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Articles from 2008

This began as a list of original articles found on tuxmachines.org, either by me or someone else, but it has since morphed into a list of original articles found on tuxmachines.org and the articles I've had published elsewhere.

  1. Why the world isn't ready for Linux* - Dec 30, 2008
  2. My New Laptop and Linux* - Dec 25, 2008
  3. Revised Slackware keeps it simple - Dec 23, 2008
  4. openSUSE 11.1 makes Christmas come early - Dec 18, 2008
  5. The State of UK Terrestrial Web TV* - Dec 15, 2008
  6. How about "just using" instead of "migrating"?* - Dec 12, 2008
  7. Meet PCLinuxOS 2009 (Beta 1) - Oct 18, 2008
  8. Foresight Kid's can inspire young minds - Oct 09, 2008
  9. Sidux grows on you - Oct 08, 2008
  10. What Using Linux Means to Me* - Oct 06, 2008
  11. Why I Choose Linux* - Oct 06, 2008
  12. What I wish I'd read months ago about KDE3 vs. KDE4* - Oct 02, 2008
  13. Mandriva 2009/KDE 4.1 Revisited* - Sep 27, 2008
  14. The worlds best Linux Distro is now available* - Sep 26, 2008
  15. Michael Larabel talks about Phoronix - Sep 15, 2008
  16. Some Reasons NOT to use Linux. Ever. At all.* - Sep 11, 2008
  17. Dell Mini 9....* - Sep 09, 2008
  18. Linux-powered LinPC desktop is a bargain - Sep 08, 2008
  19. Mandriva 2009 Beta 1 & KDE 4.1 - A Brief Report* - Aug 15, 2008
  20. Gentoo 2008.0: Return to greatness? - Aug 7, 2008
  21. Parsix GNU/Linux 1.5r1 - Aug 04, 2008
  22. Tux's Dream* - July 25, 2008
  23. Welcome to my Nightmare - July 21, 2008
  24. Proprietary software? Counsel objects - July 17, 2008
  25. Desktop Distros* - July 14, 2008
  26. Linux is a tool* - July 8, 2008
  27. Penumbra Overture - If You Dare - July 5, 2008
  28. On OpenSuse 11* - July 1, 2008
  29. Battle of the Titans - Mandriva vs openSUSE: The Rematch - June 25, 2008
  30. New media center OS is pleasing to the eye and ear - June 23, 2008
  31. Kudos to openSUSE 11.0 - June 20, 2008
  32. Tuxpaint is fun for kids and adults - June 9, 2008
  33. Openoffice.org mailing labels solution* - June 8, 2008
  34. A Tiny Look at TinyMe 2008.0 - May 25, 2008
  35. No is Ark verdict - May 21, 2008
  36. New group advocates for FOSS in libraries - May 19, 2008
  37. Hardy Heron converts an Ubuntu skeptic - May 9, 2008
  38. Top 5 Tiny Distros - May 3, 2008
  39. New SymphonyOne distro plays a different tune - Apr 30, 2008
  40. First look at Draco GNU/Linux 0.3 - Apr 21, 2008
  41. PCLinuxOS Gnome links two worlds - Apr 10, 2008
  42. First look at Dreamlinux 3.0 - Apr 07, 2008
  43. GoblinX packs a lot into compact Slackware-based distro - Mar 21, 2008
  44. Drupal keeps getting better - Mar 20, 2008
  45. First look at PC-BSD 1.5 - Mar 17, 2008
  46. Latest Slax release needs more time in the oven - Mar 04, 2008
  47. Parsix: Persian distro makes GNOME look good - Feb 25, 2008
  48. Create a backup server with Restore - Feb 19, 2008
  49. Vector Linux 5.9: Light, fast Slackware-based distro* - Feb 13, 2008
  50. First look at Zenwalk Linux 5.0 - Feb 11, 2008
  51. Litrix: Linux from Brazil to your desktop - Jan 24, 2008
  52. SimplyMEPIS 7.0 is a keeper - Jan 18, 2008
  53. KDE 4.0: Everything that has an end, has a beginning* - Jan 18, 2008
  54. Osmo: A daily organizer - Jan 09, 2008

* - Posts by other contributers.





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Linux 5.9 Performance Is Off To A Great Start With FSGSBASE Boost

FSGSBASE particularly helps out context switching heavy workloads like I/O and allowing user-space software to write to the x86_64 GSBASE without kernel interaction. That in turn has been of interest to Java and others. While going through patch review, we've benchmarked FSGSBASE patches at different points and found the performance benefits to be evident and helping in areas hurt by the likes of Spectre/Meltdown. FSGSBASE is supported on Intel CPUs since Ivy Bridge as well as newer AMD CPUs, where the performance is also helped. On Linux 5.9 where FSGSBASE is finally mainlined, it's enabled by default on supported CPUs. FSGSBASE can be disabled at kernel boot time via the "nofsgsbase" kernel option. On Linux 5.9+, looking for "fsgsbase" in the /proc/cpuinfo is the indicator whether FSGSBASE kernel usage is happening though note prior to 5.9 on supported CPUs the "fsgsbase" string is always present. For this article are some early data points of Linux 5.9 tested out-of-the-box on a Git snapshot and then again when booting that kernel image with "nofsgsbase" and repeating the tests. Via the Phoronix Test Suite various benchmarks relevant to FSGSBASE testing were carried out. Quick tests on both Intel Core and AMD Ryzen are done for this article while additional tests will be coming of Linux 5.9 over the weeks ahead -- 5.9-rc1 isn't even out until next weekend as marking the end of 5.9 features landing. Read more Also: User Xattr Support Finally Landing For NFS In Linux 5.9 Please pull NFS server updates for v5.9

Python Programming

today's leftovers

  • "Hey, DT. Why Arco Linux Instead Of Arch?" (Plus Other Questions Answered)

    In this lengthy rant video, I address a few questions that I've been receiving from viewers. I discuss fake DistroTube accounts on social media, my thoughts on PeerTube, my experience with LBRY, my thoughts on Arco vs Arch vs Artix, and what YouTubers have influenced my life.

