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Freedreno Gallium3D Lands A5xx Texture Tiling For Better Performance

Sunday 14th of January 2018 10:45:03 PM
Freedreno lead developer Rob Clark has landed initial support for texture tiling with Qualcomm Adreno A5xx graphics hardware...

Phoronix Test Suite 7.8 M2 Released As "Folldal" Development Heats Up

Sunday 14th of January 2018 08:15:42 PM
Just one week after Phoronix Test Suite 7.8 Milestone 1, the second development release of 7.8-Folldal is now available for testing...

Godot 3.0 Release Candidate 1 Debuts Ahead Of This Imminent Game Engine Release

Sunday 14th of January 2018 05:49:10 PM
The crew responsible for the open-source Godot cross-platform game engine have announced the 3.0 Release Candidate ahead of the imminent stable release of this major update...

Benchmarking Ubuntu's Low-Latency Kernel & Liquorix Post-Meltdown

Sunday 14th of January 2018 04:40:58 PM
A new Phoronix Premium member was hypothesizing in the forums whether Ubuntu's low-latency kernel would be performing better in the wake of the Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) support in the kernel for fending off the Meltdown CPU vulnerability. With always aiming to deliver on test requests by premium members, I ran some benchmarks of the Ubuntu low-latency vs. generic kernels and I also tossed in the Liquorix kernel for benchmarking too.

Spectre Mitigation Added To GCC 8, Seeking Backport To GCC 7

Sunday 14th of January 2018 03:42:05 PM
Hitting the GCC 8 compiler Git/SVN code this Sunday morning are the changes needed compiler-side for CVE-2017-5715 / Spectre mitigation...

Some Of What's Coming For Wayland's Weston 4.0 Compositor

Sunday 14th of January 2018 01:29:15 PM
Earlier this week ongoing Wayland/Weston release manager Bryce Harrington at Samsung laid out plans for Wayland 1.15 and Weston 4.0. There's been some push-back on the proposed dates to try to allow some more work to land in these upcoming six month releases to Wayland/Weston, but long story short, these next releases will be here in the near future...

A "Newer" ASUS Mini-ITX AMD Motherboard Now Supported By Coreboot

Sunday 14th of January 2018 01:08:40 PM
The latest Coreboot Git code now has support for the ASUS AM1I-A motherboard...

Linux 4.15-rc8 Bringing BPF Security Improvements For Fending Speculative Attacks

Sunday 14th of January 2018 12:56:00 PM
With the Linux 4.15-rc8 kernel that is expected for release today as the final step before Linux 4.15, it's still seeing continued security improvements in the wake of the Spectre CPU vulnerabilities...

KPTI Support For 64-bit ARM Getting Buttoned Up Ahead Of Linux 4.16

Sunday 14th of January 2018 12:27:28 PM
Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) landed at the start of the year for x86/x86_64 systems for fending off the much talked about CPU attacks while the ARM64 / 64-bit ARM code is still a work-in-progress but looks like it will be squared away for the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel cycle...

Flatpak Support Is Now "Production Ready" In KDE Discover

Sunday 14th of January 2018 02:36:31 AM
It seems to be a busy weekend for KDE news... The latest is that the Flatpak app sandboxing support formerly known as XDG-App is considered production ready within KDE Discover...

KDE Frameworks 5.42 Brings Wayland Improvements, Plasma & KIO Activity

Sunday 14th of January 2018 02:13:18 AM
KDE Frameworks 5.42.0 was released today as the latest monthly feature update to this collection of add-on KDE libraries complementing Qt5...

DigiKam 5.8 Released With Export Support To UPnP/DLNA Devices

Saturday 13th of January 2018 09:22:16 PM
The KDE-developed, Qt-powered digiKam photo management software is out with its first feature update of 2018...

Tweaking Ubuntu 17.10 To Try To Run Like Clear Linux

Saturday 13th of January 2018 05:18:56 PM
Even with the overhead of having both KPTI and Retpoline kernel support in place, our recent Linux distribution benchmarks have shown Intel's Clear Linux generally outperforming the more popular distributions. But if applying some basic performance tweaks, can Ubuntu 17.10 perform like Clear Linux? Here are some benchmarks looking at a few factors.

Firefox 59 Is Dropping GTK2 Support

Saturday 13th of January 2018 02:00:00 PM
Now that Firefox's GTK3 support is finally into shape, Firefox 59 will be doing away with GTK2 tool-kit support...

LittleFS: A New File-System For ARM Embedded Devices

Saturday 13th of January 2018 01:35:30 PM
LittleFS is a lightweight file-system that's being developed for embedded systems...

GCC 8.0 vs. LLVM Clang 6.0 On AMD EPYC

Saturday 13th of January 2018 01:20:01 PM
At the beginning of January I posted some early LLVM Clang 6.0 benchmarks on AMD EPYC while in this article is comparing the tentative Clang 6.0 performance to that of the in-development GCC 8.0. Both compilers are now into their feature freeze and this testing looked at the performance of generated binaries both for generic x86_64 as well as being tuned for AMD's Zen "znver1" microarchitecture.

Linux Graphics Trends Over The Past Five Years

Saturday 13th of January 2018 12:25:45 PM
Yesterday I posted some Linux hardware statistics going back to 2011 using data collected by the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org. Those yearly metrics hadn't contained any GPU/driver data, but here are those numbers...

Fedora Will Land A Free Software But "Crippled" AAC Decoder

Saturday 13th of January 2018 11:33:23 AM
The past few months Fedora Linux has been working on shipping free software AAC audio codec support and that's moved ahead but at least initially they are calling the AAC decoder "crippled."..

Ubuntu 17.10.1 ISOs Now Available To Avoid Thrashing Some UEFI Systems

Saturday 13th of January 2018 11:15:25 AM
Ubuntu 17.10.1 ISOs are now available as well as for most of the *buntu derivatives. The Ubuntu 17.10.1 ISO re-spin is for disabling the SPI kernel driver to avoid messing up select laptops...

Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. CentOS vs. openSUSE vs. Clear Linux Post-Meltdown Performance

Friday 12th of January 2018 10:21:08 PM
With Linux distributions being patched since last week's Meltdown and Spectre disclosure, here are benchmarks on some of the prominent distributions looking at their performance impact since being patched. Tested from an Intel Core i7 8700K system was CentOS, Clear Linux, Debian, openSUSE, and Ubuntu.

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