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Intel Core i9 7980XE Linux Benchmarks: 18 Core / 36 Threads For $1999 USD

4 hours 19 min ago
Besides the embargo expiring this morning on the Intel Core i9 7960X, the Core i9 7980XE Extreme Edition processor is also now fair game. Here is our look at the Linux performance for this 18 core / 36 thread processor within a single 165 Watt package.

Intel Core i9 7960X Linux Benchmarks

4 hours 37 min ago
While Intel previously announced the expanded Intel Core X-Series line-up including the Core i9 7960X and Core i9 7980XE processors, only today is the performance embargo expiring as these CPUs begin to ship to further battle AMD's Ryzen Threadripper line-up. Here is today's launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Core i9 7960X.

A Recap Of XDC2017: Advancing Wayland, Mesa & Yes The X.Org Server

Monday 25th of September 2017 04:00:00 AM
The annual X.Org Developers' Conference wrapped up on Friday as the meeting of key contributors to components including the xorg-server, Wayland, Mesa, and other crucial components of the Linux desktop stack...

Intel Announces Early 8th Gen Core Processors, Coffee Lake

Monday 25th of September 2017 03:00:00 AM
Intel has rushed up the announcement of their 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors following a recent leak. We can now confirm that these new Intel CPUs are en route to retailers, they have already arrived for testing, and will be benchmarked under Linux on Phoronix once that secondary embargo expires...

Linux 4.14-rc2 Kernel Released

Monday 25th of September 2017 12:22:38 AM
Linus Torvalds has announced the release of the second weekly test candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.14 kernel...

XFree KWin: Ridding KDE's Wayland Compositor Of X11 Dependencies

Sunday 24th of September 2017 04:35:43 PM
Martin Flöser (nee Gräßlin) has announced the "XFree KWin" project. This isn't to be confused with XFree86 but rather is about ridding KWin optionally of X11/X.Org dependencies...

ASUS Tinker Board Is An Interesting ARM SBC For About $60 USD

Sunday 24th of September 2017 03:33:28 PM
Earlier this year ASUS announced the Tinker Board as their first step into the ARM single board computer world. Earlier this month I finally received a Tinker Board for testing and it has been quite interesting to say the least. The Tinker Board with its Rockchip SoC has been among the most competitive ARM SBCs we have tested to date in its price range and the form factor is compatible with the Raspberry Pi.

Intel IX4 Networking Performance On DragonFly Gets Boosted By Direct Input Support

Sunday 24th of September 2017 02:41:31 PM
DragonFlyBSD today picked up direct input support within the kernel's polling code. This can boost the networking performance though for now is just supported by the IX4 driver, what is used as the Intel 10Gb Ethernet driver...

A New Project To Let You Run Qt Apps With GTK+ Windowing System Integration

Sunday 24th of September 2017 12:58:58 PM
A Norwegian developer has developed a new Qt platform abstraction plug-in to let Qt applications make use of GTK+ for windowing system integration. The Qt apps rely upon GTK+ as a host toolkit to provide GTK menus, GTK for input, and other integration bits...

Linux 4.14 Is Up To Around 23.2 Million Lines Of Code

Sunday 24th of September 2017 12:00:00 PM
While I usually look at the Linux kernel code size following each merge window, I am a few days late this time around due to busy Xeon/EPYC benchmarking and XDC2017. Anyhow, Linux 4.14 is showing some weight gains but nothing too bad...

The State Of Intel's GPU Virtualization Pass-Through On Linux

Sunday 24th of September 2017 11:44:18 AM
Wrapping up our XDC2017 coverage for this annual X.Org developer event that took place this past week in Mountain View, Zhenyu Wang of Intel presented on their ongoing work for mediated GPU virtualization pass-through support on Linux, Intel GVT...

NVIDIA Making Progress On Server-Side GLVND: Different Drivers For Different X Screens

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 09:55:37 PM
While NVIDIA isn't doing much to help out Nouveau, at least the company is contributing to the open-source Linux graphics ecosystem in other ways. In addition to presenting at XDC2017 this week on the Unix device memory allocator API and DeepColor / HDR support, they also presented on server-side GLVND...

