FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.2 vs. Ubuntu 15.04/15.10 Benchmarks

It's been a while since last running any BSD vs. Linux benchmarks, so I've started some fresh comparisons using the latest releases of various BSDs and Linux distributions. First up, as for what's completed so far, is using the FreeBSD-based PC-BSD 10.2 compared to Ubuntu 15.04 stable and the latest development release of Ubuntu 15.10.

12 October 01:39 PM EDT - Operating Systems - 7 Comments
NVIDIA 358.09 Beta Prepares For DRM Mode-Setting Interface

The first public beta in NVIDIA's 358 driver series for Linux, BSD, and Solaris is available! Building off the NVIDIA 355 series, the 358 series adds in more pieces of the puzzle for interfacing with DRM/KMS and continues stepping closer to Mir/Wayland support.

12 October 12:15 PM EDT - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 358.09 - 24 Comments
Linux 4.2 vs. 4.3 Kernel Benchmarks On Other Systems

Last week I delivered some Linux 4.3 Git kernel benchmarks on Intel Skylake comparing it to Linux 4.2 stable. However, for those not yet on Intel's latest generation of processors, here are some Linux 4.2 vs. Linux 4.3 benchmarks with older hardware.

12 October 11:43 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Linux 4.3 Kernel Tests - Add A Comment
Libreboot Now Supports The Chromebook C201

There hasn't been much modern hardware supported by Libreboot, the downstream of Coreboot that eliminates all binary blobs to be fully free software, but now the ASUS Chromebook C201 is supported by Libreboot.

12 October 10:44 AM EDT - Coreboot - Libreboot - 4 Comments
DirectFB Turns Up On GitHub

Over the summer I wrote about disappearing with no signs of what happened to the project. Fortunately, while remains M.I.A., the code has appeared on GitHub.

12 October 08:50 AM EDT - Free Software - Still MIA - Add A Comment
Dell Is Going To Buy Out VMware's Parent, EMC

After rumors were swirling last week that Dell was planning to buy EMC, the parent company of VMWare, for $50 billion USD, today that information was firmed up and the purchase price is actually $67 billion -- making it one of the largest tech deals ever.

12 October 08:37 AM EDT - Virtualization - Dell Buying EMC - 5 Comments

11 October

Intel Haswell Graphics Have A Few Gains With Ubuntu 15.10

A Phoronix Premium subscriber inquired this weekend about whether Intel "Haswell" HD Graphics have any performance gains when going from Ubuntu 15.04 to Ubuntu 15.10, now that Haswell has reached a mature state on Linux and most of the Intel Linux developers are busy with Skylake and Broxton.

11 October 04:12 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.10 HSW - Add A Comment

10 October

A Few Worrisome Regressions Appear In Ubuntu 15.04 vs. 15.10 Performance

With Ubuntu 15.10 set to be released later this month, I've started preparing for a variety of Linux performance comparisons involving the Wily Werewolf. This morning I ran some Ubuntu 15.04 vs. 15.10 benchmarks on one of my frequent test beds and it's revealed a few significant changes in some of the benchmarks.

10 October 01:32 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 15.04 vs. 15.10 Benchmarks - 53 Comments
Unigine 2.0 Officially Released With Big Improvements For This Linux-Friendly Engine

While the Unigine engine isn't used by too many games compared to its presence in simulation and other industries, it remains one of my favorite engines for its top-notch Linux support over the years, beautiful OpenGL capabilities, and powering the most demanding Linux graphics tech demos. Today Unigine Corp is excited to announce the release of Unigine 2.0.

10 October 08:40 AM EDT - Gaming - UNIGINE 2 - 7 Comments

9 October

Open-Source Doom 3 Spin Updated With Many New Features

While many initially looked at ioDoom3 as the exciting fork of id Software's id Tech 4 / Doom 3 source-code as it was done by some of the same folks as ioquake3, there sadly hasn't been much to report on in recent times for the project. Fortunately, the independent "dhewm3" is making strides as an open-source Doom 3 project.

9 October 06:05 PM EDT - Gaming - Dhewm3 - 18 Comments
Radeon KMS On PC-BSD/FreeBSD 10.2 Surprisingly Worked On A FirePro+DP System

While open-source AMD Linux users have largely been able to take it for granted for years that the Radeon DRM/KMS driver will at least light up their display when using an older GPU, after the Radeon KMS problems I ran into on DragonFlyBSD, I didn't expect this hardware to play nicely on FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.2. Fortunately, I was proven wrong and this AMD FirePro graphics card driving a DisplayPort monitor managed to run nicely out-of-the-box.

9 October 09:49 AM EDT - BSD - Radeon KMS FreeBSD 10.2 - 18 Comments

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