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Linux Kernel Preparing New Guidelines For Using Inclusive Terminology Prominent upstream Linux kernel developers are working on adding "inclusive terminology" guidelines to the Linux kernel coding style requirements...
New readfile() System Call Under Review For Reading Small~Medium Files Faster Back in May we reported on work being done for a readfile() system call to read small files more efficiently. Greg Kroah-Hartman has now volleyed those patches for review on the kernel mailing list for this improvement for reading small to medium file sizes on Linux systems...
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Wine-Staging 5.12 Comes In Much Lighter With Many Patches Upstreamed Wine-Staging at one point was traditionally 800+ testing/experimental patches on top of the upstream Wine code-base, even as recently as March when it was 850+ patches. Thanks to more work being upstreamed, last month it hit just over 700 patches and now with today's release of Wine-Staging 5.12 it represents a delta of just 665 patches...
KDE Starts July With More Fixes, More QML'ing In The System Settings Area KDE developers remain very active with improving this open-source desktop environment even amid the coronavirus pandemic...
Vulkan 1.2.146 Released With DirectFB Support, Extended Fragment Density Map The Khronos Group is celebrating the US Independence Day with the release of a new Vulkan spec...
Mircade Still Being Worked On As A Confined Mir + Snap Based Launcher Back in early 2017 "Mircade" was introduced as an arcade-style game launcher on Ubuntu powered by Mir. We hadn't heard much of Mircade since 2017 but the effort is still alive for this Mir-based launcher that can trigger various apps to run under Wayland/Mir...
Firefox 80 To Support VA-API Acceleration On X11 While recent Firefox releases have seen VA-API video acceleration working when running natively under Wayland, the Firefox 80 release later this summer will bring VA-API support by default to those running on a conventional X.Org Server...
Wine 5.12 Brings WebSocket API Support, Better RawInput Handling Wine 5.12 is out for the US Holiday weekend testing...
Server Infrastructure Upgrade Weekend - AMD EPYC Rome Across The Board There may be some brief, intermittent downtime this weekend as all of the Phoronix Media web server infrastructure is being upgraded. This also marks the first time in Phoronix's 16+ year history that the servers are AMD powered, thanks to the incredible success of the EPYC 7002 "Rome" series...
The Annual X.Org / Wayland / Mesa Conference Is Going Virtual Due To COVID-19 XDC 20 was set to take place this September in Poland but is now moving to an online event as a result of the ongoing coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic...
XFS / EXT4 / Btrfs / F2FS / NILFS2 Performance On Linux 5.8 Given the reignited discussions this week over Btrfs file-system performance stemming from a proposal to switch Fedora on the desktop to using Btrfs, here are some fresh benchmarks of not only Btrfs but alongside XFS, EXT4, F2FS, and for kicks NILFS2 was also tossed into the mix for these mainline file-system tests off the in-development Linux 5.8 kernel.
Intel Compute Runtime Update Adds OpenCL + oneAPI Level Zero For DG1 Intel's open-source Compute Runtime stack for providing OpenCL and oneAPI Level Zero support for their graphics hardware has now rolled out support for the DG1 Xe discrete graphics card...
Mesa CI Optimization Could Provide Big Bandwidth Savings You may recall that earlier this year X.Org/FreeDesktop.org may have to cut CI services for developers over the cloud expenses associated with that continuous integration service for the likes of Mesa, the X.Org Server, and other components. CI usage was leading to a lot of bandwidth consumption so much so that the X.Org Foundation is facing potential ~70k USD cloud costs this year largely from their continuous integration setup...
Raspberry Pi 4's Vulkan Driver Is Now More Usable - Supporting More Features The "V3DV" Vulkan driver being developed by Igalia under contract with the Raspberry Pi Foundation has offered a status update on this official driver for the Raspberry Pi 4...