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  • Linux 5.12 To Support USB4 "Security Level 5" To Disable PCIe Tunneling - Phoronix

    The USB4 / Thunderbolt changes slated for the upcoming Linux 5.12 merge window have been queued into the USB-next tree.

    Queued into USB-next yesterday were the Thunderbolt changes from Intel for the next kernel window, which also include the latest USB4 work as part of it. One of the new security options with Linux 5.12 is supporting USB4's Security Level 5 (SL5). With this new security level, PCIe tunneling is disabled. This higher security level to disable PCI Express tunneling is normally a BIOS configuration option with supported USB4 hardware. This "nopcie" option is also being enforced when in the DisplayPort-only "dponly" mode.

  • AMD Is Currently Hiring More Linux Engineers - Phoronix

    It looks like thanks to AMD's increasing sales and continuing successes in the enterprise space with more HPC wins and the like, AMD is hiring more Linux engineers. AMD currently has several interesting job openings on the Linux front.

    While AMD has been delivering reliable Linux support with their recent launches, there is room for improvement in areas like more timely compiler support for new processors, better alignment of their new hardware enablement for getting the code not only upstreamed but into distributions for launch-day, and similar areas. Based on recent job postings, it looks like AMD is working to make such strides.

  • Intel's Project ACRN To Upstream More Code With Linux 5.12 - Phoronix

    Announced nearly three years ago by Intel was the ACRN reference hypervisor framework intended for IoT/embedded use-cases with real-time capabilities and safety-critical computing. More of the kernel bits to this "Big Little Hypervisor for IoT Development" are set to see mainline with the imminent Linux 5.12 kernel cycle.

    Back in 2019 with Linux 5.3 was initial ACRN guest support. Ultimately this ACRN Hypervisor has been continuing along not only with Intel but also organizations like LG, APTIV, Neusoft, and others under the "Project ACRN" umbrella. Now with the upcoming Linux 5.12 cycle, more of the ACRN hypervisor support is set to land.

  • It’s 2021 and the Linux kernel’s floppy driver is still seeing the occasional patch – OSnews

    Floppies are awesome and I’m sure there’s tons of older machines out there – especially in corporate settings – that are still rocking a floppy drive for backwards compatibility reasons. Might as well keep the code up to snuff.

AMD is looking to hire more Linux engineers

  • AMD is looking to hire more Linux engineers

    Chip giant AMD has issued a number of Linux-related job postings in an apparent bid to improve the support for open source software on its hardware.

    The semiconductor company’s increasing footprint in the enterprise space with its recent high-performance computing (HPC) wins, could perhaps be the reason behind the headhunting. Even on the desktop front, AMD is garnering a lot of support from Linux gamers, in terms of adoption of its processors and graphics cards with desktop PCs.

AMD looking for Linux help

  • AMD looking for Linux help

    AMD currently has several job openings on the Linux front which seem to indicate the outfit is stepping up its Linux support.

    According to Phoronix, AMD has been delivering reliable Linux support with its recent launches but it looks like there is room for improvement in areas like more timely compiler support for new processors, better alignment of its new hardware enablement for getting the code not only upstreamed but into distributions for launch-day, and similar areas.

    Looking through AMD’s job ads, Phoronix thinks it looks like AMD is serious about Linux.

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