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Benchmarks Of 45 Linux Systems From Atoms, Athlons & Phenoms To Xeons

For curiosity sake and as part of a more interesting article coming later this week in celebrating 11 years of Phoronix with its birthday on Friday, here are a range of CPU benchmarks on 45 different Linux systems with quite a range of hardware from low-power Intel Atoms and many AMD APUs to dual socket Opterons and Xeons. There's also a mix from laptops to nettops to desktops and servers.
58 Minutes Ago - Processors - 4 Comments

VirtIO GPU Driver Looks To Be Added To Linux 4.2 Kernel

Back in March I wrote about Red Hat working on a VirtIO GPU DRM/KMS driver. This new DRM kernel driver to benefit their virtualization setups is now looking at being added to the Linux 4.2 kernel.
2 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - VirtIO GPU DRM Driver - Add A Comment

KDE Applications 15.04.2 Released

The KDE crew has announced the release of KDE Applications 15.04.2 today, which is a monthly bug-fix update for the KDE Applications 15.04 stack.
2 Hours Ago - KDE - KDE Applications 15.04 - Add A Comment

AMD's Carrizo Launches: New Laptops In The Weeks Ahead

AMD launched Carrizo today from Computex Taipei and with the rollout they've unveiled the rest of the details on the new A-Series APU design.
4 Hours Ago - AMD - AMD Carrizo - 2 Comments

Wayland 1.8 & Weston 1.8 Officially Released

Wayland 1.8 along with the adjoining Weston compositor update were released over the night by Bryce Harrington of Samsung.
4 Hours Ago - Wayland - Wayland 1.8 - Add A Comment

2 June

Microsoft Will Start Supporting SSH For Windows Systems

Microsoft announced today they will begin contributing to the OpenSSH project, as well as enabling PowerShell to be a native SSH client. In the Windows world it has been traditional to use a program such as PuTTY to remotely manage Unix boxes from Windows clients, but no more.
08:19 PM EDT - Proprietary Software - Windows OpenSSH - 18 Comments

Fedora 22 Is Now Ready For POWER & IBM Z Systems

Announced today are the Fedora 22 releases for alternative architectures of POWER and IBM Z systems.
08:11 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 22 - 1 Comment

NVIDIA/Nouveau PerfKit Implemented Over Gallium3D State Tracker

Samuel Pitoiset today unveiled his long sought after patches for implementing NVIDIA's PerfKit performance utility as a Gallium3D state tracker for use by the open-source Linux graphics drivers.
04:32 PM EDT - Nouveau - PerfKit - 2 Comments

AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta Linux Driver Surfaces

AMD is finally out with a big Catalyst Linux driver update!
03:50 PM EDT - AMD - Catalyst 15.5 For Linux - 29 Comments

GCC's JIT Library Could Soon Be Around 5x Faster

David Malcom, the developer at Red Hat who has been spearheading the work on libgccjit, is making some progress on speeding up this embeddedable JIT compiler for the GNU Compiler Collection.
02:02 PM EDT - Compiler - libgccjit - Add A Comment

Chromium 44 Beta Brings Improved Notifications, ES6 Additions

The latest version of Google's Chrome/Chromium web-browser is now in beta for its upcoming v44 release.
01:54 PM EDT - Google - Chrome 44 Beta - 3 Comments

Benchmarking The Latest AMD & NVIDIA Graphics Cards On Ubuntu Linux

Last year for the 10th Phoronix birthday I did a 60+ GPU comparison with the open-source drivers and a 30-way graphics card comparison with the binary AMD/NVIDIA Linux drivers. With Phoronix turning eleven this week, I did another large graphics card comparison under Linux... The results today aren't as large as last year, but represent most of the latest-generation AMD and NVIDIA hardware while running Ubuntu 15.04. With more games coming to Linux, there's new titles covered in this year's massive comparison including Civilization: Beyond Earth, Metro 2033 Redux, and many others.
12:09 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 17 Comments

Steam Linux Usage Drops Lower... Below 0.9%

Last month Steam Linux usage dropped below 1.0% during April, which was the lowest point we've seen it in some time with the monthly OS average attributing Linux to a 1.0~1.6% average. However, the May numbers are out and the Steam Linux usage has declined even further.
11:37 AM EDT - Valve - 0.88% - 58 Comments

Thunderbolt 3 To Offer 40 Gbps Transfers, USB Type-C Connector

Intel has announced that they will be abandoning their traditional Thunderbolt connector with the upcoming Thunderbolt 3 specification. Instead, this high transfer speed technology will use a USB Type-C connector.
09:32 AM EDT - Hardware - Type-C Thunderbolt - 27 Comments

