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AMD is working on a new Linux graphics driver to catch up with Nvidia

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There’s no doubt about it: AMD’s Linux graphics drivers are behind Nvidia’s, something that will start mattering a lot more when Valve’s first Linux-based Steam Machines start hitting the market this November.

AMD hasn’t turned the ship around yet, and big-name games are still only supporting Nvidia hardware when they launch on Linux. But AMD hasn’t been sitting on its hands. AMD’s developers are working on a new Linux driver architecture that will result in better open-source drivers, too—eventually.

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AMD Publishes Open-Source Fiji GPU Support For AMDGPU

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AMD has published the initial patches for supporting the "Fiji" GPU with HBM memory, a.k.a. the new Radeon R9 Fury graphics cards, by the open-source "AMDGPU" Linux driver stack.

Alex Deucher today sent out the initial patches for adding Fiji support. "This patch set adds Fiji support to the open source amdgpu driver. The relevant mesa and ddx changes have also been sent out the their respective mailing lists."

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NVIDIA 355 Beta Linux Driver Released, Closer To Supporting Wayland/Mir

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NVIDIA this morning released their first public Linux driver beta in the 355.xx series, and it's quite an exciting update!

In stepping closer toward supporting Wayland and Mir, there's a lot of EGL improvements in the 355 series! There is now experimental full OpenGL support under EGL, the EGL_KHR_swap_buffers_with_damage and EGL_NV_stream_consumer_gltexture_yuv extensions are now supported, and other changes.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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Benchmarking Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 vs. GNU/Linux

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After a reminder this week from a Phoronix Premium member about some fresh Debian GNU/Hurd benchmarks, here are some fresh results comparing this version of Debian with the Hurd kernel instead of the Linux kernel. The results for this comparison are done against Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy. For those unfamiliar, Debian GNU/Hurd is the GNU user-land but running atop Hurd -- similar to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD being powered by the FreeBSD kernel. On the topic of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, I'll probably run a fresh kFreeBSD vs. Linux comparison again soon.

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New systemd Service Promises to Automatically Swap Nvidia and AMD Video Drivers on Boot

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The availability of a new project that promises to automatically swap Nvidia or AMD/ATI proprietary video drivers during the boot process of any GNU/Linux distribution that uses the controversial systemd system and service manager has been brought to our attention.

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More AMD Radeon R9 Fury Linux Benchmarks

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Continuing on from yesterday's first Linux review of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury, here are some more Catalyst Linux benchmarks from this $550 graphics card.

Since yesterday's review of the R9 Fury on Ubuntu Linux I have run some more tests covering a few other test profiles as well as delivering some more 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440 (rather than 4K) benchmarks for those wishing to run their own side-by-side comparisons against this air-cooled Fiji graphics card with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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Linux 4.2 May Finish Fixing Up Radeon Audio Support

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Since the Linux 4.0 kernel there has been DisplayPort audio support for the open-source Radeon driver. That DP audio handling came after a big rework to the audio code in the Radeon DRM kernel driver. A half-year later it looks like all the audio code is now cleaned up and ready.

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Also: Radeon Gallium3D Tackles A Bit More, OpenGL 4.1 Patches Pending

NVIDIA 352.30 GPU Driver For Linux Has Been Released

Ubuntu 15.04 On The Tegra X1 Yields Even Better Results, More Benchmarks

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Earlier this week I posted some initial benchmark figures for the NVIDIA Tegra X1 on Ubuntu Linux. Those results showed much promise for this 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC that also bears a Maxwell GPU, but that wasn't tested for the initial comparison. Here are a few more benchmark results from this Tegra X1, including an Ubuntu 15.04 installation to show the difference against the Tegra X1 on Ubuntu 14.10.

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