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Benchmarks Of Ubuntu 17.04 Beta vs. Antergos, Clear Linux, openSUSE Tumbleweed

2 hours 40 min ago
For those curious how Ubuntu 17.04 is shaping up, considering this week was the "beta" release for participating flavors, I decided to take a fresh Ubuntu 17.04 x86_64 daily ISO and see how its performance compares to Ubuntu 17.10, Clear Linux 13600, Antergos 17.2, and openSUSE Tumbleweed.

A Soft Implementation Of ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 Is Slowly Being Tackled For Mesa

5 hours 2 min ago
Last year there was a Google Summer of Code student working on a library to implement double-precision operations (FP64) in pure GLSL 1.30 as a benefit to older GPUs not having native FP64 capabilities. While that work didn't materialize as a solution in 2017 for those wanting "soft" ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 for being able to potentially expose OpenGL 4.0 on more R600g era GPUs, the work is ongoing...

UKSM Is Still Around For Data Deduplication Of The Linux Kernel

7 hours 20 min ago
Several years back we wrote about Ultra Kernel Samepage Merging (UKSM) for data de-duplication within the Linux kernel for transparently scanning all application memory and de-duping it where possible. While the original developer is no longer active, a new developer has been maintaining the work and continues to support it on the latest Linux kernel releases...

systemd 233 Is Around The Corner With More Additions, Changes

8 hours 51 min ago
Systemd 233 is expected to be released in the days ahead and as usual it's packing new features and various additions...

Better Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support Is Landing For Linux 4.11

9 hours 42 min ago
Better support for Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 are among the changes to find with the platform-drivers-x86 updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel...

Experimental Patches Revised For AMDGPU HDMI Stereo 3D, DAL/DC Now Supported

10 hours 26 min ago
Last month an independent contributor to the AMD Linux graphics stack posted AMDGPU patches for HDMI Stereo 3D support within this open-source Radeon DRM driver. Those patches were rather dismissed in part because they didn't implement the support along the new DAL/DC display code-paths, but that has now changed...

Git 2.12 Ships With A Variety Of Changes

10 hours 44 min ago
Junio Hamano announced on Friday the release of Git 2.12.0...

OpenRISC For Linux 4.11 Gets Some Optimizations, Prepares For SMP

10 hours 49 min ago
OpenRISC continues advancing with its sights on being a free and open processor for embedded systems using the RISC instruction set architecture...

MD RAID Optimizations, Btrfs Fixes For Linux 4.11

11 hours 3 min ago
The MD pull request was submitted on Friday for the Linux 4.11 kernel as were the Btrfs file-system changes...

Wayland's Weston 2.0 Compositor Released

Sat, 25/02/2017 - 1:41am
Wayland 1.13 was released earlier this week but the adjoining Weston compositor update didn't happen at the same time due to some last minute changes needing more time to test, but this Friday, Weston 2.0 is now shipping...

RADV Vulkan Performance Appears To Improve With Linux 4.11

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 8:24pm
A few days ago I posted some results of surprise performance improvements for a Radeon RX 470 when testing the DRM-Next code queued for Linux 4.11. I've now tested that kernel on more systems and can confirm at least benefits more widespread for RADV's Vulkan performance.

Fresh RadeonSI Mesa Git Gaming Benchmarks On 7 Linux Desktops

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:35pm
When posting last week our Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Radeon benchmarks and Windows vs. Linux NVIDIA Pascal benchmarks and then the Windows vs. Linux relative performance analysis, as usual, it didn't take long for some to argue that the Linux gaming performance is actually faster but "Unity 7 is slower" and the similar FUD that is usually waged whenever looking at cross-platform performance.

Fuzzing Mesa Drivers Begin To Uncover Bugs

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:18pm
Last December we wrote about work being done on fuzzing OpenGL shaders leading to wild differences with the work being done at the Imperial College London. While they were testing other drivers on different operating systems, they have now fired up tests of Mesa...

Trying Nouveau With HITMAN On Linux Doesn't Get Too Far

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 3:45pm
Chances are if you are using a NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and planning to game on Linux you are using NVIDIA's official Linux driver, but in case you are trying to use the free software Nouveau driver stack, I tried running Feral's recent HITMAN game release with this open-source NVIDIA driver...

Qt Vulkan Support Demoed On The NVIDIA Shield TV

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:36pm
A mix of Qt5, Vulkan, Android on AArch64, and a NVIDIA Shield TV with Tegra X1 SoC sounds like a fun weekend for those wanting to experiment with the latest Qt tool-kit possibilities in development...

Linus Ends Up Accepting The DRM Changes For Linux 4.11

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:33pm
While Linus Torvalds yesterday was criticizing the DRM code quality using colorful language and threatening not to accept the DRM changes for Linux 4.11, he ended up merging the code to mainline...

New ARM SoCs & Board Support In The Linux 4.11 Kernel

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:14pm
Arnd Bergmann has submitted the big batch of ARM hardware changes for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window...

GStreamer Now Supports Multi-Threaded Scaling/Conversion For Big Performance Win

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:03pm
With the addition of over two thousand lines of code, GStreamer's video-convert code within gst-plugins-base is now properly multi-threaded...

OpenWRT-Forked LEDE Releases 17.01, Presents At The Embedded Linux Conf

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:55pm
This week marks the 17.01.0 final release of the Linux Embedded Development Environment (LEDE). They also presented at this week's Linux Foundation Embedded Linux Conference about their project that's a fork of OpenWRT and aims for router/embedded use-cases...

SERDEV "Serial Device Bus" Added To Linux 4.11 Kernel

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:37am
The TTY/serial patches were mailed in earlier this week by Greg KH for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window. Normally this isn't a pull request with much interest from us as it's generally not too interesting, but this time around it introduces a new bus...