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Arch Linux vs. Antergos vs. Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu Benchmarks

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 12:40am
Last week when sharing the results of tweaking Ubuntu 17.10 to try to make it run as fast as Clear Linux, it didn't take long for Phoronix readers to share their opinions on Arch Linux and the request for some optimized Arch Linux benchmarks against Clear Linux. Here are some results of that testing so far in carrying out a clean Arch Linux build with some basic optimizations compared to using Antergos Minimal out-of-the-box, Ubuntu Server, and Clear Linux.

Flapjack Helps Developers Work On Components Inside Flatpak

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 10:09pm
Endless OS developer Philip Chimento has developed Flapjack as a means of helping developers work on Flatpak...

LLVM 6.0-RC1 Makes Its Belated Debut

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 9:56pm
While LLVM/Clang 6.0 was branched earlier this month and under a feature freeze with master/trunk moving to LLVM 7.0, two weeks later the first release candidate is now available...

24-Way NVIDIA/AMD GPU Benchmarks With X-Plane 11

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 6:28pm
With the next update to X-Plane 11 introducing VR support, I have renewed interest in this realistic, cross-platform flight simulator. It's been a few years since we last delivered any benchmarks with X-Plane, but for your viewing please today is an assortment of 24 graphics cards both old and new, low-end to high-end from NVIDIA and AMD in looking at how this flight simulator is running on Ubuntu Linux.

Firefox 58 Bringing Faster WebAssembly Compilation With Two-Tiered Compiler

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 4:21pm
With the launch of Mozilla Firefox 58 slated for next week, WebAssembly will become even faster thanks to a new two-tiered compiler...

RadeonSI NIR Backend Now Supports GLSL 4.50

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 2:37pm
The experimental RadeonSI NIR back-end is taking a final step forward for Mesa 18.0...

GCC 7.3 Preparing For Release To Ship Spectre Patches

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 2:18pm
GNU developers are preparing to quickly ship GCC 7.3 now in order to get out the Spectre patches, a.k.a. the compiler side bits for Retpoline with -mindirect-branch=thunk and friends...

Dead Island Should Now Work With The Gallium3D Drivers

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 12:59pm
The Dead Island open world survival horror action RPG game that's more than six years old should now work with Mesa's Gallium3D drivers...

The DRM Graphics Driver Changes Coming For Linux 4.16

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 12:33pm
With being past the cutoff of new features to be merged to DRM-Next for targeting the upcoming Linux 4.16 kernel merge window, here is a recap of the prominent changes to the Direct Rendering Manager drivers for this next kernel cycle...

KDE's Discover Snap Support Is Maturing Too

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 11:09am
While KDE Discover's Flatpak support was declared "production ready", that isn't the only app sandboxing tech they are working on: their Ubuntu Snap support is also coming together nicely...

Benchmarking Retpoline Underflow Protection With Intel Skylake/Kabylake

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 10:58am
Beyond the Retpoline support already found in the mainline Linux kernel, developers are working on Retpoline Underflow support that would be used for Intel Skylake and Kabylake CPUs. RETPOLINE_UNDERFLOW protects against falling back to a potentially poisoned indirect branch predictor when a return buffer underflows and this additional protection is needed for Intel Skylake/Kabylake processors. I ran a couple benchmarks...

RADV Vulkan Driver Now Supports VK_EXT_debug_report

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 10:40am
With the flurry of Mesa development activity with Mesa 18.0 being branched in a few days, the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver picked up support for another extension...

Purism Eyeing The i.MX8M For The Librem 5 Smartphone, Issues First Status Update

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 9:45pm
If you have been curious about the state of Purism's Librem 5 smartphone project since its successful crowdfunding last year and expedited plans to begin shipping this Linux smartphone in early 2019, the company has issued their first status update...

Benchmarking Retpoline-Enabled GCC 8 With -mindirect-branch=thunk

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 9:00pm
We have looked several times already at the performance impact of Retpoline support in the Linux kernel, but what about building user-space packages with -mindirect-branch=thunk? Here is the performance cost to building some performance tests in user-space with -mindirect-branch=thunk and -mindirect-branch=thunk-inline.

Mesa 18.0 Will Enter Its Feature Freeze Soon

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 8:06pm
The Mesa 18.0 feature freeze and release candidate will be issued in the days ahead...

HHVM 3.24 Released, The Final Supporting PHP5

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 7:50pm
The Facebook crew responsible for the HHVM project as a speedy Hack/PHP language implementation is out with its 3.24 release...

AMD Retpoline Benchmarks From FX To Threadripper & EPYC

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 7:00pm
For those curious about the performance impact of the Retpoline patches as found in the latest Linux 4.15 kernel, here are some benchmarks on an assortment of old and new AMD Linux systems...

NVIDIA 340.106 Legacy Driver Released For KPTI Compatibility

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 6:49pm
For those using the 340 series legacy driver for NVIDIA GeForce 8 and GeForce 9 series GPU support, the 340.106 driver has been released...

KDE's KWin Now Considers Its X11 Code To Be Under An "Eternal Feature Freeze"

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 5:55pm
With KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS, the KWin window manager / compositor's X11/X.Org code will now be under an "eternal feature freeze" as development will focus more on Wayland...

Unreal Engine 4.19 Preview Rolls Out With Renderer Enhancements

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 5:45pm
Epic Games has rolled out their public preview build of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.19 game engine update...