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Linux 4.4 Could Be Released Tomorrow, AMD Memories

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  • Linux 4.4 Could Be Released Tomorrow

    I’m looking forward to the new kernel. There’s nothing seriously wrong with the version I’m running but there are always a few improvements that could help and from time to time there are new features.

  • Reminiscing Over The Early Days Of The Open-Source AMD Linux Strategy

    With this morning's article about New AMDGPU Details and Looking Forward To Major Radeon Linux Improvements In 2016, there is much to be excited about with the new driver model finally set to roll-out and other open-source projects coming about. However, if you are a relatively new Linux users, you may not know how this whole process began.

    If you've been a Linux user for a few years or less, or rather have only been reading Phoronix for a short time, be sure to read this weekend: This Is What Started AMD's Open-Source Strategy from 2011 that looked back on the original events from 2007.

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FreeBSD Finally Gets Mitigated For Spectre & Meltdown (and Hugs)

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    Landing in FreeBSD today was the mitigation work for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. It's taken a few more weeks longer than most of the Linux distributions to be re-worked for Spectre/Meltdown mitigation as well as DragonFlyBSD, but with FreeBSD Revision 329462 it appears their initial fixes are in place. There is Meltdown mitigation for Intel CPUs via a KPTI implementation similar to Linux, the Kernel Page Table Isolation. There is also a PCID (Process Context Identifier) optimization for Intel Westmere CPUs and newer, just as was also done on Linux.
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Linux: To recurse or not

Linux and recursion are on very good speaking terms. In fact, a number of Linux command recurse without ever being asked while others have to be coaxed with just the right option. When is recursion most helpful and how can you use it to make your tasks easier? Let’s run through some useful examples and see. Read more

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