The Relative Windows vs. Linux Performance For NVIDIA, Intel & AMD

Following the recent Windows vs. Linux AMDGPU-PRO / RadeonSI testing, GTX 1080 Windows vs. Linux results, and yesterday's Intel Windows vs. Linux benchmarks, here is a look at all three sets of numbers when using some OpenBenchmarking.org magic to merge the data-sets and normalize the results.

15 Minutes Ago - Hardware - OpenBenchmarking Analytics - 1 Comment
PowerNex: A Kernel Written In The D Programming Language

We've already seen Redox OS as an operating system and micro-kernel written in the Rust programming language. With just about every newer programming language we've seen ambitious developers take to the lengthy and complicated process of writing a kernel and the start of an OS in their new favorite language. With PowerNex, the D programming language is being used to write an OS kernel.

32 Minutes Ago - Operating Systems - PowerNex - 2 Comments
Vulkan 1.0.18 Adds Queue Operation Terminology

The Khronos Group has continued with their weekly updates to the Vulkan 1.0 documentation, but hopefully we're only one month away from where at SIGGRAPH 2016 we could see major new versions of the Vulkan and OpenGL specifications released.

37 Minutes Ago - Vulkan - Vulkan 1.0.18 - Add A Comment

24 June

Intel Skylake Graphics: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 + Latest Open-Source Driver Code

As part of the celebrations with Phoronix turning 12 years old earlier this month I ran some fun tests looking at the Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux gaming performance with the new NVIDIA Pascal GPUs and also a Windows 10 vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. AMDGPU-PRO comparison on the AMD side. To finish things up, here is a fresh comparison of Intel Skylake HD Graphics under Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04.

24 June 11:37 AM EDT - Operating Systems - 35 Comments
Mesa Needs Some Last Minute Patches For Polaris

Earlier this week there were some last minute AMDGPU DRM kernel patches submitted that were needed for AMD's imminent Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" launch while today some last minute Mesa patches have materialized.

24 June 07:19 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa Polaris - 6 Comments

23 June

22 June

AMDGPU Fixes For Polaris Queuing Up For Linux 4.7

Yesterday I mentioned how the AMDGPU driver needed some important last minute fixes for the soon-to-launch Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" support. Those patches are now pending to be pulled as part of the next round of DRM fixes heading into Linux 4.7.

22 June 03:26 PM EDT - Radeon - Polaris 10 Fixes - 9 Comments
Trying Various OpenGL 4.x Games On Linux With An Intel Skylake Core i5

With the imminent Mesa 12.0 release there is now OpenGL 4.3 compliance for Intel Broadwell graphics hardware and newer, rather than OpenGL 3.3 as was the upper limit in the Intel Mesa driver to this point. Now having OpenGL 4.x support with this open-source Intel driver, I decided to see how various OpenGL 4.x games are running with the Intel driver when using a Skylake CPU sporting HD Graphics 530.

22 June 08:34 AM EDT - Intel - Skylake Graphics - 38 Comments

21 June

FreeBSD Is Trying To Figure Out If Anyone Uses Its VGL Graphics Library

FreeBSD VGL provides a library for accessing graphics modes and carrying out basic drawing operations atop its syscons console driver. Not only is basic graphics output on a virtual console supported by libvgl, but mouse input is too handled. However, not many people seem to be using this library.

21 June 09:47 AM EDT - BSD - FreeBSD VGL - 29 Comments
The Phoronix Office Over The Years

With Phoronix.com having turned 12 years old earlier this month (and Phoronix Test Suite turning 8) plus finishing up my custom build of a butcher-block and steel pipe computer desk, I figured it'd be fun to take a look at my Phoronix office layouts over the years.

21 June 09:15 AM EDT - Hardware - Phoronix Office - 8 Comments
I Am Super Excited About Fedora 24

Fedora 24 is due to be released in a few minutes and I am super excited to see this (belated) release happen! This is yet another exciting release since the changes introduced a few releases ago with Fedora.Next. I do intend to certainly upgrade to this latest release.

21 June 08:45 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 24 - 22 Comments

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