Wine 3.0.4 Is En Route With New Icons, Dozens Of Bug Fixes

Wine 4.0 should be out in early 2019 as the next major stable release of this increasingly used software for running Windows games and applications on Linux and other operating systems. For those not riding the bi-weekly development releases that lead up to the eventual Wine 4.0, Wine 3.0.4 is coming in the days ahead as the latest stable point revision…

Source: Phoronix – Wine 3.0.4 Is En Route With New Icons, Dozens Of Bug Fixes

Debian Packages To Eliminate Vendor-Specific Patches, Affecting Downstreams Like Ubuntu

Debian packages have supported the concept of vendor-specific patches whereby when DPKG unpacks a source package on different operating systems / distributions (such as Debian vs. Ubuntu), different patches could be selectively applied. Ubuntu is one of the main benefactors of this feature while effective immediately these vendor-specific patches to source packages will be treated as a bug and will be unpermitted following the Debian 10 “Buster” release…

Source: Phoronix – Debian Packages To Eliminate Vendor-Specific Patches, Affecting Downstreams Like Ubuntu

A Look At The GCC 9 Performance On Intel Skylake Against GCC 8, LLVM Clang 7/8

With GCC 9 embarking upon its third stage of development where the focus ships to working on bug/regression fixes in preparation for releasing the GCC 9.1 stable compiler likely around the end of Q1’2019, here is a fresh look at the GCC 9 performance with its latest development code as of this week compared to GCC 8.2.0 stable while using an Intel Core i9 7980XE test system running Ubuntu Linux. For good measure are also fresh results from LLVM Clang 7.0 stable as well as LLVM Clang 8.0 SVN for the latest development state of that competing C/C++ open-source compiler.

Source: Phoronix – A Look At The GCC 9 Performance On Intel Skylake Against GCC 8, LLVM Clang 7/8

Microsoft's New Open-Source Project Is "Shader Conductor" For Cross-Compiling HLSL

The latest open-source project out of Microsoft under an MIT license is Shader Conductor, which allows for cross-compiling HLSL to other languages — including GLSL for OpenGL/Vulkan usage…

Source: Phoronix – Microsoft’s New Open-Source Project Is “Shader Conductor” For Cross-Compiling HLSL

The Shiny New Features Of Mesa 18.3 For Open-Source Intel / Radeon Graphics Drivers

Being well into the Mesa 18.3 feature freeze and that quarterly update to these open-source OpenGL/Vulkan drivers due out in about two weeks, here is a look at all of the new features and changes you can expect to find with this big update…

Source: Phoronix – The Shiny New Features Of Mesa 18.3 For Open-Source Intel / Radeon Graphics Drivers

Mesa Gets Testing Patches For New Zen Optimization Around Thread Pinning

It was just yesterday that the AMD Zen L3 thread pinning was dropped from Mesa due to that optimization not panning out as intended for benefiting the new AMD processors with the open-source Linux graphics driver stack. Lead Mesa hacker Marek Olšák is already out with a new Zen tuning implementation that may deliver on the original optimization goal…

Source: Phoronix – Mesa Gets Testing Patches For New Zen Optimization Around Thread Pinning

Systemd-Free, XBPS-Powered Void Linux Releases New Images

If you are looking for a new Linux distribution to experiment with, Void Linux is one of the interesting ones that is an original creation and community driven that often doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. Void Linux is built off its BSD-licensed XBPS packaging system, is a rolling-release platform, uses runit as the init system instead of systemd, opts for LibreSSL in place of OpenSSL, optional musl libc usage, and has a wealth of other changes…

Source: Phoronix – Systemd-Free, XBPS-Powered Void Linux Releases New Images

Mesa Drops Support For AMD Zen L3 Thread Pinning, Will Develop New Approach

It was just a few months back that the Mesa/RadeonSI open-source AMD Linux driver stack received Zen tuning for that CPU microarchitecture’s characteristics. But now AMD’s Marek Olšák is going back to the drawing board to work on a new approach for Zen tuning…

Source: Phoronix – Mesa Drops Support For AMD Zen L3 Thread Pinning, Will Develop New Approach

16-Way AMD EPYC Cloud Benchmark Comparison: Amazon EC2 vs. SkySilk vs. Packet

With last week Amazon Web Services rolling out AMD EPYC cloud instances to EC2, I figured it would be an interesting time for a fresh benchmark look at how the AMD Linux cloud performance compares from some of the popular cloud providers. For this article are sixteen different instances benchmarked while looking at the raw performance as well as the value on each instance type relative to the benchmark performance and time consumed for the on-demand spot instancing. EPYC instances were tested from Amazon EC2, Packet.com, and SkySilk.

Source: Phoronix – 16-Way AMD EPYC Cloud Benchmark Comparison: Amazon EC2 vs. SkySilk vs. Packet

Linux Getting Two-Line Patch To Finally Deal With The Quirky Microsoft OEM Mouse

While Microsoft is self-proclaimed to love Linux, their common and very basic Microsoft OEM Mouse has not loved the Linux kernel or vice-versa… The Linux kernel HID code is finally getting a quirk fix to deal with the Microsoft OEM mouse as it would disconnect every minute when running at run-levels one or three…

Source: Phoronix – Linux Getting Two-Line Patch To Finally Deal With The Quirky Microsoft OEM Mouse

The Radeon GCN Backend Is Still Being Worked On For GCC, GCC 9 Deadline Looms

Back in September Code Sourcery / Mentor Graphics posted their new Radeon GCN port for the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). Two months later this port is still being worked on but not yet ready for mainline…

Source: Phoronix – The Radeon GCN Backend Is Still Being Worked On For GCC, GCC 9 Deadline Looms