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Why The R9 290 & Other Select Radeon GPUs Are Performing Miserably On Linux 4.7

Monday 20th of June 2016 01:47:43 PM
With this weekend's 5-Way Mesa 12.1-dev + Linux 4.7 Git Radeon Comparison and other tests I've done on Linux 4.7 Git with Radeon hardware, the R9 290 has regressed to the point of performing noticeably worse than other AMD GCN GPUs... Many other Phoronix readers with different Rx 200/300 graphics cards have also confirmed their graphics cards performing poorly on Linux 4.7...

The Qt Company Is Still Aiming To Get Qt 5.8 Out This Year

Monday 20th of June 2016 01:16:00 PM
This year has already encountered the releases of the much-delayed Qt 5.6 followed quite quickly by Qt 5.7. Upstream Qt developers are now trying to get Qt 5.8.0 ready to ship this calendar year...

GTK's Roadmap Updated, Here's What Is Coming For GNOME 3.22

Monday 20th of June 2016 12:55:26 PM
This past week the GTK+ road-map was updated during the GTK hackfest with more plans for the future, on top of their new vision for GTK+ 4.0 and beyond...

NVIDIA Launches Tesla P100 PCI-E Card

Monday 20th of June 2016 12:31:13 PM
NVIDIA used this week's International Super Computing Conference (ISC) in Germany to launch the PCI Express version of their Tesla P100 accelerator...

Solus 1.2 Linux Distribution Released

Monday 20th of June 2016 12:19:06 PM
Version 1.2 "Shannon" of the promising Solus Linux distribution has been released...

Linux 4.7-rc4 Kernel Released

Monday 20th of June 2016 11:56:27 AM
Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux 4.7-rc4 kernel on Sunday night...

Mesa Lands Support For GL_EXT_window_rectangles

Sunday 19th of June 2016 11:31:01 PM
The newest OpenGL extension now supported by Mesa is GL_EXT_window_rectangles...

New Technology Preview Of QtWebKit

Sunday 19th of June 2016 03:56:12 PM
There's a new technology preview release of QtWebKit for those wanting to use this formerly retired WebKit-based module instead of the newer QtWebEngine that makes use of Chromium's Blink engine...

5-Way Mesa 12.1-dev + Linux 4.7 Git Radeon Comparison

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:48:25 PM
Following the massive Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Graphics Performance With Radeon Software, AMDGPU-PRO, AMDGPU+RadeonSI article, I immediately started work on my next article... In preparation for a hardware launch Linux testing later this month, I started testing my collection of AMD cards on Linux 4.7 and Mesa 12.1-dev. Here are some of those results if you are curious, including performance-per-Watt metrics...

FreeBSD 11.0 Alpha 4 Released

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:39:04 PM
The fourth alpha release of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 is now available for testing...

Virt-Manager 1.4 Exposes The New OpenGL Options

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:27:58 PM
Virt-Manager 1.4 has been released and it's a great release for those wanting to easily play with Virgl for OpenGL atop the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

Antergos Spins New ISOs, The Last Time Pushing 32-bit Media

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:19:25 PM
Antergos 2016.06.18 has been released as a re-spin of this Arch-based Linux distribution...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Graphics Performance With Radeon Software, AMDGPU-PRO, AMDGPU+RadeonSI

Saturday 18th of June 2016 02:00:00 PM
Yesterday I published some Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Linux gaming benchmarks using the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards. Those numbers were interesting with the NVIDIA proprietary driver but for benchmarking this weekend are Windows 10 results with Radeon Software compared to Ubuntu 16.04 running the new AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver as well as the latest Git code for a pure open-source driver stack.

KDE Developers Have Been Working On Improved Windows Support

Saturday 18th of June 2016 01:17:06 PM
KDE developers this week at Randa have ben working on improvements for KDE applications on Windows...

LLVM's Clang Is Working On Unified Offloading Support

Saturday 18th of June 2016 12:11:23 PM
There's more work going on in the CUDA/OpenMP space for the LLVM Clang compiler...

