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Debian 6.0 Through Debian 9.0 Benchmarks

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Continuing in our benchmarks of Debian 9, here is a comparison when re-testing 6.0.10 "Squeeze", Debian 7.11 "Wheezy", Debian 8.8 "Jessie", and the newly-released Debian 9.0 "Stretch".

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Also: First Experiences with Stretch

Graphics News: Intel KVMGT/XenGT GVT-g, Radeon Instinct Accelerator, Intel Graphics Driver Updates For Linux 4.13

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  • Intel KVMGT/XenGT GVT-g Updated For 2017-Q2

    Intel developers have issued their quarterly official update to their GVT-g graphics virtualization technology stack for Linux KVM and Xen virtualization.

  • Radeon Instinct Accelerators Get Ready To Ship

    Not only is AMD getting ready to take on Intel in the server space with their just-launched EPYC 7000 series, they are looking to battle NVIDIA now in the GPU server arena. Following their announcement at the end of last year, Radeon Instinct accelerators for GPU compute servers are getting ready to ship.

  • Intel Preps Another Batch Of Graphics Driver Updates For Linux 4.13

    Intel has queued up another round of feature changes slated for the Linux 4.13 kernel.

    Intel open-source developers had already queued up a fair amount of work already this cycle in DRM-Next while today's pull request will likely be their last batch of real feature work with the DRM-Next window closing around this week.

Linux Development and Graphics

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  • Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman both have new Linux in mind

    Linux lords Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman have clarified Linux's short term future.

    Torvalds took to the Kernel Mailing List to announced release candidate six of Linux 4.12, along with his fervent hope that “this would be a normal release cycle where rc7 is the last rc.”

    If so, that will mean Linux 4.12 will get its last release candidate next weekend and emerge on July 2nd.

    Another eight or nine weeks later we'll get Linux 4.13 and then it will be 4.14's turn in the spotlight.

  • NVMe Now Officially Faster for Emulated Controllers, Thanks to Collabora's Devs

    A year ago, we reported on the performance improvements brought by Collabora's developers to emulated NVMe devices, which were contributed as patches upstream in the Linux 4.8 kernel.

    The patches added huge performance improvements to emulated NVMe devices, but work didn't stop there, and Collabora's Helen Koike is now reporting on the official release in the NVMe Specification Revision 1.3 under the name "Doorbell Buffer Config command."

  • Another Batch Of AMDGPU Feature Updates For Linux 4.13

    Alex Deucher today submitted what is likely the final set of Radeon/AMDGPU feature updates to be queued in DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 4.13 kernel cycle.

    Previously submitted for the Radeon/AMDGPU DRM drivers targeting Linux 4.13 were the first round of AMD Raven Ridge graphics support, many Vega fixes, KIQ support for compute rings, MEC queue management rework, audio support for DCE6/SI hardware in AMDGPU, and module parameter changes for better handling SI/CIK behavior in the two drivers.

  • AMD Vega 56 and Vega 64 GPUs destined for iMac Pro detailed in Linux driver

Graphics: Nouveau, Radeon RADV, Radeon RADV, and AMDGPU

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  • GSoC Work On Nouveau Instruction Scheduling Advances

    Student open-source developer Boyan Ding has been working this summer on an instruction scheduler for the Nouveau driver in order to achieve greater performance with more efficient shader code.

  • AMD Radeon Linux Gamers Get Radeon RADV Vulkan Driver Improves inc

    Collabora's Emil Velikov announced today the release and immediate availability of the third maintenance update to the Mesa 17.1 stable series of the open-source graphics stack for GNU/Linux operating systems.

    If you're a Linux gamer using AMD Radeon or Intel graphics cards, then you must have the latest Mesa 3D Graphics Library installed on your favorite GNU/Linux distribution, and today's Mesa 17.1.3 point release is the most advanced one adding multiple improvements across several of the included open-source drivers.

