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?

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.

9 Hours Ago - Vulkan - Vulkan 1.0.Next? - 7 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 - 24 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 - 19 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

19 January

Librecore: Aiming To Be A Better Libre Spin Of Coreboot

Librecore is a new project aiming to be a new Coreboot downstream with a focus remaining on providing fully-free system firmware. Separately, Minifree/Libreboot has been accused (and admitted by Leah Rowe) to not paying a vendor for a completed contract.

19 January 04:33 PM EST - Coreboot - Librecore - 42 Comments
NVIDIA Linux OpenCL Performance vs. Radeon ROCm / AMDGPU-PRO

Earlier this week I posted some benchmarks of GPUOpen's new Radeon Open Compute ROCm OpenCL stack that premiered last month and they are working to make completely open-source. In those initial benchmarks I compared the ROCm 1.4 OpenCL performance to the existing AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL implementation on Linux. For those wondering how these two Radeon OpenCL stacks compare to NVIDIA, here are some fresh benchmarks.

19 January 12:15 PM EST - Graphics Cards - 15 Comments
Mesa 17.0-RC1 Released

The first release candidate of Mesa 17.0 (formerly known as Mesa 13.1) is now available for testing.

19 January 09:48 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 17.0 - 8 Comments
Expanded Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Support Is Being Worked On For Linux

With the forthcoming Linux 4.10 kernel there is finally support for Turbo Boost Max 3.0 as featured in some newer Intel CPUs. But, unfortunately, the code in Linux 4.10 doesn't work for all TBM3-capable systems out there, but a new kernel patch is being worked on for Linux 4.11 or later to make it work with more hardware.

19 January 08:00 AM EST - Intel - Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 - 9 Comments
Mesa 17.0 Has Been Branched

After a very exciting development cycle, Mesa 17.0 was branched yesterday, officially marking the end of feature development for this next Mesa release due out in February.

19 January 06:04 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 17 - 6 Comments

18 January

Fedora vs. Ubuntu vs. openSUSE vs. Clear Linux For Intel Steam Gaming Performance

With this week Clear Linux now being able to run Steam, I was excited to see how this performance-minded Linux distribution out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center would compare to other more popular Linux distributions when it comes to Intel Linux gaming performance. Here are some benchmarks of this traditionally workstation/server-oriented Intel Linux distribution running some Steam Linux games.

18 January 03:30 PM EST - Linux Gaming - 28 Comments
LLVM 4.0 Release Candidate 1

Hans Wennborg of Google, serving as the LLVM release manager, has announced the tagging of the first release candidate of the forthcoming LLVM 4.0.

18 January 10:55 AM EST - Compiler - LLVM 4.0 - 6 Comments
Nouveau Gets Patches For HDMI Stereoscopic 3D Output

Nouveau continues advancing on the display front: beyond getting DP MST and atomic mode-setting support in the Linux 4.10 kernel, there are now patches available for wiring this open-source NVIDIA Linux driver up to supporting stereoscopic 3D output via HDMI.

18 January 08:08 AM EST - Nouveau - Stereoscopic 3D - 12 Comments
Lots Of Vulkan To Be Had At GDC 2017

The Khronos Group has published their booth information and sessions that will happen at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC 17) at the start of March in San Francisco.

18 January 06:39 AM EST - Vulkan - Khronos / Vulkan GDC - 9 Comments
KDE Support For Flatpak Portals Progressing

While GNOME / Red Hat developers have been leading the Flatpak app sandboxing initiative, KDE developers are making progress too with embracing Flatpak as a more convenient and secure way of securely packaging Linux desktop apps.

18 January 06:04 AM EST - KDE - KDE Flatpak - 19 Comments

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