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Happy New Year! A Big Linux GPU Comparison!
As mentioned already, 2011 will bring changes to Phoronix and also the Linux / open-source communities as a whole with Unigine set to release their phenomenal OilRush game to Linux, Valve working on Steam / Source Engine for Linux (no worries, I'll see that I stay in my editorial role at Phoronix until at least this event is announced), the open-source GPU drivers continuing to be improved, etc. The new year should be very exciting!
Besides working on new code for the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org to introduce in the new year (it's the next best thing to not being at Berlin Silvester this year), running within the Phoronix Labs tonight is our largest graphics processor / open-and-closed-source driver comparison ever. Not just for Phoronix, but that's ever been published. The testing is progressing along nicely and the results for classic Mesa, Gallium3D, and the binary blobs across quite an array of hardware spanning multiple generations will be published in early January (just waiting for some of the new advertising campaigns to start).
This comparison is being done not only to satisfy requests from our Phoronix Premium subscribers, but to also test some of the new OpenBenchmarking.org features. [Yes, besides OpenBenchmarking.org tests causing a large FirePro driver comparison, it's also caused this large cross-GPU cross-driver comparison, new Amazon EC2 benchmarks (the new benchmarks of all Amazon cloud instances using the Amazon Linux AMI will be here by mid-January), and other yet-to-be-announced articles that are very exciting for early 2011.]
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Will 2011 finally be "the year of the Linux desktop" or the year of the Linux gaming desktop? Let us know what you think in the forums.