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AMDGPU Gets RPM Fan Info, Clock/Power-Gating Improvements & More For Linux 4.10

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 09:23:26 PM
Last month AMD sent out their big feature pull to DRM-Next for staging ahead of Linux 4.10 while now a secondary feature pull request has been sent in of more material for this next kernel development series...

AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA On Linux With OpenGL & Vulkan

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:05:47 PM
With Croteam recently having released an updated Talos Principle with better Vulkan performance and the NVIDIA 375.20 and AMDGPU-PRO 16.40 both having come out recently, here is a fresh OpenGL and Vulkan graphics API performance comparison when using Valve's Dota 2 and The Talos Principle, both of which games on Linux offer both graphics API renderers.

OpenCL Remains One Of AMDGPU-PRO's Main Advantages, Can't Wait For It To Be Open

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 03:20:30 PM
While many in our forums and other Linux communities want to see "AMDGPU-PRO die" or for AMD to stop supporting the hybrid/proprietary driver given the pace of RadeonSI development for OpenGL and the emerging RADV for (unofficial) Vulkan support, OpenCL remains one of AMDGPU-PRO's strongholds. AMD has been working on opening up their proprietary compute stack, but for now it's there. Here are some fresh AMDGPU-PRO 16.40 benchmarks versus NVIDIA in LuxMark, one of the real-world OpenCL workloads where the AMD blob does very well...

RADV Vulkan Driver Patch For Initial PRIME Support

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:36:10 PM
David Airlie's latest hacking on the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver code has led to basic PRIME support for this unofficial driver...

OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 vs. Leap 42.2 vs. Tumbleweed Benchmarks

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 09:14:34 AM
For those curious how openSUSE Leap 42.2, which was released last week, compares performance-wise to Leap 42.1 and the rolling-release openSUSE Tumbleweed, here are some benchmarks today for your viewing pleasure. Also included with this openSUSE performance comparison was Intel's Clear Linux distribution as an independent metric of a distribution that's generally among the fastest thanks to the aggressive optimizations by default.

It's Time For The Annual Thanksgiving Event To Support Our Linux Testing, Benchmarking

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:10:00 AM
Thankful for all of our content provided 365 days per year at Phoronix with not a 24+ hour break in nearly four years? Appreciate all of our prompt benchmarks of the latest enthusiast computer hardware and more? Like all of our original work on advancing open-source benchmarking via the Phoronix Test Suite,, Phoromatic, and more? Here is your chance to help out...

Intel's Recent Noteworthy Vulkan Patches Hit Mainline Mesa

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:00:00 AM
It's been a busy week for Intel's open-source developers working on their Vulkan "ANV" Linux driver with a number of the recent patch series having been merged a short time ago into mainline Mesa Git...

Total War: WARHAMMER - AMD RadeonSI Linux Performance

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 01:05:14 AM
Shortly after Total War: WARHAMMER was released for Linux by Feral Interactive we had out NVIDIA Linux WARHAMMER benchmarks. Now having more time since that OpenGL Linux game port release on Tuesday, here are benchmarks when using the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack with various AMD GCN graphics cards.

GNOME 3.23.2 Released With More Work Towards GNOME 3.24

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:23:45 PM
GNOME 3.23.2 was released today as the latest development snapshot in the road to next March's GNOME 3.24 release...

Pyston 0.6 Drops Memory Usage, Better NumPy Performance

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 08:53:14 PM
For those interested in greater Python performance, the Dropbox team responsible for the Pyston project that's interpreting Python using JIT techniques with LLVM, has announced a new release...

Total War: WARHAMMER NVIDIA Linux Benchmarks

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 04:44:53 PM
With Feral Interactive releasing Total War: WARHAMMER for Linux this morning, you are probably curious how well this Linux OpenGL game port will perform with your graphics card prior to spending $60 USD for the game. Up now are my NVIDIA GeForce benchmarks for Total War: WARHAMMER on Ubuntu Linux with nine different graphics cards. In the hours ahead will be the relevant AMD tests with this newest AAA Linux game as soon as I finish up that testing.

Fedora 25 Officially Released & I Highly Recommend It

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 02:15:38 PM
Fedora 25 was officially christened this morning...

The Unheard Of Company Behind The Failed Ubuntu Tablet Now Aims For OpenSUSE Tablet

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 02:09:52 PM
Back in 2014~2015 was talk of an Ubuntu Tablet inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge smartphone campaign and the company would just send along prototype pictures and specifications along with some pricing goals. That tablet never materialized but now that same group of folks is trying a crowdfunding campaign for an openSUSE tablet...

Total War: WARHAMMER Released For Linux

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 01:40:01 PM
Right on schedule, Feral Interactive has released Total War: WARHAMMER for Linux...

Intel Vulkan Linux Driver Lands Cull & Clip Distance Support

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 12:00:00 PM
After a number of commits landed in mainline Mesa Git in the early hours of this morning, cull and clip distance support has been enabled for the open-source Intel Vulkan "ANV" Linux driver...

Hisilicon Hibmc DRM Driver Being Added For Linux 4.10

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 11:31:46 AM
David Airlie has pulled the newest DRM/KMS driver into DRM-Next for merging in the Linux 4.10 kernel...

OpenCL Image Support For Gallium3D's Clover

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 09:18:19 AM
While AMD hasn't been doing much work lately on the Clover-based OpenCL support with focusing their open-source OpenCL efforts around ROCm / Radeon Open Compute, Edward O'Callaghan has been working on some much-needed love for the Clover OpenCL Gallium3D state tracker...

RadeonSI Patches For Compiling Optimized Shader Variants Asynchronously

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 05:00:08 AM
AMD developer Marek Olšák pushed his latest RadeonSI Gallium3D patch series into Mesa Git a few hours ago for further improving the open-source Radeon OpenGL driver stack...

AMD Sends Out Revised DAL Patches, Various Cleanups

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 01:00:00 AM
The latest DAL (Display Abstraction Layer) patches are now available for testing that represent the past four weeks of work by AMD developers on working towards getting the code reworked into a state that it can be merged in the mainline Linux kernel...

GTK+ 3.89.1 Released As First Development Step Towards GTK4

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 12:34:37 AM
Matthias Clasen tagged the release today of GTK+ 3.89.1 as the first development snapshot leading towards GTK+ 4.0...

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