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Phoronix on Linux, Graphics

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  • X.Org Elections Are Next Month, Will Vote Again About SPI Merger

    The X.Org Foundation is set to hold elections beginning next month for four new board of directors as well as the adoption of changes to the foundation's by-laws for allowing it to become part of SPI.

  • Libinput 1.2 Officially Released

    Libinput 1.2.0 was officially released this morning by Red Hat's Peter Hutterer for improving the Linux input support on X.Org, Wayland, and Mir systems.

    Libinput 1.2 features graphics tablet support, three-finger pinch gesture support on capable hardware, motion hysteresis has been deactivated by default, fixes for disable-while-typing, and other changes.

  • RadeonSI Quietly Landed A Shader Cache As A Last Feature For Mesa 11.2

    An in-memory shader cache landed for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver on Sunday and made it in time for the Mesa 11.2 branching.

    Marek Olšák pushed a number of code commits to Mesa on Sunday that ended with support for binary shaders and shader cache in memory.

  • Mesa 11.3-dev Crosses Off Another OpenGL ES 3.2 Extension

    The newly-opened Mesa 11.3-devel code-base already has support for another OpenGL ES 3.2 extension.

  • Intel Skylake CPUFreq vs. P-State Scaling Benchmarks On Linux 4.5

    For those curious about the performance impact between the CPUFreq and P-State scaling drivers and the different scaling governors when using an Intel Core i5 "Skylake" CPU with the latest Linux 4.5 kernel, here are some fresh benchmarks.

    Over the weekend on a Core i5 6600K Skylake system running Linux 4.5 Git I compared P-State powersave, P-State performance, CPUFreq ondemand, CPUFreq performance, CPUFreq powersave, and CPUFreq conservative options.

Introducing Cortex-A32: ARM’s smallest, lowest power ARMv8-A processor for next generation 32-bit embedded applications

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The announcement of the ARM® Cortex®-A35 processor marked the beginning of a new family of ultra high efficiency application processors from ARM. Today, ARM announced the second member of that family, the Cortex-A32, a new 32-bit processor. Highlights of the Cortex-A32 include:

ARM’s smallest, lowest power ARMv8-A processor, optimized for 32-bit processing (supports the A32/T32 instruction set, and is fully compatible with ARMv7-A)
Provides ultra efficient 32-bit compute for the next generation of embedded products including consumer, wearable and IoT applications.

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Also: ARM’s slim new Cortex-A32 aims 32-bit ARMv8 at IoT apps

Open vs. Closed Driver Benchmarks Of AMD's A10-7850K Kaveri On Ubuntu 16.04

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From an AMD A10-7850K Kaveri system I did a clean install of a daily Ubuntu 16.04 x86_64 development snapshot. First I tested the closed-source driver as packaged right now in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus (fglrx 15.20.3). Following that, was the test of the current out-of-the-box open-source RadeonSI stack with the Linux 4.4 kernel and Mesa 11.1 built against LLVM 3.8. Following that I did a run of the same open driver stack but having manually enabled DRI3 rather than using the default DRI2. Following that was then an upgrade to the Linux 4.5 Git kernel for an extra run and then lastly was a run of the Linux 4.5 Git kernel paired with Mesa 11.2 and DRI3 enabled.

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Mesa 11.2 RC1

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Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

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  • Linux 4.3.6 reaches end of the road, users urged to move to Linux 4.4

    Linux 4.3 was not a long term support release, and the last maintenance build is now Linux kernel 4.3.6, as announced earlier by Mr. Kroah-Hartman, who is a renowned kernel developer and maintainer. He has incessantly told users to update to the 4.3.6 point release, but at the same time, he has also urged them to move up to the most advanced stable series, for security and performance optimization purposes. Right now, the most updated version happens to be Linux 4.4, which just received its second point release the other day and will be getting a long term support.

  • Work on the mainline kernel for open Xperia devices

    We’ve just released new build guides on how to build Linux mainline kernel for Xperia devices and how to build a minimal version of Linux for Xperia devices. With these assets, you can experiment with IoT prototyping, or join the development of support for Xperia devices in the Linux kernel. Learn about this, and find out how the Open Device program got its start after the jump.

  • Firmware Updates for Linux - Richard Hughes
  • Making use of persistent memory

    Persistent memory holds a lot of promise: what's not to like about vast amounts of directly-attached memory that remembers its contents over a power cycle?

  • A Btrfs File-System Kernel Driver For Windows

    Unlike other Btrfs drivers for Windows written up to this point, this new driver is a proper Windows kernel driver and it also supports read-write functionality. Aside from RAID and compression support missing, the developer Mark Harmstone says that it's "practically feature-complete - albeit very much an alpha version."

  • Intel Graphics Installer 1.4.0 Released With Support for Ubuntu 15.10
  • Intel Graphics Installer 1.4.0 Released and Support Ubuntu 15.10 Wily
  • [Xorg] Google Summer of Code 2016
  • What’s New in Wayland 1.10

    Wayland 1.10 introduces a larger range of new functionality than what’s been typical in recent Wayland releases; this is partly due to the longer development period because of the holidays and other end of the year activities. More importantly, Wayland support is being actively refined for many desktop environments, applications, and devices and we’ve seen better engagement from the wider community as more people have shared their ideas and development efforts. We’re beginning to see the fruits of these collaborations.

Linux 4.5 Intel Skylake DRM Graphics Performance Tests

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We have already covered AMD Linux 4.5 graphics tests and Nouveau graphics tests from this latest in-development version of the Linux kernel. If you've been wondering about any Intel HD Graphics performance changes out of Linux 4.5, here are some benchmarks.

