DisplayLink USB 3.0 Device Support Is In The Works

DisplayLink's line of USB display adapters is known to be Linux-friendly and backed by open-source support, but this is only for their USB 2.0 devices. Fortunately, it appears that DisplayLink is finally working on USB 3.0 device support for Linux.

13 Hours Ago - Hardware - USB 3.0 GPUs - Add A Comment

1 August

Mesa Git Is Now Officially Mesa 11.0

While we knew it was coming given that Mesa core has gone from OpenGL 3.3 compliance to OpenGL 4.1, the commit finally happened this Saturday for making it Mesa 11.0.

1 August 11:30 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 11.0-devel - 27 Comments

31 July

AMDGPU Looks Like It Will Be Supported For Mesa 11.0

Earlier this week I delivered my initial benchmarks of the new AMDGPU Linux driver stack for supporting the AMD Radeon R9 285 "TONGA" and all new/future GPUs like Carrizo and Fiji. The new AMDGPU kernel driver is present in the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel while on the user-space side there's separate code branches required for libdrm and Mesa. Fortunately, it looks like that work will be merged soon.

31 July 12:54 PM EDT - AMD - AMDGPU Mesa Support - 3 Comments
Benchmarking Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor On Linux

Yesterday Feral Games released Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor for Linux and Mac OS X. Since its release, I've been very busy working to get some benchmark results produced for this AAA game that's out for Linux one year after the Windows released. Included in these initial results for Shadow of Mordor are benchmark results for a few modern high-end graphics cards plus looking into the warning issued by Feral about the lack of AMD support.

31 July 12:00 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - 27 Comments

30 July

Intel Broadwell Iris Pro Graphics: Windows 10 vs. Linux

Resulting from the What Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See and The Phoronix Test Suite Is Running On Windows 10, here are our first benchmarks comparing the performance of Microsoft's newly released Windows 10 Pro x64 against Fedora 22 when looking at the Intel's OpenGL driver performance across platforms.

30 July 01:30 PM EDT - Operating Systems - 24 Comments
Oracle Said To Be Baking A Low-Cost SPARC Chip

While Debian just dropped support for SPARC and many are writing off SPARC as dead under Oracle with their offering of x86 servers, a new report out today suggests otherwise. It's being reported that Oracle plans to introduce "Sonoma" as a low-cost SPARC processor.

30 July 12:43 PM EDT - Oracle - Low-Cost Sonoma SPARC - 17 Comments
Upgrading Fedora Easily To Mesa 10.7/Git

With all of the Mesa OpenGL 4 happenings -- and most recently OpenGL 4.1 for RadeonSI -- you may be wondering how to run this latest code prior to its official release in September.

30 July 11:14 AM EDT - Mesa - Fedora Riding Mesa Git - 7 Comments
Ubuntu 15.04 On The Tegra X1 Yields Even Better Results, More Benchmarks

Earlier this week I posted some initial benchmark figures for the NVIDIA Tegra X1 on Ubuntu Linux. Those results showed much promise for this 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC that also bears a Maxwell GPU, but that wasn't tested for the initial comparison. Here are a few more benchmark results from this Tegra X1, including an Ubuntu 15.04 installation to show the difference against the Tegra X1 on Ubuntu 14.10.

30 July 06:51 AM EDT - NVIDIA - Tegra X1 Benchmarks - 6 Comments
The Phoronix Test Suite Is Running On Windows 10

I've been playing with Windows 10 since yesterday... I must applaud Microsoft that it's a heck of a lot better than Windows 8, as the Windows 10 desktop experience is alright and Edge is nicer than Internet Explorer, but I still don't have any intentions on switching back to Windows this lifetime.

30 July 04:59 AM EDT - Proprietary Software - Windows 10 First Experience - 27 Comments

29 July

More Reliable Upgrades Hoped For With Fedora 23

It looks like reworking the Fedup upgrade tool may still happen for Fedora 23. The upgrade to this upgrade tool would involve relying on DNF and systemd functionality to provide more reliable Fedora system upgrades.

29 July 06:50 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 23 Upgrades - 10 Comments
Linux 4.2 May Finish Fixing Up Radeon Audio Support

Since the Linux 4.0 kernel there has been DisplayPort audio support for the open-source Radeon driver. That DP audio handling came after a big rework to the audio code in the Radeon DRM kernel driver. A half-year later it looks like all the audio code is now cleaned up and ready.

29 July 05:22 PM EDT - AMD - DP Audio - 1 Comment
The AMD Radeon R9 Fury Is Currently A Disaster On Linux

When AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury line-up powered by the "Fiji" GPU with High Bandwidth Memory, I was genuinely very excited to get my hands on this graphics card. The tech sounded great and offered up a lot of potential, and once finally finding an R9 Fury in stock, shelled out nearly $600 for this graphics card. Unfortunately though, thanks to the current state of the Catalyst Linux driver, the R9 Fury on Linux is a gigantic waste for OpenGL workloads. The R9 Fury results only exemplifies the hideous state of AMD's OpenGL support for their Catalyst Linux driver with a NVIDIA graphics card costing $200 less consistently delivering better gaming performance.

29 July 11:40 AM EDT - Graphics Cards - 82 Comments
NetBSD 7.0-RC2 Released

For users of NetBSD, the second release candidate for its upcoming 7.0 release is now available.

29 July 04:43 AM EDT - BSD - NetBSD 7.0-RC2 - 1 Comment

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