Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics Have AV1 Accelerated Decode – Linux Support Lands

On top of Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics bringing other media engine improvements and much better 3D graphics support, another exciting element of the next-generation Intel graphics is now confirmed: GPU-accelerated AV1 video decoding!..

Source: Phoronix – Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics Have AV1 Accelerated Decode – Linux Support Lands

NVIDIA 450.57 Linux Driver Released With Image Sharpening Option, NGX Library

Following a NVIDIA 450 Linux beta with the CUDA 11.0-rc in early June and the more formal NVIDIA 450.51 Linux beta later in June, NVIDIA has now promoted the 450 Linux driver series to stable with today’s release of the 450.57 driver build…

Source: Phoronix – NVIDIA 450.57 Linux Driver Released With Image Sharpening Option, NGX Library

KDE Seeing Fresh Improvements For HiDPI Support

It took the GNOME/Ubuntu side until Canonical developer Daniel van Vugt picked up a 4K display with Intel graphics for various 4K/Intel graphics optimizations to be discovered and continue to be addressed for the GNOME desktop. Now on the KDE side, well known contributor Nate Graham recently picked up a new laptop with HiDPI display and there he has been working to resolve a number of lingering high DPI issues on the KDE front…

Source: Phoronix – KDE Seeing Fresh Improvements For HiDPI Support

LibreOffice Might Delay Its "Personal Edition" Branding Or Change To "Community Edition"

In response to the largely critical feedback of LibreOffice 7.0-RC1’s branding as “Personal Edition” for the standard version of this open-source office suite, the branding is being reconsidered to either delay it until LibreOffice 7.1 or potentially relabel it as the “Community Edition” version…

Source: Phoronix – LibreOffice Might Delay Its “Personal Edition” Branding Or Change To “Community Edition”

GCC Compiler Lands Mitigation For Arm's Straight Line Speculation Vulnerability

It took a month after Arm disclosed the CPU “SLS” vulnerability and when the LLVM compiler landed their initial mitigation, but the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) now has mitigations as well for this Straight Line Speculation vulnerability…

Source: Phoronix – GCC Compiler Lands Mitigation For Arm’s Straight Line Speculation Vulnerability

Intel Details Thunderbolt 4 With More Capabilities, USB4 Compatibility

Intel has today made public more details on their next-generation Thunderbolt connectivity that brings more features while offering USB4 specification compliance. Thunderbolt 4 is coming with forthcoming Tiger Lake laptops…

Source: Phoronix – Intel Details Thunderbolt 4 With More Capabilities, USB4 Compatibility

Intel Architectural LBR Support Going Into Linux 5.9

Intel CPUs have long supported LBR for last branch records as a means of recording the branches to which software has taken along with exposing other control flow information. This has relied upon model-specific registers while with future Intel CPUs this is being folded into a more universal CPU architectural feature. Support for Intel “Arch LBR” is set to come later this year with the Linux 5.9 kernel…

Source: Phoronix – Intel Architectural LBR Support Going Into Linux 5.9

Fedora Developers Evaluating Compression Options For Btrfs-By-Default Proposal

The proposal for using Btrfs by default on the Fedora desktop is gaining a fair amount of traction and interest from the community and could possibly move ahead but further testing and decisions are still to be made…

Source: Phoronix – Fedora Developers Evaluating Compression Options For Btrfs-By-Default Proposal