Unity 7 Hoping To Become An Official Flavor For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

While Canonical abandoned their work on the Unity desktop environment in favor of the Unity-inspired customized GNOME Shell that debuted in Ubuntu 17.10, some within the community have remained interested in maintaining Unity 7 and even getting it into an official spin/flavor of Ubuntu.

9 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 18.04 + Unity 7 - 14 Comments
43 More AMDGPU DC Patches Hit The Streets

While the massive AMDGPU DC infrastructure has been merged for Linux 4.15, the flow of improvements to this display code continues and it looks like the next few kernel cycles at least could be quite busy on the AMD front.

13 Hours Ago - Radeon - AMDGPU Display Code - 6 Comments

23 November

Many Broadway HTML5 Backend Improvements Land In GTK4

Earlier today I wrote about the experimental HTML5 Wayland compositor. While that may be more like an experimental toy at this point, for those wanting to run GTK3/GTK4 applications within a web-browser, there's the longstanding Broadway HTML5 back-end to the GTK tool-kit. Broadway received a number of significant improvements for GTK4 today.

23 November 02:00 PM EST - GNOME - Broadway GTK4 - 1 Comment
FFmpeg Lands OpenCL Improvements

Besides a lot of NVDEC code landing for the next FFmpeg release, there's also been a number of OpenCL improvements that were just committed to this multimedia library's codebase.

23 November 11:48 AM EST - Multimedia - FFmpeg OpenCL - 4 Comments
Greenfield: An In-Browser HTML5 Wayland Compositor

Earlier this year we covered the Westfield project as Wayland for HTML5/JavaScript by providing a Wayland protocol parser and generator for JavaScript. Now that code has morphed into Greenfield to provide a working, in-browser HTML5 Wayland compositor.

23 November 09:32 AM EST - Wayland - HTML5 Wayland Compositor - 16 Comments

22 November

Linux 4.10 To Linux 4.15 Kernel Benchmarks

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been enjoying its time on Linux 4.15. In addition to the recent boot time tests and kernel power comparison, here are some raw performance benchmarks looking at the speed from Linux 4.10 through Linux 4.15 Git.

22 November 02:55 PM EST - Hardware - Linux 4.10 To 4.15 - 8 Comments
FFmpeg Continues Working Its "NVDEC" NVIDIA Video Decoding Into Shape

Earlier this month the FFmpeg project landed its initial NVDEC NVIDIA video decoding support after already supporting NVENC for video encoding. These new NVIDIA APIs for encode/decode are part of the company's Video Codec SDK with CUDA and is the successor to the long-used VDPAU video decoding on NVIDIA Linux boxes. That NVDEC support has continued getting into shape.

22 November 11:48 AM EST - Multimedia - NVDEC Video Acceleration - 2 Comments
Running Radeon RX Vega On Linux 4.15, NVIDIA/Radeon Benchmarks

With AMDGPU DC having been merged a few days ago for the Linux 4.15 merge window, it's now possible to run the Radeon RX Vega graphics cards with display support using the mainline kernel without having to resort to using a patched/third-party kernel build or using the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver. Here are some tests I have carried out with the Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, and other graphics cards from Linux 4.15 Git compared to a few NVIDIA GPUs.

22 November 07:50 AM EST - Display Drivers - 19 Comments
The New Compiler Features & Changes Of GCC 8

With GCC 8 feature development over and onto bug fixing, here is a look at some of the changes to find with the GCC 8 compiler stack that will be released as stable early next year in the form of GCC 8.1.

22 November 06:27 AM EST - GNU - GCC 8 Features - 2 Comments
LibreOffice Calc Is Finally Being Threaded

While LibreOffice Calc for a while now has been offering OpenCL support for speeding up spreadsheet computations, with not all drivers/GPUs supporting OpenCL, this Microsoft Office alternative is finally receiving proper multi-threading support.

22 November 04:53 AM EST - LibreOffice - Multi-Threaded Spreadsheet - 24 Comments

21 November

The Impact Of HDD/SSD Performance On Linux Gaming

Last week we presented our initial benchmarks of the Intel Optane SSD 900P on Linux and it offers mighty performance potential for those using I/O heavy workloads thanks to the use of 3D XPoint memory. But is a solid-state drive like this really worth the price if you are just a Linux gamer? Here are some tests comparing load times and boot times between a HDD, SATA 3.0 SSD, NVMe SSD, and this 3D XPoint NVMe U.2 SSD.

21 November 10:04 AM EST - Linux Gaming - 27 Comments
Ubuntu Boot Times From Linux 4.6 To 4.15 Kernels

It's been a while since last doing any Linux boot speed comparisons while this morning I have some numbers to share when looking at the boot performance from the Linux 4.6 kernel through Linux 4.15 Git to see how it's changed over time,

21 November 06:25 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Kernel Boot Performance - 29 Comments

20 November

AMD EPYC Is Running Well On Linux 4.15

Of the many changes coming for Linux 4.15, as detailed this weekend Radeon GPU and AMD CPU customers have a lot to be thankful for with this new kernel update currently in development. Here are some initial benchmarks of the Linux 4.15 development kernel using an AMD EPYC 7601 32-core / 64-thread setup.

20 November 04:17 PM EST - AMD - AMD EPYC - 13 Comments
6-Way Enterprise Focused Linux Distribution Comparison With An Intel Core i9, Dual Xeon Gold Systems

Here's our latest Linux distribution comparison with this time looking at the out-of-the-box performance of six Linux distributions while running a range of enterprise/workstation-focused benchmarks while using two systems. One system is a high-end Core i9 7980XE desktop system and the other a Tyan 1U Xeon Scalable server with dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors.

20 November 12:33 PM EST - Operating Systems - 16 Comments

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