SDL 2.0.6 Released With Vulkan Helpers, DRM/KMS Driver

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 07:15:48 PM
SDL 2.0.6 was released on Friday as the latest feature update for this widely-used library that allows for more cross-platform portability of applications and games centered around input, audio, and video helpers...

Nouveau Developers Remain Blocked By NVIDIA From Advancing Open-Source Driver

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 03:48:50 PM
Longtime Nouveau contributors Martin Peres and Karol Herbst presented at this week's XDC2017 X.Org conference at the Googleplex in Mountain View. It was a quick talk as they didn't have a whole lot to report on due to their open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver efforts largely being restricted by NVIDIA Corp...

X.Org Server 1.20 Expected Around January With New Features

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 01:39:26 PM
X.Org Server 1.19 is already almsot one year old and while X.Org is currently well off its six month release cadence, version 1.20 is being figured out for an early 2018 release...

HTTPS By Default For Everyone

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 01:26:33 PM
Just a quick heads up for those that haven't noticed yet, HTTPS is now used by default across all of Phoronix.com as of this week...

X.Org Foundation Has Become A Khronos Adopter

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 12:09:42 PM
The X.Org Foundation board announced during this week's XDC2017 summit that they have officially completed the paperwork to become a Khronos adopter...

Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:40:04 AM
Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver...

Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM

Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:25:28 AM
Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers...

Game Engine Powered Arcan Display Server With Durden Desktop Updated

Friday 22nd of September 2017 08:40:16 PM
Arcan, the open-source display server powered by a game engine, is out with a new release. Its Durden desktop environment has also been updated...

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Linux 4.14-rc2

I'm back to my usual Sunday release schedule, and rc2 is out there in all the normal places. This was a fairly usual rc2, with a very quiet beginning of the week, and then most changes came in on Friday afternoon and Saturday (with the last few ones showing up Sunday morning). Normally I tend to dislike how that pushes most of my work into the weekend, but this time I took advantage of it, spending the quiet part of last week diving instead. Anyway, the only unusual thing worth noting here is that the security subsystem pull request that came in during the merge window got rejected due to problems, and so rc2 ends up with most of that security pull having been merged in independent pieces instead. Read more Also: Linux 4.14-rc2 Kernel Released

Manjaro Linux Phasing out i686 (32bit) Support

In a not very surprising move by the Manjaro Linux developers, a blog post was made by Philip, the Lead Developer of the popular distribution based off Arch Linux, On Sept. 23 that reveals that 32-bit support will be phased out. In his announcement, Philip says, “Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community, we have decided to phase out the support of this architecture. The decision means that v17.0.3 ISO will be the last that allows to install 32 bit Manjaro Linux. September and October will be our deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported.” Read more

Korora 26 'Bloat' Fedora-based Linux distro available for download -- now 64-bit only

Fedora is my favorite Linux distribution, but I don't always use it. Sometimes I opt for an operating system that is based on it depending on my needs at the moment. Called "Korora," it adds tweaks, repositories, codecs, and packages that aren't found in the normal Fedora operating system. As a result, Korora deviates from Red Hat's strict FOSS focus -- one of the most endearing things about Fedora. While you can add all of these things to Fedora manually, Korora can save you time by doing the work for you. Read more

BackSlash Linux Olaf

While using BackSlash, I had two serious concerns. The first was with desktop performance. The Plasma-based desktop was not as responsive as I'm used to, in either test environment. Often times disabling effects or file indexing will improve the situation, but the desktop still lagged a bit for me. My other issue was the program crashes I experienced. The Discover software manager crashed on me several times, WPS crashed on start-up the first time on both machines, I lost the settings panel once along with my changes in progress. These problems make me think BackSlash's design may be appealing to newcomers, but I have concerns with the environment's stability. Down the road, once the developers have a chance to iron out some issues and polish the interface, I think BackSlash might do well targeting former macOS users, much the same way Zorin OS tries to appeal to former Windows users. But first, I think the distribution needs to stabilize a bit and squash lingering stability bugs. Read more