News Category: Linux Kernel

Testing AMD's New FirePro Linux Driver

Earlier this month AMD rolled out a new workstation graphics card driver, which is effectively the same Catalyst driver used by the consumer-oriented Radeon graphics cards but with greater testing and certification for the ATI workstation offerings. The press release announcing this new driver...
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ATI Radeon KMS vs. UMS With Ubuntu 10.04

Earlier this week we published comparative benchmarks of Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, Ubuntu, and openSUSE. In the discussion that followed, a number of people requested a set of tests that compare the performance of the ATI Radeon Linux graphics driver stack with kernel mode-setting (KMS) vs. user-...
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NVIDIA Pre-Releases Its 195.xx Linux Driver

While NVIDIA has been working on the 195.xx Linux driver since before last November, they have yet to officially release a stable driver in this series as of yet. Betas have been available and they even had to recall their recent drivers over a fan speed issue that could damage the system, but...
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Stable Kernels 2.6.32.10 and 2.6.33.1

The 2.6.32.10 and 2.6.33.1 stable kernel updates are out. They are both massive, with 145 and 123 patches, respectively...   Read more at LWN
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Luc Modularizes Mesa, DRI Drivers

Last month at the X@FOSDEM meeting in Belgium, Luc Verhaegen gave a talk on cleaning up the Linux graphics driver stack. This talk was met by some that agreed with his views and, well, others that didn't exactly see eye-to-eye with him. He shared with everyone his views on changes that should be...
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DisplayLink Gets Better In Linux 2.6.34 Kernel

Bernie Thompson, one of the developers working on the DisplayLink Linux support, has written in this weekend to inform us of pending improvements to the DisplayLink frame-buffer driver (udlfb) that will be present in the Linux 2.6.34 kernel. It was nearly a year ago that DisplayLink began...
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Linux 2.6.34-rc1 Kernel Is Out w/ New Features

Following a two week merge window following the release of the Linux 2.6.33 kernel, Linus Torvalds has announced the first release candidate for the next kernel, to be known as the Linux 2.6.34 kernel. Of a lot of interest to us (and likely you too) are all of the GPU DRM updates in the Linux 2....
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New Open-Source ATI Driver Releases

With the Linux 2.6.33 kernel having been released last week where the ATI kernel mode-setting (KMS) DRM code left the kernel's staging area, we knew a new ATI X.Org driver release was imminent. Over the night a new stable DDX driver update has been pushed out for xf86-video-ati as well as a new...
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Linux 2.6.24 Through Linux 2.6.33 Benchmarks

At Phoronix we have been benchmarking the Linux kernel on a daily basis using Phoromatic Tracker, a sub-component of Phoromatic and the Phoronix Test Suite. We launched our first system in the Linux kernel testing farm just prior to the Linux 2.6.33 kernel development cycle and found a number of...
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Linux-2.6.33-Libre Released

The Free Software Foundation Latin America has sent out an announcement for its 2.6.33-libre kernel distribution. "Linux hasn't been Free Software since 1996, when Mr Torvalds accepted the first pieces of non-Free Software in the distributions of Linux he has published since 1991. Over these...
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