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14 October

How Intel’s Clear Linux Is Competing Against Late-2020 Linux Distributions

As it’s been a while since running a fresh Linux distribution comparison with Intel’s Clear Linux platform and given all the autumn distribution updates inbound, here is a fresh look at the rolling-release Clear Linux up against a snapshot of Ubuntu 20.10, Fedora Workstation 33 Beta, openSUSE Tumbleweed 20200929, Arch-based Endeavour OS, and Debian Testing from the start of October.

SDL2 Upstreams OS/2 Support

If 2020 couldn’t get more peculiar, today the SDL2 project mainlined support for the OS/2 operating system.

Mesa 20.2.1 Released With Initial Batch Of Fixes

Mesa 20.2 officially released at the end of September as the Q3’2020 open-source driver stack update providing open-source OpenGL/OpenCL/Vulkan support for much of the graphics hardware on the market. For those that prefer waiting for the first point release before upgrading, that milestone was reached today.

14 October 03:16 PM EDT – Mesa – Mesa 20.2.1

13 October

AMD SEV-ES Sent In For Linux 5.10 To Further Secure Guest VMs

While the mainline Linux kernel for quite a while now has supported AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization for EPYC processors as a means of better securing guest virtual machines (VMs) and public clouds with hardware memory encryption and using one key per VM to not only protect between guests but also the hypervisor, with Linux 5.10 comes AMD SEV-ES as another step forward for secure virtualization on AMD EPYC.

13 October 08:42 PM EDT – AMD – AMD SEV-ES

Android 12 Appears To Support Using WireGuard

WireGuard has long been available as an app on the Google Play store for those wishing to use this cross-platform, open-source secure VPN tunnel solution on Google’s mobile operating system. But for Android 12 it appears there will be a form of official support.

13 October 06:50 PM EDT – Google – WireGuard

CodeWeavers Announces Rebrand With PortJump + ExecMode

CodeWeavers as the main contributor to the Wine code-base and employing many of the key developers thanks to the development of their Linux and macOS CrossOver software is working on a rebrand and promotion of their consulting services.

13 October 01:38 PM EDT – WINE – CodeWeavers

Phoronix Test Suite 10.0 Released With Revamped OpenBenchmarking.org For Open-Source, Automated Benchmarking

Phoronix Test Suite 10.0-Finnsnes is now officially available as the latest major feature release for our open-source, cross-platform automated benchmarking software that now has more than six hundred tests/benchmarks available for fully-automated testing. With Phoronix Test Suite 10.0 also comes a significant overhaul to OpenBenchmarking.org and its biggest since its debut back in 2011 alongside Phoronix Test Suite 3.0.

CUPS Printing System Open-Source Development Has Seemingly Dried Up

At the end of 2019 the lead developer of CUPS left Apple after he joined Apple and the company purchased the source code a decade prior for this long-standing open-source printing system used by not only macOS but also Linux and other Unix-like platforms. This unfortunately has not bode well for CUPS in 2020.

12 October

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Linux Gaming Performance

After last week exploring the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Linux GPU compute performance for this Ampere graphics card along with the Blender 2.90 performance, today is a look at the Linux gaming performance for the RTX 3080 both for native games as well as those Windows games running on Linux via Steam Play (Proton).

GNU Linux-libre 5.9-gnu Released After The Usual Deblobbing

Within hours of Linus Torvalds releasing the Linux 5.9 kernel, the GNU folks maintaining the GNU Linux-libre downstream released their version of the kernel that prevents the loading of binary-only modules as well as the loading of binary-only firmware/microcode blobs.

12 October 06:45 AM EDT – GNU – GNU Linux-Libre 5.9

11 October

There Are Many Changes To Look Forward To With The Linux 5.10 Kernel

The Linux 5.9 kernel is expected for release this evening which will in turn kick off the Linux 5.10 merge window for the next two weeks. As we’ve already been closely monitoring the various “-next” development trees in recent weeks of material building up for this next cycle, here is a look at a portion of what’s to come for this late 2020 kernel.

11 October 09:55 AM EDT – Linux Kernel – Linux 5.10 Features

Arm Memory Tagging Extension Ready For Linux 5.10

While the Linux 5.9 kernel isn’t even being released until later today, the ARM64 architectural changes have already been mailed in ahead of the opening of the Linux 5.10 merge window.

11 October 06:54 AM EDT – Arm – Arm MTE

Intel Continues Prepping PKS For The Linux Kernel (Protection Keys for Supervisor)

Intel engineers continue working on “Protection Keys for Supervisor” support for the Linux kernel as a feature coming to a future generation of processors (presumably Sapphire Rapids). The initial users of this PKS support will be helping to protect persistent memory as well as adding safeguards to Trusted Keys within the Linux kernel.

11 October 12:09 AM EDT – Intel – Intel Protection Keys Supervisor

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