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Linux 5.12 To Allow Voltage/Temperature Reporting On Some ASRock Motherboards

4 hours 47 min ago
Voltage, temperature, and fan speed reporting among desktop motherboards under Linux remains one of the unfortunate areas even in 2021... Many SIO ICs remain publicly undocumented and the Linux driver support is often left up to the community and usually through reverse-engineering. Thus the mainline Linux kernel support is left to suffer especially among newer desktop motherboards. At least for Linux 5.12 some ASRock motherboards will begin seeing their voltage/temperature reporting now function...

The First Online Conference Is Happening Today For The Godot Game Engine

10 hours 30 min ago
For those interested in Godot as the premiere open-source 2D/3D game engine or just looking for some interesting technical talks to enjoy this weekend, the first GodotCon Online is today...

The State of GNOME 40's Threaded Input

11 hours 1 min ago
One of many improvements we have been looking forward to with GNOME 40 is Mutter now having a separate input thread with its native back-end for Wayland...

KDE Saw Many Fixes + Improvements On Top Of Shipping Plasma 5.21 Beta

12 hours 15 min ago
In addition to shipping the Plasma 5.21 beta this week, KDE developers were very active in not only working out fixes for next month's Plasma 5.21 desktop but also other improvements to KDE applications...

GNOME 40's Mutter Adds Atomic Mode-Setting Support

14 hours 23 min ago
Adding to the list of big ticket changes for GNOME 40 is Mutter now supporting atomic mode-setting...

Pyston 2.1 Released With Striving For High Performance Python

Saturday 23rd of January 2021 05:02:13 AM
Pyston started out as a fork of CPython and was very promising during its early days as a Dropbox project for delivering on high performance Python. Its performance was great but in 2017 Dropbox stopped supporting it. Then at the end of 2020, Pyston reappeared and Pyston 2.0 promoted ~20% faster performance than Python 3.8. Pyston 2.x was developed by many of the original developers from Dropbox now out working on their own firm...

Zink OpenGL-On-Vulkan vs. RadeonSI OpenGL Performance As Of January 2021

Friday 22nd of January 2021 08:47:17 PM
With the Zink OpenGL-on-Vulkan implementation within Mesa on a nice upward trajectory with most recently now having the backing of a Valve contract developer and a focus on getting the backlog of patches to this Gallium3D code upstreamed, here are some fresh benchmarks looking at where the performance currently stands when using Zink atop the RADV Vulkan driver compared to using the native RadeonSI driver with this round of testing from a Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card.

Apple M1 Open-Source GPU Bring-Up Sees An Early Triangle

Friday 22nd of January 2021 06:36:03 PM
The open-source/Linux Apple M1 work continues to be quite busy this week... The latest is Alyssa Rosenzweig who has been working on reverse-engineering the M1 graphics processor has been able to write some early and primitive code for rendering a triangle...

Linux 5.12 Set To See Support For The Nintendo 64

Friday 22nd of January 2021 04:38:45 PM
It's taken nearly twenty five years but the mainline Linux kernel this year will be able to boot on the Nintendo 64 game console... It's looking like the Nintendo 64 support will be merged with the upcoming Linux 5.12 kernel...

More Intel Graphics Work In Linux 5.12: Gen7 Improvements, Faster Suspend/Resume

Friday 22nd of January 2021 01:04:24 PM
New feature material for Linux 5.12 continues getting ready ahead of the merge window opening in February to formally kick off the cycle...

Eclipse OpenJ9 0.24 Released With A Ton Of Improvements

Friday 22nd of January 2021 12:44:41 PM
In addition to Oracle's GraalVM 21.0 being released this week, the Eclipse Foundation has released OpenJ9 v0.24 as the newest feature release for their high performance JVM...

Chrome 89 Preparing To Ship With AV1 Encoder For WebRTC Usage

Friday 22nd of January 2021 11:14:59 AM
Now that Chrome 88 released, attention is turning to Chrome 89 of which an interesting technical change is the enabling of AV1 encode support within the web browser...

Apache Superset Reaches Top-Level Status For Big Data Visualizations

Friday 22nd of January 2021 08:41:52 AM
The Apache Software Foundation announced on Thursday that Apache Superset reached "top-level" status...

