Early Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey Data

With the Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey that was introduced in Ubuntu 18.04 and presented to users upon new installations, it's been collecting data since the Bionic Beaver launch in April but the data hasn't been made public up to this point. Viewing the survey data is currently being worked on for the Ubuntu 18.10 cycle and today a first look at these numbers have been shared.

2 Hours Ago - Ubuntu - Ubuntu Survey Results - 4 Comments
Wine 3.10 vs. Ubuntu 18.04 vs. Windows 10 Desktop Performance

Here are some fresh benchmarks comparing the performance of a variety of cross-platform Windows/Linux desktop applications when benchmarking the native Windows 10 binaries, the Windows binaries under Wine 3.10 on Ubuntu 18.04, and then the native Linux binaries itself on Ubuntu 18.04. All tests were done on the same system and these results do a good job at showing the potential (and shortcomings) of Wine from a performance perspective.

21 June

Initial AMDGPU Driver Changes Submitted For Linux 4.19

Less than one week after the close of the Linux 4.18 kernel merge window, AMD developers working on the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver have already submitted their first batch of changes to DRM-Next to begin queuing for the Linux 4.19 kernel cycle. There are a few new features with this latest batch of code.

21 June 06:01 PM EDT - Radeon - AMDGPU For Linux 4.19 - 6 Comments
GNU FreeDink - One Of The Few Fully Free Software Games - Now Runs On The Web

When it comes to obscure projects under the official GNU Project umbrella, GNU FreeDink is one of them as being a free software game whose lineage traces back to the Dink Smallwood title from the late 90's. Nearly twenty years after the game's original release, the latest GNU FreeDink release is now available that allows it to be played within web-browsers.

21 June 12:18 PM EDT - GNU - GNU FreeDink - 17 Comments
Some Compiler Performance Benchmarks With The Zapcc Caching Compiler

Here are some quick benchmarks I ran this week of the newly open-sourced Zapcc C++ caching compiler based upon LLVM/Clang and compared to the upstream Clang performance, GCC, and Ccache with the speed on the original compilation of the benchmark code and then again on a subsequent compilation.

21 June 10:33 AM EDT - LLVM - Zapcc Benchmarks - 7 Comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Resigns

While Intel's second quarter revenue and non-GAAP EPS is exceeding their prior guidance, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned effective immediately.

21 June 09:33 AM EDT - Intel - Replaced By Bob Swan - 31 Comments

20 June

Intel Hyper Threading Performance With A Core i7 On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Following the news yesterday of OpenBSD disabling Intel Hyper Threading by default within its OS over security concerns and plans to disable Simultaneous Multi Threading for other processors/architectures too, here are some fresh Intel HT benchmarks albeit on Ubuntu Linux. The OpenBSD developer involved characterized HT/SMT as "doesn't necessarily have a positive effect on performance; it highly depends on the workload. In all likelihood it will actually slow down most workloads if you have a CPU with more than two cores." So here are some benchmarks using a current-generation Intel Core i7 8700K six-core processor with Hyper Threading.

20 June 09:43 AM EDT - Computers - 45 Comments

19 June

Purism's Librem 5 To Rely On Secondary Processor For Binary Blobs

With not being able to deliver a 100% fully free software / libre system, the Librem 5 smartphone will rely upon a secondary processor for dealing with the necessary binary blobs for hardware initialization to keep them out of touch from the U-Boot boot-loader and Linux kernel.

19 June 11:51 AM EDT - Hardware - Secondary CPU Just For Blobs - 32 Comments
Fedora Atomic Workstation To Be Renamed Fedora Silverblue

Back in early May was the announcement of the Silverblue project as an evolution of Fedora Atomic Workstation and trying to get this atomic OS into shape by Fedora 30. Beginning with Fedora 29, the plan is to officially rename Fedora Atomic Workstation to Fedora Silverblue.

19 June 06:23 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora Silverblue - 20 Comments

18 June

RadeonSI Lands OpenGL 3.3 Compatibility Profile Support

Thanks to work done over the past few months by AMD's Marek Olšák on improving Mesa's OpenGL compatibility profile support and then today carried over the final mile by Valve's Timothy Arceri, Mesa 18.2 now exposes OpenGL 3.3 under the compatibility context.

18 June 07:40 PM EDT - Mesa - RadeonSI GL 3.3 Compat - 22 Comments
Using W10Privacy To Boost Ubuntu WSL Performance On Windows 10

While Microsoft is working on low-level improvement to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to yield better I/O performance, it is possible to dramatically increase some disk workloads by removing a number of running Windows services via the independent W10Privacy application. Here are some benchmarks of W10Privacy on the overall performance impact to Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64 itself and of Ubuntu 18.04 running on the Windows 10 installation via WSL.

18 June 09:09 AM EDT - Software - 22 Comments
OpenGL Floating Point Textures No Longer Encumbered By Patents, Enabled In Mesa

Back in 2012 when talking with Gabe Newell of Valve about open-source/Linux challenges one of the topics he was awed about was patents encumbering the open-source graphics driver progress. Six years later, Timothy Arceri working on the Valve Linux graphics driver team has freed Mesa's ARB_texture_float support from being built conditionally due to these patent fears.

18 June 12:05 AM EDT - Mesa - ARB_texture_float - 44 Comments

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