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Blender CUDA Benchmarks On The GeForce GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080

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Following last week's benchmarks of the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti has been a request to see some fresh Blender benchmarks with CUDA acceleration of the Pascal line-up. Now having more time with these latest GTX 1000 series cards, here are such benchmarks.

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  • AMDGPU-PRO 16.40 vs. Linux 4.8 + Mesa 13.1-dev Driver Comparison
  • Mesa 13.0-RC3 Released, Mesa 13 Is Imminent

    Collabora employee and Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has announced the availability of Mesa 13.0-RC3 and he expects to do the final Mesa 13 release in a matter of hours.

  • Linux Kernel 4.8.6 Updates Wireless and AMDGPU Drivers, Fixes ARM Issues

    On October 31, 2016, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman was proud to announce the release and general availability of the sixth maintenance update to the Linux 4.8 kernel series.

    That's right, Linux kernel 4.8.6 is here, only three days after the quite big release of Linux kernel 4.8.5, but don't be fooled into thinking it's a small update because that's not the case. According to the appended shortlog and the diff from last week's Linux 4.8.5 build, it appears that today's Linux 4.8.6 kernel changes a total of 136 files, with 1387 insertions and 854 deletions.

  • The Performance-Per-Watt From The GeForce GTX 650 To GTX 1050 Series, Compared To AMD RX 460/470

    Now having had the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards in my possession for a few days I have some more interesting data to share today compared to just last week's raw OpenGL/OpenCL/Vulkan raw Linux performance data. In this article is a look at the power use and performance-per-Watt of the GeForce GTX 650, GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti, GTX 950, GTX 1050, and GTX 1050 Ti compared to the AMD Radeon RX 460 and RX 470. Additionally, for the newer cards still relevant, there is also performance-per-dollar metrics too.

How The AMD Polaris Open-Source Driver Performance Has Evolved Since Launch

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If you've been wondering how the AMDGPU+RadeonSI open-source driver stack has evolved since the hardware publicly launched, I ran some fresh benchmarks this weekend comparing my current driver numbers to that of my original Radeon RX 470 Linux review.

What we have to look at this Sunday is the open-source driver stack from early August on the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 OC with Linux 4.8 and Mesa 12.1-dev compared to the state today with Mesa 13.1-dev + LLVM 4.0 SVN Git and Linux 4.8.4 stable (since only recently the Linux 4.9 AMDGPU fallout has been getting cleaned up).

Various OpenGL benchmarks were compared to the original numbers on the same Xeon E3-1280 v5 Skylake system with MSI C236A WORKSTATION motherboard, and 16GB of RAM. Besides the performance, back in August this open-source driver stack only supported OpenGL 4.3 while now it has all GL 4.4/4.5 extensions although it doesn't formally advertise the new versions yet pending conformance. There's also been the mainlining of the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver too that works on the RX 470.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Linux Benchmarks

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Yesterday I published the first GeForce GTX 1050 Linux benchmarks with OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan coverage. With now having my hands on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING graphics card, here are the first Linux benchmarks of the GTX 1050 Ti graphics card that can be fetched for less than $150 USD.

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Linux Kernel and Graphics News

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  • Linux Kernel 4.8.5 Lands with Numerous CIFS, ARM64, and PowerPC Improvements

    Today, October 28, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the immediate availability for download of the Linux 4.8.5 kernel maintenance release.

    Linux kernel 4.8.5 is here less than a week after the announcement of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.8 kernel series, which is currently the most stable and advanced you can get for a GNU/Linux distribution, and, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the previous release, it's a pretty big one, changing a total of 152 files, with 1416 insertions and 612 deletions.

  • Linux Kernel 4.4.28 LTS Released with Many Improvements to the CIFS File System

    Immediately after informing us about the availability of Linux kernel 4.8.5, Greg Kroah-Hartman published details about the release of the twenty-eighth maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.

  • Initial Nouveau DRM Changes Queued For Linux 4.10

    With Linux 4.9 there is unfortunately no new feature code for Nouveau due to being late to merge the new functionality, but that work that missed 4.9 is now staged in DRM-Next for merging to mainline when the Linux 4.10 merge window rolls along.

    With this pull over night the code we originally hoped to see in Linux 4.9 for Nouveau. This new material for Linux 4.10 includes the initial boost support for greater performance but disabled by default as some more great work done by Karol Herbst. There are also related volt/clock changes done by Karol while all the re-clocking and boosting must still be done manually. The boost support also isn't yet optimal but at least will help raise the frame-rates for open-source NVIDIA Linux gamers.

