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3 December

2 December

AMD Radeon With Linux 6.1 + Mesa 23.0-dev vs. NVIDIA R525 Gaming Performance
AMD Radeon With Linux 6.1 + Mesa 23.0-dev vs. NVIDIA R525 Gaming Performance
2 December 07:30 AM EST - Linux Gaming - 27 Comments

With the Linux 6.1 kernel due to be released in the next week, Mesa 23.0-devel continuing to see a lot of improvements land for RADV and RadeonSI, and the NVIDIA R525 Linux driver series being available, here is a fresh look at the AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce Linux gaming performance with various graphics cards and an assortment of Linux games -- both native and via Valve's Steam Play.

Fedora 38 Might Ship With A Sway ISO Spin
Fedora 38 Might Ship With A Sway ISO Spin
2 December 06:12 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora 38 Sway - 21 Comments

While the Sway Wayland compositor has long been available via the Fedora package repositories, Sway fans within the Fedora space are hoping that Fedora 38 will ship with a Fedora Sway spin being available for an easy and out-of-the-box experience for running this i3-inspired Wayland compositor.

1 December

Initial - But Disabled - Support Added For Intel Meteor Lake With Mesa 23.0
Initial - But Disabled - Support Added For Intel Meteor Lake With Mesa 23.0
1 December 01:45 PM EST - Mesa - Meteor Lake Mesa - 1 Comment

Intel engineers have been busy bringing up Meteor Lake support for Linux from the improved integrated graphics to other areas of this next-gen Core processor that will eventually succeed Raptor Lake. In addition to heavy and ongoing work with the i915 kernel graphics driver, the initial Meteor Lake support has been merged now for Mesa.

Trying Out The BSDs On The Intel Core i9 13900K "Raptor Lake"
Trying Out The BSDs On The Intel Core i9 13900K "Raptor Lake"
1 December 11:45 AM EST - BSD - One Boots, The Others Fail - 35 Comments

It's been a while since trying out the BSD operating systems on bleeding-edge hardware while a Phoronix Premium recently asked about the BSDs on Raptor Lake. Well, here are my initial experiences trying to run FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and DragonflyBSD on the Intel Core i9 13900K desktop.

Fedora's FESCo Rejects The Idea Of "-fno-omit-frame-pointer" As Default Compiler Flag
Fedora's FESCo Rejects The Idea Of "-fno-omit-frame-pointer" As Default Compiler Flag
1 December 07:28 AM EST - Fedora - Too Much Lost Performance - 34 Comments

The past few months there has been a change proposal discussed around adding "-fno-omit-frame-pointer" to the default compilation flags for packages being built for Fedora Linux. Adding this option would improve the profiling/debug-ability of the packages but with possible performance implications. The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) has now rejected this contentious change proposal.

AMD EPYC Genoa, Linux 6.1 & Rust Efforts Excited Linux Users In November
AMD EPYC Genoa, Linux 6.1 & Rust Efforts Excited Linux Users In November
1 December 06:30 AM EST - Phoronix - November Highlights - 1 Comment

With November now in the books, here is a look back at the most popular original open-source/Linux content on Phoronix from the 245 original articles written by your's truly over the past month. It was an extremely exciting month given the launch of the AMD EPYC 9004 "Genoa" processors with up to 96 cores per socket, AVX-512, and with all of the improvements meant outright insane generational improvement and currently slaughtering the competition. The Linux 6.1 kernel nearing the limelight, early development work on Linux 6.2, and the continued embracing of the Rust programming language by the open-source ecosystem all made for an interesting November.

30 November

xf86-video-modesetting X.Org Driver Sees Patch For "TearFree" Page Flipping
30 November 04:15 PM EST - X.Org - xf86-video-modesetting - 11 Comments

While several X.Org DDX drivers in the past have implemented a "TearFree" xorg.conf driver option to try to eliminate screen tearing when running an X.Org Server without a composited environment, the xf86-video-modesetting generic DDX that is widely used has lacked that option. That is until a developer finally stepped up and has pending support for the "TearFree" option.

Intel Arc Graphics A750/A770 Performance Ahead Of Linux 6.2 + Mesa 23.0
30 November 03:30 PM EST - Display Drivers - 17 Comments

Last month when the Intel Arc Graphics A750 and A770 reached retail availability, there was open-source support available for Linux users assuming you were on a new enough kernel and Mesa release plus having to activate the preliminary/experimental hardware support flag. In the time since the open-source Intel dGPU Linux graphics driver support has continued to mature and with the upcoming Linux 6.2 kernel is where DG2/Alchemist graphics have been promoted to stable / supported out-of-the-box. Given this milestone and the upstream Mesa code for the Intel ANV Vulkan and Iris Gallium3D drivers continuing to mature, here are some fresh benchmarks of the Intel Arc Graphics A750/A770 under Linux.

29 November

SDL Tries Again To Prefer Wayland Over X11
29 November 05:20 PM EST - Wayland - SDL Wayland By Default - 30 Comments

At the start of the year SDL attempted to prefer Wayland over X.Org/X11 thanks to the maturing Wayland support for this widely-used software/hardware abstraction layer by numerous cross-platform games. But that change was later reverted over ecosystem challenges around Wayland. Now as we approach the end of the year, SDL is again trying to prefer Wayland over X11.

Intel Hosting oneAPI AI/HPC Developer Summit Next Week
29 November 02:30 PM EST - Intel - Intel oneAPI Dev Summit 2022 - Add A Comment

Beyond Intel's well regarded open-source software work deep down the stack on everything from ensuring timely new hardware support to optimizing the Linux kernel with various performance optimizations and investing heavily in the upstream GNU and LLVM toolchains (and much more!), they also make terrific software ecosystem advancements higher up the stack. One of their most promising areas of open-source software work in recent years has been around oneAPI. Next week Intel will be hosting a virtual oneAPI DevSummit for AI and HPC where they will be showing off their latest software advancements.

Intel Advances Linux "IPC Classes" Design To Improve Load Balancing For Hybrid CPUs
29 November 07:13 AM EST - Intel - Classes of Tasks - 2 Comments

Back in September was a big patch set working out classes of tasks for hybrid CPUs and more properly implementing Intel Thread Director for Linux. This work to better the performance/efficiency of modern Intel Core CPUs with a mix of P and E cores has now advanced past the "request for comments" stage with a new patch series sent out on Monday.

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