11-Way GPU Benchmarks For Linux Puzzle Gamers

While first person shooter games tend to dominate the Linux gaming landscape, if you are curious about some numbers for a puzzle video game like Talos Principle, here are some fresh benchmark results for a slew of different GeForce graphics cards on the latest Linux driver.

1 Minute Ago - Gaming - GeForce Results - Add A Comment
2016 Wayland Experiences: GNOME: Perfect, KDE: Bad, Enlightenment: Good

Developer Pavlo Rudyi has written a blog post about his experiences with the different desktop environments currently supporting Wayland. The results aren't a big surprise, but nevertheless it's great to see the continued interest in Wayland and the ongoing work by many different parties in ensuring Wayland will be able to dominate the Linux desktop.

2 Hours Ago - Wayland - 2016 Wayland - 9 Comments
The Debian For Android Maru Project Is Being Open-Sourced

Last week we wrote about MaruOS as the project that provides an independent Debian desktop for your smartphone. Since then there has been an overwhelming response to the project and the lone developer working on this "Debian For Android" project has decided to open-source the code for accelerating the project.

7 Hours Ago - Debian - Maru OS - 6 Comments
Benchmarks Of The ODROID-C2 64-Bit ARM Development Board

Earlier this month Hardkernel announced the ODROID-C2 as a 64-bit ARM development board that would begin shipping in March. Fortunately, you don't need to wait until next month to find out how this $40 USD 64-bit ARM development board is performing: here are some benchmarks.

7 Hours Ago - Hardware - ODROID-C2 - 3 Comments
AMD's Massive New DAL Display Driver Is Facing An Uphill Battle

We weren't the only ones surprised by the massive size of the new AMDGPU DAL display driver. Weighing in at 93k lines of code, upstream Linux graphics developers outside of AMD are also stunned by the size of this code-base for handling display-related functionality with the AMDGPU driver for Tonga / Carrizo / Fiji.

8 Hours Ago - AMD - DAL Driver - 23 Comments

11 February

Some Fresh Radeon EXA/GLAMOR 2D Acceleration Benchmarks

It's been a while since last publishing any 2D-focused benchmarks since overall the state of Linux 2D acceleration architectures like GLAMOR and Intel's SNA have become good enough that it's no longer a frequent concern by desktop users. However, as some recently have been inquiring about updated numbers, I ran some fresh Linux 2D benchmarks on different Radeon GPUs using the open-source driver stack.

11 February 03:04 PM EST - AMD - 2D Linux Acceleration - 12 Comments
There Is One Week To Go To The Vulkan Webinar

Just as a friendly reminder, there is one week to go until the Vulkan Webinar that was announced a few days ago. Vulkan is the next-generation graphics API being developed by a working group at Khronos; while it is cross-platform, it's what has many Linux gamers/enthusiasts super excited for the year ahead. Sign up now to learn more about the latest Vulkan progress from this free webinar.

11 February 01:32 PM EST - Vulkan - Vulkan Webinar - 8 Comments
Radeon Gallium3D OpenGL Performance From Fedora 18 To Fedora 23

For those curious how the open-source Radeon Gallium3D driver has evolved over the past three years, I benchmarked every release from Fedora 18 through Fedora 23 on the same system while looking at the OpenGL Linux performance with an AMD Cypress GPU. Here is a look at the open-source Radeon driver performance evolution on Fedora Linux.

11 February 08:30 AM EST - Operating Systems - 6 Comments

10 February

Wine-Staging 1.9.3 Brings Improvements For Old Games, Even 16-Bit Apps

It has been quite a while since last having any Wine-Staging release to talk about, but nothing has stopped and simply was due to the project not having the time for putting out release notes. Wine-Staging continues to ride off upstream Wine while adding in over one hundred experimental patches for testing.'

10 February 01:05 PM EST - WINE - Wine-Staging 1.9.3 - 8 Comments

9 February

Finding The Perfect PC Components For Your Favorite Game Or Workload

With the latest code push today on OpenBenchmarking.org has been one of the most sought after features of making it easier to find the best graphics card for your favorite game, the optimal processor for your computational tasks, and other workloads measured via our open-source, cross-platform benchmarking software.

9 February 04:07 PM EST - Phoronix - OpenBenchmarking.org Showdown - 26 Comments
Wayland Network Transparency Patches Published

For the longest time, when bringing up Wayland a recurring question was "what about network transparency?!" Well, Samsung's Derek Foreman has today published the set of Wayland patches for providing Wayland network traparency by pushing the Wayland protocol over TCP/IP.

9 February 12:35 PM EST - Wayland - Wayland Network Transparency - 17 Comments
The GTX 750 Series Still Has Lots Of Problems With Nouveau

While all routine Phoronix readers should be well aware of the fact that there still isn't any open-source accelerated support for the GTX 900 "Maxwell" graphics cards yet as the Nouveau developers are blocked on waiting signed firmware from NVIDIA, the GTX 750 series does have some basic support as the original Maxwell GPUs. Here is a look at using this unofficial open-source driver on a GTX 750 with the Linux 4.5 kernel and Mesa 11.2-devel.

9 February 11:09 AM EST - Nouveau - Problems! - 3 Comments

8 February

Writing Code For Radeon's HCC Compiler

As part of the GPUOpen initiative that AMD launched last month is an introduction to the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler (HCC) for writing code to take advantage of AMD's new LLVM-based compiler for offloading the work to the GPU.

8 February 02:11 PM EST - AMD - Heterogeneous Compute Compiler - Add A Comment
For $3100 USD You Can Have A Fast, Fully-Free-Software Workstation

Last week I brought up the Talos Secure Workstation as a $3100 USD system that's fully free and open down to the firmware and with an open-source friendly processor design while being high performance. Since then, I've had access to test out the hardware making up this POWER8-powered system to see how fast a fully-open system can be. Here is more information on the proposed Talos Workstation along with a few early Linux benchmarks.

8 February 10:50 AM EST - Computers - 35 Comments
Linux.Conf.Au 2016 Videos Now Online

Linux.Conf.Au 2016 ran last week from 1 to 5 February in Geelong, Australia. If you weren't able to go to this annual Linux conference down under, the videos from all of the presentations have now been uploaded.

8 February 07:46 AM EST - Linux Events - LCA 2016 Videos - 3 Comments
The Improvements To GNOME's Nautilus 3.20 FIle Manager

With the UI freeze being imminent for GNOME 3.20, we will soon have a good idea for how this desktop environment update due out next month will look. To get started, here's a look at the Nautilus 3.20 file manager changes for this six-month GNOME update.

8 February 07:28 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME 3.20 - 30 Comments

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