Fresh RadeonSI Mesa Git Gaming Benchmarks On 7 Linux Desktops

When posting last week our Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Radeon benchmarks and Windows vs. Linux NVIDIA Pascal benchmarks and then the Windows vs. Linux relative performance analysis, as usual, it didn't take long for some to argue that the Linux gaming performance is actually faster but "Unity 7 is slower" and the similar FUD that is usually waged whenever looking at cross-platform performance.

78 Minutes Ago - Processors - 5 Comments
Fuzzing Mesa Drivers Begin To Uncover Bugs

Last December we wrote about work being done on fuzzing OpenGL shaders leading to wild differences with the work being done at the Imperial College London. While they were testing other drivers on different operating systems, they have now fired up tests of Mesa.

3 Hours Ago - Mesa - Intel Mesa Fuzzing - 4 Comments
Trying Nouveau With HITMAN On Linux Doesn't Get Too Far

Chances are if you are using a NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and planning to game on Linux you are using NVIDIA's official Linux driver, but in case you are trying to use the free software Nouveau driver stack, I tried running Feral's recent HITMAN game release with this open-source NVIDIA driver.

3 Hours Ago - Nouveau - Nouveau HITMAN - 3 Comments

23 February

22 February

GLSL/TGSI On-Disk Shader Cache Lands In Mesa For R600g/RadeonSI

Timothy Arceri who has been working on the Mesa on-disk shader cache for months and most recently began working for Valve on the AMD Linux driver stack has landed support in Mesa 17.1-devel for the GLSL/TGSI on-disk shader cache for the R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers.

22 February 05:23 PM EST - AMD - Shader Cache Lands - 37 Comments
Radeon vs. NVIDIA Performance For HITMAN On Linux With 17 GPUs

Last week Feral Interactive released the much anticipated Linux port of HITMAN, which debuted for Windows last year. Now that there's benchmark support for HITMAN on Linux, I have been running a number of tests for this game that's powered by the Glacier Engine and making use of OpenGL for rendering on Linux. In this article are our initial AMD Radeon performance figures making use of the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver compared to NVIDIA's driver and the assortment of GeForce results published yesterday.

22 February 01:28 PM EST - Linux Gaming - 20 Comments
The Vulkan Differences Between AMDGPU-PRO, RADV & SteamVR's RADV Drivers

With Valve having published a binary-only RADV Radeon Vulkan driver build for their beta of SteamVR on Linux, I did some poking out of curiosity to see the differences to the mainline RADV driver in Mesa. Out of curiosity I also did a comparison to see how the Vulkan capabilities compare to the proprietary AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan driver.

22 February 10:46 AM EST - Vulkan - Vulkan Driver Capabilities - 17 Comments
X.Org Weighed Moving Their Annual XDC Conference Out Of The US

XDC 2017, the annual X.Org Developers' Conference, was announced last year for happening in Mountain View, California and hosted by Google but given the current US political climate, the X.Org Foundation was questioning whether to move the event outside of the United States.

22 February 08:19 AM EST - X.Org - X.Org Developers Conference - 29 Comments

21 February

HITMAN Linux Benchmarks On 12 NVIDIA GPUs

Last week Feral Interactive released the much anticipated port of HITMAN for Linux. While at first it didn't look like this Linux game port would work out for our benchmarking requirements, thanks to Feral it does indeed work for another interesting Linux gaming test perspective. For our initial HITMAN Linux benchmarks are tests from 12 NVIDIA GeForce GPUs while our Radeon tests will come tomorrow.

21 February 09:45 PM EST - Linux Gaming - 10 Comments

20 February

Fedora 27 Aiming To Drop Out Alpha Releases

In a similar effort to Ubuntu itself not issuing alpha/beta releases the past few years as they focused on the quality of their daily ISOs instead, Fedora developers have been discussing a similar maneuver of beginning to drop alpha releases from their schedule.

20 February 07:43 PM EST - Fedora - Fedora 27 No Alphas - 13 Comments
NetBSD Accomplishes Reproducible Builds

A lot of Linux distributions have been focusing on reproducible builds support in the past few years -- ensuring individuals can rebuild a bit-for-bit replica of the original source code. NetBSD has now accomplished their operating system can be built in a reproducible build fashion.

20 February 04:11 PM EST - BSD - NetBSD Reproducible Builds - 7 Comments

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