Intel Has Accumulated 400+ Graphics Driver Patches So Far For Linux 5.7

Intel just sent out their initial pull request of new feature changes/improvements to DRM-Next that in turn is for landing in about one month's time when the Linux 5.7 merge window kicks off. With taking longer than usual to send in their first round of feature updates, this first of several pull requests already amounts to over 400 patches.

32 Minutes Ago - Intel - Linux 5.7 DRM-Next - Add A Comment
Running The Linux 5.6 Kernel With AMD Radeon Graphics

Now hitting about mid-way through the Linux 5.6 kernel with early fallout having been addressed, we've been ramping up our testing/benchmarking of this next major kernel release. Here is our initial experience with the AMDGPU driver on Linux 5.6.

7 Hours Ago - Radeon - Linux 5.6 AMDGPU - 13 Comments

24 February

GIMP 2.10.18 Released With Many Improvements Before GIMP 3.0

While GIMP 3.0 remains elusive as the long overdue GTK3 port of this leading open-source image manipulation program, the GIMP 2.10 stable series continues seeing a lot of decent improvements in their subsequent point releases. GIMP 2.10.18 is out today following a botched GIMP 2.10.16 release.

24 February 05:23 PM EST - Desktop - GIMP 2.10.18 - 13 Comments
The Current RADV+ACO Mesa Driver Performance For February 2020

As it's been a few weeks since last running a Mesa open-source driver comparison on AMD Radeon graphics hardware, here are some fresh Mesa 20.1-devel benchmarks just a few weeks so far after the Mesa 20.0 branching. These latest Mesa 20.1-devel benchmarks were also run a second time when enabling the RADV ACO shader compiler back-end that's been a focus by Valve developers in enhancing the Linux gaming experience. These results are compared to Mesa 19.2.8 as a baseline for the open-source driver support offered out-of-the-box by Ubuntu 19.10.

24 February 03:52 PM EST - Display Drivers - 7 Comments
Arch Linux Announces New Project Leader

Aaron Griffin is stepping down as the Arch Linux Project Leader, who has led the distribution since 2007 where under his tenure Arch Linux boomed in popularity. With him stepping away due to minimal time to invest in the project, a process for selecting a new leader has formed.

24 February 12:15 PM EST - Operating Systems - New Arch Linux Leader - 30 Comments
VC4 DRM Driver Gets Patched For BCM2711 / Raspberry Pi 4 Support

While the Linux 5.5 kernel landed Broadcom BCM2711 SoC and Raspberry Pi 4 enablement, one of the loose ends has been getting the open-source "VC4" DRM driver wired up for the display hardware on this latest Raspberry Pi. Patches are now pending for VC4 DRM to provide that display support and could potentially see it mainlined for Linux 5.7.

24 February 11:54 AM EST - Hardware - Raspberry Pi 4 + VC4 DRM - 10 Comments
One Of Clear Linux's Kernel Patches To Help With Boot Time Proposed For Upstreaming

Besides Clear Linux delivering often leading x86_64 Linux performance at run-time, when it comes to boot performance it has also been at the forefront -- in some configurations, can boot in 300 ms. Intel has invested significantly in ensuring Clear Linux boots as fast as possible for when running in the cloud or on containers in order to respond to increased demand as quickly as possible as well as for use-cases like Clear Linux within automobiles where they need to get automobile cameras active within two seconds of power on. One of their many kernel patches could be on its way to the mainline kernel.

24 February 10:31 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Faster Boot - 25 Comments

23 February

Reiser5 Spun Up For The Linux 5.5.5 Kernel

For those that have been wanting to take the experimental Reiser5 for a test drive since being announced at the end of 2019, new versions of the Reiser4 and Reiser5 file-system kernel patches have been posted.

23 February 11:30 AM EST - Linux Storage - Reiser5 For Linux 5.5.5 - 28 Comments

22 February

A Few More Linux Kernel Patches Floated This Week For AMD Family 19h (Zen 3)

Going back to the start of 2020 we've been seeing a few patches here and there around AMD Family 19h, almost certainly Zen 3. That patch work has continued with a few more bits out this week while hopefully more bring-up is on the horizon ahead of the Linux 5.7 merge window opening in just over one month's time.

22 February 08:04 AM EST - AMD - AMD Family 19h - 37 Comments

21 February

Benchmarking OpenMandriva's AMD Ryzen Optimized Linux Distribution On The Threadripper 3970X

While Clear Linux is well known as being the performance-optimized Linux distribution out of Intel and catered towards performing the best on their hardware (though as we continue to show, Clear Linux does also perform incredibly well on AMD hardware too and generally faster than other distributions), when it comes to AMD-optimized distributions the primary example remains OpenMandriva. Since 2018 OpenMandriva has been providing an AMD Zen optimized build where their operating system and entire package archive is built with the "znver1" compiler optimizations. As it's been almost a year since last looking at OpenMandriva's Zen optimized build, here are some fresh benchmarks using the newly-released OpenMandriva 4.1.

21 February 01:40 PM EST - Operating Systems - 16 Comments

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