LZ4 v1.9.4 Achieves 20~70% Speedups For Some CPUs & Configurations

LZ4 v1.9.4 is out today as the first point release in nearly two years for this BSD-licensed, speedy, lossless compression algorithm. Yann Collet announced the release today of LZ v1.9.4 as while it’s a “maintenance” release, there are around 350 patches and a number of improvements — including performance optimizations. LZ4 v1.9.4 brings a ~20% … Read more

Linux 6.0-rc1 Released With Exciting Performance Optimizations, New Hardware Support

After the two week long merge window, Linus Torvalds this afternoon released the first release candidate of Linux 6.0. Over the next roughly two months the Linux 6.0 kernel will stabilize but already from my early testing on various systems it is in nice shape and the features and performance are looking great. Linux 6.0 … Read more

Glibc 2.36 Dropping DT_HASH Has Been Breaking Easy Anti Cheat Games With Steam Play

Those on rolling-release Linux distributions that are quick to adapt to new toolchain updates are finding Easy Anti Cheat (EAC) enabled games breaking when running on the recently released Glibc 2.36. The breaking stems from the DT_HASH section being dropped in GNU C Library but EAC being among the few software still expecting that section … Read more

Linux 6.0 SMB3 Client Code Brings Multi-Channel Performance Improvement

The Linux CIFS/SMB3 client updates were merged on Sunday for the Linux 6.0 merge window. Notable with this round of updates is a performance improvement for the multi-channel mode. The SMB 3.0 protocol in modern versions of Windows and Linux supports multi-channel operation to increase network performance and reliability. SMB Multi-channel operation allows file servers … Read more

Realtek R8188EU Driver Sees “Huge Cleanups” With Linux 6.0

Along with his various other pull requests for areas of the kernel he oversees, Greg Kroah-Hartman submitted the Linux 6.0 staging changes this week. Linux’s staging area is where yet-to-be-proven / still-work-in-progress code is being merged until improved upon and promoted to the respective kernel subsystem / main area. Linux’s staging is also where general … Read more

SteamOS 3.3 Now Available With Many Improvements For The Steam Deck

Valve this evening has begun shipping SteamOS 3.3 to Steam Deck customers as the latest version of their Arch Linux based software stack initially targeting their handheld game console. SteamOS 3.3 with the updated Steam Deck client brings changes such as: – Adds an “Achievement” and “Guides” pages to the Steam overlay.– A scheduled night … Read more

Linux 5.19 Released – Linus Torvalds Released It From An Apple Silicon MacBook

Linus Torvalds just released Linux 5.19 as stable for the newest version of the Linux kernel. He also mentioned this is the first time he released the new Linux kernel from an ARM64 laptop in the form of an Apple MacBook running an AArch64 Apple M1 SoC. Linux 5.19 brings many new features from initial … Read more

Linux 5.19-rc7 Released Following A Tough Week With Retbleed, Intel GPU Firmware Snafu

Linus Torvalds just released Linux 5.19-rc7 following a busy week due to the Retbleed security mitigation and not only the CPU overhead performance impact it puts on users but the mess it has on kernel development especially when it comes to embargoed issues that make the patches difficult to review/test well prior to embargo lift. … Read more

Systemd Creator Lands At Microsoft

Yesterday’s surprise was that Lennart Poettering quietly had left Red Hat following a decade and a half there leading PulseAudio among other projects and ultimately going on to start systemd that has fundamentally reshaped modern Linux distributions. It turns out he had joined Microsoft and continuing his work on systemd. After yesterday’s article about Lennart … Read more