AMDGPU, Dota 2 Vulkan, NVIDIA Pascal Were Wowing Linux Users

What a very fun month with Valve releasing Vulkan support for Dota 2, many AMDGPU improvements, Radeon / Nouveau / Intel Mesa drivers getting OpenGL 4.3, other Mesa improvements, Linux 4.7 is shaping up great, the announcement of NVIDIA's crazy fast GeForce GTX 1070/1080 "Pascal" cards, and then tonight still we have some exciting AMD announcements on tap from Computex.

3 Hours Ago - Phoronix - May 2016 - 2 Comments
AMD May Sell Its Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" For Just $199 USD

Just hours to go until AMD's Computex live-stream, details are being leaked out about what's expected. From what we're hearing so far, AMD is going to undercut their prices of Polaris 10 hugely: the Radeon RX 480 is said to be priced retail at $199 USD and will compete with the likes of a GeForce GTX 970~980.

4 Hours Ago - AMD - Radeon RX 480 - 16 Comments
Wine-Staging 1.9.11 Begins Looking Towards DOOM On Linux

Spun from last week's Wine 1.9.11 release is the new Wine-Staging version that re-bases many existing experimental patches (such as the D3D command-stream multi-threading work) plus adds in some new patches that aren't yet ready to be mainlined in Wine.

6 Hours Ago - WINE - Wine-Staging - 10 Comments
LLVM Looks At Moving From SVN To Git Via GitHub

While there have been Git mirrors available of LLVM and its sub-projects (including Clang) for some time, this open-source compiler infrastructure project has relied upon SVN as its cental development repository. The LLVM project is now looking at finally transitioning to Git for development and quite likely utilizing GitHub for hosting.

7 Hours Ago - Compiler - LLVM Git - 2 Comments
AMD Releases CodeXL 2.1 With Vulkan Support

AMD's GPUOpen initiative announced a new major release to their CodeXL tool suite for debugging and profiling of CPU/GPU/APUs. One of the big additions to this CodeXL 2.1 release is Vulkan support.

31 May 12:26 PM EDT - Vulkan - CodeXL 2.1 - 5 Comments
OwnCloud Forms A Foundation

While we don't yet know the exact cause of the exodus happening at ownCloud Inc recently, there is a seemingly-related announcement that today the company has setup the ownCloud Foundation.

31 May 11:28 AM EDT - Free Software - OwnCloud Foundation - 7 Comments
The 12 Big New Features Of Mesa 12.0

With Mesa 12 now having been branched with plans to release next month, the code is under a feature freeze as developers turn to fixing bugs ahead of this stable release. With no more major features planned, here's an overview of the new features for Mesa 12.0.

31 May 07:39 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 12.0 - 6 Comments

30 May

Fresh 10-Way GeForce Linux Benchmarks With The NVIDIA 367.18 Driver

In prepping for our forthcoming GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Linux benchmarking, I've been running fresh rounds of benchmarks on my large assortment of GPUs, beginning with the GeForce hardware supported by the NVIDIA 367.18 beta driver. Here are the first of those benchmarks with the ten Maxwell/Kepler GPUs I've tested thus far.

30 May 10:08 PM EDT - NVIDIA - 10-Way NVIDIA Linux Comparison - 9 Comments
The Next Mesa Version Is Turning Into A Monstrous Release

With the main Mesa drivers (Intel, RadeonSI, NVC0) jumping ahead to OpenGL 4.3 and mostly done with OpenGL 4.4/4.5, plus Intel adding their Vulkan driver, and many other improvements over the past three months, the next stable release of Mesa is going to be massive.

30 May 11:30 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa Summer - 29 Comments
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 NVM Express SSD

The latest piece of hardware I've been playing around with at Phoronix is Samsung's V-NAND SSD 950 PRO M.2 NVM Express SSD. Assuming you are running a modern Linux distribution, this M.2 PCI-E NVMe SSD can offer blazing fast performance.

30 May 11:10 AM EDT - Storage - 21 Comments

29 May

Linux 4.7 Brings A Plethora Of New Features

After a very exciting past two weeks, the merge window for Linux 4.7 is expected to close today. This was an action-packed merge window with a ton of new code being introduced. While I've already written dozens of posts on Phoronix about the changes that got me excited, here's my usual kernel feature overview. Here's a look at what's coming for Linux 4.7.

29 May 08:00 AM EDT - Software - 5 Comments

28 May

More Sound Updates Playing For Linux 4.7

Last week Takashi Iwai of SUSE sent in the main audio/sound changes for the Linux 4.7 kernel but with the 4.7 merge window not being quite over yet, he's sent in a second helping of sound driver updates.

28 May 08:10 AM EDT - Hardware - Linux 4.7 Sound - Add A Comment

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