The Open-Source Game Development Pipeline

Providing the means and education to create games using free/libre open-source tools.


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Update: 6-21-15

Hello!

Just wanted to post a quick update before the month ran out.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the 4.2 release of the Linux kernel lately. The reason being due to its improved AMD GPU support, which will now sit directly inside of the kernel. This will eliminate the need to download any additional proprietary drivers (which I had to do after installing Debian “Jessie” on my Kaveri laptop).

My plan is to wait until 4.2 is released, purchase an AMD Carrizo laptop, and then finally make the switch to Debian “Stretch” (the operating system’s new “testing” environment).

Intel’s Skylake CPUs aren’t that far away, either, and I’ve read that they should be reaching laptops around the end of Q3 this year. 2015 is turning into an interesting and exciting year for computers! 🙂

Cheers!


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Budget Laptops: Part Tres/Trois/Tre/Trei/Three

Hiya!

So, now that AMD has recently announced the release of its Carrizo mobile APUs (which means that everybody should see some laptop offerings in the near future), it’s time to cover budget laptops again. So, without further ado, here are two models that you can sink your teeth into.

The first offering, here, is a Intel Broadwell-based laptop with a 2.2 GHz CPU (two cores, four threads), 4 GB of RAM, and 500 GB of storage. The memory should be upgradeable to 16 GB, and if you look at the specifications sheet, you’ll see that it also comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port! Yay! 😀

The second offering, here, is a AMD A10-7300 APU-based laptop with a 1.9 GHz CPU (four cores, four threads), 8 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage. The memory here is also upgradeable to 16 GB, and it has a Gigabit Ethernet port as well. Having already owned a Kaveri laptop, I can attest to the value of this setup, and encourage people to try out a AMD machine if they haven’t already.

Both offerings are for less than $400.00 (which is great in my book), and are compatible with the current version of the Linux kernel. If you’re looking to try out a different Open-Source operating system, however, I read on Phoronix that DragonflyBSD has recently added Intel Broadwell graphics support to its repertoire. I don’t know if this feature has made it into a release candidate yet, but it’s worth checking out!

On the development front, I’ve pretty much finished my audio framework. The next step is to create some content and test out both the graphics and audio tools I’ve built. I’ll post another update once I’ve made some more progress.

Until next time! 🙂