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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided On Linux With Latest RadeonSI - Up To 2~3x Faster

Saturday 7th of January 2017 12:04:44 AM
With Marek's latest set of RadeonSI Gallium3D patches, which are said to improve the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided performance by around 70%, having landed in Mesa Git, here are some fresh benchmarks with a Radeon RX 480 and R9 Fury...

Haswell On Mesa Now Has Nearly Complete OpenGL ES 3.2 Implementation

Friday 6th of January 2017 09:26:43 PM
It's been a good week for users of older Intel Haswell graphics on Linux: beyond landing FP64 support and then exposing OpenGL 4.0 support, this older generation of Intel graphics now has a couple more OpenGL ES 3.2 extensions...

What Open-Source/Linux Kaby Lake CPU Benchmarks Would You Like To See?

Friday 6th of January 2017 08:20:58 PM
This week Intel launched the desktop/socketed Kaby Lake CPUs. Over the next week will be many Linux CPU benchmarks on Phoronix so here is your last opportunity to put in any special benchmark requests...

Wine 2.0-rc4 Fixes 28 Bugs

Friday 6th of January 2017 08:19:58 PM
The fourth release candidate is now available for Wine 2.0 while the official stable release remains on track for debut later this month...

How AMD Kaveri's Graphics Performance Has Evolved Under Linux

Friday 6th of January 2017 05:40:00 PM
As mentioned earlier when posting some fresh AMD Kaveri vs. Intel Linux graphics benchmarks, I have some fresh AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" APU numbers with running the latest Ubuntu 16.10 + Linux 4.10 + Mesa 13.1-dev stack on many of my benchmarking systems in the basement server room. With having an A10-7850K Kaveri system running with the latest Linux open-source driver code, I figured I'd compare it to some of my older Kaveri results.

Heterogeneous Memory Management v15 For The Linux Kernel

Friday 6th of January 2017 04:30:29 PM
Jerome Glisse of Red Hat has published his first set of Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) revisions for 2017...

Linux Marketshare Up To 3% According To One Popular Website

Friday 6th of January 2017 03:52:33 PM
According to one popular NSFW web-site, the 53rd most popular web-site in the world ranked by Alexa, their Linux traffic went up 14% in 2016...

AMD Developer Posts X.Org Modesetting "MS_ALL_IN_ONE" Patches

Friday 6th of January 2017 03:27:46 PM
Qiang Yu of AMD has been baking a new feature for the xf86-video-modesetting DDX: MS_ALL_IN_ONE...

AMD Kaveri vs. Intel Skylake With The Latest Linux/Mesa Open-Source Drivers

Friday 6th of January 2017 01:06:18 PM
I'm in the process of testing a lot of my different CPUs/APUs in preparation for some Kaby Lake Linux benchmarks next week with the Core i5 7600K and Core i7 7700K. Along the way with the different CPU benchmarks I've also been running some fresh integrated Linux graphics tests on the newer and interesting hardware...

The AMD Patches To Boost Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Have Landed In Mesa Git

Friday 6th of January 2017 12:54:11 PM
For those that have been looking forward to running Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Linux with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, you'll want to fire up Mesa Git...

PlayStation 4 Running Linux Can Now Use AMDGPU-PRO With Vulkan

Friday 6th of January 2017 12:37:14 PM
The work to run Linux on the PlayStation 4 continues to advance and previously we reported on those behind it managing to exploit the Radeon graphics found on the AMD APU powering the PS4. The latest milestone is they now have Vulkan running on the PS4...

OpenGL vs. Vulkan For Older NVIDIA Kepler GPUs (Early 2017)

Friday 6th of January 2017 02:34:43 AM
Most often when running any regular NVIDIA Linux benchmarks with Vulkan/OpenGL, it's usually just with the newest Pascal GPUs and then the older Maxwell GPUs for reference. But if you are curious about the OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance for GTX 600/700 "Kepler" graphics processors, I have some fresh results today...

Steam Linux Client Beta Adds Idle Detection, Updated Vulkan Loader & More

Thursday 5th of January 2017 09:06:43 PM
Valve pushed out an updated Steam Linux client beta today that includes some useful changes for Linux gamers...

Testing Nouveau's Open-Source NVIDIA Support On Linux 4.10 With NvBoost

Thursday 5th of January 2017 06:45:38 PM
After the Nouveau DRM driver updates didn't make it for the Linux 4.9 merge window, this open-source NVIDIA graphics kernel driver saw significant updates for Linux 4.10. Nouveau in Linux 4.10 has atomic mode-setting, DP MST support, a LED driver for controlling the cards that have the illuminated "GeForce" logo, NvBoost support for hitting the higher boost frequencies on supported cards, and many other changes. Here are some fresh benchmarks of Nouveau with the Linux 4.10 kernel.

Richard Stallman: Goodbye to GNU Libreboot

Thursday 5th of January 2017 05:33:02 PM
The drama over Libreboot, a downstream of Coreboot, wanting to leave the GNU has come to an end...

Mesa 13.0.3 Has A Big Serving Of i965 & RadeonSI Fixes

Thursday 5th of January 2017 04:39:03 PM
Emil Velikov of Collabora has announced the first stable Mesa release of 2017...

Canonical Clarifies Ubuntu Phone State: Nothing Really Until Snap-Based Image Ready

Thursday 5th of January 2017 04:08:56 PM
For those that shared your hopes for Ubuntu Phones in 2017, some of you were right: those that guessed nothing or very little. There isn't going to be any new Ubuntu Phone releases or major OTA updates until there is a Snap-based image down the road...

Igalia Delivers Ivy Bridge Mesa Patches For FP64 / OpenGL 4.0

Thursday 5th of January 2017 03:00:00 PM
Fresh off their work on landing the long-awaited Haswell FP64 support followed by today enabling OpenGL 4.0 for Haswell (along with revised Float64 patches for Intel's Vulkan driver), there is now the FP64 patches for Ivy Bridge with the patches that ultimately enable OpenGL 4.0 on this generation-older hardware...

AMD Reveals More Vega GPU Architecture Details

Thursday 5th of January 2017 02:37:37 PM
AMD isn't using CES 2017 to launch their Ryzen (Zen) processors or Vega graphics cards, but at least they have opened up more Vega architecture details for this busy week in Las Vegas...

Float64 Support For Intel ANV Vulkan Driver Revised

Thursday 5th of January 2017 12:53:40 PM
Now that Igalia developers have landed their Haswell FP64 support and thereby hitting OpenGL 4.0 for these older generation Intel graphics processors, the latest Float64 patches have been sent out for the Intel Vulkan "ANV" driver...

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If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more