Early Benchmarks Of GCC 7 On Linux x86_64 With An Intel Core i7 6800K

With the GCC 7 compiler having entered its stage three, feature development is basically over so it's a great time to begin running more benchmarks of this big compiler update that will be officially released as GCC 7.1.0 in early 2017. Up today are benchmarks of the latest GCC 7.0 development snapshot compared to GCC 6.2 and GCC 5.4 on an Intel Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E system running Ubuntu 16.10.

3 Hours Ago - Software - 1 Comment
The Favorite Open-Source Vulkan Projects Of Phoronix Readers

This week I provided a look at some of the interesting Vulkan engines/renderers on GitHub created by the community in the months since the Vulkan unveil. After that article forum goers and those on Twitter shared some other promising Vulkan projects worth looking at too if you are just looking for some Vulkan demos to watch, learn more about the Vulkan API yourself, etc.

4 Hours Ago - Vulkan - Vulkan Coding - Add A Comment

4 December

More Random Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts & Others Into Tech

Last week I shared some 2016 Holiday Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts, Gamers. Since then more ideas came to mind with other interesting tech gift ideas, particularly for Linux/open-source enthusiasts, as well as other favorite gadgets and interesting devices I've come across in the past year. So here are some more ideas of stocking stuffers and other fun purchases for the holidays.

4 December 02:39 PM EST - Hardware - 2016 Holidays - 4 Comments
iRulu BL20: A Decent 1080p Projector For ~$160 USD

The iRulu BL20 is a low-cost projector 1080p/HD projector that supports a projection distance up to six meters, dual built-in speakers, and a screen size up to 200 inches. Retailing for about $165 USD, this isn't a high-end projector but is rather decent for the price. Here's a quick write-up about my experience with this budget projector.

4 December 10:09 AM EST - Monitors - 11 Comments
A Look At The Many Different Vulkan Engine/Renderer Projects On GitHub

There have been many small GitHub projects the past several months aspiring to be a good, open-source Vulkan game engine, but many of them don't tend to see commits too often or don't come close to realizing their dream. In my usual weekend "fun" of digging through GitHub looking for fascinating Vulkan projects of interest, I decided to provide a quick overview on some of the more promising Vulkan open-source engine projects.

4 December 09:34 AM EST - Vulkan - Vulkan Game Engines - 6 Comments

3 December

ET: Legacy Continues Making Progress On Free, Modern Art Assets For Enemy Territory

While there are many open-source game engines these days, many of which were formerly closed-source/commercial engines, one of the big bottlenecks for community-driven game projects continue to be on the art assets/models and/or their reliance upon the commercial game assets for game engines that were later opened up. ET: Legacy continues making progress on free, modernized assets inspired off the original Wolfenstein Enemy Territory game.

3 December 10:58 AM EST - Linux Gaming - ETLegacy New Assets - 2 Comments

2 December

Clear Linux With Mesa 13 Is A Strong Match For Intel Linux Performance

When benchmarking Intel's Clear Linux distribution earlier this year we found its Intel graphics performance to be quite good and slightly faster than other Linux distributions even when Clear was using an older version of Mesa. Now with Clear Linux having switched to Mesa 13, I decided to run some fresh Intel OpenGL benchmarks on it compared to other distributions.

2 December 01:09 PM EST - Operating Systems - 22 Comments
PTS: PHP 7.1 vs. PHP 7.0 vs. HHVM Benchmarks

With today's PHP 7.1 release, performance isn't highlighted as much as language improvements to this first major update to PHP7, but I decided to run some PHP 7.1, PHP 7.0, PHP 5.6, PHP 5.5, and HHVM benchmarks of our open-source Phoronix Test Suite code-base.

2 December 12:37 PM EST - Compiler - PHP 7.1 Performance Benchmarks - 4 Comments

1 December

AMD "DAL" Being Renamed To "DC"

AMD's big display abstraction layer (DAL) code-base that's used by AMDGPU-PRO but not yet mainlined in the Linux kernel for providing HDMI 2.0, future FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync, HDMI/DP audio, and other modern display features is DAL no more.

1 December 03:44 PM EST - AMD - Renaming - 50 Comments
Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro & Linux Don't Mix

Last month I shared that Linux tests of the 2016 MacBook Pro would be coming and now I've finally managed to complete a few, but I highly encourage you not to get the new MacBook Pro if you plan on using anything other than macOS as the experience is a wreck. This is one laptop I don't mind seeing returned!

1 December 02:08 PM EST - Computers - 33 Comments
DRMFS Pseudo File-System Proposed

Intel developers are proposing the introduction of a new pseudo file-system intended as a better fit for Direct Rendering Manager drivers rather than the mix of sysfs/debugfs usage currently used.

1 December 05:59 AM EST - Linux Kernel - DRMFS - 5 Comments

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