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Testing 65 Different GPUs On Linux With Open Source Drivers 134

Posted by Soulskill
from the line-'em-up-and-knock-'em-down dept.
An anonymous reader writes "How good are open source graphics drivers in 2014 given all the Linux gaming and desktop attention? Phoronix has tested 65 different GPUs using the latest open source drivers covering Intel HD Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce, AMD Radeon, and AMD FirePro hardware. Of the 65 GPUs tested, only 50 of them had good enough open source driver support for running OpenGL games and benchmarks. Across the NVIDIA and AMD hardware were several pages of caveats with different driver issues encountered on Linux 3.15 and Mesa 10.3 loaded on Ubuntu 14.04. Intel graphics on Linux were reliable but slow while AMD's open-source Linux support was recommended over the NVIDIA support that doesn't currently allow for suitable graphics card re-clocking. Similar tests are now being done with the proprietary Linux drivers."
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Testing 65 Different GPUs On Linux With Open Source Drivers

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  • Phoronix Rocks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @03:39PM (#47166793)

    I just wanted to say that Phoronix is an undervalued gem. These guys (I think just one guy actually) puts in the grunt work to get us hard performance numbers. He's developed a fully automated testing system that makes it easy to bisect kernel patches to identify the source of kernel regressions. I get the impression he runs on a shoestring budget out of his house but the work he does is the kind of thing that OS vendors of old used to dedicate entire teams too. He really ought to be fully funded by some group like the Linux Foundation because his work is invaluable in that nitty-gritty unsexy way that really helps out more visible engineering.

  • by jellomizer (103300) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @03:46PM (#47166853)

    The real trick for Linux compatibility is the ability to go to a box store, buy a new graphics card (or any device) Plug it in into your PC and see if it works, works without having to spend hours finding the driver for your common distribution, and works well.

    That has been my biggest problem with Linux support.
    It is a case where a particular component failed on my computer, and I need a new one right away. Being that your computer is down, you are unable to research what you should get. So you go to the store look around and find something that would seem to work with your computer. A name that you recognize, and specs that are probably better then your old one.

  • Re:Phoronix Rocks (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gigne (990887) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @05:24PM (#47167539) Homepage Journal

    Yeah i'm going to have to second that.

    Not only do they have great perf tests, but there is also a great depth of kernel news, x/wayland/mir and other general good to know linux news

    If only those popup ads were destroyed. On my mobile it can be hard to get rid of them.

    I'm going to head over there right now and pay for a subscription

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