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Ubuntu 16.04 vs. vs. Clear Linux vs. openSUSE vs. Scientific Linux 7

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Here are some extra Linux distribution benchmarks for your viewing pleasure this weekend.

Following the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS last week, I was running another fresh performance comparison of various Linux distributions on my powerful Xeon E3-1270 v5 Skylake system. I made it a few Linux distributions in before the motherboard faced an untimely death. Not sure of the cause yet, but the motherboard is kaput and thus the testing was ended prematurely.

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  • Mesa 11.3/12.0 Planned For Release In June

    Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has laid out plans to release the next version of Mesa in just over one month.

    This next Mesa release is currently known as Mesa 11.3, but could become Mesa 12.0 should core Mesa see the changes to make OpenGL 4.4 (outside of the hardware drivers).

    Emil is looking to have the Mesa 11.3/12.0 feature freeze on 20 May, which will be timed with the first release candidate. There would be the usual weekly Mesa RCs until the official release, which is currently scheduled to take place on 10 June.

  • Igalia Posts Intel vertex_attrib_64bit Mesa Driver Patches, Close To OpenGL 4.1+

    INTEL --
    While the Intel Mesa driver remains at OpenGL 3.3 due to missing FP64 support, that code continues to be worked on by Igalia and Intel's OTC developers. Patches for a related extension, ARB_vertex_attrib_64bit, have also now been published that will clear Intel's Mesa driver requirements for OpenGL 4.1.

    Antia Puentes of Igalia published the ARB_vertex_attrib_64bit patches this morning for Intel's Mesa driver and supports Broadwell (Gen 8) hardware and newer. She explained about the timing of the work, "As this work depends on the ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 i965 functionality, which is work in progress, the aim of sending the series now is to get early feedback and parallelise the review process."

  • New DRM Driver Set For Linux 4.7: ARC PGU

    David Airlie has pulled the ARC PGU DRM driver into his DRM-Next tree for in turn landing with the Linux 4.7 kernel.

    The ARC PGU DRM driver is for a simple display controller found on Synopsys development boards. The ARC PGU is an RGB streamer that reads from a frame-buffer and sends to a digital (HDMI) encoder. This ARC PGU hardware is found on Synopsys boards like the AXS101 and AXS103.

  • Missing Skylake HD/Iris Graphics Devices Get Added To Mesa DRM

    It turns out that Skylake's HD Graphics 510, HD Graphics 535, Iris Graphics 550, and Iris Graphics P555 were missing their open-source driver support from an important piece of the Linux graphics stack.

Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

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  • See How Your Linux GPU Compares To Various GeForce GPUs With NVIDIA 364.19

    While waiting for today's release of Tomb Raider on Linux, for which I just posted various NVIDIA Tomb Raider benchmarks on Ubuntu, I was running some other OpenGL benchmarks.

    One of the benchmark runs I did with various graphics cards this morning while waiting for Tomb Raider was the well known and demanding Unigine Valley demo. Tests were done with various Kepler and Maxwell GeForce graphics cards while using the brand new NVIDIA 364.19 driver on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x86_64.

  • X.Org Foundation Election Results

    Two questions were up for voting, 4 seats on the Board of Directors and approval of the amended By-Laws to join SPI.

    Congratulations to our reelected and new board members Egbert Eich, Alex Deucher, Keith Packard and Bryce Harrington. Thanks a lot to Lucas Stach for running. And also big thanks to our outgoing board member Matt Dew, who stepped down for personal reasons.

  • X.Org Members Approve Becoming Part Of The SPI Organization

    The results just are in of the 2016 X.Org Foundation elections and the members have voted to become part of the SPI. The foundation thus is basically becoming dissolved to become part of Software in the Public Interest.

    After last year's vote failed for the X.Org Foundation to merge with the SPI due to not reaching the two-thirds quorum to change the by-laws, this year was a success: 61 of the 65 members voted.

Tomb Raider Benchmarks On Linux With NVIDIA Graphics

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With Feral Interactive releasing Tomb Raider for Linux, three years after the premiere of the Windows port, many have been wondering about the Linux performance particularly with regards to the graphics driver situation. Here are our initial benchmarks of Feral's port of Tomb Raider on Ubuntu Linux with using NVIDIA graphics. More tests to follow.

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Nvidia 364.19

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  • Nvidia 364.19 stable driver released, featuring Vulkan, Wayland & Mir support
  • Nvidia 364.19 Short-Lived Linux Driver Adds Vulkan 1.0 Support, Wayland Fixes

    Nvidia today, April 22, 2016, updated its short-lived Unix graphics driver to version 364.19 for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems.

    The Short-Lived branch of the Nvidia video driver usually gets the latest improvements and fixes, but it is not recommended to stable users because it changes too often and new releases are not thoroughly tested. Nvidia 364.19 is now the latest short-lived graphics driver, and it looks like it brings many interesting changes.

  • NVIDIA 364.19 Linux Driver Stabilizes The Wayland & Mir Support

    The NVIDIA 364.19 Linux graphics driver was released today as the first stable release in the NVIDIA 364 driver series.

    The NVIDIA 364 series is the huge update that has the necessary changes for supporting Wayland and Mir. This support comes via new EGL extensions, the nvidia-drm.ko kernel module that registers itself as a DRM driver with KMS support, and other work that has been building up for some time. NVIDIA 364 is also big for integrating the Vulkan graphics API support.

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  • Testing & Fuzzing Microconference Accepted into 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference

    Testing, fuzzing, and other diagnostics have made the Linux ecosystem much more robust than in the past, but there are still embarrassing bugs. Furthermore, million-year bugs will be happening many times per day across Linux's huge installed base, so there is clearly need for even more aggressive validation.

    The Testing and Fuzzing Microconference aims to significantly increase the aggression level of Linux-kernel validation, with discussions on tools and test suites including kselftest, syzkaller, trinity, mutation testing, and the 0day Test Robot. The effectiveness of these tools will be attested to by any of their victims, but we must further raise our game as the installed base of Linux continues to increase.

  • Linux Keeps On Getting Better

    It may take a while sometimes but many eyes do improve Free/Libre Open Source Software. Linux has just had an important set of bugs trampled.

  • X.org Foundation Election - Vote Now!

    It's election season in X.org land, and it matters: Besides new board seats we're also voting on bylaw changes and whether to join SPI or not.

    Personally, and as the secretary of the board I'm very much in favour of joining SPI. It will allow us to offload all the boring bits of running a foundation, and those are also all the bits we tend to struggle with. And that would give the board more time to do things that actually matter and help the community. And all that for a really reasonable price - running our own legal entity isn't free, and not really worth it for our small budget mostly consisting of travel sponsoring and the occasional internship.

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