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How Ubuntu 16.10 With Linux 4.8/4.9 Compares To Early 3.x Kernels

Sun, 2016-10-23 20:00
When having out the Core i5 "Sandy Bridge" HP EliteBook this weekend besides comparing fresh OpenGL numbers to early Sandy Bridge results going back to 2012, I also compared Ubuntu 16.10 / Linux 4.8 and Linux 4.9 compared to older kernel benchmarks I did with the same system...

Intel Cache Allocation Technology / RDT Still Baking For Linux

Sun, 2016-10-23 17:32
Not mentioned in my earlier features you won't find in the Linux 4.9 mainline kernel is support for Intel's Cache Allocation Technology (CAT) but at least it was revised this weekend in still working towards mainline integration...

LLGL Aims To Be Abstraction Layer For OpenGL, Direct3D 11/12 & Vulkan

Sun, 2016-10-23 15:46
One of my "hobbies" when news is light and there isn't any fun/new/exciting hardware keeping me busy on a given weekend is checking out the various Vulkan projects on GitHub. It's been great seeing all of the independent graphics renderers/engines being tried by different individuals, tons of different Vulkan samples, and a lot of other innovative projects around Vulkan, many of which I've written about in the past few months on Phoronix. One of the projects I see being regularly updated when checking on weekends and haven't written about yet is LLGL, the Low-Level Graphics Library...

"LRNG" Patches Posted To Implement New /dev/random For Linux 4.9

Sun, 2016-10-23 15:22
Earlier this year patches were posted for a new /dev/random implementation for the Linux kernel dubbed LRNG -- simply, the Linux Random Number Generator. The LRNG work has yet to be merged in the mainline kernel but the code has now been updated for Linux 4.9...

KDE Applications 16.12 Release Schedule Ratified

Sun, 2016-10-23 15:10
The KDE developer community has firmed up the schedule for the KDE Applications 16.12 release...

Intel Sandy Bridge Graphics Haven't Gotten Faster In Recent Years

Sun, 2016-10-23 15:00
This weekend I pulled out a Core i5 powered HP EliteBook that served as Intel's Software Development Vehicle for Sandy Bridge. I hadn't touched this laptop in a long time but decided to see how the current Linux + Mesa graphics stack on Ubuntu 16.10 compares to the older Linux distributions when Sandy Bridge hardware was more relevant...

UBIFS Working On File Encryption Support

Sun, 2016-10-23 06:51
Following EXT4 file-system encryption and F2FS per-file encryption support, the UBIFS file-system is also bringing in encryption support built off this fscrypto framework used by EXT4/F2FS...

GCC 7 To End Feature Development Next Month

Sat, 2016-10-22 21:04
Friday's GCC 7 status report indicates the feature freeze is coming up in just a few weeks...

Crucial MX300: Good Linux Performance, 525GB SSD For $120

Sat, 2016-10-22 17:00
This week I was shopping for a solid state drive to replace a hard drive on one of my backup/archival systems and ended up settling for the Crucial MX300 in getting 525GB of storage for just $120 USD. Here are some benchmarks of the Crucial CT525MX300SSD1 compared to some other SSDs on Linux for those curious.

Features You Will Not Find In The Mesa 13.0 Release

Sat, 2016-10-22 15:20
While Mesa 13.0 is coming along for release next month with exciting features like OpenGL 4.5 for Intel, unofficial GL 4.4/4.5 for RadeonSI/NVC0, and the addition of the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver, there is some functionality that sadly won't be found in this release...

GNOME Shell Making It Easy To Launch Apps/Games For Optimus / Dual GPU Systems

Sat, 2016-10-22 14:38
With the GNOME 3.24 desktop that's currently in development the latest GNOME Shell code has support for easily letting the user launch an app on a dedicated GPU when applicable for handling NVIDIA Optimus use-cases of having integrated and discrete GPU laptops...

GCC Lands Loop Splitting Optimization

Sat, 2016-10-22 14:26
The latest GCC 7 development code has an optimization pass now for loop splitting...

Intel Has Been Working On MIPI SoundWire Support For Linux

Sat, 2016-10-22 10:44
An Intel developer has published testing patches for providing a SoundWire bus driver within the Linux kernel, which implements the MIPI SoundWire 1.1 specification...

Solus Linux Making Performance Gains With Its BLAS Configuration

Sat, 2016-10-22 06:07
Those making use of the promising Solus Linux distribution will soon find their BLAS-based workloads are faster...

Chrome 55 Beta Brings Async/Await To JavaScript

Fri, 2016-10-21 21:14
Google is ending this week by rolling out the Chrome/Chromium 55 web-browser beta...

Lumina Desktop 1.1 Released

Fri, 2016-10-21 19:05
The BSD-focused, Qt-powered Lumina Desktop Environment is out with its version 1.1 update...

NVIDIA 375.10 Linux Driver Released, Supports GTX 1050 Series

Fri, 2016-10-21 16:53
NVIDIA has released the 375.10 Linux driver as their first release in this new 375.xx series...

Radeon vs. Nouveau Open-Source Drivers On Mesa Git + Linux 4.9

Fri, 2016-10-21 15:39
With Mesa Git and Linux 4.9 I have done AMDGPU vs. Radeon, AMD OpenGL vs. Vulkan benchmarks, and other tests while in this article is our first side-by-side comparison of AMD Radeon GPUs on their open-source driver against NVIDIA GPUs on Nouveau when using Linux 4.9 Git and Mesa Git as of this week.

Linux Perf Gets New "C2C" Tool For False Sharing Detection

Fri, 2016-10-21 14:08
The perf code for Linux 4.10 is set to receive a new "c2c" tool...

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Shipping For Linux In Two Weeks

Fri, 2016-10-21 12:12
Now that Feral Interactive released Mad Max for Linux yesterday, they are moving forward to push out their next Linux game port - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It's coming out in just two weeks...