  • Trying the experimental GCN 1.0 support in AMDGPU

    Inspired by the recent release of Dawn of War 3, I decided to try out the experimental GCN 1.0 support in the new AMDGPU kernel driver and share my experiences.

    Before I get to the actual testing I think I should first write down a couple of words about the kernel drivers and why this testing was done to begin with.

Kernel Space: New LTS, Mesa 17.1.3, and More Graphics

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Kernel: Graphics/Linux

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NVIDIA's Linux Driver Continues Offering Similar OpenGL Performance To Windows

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Earlier this month with some fresh Windows vs. Linux benchmarks were numbers showing how the open-source Radeon driver stack is now nearly on-par with the Radeon Windows driver as well as how the Intel Linux graphics performance is getting closer to parity too. In this article are the least interesting numbers: the NVIDIA Linux vs. Windows 10 results.

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KDE Neon and Wayland

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  • Wayland Option Now in Neon Dev Unstable ISO by Default

    Back in the day I started making a Plasma Wayland ISO to help people try out Plasma on Wayland. Then we started Neon and the obvious way to create the ISOs became through the Neon infrastructure. With Wayland becoming closer to be ready to use every day I’ve decided it’s time to scrap the dedicated Wayland ISOs and just install the Wayland session by default on the Dev Unstable ISOs. It’s not yet the default so to give it a try you need to log out, select Wayland session and log in again. Or install the ISO and select it at login (you’ll need to switch back to X to install, Calamares doesn’t run in Wayland because it wants to run as root which is verboten).

  • KDE Neon Makes It Easier To Now Try Plasma On Wayland

    The Ubuntu-based KDE Neon distribution for its "dev unstable" image now comes pre-installed with the Wayland session option.

    Neon Dev Unstable isn't yet defaulting to the Wayland session, but with it now being included by default on the ISO, it's as easy as logging out of the X.Org session, opting for the Wayland session, and relogging into the desktop rather than needing to install any extra packages.

  • Wayland Session Now Installed by Default in Latest KDE Neon Dev Unstable ISOs

    Wayland, the next-generation display server for Linux-based operating systems is on its way to becoming ready for everyday use, and the KDE Neon development team took a step further with their KDE Plasma Wayland implementation.

    Instead of providing those Plasma Wayland ISO images for those who wanted to test drive Wayland on the latest KDE Neon builds, they installed the Wayland session by default on the KDE Neon Developer Unstable ISOs, though, to try it, you'll have to log out, select the Wayland session from the login screen, and log back in.

Corsair Force MP500 240GB M.2 SSD On Linux

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Curious about the Corsair NVMe SSD performance with not having reviewed a Corsair SSD in quite some time, I decided to run some benchmarks on this MP400 240GB model compared to some other SSDs I had available for testing this week: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB NVMe, Crucial MX500 525GB SATA 3.0 SSD, and an Intel Optane 16GB M.2 SSD acting as a standalone driver. This is to give some rough idea for the performance expectations of the Force MP500 under Linux.

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Graphics in Linux and Cairo

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    In my "Hodge Podge" article in the October 2016 issue, I mentioned how much I love the Synology NAS I have in my server closet (Figure 1). I got quite a few email messages from people—some wanting more information, some scolding me for not rolling my own NAS, and some asking me what on earth I need with that much storage. Oddly, the Linux-running Synology NAS has become one of my main server machines, and it does far more than just store data. Because so many people wanted more information, I figured I'd share some of the cool things I do with my Synology.
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    Ubuntu has a long history in the cloud. It is the number one guest operating system on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. In fact there are more Ubuntu images running in the public cloud than all other operating systems combined. Ubuntu is a free operating system which means anyone can download an image, whenever they want. So why should cloud providers offer certified Ubuntu images to their customers?
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Chromebook Dual Boot How-to: Ubuntu 17.04 GNOME and Chrome OS

Last year when I got my Acer Chromebook 11 (C740), I wrote a tutorial to teach you guys how to remove Google Chrome OS and install a GNU/Linux distribution of your choice, but things got boring. Read more