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Intel Submits Final Batch Of Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 5.4 – Growing Tiger Lake


After having been submitting various feature updates to DRM-Next the past few weeks of new graphics driver feature code to introduce in Linux 5.4, a final pull request was sent in today with the remaining feature work slated for this next version of the Linux kernel.

As added earlier to Linux 5.4, the big focus at this stage for the open-source Intel Linux developers is on bringing up the “Gen 12” graphics support for Tiger Lake. With the Icelake / Gen 11 graphics support now in good shape, the developers have already been busy plumbing Gen 12 graphics that are at least a year out from being available through retail channels. This final Intel DRM feature pull for Linux 5.4 includes:

– Continued work on bringing up Tigerlake Gen 12 graphics.

– DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP MST) fixes.

– GuC and HuC improvements.

– Gen11 graphics fixes and improvements around cache flushes.

– Missing Comet Lake PCI ID has been added.

– GPU reset fixes.

The complete list of changes for this pull request can be found via the mailing list.

The Linux 5.4 cycle will be formally starting in September while the Linux 5.4.0 stable release should be out in November.

From 0 To 6000: Celebrating One Year Of Proton, Valve’s Brilliant Linux Gaming Solution

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This week, Valve’s Proton turns one year old, and it has unarguably propelled the notion of gaming on Linux further than I would have thought possible. It has led to noticeably more mainstream press and YouTube coverage of desktop Linux, including this gem from Linus Tech Tips titled “Linux Gaming Finally Doesn’t Suck.” (Forbes)

Systemd 243 RC2 Released – Phoronix


Released nearly one month ago was the systemd 243 release candidate while the official update has yet to materialize. It looks though like it may be on the horizon with a second release candidate being posted today.

Red Hat’s Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek has just tagged systemd 243-RC2 as the newest test release for this new version of this de facto Linux init system. Over the past month have been new hardware database (HWDB) additions, various fixes, new network settings, resolvectl zsh shell completion support, bumping timedated to always run at the highest priority, and other changes.

The systemd 243 official release will hopefully be out shortly for allowing sufficient time for it to land ahead of the autumn Linux distribution releases. Those wishing to give RC2 a whirl can do so via GitHub.

Intel’s New OpenGL Driver Is Looking Really Great With The Upcoming Mesa 19.2

Intel’s new open-source OpenGL Linux driver “Iris” Gallium3D that has been in development for the past two years or so is getting ready to enter the limelight. Months ago they talked of plans to have it ready to become their default OpenGL driver by the end of the calendar year and with the state of Mesa 19.2 it’s looking like that goal can be realized in time. With our new tests of this driver, in most games and other graphics applications the performance of this Gallium3D driver is now beyond that of their “classic” i965 Mesa driver.

Over the past year we’ve been looking a lot at the Intel Gallium3D performance and it’s been a remarkable journey from the performance starting out well below their decade old OpenGL driver to now mostly exceeding that classic Mesa driver and often times by wide margins. The Intel Gallium3D driver is also largely now to feature parity in terms of OpenGL extensions and other capabilities. With all of their bases covered, this summer for the upcoming Mesa 19.2 release we’ve been seeing a lot of performance optimizations land. Back in April is when they indicated they hope to have it become the default by end of year 2019 and viable by Mesa 19.2.

Given Mesa 19.2 is now branched and first release candidate issued, I decided to try out this new Intel OpenGL driver with its latest code as of yesterday for seeing just how viable it is in Mesa 19.2. Long story short, it’s very viable and I didn’t encounter any hangs or other problems and the performance is great with only a few regressions to note at this point.

Using an Intel Core i9 9900K with its Gen9 UHD Graphics 630, I ran benchmarks of the Mesa 19.2-devel code as of 20 August for both the classic i965 Mesa driver and this modern “Iris” Gallium3D driver. Linux 5.3 was used for the kernel version and Ubuntu 19.04 made up the rest of the software stack. Various OpenGL games and applications were tested for looking at the current performance difference between these drivers using the Phoronix Test Suite.

openSUSE Board Gets a New Chairman » Linux Magazine

Long-time openSUSE contributor Richard Brown is stepping down from his role as chairperson of openSUSE board, a position he had been holding for the last five years. He will be replaced by Gerald Pfeifer, SUSE’s CTO for EMEA. Gerald himself is a developer who has contributed to projects like like GCC and Wine.

In a blog post, Brown said, “Some of the key factors that led me to make this step include the time required to do the job properly and the length of time I’ve served. Five years is more than twice as long as any of my predecessors. The time required to do the role properly has increased, and I now find it impossible to balance the demands of the role with the requirements of my primary role as a developer in SUSE, and with what I wish to achieve outside of work and community.”

Brown will focus on his work at SUSE’s Future Technology Team that works on emerging technologies.

“I could not be more excited and humbled to participate in the openSUSE Project as board chair,” Pfeifer said. “Collaboration in the openSUSE community has contributed to remarkable Linux distributions, and I’m looking forward to ongoing growth in both the community and the openSUSE distributions – Linux and beyond – and tools. openSUSE is at the leading edge of a historic shift, as open source software is now a critical part of any thriving enterprise’s core business strategy. This is an exciting time for the openSUSE community, as well as for open source at large.”

The openSUSE project is funded by SUSE, but it is a community driven project where decisions are made by the community. The openSUSE distros are also upstream to many SUSE products, such as SUSE Linux Enterprise and SUSE CaaSP.

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