19 January

Librecore: Aiming To Be A Better Libre Spin Of Coreboot

Librecore is a new project aiming to be a new Coreboot downstream with a focus remaining on providing fully-free system firmware. Separately, Minifree/Libreboot has been accused (and admitted by Leah Rowe) to not paying a vendor for a completed contract.

19 January 04:33 PM EST - Coreboot - Librecore - 27 Comments
NVIDIA Linux OpenCL Performance vs. Radeon ROCm / AMDGPU-PRO

Earlier this week I posted some benchmarks of GPUOpen's new Radeon Open Compute ROCm OpenCL stack that premiered last month and they are working to make completely open-source. In those initial benchmarks I compared the ROCm 1.4 OpenCL performance to the existing AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL implementation on Linux. For those wondering how these two Radeon OpenCL stacks compare to NVIDIA, here are some fresh benchmarks.

19 January 12:15 PM EST - Graphics Cards - 15 Comments
Mesa 17.0-RC1 Released

The first release candidate of Mesa 17.0 (formerly known as Mesa 13.1) is now available for testing.

19 January 09:48 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 17.0 - 8 Comments
Expanded Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support Is Being Worked On For Linux

With the forthcoming Linux 4.10 kernel there is finally support for Turbo Boost Max 3.0 as featured in some newer Intel CPUs. But, unfortunately, the code in Linux 4.10 doesn't work for all TBM3-capable systems out there, but a new kernel patch is being worked on for Linux 4.11 or later to make it work with more hardware.

19 January 08:00 AM EST - Intel - Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 - 4 Comments
Mesa 17.0 Has Been Branched

After a very exciting development cycle, Mesa 17.0 was branched yesterday, officially marking the end of feature development for this next Mesa release due out in February.

19 January 06:04 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 17 - 6 Comments

18 January

Fedora vs. Ubuntu vs. openSUSE vs. Clear Linux For Intel Steam Gaming Performance

With this week Clear Linux now being able to run Steam, I was excited to see how this performance-minded Linux distribution out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center would compare to other more popular Linux distributions when it comes to Intel Linux gaming performance. Here are some benchmarks of this traditionally workstation/server-oriented Intel Linux distribution running some Steam Linux games.

18 January 03:30 PM EST - Linux Gaming - 27 Comments
LLVM 4.0 Release Candidate 1

Hans Wennborg of Google, serving as the LLVM release manager, has announced the tagging of the first release candidate of the forthcoming LLVM 4.0.

18 January 10:55 AM EST - Compiler - LLVM 4.0 - 6 Comments
Nouveau Gets Patches For HDMI Stereoscopic 3D Output

Nouveau continues advancing on the display front: beyond getting DP MST and atomic mode-setting support in the Linux 4.10 kernel, there are now patches available for wiring this open-source NVIDIA Linux driver up to supporting stereoscopic 3D output via HDMI.

18 January 08:08 AM EST - Nouveau - Stereoscopic 3D - 12 Comments
Lots Of Vulkan To Be Had At GDC 2017

The Khronos Group has published their booth information and sessions that will happen at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC 17) at the start of March in San Francisco.

18 January 06:39 AM EST - Vulkan - Khronos / Vulkan GDC - 8 Comments
KDE Support For Flatpak Portals Progressing

While GNOME / Red Hat developers have been leading the Flatpak app sandboxing initiative, KDE developers are making progress too with embracing Flatpak as a more convenient and secure way of securely packaging Linux desktop apps.

18 January 06:04 AM EST - KDE - KDE Flatpak - 19 Comments

17 January

Benchmarking Radeon Open Compute ROCm 1.4 OpenCL

Last month with AMD/GPUOpen's ROCm 1.4 release they delivered on OpenCL support, albeit for this initial release all of the code is not yet open-source. I tried out ROCm 1.4 with the currently supported GPUs to see how the OpenCL performance compares to just using the AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL implementation.

17 January 02:08 PM EST - Display Drivers - 30 Comments
Here's How To Setup Clear Linux For Intel Steam Linux Gaming

A few weeks back we learned of Intel's Clear Linux distribution working towards Steam support. While Clear Linux is a performance-oriented workstation/server/cloud distribution, repeatedly in our tests it performs among the top Linux distributions even when it comes to Intel OpenGL Linux gaming, so being able to game with it isn't a far stretch with Steam support -- there is also Vulkan support now too.

17 January 11:00 AM EST - Operating Systems - Clear Steam Linux - 21 Comments
Fedora 26 Planning For A Modular Server Preview

Fedora Linux has been pursuing a path of modularity whereby modules provide different software purpose/functionality and are integrated/tested at the module level and a unit of delivery itself. With the Fedora 26 release they are hoping to provide a Fedora Modular Server preview build.

17 January 08:19 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora 26 Modular Server - Add A Comment
Broadwell Vulkan Performance Also Up After Recent Mesa Git Work

Yesterday I published a number of OpenGL/Vulkan benchmarks from Mesa Git in Mesa Git Delivering Faster Intel Vulkan Performance, Closer To OpenGL Driver Speed. Those tests were with Skylake desktop graphics so for some follow-up reference tests I also fired up Mesa Git on an Intel Broadwell ultrabook.

17 January 07:25 AM EST - Linux Gaming - OpenGL vs. Vulkan - Add A Comment
Google Developers Experiment With Plumbing Dartlang Into LLVM

It's been a while since last hearing much excitement around Google's Dart programming language that's an alternative to JavaScript. This ECMA-approved language is now being used with IoT devices, can still be source-to-source compiled for JavaScript, and the latest is that the Google developers have been experimenting with wiring it into LLVM.

17 January 06:41 AM EST - Compiler - Dart LLVM - 9 Comments

16 January

RadeonSI Nearly Clearing The OpenGL 4.5 Conformance Test Suite

While RadeonSI in Mesa Git exposes OpenGL 4.5, it hasn't yet formally passed the OpenGL 4.5 Conformance Test Suite (CTS) for certifying the OpenGL driver. But now it looks like this open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver has about all OpenGL CTS failures addressed.

16 January 11:43 AM EST - Mesa - OpenGL 4.5 CTS - 11 Comments
Intel's Mesa Driver Set To Flip On OpenGL 4.5 For Haswell

It was just two weeks ago that Intel's Mesa driver finally crossed the threshold with Haswell for supporting OpenGL 4.0 and then last week OpenGL 4.2 was crossed for this older generation of Intel graphics hardware. Now, it looks like OpenGL 4.5 will be enabled for Haswell with the i965 Mesa driver.

16 January 06:19 AM EST - Intel - Haswell OpenGL 4.5 - 19 Comments

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