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Benchmarks Of 54 Different Intel/AMD Linux Systems

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This week in celebrating 200,000 benchmark results in our LinuxBenchmarking.com test lab, I ran another large comparison against the latest spectrum of hardware/software in the automated performance test lab.

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Intel Has More Graphics Code For Testing, Plans For Linux 4.3

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While the Linux 4.2 kernel merge window isn't even over yet, Intel developers already have new code ready for testing that will be merged eventually for Linux 4.3.

With their updated -testing Git repository, there are DSI improvements, more enablement for Broxton hardware, Cherryview improvements, PPGTT polishing, the kernel mode-setting Kconfig option is no longer exposed as it's a requirement, and there's the continuing code churn around atomic mode-setting.

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6-Way File-System Comparison On The Linux 4.1 Kernel

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With the Linux 4.1 kernel having recently been released, I decided to conduct a fresh round of file-system comparisons on this new kernel using a solid-state drive. The file-systems tested in this article were the in-tree EXT4, Btrfs, XFS, F2FS, ReiserFS, and NILFS2 file-systems while a follow-up article will take a look at the out-of-tree contenders like Reiser4 and ZFS atop Linux 4.1.

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Free Professional Creation Suite Blender 2.75 Arrives with AMD GPU Support

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The Blender Foundation, the developer of Blender, an integrated 3D creation software suite, has just announced that a new version of the suite, 2.75, has been released and is now available for download.

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NVIDIA SHIELD ANDROID TV REVIEW

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Some of its biggest selling points include 4K and NVIDIA Grid support. If you love gaming, have a powerful rig with a robust NVIDIA GPU, and want to enjoy one of the best in class Android TV experiences, then the NVIDIA Shield Android TV is a sure bet. If you’re more of a casual gamer, then there are less expensive options, but if you want to have something that packs a wallop, streams your games, and is quite future proof, then we highly recommend it. Further, we’ve given it our highly coveted Editor’s Choice Award for being a rock solid Android TV device!

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NVIDIA Starts Supplying Open-Source Hardware Reference Headers

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There's another step forward today in NVIDIA's open-source/Linux hardware support! NVIDIA will begin supplying hardware reference headers for the Nouveau DRM driver.

While NVIDIA right now is the primary choice for Linux gamers and those willing to use proprietary hardware drivers, the same cannot be said about those that are strict into using fully open-source code on their systems. The NVIDIA open-source support has lagged behind Intel and AMD on Linux with NVIDIA not officially supporting the community-based, mostly-reverse-engineered Nouveau driver. The only exception so far has been for the NVIDIA Tegra hardware where they actively have been working on the Tegra K1 (and newer) graphics driver support for the open-source driver.

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Nvidia 346.82 Long-Lived Drivers Are Out with Support for New GPUs

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Nvidia has just released a new update for the Linux branch of the long-lived driver, and it brings support for new GPUs and a number of small bug fixes.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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X.Org Server 1.17.2 Out Now with XWayland, GCC 5, and VESA Improvements

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On June 16, Adam Jackson had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the second maintenance release of the X.Org Server 1.17 display server for GNU/Linux and UNIX-like operating systems.

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Also: X.Org Server 1.17.2 Released

Imagination Appears To Be Working On An Open-Source PowerVR Driver

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OSS

The latest talk is that Imagination Technologies may be developing an open-source Linux graphics driver for their PowerVR hardware.

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Also in Phoronix:

  • Khronos Is Working On An OpenGL Transmission Format

    Work on the new OpenGL Transmission Format was mentioned in the EETimes. The report should be accurate given that it comes from the Khronos President, Neil Trevett. Additionally, I found out about this report as it came along this morning from the official Khronos.org news feed.

  • Catalyst 15.5 For Linux Brings Some Performance Improvements

    Earlier this month Catalyst 15.5 was released for Linux as the first official Linux graphics driver update since last December when Catalyst 14.12 was released (sans the special fglrx driver packaged by Canonical for Ubuntu 15.04). As discussed by users in our forums and elsewhere, Catalyst 15.5 does offer better performance for certain OpenGL workloads compared to the earlier driver, but the gains aren't universal.

  • NVIDIA 352.21 Linux Driver Adds New GPU Support, Fixes

    NVIDIA released the 352.21 Linux driver today as the latest release in their 352.xx driver series.

  • Mesa 10.6.0 Officially Released While Still Lacking OpenGL 4.0+ Compliance

    While it's coming a bit behind schedule, Mesa 10.6 has been released today as the newest version of the user-space, open-source graphics drivers for Linux and other platforms. Officially only OpenGL 3.3 support is there, but many OpenGL 4.x extensions were implemented over the past three months.

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