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Windows 10 Pro vs. Five Linux Distributions In Various Benchmarks

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0400

Here are our latest Windows 10 versus Linux benchmarks for the week. This benchmarking dance is looking at the Windows performance compared to Ubuntu, Clear Linux, Fedora, Antergos, and Solus Linux in various workloads. Among the tests this time around were looking at the performance with Go, Java, Perl, Python, FFmpeg, and more.

A Valve Linux Developer Managed Another Small Performance Optimization For RADV

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:23:53 -0400

The RADV Vulkan driver performance on the latest Mesa Git code is already looking quite good compared to the NVIDIA Vulkan Linux performance and even the Vulkan driver on Radeon Software under Windows. But the game is not over for the never-ending process of tuning the driver for optimal performance...

Redox OS 0.3.5 Released With New Network Stack & Better Security

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:12:23 -0400

For all the fans out there of the Rust programming language and/or micro-kernels, a new version of Redox OS is now available, the Rust-written from-scratch OS...

LuxMark OpenCL Performance On Windows vs. Linux With Radeon/NVIDIA

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:39:02 -0400

When carrying out this week's Windows vs. Linux gaming tests with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs on the latest drivers, I also took the opportunity to run some fresh OpenCL benchmarks on Windows and Linux with the competing GPU vendors...

Mesa 18.0 Should Arrive Today With Many Vulkan/OpenGL Driver Improvements

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400

After a one month development hiatus, Mesa 18.0 is due to be released today as the first major Mesa 3D release of 2018...

Blender 2.8 Is Going To Be Very Exciting, Requires OpenGL 3.3+

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:14:29 -0400

The Blender 2.8 3D modeling software update isn't even reaching beta until likely the second half of this calendar year, but it's going to be a darn exciting update once it finally ships...

CRYENGINE's Sandbox Editor Now Open-Source

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:10:49 -0400

Crytek last year announced they would release the source code to their Sandbox editor; that goal has now been realized...

Fedora 28 Beta Has Been Delayed

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:31:20 -0400

It's time for the Fedora 28 release dance and to place your bets if F28 will be released on time or is another Fedora release challenged by release delays...

Etnaviv Now Making Use Of AMDGPU DRM Scheduler, GC7000L Support Coming For Linux 4.18

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:02:02 -0400

The open-source driver developers responsible for the reverse-engineered, open-source Vivante GC graphics driver "Etnaviv" have sent in the pull request of their updates for DRM-Next that is of material to be found in the upcoming Linux 4.17 development cycle...

Vega 12 Support Is Now Available For RadeonSI Gallium3D

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:35:37 -0400

One day after AMD posted the big patch set providing Vega 12 GPU support for the Linux kernel's AMDGPU driver, a patch has emerged now adding Vega 12 support to the RadeonSI Gallium3D OpenGL driver...

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Benchmarks

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:10:26 -0400

Last week on Pi Day marked the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with a slightly higher clocked Cortex-A53 processors, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, faster Ethernet, and other minor enhancements over its predecessor. I've been spending the past few days putting the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ through its paces the past few days with an array of benchmarks while comparing the performance to other ARM SBCs as well as a few lower-end Intel x86 systems too. Here is all you need to know about the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ performance.

DNF 3.0 Development Has Started For Linux Package Management

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:49:04 -0400

While the Yum-successor DNF package manager most commonly associated with Fedora just had its DNF 2.0 release at the end of 2016, DNF 3.0 is now under development...

PostgreSQL Begins Landing LLVM JIT Support For Faster Performance

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:19:45 -0400

The widely-used PostgreSQL database software may soon become much faster thanks to a work-in-progress LLVM JIT back-end that has begun to land...

Krita 4.0 Now Available For Open-Source Digital Painting

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:36:39 -0400

Krita 4.0 is now available as the latest major release for this KDE-aligned, open-source digital painting program...

Steam Controller Linux Kernel Driver Updated To Work Happily With The Steam Client

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:53:07 -0400

Last month we reported on a kernel driver being worked on for Valve's Steam Controller but it wasn't coming from Valve developers but rather an independent member of the community. That hid-steam driver continues to be hacked on...

It's Time For X.Org Members To Cast Their 2018 Ballots

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:39:29 -0400

If you are a member of the X.Org Foundation, it's important to get out to vote now...

