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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: A Great $200 GPU For Linux Gamers

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This morning NVIDIA is formally announcing the GeForce GTX 960 as the latest Maxwell GPU. The GeForce GTX 960 is a mid-range GPU priced starting out at $200 and comes with a compelling set of features. The past few days I've been testing out the eVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB graphics card and in this article are some initial performance figures under Linux.

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Disk Encryption Tests On Fedora 21

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Security

If you've been wondering about the impact of enabling full-disk encryption when doing a fresh install of Fedora 21, here's some reference benchmarks comparing the Anaconda option of this latest Fedora Linux release.

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Intel's Open-Source Graphics Team Poaches A Top Nouveau Driver Developer

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Martin Peres is now one of the newest members of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center, working to improve the open-source Linux graphics support. On Monday there was a trivial Mesa commit but what was interesting is that it marked Martin Peres' new email address as coming from "linux.intel.com." After checking, on the X.Org BoD page it also now lists Martin's affiliate as Intel. I've also confirmed Martin working for Intel through a source at XDC2014 last year in France where he originally heard this information, which was organized by Martin. (To be clear, Martin isn't replacing Keith, the timing is just a coincidence.)

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Many Linux Desktop 2D Benchmarks Of NVIDIA vs. AMD Drivers

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Like the reasoning for the mass OpenCL Linux comparison, the 2D benchmarks were done since having all of these graphics cards out and testing them on the latest proprietary drivers for the Unreal Engine 4 / Metro Redux game comparison. With not having done any big 2D performance comparison in a while, I ran these few extra tests to look at the 2D performance with the NVIDIA 346.22 driver compared to Catalyst 14.12 for the many different graphics cards.

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Fedora 23 Likely To Pursue Wayland By Default

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Red Hat

While Wayland by default replacing the X.Org Server as the default display environment has been talked about for a while within the next-generation Fedora world, it looks like Fedora 23 could finally be the time that the switch happens.

Fedora 23 already has ambitious possibilities like only supporting 64-bit software while one of the more likely proposals is enabling Wayland by default. With Fedora 21, Wayland is shipped with Fedora Workstation as a log-in-time switch for GNOME, but the X.Org Server is still depended upon. With Fedora 22, the Wayland experience will be even better and then for Fedora 23 is when there might be the switch.

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NVIDIA Releases Massive Stable Driver, Brings Support for Latest Kernels and X.org

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A new stable NVIDIA driver has been released and the developers have made a series of very important improvements, implementing support for new video cards and Linux kernels.

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22-Way AMD/NVIDIA OpenCL Linux Benchmarks To Start Off 2015

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In having 22 graphics cards out for testing and swapping them all in the same system for the recent Unreal Engine 4 Linux benchmarking and 22-Way AMD+NVIDIA Graphics Card Tests With Metro Redux On Steam For Linux, I ran some OpenCL tests on all of the graphics cards.

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Unreal Engine 4 Linux Tests With AMD & NVIDIA Graphics Drivers

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Gaming

This week there was a 22-way graphics card test of Metro Redux on Linux using GeForce and Radeon hardware with the latest AMD and NVIDIA proprietary drivers. Today the newest Linux gaming test candidate to look at is the AMD/NVIDIA Linux performance with the latest Unreal Engine 4 demos. In this article is a look at the UE4 Linux performance on AMD and NVIDIA graphics hardware running with Ubuntu.

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PC-BSD 10.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Fedora 21 Benchmarks

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For your viewing pleasure today are some benchmarks of PC-BSD 10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 and Fedora 21 when testing with both the GCC and LLVM/Clang compilers.

FreeBSD 10.1 was released back in November along with PC-BSD 10.1 and its new TrueOS. It took a bit of time though to get some benchmarks completed of FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.1 due to running into issues loading the updated OS on a few test systems I frequently use for Linux testing. In particular, disk/SATA issues on multiple systems when booting the PC-BSD 10.1 installer. Fortunately, I came across one of the powerful workhorse systems that played nicely with PC-BSD 10.1

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Open-Source NVIDIA/Nouveau Tests On Linux 3.19

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Linux

After last week delivering initial open-source Radeon DRM driver tests on Linux 3.19, here's similar treatment in testing out the new Linux 3.19 kernel with the Nouveau DRM driver for open-source NVIDIA graphics.

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