Qt 5.4.2 Officially Released

The second point release to Qt 5.4 is now available with various fixes and minor improvements.
09:18 AM EDT - Qt - Qt 5.4.2 - 4 Comments

Cinnamon 2.6 Yields Lower CPU Usage

While Cinnamon 2.6 was tagged a few weeks back, this morning it's finally being officially announced by the Linux Mint team.
08:59 AM EDT - Desktop - Cinnamon 2.6 - 3 Comments

1 June

XDC2015 X.Org Conference Announced, CFP Issued

Tom Stellard, the AMD employee organizing the X.Org Developers' Conference 2015, has announced new details regarding the event.
10:14 PM EDT - X.Org - Presentations - Add A Comment

Libinput 0.16 Now Supports Devices Like The Chromebook Pixel

The plans for Libinput 1.0 haven't yielded fruit yet, but libinput 0.16 is out this afternoon as the latest version of this input library used both by Wayland and X11 (and potentially Mir moving forward).
09:30 PM EDT - Wayland - Libinput 0.16 - 1 Comment

Wondering If HP Will Release Linux++ This Month

Back in 2014 HP made waves over announcing work on "The Machine" that will be a much more efficient computer design than the status quo and that there'd be a new Linux++ / Carbon operating system. Last year they said in "June 2015" they expected to have out Linux++ for emulating the new hardware design.
04:22 PM EDT - Hardware - HP Linux OS For The Machine - 9 Comments

Intel Compute Stick Performance Surprises Under Ubuntu Linux

Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer in a variety of benchmarks comparing it to other low-power x86 and ARMv7 hardware.
03:10 PM EDT - Computers - 5 Comments

Valve Appears To Be Rolling Out Source 2 Version Of Dota 2

Valve has shipped a DLC to Dota 2 that appears to be the Source 2 Engine version of the game.
01:59 PM EDT - Valve - Source 2 Dota 2 - 21 Comments

PyPy 2.6 Released, ~7x Faster Than CPython

Version 2.6 of the PyPy JIT-compiler-based interpreter for Python has been released. With PyPy 2.6 there's some Python compatibility improvements along with Numpy improvements and preliminary support for a new lightweight stats profiler.
12:21 PM EDT - Compiler - Python - 13 Comments

BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Phone Being Released Next Week

Beginning next week the BQ Aquaris E5 pre-loaded with Ubuntu Phone will become available in Europe.
12:11 PM EDT - Ubuntu - BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu - 8 Comments

Fedora 23 May Feature Cinnamon Desktop Spin & "Netizen" Version

Fedora 23 might be featuring some new ISO spins of the Linux distribution, including one with the Cinnamon Desktop and a "Netizen" spin focused on "Internet citizenship and citizen engagement."
08:40 AM EDT - Fedora - Netizen + Cinnamon - 1 Comment

Wine-Staging 1.7.44 Introduces More Bug Fixes

Following in the foot steps of Wine 1.7.44, the newest development version of Wine-Staging is now also available.
08:27 AM EDT - WINE - Wine-Staging 1.7.44 - 1 Comment

The Intel Graphics Changes For The Linux 4.2 Kernel

While for weeks we've already been writing about the forthcoming Linux 4.2 development cycle, including the Intel DRM kernel improvements, Daniel Vetter of Intel OTC has provided a nice overview of what's coming to Linux 4.2 for Intel graphics.
08:16 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.2 i915 - Add A Comment

Microsoft To Release Windows 10 On 29 July

Microsoft announced this morning that Windows 10 will be officially released on 29 July. I'm excited! Only to run benchmarks and see how the performance compares to various Linux distributions...
08:06 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - Windows 10 Release Date - 25 Comments

31 May

Linux 4.1-rc6 Kernel Released

The Linux 4.1 kernel is now one step closer to being released: Linux 4.1-rc6 was just announced.
10:26 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.1 - Add A Comment

Linux 4.0, Systemd & AMD's Tiger Team Were The Major Linux Stories This Month

This month on Phoronix there were 227 original news stories and 13 featured length articles / Linux hardware reviews. Here's a look at what was exciting Phoronix readers the most this month.
09:44 PM EDT - Hardware - May 2015 - Add A Comment

NVIDIA Unveils The GeForce GTX 980 Ti At $650 USD

NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce GTX 980 Ti today in gearing up for Computex Taipei. The GTX 980 Ti is NVIDIA's new flagship gaming GPU, which will set you back $649.99 USD.
07:10 PM EDT - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 980 Ti - 17 Comments

