Wine 5.0 to be Rolled Out

The team had been working hard for the year to bring more than 7400 changes to the new stable version of the the popular solution
22 January 2020   217

After a year of development and 28 experimental versions, a stable release of the open implementation of Win32 API - Wine 5.0, which incorporated more than 7400 changes, is presented. Among the key achievements of the new version is the delivery of built-in Wine modules in PE format, support for multi-monitor configurations, a new implementation of the sound API XAudio2, and support for the Vulkan 1.1 graphics API.

Wine confirms the full-fledged work of 4869 (a year ago 4737) programs for Windows, another 4136 (a year ago 4045) programs work fine with additional settings and external DLLs. 3635 programs have small operational problems that do not interfere with the use of the main functions of the applications.

The main highlights are:

  • Builtin modules in PE format.
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • XAudio2 reimplementation.
  • Vulkan 1.1 support.

Get more at the official website and the release notes.

Oracle to Release Unbreakable Kernel R5U3

The update for the kernel, that can be used as alternative for Red Hat Enterprise Linux used in the Oracle Linux is based on the Linux 4.14 
25 March 2020   123

Oracle has released the third functional update for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R5 kernel, positioned for use in the Oracle Linux distribution as an alternative to the regular kernel package from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The kernel is available for x86_64 and ARM64 architectures (aarch64). Kernel sources, including breakdowns into individual patches, are published in the public Oracle Git repository.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5 package is based on the Linux 4.14 kernel (UEK R4 was based on the 4.1 kernel), which is supplemented with new features, optimizations and fixes, as well as tested for compatibility with most applications running in RHEL and specially optimized for working with industrial software and Oracle hardware. Installation and src packages with the UEK R5U1 kernel are prepared for Oracle Linux 7 (there are no obstacles to using this kernel in similar versions of RHEL, CentOS and Scientific Linux).

Key improvements:

  • Improved support for 64-bit systems based on the ARM architecture. Updated drivers for ARM.
  • InfiniBand includes on-demand paging support, which allows you to reflect memory through a processor for accessing unallocated pages of memory (page faults), i.e. consume memory when it is actually being used.
  • In XFS, a deadlock was eliminated, which caused the locks to freeze and not free.
  • CIFS resolved an issue that could lead to POSIX lock leaks and crashes.
  • Bug fixes resolving issues with incompatibility of certain equipment with QEMU / KVM.
  • Device drivers are synchronized with the Linux kernel 4.14.35. The driver for Broadcom Emulex LightPulse Fiber Channel SCSI has been updated to version 12.2.0.13.

Get more at the official blog