1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org
Support Phoronix
Support Phoronix When Shopping
In addition to supporting our site through our advertisers or by subscribing to Phoronix Premium, another way you can support our Linux hardware and software efforts is by clicking the links below when shopping at your favorite Internet retailers, for which we generate a commission off whatever you purchase. It's that easy, thanks!

Amazon.com
Recent Phoronix Articles
Recent & Popular Phoronix News

Today

AMD OpenCL Performance With AM1 Kabini APUs

For those curious how AMD's AM1 APUs are running with OpenCL workloads given the company's focus on HSA, here's a wide-range of OpenCL benchmarks from the four Athlon and Sempron AM1 APUs currently on the market while running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
18 Minutes Ago - Display Drivers

Intel Haswell Graphics Benchmarks From Linux 3.15

After yesterday delivering some early Linux 3.15 benchmarks using an Intel Core i7 and AMD Radeon graphics, here's some brief and RC1-stage tests looking at Intel "Haswell" HD Graphics 4600 with the new kernel.
4 Hours Ago - Intel - Linux 3.15

16 April

R600 Gallium3D Disables LLVM Back-End By Default

AMD has decided to disable the LLVM compiler back-end by default within the R600 era Gallium3D graphics driver.
9 Hours Ago - AMD - R600g - 8 Comments

Fedora 21 Gets GNOME 3.12, PHP 5.6, Mono 3.4

Following today's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting is another round of fresh features for Fedora 21 that will premiere late into the year.
05:10 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 1 Comment

Mini-Box M350: A Simple, Affordable Mini-ITX Case

If you are looking for a very compact enclosure that can handle a mini-ITX motherboard and up to two 2.5-inch hard drives while measuring in at just 192 x 210 x 62 mm, the Mini-Box M350 might be the performance case for your needs.
03:00 PM EDT - Enclosures - 7 Comments

Fedora Workstation Is Making Me Quite Excited

With the ongoing rework happening within the Fedora camp, there's emerging Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, and Fedora Server "product" working groups. The work happening within Fedora Workstation is quite exciting and rejuvenating the project.
11:05 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora Workstation - 18 Comments

Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop

Collabora has publicly announced this morning Maynard, a new Wayland-based shell that's lightweight and should work great for the Raspberry Pi.
09:20 AM EDT - Wayland - Raspberry Pi - 16 Comments

Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04

Google's open-source Chromium browser is in a bit of a bad shape for this week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
09:00 AM EDT - Google - Chromium - 28 Comments

KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features

Coming out today is one of the last major KDE4 releases before the next-generation KDE stack makes its formal debut. KDE 4.13 does bring some new features worth writing home about.
08:35 AM EDT - KDE - KDE 4.13 - 17 Comments

A Quick Look At GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5

Following my most recent GCC 4.9 benchmarks for the open-source compiler that should be officially released next week, I ran some benchmarks of the GCC compiler results against LLVM's Clang 3.5 compiler in its latest SVN state. Here's the data for those curious how the very latest compiler code is comparing between GCC and LLVM/Clang.
06:00 AM EDT - Software - 9 Comments

Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source

One of the more commonly occurring test requests at Phoronix lately has been about testing the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver with the Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards. Sadly, there's a reason why the R9 290 hardware isn't tested on the open driver much under Linux.
04:43 AM EDT - AMD - Hawaii - 7 Comments

Intel Broadwell GT3 Graphics Have Dual BSD Rings

Based upon recent open-source Intel Linux graphics driver patches, the high-end Intel Broadwell "GT3" graphics core will feature dual BSD rings for video decoding.
01:28 AM EDT - Intel - Video

Early Linux 3.15 Benchmarks Of Intel Core i7 + Radeon

Now that Linux 3.15-rc1 is out, we're onto benchmarking the Linux 3.15 kernel, which brings a particularly large number of exciting changes.
12:03 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Tests - 1 Comment

15 April

Red Hat Releases Its RHEL 7 Release Candidate

Red Hat has released its release candidate today of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
11:46 PM EDT - Red Hat - Enterprise Linux - 2 Comments

New Features Coming To Xubuntu 14.04 LTS

Much of our talk about Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on Phoronix is in regards to the default Unity-based desktop given that it takes the largest share of *buntu users, but for the Xubuntu 14.04 LTS release this week there's several interesting changes for this Xfce spin worth noting.
10:29 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Xfce - 4 Comments

Are AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs Fast Enough For Steam On Linux?

