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.

12 Hours Ago - Standards - Low-Level Graphics Library - 12 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.

13 Hours Ago - Intel - Intel Sandy Bridge - 27 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 - 13 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 - 15 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

20 October

Mad Max Appears To Work Fine With RadeonSI Gallium3D

This morning's release of the Mad Max game for Linux lists only NVIDIA graphics as supported, but it does turn out at least for newer AMD GPUs using the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver things should work -- well, assuming you are using the latest open-source driver code.

20 October 08:38 AM EDT - Linux Gaming - Mad Max RadeonSI - 19 Comments

19 October

Fedora 26 Anaconda Installer Likely To Get Blivet-GUI

The Anaconda installer is never done evolving... The Anaconda installer will be updated, again, with Fedora 26 but hopefully won't see the major fallout during one of its earlier reworks when it was in very bad shape. This time around they are just looking to add Blivet-GUI.

19 October 11:26 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 26 Anaconda - 10 Comments
Mesa Hasn't Been Branched Yet Due To LLVM Issues

The Mesa 12.1/13.0 release dragged out a bit to allow the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver to be merged and then some Gallium3D Nine fixes, which have landed. The branching / feature freeze didn't happen last week though as planned, but Emil Velikov the release manager has now provided an update.

19 October 10:45 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa Drags On - 7 Comments
Intel OpenGL vs. Vulkan Linux Benchmarks - Mesa Git + Linux 4.9

With having delivered a number of RADV Radeon Vulkan benchmarks recently, time to turn the tables to see how the Intel Vulkan driver stack is comparing to its i965 classic Mesa DRI driver. Dota 2 benchmarks up today under Ubuntu 16.10 while using Mesa 12.10-dev and Linux 4.9.

19 October 08:44 AM EDT - Intel - Dota 2 Benchmarks - Add A Comment

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