Croteam Reiterates Vulkan Intentions, Shows Off Screenshot

A few days back was the news about Croteam's intentions for supporting the Vulkan graphics API. They confirmed they intend to support Vulkan for Serious Sam 4 and will also be supporting it with their Talos Principle game. Today they confirmed this information again.

4 Hours Ago - Gaming - Croteam Vulkan - 15 Comments
Ubuntu 6.06 To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Performance Benchmarks: 10 Years Of Linux Performance

As I'm in the process of retiring an old AMD Opteron dual-socket system, prior to decommissioning it, I figured it would be fun to go back and re-benchmark all of the Ubuntu LTS releases going all the way back to the legendary 6.06 Dapper Drake release. So here are some fresh benchmarks of this AMD Shanghai system with eight cores and 16GB of RAM when re-benchmarking the releases from Ubuntu 6.06 through the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS development state.

Linux Benchmarks Of The C.H.I.P. $9 Computer

While Next Thing Co is still working to fulfill orders on the C.H.I.P. $9 computer over the next several months, I noticed that some benchmarks of this cheap Raspberry Pi competitor have begun appearing on OpenBenchmarking.org via the Phoronix Test Suite. Here are some of those benchmark results for this ARB single-board computer.

13 Hours Ago - Hardware - CHIP $9 - 4 Comments
The Talos Secure Workstation Is A High-Performance Libre System

Raptor Engineering is working on the Talos Secure Workstation, which is being advertised as a high-performance, open-to-the-firmware system that is much better than the commonly antiquated "freed" x86 systems. However, getting a high-performance, free software friendly workstation doesn't come cheap.

14 Hours Ago - Hardware - Talos Workstation - 11 Comments

4 February

AMD Catalyst Appears To Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

Not only does RadeonSI Gallium3D work with XCOM 2 on Linux for AMD graphics processors, but it looks like the Catalyst (or now known as Radeon Software, officially) too works with this brand new, highly anticipated strategy game seeing a same-day release across OS X / Linux / Windows.

4 February 08:06 PM EST - AMD - Catalyst XCOM 2 - 8 Comments
OpenGL 4.5 Is Not The End Of The Road For OpenGL

Particularly after writing about OpenGL 4 progress in Mesa, it's quite common to see comments in our forums and elsewhere about people thinking when "Mesa is done" or how "OpenGL 4.5 is the last major release" or "Vulkan makes OpenGL dead", etc.

4 February 07:59 AM EST - Mesa - OpenGL Still Has A Future - 28 Comments

3 February

R, Go & Other New Benchmarks Added

For those relying upon the Phoronix Test Suite for your open-source, automated benchmark needs on Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other operating systems, a number of new test profiles were recently made available.

3 February 03:15 PM EST - Free Software - New Benchmarks - 2 Comments
How To Go About Reverse Engineering Video Decoding

With many Phoronix readers being curious about reverse-engineering graphics drivers for open-source enablement, along the same lines you may also be curious about how reverse-engineering is done with video formats / video decoding by multimedia applications.

3 February 02:26 PM EST - Standards - Reverse Engineering - 1 Comment
Why Enlightenment & Tizen Love Wayland

Longtime free software developer Carsten Haitzler, better known as Rasterman, presented at last weekend's FOSDEM conference about Enlightenment on Wayland. As part of that, with Samsung's Tizen environment using Enlightenment, they too are after Wayland as being the superior solution to X11.

3 February 12:09 PM EST - Wayland - Love For Wayland - 19 Comments
Radeon Open-Source vs. Catalyst With OpenCL CLPEAK

With yesterday having started to run some fresh basic OpenCL benchmarks on the open-source Radeon driver given the interesting remarks by some super-computing researchers about having more hope for the open-source drivers than the proprietary Catalyst, here are some results comparing the latest open-source AMD Radeon Linux driver code to the proprietary driver.

3 February 10:10 AM EST - Display Drivers - 7 Comments

2 February

Testing The LLVM SI Machine Instruction Scheduler

Landing last month in the LLVM SVN/Git code-base was the SI machine scheduler for the AMDGPU LLVM back-end. This scheduler has the potential to improve the performance for some hardware/workloads, but not by the wide margins originally reported by some early testers.

2 February 04:04 PM EST - AMD - AMDGPU sisched - 6 Comments
RadeonSI/R600g Mesa 11.2-devel Clover OpenCL Benchmarks On Linux 4.5

Following this morning's article about Russian Super-Computing Users Get Tired Of Catalyst, Start Looking At Open-Source AMD, I decided to run some fresh Radeon open-source OpenCL benchmarks on my own using the Gallium3D Clover state tracker with the HPC researchers also being curious how this very latest open-source AMD graphics stack is performing. Here are some initial results with Mesa 11.2-devel Git built against LLVM 3.9 SVN (thanks Padoka!) and using the Linux 4.5 Git kernel.

2 February 02:35 PM EST - AMD - R600g + RadeonSI - 16 Comments
Building A Low-Cost Btrfs SSD RAID Array For $80

With the falling prices of solid-state storage, it's becoming increasingly affordable to build a RAID array of SSDs. I have delivered many Btrfs RAID benchmarks on Phoronix over the years while today I have some fresh RAID0 and RAID1 numbers for Btrfs atop the latest Linux 4.5 development kernel when using two low-cost SSDs that retail for just around $40 USD a piece.

2 February 11:30 AM EST - Storage - 17 Comments
Illumos Continues To Let OpenSolaris Live On

It's been more than five years since the launch of Illumos as the concerted, community-based effort around the OpenSolaris code-base. This truly-open Solaris stack continues to be at the heart of OpenIndiana, SmartOS, Dyson, and other operating systems.

2 February 08:27 AM EST - Oracle - Illumos Presentation - Add A Comment

1 February

Haiku OS Powered By BSD? It's A Possibility

François Revol presented at FOSDEM this weekend about the prospects of Haiku OS ever becoming a BSD distribution. Haiku OS, the well known BeOS re-implementation, does currently rely upon some BSD components but more integration is possible.

1 February 12:03 PM EST - BSD - Haiku + BSD - 20 Comments

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