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NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Linux Gaming Performance At The Start Of 2018

Wed, 2018-01-10 23:07
Here is a fresh look at the NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon Linux graphics card performance as we start 2018. Testing was done using the latest Linux 4.15 Git kernel -- including the KPTI page table isolation support -- as well as using the newest Mesa 17.4-dev driver code for RadeonSI/RADV and on the NVIDIA side is their brand new 390.12 beta driver.

Some Of The Other Changes Slated For Linux 4.16

Wed, 2018-01-10 21:16
There's still a week and a half to go until the Linux 4.15.0 stable kernel release is expected and that rings in the Linux 4.16 merge window. On top of various Linux 4.16 changes already talked about, here's a look at some of the other kernel features/additions expected for this next release cycle...

Server-Side GLVND Updated While X.Org Server 1.20 Drags On

Wed, 2018-01-10 19:26
Adam Jackson of Red Hat has sent out the second version of the ongoing patches for providing server-side GLVND functionality for the X.Org Server...

Updated Intel Microcode Not Causing Any Significant Performance Impact On Linux

Wed, 2018-01-10 19:03
If your system has been impacted by the overhead of KPTI and Retpoline support for patching against Spectre and Meltdown, fortunately, Intel's new microcode update for Linux systems is not making the situation worse...

RADV Vulkan Driver Now Supports VK_EXT_discard_rectangles

Wed, 2018-01-10 15:17
RADV co-founder Bas Nieuwenhuizen has landed support for the Vulkan VK_EXT_discard_rectangles extension within Mesa 17.4-dev...

The NVIDIA 390 Driver Is Playing Nicely With Linux 4.15 Kernel

Wed, 2018-01-10 14:07
For those NVIDIA Linux users reliant upon the proprietary driver and wanting to upgrade to the Linux 4.15 kernel that will be officially released within the next two weeks, the 390.12 driver is playing nicely...

GTK's Vulkan Renderer Will Now Let You Pick The GPU For Rendering

Wed, 2018-01-10 13:35
One of the features exciting us the most about GTK4 is the Vulkan renderer that will make its premiere. This Vulkan renderer continues getting worked into shape for GTK+ 4.0...

Fedora 28 Looking To Replace Glibc's libcrypt With libxcrypt

Wed, 2018-01-10 12:08
As upstream Glibc is working on deprecating libcrypt for its eventual removal from the codebase, Fedora developers are looking at using libxcrypt for their hashing/encoding crypto library...

R600 Gallium3D Gets More Fixes, Experimental SB Tessellation Support

Wed, 2018-01-10 11:29
If you are still running with a pre-GCN AMD graphics card, a number of R600 Gallium3D commits landed in Mesa Git over night as well as an interesting patch series on the Mesa mailing list...

DragonFlyBSD Posts Initial Kernel Fix For Spectre

Wed, 2018-01-10 11:14
Last week DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon posted initial patches for addressing Meltdown on this popular BSD distribution. Dillon has now posted his initial patch for targeting the Spectre CPU vulnerability...

Intel Posts Updated Microcode Files For Linux

Wed, 2018-01-10 11:04
In the wake of Meltdown and Spectre, Intel yesterday released new microcode binaries for Linux systems...

Intel Posts Initial Open-Source Graphics Driver Patches For Icelake "Gen 11" Hardware

Wed, 2018-01-10 01:29
While Intel Cannonlake processors aren't out yet with their new "Gen 10" graphics hardware, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has published their first graphics driver patches for Linux enablement of Icelake "Gen 10" hardware...

The Combined Impact Of Retpoline + KPTI On Ubuntu Linux

Tue, 2018-01-09 23:57
Over the past week I have posted many KPTI and Retpoline benchmarks for showing the performance impact of these patches to combat the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. But with my testing so far I haven't done any showing the combined impact of KPTI+Retpoline on Ubuntu versus a completely unpatched system. Here are some of those results...

NVIDIA Confirms GPU Driver Fixes For Spectre

Tue, 2018-01-09 20:37
NVIDIA issued a security bulletin today regarding their GPU drivers and the Spectre speculative side-channel attacks...

Mesa 17.3.2 Released With The Latest Stable Fixes

Tue, 2018-01-09 18:20
While Mesa 18.0 will premiere later this quarter as the first feature update of 2018, Mesa 17.3.2 is now available as the second bug-fix release for last quarter's Mesa 17.3 series...

Razer Shows Off Android Laptop/Phone Hybrid Concept

Tue, 2018-01-09 18:07
Razer's concept device being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show this year is an Android-powered laptop/hybrid device...

LLVM Clang Is Moving Closer To Full OpenMP 4.5 Support

Tue, 2018-01-09 16:57
While it took LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler initially a long time to supporting OpenMP, the code continues to mature in supporting the latest updates to this parallel programming specification...

Benchmarking Clear Linux With KPTI + Retpoline Support

Tue, 2018-01-09 14:39
Yesterday Intel landed KPTI page table isolation and Retpoline support in their Clear Linux distribution. Given that one of the pillars of this Intel Open-Source Technology Center platform is on delivering optimal Linux performance, I was curious to see how its performance was impacted. Here are before/after benchmarks on seven different systems ranging from low-end Pentium hardware to Xeon servers.

Libstorage-NG Landing Soon In openSUSE Tumbleweed For Improving The Installer

Tue, 2018-01-09 13:51
Users of the openSUSE rolling-release Linux distribution will soon find an improved installer thanks to Libstorage-NG landing soon and improvements to YaST...

Fedora 28 Toolchain: GCC 8, Binutils 2.29.1, Glibc 2.27

Tue, 2018-01-09 12:51
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise as Fedora Linux normally ships with the very latest upstream toolchain components and with Fedora 28 it will be no different...

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