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Nouveau Linux 4.5 vs. NVIDIA OpenGL Performance: Open-Source Not Up To Par

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With the Linux 4.5 kernel bringing PCI Express link speed changes and other alterations to the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver, here are benchmarks comparing this unofficial open-source NVIDIA Linux driver on Linux 4.4 and Linux 4.5-rc3 compared to the proprietary NVIDIA Linux graphics driver.

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Wayland & Weston 1.10 Up To Release Candidate Phase

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The first release candidate is out for Wayland 1.10 and its reference Weston compositor.

Over the earlier alpha/beta releases, the Wayland 1.10 release candidate brings just some cosmetic fixes. Details outlined here.

Weston 1.10 Release Candidate 1 meanwhile includes various refinements and bug fixes. The Weston details are outlined here.

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Also: Nvidia 361.28 Video Driver Released for Linux with Support for GeForce 945A GPUs

Phoronix on Linux, Graphics

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Phoronix on NVIDIA

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  • Compute Shader Support Patches For NVIDIA Fermi On Nouveau

    Samuel Pitoiset has published a set of twelve patches for implementing compute shaders support within the Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D driver for the GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" graphics processors.

  • NVIDIA Posts Latest PRIME Sync Patches On Road To Better Support

    Alex Goins of NVIDIA has spent the past several months working on PRIME synchronization support to fix tearing when using this NVIDIA-popular multi-GPU method. The latest patches were published this week.

  • The Best Graphics Card Brands For NVIDIA/AMD GPUs As A Linux Consumer?

    One of the most frequent topics I'm emailed about is any brand recommendations among NVIDIA and AMD AIB partners for graphics cards. For Linux users, is there a particular brand preference for graphics cards?

    The short story is, no, there isn't one particular brand when selecting either a GeForce or Radeon graphics card that a Linux gamer/enthusiast should go with over another AIB partner. Over the past 12 years of running Phoronix, there has been no single AIB partner that superbly stands out compared to the rest when it comes to graphics card AIB partner brands like ASUS, Zotac, HIS, MSI, etc. They all work under Linux, rarely the AIB differences extend beyond the heatsink/cooler and any default clock speed differences, and I haven't seen one that's over-the-top crazy about Linux. I also haven't seen any major partner consistently put the Tux logo or other Linux markings on their product packaging, let alone incorporate any Linux drivers onto their CD/DVD driver media.

Phoronix on Graphics

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  • VLC Now Has Zero-Copy Support For GStreamer Video Decoding

    It was just last week we got to write about VLC 3.0 features and early planning for VLC 4.0 while this weekend in Git there is another feature to add to the list.

    The latest VLC development code now supports zero-copy GStreamer video decoding. With the zero-copy comes increased efficiency and performance.

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 710: Trying NVIDIA's Newest Sub-$50 GPU On Linux

    The GeForce GT 710 is a cut-down version of the Kepler GK208, the already low-end core used by the lines of the GT 720 and GT 730 graphics cards as well as the mobile GT 720M/730M/735M/740M graphics processors. This really isn't a graphics card for gamers or anyone needing any serious GPU performance but rather as an upgrade for an entry-level system, someone just wanting to upgrade from their integrated graphics, and other minimally-demanding use-cases.

  • Mesa 11.2 Is Set For Branching In Just Two Weeks, Release In Just Over One Month

    The race is on to see if any of the Mesa/Gallium3D hardware drivers (or core Mesa itself) will reach any new version levels for Mesa 11.2.

  • AMD Is Looking At A Interoperability Interface For OpenCL Outside Of Mesa

    AMD's Marek Olšák has begun exploring an interoperability interface for OpenGL within Mesa and having a non-Mesa OpenCL implementation (not Clover OpenCL Gallium3D).

    Likely as part of their HSA work and hopefully in providing better AMD open-source OpenCL support aside from the (currently limited) Gallium3D Clover state tracker, Marek is trying to hash out an interface for allowing interoperability with "MesaGL" and a non-Mesa OpenCL driver.

Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

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Ubuntu 6.06 To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Performance Benchmarks: 10 Years Of Linux Performance

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As I'm in the process of retiring an old AMD Opteron dual-socket system, prior to decommissioning it, I figured it would be fun to go back and re-benchmark all of the Ubuntu LTS releases going all the way back to the legendary 6.06 Dapper Drake release. So here are some fresh benchmarks of this AMD Shanghai system with eight cores and 16GB of RAM when re-benchmarking the releases from Ubuntu 6.06 through the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS development state.

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Linux Benchmarks Of The C.H.I.P. $9 Computer

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While Next Thing Co is still working to fulfill orders on the C.H.I.P. $9 computer over the next several months, I noticed that some benchmarks of this cheap Raspberry Pi competitor have begun appearing on OpenBenchmarking.org via the Phoronix Test Suite. Here are some of those benchmark results for this ARB single-board computer.

For those that don't recall this crowd-funding campaign, the C.H.I.P. is a $9 computer with a 1GHz ARM single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. The C.H.I.P. is cheap. I hadn't paid much attention to the campaign since I'm more into high-performance ARM chips than whatever the cheapest ARM SBC is around. However, these early benchmark results on OpenBenchmarking.org are rather interesting.

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