  • Waltham: Generic Wayland-Style Network IPC

    Collabora went public today with their new spin-off project from Wayland: meet Waltham.

    Waltham is developed by Collabora at the request of some of their clients. Waltham is a generic Wayland-style IPC over network and can allow for more Wayland network-friendly applications.

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  • The future of xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xsetwacom and other tools under Wayland
    This post applies to most tools that interface with the X server and change settings in the server, including xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xkbcomp, xrandr, xsetwacom and other tools that start with x. The one word to sum up the future for these tools under Wayland is: "non-functional". An X window manager is little more than an innocent bystander when it comes to anything input-related. Short of handling global shortcuts and intercepting some mouse button presses (to bring the clicked window to the front) there is very little a window manager can do. It's a separate process to the X server and does not receive most input events and it cannot affect what events are being generated. When it comes to input device configuration, any X client can tell the server to change it - that's why general debugging tools like xinput work.
  • Please don't use pastebins in bugs
  • Linux Top 3: SparkyLinux 4.5, Mageia 5.1 and Peppermint 7
    SparkyLinux is (yet another) Debian based Linux distribution. The SparkyLinux 4.5 update codenamed "Tyche' was released on December 3, providing users with multiple desktop choice other than GNOME. SparkLinux 4.5 ships with KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce.
  • Upcoming Linux Distributions Releasing In December 2016
    In December 2016, a big Linux distribution release is taking shape in the form of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena, flavored by Cinnamon 3.2. It’ll be accompanied by the release of security and privacy-focused Anonymous Live CD Tails 2.9.
  • AMD Extends Strategic Partnership with Mentor Graphics for Linux-based Embedded Solutions
  • Samsung Z2 gets Firmware Update to Tizen 2.4.0.6 Z200FDDU0BPK3 in India
    Samsung’s latest Tizen-based smartphone, the Z2 model number SM-Z200F, has had a new software / firmware update land in India today. The update takes it to Tizen version 2.4.0.6., firmware Z200FDDU0BPK3. The update log mentions the following improvements: Improved send SOS message (panic mode) and also improvements to the security of the device. Additional bug fixes and performance improvements may have also been bundled in.

Leftovers: Software

  • choqok 1.6 Twitter Client was released and completely ported with KDE Frameworks 5
    Choqok is a fast, efficient and simple to use twitter client for Linux (especially built for the KDE desktop environment) that is installed by default to some of the Linux distribution which shipped with KDE Desktop Environment. The name comes from an ancient Persian word, means Sparrow!
  • 10 open source tools for your sysadmin toolbox [Ed: Terrible list which starts with two suggestions of Microsoft EEE]
    Sysadmins, no matter what platforms they work on, are awash in great open source software tools. In this article, we highlight well-known—and not-so-well-known—tools that have released new versions in 2016.
  • NetworkManager 1.2.6 Lets You Activate Multiple PPPoE Connections Simultaneously
    Beniamino Galvani was proud to announce the release and general availability of a new maintenance update to the stable NetworkManager 1.2 series of the open source network connection manager software for GNU/Linux distributions. NetworkManager is the most used network connection manager, adopted by almost all Linux-based operating systems on the market, and NetworkManager 1.2.6 is now the most advanced release of the 1.2 stable series, coming four months after the NetworkManager 1.2.4 update to fix a few bugs and regressions reported by users since then.
  • GNOME loves to cook
    With the upcoming 20th birthday of GNOME next year, some of us thought that we should make another attempt at this application, maybe as a birthday gift to all of GNOME. Shortly after GUADEC, I got my hands on some existing designs and started to toy around with implementing them over a few weekends and evenings. The screenshots in this post show how far I got since then.

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Linux Foundation: Blockchain and Automotive Grade Linux

  • Linux Foundation’s Blockchain Collective Hyperledger Hits 100 Members
    Hyperledger aims to enable organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and code base.
  • The Blockchain Milestone You May Have Missed
  • Sasken becomes member of Automotive Grade Linux
    Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd has announced its membership with Automotive Grade Linux as its bronze member. This will enable Sasken to provide solutions to customers on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). Sasken will provide product development and system integration services for automotive customers spanning in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), instrument cluster, heads-up display and telematics.