Earlier today the latest installment of our extensive Linux testing of AMD's new Athlon AM1 APUs were shared in the form of RadeonSI vs. Gallium3D benchmarks of the Radeon R3 Graphics found with these new entry-level APUs. Not included with that open-source vs. closed-source driver testing was any Source Engine / Steam Linux game testing due to an XCB DRI3 issue, but this article is devoted to looking at the Catalyst performance for the Sempron 2650, Sempron 3850, Athlon 5150, and Athlon 5350 to see whether any of these APUs can make the cut for a budget Steam Machine.
05:00 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - 20 Comments

NVIDIA Officially Releases CUDA 6

We've been talking about NVIDIA's work on CUDA 6 since last November but today the sixth generation Compute Unified Device Architecture has finally been officially released.
02:28 PM EDT - NVIDIA - CUDA 6 - 4 Comments

Google Releases An AutoFDO Converter For Perf In LLVM

Google has released a port of their GCC AutoFDO utility for LLVM for directing optimizations back into the compiler from the Linux kernel perf support.
02:21 PM EDT - Compiler - AutoFDO

Fedora 21 To Evaluate Remote Journal Logging, 64-bit ARM Emulation

Yesterday on Phoronix we covered 12 new feature proposals for Fedora 21 and following that story yesterday were a handful of new feature proposals for this next major Fedora release.
12:03 PM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 11 Comments

AMD Athlon's R3 Graphics: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst

For the past week now we have been extensively benchmarking AMD's new AM1 APUs with all the current models available to the public: the Sempron 2650 / 3850 and Athlon 5150 / 5350. All of our testing up to this point has been using an updated Linux kernel and Mesa for the open-source Linux graphics driver experience with these APU Radeon R3 Graphics. Today, we're looking at the performance of the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver in multiple configurations compared to the proprietary Catalyst Linux driver.
11:46 AM EDT - Display Drivers - 12 Comments

Star Citizen Will Be Coming To Linux

For those that missed the news from this past weekend at PAX East 2014, a Linux game port of Star Citizen has been officially confirmed.
11:00 AM EDT - Gaming - Star Citizen - 6 Comments

Ubuntu 14.10 Convergence To Focus On Replacing Core Apps

With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due to be shipped this week, Canonical developers are already well at work on formulating their plans for the Ubuntu 14.10 release due out in October. Given Ubuntu's tablet/phone focus and convergence strategy, that will be the big aim of this post-LTS release.
10:32 AM EDT - Ubuntu - Convergence - 32 Comments

EFL/Elementary 1.9.3 & Enlightenment 0.18.7 Released

For those users of Enlightenment out there, there's new stable release updates out today.
10:13 AM EDT - Desktop - Enlightenment - 1 Comment

The Results Of Optimizing Radeon's VRAM Behavior

At the beginning of the year Lauri Kasanen had issued a call for help via Phoronix for collecting Radeon video memory statistics as he was looking to optimize Radeon's vRAM handling for his university thesis. The code and thesis are now available.
09:45 AM EDT - AMD - Radeon - 16 Comments

14 April

Kernel Developers Discuss Improving Kernel Configurations

Jean Delvare, a name commonly associated with the LM_Sensors project while being an employee at SUSE, has raised an important discussion item on the kernel mailing list about improving the kernel configuration (Kconfig) options when building the Linux kernel.
10:20 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Kconfig - 7 Comments

Apple, LLVM Developers Figure Out Their 64-Bit ARM Approach

Two weeks ago Apple open-sourced their 64-bit ARM back-end to LLVM. Following last week's EuroLLVM meeting, they have decided that the community's existing open-source 64-bit ARM back-end will likely be merged into Apple's now-public back-end.
09:33 PM EDT - Compiler - AArch64

Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon & Sempron APUs

With the initial Linux tests of the AMD Athlon 5150 / 5350 & Sempron 2650 / 3850 out of the way, I ran some basic overclocking tests on all four of these week-old AM1 APUs.
04:00 PM EDT - Processors - 15 Comments

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Maxwell GPUs Light Up On Linux 3.15

With the Linux 3.15 kernel is initial open-source support for NVIDIA's Maxwell GPUs. I've tested the Linux 3.15-rc1 code today for the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 "GM107" graphics cards.
02:47 PM EDT - Nouveau - Maxwell - 1 Comment

