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    Oryx Pro is the first System76 laptop with Coreboot, Open Controller Firmware and NVIDIA

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 25 June - 16:08 · 2 minutes

System76 have today revealed a refreshed Oryx Pro laptop. The first to come from System76 that features both their System76 Open Firmware, System76 Embedded Controller Firmware and NVIDIA together. This was hinted at recently, when System76 engineer Jeremy Soller had mentioned they were working on it on Twitter.

Quite an exciting development, having a top Linux hardware vendor bring open source firmware that's built from coreboot and the EDK boot-loader to more models and with an NVIDIA GPU too so there's plenty of power involved. System76 said it "means that users get lightning fast boot times, enhanced security, and firmware updates accessible through their operating system" plus "open source firmware gives a look inside the
code, so users can keep track of what’s happening with their data".

Check out our gallery of pics, click below for more:

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The System76 Embedded Controller Firmware is important too, available under the GPL3 that they told us "grants you access and control over important functionality, such as your keyboard, fans, and battery". All together, it's an exciting push for more control across more hardware. System76 just keep on impressing.

Actual specs:

Operating System

Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)

Processor

10th Gen Intel® Core i7-10875H, 2.3 up to 5.1 GHz – 16 MB cache – 8 cores – 16 threads

Display

15.6" or 17.3" FHD (1920x1080) 144 Hz refresh rate, Matte Finish

Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, or 2080 Super

(NVIDIA driver currently unavailable on Windows)

Memory

Up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4 @ 3200 MHz, 8GB DDR4 as standard

Storage

2 x M.2 (SATA or PCIe NVMe), Up to 4 TB total

Expansion

USB 3.2 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB 3.2 (1 x powered USB, AC/DC), SD Card Reader

Input

Multitouch Touchpad, Multi-Color Backlit Chicklet US QWERTY Keyboard

Networking

Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX + Bluetooth

Video Ports

1 x HDMI (w/HDCP), 1 x Mini DisplayPort (1.4), 1 x Thunderbolt 3

Audio

2-in-1 Audio Jack (Microphone / S/PDIF Optical output), 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Microphone), Stereo Speakers

Camera

1.0M HD Video Camera

Security

Disabled ME, Kensington® Lock

Battery

Embedded 3 cell Polymer battery pack 73Wh

Charger

180 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz

Dimensions

Dependent on display size (Height × Width × Depth):

15.6": 0.78" x 14.07" x 9.37" (19.81 x 357.38 x 238.00 mm)

17.3": 0.78" x 15.60" x 10.43" (19.81 x 396.24 x 264.92 mm)

With NVIDIA's expanded PRIME support on Linux now, the Pop!_OS Linux distribution from System76 allows the
ability to easily toggle between Intel and NVIDIA giving the best of both worlds when you need it. For a laptop, it's a bit of a beast and for gaming that looks pretty ideal.

Learn more on System76.com , they said it will be available starting today. You can see all their open source tech used on GitHub .

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    Intel en danger après l’annonce d’Apple ?

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Tuesday, 23 June - 14:20 · 3 minutes

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Durant sa conférence d’ouverture de la WWDC 2020, Apple a annoncé un changement majeur à venir sur les Mac. Fort de son expérience dans la conception de ses puces mobiles AX pour iPhone et iPad, la firme californienne compte désormais voler de ses propres ailes et équiper ses ordinateurs de ses puces maison, appelés Apple Silicon , en abandonnant au passage les processeurs d’Intel. Mais si Apple a brièvement mentionné Intel durant sa conférence, sans jamais esquisser la moindre critique à son égard, on se doute que ce passage vers des SoC ARM est motivé par de multiples raisons, dont la volonté de ne plus dépendre du calendrier d’Intel pour ses sorties, mais aussi celle d’avoir davantage la main mise sur la conception de son matériel, et de pouvoir aller encore plus vite dans son propre calendrier de lancement. Pour Intel, la perte du marché des Mac n’est pas si problématique : la transition étant étalée sur 18 mois, le fondeur aurait le temps de voir venir, d’autant que le Mac ne représenterait qu’environ 5% de son chiffre d’affaires , selon l’analyste C.J. Muse.

