Linux Hardware Reviews, Open-Source Benchmarks & Linux Performance


Kate/KTextEditor Picks Up Many Improvements To Enhance KDE Text Editing

Even with KDE's annual Akademy conference happening this past week in Vienna, KDE development has been going strong especially on the usability front. The Kate text editor and the KTextEditor component within KDE Frameworks 5 have been the largest benefactors of recent improvements.

3 Hours Ago - KDE - KDE Text Editors
IBM Scores More POWER Open-Source Performance Optimizations

Following our POWER9 Linux benchmarks earlier this year, IBM POWER engineers have continued exploring various areas for optimization within the interesting open-source workloads tested. Another batch of optimizations are pending for various projects.

3 Hours Ago - Hardware - POWER Tuning
Benchmarks Of Btrfs RAID On Four Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSDs

With the MSI MEG X399 CREATION that we received as part of the launch package for the Threadripper 2950X and Threadripper 2990WX it includes the XPANDER-AERO that provides 4-way M.2 NVMe SSD slots on a PCI Express x16 card. The XPANDER-AERO is actively cooled and could be passed off as a small form factor graphics card upon a very cursory examination. With this card I've been running tests on four Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSDs in RAID to offer stellar Linux I/O performance. Here are some initial benchmarks using Btrfs.

18 August 06:28 PM EDT - Storage
Adreno 600 Series Support Lands In Mesa 18.3 Gallium3D

With the Adreno 600 series support going into Linux 4.19 for the kernel bits, the user-space OpenGL driver support for the latest-generation Qualcomm graphics has now been merged into Mesa.

18 August 06:39 AM EDT - Mesa - Adreno A6xx
RAGE & Doom Get Radeon Workarounds In Mesa 18.3-dev

If you are looking to enjoy id Software's RAGE or Doom VFR games this weekend on Linux via Wine, they should be playing nicer with the latest open-source Mesa graphics driver code.

18 August 05:48 AM EDT - Mesa - RAGE + Doom
Intel Has Quietly Been Working On A New Gallium3D Driver Being Called "Iris"

After resisting Gallium3D for the past decade with a preference on continuing to maintain their "i965" Mesa classic driver and all they've invested into its compiler stack and more, it seems times are changing as the open-source Intel team has been starting up development of a modern Gallium3D driver.

17 August 04:41 PM EDT - Intel - GALLIUM FINALLY!
Linux Scaling Benchmarks With The AMD Threadripper 2990WX In Various Workloads

While yesterday were the benchmarks showing how Linux games struggle to scale past a few CPU cores/threads, in this article is a look at the scaling performance of various applications/workloads under Linux up to 64 threads using the AMD Threadripper 2990WX. Here's a look at how the Linux performance changes in a variety of applications from one to sixty-four threads with this new HEDT processor.

17 August 11:49 AM EDT - Software
Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Submitted For Linux 4.19

Following the main DRM features update for Linux 4.19, a secondary pull request has now been submitted that offers up the nine thousand lines of code for bringing up the Adreno 600 series support for supporting the very latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs.

17 August 05:39 AM EDT - Hardware - Adreno A6xx
A Quick Look At The Windows Server vs. Linux Performance On The Threadripper 2990WX

One of the frequent requests/comments stemming from the launch-day Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks on the new AMD Threadripper 2990WX were questions about whether this 32-core / 64-thread processor would do better with Windows Server given Microsoft's obvious tuning of that Windows flavor to high core/thread counts... Well, here are some initial figures with Windows Server 2016 and a Windows Server 2019 preview.

16 August 01:24 PM EDT - Operating Systems
KDE Applications 18.08 Released

Today the quarterly update to the collection of KDE software applications has shipped with its newest features.

16 August 12:40 PM EDT - KDE - KDE Apps 18.08
A Look At Linux Gaming Performance Scaling On The Threadripper 2950X

On Monday when the launch embargo expired on the Threadripper 2950X and Threadripper 2990WX I hadn't run any gaming benchmarks since, well, most games even on Windows can't scale out to 32 threads let alone 64 threads... Especially on Linux. It's far more practical getting these Threadripper 2 processors if you want to compile with 32 or 64 make jobs -- among many other common multi-threaded Linux workloads -- versus using this $899 or $1799 processor for a Linux gaming system. But if you are curious how Linux games scale with the Threadripper 2950X, here are some benchmark results when testing both AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.

16 August 08:57 AM EDT - Linux Gaming
Intel Begins Teasing Their Discrete Graphics Card

Don't expect the Intel discrete gamer graphics card to come until 2020, but with the SIGGRAPH graphics conference happening this week in Vancouver, they have begun teasing their first PCI Express graphics card.

15 August 03:52 PM EDT - Intel - Arctic Sound
Mesa 18.2-RC3 Released With Two Dozen Fixes

Mesa 18.2 as the next quarterly feature release to the contained OpenGL/Vulkan drivers is about two weeks out if all goes well, but today for testing Mesa 18.2-RC3 is now available.

15 August 11:50 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 18.2
An Early Look At The L1 Terminal Fault "L1TF" Performance Impact On Virtual Machines

Yesterday the latest speculative execution vulnerability was disclosed that was akin to Meltdown and is dubbed the L1 Terminal Fault, or "L1TF" for short. Here are some very early benchmarks of the performance impact of the L1TF mitigation on the Linux virtual machine performance when testing the various levels of mitigation as well as the unpatched system performance prior to this vulnerability coming to light.

15 August 09:45 AM EDT - Software
The Linux Benchmarking Continues On The Threadripper 2950X & 2990WX

While I haven't posted any new Threadripper 2950X/2990WX benchmarks since the embargo expired on Monday with the Threadripper 2 Linux review and some Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks, tests have continued under Linux -- as well as FreeBSD.

15 August 05:38 AM EDT - AMD - Threadripper 2 Benchmarks
CodeWeavers Joins The Khronos Group Along With IKEA

In addition to the many technical accomplishments of Khronos this week at SIGGRAPH 2018, they were also celebrating the milestone of crossing 140 members to this industry standards group.

15 August 05:25 AM EDT - WINE - Wine-Maker