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AMDGPU VRAM Improvements Could Help DiRT Rally, Dying Light

Sat, 2017-06-24 16:07
A patch series posted on Friday could help games suffering from visible video memory pressure when using the AMDGPU DRM driver...

ADATA SU800 128GB SSD On Linux

Sat, 2017-06-24 15:00
Needing to replace a failed hard drive in one of our server room benchmark systems, I decided to try out the ADATA SU800 as something new. It's an affordable SATA 3.0 SSD and in not trying out an ADATA SSD in a while, I decided to purchase this one and run some benchmarks on it prior to commissioning it to its new home.

Purism Librem 13 / 15 Laptops Hit GA Status

Sat, 2017-06-24 14:01
Purism has announced their privacy-minded Coreboot-friendly Librem laptops have reached a general availability state...

Ubuntu 17.10 Video Acceleration Progress, New Unity-Session Package

Sat, 2017-06-24 13:49
We recently reported on Ubuntu planning to finally ship video acceleration by default, at least for Intel hardware, and they have made progress in this area...

GNOME Music Should No Longer Be So Sluggish

Sat, 2017-06-24 13:33
Georges Stavracas' latest work on GNOME is making the GNOME Music player less slow...

System76 Continues Working On GNOME Improvements For Future Ubuntu

Fri, 2017-06-23 22:45
System76 continues working on improvements to the GNOME stack as part of their transition in-step to using it over Unity 7, in line with Canonical's decision to switch Ubuntu over to GNOME and abandon their grand Unity 8 ambitions...

Wine 2.11 Arrives, Adds OpenGL Support In The Android Driver

Fri, 2017-06-23 20:15
Wine 2.11 has arrived as the latest bi-weekly development release for this program to handle Windows games/applications on Linux and other operating systems...

Witcher 2 & Rocket League Get Fixed Up With Mesa 17.2 Git On RadeonSI

Fri, 2017-06-23 20:02
Marek Olšák's changes to make Rocket League and Witcher 2 happy on the RadeonSI OpenGL driver are now in place...

Serious Sam 3: BFE Gets The Fusion Treatment

Fri, 2017-06-23 18:52
Serious Sam 3: BFE has been upgraded (for now, the non-VR version) against the Serious Sam 2017 "Fusion" engine changes, which means Vulkan for this latest Croteam game...

Linux 4.12 Ubuntu Benchmarks With AMD Ryzen, Intel Kabylake - 12 Systems

Fri, 2017-06-23 16:50
While waiting for my motherboards to arrive for the new Core i7 7740X and Core i9 7900X, I've been re-testing many of my AMD/Intel boxes with Ubuntu 17.04 on the latest Linux 4.12 kernel for comparison to Intel's new high-end processors. Here is a look at 12 of the existing systems when running on the Linux 4.12 kernel as well as all of the systems have the latest BIOSes, etc.

Vulkan vs. OpenGL With The Radeon RX 470 On An Intel Xeon

Fri, 2017-06-23 14:16
Here is some more complementary data to this week's Vulkan vs. OpenGL On Linux With Core i5, Core i7, Ryzen 7...

That OpenSUSE Tablet So Far Is A Dud

Fri, 2017-06-23 13:39
Remember that "openSUSE Tablet" last year that was seeking crowd-funding and even advertised by the openSUSE crew for being a Linux tablet as cheap as $200 USD? Sadly, it's not a reality while the company still appears to be formulating something...

Some Fresh Tests With Mesa's Continuing KHR_no_error Work

Fri, 2017-06-23 12:28
Given the continued flow of KHR_no_error patches hitting Mesa 17.2 Git by Valve developers, here is a fresh comparison using the just-updated Padoka PPA with comparing the impact of using this support via the MESA_NO_ERROR=1 switch...

AMD's GPUOpen Releases Baikal Renderer

Fri, 2017-06-23 12:14
The Baikal renderer is a newly-released, open-source implementation of the AMD Radeon ProRender API. Baikal has evolved into a fully-functional rendering engine and its only hardware requirement is on OpenCL 1.2...

2017 Linux Laptop Survey

Fri, 2017-06-23 06:00
It has been a few years since last running any Linux hardware surveys on Phoronix, as overall the ecosystem has rather matured nicely while of course there are still notable improvements to be had in the areas of GPUs and laptops. (Additionally, provides a plethora of analytic capabilities when not seeking to collect subjective data / opinions.) But now we are hosting the 2017 Linux Laptop Survey to hopefully further improvements in this area...

Debian 6.0 Through Debian 9.0 Benchmarks

Fri, 2017-06-23 00:08
Continuing in our benchmarks of Debian 9, here is a comparison when re-testing 6.0.10 "Squeeze", Debian 7.11 "Wheezy", Debian 8.8 "Jessie", and the newly-released Debian 9.0 "Stretch".

Ubuntu 17.10 Proceeding With Transition From LightDM To GDM

Thu, 2017-06-22 22:25
As part of the switch over to the GNOME Shell desktop environment by default for Ubuntu 17.10, they are also abandoning the LightDM display/log-in manager in favor of GNOME's GDM...

Marek Takes To RadeonSI Tweaking For Unigine Superposition

Thu, 2017-06-22 20:43
It looks like one of the latest test targets for well known AMD open-source developer Marek Olšák is Unigine Superposition...

Steam VR's "Knuckles" Controller Now In Dev Kit Form

Thu, 2017-06-22 19:39
Last year Valve showed off a prototype of their new "knuckles" controllers for Steam VR while now it appears they are getting to the stage of shipping dev kits to VR developers...

CryENGINE 5.4 Bringing Vulkan Renderer

Thu, 2017-06-22 18:37
CryENGINE 5.4 is slated for release next month and will finally roll out a Vulkan renderer...