16 February

Initial Intel Icelake Support Lands In Mesa OpenGL Driver, Vulkan Support Started

A few days back I reported on Intel Icelake patches for the i965 Mesa driver in bringing up the OpenGL support now that several kernel patch series have been published for enabling these "Gen 11" graphics within the Direct Rendering Manager driver. This Icelake support has been quick to materialize even with Cannonlake hardware not yet being available.

16 February 02:34 PM EST - Intel - ANV Vulkan - Add A Comment
AMD Raven Ridge Graphics On Linux vs. Lower-End NVIDIA / AMD GPUs

This week we have delivered the first Linux benchmarks of the OpenGL/Vulkan graphics capabilities of AMD's new Raven Ridge desktop APUs with the Vega 8 on the Ryzen 3 2200G an the Vega 11 on Ryzen 5 2400G. Those tests have included comparisons to the integrated graphics capabilities of Intel processors as well as older AMD Kaveri APUs. For those interested in seeing how the Raven Ridge Vega graphics compare to lower-end Radeon and GeForce discrete graphics cards, here are those first Linux benchmarks.

16 February 09:30 AM EST - Graphics Cards - 37 Comments
Khronos Adds Draco Geometry Compression To glTF 2.0

Khronos' glTF transmission format for 3D scenes and models continues getting better. This 3D format has seen adoption by countless applications and engines and even usage within Microsoft products. Khronos' latest advancement to glTF 2.0 is a compression extension.

16 February 08:14 AM EST - Standards - glTF 2.0 - 3 Comments

15 February

Fedora Might Begin Having A Release Manager

Fedora developers are now discussing the possibility of naming a release manager each development cycle as a person in charge of wrangling together each release and seeing that the "Rawhide" development state is kept in better condition. Who knows, this also might actually help Fedora's longtime trouble of delivering releases on time.

15 February 06:01 PM EST - Fedora - Fedora Release Manager? - 8 Comments
AMD May Have Accidentally Outed Vulkan 1.1

AMD on Wednesday released the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 for Linux driver. It really isn't noticeable for its official changes, but does claim to advertise Vulkan 1.1 support.

15 February 03:44 PM EST - Radeon - Vulkan 1.1 - 29 Comments
Mesa 17.3.4 Released With 90+ Changes

While Mesa 18.0 should be released in the days ahead as the latest feature release to Mesa 3D, backporting of fixes/improvements to Mesa 17.3 isn't letting up. For those using this stable series from last quarter, Mesa 17.3.4 is out today with nearly 100 changes.

15 February 09:20 AM EST - Mesa - Mesa 17.3.4 - 3 Comments
Marek Updates OpenGL 3.1 ARB_compatibility Support For Mesa

Last October well known open-source AMD driver developer Marek Olšák began work on OpenGL compatibility profile support for Mesa. This work is about OpenGL 3.1 with ARB_compatibility support, something generally relevant for workstation OpenGL users and one of the few remaining advantages of AMD's current proprietary OpenGL driver.

15 February 05:29 AM EST - Mesa - GL 3.1 + ARB_compatibility - 21 Comments

14 February

Show Your Love For Linux Hardware & Benchmarking This Valentine's Day

While it was a very busy January testing all the fallout from Spectre and Meltdown, February has become just as busy with monitoring all of the Linux 4.16 changes and beginning those benchmarks, all the testing now around the Raven Ridge APUs, and today's release of Phoronix Test Suite 7.8 among a lot of other Linux hardware tests that are ongoing.

14 February 11:00 PM EST - Premium - Valentine Support - 2 Comments
Canonical Pursuing A Hardware/Software Survey For Ubuntu Installations

Will Cooke, Canonical's Director of Ubuntu Desktop, has announced plans to collect more diagnostics data from Ubuntu installations. This would involve collecting system hardware/software details during the installation process and be uploaded to Ubuntu servers, but users could opt-out of said survey.

14 February 06:48 PM EST - Ubuntu - Anonymous System Reporting - 21 Comments
AMD Vega 8 Graphics Performance On Linux With The Ryzen 3 2200G

Yesterday I posted the initial Ryzen 5 2400G Vega 11 Linux graphics benchmarks while for your viewing please today -- as well as this morning's 21-way Intel/AMD CPU Linux comparison that featured these new Raven Ridge APUs -- the results now completed are initial OpenGL and Vulkan performance figures for the Vega 8 graphics found on the Ryzen 3 2200G.

14 February 02:50 PM EST - Graphics Cards - 40 Comments
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G + Ryzen 5 2400G Linux CPU Performance, 21-Way Intel/AMD Comparison

Yesterday I posted some initial Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2400G Raven Ridge APU when looking at the Vega 11 graphics, but for those curious about the CPU performance potential of the Ryzen 5 2400G and its ~$100 Ryzen 3 2200G sibling, here are our first CPU benchmarks of these long-awaited AMD APUs. These two current Raven Ridge desktop APUs are compared to a total of 21 different Intel and AMD processors dating back to older Kaveri APUs and FX CPUs and Ivy Bridge on the Intel side.

14 February 11:30 AM EST - Processors - 29 Comments
Airtop2 Inferno Offers i7-7700K + GeForce GTX 1080 While Being Fanless

Two years ago we reviewed the CompuLab Airtop as an interesting, industrial-grade, fanless PC that packed in high-end hardware of the time and worked out great initially and continues doing a phenomenal job at passively cooling the PC while running in our benchmark lab. CompuLab has now announced the Airtop2 and Airtop2 Inferno that is an even more impressive cooling feat.

14 February 09:39 AM EST - Hardware - CompuLab - 10 Comments
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Landing Mesa 18.0, Enabling GLVND

Ubuntu developers are in the process of landing Mesa 18.0 within the "Bionic Beaver" archive for the upcoming 18.04 LTS distribution release. In the process they are also enabling GLVND for allowing the Mesa and NVIDIA proprietary drivers more happily co-exist on the same system.

14 February 08:00 AM EST - Ubuntu - Mesa 18 On Ubuntu 18.04 - 16 Comments
Intel 2017Q4 Graphics Stack Recipe Released

Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has announced their 2017Q4 graphics stack recipe, which comes down to all of the system components they currently recommend for making a great Intel Linux system.

14 February 04:58 AM EST - Intel - Quarterly Stack - 3 Comments

13 February

Intel Sends Out Initial Open-Source Mesa 3D Driver Patches For Ice Lake

One month ago Intel's Open-Source Technology Center began posting the initial Linux driver enablement for Icelake "Gen 11" graphics, the generation succeeding this year's Cannonlake "Gen 10" hardware. That initial work focused on the DRM kernel driver while now they have posted the first Mesa patches.

13 February 02:44 PM EST - Intel - Intel Ice Lake - 1 Comment

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