Mais surtout, si Apple s’est décidé à utiliser les puces de sa conception sur des produits aussi véloces – toute proportion gardée – que des ordinateurs, c’est parce que ses puces AX ont désormais atteint un niveau de performance sans précédent . La puce A12Z, utilisé durant les démonstrations de ce nouveau Mac ARM, semble ainsi largement capable de gérer aussi bien de lourds effets Photoshop que de multiples flux vidéo 4K sur Final Cut Pro, soit des usages assez avancés qui dépassent déjà le type d’utilisation classique que le grand public peut faire d’un ordinateur. Du côté de la concurrence, les performances ne sont pas en reste, et si Apple reste encore en tête des benchmarks avec ses A12Z et A13, Qualcomm et son Snapdragon 865, Samsung et son Exynos 990, et Huawei et son Kirin 990 ne sont pas bien loin derrière. Qui sait, peut-être que l’idée d’Apple de passer ses ordinateurs à des processeurs maison titillera certains concurrents, tentés de faire la même chose ? Même Microsoft a déjà montré son intérêt pour les processeurs ARM, c’est dire. Quand on voit aujourd’hui la volonté des constructeurs de créer des appareils toujours plus nomades, la question se pose, d’autant que la 5G pourrait, elle aussi, s’inviter sur nos ordinateurs, lesquels seraient alors bien lotis avec une puce mobile (certains laptops commencent par ailleurs à adopter des puces mobiles, et pas seulement des Chromebook). C’est là qu’Intel aurait fort à perdre, puisque le fondeur a bien du mal à rivaliser sur le secteur des puces mobiles, peinant à miniaturiser ses puces.

Pendant qu’Intel traîne la patte, Apple va graver son SoC A14 en 5nm, dès cette année Crédits : Slejven Djurakovic via Unsplash

Il faut dire que l’entreprise californienne est rattrapée par la concurrence. Certes, les puces du fondeur de Santa Clara sont toujours largement dominantes dans le monde des PC, mais la firme semble perdre peu à peu son monopole . Non seulement les gains de performances sont désormais très minces d’année en année sur ce secteur, mais le rapport qualité-prix s’avère également de moins en moins bon, surtout face à la montée en puissance des puces Ryzen d’AMD, devenues aujourd’hui une alternative parfaitement viable sur PC, et proposant un bien meilleur rapport qualité-prix. Quant à monter une tour ultra-puissante dans le but de jouer à des jeux vidéo, cela a du sens aujourd’hui, mais demain, lorsque les offres de cloud gaming se seront plus largement installées et qu’il sera possible de jouer à un titre AAA depuis un smartphone d’entrée de gamme ? Dans ce futur en approche, difficile de voir où pourrait vraiment se situer Intel, à moins que le fondeur californien ne se réinvente, tout comme l’industrie semble le faire autour de lui. Intel va alors devoir mettre les bouchées doubles pour regagner le coeur de ses utilisateurs, mais aussi de ses processeurs.

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    Vulkan support for older Raspberry Pi models is now a thing

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 22 June - 09:39

While work is underway officially to bring Vulkan API support to the Raspberry Pi 4, what about the older models? An NVIDIA engineer decided to get it done as announced on Twitter .

The NVIDIA engineer, Martin Thomas, worked on the RPi-VK-Driver which is now available to grab from GitHub to bring Vulkan API support to models prior to the Raspberry Pi 4. Thomas said they had been working on it for two years and they said it's the "first low-level GPU driver for the Broadcom Videocore IV GPU".

While it will run Vulkan, it doesn't conform to the official Khronos standard so it's not an official driver but Thomas says it tries to follow it as close as possible. Compared with the current OpenGL driver, it also "offers superb speed including precise and predictable memory management and multi-threaded command submission" and more graphical feature support including MSAA and more.

In another Twitter post, Thomas showed it running VkQuake3 at 100+ FPS which is quite impressive.

Try it yourself from GitHub .

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    AMD announce the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 16 June - 13:35 · 1 minute

Expanding their reach across more of the market, AMD today announced the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT as well as the the AMD B550 chipset availability and the new A520 chipset.

These newer XT branded chips are aimed at the enthusiast market, to give what AMD say is "elite-level performance that dominates gaming and content creation" using further optimizations to their 7nm manufacturing process. This update to 7nm, AMD say, gives an AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT around a 4% increase in single-threaded performance over previous AMD Ryzen 3000 desktop processors.

From the press release:

"At AMD, we are committed to listening closely to our customers and the enthusiast community to deliver leadership products," said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, client business unit. "With AMD Ryzen 3000XT processors, we’re making additional optimizations to the 7nm manufacturing process to deliver industry leading single-thread performance and more choice and flexibility for enthusiasts."

MODEL CORES / THREADS BOOST / BASE
FREQUENCY
(GHZ)
TOTAL CACHE (MB) TDP (WATTS) Platform SEP
(USD)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT 12/24 Up to 4.7/3.8 70 105 AM4 $499
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT 8/16 Up to 4.7/3.9 36 105 AM4 $399
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 6/12 Up to 4.5/3.8 35 95 AM4

$249

All three are expected to be available on July 7.

On the subject of cooling, AMD say the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT comes with a Wraith Spire cooler but the other two AMD suggest looking elsewhere for better cooling "with a minimum 280mm radiator or equivalent air cooling".

