More Benchmarks Of The Latest Ubuntu 17.04 vs. Clear Linux

Last week I posted Benchmarks Of Ubuntu 17.04 Beta vs. Antergos, Clear Linux, openSUSE Tumbleweed. Those results were interesting and as usual Clear Linux had led many of the benchmarks due to Intel's investments into highly optimizing this Linux distribution for the maximum out-of-the-box performance. For curiosity sake, I ran some fresh benchmarks of Ubuntu 17.04 daily vs. Clear Linux on another test system and have those results to share.

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28 February

14-Way Intel/AMD Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.04 + Linux 4.10

In preparation for Ryzen tests coming up in the near future, I've been running some fresh benchmarks across a range of Intel and AMD x86_64 Linux systems. For those curious about the current performance of Ubuntu 17.04 daily with the Linux 4.10 kernel, here are benchmarks from 14 of the systems.

28 February 05:19 PM EST - Computers - 14 Comments
FBDEV Is Still Chugging Along With Linux 4.11

It's going on five years since there was the call for deprecating FBDEV within the mainline Linux kernel and various ongoing efforts to get more drivers to making use of the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) rather than FBDEV. But with Linux 4.11, FBDEV still remains in place.

28 February 06:33 AM EST - Hardware - FBDEV - 8 Comments

27 February

The Changes So Far For The Linux 4.11 Kernel

We are now through week one of two for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window. I've already written a number of news posts this past week covering features I find interesting for Linux 4.11. If you are short on time and behind in your Phoronix reading, here's a quick overview of the material so far for this next major kernel bump.

27 February 10:34 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.11 - 3 Comments

26 February

AMD's Ryzen Will Really Like A Newer Linux Kernel

AMD's Ryzen CPU is finally shipping in a few days! If you are planning to be an early adopter of AMD Ryzen processors, you will really want to be running a newer Linux kernel release for proper support and performance.

26 February 08:57 PM EST - AMD - Ryzen - 73 Comments
GNU Linux-Libre 4.10: GPU Drivers Remain The Most Frequent Offenders

The GNU Linux-libre 4.10 kernel was released last weekend just after the official Linux 4.10 kernel release while I hadn't noticed the de-blobbed kernel release until today. The Linux-libre folks continue to criticize the open-source GPU DRM drivers as being offenders for using binary blob firmware/microcode.

26 February 05:55 PM EST - GNU - GNU Linux-Libre 4.10 - 19 Comments
Trying The SteamVR Beta On Linux Feels More Like An Early Alpha

This past week Valve brought SteamVR on Linux into public beta. With watching the constant hype around VR on Windows, I was quite excited to finally give VR a try with having lined up an HTC Vive for testing and currently Oculus or others not offering current Linux support. I was thinking that I would have some large GPU/driver comparisons and such completed this weekend, but once actually setting up the hardware and software, I realized that wasn't going to be feasible in such short time. So for those interested in the Linux VR space, here are some of my first impressions and why I would consider the current SteamVR more like an alpha release than beta, just yet another struggle Linux gamers face, and another obstacle to overcome if Linux is to be a more serious competitor to Windows in the gaming space.

26 February 10:48 AM EST - Linux Gaming - 23 Comments
Linux From Scratch 8.0 Released

It's been a while since hearing anything out of the Linux From Scratch (LFS) camp, but this weekend they announced the release of LFS 8.0 as well as Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 8.0.

26 February 08:39 AM EST - Operating Systems - Linux From Scratch 8.0 - 11 Comments
The New Features Of LLVM 4.0 & Clang 4.0

LLVM/Clang 4.0 are running a few days behind schedule but should be released in the very near future. With that said, here's our usual look at the new features of this next compiler infrastructure and C/C++ compiler front-end updates.

26 February 08:22 AM EST - Compiler - LLVM Clang 4.0 - Add A Comment

25 February

A Soft Implementation Of ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 Is Slowly Being Tackled For Mesa

Last year there was a Google Summer of Code student working on a library to implement double-precision operations (FP64) in pure GLSL 1.30 as a benefit to older GPUs not having native FP64 capabilities. While that work didn't materialize as a solution in 2017 for those wanting "soft" ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 for being able to potentially expose OpenGL 4.0 on more R600g era GPUs, the work is ongoing.

25 February 01:08 PM EST - Mesa - GL_ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 - 12 Comments
UKSM Is Still Around For Data Deduplication Of The Linux Kernel

Several years back we wrote about Ultra Kernel Samepage Merging (UKSM) for data de-duplication within the Linux kernel for transparently scanning all application memory and de-duping it where possible. While the original developer is no longer active, a new developer has been maintaining the work and continues to support it on the latest Linux kernel releases.

25 February 10:50 AM EST - Free Software - Ultra Kernel Samepage Merging - 22 Comments

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