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Intel's Idle Driver Supports Broadwell With Linux 3.17

Saturday 16th of August 2014 11:56:57 AM
The native hardware cpuidle driver for Intel CPUs now supports the upcoming Broadwell processors with Linux 3.17...

GCC 5.0 Doesn't Show Much Difference Yet For AMD's Steamroller

Friday 15th of August 2014 02:40:19 PM
There's been a lot of AMD APU tests this week on Phoronix with having the newest Kaveri APUs. Our latest APU adventure is seeing how well the GCC performance compares between GCC 4.9 and GCC 4.10, what's expected to become GCC 5.0...

Mesa Picks Up Support For Some OpenGL 4.5 Extensions

Friday 15th of August 2014 12:18:32 PM
Mesa developers continue making headway in supporting more of the Khronos OpenGL 4.x specifications... OpenGL 4.0~4.2 is hopefully not too far out, at least for the Intel Linux driver...

CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16

Friday 15th of August 2014 10:58:39 AM
In past months on Phoronix we have done many CPUfreq tests to see the impact of the different scaling governors and with Intel hardware how the CPUfreq driver compares to Intel P-State in terms of performance and power consumption. As we haven't done such ACPI CPUfreq tests on the AMD side in a long time, here's some benchmarks using a Kaveri APU and selecting the different scaling governors during performance benchmarking.

Kernel Developers Begin Work On CPPC Processor Performance Controls

Friday 15th of August 2014 07:52:48 AM
Ashwin Chaugule of Linaro has announced his experimental kernel implementation of Collaborative Processor Performance Controls (CPPC) that is part of the ACPI 5.1 specification...

The GLX Extension For Linux Game Developers Will Soon Work On More Drivers

Friday 15th of August 2014 05:33:58 AM
Going on for a while now has been work by Mesa developers on a new GLX extension to help out game developers by supplying hard to determine information in a standardized manner about the Linux graphics drivers and the underlying hardware renderer capabilities. That work is addressed by the GLX_MESA_query_renderer extension which to now has just been supported by the Intel Linux driver but soon will be supported by other Mesa drivers...

R600g & RadeonSI Now Support BPTC Texture Compression

Friday 15th of August 2014 04:08:27 AM
Earlier this week Intel pushed their BPTC texture compression support into mainline Mesa and now following in those foot steps are the R600g and RadeonSI driver enablement...

AMD Offers Mantle For OpenGL-Next, Pushes Mantle To Workstations

Thursday 14th of August 2014 07:03:16 PM
To no great surprise, AMD is cooperating with The Khronos Group to allow them to incorporate portions of their Mantle graphics API into the next-generation Khronos graphics API...

Valve Just Released A Big Linux Steam Client Update

Thursday 14th of August 2014 06:51:26 PM
Valve just pushed down a big Steam client update that has a number of Linux improvements along with other general improvements...

Btrfs Changes Rejected For The Linux 3.17 Kernel

Thursday 14th of August 2014 06:28:58 PM
Chris Mason at Facebook sent in his Btrfs file-system updates today for the Linux 3.17 merge window but it looks like the pull request is being rejected by Linus Torvalds and held off until Linux 3.18...

Xen Orchestra 3.5 Released, Xen Orchestra 4 Enters Focus

Thursday 14th of August 2014 06:21:33 PM
Xen Orchestra, the increasingly used web user-interface to the Xen Server and XAPI, is now out with its version 3.5 release while Xen Orchestra 4.0 is entering the developers' sights...

AMD Quietly Releases Catalyst 14.8 Linux Driver

Thursday 14th of August 2014 06:07:27 PM
At the end of last week AMD quietly released the Catalyst 14.8 binary driver for Linux that went unnoticed until now...

The Witcher 2 Performance Rises Again For Linux Gamers

Thursday 14th of August 2014 05:58:36 PM
Earlier this week I wrote about The Witcher 2 Linux port being updated with performance improvements and now just a few days later is yet another beta with the performance continuing to be optimized in order to rectify the sour launch of Witcher 2 on Linux...

Reiser4 Now Available For Linux 3.15

Thursday 14th of August 2014 03:02:57 PM
While the Linux 3.16 kernel is now stable, a few days ago the Reiser4 file-system was finally ported to Linux 3.15...

Enabling HyperZ Is Still An Easy Way For Faster RadeonSI Performance

Thursday 14th of August 2014 02:35:19 PM
With this week's Catalyst vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D driver comparison for the A10-7800 Kaveri APU with Radeon R7 Graphics, the default driver settings were used since after all it's what most Linux gamers and desktop users will utilize when running either driver. However, for those wanting to tune their open-source driver to get a bit higher number, enabling HyperZ is still an easy win.

Geometry Shaders / OpenGL 3.2 Finally Comes To Intel Sandy Bridge

Thursday 14th of August 2014 12:44:20 PM
Those still using Intel Sandy Bridge hardware on Linux will be ecstatic to learn this morning that geometry shaders support has been implemented in Mesa by a new patch-set for this older Intel hardware and thereby allowing OpenGL 3.2 support to be exposed for this "Gen6" hardware...

Darksiders 2 Is Coming To Linux

Thursday 14th of August 2014 12:22:00 PM
Leszek Godlewski, the developer that presented this week at GDC Europe on advanced Linux game programming, just shared that Darksiders 2 will be coming to Linux...

Next Week's Kernel Summit Will Try To Take On The 2038 Problem

Thursday 14th of August 2014 03:08:59 AM
Taking place next week is the Linux Kernel Summit in Chicago alongside the 2014 LinuxCon North America. We'll be providing live coverage next week while one of the early kernel summit sessions already being discussed online is a goal of trying to further the Linux solution to the year 2038 problem...

Debian Installer Images Now In Beta For 8.0 Jessie

Thursday 14th of August 2014 02:01:59 AM
The first beta of the installation images for Debian 8.0 "Jessie" are now available...

Linux 3.17 Doesn't Do Much For AMD Kaveri's Graphics Performance

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 07:00:00 PM
Following yesterday's RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst comparison using the new AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU with Radeon R7 Graphics, I then upgraded to the latest Git code for the Linux 3.17 kernel to look for performance changes...

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