AMD's Open-Source Support Might Be Caught Up For Next-Gen GPUs

If you haven't read this morning's article about Running The AMD Radeon R9 Fury With AMD's New Open-Source Linux Driver, you should go do so, but the short version is that there's still much work left before the R9 Fury "Fiji" GPUs will be a worthwhile investment by Linux users.

5 Hours Ago - AMD - AMD Open-Source - 7 Comments
Running The AMD Radeon R9 Fury With AMD's New Open-Source Linux Driver

Now that Linux 4.2 is set to be released today, out on the horizon we have to look forward to Linux 4.3 kernel. Set to be merged into Linux 4.3 will be in the initial open-source AMD driver code for supporting the Radeon R9 Fury graphics cards. This open-source Fury support is the focus of our testing today with it being the first time powering up this Fiji GPU outside of Catalyst.

29 August

Mesa 11.1-dev Tests With The Reverted RadeonSI Performance

This week I posted some AMD RadeonSI/R600g tests on Mesa 11.0 with DRM-Next along with a Intel Skylake vs. Radeon comparison using this new version of Mesa that will be officially released next month. Of course, following those tests, the requests turned to testing Mesa 11.1-devel rather than the Mesa 11.0 Git code.

29 August 12:50 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 25 Comments
A Linux Driver Is In Development For The Corsair Vengeance K90

The Corsair Vengeance K90 is a gaming keyboard featuring Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches and a whole lot of other extra functionality suited for gamers and tailored for MMO and RTS titles. A open-source Linux driver is in the works for properly handling this high-end keyboard.

29 August 11:42 AM EDT - Gaming - Corsair Vengeance K90 - 7 Comments
Open Benchmarking: More Windows Than Linux

Earlier this week I posted some statistics about the increasing rate of Linux news and some OS/browser stats for Phoronix. As many readers found it interesting, here's some stats for OpenBenchmarking.org.

29 August 09:45 AM EDT - Phoronix - OpenBenchmarking.org - 6 Comments
NeXTBSD Is Creating Lots Of BSD Excitement

NeXTBSD was announced last weekend and it's easily been the most emailed in tip all week. Lots of Phoronix readers are curious about this new operating system derived from FreeBSD 10.1 that adds in various Mac OS X components. NeXTBSD seems like a very interesting open-source project while this morning I finally found the time to explore more about it and write-up a post.

29 August 09:11 AM EDT - BSD - NeXTBSD - 13 Comments

28 August

Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison: Skylake HD Graphics vs. Radeon Gallium3D

With my Skylake HD Graphics 530 Linux tests earlier this month from the new Intel Core i5 6600K processor, I compared the performance to several Haswell/Broadwell CPUs as well as AMD APUs. In this article I'm providing some fresh benchmark results of Intel's "Gen9" graphics compared to discrete AMD Radeon GPUs tested on the same Skylake system. All tests were done with Mesa 11.0 code and the DRM-Next code for Linux 4.3.

28 August 12:00 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 20 Comments
An Overview Of The Vulkan API

If for some reason you haven't been keeping up with our many articles about Vulkan and SPIR-V, there's a nice overview out about the new graphics API emerging from The Khronos Group.

28 August 09:04 AM EDT - Standards - Vulkan API - 27 Comments

27 August

Vulkan Working For A Drawing Program

Aside from game developers that are members of The Khronos Group dabbling internally with game engine support for the Vulkan graphics API, a drawing program now also appears to be powered by this next-gen graphics API.

27 August 10:09 AM EDT - Standards - Vulkan Graphics - 19 Comments
DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER2 File-System Continues Maturing

Back in 2012 the HAMMER2 file-system was announced and lead DragonflyBSD developer Matthew Dillon didn't believe it would be until some time a year later (2013) that this HAMMER successor would all pan out. After more than three years of development, HAMMER2 seems like it's getting into shape.

27 August 07:52 AM EDT - BSD - HAMMER2 - 3 Comments

26 August

Preview Results For HD Graphics 530 With Linux 4.3's DRM-Next & Mesa 11.0

Continuing on from the articles earlier today about Linux 4.3 Will Let Skylake Graphics Play Out-Of-The-Box and Building Mesa 11.0 On Ubuntu Linux, here are a few very early test results when comparing the performance of the Intel Skylake graphics on Ubuntu 15.04 to the DRM-Next code to be integrated into Linux 4.3 as well as Mesa 11.0 in its near-final state.

26 August 06:17 PM EDT - Intel - Few Results - 3 Comments
Intel Still Slowly Hacking Towards Open-Source OpenCL 2.0 Linux Support

Following last month's update to Beignet, the Intel open-source project for providing open-source OpenCL compute support for their HD/Iris Graphics hardware, that brought Skylake support, SPIR, and other updates, there was some hope that OpenCL 2.0 support might become a greater focus to complement Beignet's OpenCL 1.2 support. Sadly, it looks like things are still moving slowly on the CL 2.0 front.

26 August 02:28 PM EDT - Intel - Beignet OpenCL 2.0 - 4 Comments

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