[Test] Ubuntu 10.10 RC and FurMark Embryo for Linux

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Linux Ubuntu and FurMark embryo

UPDATE: FurMark is now available under Linux: GpuTest – Cross-platform GPU stress test and OpenGL benchmark.

Three days ago I installed the latest version of Ubuntu (10.10 RC) on a dedicated PC (Core 2 Duo E8400 + GeForce GTX 260) to test it. To be honest, I’m a total newbie with Linux. I coded some small programs many many years ago (1996… ouch!) when the text mode was the default interface and you had to type startx or something like this to launch a graphical interface that often didn’t start because the graphics card was not supported or because of another mysterious error. That was Linux in my mind so far. Today, I must admit that things have seriously changed and distributions like Ubuntu are real gems of OS.

I don’t know why, but I begin to appreciate Linux maybe (certainly…) thanks to this Ubuntu distro. I rediscover the joy and power of command line and oddly I feel like at home. I think that the powerful apt-get command is one of the success keys of Ubuntu. Need something? Just type sudo apt-get install something and you’re ok. Nice. That’s what I did for NVIDIA drivers (R256.53), glxinfo, g++, freeglut, or for filezilla. Very very cool.

The network has been detected without problem and even my shared folder on my Win7 station is visible from Ubuntu.

I like the screenshot built-in function. Like under Windows, just hit the print screen key or ATL+PrtScn (for the active window) to capture the screen. But Ubuntu goes further because it automatically opens a screenshot utility with the screen capture in. Then you can quickly screen-capture and save the image.

I also play a bit with compiz-fusion, the 3D desktop manager (see HERE and HERE for some madnesses with compiz). The core of compiz is installed by default on Ubuntu but to get cool effects you have to install some extra plugins. Not a problem: sudo apt-get install compiz-fusion-plugins-extra can fix it 😉

Linux Ubuntu and FurMark embryo
The FurMark embryo running under Ubuntu 10.10 RC…

My real purpose with Linux? Maybe porting some of my tools under this great OS.
I think to FurMark and GeeXLab. I received many messages about a Linux version of FurMark so I guess the first app will be certainly FurMark (actually I’m sure because I already started an embryo of FurMark for Linux). I didn’t say that will be an easy task, but perhaps, in the next weeks (end of the year…), we’ll see a furry donut in place of the triangle of death in the screenshot above and why not later, sudo apt-get install furmark will have a meaning 😀

As I said I’m not familiar with Linux, so even if I managed to do the stuff I needed so far, I know I will need the help of regular Linux users for tips and tricks, or for testing FurMark. So Linux / Ubuntu users, don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you’re interested to help me…


  • Note that compiz impacts heavily with other app 3d perf… had to disable it for serious 3D or fan noise

  • Enrico

    I am a professional Linux software developer with some OpenGL background. So if you need help or tips, feel free to contact me :)

  • Taylor001

    Great! Would be absolutely great!

  • xcbb

    Thanks for providing your programs on Linux.
    This is important because most api’s and functions your programs use will be free to use for any operating system. Thus freeing your code from costly api’s such as the windows (.NET, the whole shebang, not just the ECMA language thinghie) ones.

  • efikkan

    I do all my development in Ubuntu nowadays. Feel free to ask me questions if you need help.

    I managed to get GeeXLab running through Wine some time ago and ran your ATI tessellation demo, and it worked very well.

    I would really enjoy native ports of FurMark and GeeXLab.

    Also make sure to let Phoronix.com know when FurMark is ported, you’ll get a lot of attention there.

    If you want a good configuration tool for Compiz, try sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager.

    Another tip (you might be aware of this one): press Alt+F2 to run a program.

  • Thanks guys, it’s really encouraging. I keep preciously your emails.

    @efikkan: I’ll test your tip asap

  • Bob Hazard

    Welcome to Ubuntu! We need more OpenGL tools and tutorials. Especially for the modern 3.3/4.1 platform

    CG toolkit 3.0 came out for linux in the summer too, with easy to install .deb files for both 32bit and 64bit Ubuntu.

  • Even i’m not working with Linux on a daily basis anymore, i wish you luck and patience. Who knows… maybe one day it’ll be one of your tools that will make me consider developing to Linux again :)

  • Claudio

    It would be a very useful tool!!!!DO IT!!!!!!! :-)

  • Seung Soo, Ha


    Although I have no experience worth helping your development, I will help in whatever testing that you would need!!

  • 008

    its great!
    i want see tests ubuntu vs win7 in FurMark and GeeXLab.

  • c00ler

    I’m a noob in linux programming world, so a post with what I need to begin linux programming (IDE,tools,libs,….) will be great to everybody no ?

    Ca serai super cool de ta part Merci 😀

  • oli3012

    Wow! I personally use Ubuntu on a daily basis, and program a lot on it too, it would be crazy to be able to design shaders with GeeXLab on Linux! I tried to run GeeXLab on Ubuntu with wine, and it runs, but of course most shaders are not working…

  • Alessandro Pini

    I volunteer for Italian translation and testing, though I can give little to no advice as far as actual programming is concerned.

  • meklu

    This. Is. Awesome.

    I would like to participate in the testing of this, if at all possible. I’m no programmer so I can’t give you any advice regarding that matter but if the app goes crazy and crashes, I can provide you an strace (in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a debugger praised by some).

    I second the person who suggested tipping off Phoronix when this gets finished.

  • meklu

    For packaging I suggest you to provide at least a .deb and a .tar.gz. Quite a few people use .rpm distros as well.
    Tip: a program called alien is useful to convert packages to other formats, like .deb to .rpm or .rpm to .deb.

  • Gelko

    Hi there,

    does anyone know where I can download the version for linux of furmark. I’ve googled everywhere but no luck.


  • FurMark for Linux is coming… 😉

  • Gelko

    That will be rock N Roll when it comes.
    Can’t wait :)
    any ETA? tomorrow? tonight? hehe

  • The small graphics lib used in the latest TessMark has been ported under Linux. So now, it’s a matter of days to get FurMark for Linux…

  • Gelko

    Nice, I will be checking often here, when it comes out, could you please inform the world!

    thaaaannnkkk you JeGX :):):):):):):):):):):)

  • Gelko

    no news yet? Everytime I come to this site, i’m excited for it to load to see is it out yet, but then nothing yet. :'(
    hopefully soon

  • NSman

    It’s been a year…

    There are still a lot of us hoping native GNU/Linux FurMark port is coming.

    Please don’t give up, we’re here for you!

  • NSman

    Wow man!

    Loving those words ‘almost done’!
    Great work, keep it going. Thumbs up!