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One-Line Patch For Intel Meteor Lake Yields Up To 72% Better Performance, +7% Geo Mean
Covered last week on Phoronix was a new patch from Intel that with tuning to the P-State CPU frequency scaling driver was showing big wins for Intel Core Ultra “Meteor Lake” performance and power efficiency. I was curious with the Intel claims posted for a couple benchmarks and thus over the weekend set out to run many Intel Meteor Lake benchmarks on this one-line kernel patch… The results are great for boosting the Linux … ⌘ Read more

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Firefox 127 With 32-bit x86 Linux Pretending To Be “x86_64” To Reduce Fingerprinting
Mozilla Firefox 127.0 binaries are available for download today ahead of tomorrow’s official announcement. Firefox 127 brings a few nice changes for this month’s feature update… ⌘ Read more

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AMD Posts New Linux Patches For Per-Core CPU Energy Counters
After an attempt in early 2023 didn’t pan out, today an AMD Linux engineer posted a new kernel patch series for enabling per-core RAPL energy counter support for AMD processors. With this patch series when using Linux’s venerable perf utility it’s now possible for reading the power use on a per CPU core basis using a new “power_per_core” PMU… ⌘ Read more

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The Quest For Faster getrandom() Performance Continues Two Years Later
Going back just under two years was the propsal for adding getrandom() to the vDSO in the quest to achieve faster performance for obtaining random numbers in user-space. That effort while seemingly simple remains an ongoing and contentious matter… ⌘ Read more

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A Lot More AMD RDNA4/GFX12 Graphics Driver Code Has Landed In Mesa 24.2
A lot of AMD GFX12 IP enablement landed in Mesa 24.2-devel over the past week for bringing up the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and RADV Vulkan driver for the upcoming RDNA4 graphics… ⌘ Read more

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Arch Linux Powered CachyOS Now Defaults To Btrfs Rather Than XFS
Arch Linux derivative CachyOS that is optimized for a nice desktop experience and shipping a nice set of performance optimizations/tuning by default is out with its June 2024 refresh… ⌘ Read more

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AMD’s Linux Kernel Compute Driver For ROCm Begins Preparing For RDNA4 GPUs
In addition to debuting their “Peano” LLVM compiler back-end for Ryzen AI NPUs on Friday, AMD also submitted a new batch of feature code for their AMDGPU kernel graphics driver and AMDKFD kernel compute driver of new feature code aiming for the upcoming Linux 6.11 merge window… ⌘ Read more

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Intel In-Tree Linux Network Drivers Being Adapted To Support Firmware Updates
Intel’s IGB and IXGBE network drivers within the mainline Linux kernel are being adapted to support firmware updates for the underlying driver. To date such functionality was limited to Intel’s out-of-tree versions of these drivers for their higher-end network hardware… ⌘ Read more

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Mold 2.32 Released With Increased LLVM LLD Compatibility, Faster Identical Code Folding
Mold 2.32 is out as the newest feature release for this high speed code linker that rivals LLVM LLD and GNU Gold… ⌘ Read more

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AMD’s Newest Open-Source Surprise: “Peano” - An LLVM Compiler For Ryzen AI NPUs
There was a very exciting Friday evening code drop out of AMD… They announced a new project called Peano that serves as an open-source LLVM compiler back-end for AMD/Xilinx AI engine processors with a particular focus on the Ryzen AI SOCs with existing Phoenix and Hawk Point hardware as well as the upcoming XDNA2 found with the forthcoming Ryzen AI 300 series… ⌘ Read more

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AMD’s Newest Open-Source Surprise: “Peano” - An LLVM Compiler For Ryzen AI NPUs
There was a very exciting Friday evening code drop out of AMD… They announced a new project called Peano that serves as an open-source LLVM compiler back-end for AMD/Xilinx AI engine processors with a particular focus on the Ryzen AI SOCs with existing Phoenix and Hawk Point hardware as well as the upcoming XDNA2 found with the forthcoming Ryzen AI 300 series… ⌘ Read more

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GNOME OS Continues Seeing New Features, New GNOME App for Viewing 3D Models
GNOME developers continue to be quite busy this summer from enhancing their desktop with more security and accessibility features to further crafting GNOME OS… ⌘ Read more

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Redox OS With COSMIC Apps Is Looking Quite Nice
Jeremy Soller who is an engineer at System76 and manages a side hustle of leading development on the open-source, Rust-written Redox OS has shared the latest look at this open-source operating system with the System76 COSMIC desktop applications… ⌘ Read more

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OBS Studio 30.2 Beta Brings Native NVENC Encoder Support On Linux
Out for testing this weekend is the OBS Studio 30.2 beta software for those into live-streaming their desktop and other screen recording purposes. With the OBS Studio 30.2 release there are video encode improvements for Linux, support for multi-track video streaming, hybrid MP4 output, and other new features… ⌘ Read more

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KDE Plasma 6.1 Is Looking To Be A “Good One”
The KDE Plasma 6.1 desktop is due for release in a little more than one week. Prominent KDE developer Nate Graham thinks this is going to be a “good one” with a lot of new features, better performance, and more… ⌘ Read more

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Google Begins Upstreaming Fuchsia OS Support Into Mesa 3D
With not hearing much about Fuchsia OS in a while and the Fuchsia OS team being hit hard by layoffs last year, coming as a surprise today is seeing Google beginning to upstream Fuchsia OS support into the Mesa 3D graphics driver stack… ⌘ Read more

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Linux 6.11 To Merge Support For Running AMD SEV-SNP KVM Guests
The patches have been years in the making around AMD SEV-SNP encrypted virtualization and various elements have been upstreamed in prior kernel versions while for the upcoming Linux 6.11 cycle are finally the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) bits for launching SEV-SNP protected guest virtual machines… ⌘ Read more

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Big Speed Boost For AES-GCM Performance On Intel & AMD CPUs Queued Ahead Of Linux 6.11
The patches recently covered on Phoronix for up to 162% faster AES-GCM encryption/decryption with modern Intel and AMD processors is now queued for introduction in the upcoming Linux 6.11 cycle!.. ⌘ Read more

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AMD Lands Support For Vendor Flavored SPIR-V Within LLVM
SPIR-V used by the likes of OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan is a common intermediate representation (IR) / intermediate language for consumption by device drivers. With code now merged into LLVM, AMD has introduced the notion of vendor “flavored” SPIR-V for containing extra information pertinent to the GPU device/driver being targeted… ⌘ Read more

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Python 3.13 Beta 2 Released For Testing The Experimental JIT & Other New Features
The second beta is now available for testing of the upcoming Python 3.13 release that is bringing an experimental JIT, a new interactive interpreter, and other big features for this annual Python feature release… ⌘ Read more

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Intel’s Xe Driver Preps For SR-IOV Support & More Lunar Lake Code With Linux 6.11
On Thursday the first set of Intel Xe driver feature updates were submitted to DRM-Next of material intended for merging with the Linux 6.11 kernel in July… ⌘ Read more

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Improved Linux Driver Support Coming For LG Gram 2024 Laptop Models
Merged to the Linux kernel back in 2018 was an LG Gram laptop driver for supporting various hotkeys and extra functionality of these LG laptops. That driver is now being extended to support the latest LG Gram laptop models… ⌘ Read more

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The Most Popular Linux Hardware Reviews & Featured Articles Over 20 Years
With this week marking the 20th birthday of Phoronix, as part of the commemorative articles this week has been looking at the most popular Linux/open-source news over 20 years. In the piece today is looking back at the most popular Linux hardware reviews and other featured articles on Phoronix since 2004… ⌘ Read more

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