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Testing The BCache SSD Cache For HDDs On Linux 4.8

1 hour 41 min ago
It has been over one year since last testing the mainline Linux kernel's BCache support for this block cache that allows solid-state drives to act as a cache for slower hard disk drives. Here are some fresh benchmarks of a SATA 3.0 SSD+HDD with BCache from the Linux 4.8 Git kernel.

There Are Around 2,000 Steam Linux Games Available

6 hours 1 min ago
There are about 2,000 Steam Linux games that are published and working (1,999 as of right now), granted a majority of them are indie games and only about a fifth of the games available for Steam on Windows or less than half of the number of games available for OS X...

Boot 2 Gecko Being Stripped From Mozilla's Codebase

8 hours 1 sec ago
At the end of 2015 Mozilla effectively put an end to Firefox OS / Boot 2 Gecko by concluding things weren't working out for Mozilla Corp and their commercial partners to ship Firefox OS smartphones. All commercial development around it has since stopped and they are now preparing to strip B2G from the mozilla-central code-base...

KDE Kirigami 1.1 UI Framework Released

9 hours 12 min ago
One month after Kirigami's first public release, KDE Kirigami 1.1 is now available as the newest stable of this user-interface framework designed for mobile and convergent applications in Qt...

Fedora 25 Goes Into Beta Freeze Today, New Features Need To Be Completed

9 hours 30 min ago
Today is a big day along the Fedora 25 schedule and stepping towards its official debut in November...

Performance-Boosting HiZ Patches Revised For Intel's Vulkan Linux Driver

9 hours 58 min ago
A revised set of 11 patches were published this week for implementing basic HiZ (Hierarchical Z) support within Intel's open-source Vulkan "ANV" Mesa driver...

RADV Vulkan Driver Can Now Correctly Render Talos Principle

10 hours 17 min ago
With all of the RADV Radeon Vulkan activity in the past few weeks, The Talos Principle now renders correctly when using this community-driven Vulkan graphics API driver!..

X.Org's GLAMOR 2D Performance Continues To Be Tuned

20 hours 39 min ago
While GLAMOR has already been around for a number of years as a means of providing generic X11 2D acceleration over OpenGL for the X.Org Server, it's a seemingly never-ending process to optimize its code-paths for best performance. More improvements are en route for making GLAMOR 2D faster, which should especially be helpful for Raspberry Pi users making use of the VC4 driver stack on this very slow-speed hardware...

The Linux State Of AMD's Zen x86 Memory Encryption

21 hours 16 min ago
With AMD's forthcoming Zen processors is support for some new memory encryption technologies that are of particular benefit for virtualized environments...

KDE Introduces An Advisory Board

Mon, 2016-09-26 19:19
A KDE Advisory Board has been formed by KDE e.V. to provide greater insight and cooperation around this free software desktop environment...

Intel Core i7 6800K Benchmarks On Ubuntu + Linux 4.8

Mon, 2016-09-26 17:00
While the Core i7 6800K has been available for a few months now, there hadn't been any review on it since Intel hadn't sent out any Broadwell-E samples for Linux testing this time around. However, I did end up finally buying a Core i7 6800K now that the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 support is finally coming together (at first, Intel PR said it wouldn't even be supported on Linux) so that I can run some benchmarks there plus some other interesting items on the horizon for benchmarking. Here are some benchmarks of the i7-6800K from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the Linux 4.8 kernel.

Reiser4 Implements Mirror & Failover Support

Mon, 2016-09-26 15:13
Edward Shishkin, one of the last remaining Reiser4 developers and the one who has been leading this out-of-tree file-system the past few years, has implemented logical volumes support with support for mirrors (in effect, RAID 0) and failover support at the file-system level...

LLVM Cauldron 2016 Videos, Slides Published

Mon, 2016-09-26 14:37
The inaugural LLVM Cauldron conference happened earlier this month ahead of the GNU Tools Cauldron in Hebden Bridge, UK. All of the slides and videos from this latest LLVM conference are now available...

OpenMW 0.40 Released, Continues Striving As Open-Source Morrowind Reimplementation

Mon, 2016-09-26 13:39
OpenMW 0.40 is now available as the well known open-source reimplementation of the Elderscrolls III: Morrowind game...

Steam Dev Days Are In 2 Weeks; SteamOS/Linux Will Be Talked About

Mon, 2016-09-26 13:20
Coming up in two weeks marks the return of Steam Dev Days. Linux and SteamOS gaming will be talked about there, but so far no indications of Steam Machines...

Pairing LLVM JIT With PostgreSQL Can Speed Up Database Performance

Mon, 2016-09-26 12:59
Using the LLVM JIT with PostgreSQL can vastly speed up the query execution performance and shows off much potential but it hasn't been mainlined yet...

Linux 4.8-rc8 Released: Linux 4.8 Next Weekend

Mon, 2016-09-26 12:13
Linus Torvalds issued on Sunday night the eighth weekly test version of the Linux 4.8 kernel with the expectation of officially releasing this new kernel next weekend...

The RADV Radeon Vulkan Linux Driver Continues Picking Up Features

Sun, 2016-09-25 22:29
It has been about two weeks since last reporting on "RADV" Radeon Vulkan activities, but development hasn't let up and there has been several feature commits since then on this open-source Vulkan Linux driver for Radeon AMDGPU-interfacing hardware...

Fedora Now Has Bootable RISC-V Disk Images Available

Sun, 2016-09-25 22:09
Fedora has been making a lot of RISC-V build/packaging progress over the past few months while this weekend the milestone was announced that they are hosting clean, RPM-built, bootable disk images for this open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture...

Testing Various HDDs & SSDs On Ubuntu With The Linux 4.8 Kernel

Sun, 2016-09-25 19:12
Here are some fresh benchmarks of various solid-state drives (SATA 3.0 SSDs plus two NVMe M.2 SSDs) as well as two HDDs for getting a fresh look at how they are performing using the Linux 4.8 Git kernel...