Intel Broadwell HD Graphics Tests With Mesa 10.7 Git

While Mesa 10.7 just recently entered development, the Git code is often benchmarked on Phoronix, and with not having delivered any Intel Broadwell Linux graphics tests in some time, here's the latest numbers as of this weekend.
03:19 PM EDT - Intel - Mesa 10.7 Broadwell - 2 Comments

Libav Adds H.264 & HEVC Encoders For NVIDIA's NVENC

Following FFmpeg in supporting NVENC for NVIDIA's GPU-based video encoding on Linux systems, the forked Libav project has now written up their own NVENC support for H.264 and H.265/HEVC.
01:28 PM EDT - NVIDIA - Libav NVENC - 19 Comments

Linux 4.2 To Support The EFI System Resource Table

The Linux 4.2 kernel cycle that will soon officially commence will be adding support for the EFI System Resource Table (ESRT) in order to allow the updating of UEFI/BIOS on modern systems from the Linux desktop.
12:42 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.2 EFI - 4 Comments

Linux 4.1 Brings Performance Boosts For Some Intel Low-Power Hardware

For at least some Intel Bay Trail systems, the Linux 4.0 and Linux 4.1 kernels bring measurable performance improvements as shown by this latest round of Phoronix kernel benchmarking.
10:40 AM EDT - Processors - Add A Comment

New Benchmarks Of Eltechs ExaGear For x86 Apps On ARM

In the past we've written about Eltechs' ExaGear Desktop software that claims to be 4.5x faster than QEMU and allows x86 Windows/Linux programs to run on ARM. The company has sent over their latest benchmark results of their latest performance claims.
09:29 AM EDT - Virtualization - Eltechs ExaGear - 10 Comments

Xen Orchestra 4.0 Brings Docker Support, Improved Design

The Xen Orchestra team announced this week their next big release: Xen Orchestra 4.0. Xen Orchestra 4.0 has been in development for over nine months now and is codenamed Double Bass.
08:52 AM EDT - Virtualization - Xen Orchestra 4.0 - Add A Comment

How Warm Does The Intel Compute Stick Get?

The Intel Compute Stick packs a lot into a tiny package: 2GB of DDR3L memory, 32GB eMMC storage, Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor with Intel HD Graphics, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n WiFi, USB 2.0, and a microSD card slot... All into a 103 x 37 x 12 mm package, but how warm does it get under full load? Here's some numbers.
08:46 AM EDT - Intel - Compute Stick Temperature - 8 Comments

30 May

GNU Octave 4.0 Released, Includes A GUI & OpenGL

GNU Octave, a high-level programming language for numerical computations and an open-source alternative to MATLAB, is out this weekend with a huge release. Meet GNU Octave 4.0.
05:30 PM EDT - GNU - GNU Octave - 16 Comments

The Latest AMD APU Linux System Being Added To The Farm

Another AMD APU box is being added to the LinuxBenchmarking.com automated Linux performance test farm in the basement makeover server room.
05:18 PM EDT - AMD - AMD Linux Setup - 4 Comments

Radeon OpenGL Benchmarks On Fedora 22

For those that haven't yet upgraded to Fedora 22, here's some benchmarks comparing the open-source Radeon graphics performance of Fedora 21 against the newly-released Fedora 22 Linux distribution update.
11:50 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 5 Comments

Linux Benchmarks Of Intel's Atom Z3735F On The Compute Stick

The Atom Z3735F is what powers Intel's Compute Stick. The Z373F has a Scenario Design Power of just 2.2 Watts while being a quad-core 64-bit processor with a clock speed of 1.33GHz and a burst frequency of 1.83GHz. This low-power Atom SoC also has Intel HD Graphics that work fine under Linux. In this article are some early test data from the Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu Linux.
10:11 AM EDT - Intel - Atom Z3735F - 17 Comments

Fedora's Security Team Continues Closing Old Vulnerabilities

The Fedora Security Team is in the middle of a quest to close all critical and important CVEs / security vulnerabilities present in Fedora and EPEL packages that originate from 2014 and prior.
09:39 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora CVEs - Add A Comment

HAMMER2 File-System Now Uses LZ4 Compression By Default

DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER2 file-system has seen a lot of progress made recently. One of the latest additions to this HAMMER successor is enabling LZ4 compression by default.
09:32 AM EDT - BSD - HAMMER2 - 2 Comments

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