Mesa Gets Plumbed For Conservative Rasterization Support

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:28:43 -0400

An independent contributor to Mesa has posted a set of patches for implementing NVIDIA's OpenGL conservative rasterization extensions...

Wayfire Is A New Wayland Compositor That Supports Desktop Cube, Expo & Other Plugins

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:16:33 -0400

Wayfire is a new independent Wayland compositor project built atop libweston. Wayfire supports compositor plug-ins to offer a desktop cube and more, so you can relive the old days when having a spinning desktop cube was all the rage in the early days of Compiz/Beryl...

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall Now Available For Linux

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:54:44 -0400

It's been a while since last hearing about any Linux game ports by Aspyr Media, but Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is now out for Linux and macOS...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux With Radeon / GeForce GPUs On The Latest 2018 Drivers

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0400

Given how fiercely the latest open-source AMD Linux driver code is running now up against NVIDIA's long-standing flagship Linux GPU driver, you might be curious how well that driver stacks up against the Radeon Software driver on Windows? Well, you are in luck as here are some fresh benchmarks of the Radeon RX 580 and RX Vega 64 as well as the GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 Ti while being tested both under Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS while using the latest AMD/NVIDIA drivers on each platform.

Chrome 66 Beta Delivers On Async Clipboard API, Web Locks API

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:41:04 -0400

Following the Chrome 65 release earlier this month, Google developers have now catapulted the Chrome 66 beta...

Mesa 17.3.7 Released With A Bunch Of Fixes

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:36:19 -0400

While Mesa 18.0 should finally be out on Friday as the major quarterly update to the Mesa 3D drivers, Mesa 17.3.7 is out today and it's a rather big update for being just another point release to last month's 17.3 series...

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Continues Prepping With The Linux 4.15 Kernel

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:11:51 -0400

There were various calls by independent end-users voicing their two cents that Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" should ship with Linux 4.16 instead of Linux 4.15, but that isn't going to happen...

Mesa 18.0-RC5 Released, Mesa 18.0 Should Finally Be Out On Friday

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Nearly one and a half months since Mesa 18.0-RC4 and nearly one month since last seeing any Git activity on the "18.0" Mesa Git branch, it's finally been updated today with the availability of Mesa 18.0-RC5...

Improved VGA_Switcheroo Going Into Linux 4.17

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:46:59 -0400

Google's Sean Paul has sent in the final drm-misc-next pull request to DRM-Next of new feature material for the upcoming Linux 4.17 kernel cycle...

AMD Posts Open-Source Driver Patches For Vega 12

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:21:08 -0400

It's been a while since last hearing anything about the rumored "Vega 12" GPU but coming out this morning are a set of 42 patches providing support for this unreleased GPU within the mainline Linux kernel...

U-Boot 2018.03 Released, Now Supports iSCSI For Network Booting

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:14:30 -0400

As a win for ARM single board computers and other systems relying upon U-Boot as the bootloader, iSCSI support is now available...

Java JDK 10 Reaches General Availability With Experimental Java-Based JIT Compiler

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:30:23 -0400

JDK 10 has reached general availability as the first Java release under Oracle's new six-month release model...

AMD To Issue PSP/BIOS Firmware Updates For Recent Vulnerabilities

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:02:06 -0400

Last week was the controversial publishing of the "AMD Flaws" CPU vulnerabilities for Ryzen and EPYC processors. AMD has now issued their first public update on the matter and have said they will be issuing PSP firmware and BIOS updates for mitigation...

DXVK Now Has An On-Disk Shader Cache

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:52:52 -0400

DXVK, the exciting project implementing the Direct3D 11 API over Vulkan for Wine gamers, now has an on-disk shader cache...

Slax Linux Distribution Begins Planning For Its First 2018 Release

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:44:16 -0400

Arriving last Christmas was a rejuvenated release of Slax, the long-running, lightweight Linux distribution with its development restarting last year and having shifted from being a Slackware derivative to Debian and moving from KDE to Fluxbox+Compton. Those involved are working on a new Slax release for 2018...

Freedreno's MSM DRM Driver Continues Prepping For Adreno 600 Series Support

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:39:59 -0400

Rob Clark has submitted the MSM DRM driver changes to DRM-Next for the Linux 4.17 kernel for benefiting Qualcomm SoC owners...