In this article are some benchmarks of Linux 4.3 vs. 4.4 vs. 4.5 Git when using an Intel Core i5 6600K "Skylake" processor with HD Graphics 530. The test system was running Ubuntu 15.10 but aside from swapping out the vanilla kernel build there was also Mesa 11.2-devel running on the system and Intel DRI3 was enabled.

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Also: Linus Torvalds: Linux 4.5-rc5

Linux Founder Linus Torvalds: “I Don’t Really Love Other People. I Love Computers”

Linux Graphics and Benchmarks

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Fedora News and Benchmarks

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  • State of Fedora 2016, F24 Schedule, Flock notes, Wayland, and Outreachy

    As mentioned in the “release train!” slide of the talk above, we’re on track for a June release for Fedora 24. The next milestone is the branch from Rawhide, which is scheduled for next week. “Rawhide” is the always-moving master development version of Fedora, each numbered release starts its life as Rawhide, and then is split into its own track. So, after next Tuesday, changes that go into Rawhide will be aimed at next November’s Fedora 25 release, and Fedora 24 development (and stabilization) will happen on its own branch.

  • Fedora 18 To Fedora 23 Linux Performance Benchmarks

    Earlier this month I posted Radeon Gallium3D open-source graphics driver benchmarks from Fedora 18 to Fedora 23 while in this article are the complementary F18 to F23 tests looking at other areas of the system performance.

SteamOS, Vulkan, and Graphics

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Alphabet's Plans to Create Android PCs Should Make Microsoft a Little Nervous

Four years after Microsoft (MSFT) first tried to give the world unified PC/mobile operating systems via the dual fiascoes known as Windows 8 and Windows RT, Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google appears set to take its own stab at the concept. And there are reasons to think the company will see a measure of success. Citing "two independent and reliable sources," Android Police reports Google plans to launch a notebook in the third quarter of 2017 that will likely be the first new device to showcase Andromeda, a version of Android that will integrate many features associated with Google's Chrome OS PC operating system. The notebook will reportedly be called the Pixel 3, and carry a $788 price. Its feature set reportedly include a 12.3-inch display, an Intel (INTC) processor, a glass trackpad, a tablet mode and stylus support. Read more

Servers/Networks

  • Linux servers deliver greater performance and efficiency 'than available on any x86-based server'
  • What are configuration management tools?
    For most people, computers don't stay the same. Software is added, removed, and updated. Configurations are changed. Think about the changes you've made to your computer since the first time you booted it up. Now imagine making those changes to 10, 100, or 1,000 more computers. Configuration management tools are what make implemententing and enforcing these changes possible.
  • 5 new OpenStack tutorials and guides
  • Ericsson: The Journey to a DevOps Future in SDN
    There are big transformations going on in the world today that are driving rapid changes to the business of networks, said Santiago Rodriguez, VP of Engineering and head of the product development unit SDN & Policy Control at Ericsson, in his keynote Tuesday at OpenDaylight Summit. “Society is transforming, the way we do business is transforming, and accordingly the way we build our networks is transforming,” Rodriguez said. The three pillars of this network transformation include: 5G, virtualization and open source.
  • OpenDaylight sets product quality label, metrics for SDN solutions
    Initial OpenDaylight-based products expected to receive the "Powered by OpenDaylight" mark are offerings from Brocade, Ericsson, HPE, Inocybe and Serro.
  • Telstra Sees Quadrupled Data Capacity by 2020
    The latter service led Telstra to re-think its fiber deployment strategy, choosing to use pre-provisioned fiber connections to data centers in advance of customer demand, because the company knew that demand was coming, Blackall said. The strategy worked well with Telstra's acquisition of Pacnet, which had already deployed SDN capabilities to connect its 27 points of presence around Asia.

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Valve's Steam Controller With SteamOS/Linux Support Is Now Listed For Just $35
    If you have been put off from ordering a Steam Controller for your SteamOS/Linux gaming system due to the $50 USD price-tag, it's been marked down to $35. Back in June it was temporarily reduced to $35 USD but then a few days later shot back up to $50 at major Internet retailers. Judging from those that clicked our Amazon links, it was of interest to many readers. If you missed that discount the first time around, the Steam Controller is back to being listed as a $34.99 product. It's not clear how long this deal will last or if it is permanent -- there has been speculations about a "Steam Controller 2" but I haven't seen any public confirmation yet.
  • Game Developer Chooses To Connect With Pirates, Reaps Rewards As A Result
    One imagines that this kind of thing builds up goodwill amongst potential buyers of PM Studio games. Some of the comments on the thread state as much. It won't do anything with the pure-pirate folks out there, but, then again, nothing will. Worrying about those that were never going to buy the game would have been wasted time and energy. Instead, the developer chose to try to win over those that might indeed want to support its efforts. Here's hoping PM Games gets the positive reinforcement needed to confirm that this kind of thing is the right way to deal with piracy. And that other studios are paying attention, as well.
  • InXile Entertainment announced Wasteland 3, will use crowdfunding on fig
    I'm going off their twitter and other sites for the main info right now, as it seems we are still not on InXile's press list. It is already confirmed to have Linux support, along with multiplayer, vehicles, and some form of base building.

Software Company Red Hat banks on India to hit $ 5 billion turnover in 5 years

Red Hat, the open-source software company, said its India business was growing at more than double the rate of the overall company and would be an important contributor to its target of reaching $5 billion in the next five years. Red Hat has over $2 billion in annual revenue currently and grew over 21% in constant currency last year. Open-source software is freely available, so Red Hat’s business model depends on customers paying for the support and service it offers and not on license fees, making the company’s offerings typically cheaper than proprietary software. “India is one of our fastest growing markets. Red Hat does really when there is net new infrastructure to be set up. And the rapid pace of development that India is seeing sets really well with our offerings,” James Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, told ET. Read more