Snagging A Deal On My Newest 4K Adaptive-Sync Monitor For Linux Testing

Saturday 18th of June 2016 11:44:12 AM
If you happen to be in the market for a 4K 28-inch display, here's the latest one I have purchased for our Linux hardware testing here at Phoronix. Right now it also appears to be for a very competitive deal at one particular e-tailer...

Faster Rendering Appears To Be Coming For LibreOffice

Saturday 18th of June 2016 11:18:12 AM
Some rendering speed improvements have been worked on recently for the LibreOffice open-source office suite and are now present in LO Git...

KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta Released

Friday 17th of June 2016 05:40:17 PM
KDE developers quietly released the Plasma 5.7 beta on Thursday for offering a new glimpse at the experience ahead of its official debut in July...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Gaming With NVIDIA's GTX 1070 & GTX 1080

Friday 17th of June 2016 01:28:49 PM
For your viewing pleasure this Friday is our largest Windows vs. Linux graphics/gaming performance comparison ever conducted at Phoronix in the past 12 years! With the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards, their performance was compared under Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.04 x86_64 when using the very latest NVIDIA Corp drivers for each OS. A range of Steam gaming benchmarks and more were done, including some cross-platform Vulkan graphics benchmarks. Continue on for this interesting comparison.

LLVM Has New "parallel-lib" Sub-Project

Friday 17th of June 2016 12:01:31 PM
Parallel-Lib is a new project out of the LLVM group...

More in Tux Machines

Tiny Core Linux 7.2 Enters Development, First Release Candidate Is Out Now

The developers of one of the smallest GNU/Linux operating systems, Tiny Core, have announced that the next point release in the Tiny Core Linux 7 series, version 7.2, is now open for development. Tiny Core Linux 7.2 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) has been released today, June 25, 2016, and it lets early adopters and public testers get an early taste of what's coming to the final Tiny Core Linux 7.2 operating system in the coming weeks. Read more

Huawei CEO: Will keep using Android as long as it's open

He made the said comment in a Weibo post, where-in he also noted that Google's mobile OS has promoted the development of smartphones, which in turn has benefited consumers. Interestingly, he didn't say anything about whether or not Huawei is developing an in-house mobile OS - said to be called Kirin OS. His silence on the matter, though, can be taken as a confirmation of sorts, especially when his comment reflects the possibility of Google restricting the companies’ freedom with Android in future. Read more Also: Huawei CEO Comments On Rumors about its Independent OS

KDE Leftovers

  • Two in one
    As you may know (unless you’ve been living in Alpha Centauri for the past century) the openSUSE community KDE team publishes LiveCD images for those willing to test the latest state of KDE software from the git master branches without having to break machines, causing a zombie apocalypse and so on. This post highlights the most recent developments in the area.
  • Krita Post-Kickstarter News
    The campaign season is over, and we’re slowly recovering and getting back into a productive groove of coding, coding, coding and more. Kickstarter has transferred €34,594.37 to our bank account, and we’ve started planning the next releases. Time for an update!
  • Akademy! and fundraising
  • Plasma 5.6 – Clean installation impression
    I was wondering if i should just be silent, since this is a negative post about Plasma. On the other hand we should not be afraid negative critics, learn from them, improve and make a better product. With that in mind, I decided to write this post anyway in hopes that it will ultimately improve the situation where improvements would be nice.

Software (IceCat, Xen Orchestra, Attic, and ownCloud Client)

  • IceCat 38.8.0 release
    GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license restricts distribution in several ways incompatible with freedom 0.
  • Xen Orchestra 5.0 Released With Several New Features
  • Let Attic Deduplicate and Store your Backups
    Data loss is one of those things we never want to worry about. To that end we go to great lengths to find new techniques and software packages to ensure those precious bits of data are safely backed up to various local and remote media.
  • ownCloud Client 2.2.x
    A couple of weeks ago we released another significant milestone of the ownCloud Client, called version 2.2.0, followed by two small maintenance releases.