PlaneShift Open-Source 3D RPG Gets Enhanced

The PlaneShift role playing game, which is open-source on both the client and server ends, is out with version 0.6.1 that represents a few months of improvements.
01:25 PM EDT - Gaming - PlaneShift - 7 Comments

It Doesn't Look Like AMD Mantle Is Coming To Linux, SteamOS

A few days ago when word got out that Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming out for Linux, many speculated and wondered whether this game would be the launch title for AMD's Mantle graphics API to be introduced on Linux. It's already been confirmed that Beyond Earth will feature a Mantle renderer to complement OpenGL, but will AMD's Catalyst Linux driver bring support for Mantle?
12:18 PM EDT - Gaming - Mantle - 24 Comments

Cinnamon 2.2 Desktop Supports HiDPI, GTK CSD Support

The Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop project has graduated to version 2.2 and it's a very large update for this GNOME3-forked environment.
11:49 AM EDT - Desktop - Cinnamon - 25 Comments

Mono Brings C# To The PlayStation 4

For those wanting to work on console games in C#, Mono's PlayStation 4 support work appears to be progressing well.
11:36 AM EDT - Free Software - Mono - 11 Comments

GCC 4.9 Compiler Optimization Benchmarks For Faster Binaries

For those curious about the impact of modern compiler tuning CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS when using the GCC 4.9 compiler with an Intel Core i7 "Haswell" processor, here are many benchmarks of many C/C++ code-bases when testing a variety of compiler optimization levels and other flags.
11:16 AM EDT - Software - 21 Comments

Debian's Project Leader Was Re-Elected

The Debian Project Leader elections are over for the year.
10:49 AM EDT - Debian - Elections - 2 Comments

Fedora 21 Gets Proposals For Many More Features

It's certainly looking like Fedora 21 will premiere with a massive amount of features, perhaps the most ever. Fedora 21 already has a ton of features but another large batch of proposals have been submitted for this next major Linux distribution release due out at the end of 2014.
09:47 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 21 - 6 Comments

13 April

X.Org Server 1.14.6 & X.Org Server 1.15.1 Released

There's stable release updates out this Sunday evening for the X.Org Server.
11:32 PM EDT - X.Org - X.Org Updates

Linux 3.15-rc1 Was Just Released & It's Real Big

The first release candidate to the Linux 3.15 kernel is now available and it marks the close of the kernel merge window for about two months. Linux 3.15 is poised to be a very exciting kernel release.
07:20 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.15 - 9 Comments

AMD Athlon 5350 / 5150 & Sempron 3850 / 2650

It's been a busy past few days since AMD launched their "AM1" Socketed Kabini APUs. After the initial Athlon 5350 Linux review on launch-day, I did some tests involving a faster kernel and newer Mesa code along with some reference DDR3 memory scaling benchmarks for these APUs with Jaguar processor cores. Since then the Athlon 5150 and Sempron 3850/2650 APUs arrived. After a busy weekend of benchmarking, here's the initial Ubuntu Linux benchmarks of all four AMD AM1 APUs that are available at this time: the Sempron 2650, Sempron 3850, Athlon 5150, and Athlon 5350. With these four new AMD APUs are also a number of thermal and power consumption tests.
02:30 PM EDT - Processors - 31 Comments

Pass 1.5 Open-Source Password Manager Released

Version 1.5 of pass, the aptly named Unix standard password manager, has been released after about eighteen months of development.
01:39 PM EDT - Free Software - Password - 4 Comments

Linux Benchmarks Of Many Lightweight Window Managers

An individual has been doing a lot of benchmarks recently from various lightweight window managers ranging from Openbox to Fvwm2 to Fluxbox with Compton and Awesome and Cairo-compmgr.
11:56 AM EDT - Desktop - Window Managers - 3 Comments

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Is Coming To Linux

Sid Meier's next major game release in the Civilization franchise will see a native Linux game port.
11:10 AM EDT - Gaming - Civilization: Beyond Earth - 18 Comments

Link-Time Optimizing Improved, But Still Takes A While On GCC 4.9

The GCC 4.9 compiler that's about to be released has many improvements, including in the area of LTO (Link-Time Optimizations), but you must still have a fair amount of patience to compile with LTO support.
10:58 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 4.9 - 11 Comments

Fracture: Another Open-Source Decompiler Project

Fracture is another open-source project aiming to offer users/developers the ability to decompile binaries back into an intermediate form.
09:38 AM EDT - Compiler - Decompiler - 2 Comments

