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.

2 Hours Ago - Mesa - Mesa Summer - 12 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.

3 Hours Ago - Storage - 4 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 - 4 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

27 May

12-Way NVIDIA GeForce Comparison For F1 2015 On Linux

While the F1 2015 Formula One racing game was released for Windows last year, only yesterday was the Linux port released by Feral Interactive. Given the high requirements for F1 2015 on Linux with this OpenGL port, I decided to test this racing game on a range of NVIDIA graphics cards under Ubuntu Linux. Yep, only NVIDIA tests this round as the game doesn't work yet with the AMD Linux drivers.

27 May 03:00 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - 8 Comments
Wine 1.9.11 Has Direct3D 11 Improvements

Out now is Wine 1.9.11 and its release has improvements in its Direct3D 11 support, but still it doesn't appear that Wine is ready yet for handling all the latest D3D11 AAA games.

27 May 11:07 AM EDT - WINE - Wine 1.9.11 - 16 Comments
X.Org's Indirect GLX State Is Frightening Researchers

Researchers and scientists appear up in arms this week over the state of Indirect GLX (IGLX) in the X.Org Server and the potential they'd lose the remote OpenGL rendering support they've been accustomed to using for seeing visualizations from clusters / super-computers on their workstations.

27 May 08:12 AM EDT - X.Org - Xorg IGLX - 30 Comments
VIA OpenChrome Driver Has A Roadmap, But Only One Developer

The OpenChrome project has long aspired to having a mainline DRM/KMS driver but that original developer since left. These days OpenChrome is down to basically one developer left working on this open-source driver for VIA x86 graphics hardware.

27 May 07:31 AM EDT - VIA - xf86-video-openchrome - 6 Comments

26 May

Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Performance Redux

Earlier this week I published some Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Since then I received some feedback from Valve with regards to Dota 2 on the Source 2 Engine testing along with a better demo to use for benchmarking and also using the latest Dota 2 Vulkan DLC updates. So here is a fresh look at the OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance for this popular Valve game on an assortment of NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards.

26 May 02:10 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - 43 Comments

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