For those wondering whether there will be any exciting improvements with the Intel DRM graphics driver in the Linux 3.18 kernel, here's some OpenGL performance benchmarks.
At least when carrying out performance tests with Mesa Git master (now at Mesa 10.5.0-devel), there doesn't appear to be any significant performance improvements when testing with an Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" CPU bearing HD Graphics 4600. When comparing the stable Linux 3.16.0, 3.17.0, and 3.18.0 Git daily kernels for this system with standard HD Graphics 4600, there really isn't exciting about this latest Linux kernel.
Welcome to the age of containerization, where an ecosystem led by startup Docker is leading IT organizations to ineffable peaks of efficiency, helping them scale their workloads ever-higher, and probably baking them a nice cake to boot (it's my birthday, I have cake on the brain, sue me). Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services are all tripping over themselves to make sure prospective customers know that their clouds are the place to be if you want to get the most from Docker.
Earlier this week on Phoronix I posted benchmarks indicating potential block/file-system performance regressions using the Linux 3.18 kernel. Since then I've been carrying out more tests looking for any file-system performance problems on other hardware.
The tests earlier this week showed the Flexible I/O Tester (FIO) regressing for EXT4/Btrfs/XFS/F2FS from a OCZ Vertex 3 SATA SSD with Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E system. I've been running a few more Linux 3.17 vs. Linux 3.18 Git comparisons looking at the disk performance for other Linux systems:
With Mint 17.1 Rebecca being days away from release, and Cinnamon 2.4 looking so good, here is an overview of some of the best looking themes which allow you to beautify your desktop.
Most of these are available online, and you can install them from Menu -> Preferences -> Themes. There are also some themes from gnome-look.org, and to install those you need to download the archive and uncompress it inside the ~/.themes folder. I specified the themes which are are from gnome-look.org
The second revision to the Linux kernel based D-Bus implementation is now available for review.
Greg Kroah-Hartman on Thursday night posted the "v2" revision of the KDBUS implementation for providing the kernel with a new IPC implementation that resembles the existing user-space D-Bus daemon while adding extra features.
Among the changes in this revision to KDBUS are exposing its control files and other information via a new kdbusfs file-system, KDBUS expects to be mounted to /sys/fs/kdbus, a new KDBUS domain is created for each time kdbusfs is mounted, and various other low-level changes.
More details via the patch-set series. It's not clear yet whether KDBUS will be ready for merging in the Linux 3.19 kernel or will be held off until Linux 3.20 or longer.