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ASUS AM1I-A: A Mini-ITX Board For Socketed Kabini APUs

Fri, 18/04/2014 - 4:00am
For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" Officially Released

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 6:10pm
The official release announcement has finally been sent out for today's release of the Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" Long Term Support release...

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Server Benchmarks

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 6:00pm
To complement the just-published Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, 13.10, and 14.04 LTS desktop benchmarks are results when running a variety of workstation and server oriented benchmarks...

Ubuntu 12.04.4 vs. 13.10 vs. 14.04 LTS Desktop Benchmarks

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 5:19pm
With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS being released today, here's some fresh benchmarks comparing the Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit performance against Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS. In this article are desktop and gaming benchmarks comparing these versions of Ubuntu Linux.

QEMU 2.0 Released With ARM, x86 Enhancements

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 4:36pm
QEMU 2.0 has officially shipped. The QEMU 2.0 release has been under development for many months and has numerous new features for this processor emulator commonly used in conjunction with Linux KVM or Xen...

Running The Unity 8 Preview Session On Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 2:10pm
Today Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is being released and you might be tempted to try out Mir with their Unity 8 mobile/converged UI.....

AMD OpenCL Performance With AM1 Kabini APUs

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:50am
For those curious how AMD's AM1 APUs are running with OpenCL workloads given the company's focus on HSA, here's a wide-range of OpenCL benchmarks from the four Athlon and Sempron AM1 APUs currently on the market while running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Intel Haswell Graphics Benchmarks From Linux 3.15

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 7:07am
After yesterday delivering some early Linux 3.15 benchmarks using an Intel Core i7 and AMD Radeon graphics, here's some brief and RC1-stage tests looking at Intel "Haswell" HD Graphics 4600 with the new kernel...

R600 Gallium3D Disables LLVM Back-End By Default

Thu, 17/04/2014 - 1:51am
AMD has decided to disable the LLVM compiler back-end by default within the R600 era Gallium3D graphics driver...

Fedora 21 Gets GNOME 3.12, PHP 5.6, Mono 3.4

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 9:10pm
Following today's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting is another round of fresh features for Fedora 21 that will premiere late into the year...

Mini-Box M350: A Simple, Affordable Mini-ITX Case

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 7:00pm
If you are looking for a very compact enclosure that can handle a mini-ITX motherboard and up to two 2.5-inch hard drives while measuring in at just 192 x 210 x 62 mm, the Mini-Box M350 might be the performance case for your needs.

Fedora Workstation Is Making Me Quite Excited

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 3:05pm
With the ongoing rework happening within the Fedora camp, there's emerging Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, and Fedora Server "product" working groups. The work happening within Fedora Workstation is quite exciting and rejuvenating the project...

Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:20pm
Collabora has publicly announced this morning Maynard, a new Wayland-based shell that's lightweight and should work great for the Raspberry Pi...

Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:00pm
Google's open-source Chromium browser is in a bit of a bad shape for this week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS...

KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:35pm
Coming out today is one of the last major KDE4 releases before the next-generation KDE stack makes its formal debut. KDE 4.13 does bring some new features worth writing home about...

A Quick Look At GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 10:00am
Following my most recent GCC 4.9 benchmarks for the open-source compiler that should be officially released next week, I ran some benchmarks of the GCC compiler results against LLVM's Clang 3.5 compiler in its latest SVN state. Here's the data for those curious how the very latest compiler code is comparing between GCC and LLVM/Clang.

Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 8:43am
One of the more commonly occurring test requests at Phoronix lately has been about testing the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver with the Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards. Sadly, there's a reason why the R9 290 hardware isn't tested on the open driver much under Linux...

Intel Broadwell GT3 Graphics Have Dual BSD Rings

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 5:28am
Based upon recent open-source Intel Linux graphics driver patches, the high-end Intel Broadwell "GT3" graphics core will feature dual BSD rings for video decoding...

Early Linux 3.15 Benchmarks Of Intel Core i7 + Radeon

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 4:03am
Now that Linux 3.15-rc1 is out, we're onto benchmarking the Linux 3.15 kernel, which brings a particularly large number of exciting changes...

Red Hat Releases Its RHEL 7 Release Candidate

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 3:46am
Red Hat has released its release candidate today of Red Hat Enterprise Linux...