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Where AMD's Catalyst Driver Does The Best On Linux

Friday 24th of July 2015 02:28:00 PM
Earlier this week I finished up a 15-way AMD/NVIDIA graphics card comparison on Linux with the very latest proprietary Linux drivers. That earlier article focused on the OpenGL performance and simply put the Catalyst performance on the tested Radeon hardware was abysmal compared to NVIDIA's Linux driver performance. However, there is one area where the Catalyst Linux driver really excels at performance and routinely beats out the green competition.

Linux 4.3 Will Have Many Intel Graphics Improvements, Better For Skylake

Friday 24th of July 2015 12:28:00 PM
Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has sent in many Intel DRM driver changes to be queued up in DRM-Next for the Linux 4.3 kernel...

Intel's Mesa DRI Driver Now Supports Shader Subroutines

Friday 24th of July 2015 12:04:00 PM
This week Mesa development is very exciting with OpenGL 4.0~4.1 support being reached and the open-source hardware drivers now just filling in their gaps. Intel's Mesa i965 DRI driver is getting ready to declare OpenGL 4.0 compliance...

PHP 7.0 Beta 2 Released

Friday 24th of July 2015 11:50:31 AM
Just two weeks after PHP 7 decided to go into beta, the second beta release is now available for testing...

LLVM 3.7 RC1 Ready For Testing By Developers

Friday 24th of July 2015 11:42:17 AM
One week after tagging LLVM 3.7-RC1, Hans Wennborg of Google announced its formal release on Thursday...

CMake 3.3 Release Advances The Open-Source Build System

Friday 24th of July 2015 01:11:16 AM
Version 3.3 of the CMake open-source, cross-platform build system is now available...

How Far The Radeon Gallium3D Driver Has Come In Five Years

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 10:10:00 PM
The news today of OpenGL 4 finally being accomplished in Mesa/Gallium3D is quite ironic and memorable as this day five years ago was when the R600 Gallium3D driver reached the milestone of being able to run glxgears on AMD hardware...

GNOME 3.17.4 Released

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 09:28:50 PM
GNOME 3.17.4 is now available as the latest development release towards the September debut of GNOME 3.18...

Comparing The Power/Performance Of A NetBurst Celeron & Pentium 4 To Broadwell's Core i7 5775C

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 07:30:00 PM
With my Intel Core i7 5775C Linux review having gone out earlier this week, out of curiosity one of the other follow-up tests I wanted to run was comparing the performance and efficiency to an old Pentium 4 and Celeron Socket 478 CPU from the NetBurst era.

openSUSE Leap Nearing Its First Development Milestone

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 06:42:46 PM
The next openSUSE release is scheduled to come in November and developers are still working on putting out the first development milestone release...

GNOME's HIG Is Being Updated

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 05:35:05 PM
The GNOME 3 Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) are turning a year old and are in the process of being updated...

Open-Source Mesa Drivers Now Supporting OpenGL 4.0+

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 03:34:36 PM
Five years after the OpenGL 4.0 specification was introduced, the open-source Mesa 3D project has finally moved on to supporting the necessary extensions, the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver even exposes OpenGL 4.1 support this morning, and OpenGL 4.2 patches are pending.

Mutter 3.17.4 Improves HiDPI On Wayland, Adds Compositor-Side Animated Cursors

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 12:27:22 PM
Alongside this morning's release of GNOME Shell 3.17.4 is the release of GNOME's Mutter 3.17.4...

Wldbg: A New Wayland Tool For Debugging

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 12:09:03 PM
Work on wldbg was announced this week, a tool for debugging applications running on Wayland...

GNOME Shell 3.17.4 Adds Four-Finger Swipe Gesture

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 11:54:45 AM
GNOME Shell 3.17.4 is now available, but it's not the most exciting development release of recent times.....

Core Mesa Now Implements OpenGL 4.0, Nearly At OpenGL 4.1~4.2

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 11:34:06 AM
Wow, it's like a dream... Waking up to find that Mesa Git now supports all of the necessary GL extensions to claim OpenGL 4.0 compliance by core Mesa. It took more than five years, but it's finally materializing and OpenGL 4.1~4.2 isn't too far behind...

RadeonSI Now Supports Tessellation In Mesa Git

Thursday 23rd of July 2015 12:55:35 AM
Marek Olšák of AMD finished landing the code needed today in Mesa for exposing the OpenGL 4.0 ARB_tessellation_shader by the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver...

GNOME Flashback 3.16/3.17 Lands In Debian/Ubuntu

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 10:11:57 PM
The latest "GNOME Flashback" packages have landed within the Ubuntu Testing and Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" archives for those wishing to use this GNOME2-like session...

Open-Channel SSD Support Still Baking For The Linux Kernel

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 08:35:43 PM
Matias Bjørling continues tackling support for "open-channel SSDs" within Linux. His fourth revision to his Open-Channel SSD patch-set has been published and re-based against code in development for the Linux 4.3 kernel...

15-Way AMD/NVIDIA Graphics Card Comparison For 4K Linux Gaming

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 05:50:00 PM
Being in the middle of working on Linux reviews for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti and AMD Radeon R9 Fury, there's been a lot of fresh graphics processor benchmarks running this week at Phoronix. As the first of these updated large Linux comparisons on the very latest public drivers, here is a 15-way NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when running various Linux games with a 4K resolution.