Intel oneAPI Level Zero 1.1 Headers/Loader Released

Friday 22nd of January 2021 05:00:00 AM
The oneAPI Level Zero repository consisting of the Level Zero API headers, Level Zero loader, and validation layer have reached version 1.1...

Zink OpenGL On Vulkan Now Supports OpenGL 4.2 With Mesa 21.1

Friday 22nd of January 2021 01:25:33 AM
It was just earlier this month that mainline Mesa achieved OpenGL 4.1 for Zink, the Gallium3D driver allowing OpenGL to be implemented atop Vulkan. Now OpenGL 4.2 support is in place for this promising Mesa component...

Linux 5.11 Is Now Looking Great For AMD Zen 2 / Zen 3 Performance

Thursday 21st of January 2021 08:00:00 PM
Not only is the AMD "CPU frequency invariance regression" from that new support with the in-development Linux 5.11 kernel on course to address the performance shortcomings I outlined last month, but with the patched kernel for a number of workloads the performance is now ahead of where it was at with Linux 5.10.

KDE Plasma 5.21 Now In Beta With Much Improved Wayland Support

Thursday 21st of January 2021 07:51:02 PM
KDE Plasma 5.21 is now in beta as what will be the first major KDE desktop update of the new year...

The Unified Path Ahead For Building SUSE Linux Enterprise + openSUSE Leap

Thursday 21st of January 2021 06:06:03 PM
Red Hat hasn't been the only major enterprise Linux distribution shifting around their pieces with regards to how RHEL is formed with moving to CentOS Stream as its future upstream. Over the past year especially openSUSE Leap and SUSE Linux Enterprise having been moving closer together with the source trees now being more closely aligned between Leap and "SLE". SUSE has published an insightful blog post series detailing the prior way that openSUSE Tumbleweed and Leap tied in with SUSE Linux Enterprise and then the direction they have been shifting...

Netgate Announces pfSense Plus With Greater Divergence From pfSense

Thursday 21st of January 2021 04:44:26 PM
Netgate has announced pfSense as a rebranded and improved edition of this popular BSD-based firewall/network OS platform...

More OpenGL Threading Improvements Land For Mesa 21.1

Thursday 21st of January 2021 01:54:52 PM
Even in 2021 longtime open-source AMD Mesa driver developer Marek Olšák isn't done optimizing OpenGL for delivering the best possible performance with the Radeon graphics driver. Marek's latest work includes more OpenGL threading enhancements and other work seemingly targeted at SPECViewPerf workloads...

More in Tux Machines

Stable Kernels: 5.10.10, 5.4.92, 4.19.170, 4.14.217, 4.9.253 , and 4.4.253

I'm announcing the release of the 5.10.10 kernel.

All users of the 5.10 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 5.10.y git tree can be found at:
	git:// linux-5.10.y
and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:


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The 10 Best GNOME Based Linux Distributions To Check Out in 2021

If you have ever used Linux, then there is no chance that you didn’t hear about GNOME. GNOME is one of the best user-friendly and open source desktop environments based on Linux. It started its journey in 1997 by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena. But it is still popular among Linux lovers for its features. As a result, a bunch of distributions uses GNOME as their default desktop environment. Among them, Fedora, Ubuntu, Arch Linux are known as the best GNOME based Linux distribution. Moreover, this magnificent desktop environment comes with many features. For instance, a better web experience, GNOME map, application grid, and many more. Read more

$1 PinePhone pogo pin breakout board lets you connect add-ons without removing the back cover

There are a lot of things that make the PinePhone different than most smartphones. It’s designed to run GNU/Linux-based operating systems. It has physical switches that can disable the camera, mic, and wireless features. And it has a set of pogo pins that make it possible to connect add-ons like a keyboard, fingerprint reader, or thermal camera to extend the functionality of the phone The only problem is that you have to pop off the back cover to access those pogo pins, so many of the official and unofficial PinePhone mods that take advantage of the pins are designed to either replace the cover with a new one or cut a hole in the existing cover. Read more

Best mathematics packages for Linux in 2021

Why would you want to do mathematics on Linux? Isn't mathematics over when you leave school? No! Maths is fun. You may also have forgotten much of what you should have learned in school. With the packages in this roundup we’ll show which you should choose for what purpose. While you can use all the packages here for learning, there are two in particular that are much better at teaching, rather than giving you results for some project. You will see that you can even control a drone with the help of mathematics. Read more