Today we also see the worldwide availability of the AMD B550 chipset, the first to support PCIe 4.0. AMD also announced the new A520 chipset, aimed at "everyday PC users".

See more on the AMD website .

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    PS5 : coloris noir, interface… Un responsable du design lâche quelques informations

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Monday, 15 June - 14:22 · 3 minutes

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Les inconditionnels de la PlayStation ont été nombreux à pousser des cris d’orfraie lors de la présentation de la nouvelle PS5 , le 11 juin dernier. Sa robe d’un blanc immaculé a surpris de nombreux observateurs, plutôt habitués aux tons sombres chez Sony. Mais si vous faites partie de ces récalcitrants, voici de quoi vous mettre du baume au coeur : Matt McLaurin, vice-président du département UX Design chez Sony PlayStation, interrogé par PhonAndroid , révèle qu’ un coloris noir sera certainement disponible. Pour ceux qui souhaiteraient avoir un aperçu, le designer @MrUnknownArtist s’est chargé d’éditer le rendu original en blanc pour se faire une idée de l’apparence de la bête en version noire.

La personnalisation de la console pourrait ne pas se limiter à un simple choix entre noir et blanc. Toujours d’après Matt McLaurin, “ il y aura une édition spéciale pour tout le monde”. Il ajoute que “ bien que ce design soit celui de référence, vous pouvez compter sur des éditions spéciales encore plus belles (et radicales)”. Cela semble ouvrir la porte à de nombreux accessoires purement cosmétiques. La manette, par exemple, pourrait être plus facilement démontable pour permettre de remplacer les coques, les boutons ou les sticks directionnels par des pièces détachées d’autres couleurs, comme c’est déjà le cas pour de nombreux types de manettes. Côté console, on pourrait aussi imaginer que la plaque extérieure blanche soit démontable, et que Sony propose tout un assortiment de coloris alternatifs.

Du teasing et du conditionnel, mais toujours peu d’images…

McLaurin a également expliqué que l’interface utilisateur (UI) de la PS5 représenterait une “amélioration de 100% par rapport à l’UI de la PS4, avec de nouveaux concepts différents”. Il évoque même un “tout nouveau langage visuel, et une toute nouvelle architecture de l’interface ”. Avec ces changements “plus subtils que flashy ” de l’aveu même de McLaurin, il faut donc s’attendre à une expérience de navigation relativement semblable à celle que connaissaient les possesseurs de PS4. Mais sa formule “aucun pixel n’a été laissé tel quel” interroge tout de même sur la portée de ces petits changements. Un teasing qui laissera certainement les futurs acheteurs sur leur faim, après un premier trailer qui n’en disait déjà pas bien long sur l’interface de la future PlayStation…

Enfin, et c’est peut-être là l’information la plus importante, McLaurin a expliqué que le hardware serait également bien plus customisable qu’auparavant. Voilà qui est intéressant et ne va pas manquer d’aiguiser la curiosité des joueurs les plus exigeants. Dans quelle mesure, telle est la question. Il faut bien avouer que la possibilité d’ajouter de la RAM ou un SSD M.2, et pourquoi pas – soyons fous – un GPU supplémentaire est pour le moins alléchante mais il convient de rester très prudent face à cette éventualité. Attendons déjà de savoir si, oui ou non, la console héritera bel et bien d’une version noire comme cela semble se profiler.

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    Chip designer Jim Keller has resigned from Intel

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 12 June - 08:17 · 1 minute

Jim Keller, something of a legend when it comes to chip design has formally resigned from Intel over 'personal reasons'.

If you don't follow AMD / Intel too closely to know any of the specifics, Keller was the lead architect of the AMD K8 and also the original AMD Zen. Keller also worked with Apple, Tesla and most recently joining Intel in 2018 which turned a few heads because they're obviously quite the name.

Yesterday, Intel put out a press statement simply mentioning that Keller had resigned 'effective June 11, 2020, due to personal reasons'. However, Keller will be sticking around as a consultant for six months to assist with any transitions.

Intel also used this time to announce some staffing shifts:

  • Sundari Mitra, the former CEO and founder of NetSpeed Systems and the current leader of Intel’s Configurable Intellectual Property and Chassis Group, will lead a newly created IP Engineering Group focused on developing best-in-class IP.
  • Gene Scuteri, an accomplished engineering leader in the semiconductor industry, will head the Xeon and Networking Engineering Group.
  • Daaman Hejmadi will return to leading the Client Engineering Group focused on system-on-chip (SoC) execution and designing next-generation client, device and chipset products. Hejmadi has over two decades of experience leading teams delivering advanced SoCs both inside and outside of Intel.
  • Navid Shahriari, an experienced Intel leader, will continue to lead the Manufacturing and Product Engineering Group, which is focused on delivering comprehensive pre-production test suites and component debug capabilities to enable high-quality, high-volume manufacturing.

