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Intel Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge vs. Core i3 7100 Kabylake Performance

Saturday 11th of February 2017 06:00:00 PM
At the end of January I published my initial Core i3 7100 Linux benchmarks while for those still on older Sandy Bridge hardware and thinking of upgrading to a Core i3 Kabylake, here are some interesting comparative benchmarks. For these weekend tests are raw performance and performance-per-Watt metrics for the Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge to the Core i3 7100 Kabylake processors.

Nouveau: Mesa 13.0 vs. 17.0 vs. 17.1-devel OpenGL Benchmarks

Saturday 11th of February 2017 02:30:00 PM
Having now published RADV/RadeonSI Mesa 17.0 benchmarks and Intel i965/ANV Mesa 17.0 benchmarks compared to Mesa 13.0 and 17.1-devel, here are now benchmarks of the Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D driver for seeing how this open-source NVIDIA 3D driver performs on the imminent Mesa 17.0 release...

Meson Build System Takes 45% Less Time Than Autotools For Epoxy

Saturday 11th of February 2017 01:35:47 PM
GNOME developers continue investing in the Meson Build System and the results continue to be much faster than Autotools and generally other build systems too...

RSPIRV: Google's Rust Implementation Of SPIR-V

Saturday 11th of February 2017 01:19:55 PM
Google developers have been working on a number of open-source projects in the Vulkan space and one of their latest is SPIR-V processing with Rust...

A Student Developer Wants To Write A Software Implementation Of Vulkan For Mesa

Saturday 11th of February 2017 01:07:34 PM
Vulkan is going on one year old and while the hardware driver support has continued to advance, we haven't yet seen a software implementation of Vulkan for running on a CPU. Of course, not for expecting any performance miracle or the like, but as a vendor-neutral platform for being able to test Vulkan's behavior, certain fallback scenarios, and other use-cases like Mesa's LLVMpipe/swrast/Softpipe software rasterizers...

FESCo Will Let GLVND Support Land In Fedora 25

Saturday 11th of February 2017 12:49:47 PM
Besides approving the Fedora 27 release schedule, the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) approved GLVND support landing in Fedora 25 as an update...

Mesa 17.0 Benchmarks With Intel: Noticeably Better Vulkan Performance

Saturday 11th of February 2017 02:00:00 AM
With Mesa 17.0 due to be released any day now, here are fresh benchmarks of Mesa 17.0's Git code as of Friday compared to Mesa 12.0.6, Mesa 13.0.4, and the current Mesa 17.1-devel Git master code. Not only is the i965 OpenGL driver performance being examined but also the ANV Vulkan driver present since Mesa 12.

Fedora 27 Scheduled To Be Released On Halloween

Friday 10th of February 2017 07:27:11 PM
While Fedora 26 isn't even being released until June, today the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) has approved the initial release schedule for Fedora 27...

Trying Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D With Civilization 6 On Mesa 17.1

Friday 10th of February 2017 06:53:49 PM
With Intel Kabylake graphics on Mesa working (albeit very slowly) for Aspyr Media's latest Linux game port, Civilization VI, and RadeonSI Gallium3D running too albeit at a less than desirable speed, I decided to try running the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver with this latest AAA Linux game release...

Intel Prepares For Mainline GVT-g Graphics Virtualization Support

Friday 10th of February 2017 05:58:06 PM
Intel's open-source developers maintaining GVT-g for Linux graphics virtualization support for their hardware are working on migrating their development workflow from this code that's been out-of-tree since its inception to now being mainline...

Radeon GPU Analyzer Open-Sourced: Analyze OpenGL / Vulkan / OpenCL

Friday 10th of February 2017 04:32:26 PM
In addition to AMD having open-sourced their UMR debugger a few days back, over in their "GPU Open" team they open-sourced the Radeon GPU Analyzer...

Server/Workstation Tests: Antergos vs. Clear Linux vs. Fedora vs. Scientific Linux vs. Ubuntu vs. openSUSE

Friday 10th of February 2017 04:00:00 PM
Here is a fresh round of some out-of-the-box Linux distribution tests when focusing on different server/workstation workloads. Featured in this comparison is Antergos 17.2-Rolling, Clear Linux 13200, Fedora 25, Scientific Linux 7.3, Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10, and openSUSE Tumbleweed 20170205.

Mesa RFC Changes To Help Worms WMD, Tropico 5 & Crookz

Friday 10th of February 2017 02:07:23 PM
In continuation of this morning's article about Valve Planning To Carry Mesa GL Thread Feature On SteamOS, Per-Game Features, it looks like the developers working for Valve on the open-source Linux graphics driver stack are looking to do more in the per-game profile space...

Valve Planning To Carry Mesa GL Thread Feature On SteamOS, Per-Game Features

Friday 10th of February 2017 01:22:49 PM
It's looking like Valve will begin carrying some out-of-tree patches for their Mesa packages they use on SteamOS...

RadeonSI Performance For Civilization VI On Linux With Mesa 17.1 + Linux 4.10

Friday 10th of February 2017 01:12:08 PM
Since yesterday's release of Civilization VI for Linux, ported by Aspyr Media, we have published a 14-way NVIDIA GPU comparison with this newest high-profile Linux game release. This morning I also shared some Intel Kabylake game figures for Civilization 6 while now the focus is on RadeonSI.

AMDGPU DC/DAL Code Receives Atomic Improvements

Friday 10th of February 2017 12:03:56 PM
AMDGPU's DC display code (better known as DAL) received some fresh patches on the public mailing list this week to improve its atomic mode-setting implementation...

LLVM 4.0 RC2 Steps Up

Friday 10th of February 2017 11:53:37 AM
The second release candidate to the forthcoming LLVM 4.0 compiler stack and Clang 4.0 C/C++ compiler front-end are now available...

Munich Said To Be Moving Away From Linux/LiMux, Back To Microsoft

Friday 10th of February 2017 11:46:32 AM
There had been rumors the past few years of the city of Munich switching back to Windows and away from their widely-known Linux environment while now it looks like that is indeed taking place...

Trying Intel Kabylake Graphics With Civilization VI On Ubuntu Linux

Friday 10th of February 2017 11:30:18 AM
I was very surprised to find out that I was able to get Intel HD Graphics working with Aspyr Media's latest Linux game port, Civilization VI. Here are some benchmark results...

The Future Of Android-x86 Is In Question

Friday 10th of February 2017 03:00:00 AM
Android-x86 has been an open-source project for the past 7+ years for providing suitable Intel/AMD hardware support for Google's Android operating system. Unfortunately, its project leader may be stepping away...

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