Merging Of Flang/F18 Fortran Compiler Support Into LLVM Has Been Delayed

The modern F18/Flang Fortran front-end to LLVM had been set to land in the LLVM mono repository last Monday that could have made it included as part of the LLVM 10.0 branch set for that day. The LLVM 10.0 branching happened as planned but the landing of this Fortran support did not…

Source: Phoronix – Merging Of Flang/F18 Fortran Compiler Support Into LLVM Has Been Delayed

Intel's Vulkan Driver Begins Making Infrastructure Changes For Multi-GPU Support

For months we have seen various Intel open-source Linux graphics driver patches that begin preparing for multi-GPU support where in moving forward with their Xe graphics cards there could be the iGPU + dGPU setup or even multiple Xe graphics cards in a single system. So far those Intel Linux multi-GPU preparations have been focused on their kernel-space driver while now it’s reaching into user-space with their Vulkan driver seeing early infrastructure changes…

Source: Phoronix – Intel’s Vulkan Driver Begins Making Infrastructure Changes For Multi-GPU Support

Debian Policy Updated Following Recent Systemd "Init System Diversity" Vote

Following last month’s Debian init system diversity vote where the Debian developers decided on a general resolution of focusing on systemd but support exploring alternatives, the official Debian Policy has been updated to reflect that…

Source: Phoronix – Debian Policy Updated Following Recent Systemd “Init System Diversity” Vote

Fedora's FESCo Has Deferred Any Decision On EarlyOOM By Default

One of the changes planned for Fedora 32 has been to enable EarlyOOM by default to better handle low memory situations either due to the system running with minimal RAM or under memory pressure. But the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee has yet to reach a decision over this default…

Source: Phoronix – Fedora’s FESCo Has Deferred Any Decision On EarlyOOM By Default

XanMod-ing Ubuntu To Perform Closer To Intel's Clear Linux

Earlier this month many Phoronix readers were interested in our fresh tests of the XanMod-patched Linux kernel for boosting the desktop and workstation performance compared to Ubuntu’s default Linux kernel. Among many patches, XanMod does pull in some kernel patches from Intel’s performance-optimized Clear Linux, so we figured it would be interesting to see how the XanMod’ed Ubuntu compares to Clear Linux performance.

Source: Phoronix – XanMod-ing Ubuntu To Perform Closer To Intel’s Clear Linux

Think Silicon's GLOVE OpenGL-Over-Vulkan Library Now Works On Wayland, Windows + macOS

One of several projects implementing the OpenGL graphics API over Vulkan has been Think Silicon’s GLOVE library. GLOVE currently is focuses on OpenGL ES 2.0 + EGL 1.4 support and is a standalone project unlike Mesa’s Zink Gallium3D driver working on OpenGL / GLES over Vulkan too. GLOVE 0.4 is out today as a big feature update…

Source: Phoronix – Think Silicon’s GLOVE OpenGL-Over-Vulkan Library Now Works On Wayland, Windows + macOS

AMD Zen Thermal/Power Reporting Improvements Could Hit Linux 5.6 But More Testing Needed

Last week I eagerly reported on Ryzen CPUs on Linux finally seeing CCD temperatures and current/voltage reporting thanks to new patches to the k10temp driver by Google’s Guenter Roeck who oversees the kernel’s hardware monitoring “HWMON” subsystem. The patches seem to be working well and are tentatively queued in hwmon-next, but more testing is still needed…

Source: Phoronix – AMD Zen Thermal/Power Reporting Improvements Could Hit Linux 5.6 But More Testing Needed

Samsung's Better exFAT Driver Gets Revised Ahead Of Mainline Linux Integration

While there has been the initial Microsoft exFAT file-system driver since Linux 5.4, that code is based on a vintage snapshot of prior Samsung code. Samsung engineers meanwhile have been working to upstream a much newer and better off exFAT implementation to replace that existing driver and it looks like it could be ready for Linux 5.6…

Source: Phoronix – Samsung’s Better exFAT Driver Gets Revised Ahead Of Mainline Linux Integration

The Performance Cost To SELinux On Fedora 31

Following the recent AppArmor performance regression in Linux 5.5 (since resolved), some Phoronix readers had requested tests out of curiosity in looking at the performance impact of Fedora’s decision to utilize SELinux by default. Here is how the Fedora Workstation 31 performance compares out-of-the-box with SELinux to disabling it.

Source: Phoronix – The Performance Cost To SELinux On Fedora 31

Intel's OSPray 2.0 Ray-Tracing Engine Released

An area where Intel continues striking with rhythm and near perfection is on the open-source software front with their countless speedy and useful open-source innovations that often go unmatched as well as timely hardware support. Out this weekend is their OSPray 2.0 release for this damn impressive ray-tracing engine…

Source: Phoronix – Intel’s OSPray 2.0 Ray-Tracing Engine Released

KDE Plasma 5.18 Seeing More Last Minute Work To Make It One Of Their Best Releases Ever

This past week KDE Plasma 5.18 reached beta for this next long-term support release of the modern KDE desktop. While it’s approaching the finish line next month, developers have not let up on more improvements in making this one of their best and most polished releases ever…

Source: Phoronix – KDE Plasma 5.18 Seeing More Last Minute Work To Make It One Of Their Best Releases Ever

The AMD Ryzen Thermal / Power Linux Reporting Improvements Working Well – V2 Up For Testing

A few days ago I reported on AMD’s “k10temp” Linux kernel driver finally seeing the ability to report CCD temperatures and CPU current/voltage readings as a big improvement to this hardware monitoring driver. The work hasn’t yet been queued for inclusion into the mainline kernel, but initial testing is working well and a second revision to the patches has been sent out…

Source: Phoronix – The AMD Ryzen Thermal / Power Linux Reporting Improvements Working Well – V2 Up For Testing

GNU Binutils 2.34 Branched – Bringing With It "debuginfod" HTTP Server Support

GNU Binutils 2.34 has been branched off in preparing for the upcoming release of this important set of “binary utilities” to the GNU compiler toolchain. Most interesting with Binutils 2.34 is in fact an optional HTTP server support for enhancing the developer/debugging experience…

Source: Phoronix – GNU Binutils 2.34 Branched – Bringing With It “debuginfod” HTTP Server Support