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Phoronix Test Suite By The Numbers After Eight Years, Millions Of Benchmarks Run

Monday 6th of June 2016 11:59:31 AM
In addition to Phoronix turning 12 years old yesterday, 5 June marked the Phoronix Test Suite turning eight years old since its version 1.0 release...

The Linux DRM Drivers Continue Marching Ahead With Atomic Support

Monday 6th of June 2016 11:47:06 AM
The Linux kernel DRM/KMS drivers continue moving ahead with their atomic conversion...

DragonFlyBSD Has Initial NVMe Driver Support

Monday 6th of June 2016 11:39:21 AM
The DragonFlyBSD kernel now has an initial NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) driver for supporting these modern, super-fast storage solutions...

Linux 4.7-rc2 Kernel Released

Sunday 5th of June 2016 09:38:26 PM
Linus Torvalds has tagged the Linux 4.7-rc2 kernel...

Performance & Perf-Per-Watt From NVIDIA's GeForce 9800GTX To GTX 1080

Sunday 5th of June 2016 04:22:20 PM
Now that my initial GeForce GTX 1080 Linux review is out the door, I spent this weekend working on a "fun" comparison out of curiosity to see how the raw OpenGL and OpenCL performance has improved over the generations going back to the once-powerful GeForce 9800GTX plus including the top-end cards of the GeForce 600/700/900 Kepler and Maxwell series too.

Much Faster MSAA Anti-Aliasing Is Coming For R600g/RadeonSI

Sunday 5th of June 2016 03:22:22 PM
Marek Olšák posted a patch today to significantly boost the performance for games using multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) on both the R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers...

The Number Of Linux Games Has More Than Quadrupled In The Past Two Years

Sunday 5th of June 2016 01:19:12 PM
There are more than four times as many Linux games available today as there were two years ago...

The Linux 4.7 Kernel Builds Are Finally Playing Nicely Again On All My Systems

Sunday 5th of June 2016 01:04:17 PM
Nearly two weeks ago I warned that You May Want To Think Twice About Trying Linux 4.7 Git Right Now. Fortunately, all is well now and those problems have cleared up...

Happy 12th Birthday Phoronix, 8th Birthday For Phoronix Test Suite

Sunday 5th of June 2016 11:58:04 AM
Phoronix turns 12 years old this morning, it's almost a teenager! Back on 5 June 2004 I was thinking why the heck is it difficult getting my ATI RV250 and USB mouse playing nicely with Mandrake, and went on to launch Phoronix for what would become the leading source for Linux hardware reviews...

Get The Steam Controller For $35 USD This Weekend For Your Linux Gaming Needs

Sunday 5th of June 2016 01:08:48 AM
A few days back I wrote about the Steam Link being just $35 USD for your streaming Linux gaming needs via Valve's platform. Now, Amazon is finally listing the Steam Controller at $35 USD as well...

The Importance Of Benchmark Automation & Why I Hate Running Linux Games Manually

Saturday 4th of June 2016 09:00:00 PM
Yet again with today's GeForce GTX 1080 Linux review there were multiple people asking "why XYZ Linux game wasn't tested", a recurring topic now over the past several years...

The Most Popular Linux News Over The Past 12 Years

Saturday 4th of June 2016 08:00:40 PM
With Phoronix turning 12 years old tomorrow, here's a look at the most popular news items covered in that time regarding open-source and Linux happenings...

Some Extra, One-Off Benchmarks Of The GeForce GTX 1080 On Linux

Saturday 4th of June 2016 07:14:52 PM
Continuing on from this morning's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Linux review are some other OpenGL and OpenCL benchmarks ran from this $699+ high-end Pascal graphics card...

Debian 8.5 Released, Debian 7.11 Is Out Too For Ending Wheezy

Saturday 4th of June 2016 06:24:21 PM
Debian updated their stable and old-stable releases this weekend...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 On Linux: OpenGL, OpenCL, Vulkan Performance

Saturday 4th of June 2016 12:23:33 PM
$699 USD is a lot to spend on a graphics card, but damn she is a beauty. Last month NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 1080 as the current top-end Pascal card and looked great under Windows while now finally having my hands on the card the past few days I've been putting it through its paces under Ubuntu Linux with the major open APIs of OpenGL, OpenCL, Vulkan, and VDPAU. Not only is the raw performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 on Linux fantastic, but the performance-per-Watt improvements made my jaw drop more than a few times. Here are my initial Linux results of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition.

LWJGL 3.0 Brings Vulkan Support, New Bindings & Other Improvements For Java Games

Friday 3rd of June 2016 10:02:15 PM
After more than three years in development, version 3.0 of the Lightweight Java Game Library (LWJGL) is now available. LWJGL is an open-source Java library for helping game developers but can also be used by other application developers for accessing other functionality that otherwise isn't offered by the Java API...

GNU Taler 0.0.0 Released: GNU Tries To Get Into Electronic Payments

Friday 3rd of June 2016 09:44:02 PM
GNU Taler "v0.0.0" was announced today as the initial alpha release of this project aiming to be a free software electronic payment system but so far just fits alongside some of the other obscure or early-on GNU projects...

See How Your Linux System Compares To The Performance Of A GeForce GTX 1080

Friday 3rd of June 2016 08:16:58 PM
I've still been swamped with my 18+ hour days this week of testing the GeForce GTX 1080 and friends for our Linux review. Tomorrow morning is when my initial GeForce GTX 1080 Linux review will be published with OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan benchmarks. Additional tests and other fun comparisons featuring the GTX 1080 will continue through the weekend. But while waiting for those featured articles, you can easily compare your own system's results to some of my initia GTX 1080 numbers...

VirtualBox 5.1 Beta Released, Qt5 Porting & Better Python 3 Support

Friday 3rd of June 2016 06:38:51 PM
Oracle's VM VirtualBox team has been working on VirtualBox 5.1 as a minor update to this cross-platform virtualization software...

GDB Debugger Now Supports The Rust Language, Other GNU Toolchain Improvements

Friday 3rd of June 2016 06:13:57 PM
The GNU Toolchain has continued making improvements this year beyond just the recent GCC 6 stable compiler release...

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