Open-Source Doom 3 Spin Updated With Many New Features

While many initially looked at ioDoom3 as the exciting fork of id Software's id Tech 4 / Doom 3 source-code as it was done by some of the same folks as ioquake3, there sadly hasn't been much to report on in recent times for the project. Fortunately, the independent "dhewm3" is making strides as an open-source Doom 3 project.

9 October 06:05 PM EDT - Gaming - Dhewm3 - 15 Comments
Radeon KMS On PC-BSD/FreeBSD 10.2 Surprisingly Worked On A FirePro+DP System

While open-source AMD Linux users have largely been able to take it for granted for years that the Radeon DRM/KMS driver will at least light up their display when using an older GPU, after the Radeon KMS problems I ran into on DragonFlyBSD, I didn't expect this hardware to play nicely on FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.2. Fortunately, I was proven wrong and this AMD FirePro graphics card driving a DisplayPort monitor managed to run nicely out-of-the-box.

9 October 09:49 AM EDT - BSD - Radeon KMS FreeBSD 10.2 - 11 Comments

8 October

Running Some Fresh BSD vs. Linux Benchmarks

Given the recent releases of FreeBSD 10.2 and NetBSD 7.0, plus the H2'2015 Linux distribution updates rolling around, I've just started work on a new BSD vs. Linux operating system performance comparison.

8 October 04:14 PM EDT - BSD - BSD vs. Linux - 12 Comments
AMD Makes Open-Source "Iceland" GPU Support Experimental In Linux 4.3

AMD sent in a batch of fixes for the AMDGPU kernel driver today for Linux 4.3. One notable change with this AMDGPU DRM driver update is that it marks the Iceland/Topaz graphics processor support as experimental so it's no longer enabled by default until the support has been better vetted.

8 October 02:00 PM EDT - AMD - Iceland / Topaz Change - Add A Comment
Enlightenment Temporarily Drops Support For Wayland

While the Enlightenment developers were quick to implement Wayland support as an alternative to X11, with this week's v0.9.12 Enlightenment release it drops the Wayland support. However, this is just temporary and isn't much of a big deal.

8 October 10:40 AM EDT - Wayland - Enlightenment Wayland - 5 Comments
James Bottomley: The Linux Kernel Mailing List Behavior Isn't All That Bad

Sarah Sharp stepped down as a Linux kernel developer this week over what she feels is bad and toxic behavior on the Linux kernel mailing list with a lack of respect and colorful language. Her announcement sparked a lot of people to come out with polarized views and Matthew Garrett also ended up stepping away from making mainline kernel contributions. Well known kernel developer James Bottomley has now published a blog post expressing different views.

8 October 09:08 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Bottomley - 29 Comments

7 October

Kingston HyperX Predator SSD On Linux: Still Not Making Par

Last week I posted some initial Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 SSD Linux benchmarks. Since those results, which were rather disappointing when factoring in the cost of this solid-state storage, I've run some more tests. While the performance has improved with a newer Skylake Linux system, the results are still not as great as advertised and I'm just returning the darn drive.

7 October 03:40 PM EDT - Storage - 11 Comments
Mir Continues Cleaning Up Their OpenGL Code, To Support Vulkan In Future

Since this summer we've known that Canonical developers have been looking at Vulkan in regards to supporting this forthcoming graphics API by Unity 8 and Mir. Since then we've seen work done in Mir to support renderers other than OpenGL with this Ubuntu display server. As another sign of working towards Vulkan, more of Mir's OpenGL code continues to be re-factored.

7 October 09:19 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Mir OpenGL Changes - 24 Comments
More OpenSUSE Leap Linux Kernel Benchmarks

Earlier this week I posted a number of openSUSE Leap benchmarks of their different kernels: debug, default, desktop, and vanilla. Here's some follow-up tests with more results from comparing the openSUSE 42.1 Leap Beta kernel builds.

7 October 08:51 AM EDT - SUSE - OpenSUSE Kernel Tests - Add A Comment

6 October

With GL 4.3 AoA Getting Done, Arceri Is Trying A GL 4.4 Extension

Timothy Arceri is the independent developer that started out doing some crowd-funded Mesa OpenGL extension development that was successful so he did a second crowd-funding campaign to do more Mesa feature work. That second extension, ARB_arrays_of_arrays, finally appears nearly complete so he's decided to work on another extension.

6 October 04:48 PM EDT - Mesa - GL_ARB_enhanced_layouts - 7 Comments
A Six Month Redux After Building A 60+ System Basement Server/Computer Room

It's been just over six months since I completed construction on the large 60+ system server room where a ton of Linux benchmarking takes place just not for but also the new daily performance tracking initiative and testing and development around our Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and software. Here's a look back, a few recommendations to reiterate for those aspiring to turn their cellar into a server farm, and a few things I'd do differently next time around.

6 October 11:50 AM EDT - Computers - 14 Comments
AMD Has More Developers Working On Their Open-Source Driver Behind The Scenes

While there's just a handful of names that Phoronix readers are familiar with when it comes to AMD's open-source Linux driver developers and those from AMD who communicate with the community in our forums, it turns out there are many more developers at AMD becoming involved as part of their new AMDGPU driver stack.

6 October 09:30 AM EDT - AMD - 30+ Developers - 28 Comments

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