Must come as quite a sting to Intel during a time when they're repeatedly battling against high-profile security problems including Meltdown, Spectre, ZombieLoad and the list goes on with the most recent being CrossTalk which was made public a few days ago.

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    It seems Coreboot and Open Firmware will come to System76's NVIDIA laptops

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 12 June - 07:54

Back in April, System76 released the Lemur Pro laptop and one of the highlights was that it pulled in a lot more open source. It seems those clever engineers aren't stopping there.

System76 have their own fork of Coreboot, an open source replacement for the usual proprietary BIOS (firmware) found in most devices. They've continued working on it and now a System76 engineer, Jeremy Soller, has mentioned on Twitter that their fork now supports NVIDIA graphics in hybrid mode, and that NVIDIA laptops from System76 with both their System76 Open Firmware and their System76 Open Source Embedded Controller are "inevitable". Soller also shared this picture of it running:

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Keeping in mind that's Soller's personal account and not a statement of anything confirmed upcoming, it's still quite an exciting idea for more hardware options.

Wonderful to see all the fantastic work System76 are doing together. They just recently launched the Serval WS laptop , powered by 3rd gen Ryzen too which looks like quite the monster power-house.

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    System76 announce their 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen powered Serval WS laptop

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 11 June - 16:03 · 2 minutes

Users have been pestering Linux hardware vendor and Pop!_OS distribution maker System76 for some time to make an AMD powered laptop, even in our comments we've seen plenty of calls for it and so they listened. Today they announced the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen powered Serval WS.

System76 say it has desktop-level power in a portable housing, making it "uniquely positioned for a wide variety of uses". They're not really overstating that either. The new Serval WS will come with either the 3rd Gen Ryzen 3600, 3700X, or 3900 CPU making all models quite a power-house and good for gaming too.

Have a look at some images provided by System76, including a sweet interior shot - click for a gallery:

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"Our twelfth generation Serval WS breaks new ground with AMD Ryzen desktop CPUs in a laptop starting at only $1,299," says Carl Richell, Founder and CEO. "As such, it's the perfect companion for professionals requiring desktop performance while mobile."

Not only does it have a top processor, it's not short on the graphics side either. They didn't go with AMD for graphics though, sticking with NVIDIA instead giving the choice of either an NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti or an RTX 2070. On top of that you can kit it out with a huge amount of hard drive space with up to 4TB NVMe.

Here's the full specs they sent over:

Operating System

Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)

Processor

3rd Gen AMD® Ryzen™ 5 3600 : 3.6 up to 4.2 GHz - 6 Cores - 12 Threads

3rd Gen AMD® Ryzen™ 7 3700X : 3.6 up to 4.4 GHz - 8 Cores - 16 Threads

3rd Gen AMD® Ryzen™ 9 PRO 3900 : 3.1 up to 4.3 GHz - 12 Cores - 24 Threads

Display

15.6” FHD (1920x1080) Matte Finished, 120 Hz

Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2070

Memory

8GB DDR4 2933Mhz as standard, upgradeable to 64GB dual-channel DDR4

Storage

2 x M.2 (SATA or PCIe NVMe), 1 x 2.5" 7mm height drive, Up to 8 TB total

Expansion

2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C), 1 x USB 2.0, SD Card Reader

Input

Multitouch Touchpad, Multi-Color Backlit Chiclet US QWERTY Keyboard

Networking

Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX + Bluetooth

Video Ports

HDMI (w/HDCP), Mini DisplayPort (1.4), USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C w/ DisplayPort (1.4)

Audio

2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Microphone), Microphone Jack, Stereo Speakers

Camera

1.0M HD Video Camera

Security

Kensington® Lock

Battery

Removable 6 cell Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack 62Wh

Charger

Dependent on Graphics:

GTX 1660 Ti: 180 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz

RTX 2070: 230 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz

Dimensions

(Height × Width × Depth):

1.28" x 14.21" x 10.16" (32.51 mm x 360.934 mm x 258.06 mm)

Weight

5.95 lbs (2.70 kg)

Base weight. Varies on configuration

According to System76 press the AMD Ryzen powered Serval WS will be available today, June 11. You can see more and order from System76.com . The direct page for the Serval WS is here .

Fantastic to see System76 continue to expand. Over the last 2 or so years they've really become quite a force to be reckoned with in the Linux hardware and software space. Starting off from humble beginnings offering somewhat generic devices although with their full Linux tailored support, they moved onto their very fancy custom-built Thelio desktop line. From there they progressed even further into more open source with things like Coreboot and open firmware on the Lemur Pro from this year. This is another great step to offer more choice to consumers.


On another related note, System76 are hiring! They need a Software Engineer to work on their Linux distribution Pop!_OS. Seems you need to be US-based but you can do it remotely. Have a look on their jobs page .

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