Red Hat Announces No-Cost RHEL For Small Production Environments

Following the announcement at the end of last year that CentOS 8 will be ending and instead focusing on CentOS Stream as the future upstream to RHEL, there have been many concerned by the absence of CentOS 8 past this year. In trying to fill that void, Red Hat announced today they will be making Red Hat Enterprise Linux free for small production deployments…

Source: Phoronix – Red Hat Announces No-Cost RHEL For Small Production Environments

Mesa's R600 Driver Nears Feature Complete NIR Support For Radeon HD 5000/6000 Series

For those still making use of pre-GCN AMD graphics cards supported by the R600 Gallium3D driver (namely the Radeon HD 5000/6000 series), the open-source “R600g” Gallium3D driver now has nearly feature complete NIR support…

Source: Phoronix – Mesa’s R600 Driver Nears Feature Complete NIR Support For Radeon HD 5000/6000 Series

Qt Open-Source Downloads Temporarily Offline Due To Severe Hardware Failure

Several readers have expressed concerned that Qt open-source downloads have disappeared but The Qt Company has now commented it’s only a temporary issue due to a “severe hardware failure” in the cloud…

Source: Phoronix – Qt Open-Source Downloads Temporarily Offline Due To Severe Hardware Failure

Dbus-Broker 26 Released For High Performance D-Bus

With the BUS1 in-kernel IPC not panning out and not seeing any major code work in nearly two years, the user-space based, D-Bus compatible DBus-Broker remains the performant and current option for those looking at something faster and more reliable than D-Bus itself…

Source: Phoronix – Dbus-Broker 26 Released For High Performance D-Bus

XanMod's Linux 5.10 Kernel Helping Tap Extra Performance With The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

For those wondering how the likes of the XanMod and Liquorix kernel spins are competing these days with the mainline Linux kernel, here are some fresh benchmarks looking at these popular derivatives of the Linux kernel. XanMod in particular atop Ubuntu can easily help squeeze extra performance out of the system as shown by these benchmarks on an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X desktop.

Source: Phoronix – XanMod’s Linux 5.10 Kernel Helping Tap Extra Performance With The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

GNOME 40 Will Now Handle XWayland On-Demand By Default

Back in 2019 support was added to GNOME 3.34 to allow starting XWayland on-demand. With this opt-in feature, XWayland support would only be started up when needed (on-demand) for running X11 clients. That support has now matured enough where for the upcoming GNOME 40 it will be enabled by default…

Source: Phoronix – GNOME 40 Will Now Handle XWayland On-Demand By Default

2021 Could Be The Year That AMD Radeon Graphics Can Hot Unplug Gracefully On Linux

It’s been nearly one year that AMDGPU patches have been around to better handle GPU hot unplugging on Linux. The use-case for that being either removal via sysfs such as if then assigning the GPU to a VM or for external GPUs such as connected via Thunderbolt. Those patches are still baking but the latest iteration of the work has now been published by AMD…

Source: Phoronix – 2021 Could Be The Year That AMD Radeon Graphics Can Hot Unplug Gracefully On Linux

PulseAudio Lands Much Better Support For FreeBSD – Audio Now Plays Correctly

While 2021 may be the year that some desktop Linux distributions begin using PipeWire by default as the next-generation replacement to the likes of PulseAudio and JACK, for upstream PulseAudio this week it’s finally seeing better/restored support for FreeBSD. PulseAudio has merged a set of patches long available via FreeBSD Ports and the like to improve the BSD audio experience…

Source: Phoronix – PulseAudio Lands Much Better Support For FreeBSD – Audio Now Plays Correctly

SiFive Helping To Teach Kids Programming With RISC-V HiFive Inventor Coding Kit

SiFive in cooperation with Tynker and BBC Learning have launched a Doctor Who themed HiFive Inventor Coding Kit. This Initial HiFive Inventor Coding Kit is intended to help kids as young as seven years of age get involved with computer programming through a variety of fun exercises and challenges involving the RISC-V powered mini computer and related peripherals like LED lighting and speaker control.

Source: Phoronix – SiFive Helping To Teach Kids Programming With RISC-V HiFive Inventor Coding Kit

GCC 11 Is On The Final Stage Of Development With 60+ High Priority Regressions

GCC 11 entered its final stage of development today as it works towards releasing around the end of Q1 / early Q2 if their past cadence holds up. Before GCC 11.1 can debut as the first stable version, there are some 60+ “P1” high priority regressions that need to be resolved or otherwise demoted to lesser priority regressions…

Source: Phoronix – GCC 11 Is On The Final Stage Of Development With 60+ High Priority Regressions

Linux Support Is Coming To Allow De-Authorizing Thunderbolt Devices

While in recent years there has been growing interest in enhancing Linux’s Thunderbolt security with offering security levels and other functionality to authorize supported/known Thunderbolt devices, surprisingly it’s taken until 2021 to see the ability for Linux’s Thunderbolt software connection manage to handle de-authorizing devices…

Source: Phoronix – Linux Support Is Coming To Allow De-Authorizing Thunderbolt Devices

Itanium IA-64 Was Busted In The Upstream, Default Linux Kernel Build The Past Month

While Intel formally discontinued the Itanium processors just under two years ago, the Linux software support for IA-64 continues. However, as a possible sign of the times, the Linux 5.11 kernel build for it has been broken the past month…

Source: Phoronix – Itanium IA-64 Was Busted In The Upstream, Default Linux Kernel Build The Past Month