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Intel Xe Graphics' Incredible Performance Uplift From OpenCL To oneAPI Level Zero To Vulkan

Friday 23rd of October 2020 03:20:00 PM
Since picking up the Dell XPS 13 9310 for delivering Tiger Lake Linux benchmarks, most of the focus so far has been about the overall processor performance while in this article is our first deep dive into the Gen12 Xe Graphics performance on Linux with Intel's fully open-source graphics and compute stack. Here is a look at how the Tiger Lake Xe Graphics performance is with the Core i7-1165G7 ranging from OpenGL and Vulkan graphics tests to OpenCL, oneAPI Level Zero, and Vulkan compute tests.

AMD SFH Driver To Land With Linux 5.11 For Better Ryzen Laptop Handling In 2021

Friday 23rd of October 2020 01:20:00 PM
It was sadly too late for squeezing into the current Linux 5.10 merge window but it looks like for Linux 5.11 in early 2021 the AMD Sensor Fusion Hub "SFH" driver will make its long awaited debut...

Integer Scaling To Come With Linux 5.11 For Intel Graphics Driver

Friday 23rd of October 2020 12:54:39 PM
Going back more than a year there have been Intel "i915" kernel graphics driver patches implementing integer mode scaling support while finally for Linux 5.11 in early 2021 the support will have landed...

LLVM Clang 12 Adds Support For Vectorization Using Glibc's Vector Math Library

Friday 23rd of October 2020 10:49:23 AM
Upstream LLVM/Clang now supports making use of the vector math library found within the GNU C Library...

Laptop Touchpad Improvements, New Joystick Driver For Linux 5.10

Friday 23rd of October 2020 10:29:03 AM
The Linux 5.10 merge window is closing this weekend but there still is new code landing for this last complete kernel series of 2020...

Ubuntu 21.04 Installer Might Allow EXT4 Encryption Without LVM

Friday 23rd of October 2020 07:23:52 AM
Ubuntu for many years has allowed EXT4 file-system encryption when making use of LVM management but for Ubuntu 21.04 it's looking to offer the file-system encryption without having to go through LVM...

Fedora 33 To Be Released Next Week

Friday 23rd of October 2020 04:04:27 AM
Fedora 33 will manage to ship on-time per its back-up target date of next week Tuesday...

Intel Sends Linux Kernel Patches For VRR / Adaptive-Sync Enablement

Friday 23rd of October 2020 12:41:25 AM
For months now Intel's open-source Linux driver stack has been preparing for VRR support with Gen11/Gen12 graphics. We've seen user-space patches by Intel around VRR while now they are finally sending out their key Linux kernel driver patches with the i915 DRM code...

The Most Innovative ~$50 Graphics Card For Linux Users

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 08:50:47 PM
This ~$50 USD graphics card is open-source friendly, can drive four display outputs simultaneously, passively cooled, and can fit in a PCI Express x1 slot. It's a unique card offering good value especially for those Linux users wanting open-source friendly hardware.

Linux-Based TrueNAS SCALE Alpha Released

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 07:07:35 PM
The crew at iXsystems this week not only released TrueNAS 12.0 as their convergence of TrueNAS and FreeNAS, but they have also put out an alpha build of TrueNAS SCALE as their new Linux-based offering...

Linux 5.10 ARM64 Has A "8~20x" Performance Optimization Forgotten About For Two Years

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 06:45:32 PM
Last week was the main set of ARM 64-bit architecture updates for Linux 5.10 while today a second batch of changes were sent in for this kernel. That first round had the Memory Tagging Extension (MTE) and Pointer Authentication support among other improvements while this secondary pull has two notable performance optimizations...

Ubuntu 20.10 Released With GNOME 3.38, Active Directory Installer Integration

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 05:16:43 PM
Ubuntu 20.10, the "Groovy Gorilla", is now officially available...

LLVM Clang 12 Merges Support For x86_64 Microarchitecture Levels

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 01:02:40 PM
In an effort to better cater towards newer and common x86_64 instruction set extensions, open-source toolchain developers are moving ahead with the work on x86_64 micro-architecture feature levels for being able to target a handful of different "levels" beyond the base x86_64 instruction set...

NFS Client With Linux 5.10 Adds "READ_PLUS" For Faster Performance

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 10:44:13 AM
The NFS client code with Linux 5.10 has another performance optimization...

FreeBSD Can Now Be Built From Linux/macOS Hosts, Transition To Git Continues

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 08:00:00 AM
The FreeBSD project has published their Q3-2020 report on the state of this leading BSD operating system...

Linux 5.10 Hardens Against Possible DMA Attacks By External PCIe Devices

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 04:00:07 AM
The PCI changes were submitted on Wednesday for the Linux 5.10 kernel...

Phoronix Test Suite 10.0.1 Released

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 04:00:00 AM
Following last week's big Phoronix Test Suite 10.0 and the new OpenBenchmarking.org, a small update is out this week to address some initial hiccups...

AMD Linux Driver Preparing For A Navi "Blockchain" Graphics Card

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 06:46:20 PM
While all eyes are on the AMD Radeon RX 6000 "Big Navi" graphics cards set to be announced next week, it also looks like AMD is preparing for a Navi 1x "Blockchain" graphics card offering given the latest work in their open-source Linux driver...

Linux Developers Discussing Possible Kernel Driver For Intel CPU Undervolting

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 06:00:00 PM
While the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) on Windows allows for undervolting laptop processors, currently on Linux there isn't any Intel-endorsed way for undervolting your CPU should you be interested in better thermal/power efficiency and other factors. But a hypothetical Linux kernel driver could be coming for filling such void...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 20.10 Performance With Intel Tiger Lake, AMD Renoir

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 02:30:00 PM
Stemming from our initial Intel Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" benchmarks on the Dell XPS 13 9310 last week and then also discovering better single-threaded performance on Ubuntu 20.10, one of the pressing questions was whether this is expected performance on Linux or if it's coming up short of Microsoft Windows for this first tier-one notebook to market with Intel Tiger Lake. So following those earlier tests I proceeded to do a Windows 10 Pro with all available updates comparison on Ubuntu 20.10 with the i7-1165G7. For added context, the same software stack and tests were repeated on an AMD Ryzen "Renoir" notebook.

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