GNU UPC Hopes To Merge For GCC 6

Developers on GUPC, the GNU UPC project for extending GCC to support the Unified Parallel C language dialect, are hoping they can get their code merged for GCC 6.

6 Hours Ago - GNU - GCC 6 UPC - 1 Comment

30 November

OS X 10.11 El Capitan vs. Fedora 23 Linux Performance

The latest extra benchmarks done this weekend as thanks to those Phoronix readers taking advantage of our holiday premium deal are some fresh OS X vs. Linux benchmarks. As it's been a while since last running any cross-OS comparison benchmarks between Apple and Linux distributions, I've started running a fresh comparison using OS X 10.11.1 "El Capitan" and the initial Linux distribution for reference is Fedora 23.

30 November 12:00 PM EST - Operating Systems - 21 Comments
The NVIDIA/AMD Cards On Linux With The Best Value For 2015 Holiday Shopping

If you are wanting to buy an AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics card this holiday season, here is a fresh round-up of thirteen different graphics cards using the latest AMD/NVIDIA drivers. Beyond just running several Linux OpenGL game tests -- including some Steam tests -- these results also have the performance-per-dollar benchmark results computed too for finding the best value for 1080p Linux gaming this season.

30 November 04:30 AM EST - Graphics Cards - 13 Comments

29 November

Gigabyte GA-H110M-A: A Sub-$60 Intel Skylake Motherboard

When recently buying the Intel Pentium G4400, a ~$60 Skylake dual-core processor, for Linux testing I was also looking for a Skylake motherboard that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. The motherboard I ended up pairing for this Pentium G4400 in the test lab was the Gigabyte GA-H110M-A, a micro-ATX board using Intel's H110 chipset.

29 November 12:40 PM EST - Motherboards - 5 Comments
Radeon DRM Linux 4.4 + Mesa 11.1 + DRI3 vs. AMD's Proprietary Driver

On Friday I posted benchmarks showing Nouveau's re-clocked performance relative to NVIDIA's proprietary driver for showing the performance potential of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 600/700 series with the performance state code there beginning to work. That article was followed by AMDGPU driver tests on Linux 4.4 against Catalyst for the newest AMD GPU tech that uses this newer Direct Rendering Manager driver. The third test now is comparing the Radeon DRM performance on Linux 4.4 against AMD's binary blob when using older AMD GCN GPUs as well as a Northern Islands GPU for reference.

29 November 08:30 AM EST - Display Drivers - 42 Comments
AMD A10-8700P "Carrizo" Linux Laptop Testing

As a follow up to What Sub-$500 Laptops Are You Most Interested In For Linux?, one of them has been chosen so far and will satisfy the many from the dozens of comments wanting to see an AMD Carrizo laptop tested under Linux.

29 November 07:36 AM EST - AMD - AMD Carrizo On Linux - 37 Comments
LZHAM Is Still Ticking Along To Further Open-Source Lossless Compression

It's been nearly one year since last talking about LZHAM, the lossless data compression codec designed by a former Valve developer and has been showing great potential -- particularly by game developers for compressing assets. While LZHAM news has been quiet, Rich Geldreich has still been hard at work on advancing open-source lossless compression.

29 November 07:19 AM EST - Free Software - LZHAM - 1 Comment

28 November

Thecus N4310: A 4-Disk Linux NAS

The Thecus N4310 is a small business oriented Linux NAS (Network Attached Storage) device that makes it easy to setup an EXT4-based RAID storage environment with encryption support. The Thecus web-based software makes it easy to take full advantage of the NAS with features such as BitTorrent support, media streaming for iOS/Android, and more.

28 November 03:00 PM EST - Peripherals - 10 Comments
KTorrent Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

It's been a year and a half since the original KDE Frameworks 5 release and more KDE applications continue to be ported over to this modern framework alongside Qt5. The latest to be ported over is KTorrent.

28 November 11:42 AM EST - KDE - KTorrent KF5 - 14 Comments
Contemplating A New, Public Linux Daily Kernel Build Server For Ubuntu/Fedora

For the past many years the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA has generally been a reliable, quick, and easy manner of getting new mainline Linux kernel builds and to have the latest Git kernel fresh every morning. However, as of late, the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA has been letting me down and I'm looking at setting up my own kernel build system for the community and also extend that to include some extra graphics patches, etc.

28 November 09:55 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Ubuntu Fail - 21 Comments
Intel Pentium G4400: Benchmarking A ~$60 Skylake Processor

The Pentium G4400 is currently the cheapest available Skylake socketed processor with a retail price of under $70 USD. Curious about the performance for this dual-core Skylake CPU, I decided to buy one for some Linux benchmarking at Phoronix for looking at the dual-core Skylake performance and the HD Graphics 510 capabilities.

28 November 04:00 AM EST - Processors - 30 Comments
Playing With Intel Skylake OpenCL On Ubuntu 15.10

As it's been a while since last playing with Intel's Beignet project, the open-source effort to allow OpenCL compute capabilities on HD/Iris Graphics under Linux, I decided to try it out on an Ubuntu 15.10 system this weekend with a Skylake processor.

28 November 12:18 AM EST - Intel - Skylake OpenCL - 2 Comments
Our Black Friday Linux Deal Has Been Extended!

On Friday we rolled out our first-ever discount deal on Phoronix Premium as part of Black Friday and those wishing to support our site over the holidays. Given the much interest in the significant savings, I've decided to extend this deal through the end of the month.

28 November 12:00 AM EST - Phoronix - Cheap Premium Deal - 1 Comment

27 November

AMDGPU With PowerPlay Compared To AMD's Catalyst Linux Driver

With earlier today showing new OpenGL performance numbers for how the Nouveau driver with working re-clocking compared to NVIDIA's proprietary driver, here are some benchmarks to show how the AMDGPU kernel DRM driver with PowerPlay patches compare to AMD's Catalyst driver for the R9 285 (Tonga) and R9 Fury (Fiji) graphics cards.

27 November 04:30 PM EST - Display Drivers - 29 Comments
Features To Find With Mesa 11.1

Mesa 11.1 is set to be released next month and while it won't advance the OpenGL 4 state for the Intel/Radeon/Nouveau drivers, there is a lot of other changes that have built up over the past quarter to get excited about for users of this open-source Linux graphics driver stack.

27 November 01:24 PM EST - Mesa - Mesa 11.1 Features - 7 Comments

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