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Clear Linux Continues To Maintain Slight Graphics Lead Over Ubuntu 16.10

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Back in April I did tests showing how Intel's Clear Linux distribution showed much potential for HD/Iris Graphics performance, something that intrigued many Phoronix readers since Clear Linux would generally be seen as a workstation/cloud/container-optimized Linux distribution and something with not much emphasis on the desktop or gaming. Those earlier tests were with Ubuntu 16.04, bur with Ubuntu 16.10 coming out this week, here are some fresh tests of Clear Linux and Ubuntu Yakkety Yak on an Skylake HD Graphics system.

For curiosity sake, I ran some fresh Ubuntu 16.10 vs. Clear Linux (10820) benchmarks on the same Core i5 6600K system with an MSI Z170A GAMING PRO motherboard, 16GB DDR4-2133MHz memory, and 256GB TS256GSSD370S SSD. The mid-range i5-6600K is equipped with HD Graphics 530.

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Linux Graphics

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  • Fresh AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL LInux Benchmarks - 11 GPUs

    While running the fresh NVIDIA vs. AMD Vulkan Linux benchmarks (that also included some OpenGL numbers too), I had also taken the opportunity to run some fresh OpenCL compute benchmarks of the latest NVIDIA 370 proprietary Linux driver against AMDGPU-PRO on different graphics cards.

    Just for kicks and some extra benchmarks to look at over the weekend, here are some fresh benchmarks of 11 different GPUs when using the latest NVIDIA (370.28) and AMDGPU-PRO (16.30.3) Linux drivers on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The open-source (Clover-based stack) wasn't used for any open-source AMD OpenCL testing due to its less than stellar state.

  • Marek Has Taken To Improving Mesa's GLSL Compiler Performance

    With catching up on the OpenGL extensions, Marek Olšák of AMD has been spending a fair amount of time on performance optimizations for the AMD's open-source OpenGL driver and some code that benefits Mesa as a whole too.

  • Nouveau NVC0 Preps For OpenGL 4.5 / GLSL 4.5

    Building off the exciting patches published Friday for completing ARB_enhanced_layouts that finish off the RadeonSI OpenGL 4.4~4.5 support, the Nouveau NVC0 support is basically done too with the finishing up of that final extension being done in the Mesa state tracker.

    Nouveau contributor Samuel Pitoiset went ahead and set the cap to enable ARB_enhanced_layouts for NVC0 along with exposing GLSL 4.5. The patches are currently on the mailing list but hopefully all of this latest GL4 work will hit Mesa Git in the week ahead to make it into the next Mesa release.

  • [Mesa-dev] radv initial submission

NVIDIA Linux Vulkan Performance vs. RADV / AMDGPU-PRO

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On Thursday the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver was merged into mainline Mesa and I provided bleeding-edge RADV vs. AMDGPU-PRO benchmark results for these two independent AMD Linux Vulkan driver implementations, plus comparison results to the OpenGL drivers in the same games. For those that have been wondering how the NVIDIA proprietary Vulkan driver compares to AMD's two Vulkan driver options, here are some fresh benchmark results.

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  • Last Minute XWayland Improvements For X.Org Server 1.19, Including Pointer Warping

    A number of last minute XWayland improvements/fixes landed today in the Git code-base ahead of this month's X.Org Server 1.19 release.

    XWayland changes hitting the xorg-server Git today include creating a secondary input device to be used for pointer warping/locking, pointer warp emulation, touch fixes, and other xwayland changes.

  • 75 Patches Queued For Gallium3D's Nine State Tracker
  • RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver Planned For Merging Tomorrow
  • Here's An Ubuntu/Debian Kernel To Play With AMDGPU On GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs

    If you have a GCN 1.0 Southern Islands or GCN 1.1 Sea Islands graphics card and have been wanting to play with the experimental AMDGPU kernel DRM driver as an alternative to the Radeon DRM driver, here's an opportunity for Ubuntu/Debian users.

    With the forthcoming Linux 4.9 kernel is the new experimental Kconfig option to enable GCN 1.0 GPU support in AMDGPU, complementing the existing GCN 1.1 build-time option for turning on support there in this more modern DRM driver. In case you missed my tests this week of the experimental functionality in AMDGPU DRM, see AMDGPU vs. Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 Performance On Linux 4.9 DRM-Next and Regressed R9 290 Isn't Affected By Issue When Using AMDGPU DRM Driver.

LXDE Performance

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  • LXQt Memory Usage On Par With LXDE, Lower Than Xfce

    LXQt developers have done a desktop memory consumption comparison to show that Qt programs are not necessarily bloated.

    The tests done by developer "PCMan" show that LXQt 0.11 uses a bit more memory than the GTK2-based LXDE while using less memory than the GTK2-based Xfce.

  • Benchmark: Memory Usage: LXQt desktop environment vs XFCE

    It has always been rumored that Qt is bloated so programs written in Qt should be bloated. Some even argued that the LXDE developers made a wrong decision on the migration to LXQt.
    Why not replace the assumptions with some experiments?
    In fact, LXQt 0.11 even uses slightly less memory than XFCE (with gtk+ 2). After cold boot, LXQt uses 112 MB in the testing environment.

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Early Benchmarks Of The Linux 4.9 DRM-Next Radeon/AMDGPU Drivers

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While Linux 4.9 will not officially open for development until next week, the DRM-Next code is ready to roll with all major feature work having been committed by the different open-source Direct Rendering Manager drivers. In this article is some preliminary testing of this DRM-Next code as of 29 September when testing various AMD GPUs with the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM drivers.

Linux 4.9 does bring compile-time-offered experimental support for the AMD Southern Islands GCN 1.0 hardware on AMDGPU, but that isn't the focus of this article. A follow-up comparison is being done with GCN 1.0/1.1 experimental support enabled to see the Radeon vs. AMDGPU performance difference on that hardware. For today's testing was a Radeon R7 370 to look at the Radeon DRM performance and for AMDGPU testing was the Radeon R9 285, R9 Fury, and RX 480. Benchmarks were done from the Linux 4.8 Git and Linux DRM-Next kernels as of 29 September.

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  • Libinput X.Org Driver Updated For X.Org Server 1.19

    Peter Hutterer has announced the release of a new version of xf86-input-libinput, the X.Org DDX driver that makes use of libinput for input handling on the X.Org Server.

  • xf86-input-libinput 0.20.0

    Most important fix is the use of input_lock() instead of the old SIGIO stuff to handle the input thread in server 1.19.

  • Mesa 13.0 Planning For Release At End Of October, Might Include RADV Vulkan

    Following the mailing list talk over the past two days about doing the next Mesa release, plans are being discussed for releasing at the end of October and it might have just got a whole lot more exciting.

    Emil Velikov, Collabora developer and Mesa release manager for the past several release series, has commented on that previously discussed mailing list thread. He mentioned he was secretly waiting in hopes of seeing the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver merged for this next release! He said he'd even be willing to see it merged even if it's "not perfect/feature complete."

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