Dropped Linux Kernel Drivers Occasionally See Revival – FDOMAIN Gets Second Chance

When drivers get dropped from the Linux kernel it’s generally due to hardware being no one cares about anymore that hasn’t been produced in many years and the code often falls into disrepair to the point that the only logical way forward is dropping the driver. That happened last year to the “FDOMAIN” driver but as does happen every so often (albeit rare) thanks to the code being still obtainable through Git and the nature of open-source, interested parties can step up and revive the code…

Source: Phoronix – Dropped Linux Kernel Drivers Occasionally See Revival – FDOMAIN Gets Second Chance

OpenJDK 11 Now The Default Java For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – Plus Some New OpenJDK Benchmarks

Canonical has shifted the default Java of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS from OpenJDK 10 to OpenJDK 11. Plus here are some fresh OpenJDK 8/11/12 benchmarks on this Ubuntu Long Term Support release…

Source: Phoronix – OpenJDK 11 Now The Default Java For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – Plus Some New OpenJDK Benchmarks

MSM DRM Driver Bringing Zap Shader Support To Exit Secure Mode On Adreno 600 Series

The Freedreno MSM DRM driver changes have been submitted to DRM-Next ahead of Linux 5.2. MSM provides the Direct Rendering Manager support around Qualcomm Adreno hardware and with this next kernel cycle is continuing to see better Adreno 600 series support…

Source: Phoronix – MSM DRM Driver Bringing Zap Shader Support To Exit Secure Mode On Adreno 600 Series

KDE Saw More System Settings Work While EGLStreams KWin Support Stole The Show

Most exciting this week in KDE space was seeing KWin pick up support for the NVIDIA EGLStreams implementation for Wayland with this proprietary graphics driver. Beyond the EGLStreams KWin support were also many fixes and other improvements to the desktop landing this Easter week…

Source: Phoronix – KDE Saw More System Settings Work While EGLStreams KWin Support Stole The Show

Sam Hartman Is Debian's Newest Project Leader, Aims To "Keep Debian Fun"

While initially no qualified candidates stepped forward for the 2019 Debian Project Leader elections, following the extended nomination period and voting, Sam Hartman has been elected the newest leader of Debian…

Source: Phoronix – Sam Hartman Is Debian’s Newest Project Leader, Aims To “Keep Debian Fun”

Oracle's Ksplice Live Kernel Patching Picks Up Known Exploit Detection

One of the areas of Oracle Linux and its “Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel” that the company continues investing in and differentiating it from upstream RHEL and alternatives is around Ksplice as their means of live kernel patching while Red Hat continues with Kpatch and SUSE with kGraft…

Source: Phoronix – Oracle’s Ksplice Live Kernel Patching Picks Up Known Exploit Detection

The NULL TTY Driver Is Coming To The Linux 5.2 Kernel

While initially some questions were raised over the usefulness and practicality of this driver when it was first proposed on the kernel mailing list, the NULL TTY driver is set to make its maiden voyage to mainline with the upcoming Linux 5.2 kernel cycle…

Source: Phoronix – The NULL TTY Driver Is Coming To The Linux 5.2 Kernel

Panfrost DRM Driver Being Added To Linux 5.2 For Midgard / Bifrost Graphics

Not only is the longtime Lima DRM driver for Arm Mali 400/450 graphics set to finally premiere with the Linux 5.2 kernel, but the Panfrost DRM driver is also being mainlined for the newer Mali graphics hardware…

Source: Phoronix – Panfrost DRM Driver Being Added To Linux 5.2 For Midgard / Bifrost Graphics