GStreamer 1.4 Will Make OpenGL A First-Class Citizen

The GStreamer 1.4 release that will happen in a few weeks time is officially making OpenGL a "first class citizen" and can be used by all platforms / operating systems supporting this open-source multimedia framework.
09:00 AM EDT - GNOME - GStreamer - 1 Comment

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money

While GNOME has been riding high lately with driving the development of its Wayland-based compositor and being the first major desktop getting there natively for most of its applications, and the overall work on the recent GNOME 3.12 release being fairly exciting, on the foundation side they are running into a budget shortfall and funds are becoming very tight within the GNOME Foundation.
08:43 AM EDT - GNOME - GNOME Foundation - 130 Comments

12 April

Linux 3.15 Can Almost Be Compiled Under LLVM's Clang

A few hours ago I wrote about the most interesting features for the Linux 3.15 kernel from my perspective as it didn't look like anything else interesting would be introduced this late in the merge window before the imminent 3.15-rc1. However, this time I've been happily proven wrong with Clang patches being added to the Linux 3.15 kernel.
10:27 PM EDT - Compiler - LLVMLinux - 24 Comments

The Linux 3.15 Kernel Is Going To Have A Lot Of Great Features

There's likely just a day or two left before the Linux 3.15-rc1 kernel will be released to mark the end of the Linux 3.15 kernel merge window. With all of the major features appearing to have been merged by now, here's an overview of the exciting features to look forward to with the Linux 3.15 release.
06:00 PM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 3.15

DDR3 Memory Scaling Performance With AMD's Athlon 5350

Our latest benchmarks of AMD's AM1 Platform this weekend is looking at the performance impact of the DDR3 memory frequency on the overall system performance while running Ubuntu Linux. The AMD Athlon 5350 APU was tested with DDR3 at 800MHz, 1066MHz, 1333MHz, and 1600MHz (the maximum for these current socketed Kabini APUs).
01:00 PM EDT - Memory - 43 Comments

GNOME Aims To Get Mutter-Wayland Running With LLVMpipe

There's a set of new Mesa patches for turning Mesa's swrast driver into supporting DRI2 with GBM/DRM support in order to support running GNOME's Mutter-Wayland compositor on a software-based graphics stack within virtual machines.
10:51 AM EDT - Wayland - Testing

Slides From The 2014 European LLVM Conference

The annual European LLVM Conference happened this past week in Edinburgh, Scotland. Slides and other media from the LLVM compiler infrastructure presentation are now available.
10:25 AM EDT - Compiler - LLVM

Running GCC 4.9 On AMD's AM1 Kabini With Jaguar Cores

Using the AMD Athlon 5350 AM1 APU with its four "Jaguar" cores operating at 2.05GHz, I ran some benchmarks from Ubuntu 14.04 Linux comparing the performance of binaries compiled under GCC 4.8.2 and this week's GCC 4.9.0 RC1. Is GCC 4.9 better able to exploit the potential out of AMD's Jaguar microarchitecture? Let's see.
09:16 AM EDT - Compiler - GCC 4.9.0 - 8 Comments

Linux 3.15 Can Resume From Suspend 7~12x Faster

Early on in the Linux 3.15 merge window there were improvements to significantly speed-up suspend and resume for systems, but now there's another late merge of a patch that has the capability of speeding up the resume time from suspend by 7~12x for at least some laptop/desktop systems.
08:17 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Suspend And Resume - 17 Comments

GNOME's EasyTAG 2.2 Supports GTK3+ By Default & New Features

The GNOME EasyTAG application is a simple, open-source way for editing audio tags within popular audio file formats. The much-revamped EasyTAG 2.2.0 is now available.
04:01 AM EDT - GNOME - EasyTAG - 6 Comments

LLVM 3.4.1 Is Now Ready For Testing

Point releases to the LLVM compiler infrastructure are finally becoming a reality with the LLVM 3.4.1 release being just days away.
01:49 AM EDT - Compiler - LLVM 3.4.1 - 2 Comments

Btrfs Gets A Few More Linux 3.15 Changes

For the Linux 3.15 kernel were already a lot of Btrfs bug and performance fixes, but now late into the 3.15 merge window have been some more fixes.
12:05 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Btrfs - 5 Comments

RSS Feed | Articles & Reviews | News Archives