In­tel Broad­well users will love Ubuntu 15.04

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The up­com­ing Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is go­ing to be an im­por­tant re­lease for users of new In­tel Broad­well sys­tems. It is ex­pected to en­sure that the hard­ware per­forms at its best and re­alises its true po­ten­tial. The Ubuntu 15.04 re­lease is still a cou­ple of months away, but it al­ready con­sists of a newer ver­sion of the Linux ker­nel and other new packages that have been shipped with Ubuntu 14.10, out-of-the-box. Ubuntu 15.04 is still on Mesa 10.3, but by the time of its re­lease it will be on Mesa 10.4, if Mesa 10.5 is not pos­si­ble.

The new In­tel Broad­well sys­tems have sev­eral up­dated Linux con­fig­u­ra­tion bench­marks, which makes In­tel Linux graph­ics more ma­ture for the Broad­well hard­ware. When a com­par­i­son test was done be­tween Ubuntu 14.10 sta­ble and the cur­rent build of Ubuntu 15.04 to fig­ure out the per­for­mance dif­fer­ences, it was proved that be­yond the graph­ics, the lat­est Linux ker­nel is quite cru­cial for the best hard­ware sup­port too.

The lat­est ker­nel also in­te­grates CPU per­for­mance im­prove­ments, as op­ti­mi­sa­tions have been made to the P-State scal­ing driver. There will be no GCC 5 in Ubuntu 15.04, which means the next ver­sion of Ubuntu will ship with GCC 4.9 as its code com­piler. If the lat­est GCC code is up­graded into the sys­tem, there is al­ways a pos­si­bil­ity that the pro­ces­sors will per­form much bet­ter.

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