Linux Hardware Reviews, Open-Source Benchmarks & Linux Performance

KDE's Elisa Music Player 0.3 Enters Beta

Elisa is one of several options when it comes to music players for the KDE desktop. Elisa 0.3 entered beta this week as another step forward for this relatively young project.

10 Hours Ago - KDE - KDE Elisa 0.3 Beta
AMD Sends Out Initial Vega 20 Support For AMDKFD Compute Kernel Driver

While AMD has been sending out Linux enablement patches for the yet-to-be-released Vega 20 for months now, what didn't see any work until today was for the AMDKFD driver support so this expected 7nm Vega GPU can work with their ROCm/OpenCL compute stack.

14 September 12:30 PM EDT - AMD - AMDKFD + Vega 20
NVIDIA Publishes An In-Depth Look At Turing

Next week is when the GeForce RTX 2080 "Turing" graphics cards will begin to ship while today is when NVIDIA lifted the embargo on "unboxing" videos/pictures and talking more about this new GPU microarchitecture.

14 September 10:30 AM EDT - NVIDIA - GeForce RTX 2080
VKMS Driver Getting Cursor Support In The Next Kernel Cycle

One of the notable additions to the Linux 4.19 kernel is the initial VKMS driver for "virtual kernel mode-setting" that in the long run should be significant for headless Wayland/X.Org systems. The driver is still in its early stages but continuing to be improved.

14 September 06:30 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - Virtual Kernel Mode-Setting
Fedora 29 Beta Has Been Delayed

As happens almost every Fedora Linux release cycle, the initial development release has been pushed back.

14 September 05:26 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 29 Beta
Wine 3.0.3 Ships With 50+ Bug Fixes

If you are a user of the Wine stable releases rather than the bi-weekly Wine development releases or Wine-Staging (or now Proton too), Wine 3.0.3 is out today as the latest version.

13 September 05:50 AM EDT - WINE - Wine 3.0.3
The Current Linux Performance On 22 Intel / AMD Desktop Systems

For your Linux benchmark viewing pleasure today are test results from twenty-two distinct Intel / AMD systems when running a recent release of the performance-optimized Clear Linux distribution and the hardware spanning from old AMD FX and Intel Core i3 Haswell CPUs up through the high-end desktop Core i9 and Threadripper processors.

12 September 10:08 AM EDT - Processors
Slides From The GNU Tools Cauldron 2018 Conference

Taking place last weekend over in Manchester was the annual GNU Tools Cauldron conference where toolchain developers spent a few days discussing the latest open-source compiler work.

12 September 05:01 AM EDT - GNU - GNU Cauldron
September 2018 Drivers: The Current Linux Performance & Perf-Per-Watt From NVIDIA Kepler To Pascal vs. AMD

There is one week to go until NVIDIA begins shipping the GeForce RTX 2080 "Turing" series but while waiting for that hardware, here is a look back at how various graphics cards are performing for Linux games from the GTX 1000 Pascal series back through the GTX 600 Kepler series. On the AMD side in this comparison is also going from Vega back to the GCN 1.0 Southern Islands. The Vulkan/OpenGL Linux gaming performance is being looked at as well as the overall system power consumption and performance-per-Watt.

11 September 05:35 PM EDT - Display Drivers
AMD Finally Rolls Out New Linux Patches For Adaptive-Sync / VRR (FreeSync)

While the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics stack has gotten into particularly good shape the past two years or so, one of the areas that has left the red Linux gamers unsatisfied is the lack of FreeSync support (or DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync / HDMI Variable Refresh Rate) when using the fully open-source stack. It looks like that could be changing soon with the new set of patches under review.

11 September 12:42 PM EDT - Radeon - Open-Source FreeSync / Adaptive Sync
Phoronix Test Suite 8.2 Released With Official Docker Benchmarking Image, New Testing Improvements

Phoronix Test Suite 8.2.0-Rakkestad is officially shipping today as the latest quarterly feature release to our open-source, cross-platform automated benchmarking software. In addition to the Phoronix Test Suite 8.2 itself, there is the first official release of the newly-introduced "phoronix/pts" Docker image on Docker Hub for easily carrying out the benchmarks with the pre-seeded image.

11 September 09:44 AM EDT - Software
More Details On The AMD GCN Back-End For GCC That's Expected To Merge For GCC 9

Last week I reported on Code Sourcery / Mentor Graphics posting their new AMD GCN port to the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). This GPU back-end for the widely-used GCC compiler is hoped for merging ahead of the GCC 9 stable release expected in early 2019. At this past weekend's GNU Tools Cauldron 2018 conference was a briefing by Mentor Graphics on undertaking funded by AMD.

11 September 07:25 AM EDT - AMD - GCC Code For Radeon GPUs