Canonical Has Been Weathering The Pandemic Well: Turned A Profit, Back Above 500 Employees

Thanks to Canonical’s distributed workforce with most of their employees working from home even pre-pandemic and the booming Linux ecosystem, the Ubuntu maker performed very well over 2020 and even grew its headcount back above 500 employees and managed to swing from a loss in 2019 to a profit in 2020…

Source: Phoronix – Canonical Has Been Weathering The Pandemic Well: Turned A Profit, Back Above 500 Employees

Squeezing More Performance Out Of Intel Tiger Lake Xe Graphics By Using Mesa Git

For those that may have upgraded to an Intel Tiger Lake notebook and making use of the Gen12 Xe Graphics while running a distribution like Ubuntu 21.04, if you are wondering whether upgrading the kernel or Mesa are worthwhile here are some benchmarks…

Source: Phoronix – Squeezing More Performance Out Of Intel Tiger Lake Xe Graphics By Using Mesa Git

Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS vs. Pop!_OS 21.04 Performance Benchmarks

With the recent release of System76’s Pop!_OS 21.04 if you are thinking about upgrading to this release from Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS or choosing between the two, here are some benchmarks from the AMD Ryzen Threadripper powered System76 Thelio Major.

Source: Phoronix – Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS vs. Pop!_OS 21.04 Performance Benchmarks

Linus Torvalds Calls On Paragon To Send In The New NTFS Driver

One year ago was the surprise of Paragon Software wanting to mainline their NTFS Linux kernel driver. The Paragon “NTFS3” kernel driver provides much better read/write support for Microsoft’s NTFS file-system than what is available with other kernel or FUSE options for this file-system support on Linux. It looks like this driver might finally be mainlined soon…

Source: Phoronix – Linus Torvalds Calls On Paragon To Send In The New NTFS Driver

Linux Gaming Performance With Radeon Vulkan NGG Culling

The newest performance optimization merged this week for Mesa’s “RADV” Radeon Vulkan open-source driver is NGG culling for Navi 1x/2x graphics cards. NGG Culling “NGGC” isn’t enabled by default at this time but can be easily activated and depending upon the software under test can provide some minor performance gains on top of all the other optimizations seen in recent times for RADV.

Source: Phoronix – Linux Gaming Performance With Radeon Vulkan NGG Culling

Amazon's DAMON Might Finally Be Ready For Upstreaming Into The Linux Kernel

At the start of 2020 Amazon engineers sent out a “request for comments” around DAMON as a new kernel feature to monitor data accesses and can be used for purposes like analyzing over-committed memory use, debugging, and other optimizations. DAMON has now seen thirty-four revisions to the patches but it looks like it could finally be in a state for mainlining in the Linux kernel…

Source: Phoronix – Amazon’s DAMON Might Finally Be Ready For Upstreaming Into The Linux Kernel