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Watching Out For System Overheating When Benchmarking On Linux

Friday 20th of May 2016 12:33:09 PM
The newest module added to the Phoronix Test Suite is the start of a watchdog implementation with initially being focused on watching the system's thermal state to trip the benchmarking process if any of the selected sensors cross a defined threshold...

Trying R600g On Mesa 11.3, Cayman GPU On Linux 4.7 Radeon DRM Yields Problems

Friday 20th of May 2016 11:53:50 AM
For those curious whether Mesa 11.3 improves the performance at all for users bound to an old AMD Radeon graphics card using the R600 Gallium3D driver, I have some tests of that to share this morning...

A TODO List For Intel's Linux Vulkan Driver

Friday 20th of May 2016 11:37:31 AM
There is finally a public TODO list for Intel's Vulkan Linux driver living within Mesa...

Libreboot, Coreboot Downstream, Becomes A GNU Project

Friday 20th of May 2016 01:48:16 AM
Libreboot, the downstream of Coreboot that doesn't permit any closed-source microcode/firmware blobs as part of the hardware initialization process for this alternative to proprietary BIOS/UEFI, has become an official GNU project...

Early Virgil 3D Results Show This Virtual GPU For QEMU Has Room For Improvement

Friday 20th of May 2016 12:03:59 AM
Virgil 3D (also sometimes marked as VirGL 3D) is now part of all the key mainline components for supporting 3D acceleration on guest VMs that's then passed onto the host using a pure open-source software stack by creating a virtual 3D GPU inside QEMU. Here are some benchmark numbers...

Linux 4.7 Supports Realtek ALC234, Continued Work On Skylake HDMI Audio

Thursday 19th of May 2016 09:48:19 PM
Adding to the list of Linux 4.7 features/changes so far are device driver improvements in the audio realm...

NVIDIA 367.18 Beta Linux Driver Released With Many Fixes

Thursday 19th of May 2016 08:12:27 PM
The NVIDIA 367.18 beta Linux graphics driver was released this afternoon...

Google Play Along With All Android Apps Are Coming To Chrome OS

Thursday 19th of May 2016 07:04:42 PM
There were a lot of exciting Google announcements yesterday in kicking off the company's annual I/O conference while today there's a big piece of news: the Google Play store is coming to Chrome OS. Yes, all Android apps...

Linux 4.7 To Finally Support The First "Light Ridge" Thunderbolt Controller

Thursday 19th of May 2016 05:20:40 PM
While "Light Ridge" was the first copper Thunderbolt controller and released back in 2010, only now in 2016 is the first-generation controller seeing mainline Linux support...

Mesa 11.3 Isn't A Game Changer For Intel's Haswell

Thursday 19th of May 2016 04:48:19 PM
OpenGL tests I published yesterday show that Intel Broadwell graphics are much faster with Mesa 11.3 -- and that's on top of the newly-minted OpenGL 4.2 support -- but the same can't be said for Haswell...

The New Features So Far This Linux 4.7 Merge Window

Thursday 19th of May 2016 03:22:26 PM
We are just a few days into the two-week merge window for the Linux 4.7 merge window. But given all of the pull requests already sent in so far, here's a quick recap of what's been submitted for this next major version of the Linux kernel...

KVM AVIC Support Coming To Linux 4.7 For Improving AMD Virtualization Performance

Thursday 19th of May 2016 01:56:09 PM
The Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) code for Linux 4.7 is adding x86 AVIC support for further optimizing virtualization performance. AVIC is of relevance to AMD's Carrizo hardware and newer...

PowerPlay Fixes, More Polaris PCI IDs For AMDGPU 4.7

Thursday 19th of May 2016 12:42:10 PM
Alex Deucher sent in some early fixes for the AMDGPU kernel driver for the Linux 4.7 merge window...

Linux 4.7 To Gain New Security Feature Ported From Chrome OS

Thursday 19th of May 2016 12:19:11 PM
James Morris has made known the security subsystem updates intended for the Linux 4.7 kernel and it includes one addition worth mentioning...

OpenRW: An Open-Source, Linux-Friendly Reimplementation Of GTA III

Thursday 19th of May 2016 11:48:32 AM
There is OpenMW as a re-implementation of Morrowind, OpenRA as a re-implementation of Command and Conquer, and many other open-source game projects out there seeking to be free engine re-implementation of popular classic games. The latest of these projects is OpenRW, a re-implementation of Grand Theft Auto III...

Valve Is Finally Releasing Dota 2 With Vulkan Support Very Soon

Thursday 19th of May 2016 12:47:42 AM
It has taken longer than anticipated, but it looks like Valve will be releasing Dota 2 with Vulkan API renderer support within the next week...

Steam Client Beta Brings Improvements For Vulkan Gamers

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 11:28:07 PM
While there's still a shortage of Vulkan-powered games, the Steam client continues to make improvements for this next-gen graphics API...

Android N DP3 Considered Beta Quality, Adds VR Mode

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 08:03:33 PM
For kicking off the Google I/O conference today, Google announced the third developer preview of the upcoming Android N...

Radeon Linux 4.6 + Mesa 11.3 vs. NVIDIA Linux Performance & Perf-Per-Watt

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 07:00:00 PM
Last week I published a 16-way NVIDIA GeForce performance comparison on Linux looking at the OpenGL performance evolution from the GeForce 9800GTX to the GeForce GTX 980 Ti / TITAN X, in getting ready to compare the long-term NVIDIA Linux performance to Pascal. This week I've done similar tests on the AMD Radeon side and compared these OpenGL performance and power consumption / performance-per-Watt numbers to NVIDIA.

GNU Hurd 0.8 & Mach 1.7 Released

Wednesday 18th of May 2016 05:52:48 PM
There's a new release of GNU/Hurd available today...

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