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Clear Linux Continues To Maintain Slight Graphics Lead Over Ubuntu 16.10

Tue, 2016-10-11 20:28
Back in April I did tests showing how Intel's Clear Linux distribution showed much potential for HD/Iris Graphics performance, something that intrigued many Phoronix readers since Clear Linux would generally be seen as a workstation/cloud/container-optimized Linux distribution and something with not much emphasis on the desktop or gaming. Those earlier tests were with Ubuntu 16.04, bur with Ubuntu 16.10 coming out this week, here are some fresh tests of Clear Linux and Ubuntu Yakkety Yak on an Skylake HD Graphics system.

Btrfs Gets Fixes For Linux 4.9, Linux 4.10 To Be More Exciting

Tue, 2016-10-11 19:05
Chris Mason sent in the Btrfs file-system changes this morning for the Linux 4.9 kernel merge window...

Fedora 25 Beta Released

Tue, 2016-10-11 16:15
The beta release of the upcoming Fedora 25 is now officially available...

EGL_ANDROID_native_fence_sync For Intel Still Baking

Tue, 2016-10-11 15:39
Chad Versace, the former Intel OTC developer now employed by Google on the Chromium team, has published the latest patches for implementing the EGL_ANDROID_native_fence_sync extension within Mesa's Intel driver...

Early Fedora 26 Features To Talk About: PHP 7.1, OpenSSL 1.1 & More

Tue, 2016-10-11 15:32
While Fedora 25 isn't even being released until mid-November, with now being past the change completion deadline for F25 and Rawhide continuing to move along, early Fedora 26 features are beginning to be talked about...

The Dozens Of Gallium3D Nine Improvements Land In Mesa

Tue, 2016-10-11 15:15
The 75 patches for Gallium3D's Nine state tracker improvements (D3D9) have now landed in Mesa Git master ahead of the branching for the next Mesa release at the end of the week...

GTK+ 4.0 Toolkit Development Is Warming Up

Tue, 2016-10-11 14:39
With GNOME/GTK+ 3.22 having been released at the end of September, developer focus is beginning to shift to GNOME 3.24 or in the case of GTK+ developers it's about GTK+ 4.0 development per the toolkit's new development process...

Patches Revised For Supporting OpenGL 4.0 On Intel Haswell With Mesa

Tue, 2016-10-11 13:21
Iago Toral Quiroga of Igalia has sent out the second version of his massive 103 patches for implementing FP64 support for Intel Haswell hardware within the i965 Mesa driver in order to expose OpenGL 4.0 support...

NVIDIA Developer Posts Secure Boot Refactoring For Nouveau

Tue, 2016-10-11 13:16
It's not as important as NVIDIA publishing new signed firmware images, but then again it's not every day we see NVIDIA developers contribute to the open-source Nouveau driver stack. Nevertheless, today a new set of patches were published for the Nouveau DRM driver...

NVDIMM Updates For The Linux 4.9 Kernel

Tue, 2016-10-11 12:35
The non-volatile DIMM (NVDIMM) support has been updated for the Linux 4.9 kernel merge window...

Unigine Shows Off More Of Their Superposition Benchmark

Tue, 2016-10-11 12:25
The developers at Unigine Corp are making public some screenshots and a brief video from their upcoming Superposition Benchmark that's powered by Unigine Engine 2...

FreeBSD 11.0 Officially Released

Mon, 2016-10-10 20:49
Following the recent delays, FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE is now officially available...

Skype 1.10 Linux Alpha Restores Video Calls Support

Mon, 2016-10-10 19:26
Microsoft today announced the Skype Linux Alpha 1.10 release that brings basic support for video calls...

RISC-V Backend For LLVM Making Progress

Mon, 2016-10-10 18:00
The ongoing development of a RISC-V back-end for the LLVM compiler stack continues making progress and stepping closer to merging to mainline...

A Look At The Most Promising Next-Gen Linux Software Update Mechanisms

Mon, 2016-10-10 15:10
With traditional software package management solutions like APT and Yum showing their age and not adapting well to the embedded world and the slew of new areas for Linux like IoT, a new generation of atomic-based Linux software update solutions continue to be worked on. Matt Porter of the Konsulko Group is presenting at this week's Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2016 with a comparison of these update technologies...

GNOME's Epiphany Browser Is Quick To Working On 3.24 Features

Mon, 2016-10-10 13:16
It's been just over two weeks since GNOME 3.22 was released while already a ton of feature work has been landing in Epiphany, GNOME's Web Browser...

Enlightenment's EFL Continues Dominating In The Embedded Space

Mon, 2016-10-10 12:45
Tom Hacohen of Samsung's Open-Source Group is presenting at this week's Embedded Linux Conference about Enlightenment's EFL as a UI toolkit for the embedded world...

Fresh AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL LInux Benchmarks - 11 GPUs

Sun, 2016-10-09 15:47
While running the fresh NVIDIA vs. AMD Vulkan Linux benchmarks (that also included some OpenGL numbers too), I had also taken the opportunity to run some fresh OpenCL compute benchmarks of the latest NVIDIA 370 proprietary Linux driver against AMDGPU-PRO on different graphics cards...

Marek Has Taken To Improving Mesa's GLSL Compiler Performance

Sun, 2016-10-09 15:22
With catching up on the OpenGL extensions, Marek Olšák of AMD has been spending a fair amount of time on performance optimizations for the AMD's open-source OpenGL driver and some code that benefits Mesa as a whole too. One of his latest patch series is on optimizing Mesa's GLSL compiler performance...

Perf Subsystem Updates Submitted For Linux 4.9

Sun, 2016-10-09 15:11
The perf subsystem is seeing some new feature work landing with the Linux 4.9 development cycle...