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Intel Broxton Gets ASTC HDR Support In Mesa

2 hours 35 min ago
Intel Broxton graphics hardware can now benefit from ASTC HDR texture compression in Mesa Git...

SteamOS 2.115 Switches From AMDGPU-PRO To AMDGPU+RadeonSI

2 hours 48 min ago
Valve has pushed out a long-awaited update to SteamOS Brewmaster and in this latest beta update have switched away from the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver in favor of Mesa...

Mesa 17.1.1 Coming This Week

Mon, 2017-05-22 20:17
The first point release to Mesa 17.1 will be here in just a few days...

Radeon RX 560 Linux OpenGL/Vulkan Benchmarks

Mon, 2017-05-22 17:00
Last week the "Polaris Evolved" Radeon RX 560 graphics card launched. I picked up a Sapphire Radeon RX 560 for Linux testing and have those results to share today for OpenGL and Vulkan workloads under Linux using the 4.12 development kernel and Mesa 17.2-dev compared to a range of Radeon and GeForce graphics cards.

GNU Guix & Guix SD 0.13 Released

Mon, 2017-05-22 16:58
The GNU Guix package manager has seen an update today along with GNU Guix SD, its software distribution running the GNU Linux-libre kernel...

RadeonSI/Gallium3D Still Appears To Have Greater CPU Overhead Than The NVIDIA Driver

Mon, 2017-05-22 14:39
In CPU-bound Linux games, the NVIDIA Linux driver still appears to perform better than the newest RadeonSI Gallium3D code...

Videos From The 2017 Linux Audio Conference

Mon, 2017-05-22 13:15
Taking place the past few days in Saint-Etienne, France has been the annual Linux Audio Conference...

Mesa Developers Discuss Dropping Older Drivers, Removing Untested Code

Mon, 2017-05-22 12:34
Last week Mesa developers had their once-in-a-while discussion about cleaning up the code-base and potentially dropping the older drivers...

Nextcloud 12 Debuts With "Global Scale" Architecture

Mon, 2017-05-22 12:14
The ownCloud-forked Nextcloud 12 is now available as the latest major release for this open-source project to easily deploy your own personal cloud...

Linux 4.12-rc2 Kernel Released

Mon, 2017-05-22 11:56
Linus Torvalds has pushed out his second weekly test candidate of the Linux 4.12 kernel...

AMD Ryzen AOCC 1.0 Compiler Tuning Benchmarks

Sun, 2017-05-21 18:00
On Friday I posted some benchmarks of AMD's new AOCC code compiler for Ryzen compared to LLVM Clang 4.0/5.0 and GCC 6/7/8. The AOCC 1.0 benchmarks on Ryzen 7 didn't offer much over LLVM Clang for which this "AMD Optimizing C/C++ Compiler" is based, but in this article are some tuning benchmarks.

IWOCL 2017 OpenCL Wraps Up, OpenCL-V For Vulkan Makes Waves

Sun, 2017-05-21 14:45
The annual International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) conference has concluded this week in Toronto. Slides and other materials from this leading OpenCL conference are now available...

Phoronix Turns 13 In Two Weeks - What Shall We Benchmark To Celebrate?

Sun, 2017-05-21 14:33
Two weeks from tomorrow will mark the 13th birthday since starting and also nine years since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.0. What better way to celebrate than by running more of our big, annual benchmarks from Windows vs. Linux comparisons to other interesting hardware tests...

TFS File-System Still Aiming To Compete With ZFS, Written In Rust

Sun, 2017-05-21 14:11
The developers behind the Rust-based Redox operating system continue working on the "TFS" file-system that they hope will compete with the long-standing ZFS file-system, but TFS isn't being tied to just Redox OS...

Coriander Project: Compile CUDA Codes To OpenCL, Run Everywhere

Sun, 2017-05-21 14:02
AMD's GPUOpen has been working on the HIP compiler to allow NVIDIA CUDA code to be executed on AMD GPUs, but now there's a separate and more universal effort: Coriander...

Linux GPU Driver Issues Are Still Holding Up Games In 2017

Sun, 2017-05-21 13:38
While Linux graphics drivers have been improving a lot, they are still not a trouble-free experience, especially when encountering new OpenGL games/workloads, even with NVIDIA's proprietary driver...

Running Intel Kabylake Graphics On Linux 4.12

Sun, 2017-05-21 13:17
Does the Linux 4.12 kernel bring any performance improvements for Intel graphics? Here are some OpenGL/Vulkan tests for Intel Kabylake graphics with Linux 4.10 vs. 4.11 vs. 4.12 when using Mesa 17.2-dev...

Vulkan 1.0.50 Adds New AMD-Developed Extension

Sun, 2017-05-21 03:54
Vulkan 1.0.50 is now available as the latest point release to the specification for this high-performance, cross-platform graphics API...

Glibc / GNU Toolchain Dropping Google NaCl Support

Sun, 2017-05-21 00:12
Support for Google's Native Client (NaCl) has been removed from mainline glibc with the GNU toolchain no longer really being maintained or used for compiling code targeting this Chrome-supported sandboxed code execution environment...

AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 vs. Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev Git

Sat, 2017-05-20 18:00
Given the RadeonSI/Gallium3D threaded pipe context work having landed earlier this week and there being other performance improvements with Linux 4.12 and Mesa 17.2-dev, here are some fresh benchmarks on an AMD Polaris card comparing this latest open-source graphics driver code as of this week compared to AMD's latest hybrid driver, AMDGPU-PRO 17.10.