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Windows 10 Radeon Software vs. AMDGPU On Ubuntu Linux

Monday 18th of April 2016 02:00:00 PM
Last week I posted results of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 when looking at NVIDIA's OpenGL performance. As those results were quite interesting, the next installment of our Windows vs. Linux benchmarking are some numbers for AMD Radeon graphics. Tested here were Radeon Software Crimson Edition on Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 with AMDGPU vs. Ubuntu 16.04 with the new AMDGPU PRO driver stack.

Possible SATA Power Management Improvements For Linux

Monday 18th of April 2016 11:29:52 AM
Linux kernel developer Matthew Garrett has revised his work around improving power management for modern Intel systems via SATA...

Tomb Raider Linux Requirements Released, Looks Like It Will Work With Mesa

Monday 18th of April 2016 11:17:58 AM
With prepping for the imminent release of Tomb Raider for Linux, Feral Interactive today published the Linux system requirements for this popular game...

Linux 4.6-rc4 Kernel Released

Monday 18th of April 2016 02:21:44 AM
Another Sunday night, another Linux kernel release candidate...

Google Is Working On An Efficiency Sanitizer To Improve Performance Problems

Sunday 17th of April 2016 10:56:15 PM
Derek Bruening of Google has announced the company's interest in creating an "Efficiency Sanitizer" for LLVM/Clang for analyzing targeted performance problems...

Mesa 11.2.1 Released For Stable Users Of Open-Source Linux GPU Drivers

Sunday 17th of April 2016 07:09:03 PM
Mesa 11.2.1 is now available as the first maintenance release for Mesa 11.2...

Getting Started With Mesa Development This Weekend

Sunday 17th of April 2016 01:15:29 PM
It seems more and more independent developers are interested in getting involved in Mesa open-source graphics driver development, but aren't really sure where to start or what are some easy tasks to get started...

Here's An Ubuntu Kernel Build If You Want To Help Test Nouveau Boost Support

Sunday 17th of April 2016 01:06:14 PM
If you have a NVIDIA GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" graphics card and wish to help out the Nouveau driver developers by testing out the experimental "boost" re-clocking patches covered yesterday on Phoronix thanks to the work by Karol Herbst, here's a 4.5-based Ubuntu kernel build to try out this weekend...

Ubuntu 16.04 Intel Graphics: Unity, Xfce, KDE, LXDE, GNOME, MATE, Openbox

Sunday 17th of April 2016 12:16:41 PM
Some Phoronix readers have been requesting fresh tests of OpenGL graphics/gaming performance on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with its different desktop environment options. For some brief results to share this Sunday, here are some Intel Skylake numbers when running Ubuntu 16.04 and testing out Unity, Xfce, KDE Plasma, LXDE, GNOME, MATE, and Openbox.

Nouveau "Boost" Patches Show Much Performance Potential

Saturday 16th of April 2016 04:06:33 PM
Karol Herbst has been one of the independent developers leading the charge to improve Nouveau re-clocking support. Within his Git tree he's been queuing up re-clocking and voltage handling improvements for this reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux driver. He's hoping the improved re-clocking code will be ready for the Linux 4.7~4.8 kernel, but I decided to try out his Git tree this week for some benchmarking of this experimental support.

Slackware 14.2 RC2 Now Available

Saturday 16th of April 2016 01:41:44 PM
The second release candidate of the upcoming Slackware 14.2 is now available...

Is The Linux Kernel Scheduler Worse Than People Realize?

Saturday 16th of April 2016 01:11:19 PM
A number of Phoronix readers have been pointing out material to indicate that the Linux kernel scheduler isn't as good as most people would assume...

OpenMW 0.39 Released As Newest Open-Source Morrowind Code

Saturday 16th of April 2016 12:56:20 PM
OpenMW 0.39 is now available as the latest version of this open-source Elderscrolls III: Morrowind reimplementation...

Intel's Vulkan Driver Merged Into Mainline Mesa

Friday 15th of April 2016 11:03:44 PM
Just as planned, the Vulkan code has been merged into mainline Mesa...

Libgcrypt 1.7 Adds New Algorithms, Performance Improvements

Friday 15th of April 2016 10:54:27 PM
Werner Koch announced the release today of libgcrypt 1.7, a major update to this general cryptographic library...

Vulkan 1.0.10 Released

Friday 15th of April 2016 06:29:47 PM
Another end of the week, another Vulkan specification update...

Wine 1.9.8 Lands More D3D Command Stream Prep Work

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:39:53 PM
Wine 1.9.8 is now available as the latest development snapshot of this program for running Windows programs/games on Linux, OS X, and other operating systems...

GCC 7.0 Now In Development, GCC 6.1 Likely Coming Next Week

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:21:31 PM
The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) made it today to having no P1 regressions (the highest priority) and thus they've now branched the code for the GCC 6 series, GCC 7.0 is now on the master branch, and GCC 6.1 should be released next week...

Intel's Clear Linux Shows Much Potential For Optimized Graphics Performance

Friday 15th of April 2016 03:00:00 PM
When it comes to CPU workloads, stunning in our Linux distribution comparisons has been Intel's Clear Linux distribution. This Intel Open-Source Technology Center project has led many of our distribution / OS comparisons with Intel engineers investing heavily in performance optimizations via AutoFDO, LTO-optimized binaries, aggressive compiler flags by default, and more. But how does the OpenGL performance compare for Clear Linux? Here are some graphics benchmarks and in select cases the results are quite a surprise.

Email Notifications About New Benchmarking Results, Linux Performance Regressions

Friday 15th of April 2016 12:59:40 PM
Over on you can now sign up for email notifications when there are new results uploaded and/or when the new results detect performance changes -- whether they be improvements or regressions...

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  • My Free Software Activities in April 2016
    I handled a new LTS sponsor that wanted to see wheezy keep supporting armel and armhf. This was not part of our initial plans (set during last Debconf) and I thus mailed all teams that were impacted if we were to collectively decide that it was OK to support those architectures. While I was hoping to get a clear answer rather quickly, it turns out that we never managed to get an answer to the question from all parties. Instead the discussion drifted on the more general topic of how we handle sponsorship/funding in the LTS project.
  • Initial Planning For Ubuntu 16.10 Today At UOS
    Beyond the announcement that Ubuntu 16.10 won't ship with Mir and Unity 8 by default, many other items were discussed for the Ubuntu 16.10 release due out in October.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Isn't Going To Use Mir / Unity 8 By Default
    Well, another setback for Unity 8 and Mir. Kicking off the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 16.10, it's been confirmed that the Unity 8 desktop and Mir display server will not be the default for the desktop spin. Similar to the current situation with existing Ubuntu releases, Unity 8 and Mir will be available as an opt-in feature for users wanting to upgrade their desktop, but Unity 7 and the faithful X.Org Server is planned to be the default for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak.
  • Devuan Beta Release
    After two years in development, a beta release of the Devuan distro has made it into the world (Devuan is a registered trademark of the foundation). Devuan is a very Debian-ish distro. In fact, it basically is Debian, with one notable absence. Devuan doesn't use systemd. In fact, that's its main claim to fame. Devuan was created to offer an alternative to Debian fans who were alienated by the controversial switch to systemd.

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