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AMD Catalyst vs. NVIDIA OpenCL Performance

In the middle of doing a large AMD/Intel/NVIDIA multi-way closed-source vs. open-source Fedora-based Linux OpenGL performance comparison, I also ran a fresh round of OpenCL benchmarks on the GPUs backed by CL-capable proprietary drivers.
1 July 2013 - Catalyst Leads On OpenCL - 49 Comments

AMD Southern Islands vs. NVIDIA Fermi/Kepler On Gallium3D

Yesterday I posted benchmarks of the AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D driver looking at the open-source driver performance for the Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards. The performance is comparatively very poor right now compared to earlier generations of AMD Radeon hardware that is better supported. But how does the open-source performance compare between the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series and the NVIDIA GeForce 400/500/6000 "Fermi" and "Kepler" on Nouveau? Here's benchmarks.
29 June 2013 - AMD vs. NVIDIA Sources - 11 Comments

Samsung Continues Advancing Its Exynos DRM

Samsung has added S3C64XX SoC support to their Exynos DRM graphics driver, updated their DeviceTree support, and has begun utilizing the Common Clock Framework.
28 June 2013 - Linux 3.11

Sony's PlayStation 4 Is Running Modified FreeBSD 9

The operating system at the heart of Sony's PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD 9.0.
23 June 2013 - FreeBSD 9.0 - 243 Comments

Thunderbolt Still Has Problems For Linux

While the popularity and future of the Apple/Intel Thunderbolt interface can be debated, the current state of Thunderbolt on Linux still leaves a fair amount to be desired. While on the state of Linux hardware support, the Google Chromebook Pixel does work with modern Linux distributions, but not all support has been perfected.
20 June 2013 - Plus Pixel Too - 22 Comments

NVIDIA To License Its Kepler GPU Technology

As a hopeful blow against imagination Technologies and their licensing of the PowerVR SGX graphics IP across the ARM SoC industry, NVIDIA has announced they too will get into the graphics IP licensing game. NVIDIA will begin licensing its "Kepler" graphics technology for in use by tablets, smart-phones, and other new form-factors.
19 June 2013 - PowerVR - 14 Comments

Intel Haswell-Based Apple MacBook Air, HD 5000 Benchmarks

Earlier this week at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the refreshed MacBook Air laptops were released and based upon Intel's new Haswell processors. The brand new 11-inch Apple MacBook Air with the beautiful Core i5 Haswell CPU and Intel HD Graphics 5000 GPU is already within the Phoronix labs and being benchmarked.
15 June 2013 - Apple MacBook Air - 19 Comments

Allwinner SoC Still Unlikely For Upstream Linux Kernel

While Allwinner ARM SoCs are found within massive amounts of the low-cost Android tablets manufactured in China, and there is some open-source Allwinner Linux kernel support, it's still unlikely that the patches will land upstream anytime soon.
5 June 2013 - Allwinner Linux - 20 Comments

Qualcomm Publishes New ath10k 802.11ac Driver

Qualcomm developers have posted their new mac80211 driver for the Qualcomm Atheros QCA98xx 802.11ac wireless adapters for use with the Linux kernel.
3 June 2013 - ath10k - 1 Comment

Windows 8 Hardware Has Another Problem For Linux

With a brand new PC certified for Microsoft Windows 8 and shipping the OS, even if you don't plan to use the operating system, it can be difficult to bypass the Windows license agreement before wiping it to install your favorite Linux distribution.
29 May 2013 - Windows 8 Hardware - 102 Comments

Raspberry Pi's Raspbian Improves Its Performance

The Debian-based "Raspbian" Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi ARM development board is now a heck of a lot faster thanks to recent software improvements.
28 May 2013 - Raspbian Benchmarks - 8 Comments

Freedreno Gallium3D Now Banging The Adreno A3XX

One month after Rob Clark began developing his Freedreno Gallium3D stack for Qualcomm's Adreno A3xx hardware, he's beginning to achieve visual success. While the code hasn't yet been merged into mainline Mesa, on an A320 as found on the Google Nexus 4 he has es2gears (the OpenGL ES version of glxgears) successfully running on this open-source code.
20 May 2013 - Rob Clark's Driver - 10 Comments

Jolla Announces Their First Phone

The ex-Nokia developers that formed Jolla to work on Sailfish OS to work on a new range of Linux-based smartphones to start where MeeGo left off, have announced their first smartphone.
20 May 2013 - Jolla Smartphone - 56 Comments

Logitech Begins Supporting Linux Users

While Linux game developers and publishers have grown more interested in the Linux market-share over the past year following Valve's major Linux play, one of the sectors that is still lagging behind is gaming hardware and peripherals. Fortunately, Logitech is finally beginning to show their Linux cards.
18 May 2013 - Logitech Interest - 31 Comments

DRM Graphics Driver Comes For Dove/Cubox

The SolidRun CuBox is advertised as the "world's smallest desktop computer" with a size of just two-inches cubed (5cm). The CuBox is powered by an ARM PJ4 800MHz SoC and now it has available an open-source DRM Linux graphics driver.
17 May 2013 - Cubox - 6 Comments

Linux 3.10: Improved eCryptfs AES-NI Performance

The eCryptfs pull for the Linux 3.10 kernel has been merged. What's noticeable about this feature pull is the improved encryption performance for modern AMD/Intel CPUs supporting AES-NI.
10 May 2013 - eCryptfs

Why IBM Now Views LLVM As Being Critical Software

It wasn't until the middle of 2012 that IBM viewed LLVM as being "critical" to support but since then they have decided to fully support LLVM across all IBM server platforms. Last week in Paris at the European LLVM Meeting, one of their developers talked about the tipping point in supporting LLVM on IBM hardware and their current development status.
7 May 2013 - IBM LLVM - 18 Comments

KVM Virtualization Gets New Features In Linux 3.10

The Linux 3.10 kernel will feature new improvements and features when it comes to KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) virtualization.
5 May 2013 - Linux 3.10 Kernel - 1 Comment

ARM Support Will Change A Lot With Linux 3.10

In addition to improved 64-bit ARM support with the Linux 3.10 kernel, ARM architecture support in general will improve a lot with this in-development kernel release.
2 May 2013 - ARM Support - 5 Comments

ARM64 Support Will Improve In Linux 3.10 (AArch64)

Support for the emerging 64-bit ARM Architecture, a.k.a. ARM64 or AArch64, will see better support with the Linux 3.10 kernel.
2 May 2013 - 64-bit ARM

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