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KDE To More Prominently Show FUSE Mounts, Many Other Improvements & Fixes

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It’s been a particularly busy start to May for KDE developers.

In addition to landing a rewritten notification system in Plasma 5.16, there have been a number of other improvements/fixes that came to fruition in recent days:

– Dolphin and the Places panel will now display FUSE-mounted file-systems including Plasma Vaults.

– Support for one-time passwords for OpenConnect VPNs for Plasma 5.16.

– Various Spectacle program improvements, including Wayland compatibility work.

– KWin no longer crashes when a script removes the current virtual desktop.

More details on that work and other fixes via KDE developer Nate Graham’s blog who continues doing a great job summarizing the KDE changes on a weekly basis.

10 Fixes for When Change Brings Your Systems to Their Knees | IT Infrastructure Advice, Discussion, Community

Despite all the advancements in enterprise IT, remediating poor network and system performance remains an ongoing struggle for many IT departments. But don’t lock the beleaguered admins and engineers in the pillory just yet; your system sluggishness might be a result of strategic business and technology decisions made in the C-suite.

Fortunately, there are ways to identify and fix most of these problems. In this slideshow, we’re first going to cover common performance headaches that modern enterprises face today. Then, each slide will suggest a fix to help resolve some of these types of problems.

Here are just a few common causes of performance issues in enterprise organizations:

Shift to the public cloud

Performance degradation commonly rears its ugly head when changes in client/server data flows occur. The most obvious example of this in recent years is a steady migration of apps and data to public clouds. Instead of most data moving in and out of a private data center located within a corporate LAN, data now traverses Internet or WAN links. If not properly handled, this shift in traffic can create bottlenecks and increase latency.

Read the rest of this article and watch the associated slideshow on InformationWeek.

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Mesa 18.3.5 Released With Intel/Radeon Vulkan Driver Fixes


The Mesa 18.3 series will soon be winding down with the Mesa 19.0 release now stable since last week, but out today is 18.3.5 as the latest update.

Mesa 18.3.5 is made up of more than two dozen changes that primarily amount to various Intel ANV and Radeon RADV Vulkan driver fixes. Among the changes are RADV updating the list of ETC2 texture compression capable hardware, interpolating less aggressively with the Radeon Vulkan driver, an EGL fix for libdrm-less builds, ANV now advertising eight sub-pixel precision bits, adding the RadeonSI enable NIR DriConf option (as well as enabling it by default for Civilization VI), and a range of other mostly ANV/RADV fixes.

The complete list of Mesa 18.3.5 changes can be found via today’s release announcement.

F2FS Continues Getting More Fixes As It Rolls Out To More Devices


The Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) continues being supported by more Android-powered mobile devices and with this uptick in user activity is resulting in more fixes and low-level improvements to the file-system.

With the previous Linux 5.0 cycle (nee 4.21) there were a number of fixes thanks to F2FS appearing on Google’s Pixel. This flash-optimized Linux file-system is appearing on more Android devices and with that more device engineers testing it out as well as evaluating the code.

F2FS lead developer Jaegeuk Kim acknowledges that F2FS is being “shipped in more devices” but without calling out any specific devices this round. Changes for Linux 5.1 include running discard jobs at unmount time (with a timeout), tuning the discard thread to avoid idling in order to lower power consumption, at least one deadlock fix, addressing some corrupted disk cases, and other fixes.

The complete list of F2FS changes for Linux 5.1 is laid out via today’s pull request.

xf86-video-amdgpu 19.0 Brings FreeSync VRR Bit, TearFree Fixes


AMD released their newest xf86-video-amdgpu DDX driver today with various additions for enabling new functionality where needed by this X.Org display driver.

Arguably most important to the new xf86-video-amdgpu 19.0.0 release is the necessary code added for supporting FreeSync variable rate refresh from the X.Org display driver side. See how to enable FreeSync for the other necessary bits including Mesa 19.0+ and Linux 5.0+ plus this new DDX driver and then enabling the necessary options.

The xf86-video-amdgpu 19.0 release also has TearFree fixes and robustness improvements. The Zaphod multi-head mode also now allows up to six independent instances per GPU.

Also new is support for scan-out buffers using DCC color compression, which pairs with the latest kernel work as well and currently supported by Raven Ridge APUs. The DCC color compression for scan-out buffers should help with power savings / memory efficiency improvements.

The complete list of xf86-video-amdgpu 19.0 changes is outlined via the mailing list announcement.