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GTX 1060 vs. RX 480 - The ~$200 GPU Decision For Linux Gamers

Without a doubt, the Radeon RX 480 is a great ~$200 USD graphics card for someone caring a lot about open-source driver support. But with the Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 also costing about the same, what's the better decision for a Linux gamer who may not be religious about his driver choices? Here is some food for thought.

19 November 2016 - NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux - 160 Comments
Cypress Has Begun Publishing Broadcom Datasheets

Earlier this summer Cypress semiconductor acquired Broadcom's wireless "Internet of Things" business. With that associated IP, Cypress has begun making public NDA-free data-sheets on associated chipsets.

16 November 2016 - Broadcom Specs - 12 Comments
Talk Of An ARM Vendor Open-Sourcing Their 3D Driver?

While we have seen a number of ARM vendors in recent years open-source and mainline DRM/KMS drivers in the Linux kernel for supporting their display blocks on modern SoCs, there has been little activity in the open-source 3D space still for ARM SoCs.

14 November 2016 - ARM Mesa Talk - 15 Comments
Thunderbolt Networking Support For Linux Revised Once More

Back during the summer we last wrote about Thunderbolt networking support for Linux being worked on. Back then the patches were up to its v3 revision while coming out today is the ninth version of these patches, but at least the end might finally be in sight.

9 November 2016 - Linux Thunderbolt Networking - 4 Comments
Linux Might See Open-Source Support For Plustek Scanners

After writing a few days ago about Fujitsu SP scanners getting Linux support but being only provided by binary blobs, a Phoronix reader pointed out that the Plustek scanner manufacturer is looking at providing open-source Linux driver support.

6 November 2016 - Plustek SANE - 17 Comments
Linux Tests Of The New 2016 MacBook Pro With Touchbar Are Coming

Just in case anyone is thinking about the new (late-2016) MacBook Pro recently announced by Apple, I found out this morning we'll be receiving one for Phoronix Test Suite Linux benchmarking in the next week or two and should be interesting to see how this (expensive/over-priced) modern laptop runs with Linux.

2 November 2016 - Linux Tests Late-2016 MBP - 20 Comments
Lenovo Issues Yoga Laptop BIOS Update To Fix Linux Woes

Last month was the controversy over some Lenovo Yoga laptops not working with Linux that was first alleged to be due to a Microsoft "Signature PC" requirement that later turned out to be incorrect. Well, the good news now is that Lenovo has issued a BIOS update and should allow for better Linux compatibility.

27 October 2016 - Lenovo BIOS Linux Fix - 34 Comments
Raspberry Pi VC4 Graphics Driver Working To Support QPU Shaders

The latest Raspberry Pi graphics driver hacking by Eric Anholt of Broadcom has been working to support QPU shaders by this open-source driver stack. QPUs are the shader core of the graphics hardware found in the Raspberry Pi SoC, but come up short of supporting OpenCL or OpenGL compute shaders.

12 October 2016 - Raspberry Pi QPU - Add A Comment
DRM Driver Changes Sent In For Linux 4.9, Sadly No Changes For Nouveau

David Airlie a short time ago submitted the Linux 4.9 DRM subsystem update, including the much sought after open-source Direct Rendering Manager driver improvements. There's a lot of good stuff in here, but sadly the Nouveau changes look like they're going to have to wait until Linux 4.10.

11 October 2016 - DRM LInux 4.9 - 19 Comments
Fresh AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL LInux Benchmarks - 11 GPUs

While running the fresh NVIDIA vs. AMD Vulkan Linux benchmarks (that also included some OpenGL numbers too), I had also taken the opportunity to run some fresh OpenCL compute benchmarks of the latest NVIDIA 370 proprietary Linux driver against AMDGPU-PRO on different graphics cards.

9 October 2016 - OpenCL Compute GPGPU - 14 Comments

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