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Ondemand vs. Performance CPU Governing For AMD FX CPUs On Linux 3.17

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 05:00
Given recent comments by Phoronix readers, here are some fresh results from the AMD FX-9590 Eight-Core CPU when testing the different CPU scaling governors with the CPUfreq driver on the Linux 3.17 kernel.

Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:30
Well known open-source Radeon driver developer Marek Olšák has landed a number of commits today inside mainline Mesa Git for improving the state of HyperZ for AMD hardware, a feature that remains disabled by default for the open-source Radeon Linux driver due to stability and artifact issues...

Mozilla Firefox 32 Surfaces With HTML5, Developer Changes

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:18
If you checkout the Mozilla FTP servers tonight the official 32.0 builds have surfaced for the Firefox web-browser...

Android Build Support Improved For Libdrm

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:36
Emil Velikov, the new Mesa release manager, just landed a large set of libdrm patches for improving the open-source graphics drivers for Android...

Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:30
Since last year AMD's had the FX-9590 as the top-end Vishera CPU that can top out at 5.0GHz with its Turbo Frequency, but initially this processor was only available to OEM system builds. Over time the OEM version of the FX-9590 became available to consumers while earlier this summer AMD launched a retail version of the FX-9590 that included the eight-core CPU with a closed-loop water cooling solution. Today we're reviewing this highest-end Vishera CPU to see how it compares to other AMD and Intel processors on Ubuntu Linux.

Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 14:32
The Nouveau development community released the xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.11 driver update to kick off the start of September. While you wouldn't guess it from the version number, this driver update is actually very significant and introduces a lot of new functionality and other improvements...

XBMC/Kodi 14 Is Going To Be Mostly About Cleaning Up

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 14:11
XBMC, which renamed itself to Kodi, is out with a new alpha release for the Kodi 14 media center software. While XBMC 13 introduced a lot of new features, Kodi 14 is going to be mostly about minor refinements...

Microsoft & AMD Release C++ AMP Compiler With Linux Support

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:57
AMD and Microsoft jointly released C++ AMP version 1.2 compiler that supports Linux alongside Windows. Ubuntu is the officially supported distribution at this time...

AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 06:00
August was great on Phoronix with 22 multi-page, featured articles and 242 Linux news stories being written by your's truly. Of all the content published in August -- much of which continues to not be covered elsewhere on the web -- here's the most popular stories...

Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 03:01
Linus Torvalds is back to his rhythm of releasing new kernel release candidates on Sundays...

Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 02:30
Lennart Poettering of systemd and PulseAudio fame has published a lengthy blog post that shares his vision for how he wishes to change how Linux software systems are put together to address a wide variety of issues. The Btrfs file-system and systemd play big roles with his new vision...

Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 01:50
The second weekly release candidate for the upcoming Mesa 10.3 is now available...

Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:47
Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver...

MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:44
While most if not all of the modern motherboards produced by MSI allow BIOS/UEFI updating to happen from within the BIOS setup utility and done using a USB flash drive -- as is also the case with most other motherboard vendors -- for Linux users the updating can be a bit more of a headache for MSI motherboards...

See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:10
This holiday weekend (in the US) can be a great time to test your Linux system to see how it's performing against the latest AMD and Intel processors to see if it's time for a good upgrade...

How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 06:30
As earlier this week I did a 20-way AMD Radeon open-source comparison, looked at the most energy efficient Radeon GPUs for Linux gaming, and then yesterday provided a look at the fastest NVIDIA GPUs for open-source gaming with Nouveau, in this article is a culmination of all the open-source graphics tests this week while seeing how Intel Haswell HD Graphics fall into the mix against the open-source Radeon R600/RadeonSI and Nouveau NV50/NVC0 graphics drivers.

AMD Steppe Eagle Flys To Coreboot

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:11
Besides Coreboot for the Lenovo X220, other exciting code advancements this weekend for this project to replace proprietary systems' UEFI/BIOS is support for AMD's Steppe Eagle SoC...

Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 21:04
Beignet is the project out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for exposing GPGPU/compute capabilities out of Ivy Bridge hardware and newer when using a fully open-source Linux stack. While Beignet differs greatly from Gallium3D's Clover state tracker, this Intel-specific open-source OpenCL implementation is working out quite well for Ubuntu Linux...

Coreboot Adds Lenovo X220 With Native Sandy Bridge Support

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:28
This month on Phoronix I covered Coreboot gaining support for the ThinkPad X200 and support for older MacBooks (along with the Chromebook Samus) while now Coreboot is enabling support for some newer ThinkPad laptops...

Canonical Has Yet To Land X.Org Server 1.16 For Ubuntu 14.10

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 16:05
X.Org Server 1.16 didn't land in the Ubuntu "Utopic Unicorn" archive in time for this week's Ubuntu 14.10 Beta, but Canonical developers still seem to be working on testing and landing the updated xorg-server package for Ubuntu 14.10...