NVIDIA Contributes Much Less To The Linux Kernel Than Intel Or AMD

Yesterday I put together some statistics on the AMD vs. Intel contributions to the upstream Linux kernel during the 2010s, but a request coming in off that was how do NVIDIA's contributions compare. Here is a look at the NVIDIA contributions to the Linux kernel over the past decade.

21 Minutes Ago - NVIDIA - NVIDIA Contributions - 1 Comment
Radeon RX 5600 XT With New vBIOS Offering Better Linux Performance Following Fix

Earlier this week AMD launched the Radeon RX 5600 XT and as shown in our Linux launch-day review it offers nice performance up against the GTX 1660 and RTX 2060 graphics cards on Linux with various OpenGL and Vulkan games. Complicating the launch was the last-minute change to the video BIOS to offer better performance, but unfortunately that led to an issue with the Linux driver as well as confusing the public due to the change at launch and some board vendors already shipping the new vBIOS release while others are not yet. Fortunately, a Linux solution is forthcoming and in our tests it is working out and offering better performance.

3 Hours Ago - Graphics Cards - 5 Comments

23 January

Linux k10temp Driver For AMD CPUs Updated To Better Handle Power/Temp Analysis

As we have been eagerly talking about for the past week, the Linux kernel's k10temp driver was updated for better AMD CPU CCD temperatures and voltage/current reporting. Those improvements have been quickly evolving thanks to the work of the open-source community with AMD still sadly holding the datasheets concerning the power/temperature registers close to their vest. A new version of k10temp was sent out on Wednesday.

23 January 03:57 AM EST - AMD - k10temp - 20 Comments
Vulkan 1.2 Comes To macOS / iOS Via Updated MoltenVK

While Apple still isn't officially supporting the Vulkan graphics/compute API in remaining focused on their Metal drivers, MoltenVK at least has been updated for Vulkan 1.2 in allowing developers to target this Vulkan-to-Metal abstraction layer for macOS and iOS.

23 January 12:45 AM EST - Vulkan - Vulkan 1.2 For Apple - 4 Comments

22 January

Debian 7 Through Debian Testing Benchmarks With/Without Mitigations

As part of our many Linux benchmarks in ending out the 2010s we ran tests looking at CentOS 6 through CentOS 8, seven years of Ubuntu Linux performance, and various other Linux distribution benchmarks and testing other important pieces of open-source software over time. One of the additional comparisons now wrapped up is looking at the performance of Debian GNU/Linux going back from the old 7 series through the current 10 stable series and also Debian Testing. Tests where relevant were done out-of-the-box with the default security mitigations and again with mitigations disabled.

22 January 12:38 PM EST - Operating Systems - 8 Comments
Wine Is Approaching Six Million Lines

Given yesterday's release of Wine 5.0 I was curious to run some development stats on Wine Git as of the 5.0 release tag for seeing how development is trending on this wildly popular program among Linux users especially for running Windows games and applications.

22 January 04:00 AM EST - WINE - Wine Stats - 11 Comments

21 January

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Linux Gaming Performance

As announced back at CES, the Radeon RX 5600 XT is being launched as the newest Navi graphics card to fill the void between the original RX 5700 series and the budget RX 5500 XT. The Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are beginning to ship today at $279+ USD price point and offers great Linux support but with one last minute -- and hopefully very temporary -- caveat.

21 January 09:00 AM EST - Graphics Cards - 87 Comments
GNOME Work Is Underway For Sharper Background Images

Canonical's Daniel Van Vugt continues working on a variety of interesting performance optimizations for upstream GNOME as well as other usability enhancements for this desktop environment. One of the latest items being tackled is improving the quality of background images on GNOME.

21 January 07:24 AM EST - GNOME - Downscaling Change - 106 Comments

20 January

Intel's Vulkan Driver Begins Making Infrastructure Changes For Multi-GPU Support

For months we have seen various Intel open-source Linux graphics driver patches that begin preparing for multi-GPU support where in moving forward with their Xe graphics cards there could be the iGPU + dGPU setup or even multiple Xe graphics cards in a single system. So far those Intel Linux multi-GPU preparations have been focused on their kernel-space driver while now it's reaching into user-space with their Vulkan driver seeing early infrastructure changes.

20 January 07:04 PM EST - Intel - The Xe Future - 9 Comments
Fedora's FESCo Has Deferred Any Decision On EarlyOOM By Default

One of the changes planned for Fedora 32 has been to enable EarlyOOM by default to better handle low memory situations either due to the system running with minimal RAM or under memory pressure. But the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee has yet to reach a decision over this default.

20 January 03:36 PM EST - Fedora - Fedora Workstation + EarlyOOM? - 9 Comments
XanMod-ing Ubuntu To Perform Closer To Intel's Clear Linux

Earlier this month many Phoronix readers were interested in our fresh tests of the XanMod-patched Linux kernel for boosting the desktop and workstation performance compared to Ubuntu's default Linux kernel. Among many patches, XanMod does pull in some kernel patches from Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux, so we figured it would be interesting to see how the XanMod'ed Ubuntu compares to Clear Linux performance.

20 January 12:50 PM EST - Operating Systems - 24 Comments
AMD Zen Thermal/Power Reporting Improvements Could Hit Linux 5.6 But More Testing Needed

Last week I eagerly reported on Ryzen CPUs on Linux finally seeing CCD temperatures and current/voltage reporting thanks to new patches to the k10temp driver by Google's Guenter Roeck who oversees the kernel's hardware monitoring "HWMON" subsystem. The patches seem to be working well and are tentatively queued in hwmon-next, but more testing is still needed.

20 January 09:38 AM EST - AMD - k10temp - 21 Comments

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