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • Three months with a Chromebook computer
    Chromebooks have become incredibly popular among some users, as you can see from Amazon's list of bestselling Chromebooks. One user decided to use a Chromebook as his primary computing device for three months, and found that it worked extremely well for him. [...] Debian Linux is known as a distribution that supports lots of different hardware, but now the Debian developers have announced the removal of support for the SPARC hardware architecture.
  • New Target for Mobile App Devs: Plasma Mobile on Linux
  • New Plasma Mobile, New Security Issues
    Jonathan Riddell said the hacking was frustrating at first, but Martin Gräßlin was able to get the system going with Wayland and KWin. Gräßlin said Plasma Mobile is the first product to use Wayland by default and the only reason Wayland is mature enough to be included as a technical preview in upcoming Plasma 5.4. They're confident Android apps will run on it at some point as well.
  • KDE Creates Plasma Mobile, A KDE Based Operating System For Mobile Phones
    As you may know, the KDE developers have created Plasma Phone UI, a Linux based operating based on Ubuntu Touch and Kubuntu Linux. The OS is open-source, has an user-friendly interface and provides a customizable platform for mobile devices. For now, KDE’s mobile OS is just a prototype and can be tested on the LG Nexus 5.
  • GSoC ’15 Post #5: Port Complete – Time for the Real Deal
    With loads of help from people on #kde-devel, we finally managed to complete the KDE Network Filesharing port to KF5. Wasn’t easy, given that this was my first time porting frameworks, but it was real fun. Apart from apol’s blogpost shared in my last post, here’s another post that was immensely helpful to me while porting: Porting a KControl Module to KF5.
  • Gnome Pie 0.6.3 (Circular Application Launcher) Brings New Features And Bug-Fixes
    As you may know, Gnome Pie is a circular application launcher, enabling the users to easily access their favorite apps, which they have added to the pie. For usage information, see this link.
  • Gnome 3.18 Will Include A News Reader App
  • ExLight Distro Brings Enlightenment 0.19.7 and Linux Kernel 4.0 to Ubuntu 15.04
    On July 26, Arne Exton, the creator of numerous distributions of GNU/Linux as well as various Android-x86 Live DVDs, was more than proud to announce the immediate availability for download of a new build for his ExLight Linux distribution.
  • OpenSUSE Leap 42 Will Be An OpenSUSE Flavor For The Users That Need A Stable System
  • Very slow ssh logins on Fedora 22
    I’ve recently set up a Fedora 22 firewall/router at home (more on that later) and I noticed that remote ssh logins were extremely slow. In addition, sudo commands seemed to stall out for the same amount of time (about 25-30 seconds).
  • Debian Dropping SPARC Support
    While Debian supports many CPU architectures, it's working to remove support for the Sun/Oracle SPARC architecture. As of this weekend, Debian has dropped SPARC from their unstable, experimental, and jessie-updates archives.
  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Update Brings Double Battery Life On Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
  • Ubuntu Phone Gets Blasted In Reviews This Week
  • 3.5-inch SBC runs Yocto on Braswell and 6 Watts
    Aaeon’s Yocto Linux ready, 3.5-inch “GENE-BSW5″ SBC offers Intel Braswell CPUs, dual GbE ports, six serial ports, and mini-PCIe, SATA, and mSATA expansion.
  • Not Learning Unix is a Mistake
    It has occurred to me that not learning Unix is a grave mistake. My relatively early exposure to Unix was important. I may not have appreciated Linux as much or even at all if I hadn't had that ability to experiment at home with Xenix. Learning about Unix develops new mental muscles like playing a musical instrument or learning a new language. But learning these new processes becomes more difficult with age. To me the exact technical details are less important. It does not really matter if you are a Linux user or if you use one of the BSDs or even something more exotic like Plan 9. The important thing is you can learn new concepts from what I will broadly refer to as the Unix/Internet Community.
  • Mmm, what's that smell, Google+? Yes it's death: Google unhooks 'social network' from YouTube
    Google is no longer forcing Google+ on the world: people will be able to log into YouTube, and other Googley services, without having to create mandatory Google+ profiles. From now on, only those who deliberately sign up for Google+ will create profiles on the ghost town of a social network. Previously, Google harassed users of YouTube, Gmail and so on, to convert their accounts into Google+ accounts, a move obviously designed to boost G+'s sad numbers. It didn't go down very well at all – a lot of folks hated it.
  • Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API
    Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th.

Leftovers: Software

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

  • See How Your Linux System Stacks Up To 15 GPUs For 1080p Gaming
    This week I posted the results of a 15-way graphics card comparison on Ubuntu Linux with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards while running the very latest proprietary drivers. Those tests were focused on 4K resolution testing in order to stress the latest-generation AMD/NVIDIA GPUs. However, if you want to see 1080p numbers, here are some benchmark-friendly results.
  • Victor Vran Action RPG Is Now Available on Steam for Linux
    Victor Vran, an isometric action RPG developed by Haemimont Games and published by EuroVideo Medien on Steam, has been released on Linux as well. The genre of isometric action RPGs is a very well defined one and it incorporates titles like Diablo. Victor Vran has been very well received by the community and the Linux platform has been supported right from the start.