  • 2020-08-10 | Linux Headlines 186

    elementary OS teases big changes coming in version 6, RetroArch rolls out major search improvements with version 1.9, Microsoft releases Minecraft: Education Edition for Chromebooks, and the new Krita Scripting School website aims to help developers expand the painting application.

  • R600 Gallium3D Now Has Compute Shaders Working With NIR

    If you are still rocking a pre-GCN AMD Radeon graphics card on the R600g driver for the HD 2000 through HD 6000 series, you really ought to consider upgrading in 2020, but otherwise at least from the open-source community there continues to be improvements.

  • NVIDIA GeForce are teasing something for August 31, likely RTX 3000

    Ready for your next upgrade? NVIDIA think you might be and they're teasing what is most likely the GeForce RTX 3000 launch at the end of this month. We don't know what they're actually going to call them, although they will be based on the already revealed Ampere architecture announced back in May. It's probably safe to say RTX 3000 for now, going by the last two generations being 1000 and 2000 but NVIDIA may go for something more fancy this time.

  • How to Learn Python in 21 Days?

    Before moving further, let’s have a brief introduction to Python Language. Python, designed by Guido Van Rossum in 1991, is a general-purpose programming language. The language is widely used in Web Development, Data Science, Machine Learning, and various other trending domains in the tech world. Moreover, Python supports multiple programming paradigms and has a huge set of libraries and tools. Also, the language offers various other key features such as better code readability, vast community support, fewer lines of code, and many more. Here in this article, we’ll discuss a thorough curriculum or roadmap that you need to follow to learn Python in just 21 days!

  • This Week In Servo 135

    Last week we released Firefox Reality v1.2, which includes a smoother developer tools experience, along with support for Unity WebXR content and self-signed SSL certificates. See the full release notes for more information about the new release.

OSS Leftovers

  • Richard Stallman Discusses Privateness Dangers of Bitcoin, Suggests 'One thing A lot Higher'
  • The many meanings of 'Open': Open Data, Open Source, and Open Standards

    It is important to note that open source software is not always “free” software. The difference is in the licensing and the level of effort required to customize the code for your use case. According to GNU progenitor and software freedom advocate Richard Stallman, free does not mean non-proprietary but rather suggests that “users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software” for any purpose. (“This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of ‘free speech,’ not ‘free beer,’” Stallman says.). One also has the freedom to sell the software after modifying it. Implementing open source software inside a business enterprise frequently requires customization for your organization’s workflow. Whether this customization is done using internal resources or with the help of external consultants, it typically is not free, nor is the subsequent maintenance of the software. Successful open source software is designed and built using a collaborative community software development process that releases frequent updates to improve functionality and reliability. The key is in the “community” adoption and development.

  • How an open community rebrands

    As an open community evolves, so does the way it expresses its identity to others. And having open conversations about how you'd like your community to be recognized is an important component of community engagement. Simply put, your community's brand is what people (especially potential contributors) see first when they encounter you. So you want to make sure your brand reflects your community—its values, its principles, and its spirit. [...] Together, then, we were able to augment Jim's experience at Red Hat (though we always welcomed his perspectives along the way). Over the past half-decade, the Open Organization community has grown from a small group of passionate people debating nascent ideas about the "cultural side" of open source to a bustling bunch of thought leaders who have literally written the definition of what it means to be an open organization. To put it in open source terms: Our entire upstream project continues to evolve from that founding gesture.

  • LibreOffice 7.0 arrives, improves performance and compatibility

    AMD sponsored the developers' implementing the Skia graphics engine in LibreOffice. In Windows this open source 2D graphics library provides upgraded performance. Additionally the engine is accelerated by the Vulkan graphics and compute API.

  • TinyFloat, Troll Arithmetic, GIMP Palettes

    I've been working on a 64 bit extension to the 6502 processor architecture. This is for the purpose of implementing a secure computer which also has a hope of working after post industrial collapse.

    Along the way, I have found a use for a practical use for 8 bit floating point numbers. Floating point representations were historically used for scientific calculations. The two components of a floating point number - the exponent and mantissa - work in a manner similar to logarithms, slide rules and the scientific representation of numbers. For example, 1.32×104 = 13,200. Why not just write the latter? Scientific notation works over a *very* large scale and is therefore useful for cosmology, biology and nanofabrication. For computing, floating point may use binary in preference to decimal. Also, it is not typical to store both the exponent and mantissa within 8 bits.

  • Open Source Contributions on the Rise in FinTech, Healthcare and Government [Ed: "The Linux Foundation sponsored this post." So the Foundation is now busy distorting the media instead of actually supporting developers who develop Free software on shoestring budget.]

    Enterprise use of open source remains stable, and a new generation of companies are increasing their engagement with open source communities. Led by financial services, healthcare and government, more organizations across most industry verticals are regularly (frequently or sometimes) contributing to upstream projects, going from 42% to 46% over the last three years.

  • TODO Group Survey Shows Stable Enterprise Open Source Use

    The “Open Source Programs in the Enterprise” survey, from The Linux Foundation’s TODO Group and The New Stack says “enterprise use of open source remains stable.” An article by Lawrence Hecht reports that more organizations across industry verticals are regularly contributing to upstream projects, increasing from 42% to 46% over the past three years. “The multi-year effort provides a solid baseline for measuring change, growth and effectiveness of efforts to guide corporate open source policies and community participation,” Hecht said.