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

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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.

Linux 5.10 To Fix Some HP Laptops Performing Less Than Optimally On AC Power

([Hardware] 1 Minute Ago Linux 5.10 HP WMI)

Some HP Spectre laptops and possibly other HP models as well should be performing better when running on AC power starting with the Linux 5.10 kernel.

GraalVM 21.0 Released With Experimental JVM On Truffle

([Oracle] 6 Hours Ago GraalVM 21.0)

Oracle on Tuesday released GraalVM 21.0 as the latest version of their Java VM/JDK that also supports other languages and modes of execution.

WireGuard Is Now Available For pfSense

([BSD] 10 Hours Ago WireGuard + pfSense)

The domination of the open-source WireGuard secure VPN tunnel not only on Linux systems but BSDs too... WireGuard is now available on pfSense, the FreeBSD-based firewall/router focused software platform.

Chrome 88 Released With Security Fixes, Adobe Flash Removed

([Google] 19 January 03:05 PM EST Chrome 88)

Google has released Chrome 88 as the latest stable version of their cross-platform web browser.

Fedora 34 Cleared For Btrfs Zstd Compression By Default, DNF/RPM Copy-On-Write

([Fedora] 19 January 02:33 PM EST Fedora 34)

The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee has unanimously approved several high profile features for the upcoming Fedora 34.

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

([Operating Systems] 19 January 11:57 AM EST 10 Comments)

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.

GNOME 40 Will Now Handle XWayland On-Demand By Default

([GNOME] 19 January 09:36 AM EST XWayland On-Demand)

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.

Pioneer DJM-750 DJ Mixer Handling For Linux Is En Route

([Multimedia] 19 January 07:28 AM EST Pioneer DJM-750)

With Linux 5.11 came Pioneer DDJ-RR DJ controller support while for Linux 5.12 additional Pioneer DJ equipment will be supported.

Linux 5.12 To Add Atomics Support To The Promising eBPF

([Programming] 19 January 05:52 AM EST Atomics eBPF)

The eBPF in-kernel virtual machine that allows for handling sandboxed "programs" within the Linux kernel continues on its stellar upward trajectory.

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

([Radeon] 19 January 12:19 AM EST AMDGPU Hot Unplug)

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.

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

([BSD] 18 January 08:17 PM EST Better PulseAudio)

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.

Improved Battery Reporting For Newer Logitech Devices Coming To Linux 5.12

([Hardware] 18 January 03:05 PM EST Logitech Unified Battery)

Newer wireless Logitech keyboard/mice supporting "unified battery" reporting will be supported beginning with Linux 5.12 as a newer interface compared to the existing battery reporting support.

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

([Computers] 18 January 12:50 PM EST 21 Comments)

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.

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

([GNU] 18 January 09:22 AM EST GCC 11 Stage 4)

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.

Linux Support Is Coming To Allow De-Authorizing Thunderbolt Devices

([Hardware] 18 January 08:27 AM EST Thunderbolt De-Authorizing)

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.

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

([Hardware] 18 January 07:38 AM EST Itanium Broken Build)

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.

Wine Developers Are Working On A New Linux Kernel Sync API To Succeed ESYNC/FSYNC

([WINE] 18 January 12:00 AM EST Wine Synchronization Primitives)

While there is the prior "ESYNC" and "FSYNC" work pursued by Wine for the Linux kernel, it appears Wine developers are back to the drawing board in coming up with a Linux kernel implementation for Wine synchronization primitives that will address all their needs and match the Windows behavior well.

Linux 5.11-rc4 Released With NVIDIA RTX 30 Mode-Setting, Haswell GT1 Graphics Restored

([Linux Kernel] 17 January 08:11 PM EST Linux 5.11-rc4)

Linux 5.11-rc4 was just released and it's looking like a fairly normal release at this stage of development aside from some notable additions that were merged this week.

Linux 5.10.8 Kernel Released - Finally Fixes That Btrfs Performance Regression

([Linux Kernel] 17 January 01:24 PM EST Linux 5.10.8)

Linux 5.10.8 is out today as the latest stable release for the Linux 5.10 LTS series. Making this point release notable is that it finally addresses the 5.10 Btrfs performance regression.

Gentoo Saw Total Commits Rise By 42% In 2020, Great Progress On Wayland

([Operating Systems] 17 January 10:13 AM EST Gentoo 2020)

The pandemic didn't adversely impact the Gentoo Linux project's operations with seeing the overall number of commits grow by nearly 42% last year within the Gentoo repository. Gentoo also saw commits from 333 unique authors in 2020, up from 333 the year prior. Plus they've made other improvements too for this technical-minded Linux distribution too during 2020.

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