Budgie Desktop To Begin Decoupling From GNOME, Will Use Qt

The Solus desktop environment has delivered innovations on a number of fronts, including its work on the Budgie desktop that has a growing following. While Budgie Desktop started off as being based upon GNOME, now the developers are working to decouple from GNOME and begin making use of the Qt tool-kit.

6 Minutes Ago - Desktop - Budgie Desktop 11 - Add A Comment
Timothy Arceri To Tackle RadeonSI OpenGL Shader Caching

Timothy Arceri of Collabora is close to finally merging the massive OpenGL on-disk shader cache. A majority of that work is for common Mesa but for the initial work it's just been wired into Intel's i965 Mesa driver. But, fortunately, this Collabora developer is planning to wire up the GLSL shader cache for benefiting the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

4 Hours Ago - Mesa - RadeonSI - 5 Comments
GCC 7.0 Lands The BRIG Frontend For AMD's HSA

GCC 7 moved on to only bug/documentation fixes but an exception was granted to allow the BRIG front-end to land for AMD's HSA support in this year's GNU Compiler Collection update. As of this morning, the BRIG front-end has merged.

11 Hours Ago - Compiler - BRIG Front-End - 4 Comments
Netdata 1.5 Released With FreeBSD Support, New Plugins

Netdata, for the uninitiated, is a distributed real-time performance and health monitoring suite. Netdata can be used for monitoring server performance/health as well as VMs, IoT devices, and more in a "fast and efficient" manner. Netdata 1.5 has been released as a big update to this open-source tool.

15 Hours Ago - Free Software - netdata 1.5 - 1 Comment
Watch David Airlie Talk About Vulkan & RADV From LCA2017

Last week at Linux.Conf.Au 2017 was a presentation by David Airlie, the Linux kernel DRM subsystem maintainer, Red Hat developer, and RADV Vulkan driver developer, among other hats. At this year's Linux conference in Australia he gave a nice presentation on Vulkan and the RADV driver work.

21 Hours Ago - Vulkan - Linux.Conf.Au - 10 Comments

23 January

300+ OpenCL ArrayFire Benchmarks On 13 NVIDIA GPUs

With there now being an ArrayFire test profile for the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org, it was a breeze to test 13 different NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on the 300+ ArrayFire OpenCL GPU compute tests.

23 January 03:39 PM EST - NVIDIA - OpenCL Benchmarks - 3 Comments
NVIDIA 378.09 Linux Driver Benchmark Tests On A GeForce GTX 1080

Last week marked the debut of the NVIDIA 378.09 Linux driver beta. While the release notes didn't mention any widespread performance improvements, an individual or two at least in the forums seemed to think it did and have already been inquiring why I wasn't yet using this new (beta) driver in my Linux benchmarks. Anyhow, here are some 375 vs. 378 Linux driver tests.

23 January 03:05 PM EST - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 378.09 - 4 Comments
Intel Core i3 7100 Kabylake Linux Benchmarks

Last week I began delivering Linux Kabylake benchmarks with the Core i5 7600K while this week I finally am set to receive the Core i7 7700K. But for those curious how Kabylake is looking on the low-end, I picked up a Core i3 7100 as currently the cheapest Kabylake desktop processor. Here are some initial Linux benchmarks of this Core i3 processor on Ubuntu Linux.

23 January 10:30 AM EST - Processors - 12 Comments
Wine-Staging 2.0-RC6 Brings More D3D11 Patches

Wine 2.0-RC6 was released on Friday as likely what's the final release candidate ahead of the stable Wine 2.0.0 debut. Shipping today is the Wine-Staging update re-based off this latest development release while also pulling in some new patches.

23 January 06:10 AM EST - WINE - Direct3D 11 - 5 Comments

22 January

Nouveau Maxwell: Mesa 17.0 + Linux 4.10 vs. NVIDIA's Linux Driver

Recently on Phoronix we've tested the re-clocking and boost support in Nouveau with the Linux 4.10 kernel and separately landing in Mesa 17.0 Git was the big Maxwell performance boost for Nouveau Gallium3D. That Gallium3D driver work improves the Maxwell open-source performance by "1.5x to 3.5x" via instruction pipelining improvements. With those latest improvements in the kernel and Mesa, how does Nouveau now compare to NVIDIA's binary Linux driver?

22 January 09:10 AM EST - Display Drivers - 34 Comments
It's Been Over One Month Since The Last Vulkan 1.0 Update

Vulkan 1.0.38 was released on 16 December and there has yet to be any other Vulkan-Docs update since then, which is strange when considering there were 38 point releases to Vulkan 1.0 in less than one year that the API specification has been public. There generally has been point releases every week or two for advancing this high-performance graphics API.

22 January 08:19 AM EST - Vulkan - Vulkan 1.0.Next? - 11 Comments

21 January

Solus Linux Working On A Flatpak-Based, Optimized Steam Runtime

The Solus Linux developers have been working on their "Linux Steam Integration" for Steam and improvements around the Steam runtime, with this being one of the distributions interested in good Linux performance and making use of some Clear Linux optimizations, while their next step is looking at Flatpak-packaging up of libraries needed by the Steam runtime to fork a Flatpak-happy Linux gaming setup.

21 January 07:47 AM EST - Operating Systems - Solus Steam - 28 Comments

20 January

ARB_transform_feedback_overflow_query For Intel's Mesa Driver

Intel's Mesa driver is at OpenGL 4.5 compliance but there are many extensions still left to be implemented that haven't appeared in a formal OpenGL specification. One of those extensions now being implemented is ARB_transform_feedback_overflow_query.

20 January 01:01 PM EST - Mesa - Transform Feedback Overflow Query - 4 Comments
Intel Kabylake: Windows 10 vs. Linux OpenGL Performance

For those curious about the current Kabylake graphics performance between Windows 10 and Linux, here are some OpenGL benchmark results under each operating system. Windows 10 Pro x64 was tested and the Linux distributions for comparison were Ubuntu 16.10, Clear Linux, Antergos, Fedora 25 Xfce, and openSUSE Tumbleweed.

20 January 10:35 AM EST - Operating Systems - 20 Comments
GNOME 3.23.4 Released

The latest development release is now available of the work leading up to the GNOME 3.24 desktop in March.

20 January 06:14 AM EST - GNOME - GNOME 3.23.4 - 8 Comments

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