Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO

For Ubuntu 19.10 the developers are adding the NVIDIA driver packages onto the ISO. The NVIDIA binary drivers won’t be activated by default, but will be present on the install media to make it easier to enable post-install…

Source: Phoronix – Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA’s Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO

ZombieLoad Mitigation Costs For Intel Haswell Xeon, Plus Overall Mitigation Impact

With tests over the past week following the disclosure of the Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) vulnerabilities also known as “Zombieload”, we’ve looked at the MDS mitigation costs (and now the overall Spectre/Meltdown/L1TF/MDS impact) for desktop CPUs, servers, and some laptop hardware. I’ve also begun doing some tests on older hardware, such as some Phoronix readers curious how well aging Intel Haswell CPUs are affected…

Source: Phoronix – ZombieLoad Mitigation Costs For Intel Haswell Xeon, Plus Overall Mitigation Impact

Firefox 68 Performance Is Looking Good With WebRender On Linux

With Firefox 67 having released this week, Firefox 68 is in beta and its performance from our tests thus far on Ubuntu Linux are looking real good. In particular, if enabling the WebRender option that remains off by default on Linux, there are some nice performance gains especially.

Source: Phoronix – Firefox 68 Performance Is Looking Good With WebRender On Linux

AMD GCN GPU Target Continuing To Improve For The GCC 10 Compiler

With the recent release of the GCC 9 stable compiler there is the initial “AMD GCN” GPU target/back-end merged. However, for this GNU Compiler Collection release the AMD GCN target isn’t all that useful but continued work on it gives us hope of seeing it in good shape for next year’s GCC 10 release…

Source: Phoronix – AMD GCN GPU Target Continuing To Improve For The GCC 10 Compiler

Wine & Mingw-w64 Might Tighten Up Their Relationship – Possible "WineSDK"

Developers between the Wine and Mingw-w64 projects are discussing the potential for further embracing their relationship given the overlap in trajectory and both benefiting from close collaboration. This extended relationship could also involve Mingw-w64 potentially adopting Wine’s branding…

Source: Phoronix – Wine & Mingw-w64 Might Tighten Up Their Relationship – Possible “WineSDK”

OpenSUSE Adds Option To Installer For Toggling Performance-Hitting CPU Mitigations

With the newly released openSUSE Leap 15.1 they have added an option to their installer for toggling the CPU mitigations around Spectre / Meltdown / Foreshadow / Zombieload to make it very convenient should you choose to retain maximum performance while foregoing the security measures. But it also allows disabling SMT/HT from the installer should you prefer maximum security…

Source: Phoronix – OpenSUSE Adds Option To Installer For Toggling Performance-Hitting CPU Mitigations

Problems Being Investigated Under Wayland Itches Program, Including Gaming Performance

Last week we wrote about a “Wayland Itches” program being devised by prolific open-source contributor Hans de Goede of Red Hat. The goal of this program is to address itches/paper-cuts/problems in using GNOME Shell atop Wayland. He’s received a fair amount of feedback so far and has some early indications to share…

Source: Phoronix – Problems Being Investigated Under Wayland Itches Program, Including Gaming Performance

AMD Radeon VII Linux Performance vs. NVIDIA Gaming On Ubuntu For Q2'2019

It’s been three months now since the AMD Radeon VII 7nm “Vega 20” graphics card was released and while we hopefully won’t be waiting much longer for Navi to make its debut, for the time being this is the latest and great AMD Radeon consumer graphics card — priced at around $700 USD. Here are some fresh benchmarks of the Radeon VII on Linux and compared to various high-end NVIDIA graphics cards while all testing happened from Ubuntu 19.04.

Source: Phoronix – AMD Radeon VII Linux Performance vs. NVIDIA Gaming On Ubuntu For Q2’2019

An Early Look At Some PHP 7.4 Performance Benchmarks

The initial PHP 7.4 Alpha 1 release is just two weeks away already… Curious about the performance of this yearly update to PHP7, I ran some benchmarks on the latest development code as of this morning compared to the earlier PHP7 releases and even PHP-8.0 that is in development on Git master…

Source: Phoronix – An Early Look At Some PHP 7.4 Performance Benchmarks