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Mageia 7.1 Released With Systemd Fix For AMD Ryzen 3000 Systems


OPERATING SYSTEMS --

While Mageia 7 released at the start of July for this Mandrake/Mandriva-derived Linux distribution, out today is already Mageia 7.1 as a rush release to fix AMD Zen 2 support.

Mageia 7.1’s principal change is a patched version of systemd to workaround the RdRand issue on AMD Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000 series) processors.

AMD has fixed the issue with a BIOS update that at the end of last week they released to their motherboard partners though it could still be some days/weeks before all the popular motherboards are patched. Thus at least for the interim there is Mageia 7.1 joining the likes of Pop_OS! releasing updated ISOs to help their AMD Linux users upgrading to the new Ryzen 3000 series processors in being able to boot the system.

Besides the patched version of systemd, Mageia 7.1 also ships with all bug/security fixes to its packages up to this point.

The brief Mageia 7.1 release announcement can be read on the Mageia blog.


OpenHMD 0.3.0-rc2 Released For This Open-Source API/Drivers For VR/AR Hardware


HARDWARE --

Issued today was the second release candidate for OpenHMD 0.3.0, the open-source project providing a common API and different drivers for VR/AR hardware.

OpenHMD 0.3.0-rc2 continues with supporting the 3Glasses D3, Oculus CV1, Windows Mixed Reality HMD, NOLO, HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, Deepoon E2, and GearVR Gen1. The PlayStation PSVR support did end up getting disabled in this release, however.

Some of the new work in the OpenHMD 0.3.0 series includes a controller API, Meson build system support, improved OpenGL handling, and various bug fixes and improvements.

According to today’s 0.3.0-rc2 release announcement, the full release is expected to happen next week.

Those unfamiliar with this open-source immersive technology collective of APIs/drivers can learn more at OpenHMD.net.


Intel SVT-AV1 0.6 Released With AV1 Decoding, SIMD Optimizations


INTEL --

Intel’s open-source developers working on their Scalable Video Technology video encoders (and decoders) on Tuesday released SVT-AV1 0.6 as their latest work on high-performance AV1 support using CPU-based encoding/decoding.

SVT-AV1 has been seeing remarkable progress on bettering its performance since Intel open-sourced the effort a few months back along with SVT-VP9 and SVT-HEVC. It was just in April that Intel then formally announced these encoders and acknowledged Netflix is among the customers planning to use them.

With SVT-AV1 0.6.0, there is initial AV1 decoding support, the ability to serve as a static library, adaptive QP scaling, support for tiles and 10-bit decoding, support for segmentation, various SIMD optimizations, and a number of other new features and fixes/improvements.

More details on SVT-AV1 0.6 can be found via GitHub.


Linux 5.2-rc5 Released As The End Of The Cycle Is A Few Weeks Away


LINUX KERNEL --

With Linux 5.2-rc5 providing no upsets and the release candidate smaller than the one last week, things are looking good for seeing the stable Linux 5.2 kernel release happen in early July.

Linus Torvalds noted that with Linux 5.2-rc5, the kernel changes are indeed calming down and was smaller than RC4. While additional changes are pending, he noted “it all looks quite small and nothing seems to be particularly scary-looking.”

So overall, Linux 5.2-rc5 should be a normal release for this stage. More commentary in the release announcement.

If not already familiar with the changes coming in this next stable kernel update, see our Linux 5.2 feature overview.


GIMP 2.10.12 Released With Some Useful Improvements


FREE SOFTWARE --

While looking forward to the long-awaited GIMP 3.0 milestone, in the meantime GIMP 2.10 point releases have tended to be fairly notable and today’s GIMP 2.10.12 update is another useful update.

GIMP 2.10.12 not only fixes “some annoying bugs” but also offers up improvements to the Curves tool, layers support for TIFF exporting, faster painting, improved symmetry painting, an incremental mode for the dodge/burn tool, a new offset tool, and other enhancements.

The faster painting support in GIMP 2.10.12 comes by no longer replacing the paint buffer for every dab if the paint color/pixmap has not changed. The underlying GEGL library has also been receiving improvements as part of the GIMP 2.10 maintenance updates while development continues at full-speed towards GIMP 3.0.

More details on GIMP 2.10.12 at GIMP.org.