Vulkan 1.0.32 Released

For Vulkan developers concerned about the latest documentation changes for this graphics API, the latest Vulkan 1.0 point release is now available.

5 Hours Ago - Vulkan - Vulkan 1.0.32 - 10 Comments
This Mini $109 GTX 1050 Might Be Great For A HTPC / Living Room Steam Linux PC

The GeForce GTX 1050 graphics cards are beginning to ship today. As mentioned in yesterday's NVIDIA 375.10 vs. Linux 4.8 + Mesa 13.1-dev AMD GPU Benchmarks, I unfortunately don't have any Linux reviews to publish today due to waiting on the hardware but will have GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti reviews in the days ahead. The first GTX 1050 card to be tested is a Zotac GTX 1050 Mini, which might be great for a living room HTPC or 1080p "Steam Machine" on a budget.

7 Hours Ago - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 1050 - 22 Comments

24 October

NVIDIA 375.10 vs. Linux 4.8 + Mesa 13.1-dev AMD GPU Benchmarks

In prepping for the GeForce GTX 1050 Linux graphics card reviews this week, I've been re-testing my various AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards atop the very latest driver stacks. As a precursor while waiting for the GeForce GTX 1050 Linux review in the days ahead, here are those fresh benchmarks of the other graphics cards.

24 October 07:30 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 127 Comments
Feral Still Won't Confirm Or Deny Vulkan For Deus Ex On Linux

Back in September Feral Interactive announced Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Linux and macOS. This game under Windows is one of the few titles using Direct3D 12 and Feral announced their macOS port would be making use of Apple's low-level Metal graphics API. Unfortunately, it's still not clear yet whether the Linux port will feature Vulkan support -- the open, cross-platform equivalent to Metal and D3D12 -- or just have an OpenGL renderer.

24 October 08:42 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - 24 Comments
Coreboot 4.5 Officially Released

Coreboot 4.5 is now available as the latest version of this open-source BIOS/firmware implementation project for those looking toward the bi-annual releases rather than Git.

24 October 06:27 AM EDT - Coreboot - Coreboot 4.5 - 2 Comments

23 October

LLGL Aims To Be Abstraction Layer For OpenGL, Direct3D 11/12 & Vulkan

One of my "hobbies" when news is light and there isn't any fun/new/exciting hardware keeping me busy on a given weekend is checking out the various Vulkan projects on GitHub. It's been great seeing all of the independent graphics renderers/engines being tried by different individuals, tons of different Vulkan samples, and a lot of other innovative projects around Vulkan, many of which I've written about in the past few months on Phoronix. One of the projects I see being regularly updated when checking on weekends and haven't written about yet is LLGL, the Low-Level Graphics Library.

23 October 09:46 AM EDT - Standards - Low-Level Graphics Library - 24 Comments
Intel Sandy Bridge Graphics Haven't Gotten Faster In Recent Years

This weekend I pulled out a Core i5 powered HP EliteBook that served as Intel's Software Development Vehicle for Sandy Bridge. I hadn't touched this laptop in a long time but decided to see how the current Linux + Mesa graphics stack on Ubuntu 16.10 compares to the older Linux distributions when Sandy Bridge hardware was more relevant.

23 October 09:00 AM EDT - Intel - Intel Sandy Bridge - 37 Comments

22 October

Crucial MX300: Good Linux Performance, 525GB SSD For $120

This week I was shopping for a solid state drive to replace a hard drive on one of my backup/archival systems and ended up settling for the Crucial MX300 in getting 525GB of storage for just $120 USD. Here are some benchmarks of the Crucial CT525MX300SSD1 compared to some other SSDs on Linux for those curious.

22 October 11:00 AM EDT - Storage - 20 Comments
Features You Will Not Find In The Mesa 13.0 Release

While Mesa 13.0 is coming along for release next month with exciting features like OpenGL 4.5 for Intel, unofficial GL 4.4/4.5 for RadeonSI/NVC0, and the addition of the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver, there is some functionality that sadly won't be found in this release.

22 October 09:20 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 13.0 - 16 Comments

21 October

Linux 4.9 Is Showing A Performance Boost On More Systems

Earlier this week I posted some benchmarks of a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E system seeing performance boosts under Linux 4.9 and it turns out it's looking more widespread than just affecting a niche system or two. When testing a more traditional Intel Haswell desktop, Linux 4.9 Git is seeing more wins over Linux 4.8 and 4.7 kernels.

21 October 03:18 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.9 - 18 Comments

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