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AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 for Linux Released


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Shipping today is the “Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 for Linux” driver package as the newest hybrid driver update for Linux systems with AMD Radeon Pro (and consumer) graphics, aiming to increase performance against NVIDIA Quadro hardware.

In AMD’s press communications today, they are talking up higher performance in real-world design workflows, better support for critical design and productivity workflows, and better workstation power. However, it’s not immediately clear how well some of these updates translate on the Linux side with some of the mentioned workstation software is Windows-only. Unfortunately we don’t have any Radeon Pro hardware for verification of the Linux driver update performance changes, but at least there is this quarterly Linux driver update out today.

The Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 for Linux update is available for RHEL/CentoS 7.6, RHEL/CentOS 6.10, Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop/Server 15. There isn’t yet support for the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0.

As for the Linux driver build specifically, the release notes mention the highlight is multi-GPU fan boost now working with this Linux driver update. There are also mentioned fixes around display problems previously when using Ubuntu 18.04.2 on Wayland, 4K resolution issues now resolved, and addressing a cube rotation problem with the DGMA test.

Those wanting to try out this Radeon Pro Software Enterprise 19.Q2 Linux driver update can grab the new hybrid driver build from AMD.com.


Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 Released With Better Stability, OTA-10 To Bring Mir 1.1 + Unity 8


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The UBports community has released Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 as the newest release of Ubuntu for tablets/smartphones.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 development was principally focused on improving the stability of the stack. There’s also been some artwork improvements, Nexus 5 camera fixes, and various fixes throughout.

Moving forward, the developers are hoping Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 to be the big update where they are able to introduce Mir 1.1 and the very latest Unity 8 version. The Mir 1.1 and Unity 8 update is still in flux and as such there isn’t any firm schedule around OTA-10 but this long desired objective is what they plan to achieve for the next cycle.

More details on Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 via UBports.com.


GNU Linux-libre 5.1-gnu Released As The Kernel Continues To Be Deblobbed


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Hot off the release of Linux 5.1 from last night, the Free Software Foundation Latin America team has released GNU Linux-libre 5.1-gnu as their sanitized kernel that strips out support for loading binary-only microcode/firmware files, the ability to load binary-only kernel modules, and related code they deem supporting “non-free” software.

With Linux 5.1 besides re-basing all their existing patches, there were a few more drivers that required adjustments. Alexandre Oliva mentioned in the release announcement, “Besides the usual assortment of firmware name updates, new drivers for mt7603 and goya required disabling of blob requests, wilc1000 had some files renamed which required adjusting the deblobbing logic, and a driver that we used to deblob (lantiq xrx200 firmware loader) was removed, so its cleaning up code is now gone.

This Free Software Foundation approved spin of the Linux kernel can be downloaded from FSFLA.org and is also found in the likes of gNewSense and other FSF-minded distributions.


DAV1D 0.3 AV1 Decoder Released With Many Performance Improvements


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Version 0.3 of the “dav1d” AV1 video decoder was released on Tuesday and it delivers faster performance.

Dav1d 0.3.0 is delivering around 26% faster performance in the x86_64 space when making use of SSE4.1 and similarly large gains with SSSE3. However, for the newer AVX2 code-path this release is just around 4% faster but still significant considering their earlier Advanced Vector Extensions work.

On AArch64 (64-bit ARM), they are seeing about 12% faster video decoding with this release.

More details on dav1d 0.3 can be found via today’s announcement that includes many performance figures as well as highlighting the latest software adopting this open-source AV1 decoder.


Qt Creator 4.9 Released With Expanded Language Server Protocol Support


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The Qt Company today released Qt Creator 4.9, the latest feature update to their integrated development environment focused on Qt/C++ support that has expanded now to support more programming languages via the Language Server Protocol (LSP) support.

Language Server Protocol support was introduced in Qt Creator 4.8 to allow for more programming languages to be easily supported by Qt Creator via leveraging this standard making it easy for IDEs and other programming tooling to have an exchange format for generic programming language support. With Qt Creator 4.9, the LSP support has been extended to support more operations.

Meanwhile the C++ support specifically got extended thanks to improvements to their Clang-based analyzer tools and other improvements. The Qt QML support was also updated by pulling in the QML parser from Qt 5.12 LTS that includes ECMAScript 7 support.

New to Qt Creator 4.7 is support for performance profiling using the Linux kernel’s “Perf” subsystem to open up a lot of new possibilities. More details on these new features and other changes can be found via the Qt blog.