020 06:53:36 PM
Apple finally confirmed the log-running rumor that their future laptops and desktop computers will be using in-house silicon with their custom designed Arm-based chips...

55th TOP500 Supercomputer List Topped By Arm-Based Fujitsu A64FX

Monday 22nd of June 2020 03:57:19 PM
The newest TOP500 supercomputer list was published today. The newest TOP500 list includes more positions for AMD EPYC supercomputers but to some surprise the Arm-based Fujitsu A64FX-powered supercomputer has topped the list...

Open-Source NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2000 "Turing" 3D Driver Performance

Monday 22nd of June 2020 02:00:00 PM
Going back to the end of 2018 was initial open-source "Nouveau" driver work on RTX 2000 / Turing GPUs as of Linux 5.0. But due to the lack of signed firmware images at the time, there was no actual hardware acceleration but just display/modesetting. The accelerated Turing support has come together recent so now here are benchmarks showing the open-source GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2080 performance of this open-source driver compared to the proprietary official driver.

LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 2 Released For This Open-Source, Vulkan-Supported Office Suite

Monday 22nd of June 2020 12:50:13 PM
LibreOffice 7.0 is aiming for release in early August but for that release to be a success they need help in testing...

GNOME Shell Continues Eyeing Improvements As It Approaches 10 Years Old

Monday 22nd of June 2020 12:33:56 PM
While GNOME 3.0 didn't debut until early 2011, GNOME 3.0 and GNOME Shell have now been in development for a decade. While GNOME Shell has come a long way over the past ten years, the UI/UX folks are still eyeing further enhancements to this widely used Linux desktop...

GNOME's Window Rendering Culling Was Broken Leading To Wasted Performance

Monday 22nd of June 2020 11:03:17 AM
It turns out for the GNOME 3.34 and 3.36 series, Mutter's window rendering culling code was broken and that led to extra rendering of windows not even visible... A fix is in the works and can lead to the performance doubling or more...

OmniOS Updates Bring Microcode Mitigation For CrossTalk/SRBDS

Monday 22nd of June 2020 10:51:16 AM
New OmniOS Community Edition releases for this open-source Solaris/Illumos-based operating system are now available that principally bring updated Intel CPU microcode for mitigating the CrossTalk / SRBDS vulnerability...

NVIDIA A100 PCIe Accelerator Now Shipping For Servers

Monday 22nd of June 2020 10:32:36 AM
After announcing the NVIDIA Ampere architecture at last month's virtual keynote, beginning today the NVIDIA A100 PCI Express accelerator is now shipping in GPU compute servers...

Linux 5.8-rc2 Released For This Big Summer 2020 Kernel

Sunday 21st of June 2020 11:15:33 PM
Linus Torvalds as the father of the Linux kernel marked Father's Day 2020 with the release of Linux 5.8-rc2, right on schedule following last week's big 5.8-rc1 kernel with this cycle being one of the largest ever for this open-source kernel...

WireGuard Support Merged Into Upstream OpenBSD

Sunday 21st of June 2020 07:34:40 PM
Following WireGuard being merged into Linux 5.6, the attention turned in recent months by WireGuard developers onto seeing their kernel port upstreamed in OpenBSD. As of this weekend, the WireGuard upstreaming in OpenBSD is their latest accomplishment...

Perl 5.32 Released With Unicode 13.0 Support, Performance Enhancements

Sunday 21st of June 2020 06:02:05 PM
Perl is out this weekend with Perl 5.32 as the latest version of this interpreted programming language...

dav1d 0.7.1 AV1 Decoder Boosts 32-bit Arm Performance By ~28%

Sunday 21st of June 2020 01:44:45 PM
For those trying to carry out AV1 video decoding on a 32-bit Arm environment, the new dav1d 0.7.1 decoder should be a heck of a lot faster...

AMDGPU Patches Revived For Better Hot Device Unplug / External GPU Handling

Sunday 21st of June 2020 12:59:26 PM
More than one month ago we reported on AMDGPU patches proposed for better hot unplug handling, mainly for the use-case of external GPU solutions if disconnecting them while the system is still running to avoid a range of show-stopping problems. It's been a quiet few weeks but that work has now seen a new revision...

Vulkan 1.2.145 Released With VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state

Sunday 21st of June 2020 11:06:36 AM
There have been a few Vulkan spec updates without any new extensions introduced but this weekend's Vulkan 1.2.145 revision does bring new functionality...

LLVM Is Looking At Establishing An "Incubator" Process For Encouraging New Sub-Projects

Sunday 21st of June 2020 04:13:00 AM
In addition to changing the acceptable language within the LLVM project, another topic this week sure to be interesting is on the establishing of an "incubator" process similar to that of Apache Incubator projects...

FSGSBASE Testing Is Encouraged Ahead Of Linux 5.9

Saturday 20th of June 2020 11:36:16 PM
A few days ago I mentioned that it looked like the FSGSBASE patches could finally land for Linux 5.9 and indeed this performance-sensitive x86_64 feature is on track for premiering the next kernel cycle. But additional testing is encouraged...

Radeon ROCm 3.5.1 Open-Source Compute Stack Released

Saturday 20th of June 2020 04:00:00 PM
Two weeks after ROCm 3.5, the AMD Radeon team has now issued a patch update to this Radeon Open Compute stack...

A NVIDIA Engineer In His Spare Time Wrote A Vulkan Driver That Works On Older Raspberry Pi

Saturday 20th of June 2020 12:45:01 PM
The Raspberry Pi 1 through Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and even the Raspberry Pi Zero can now see Vulkan support via a new unofficial "RPi-VK-Driver" that is offering even better performance than the Broadcom OpenGL driver...

FPC 3.2 Pascal Compiler Released In 2020 - Even Adds Windows 3.0 16-bit Support

Saturday 20th of June 2020 11:18:47 AM
The Pascal programming language is 50 years old this year. The Free Pascal Compiler for Pascal / Object Pascal is out with version 3.2 to celebrate, five years since FPC's previous 3.0 stable series. Somewhat amusing. this FPC 3.2 compiler update adds a Windows 16-bit target support for building Pascal code for Windows 3.0+...

KDE Plasma 5.19 Sees Many Regression Fixes, Other Work For Plasma 5.20

Saturday 20th of June 2020 10:53:40 AM
KDE developers continue making much progress on enhancing their desktop through this pandemic and the nice summer weather...

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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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