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Inside Murdoch's $5m Linux supercomputer

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itnews.com.au: Supercomputing group iVEC has invited its first applications from researchers seeking access to its $5 million Linux cluster at Murdoch University.

phoronix: nvidia, xorg, ext4, cpuidle

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  • NVIDIA Linux Driver Now Does GL_EXT_x11_sync_object
  • The Official X.Org Notes For Ubuntu 11.10
  • Snapshots Support For EXT4 File-System
  • Linux Kernel Power Consumption Is Lowered, But Regressions Remain

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770

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phoronix.com: Continuing to ensure that Linux benchmarks on the latest AMD Radeon HD graphics processors are available, the kind people at Sapphire have sent over another Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card.

Attention: This is not big news

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techrepublic.com: It has been announced that Ubuntu 11.04 will come pre-installed on three of ASUS’s Netbook PCs. To that, Jack responds with a hip-hip-meh. See why Jack is so down on Linux pre-installed on netbooks.

The future of the computer

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dedoimedo.com: There are many kinds, from big enterprise servers via desktop workstations via notebooks down to netbooks and finally ending with smartphones. Throw in a handful of media centers, streamers and tablets, and you get chaos. And for every type there's a whole lot of opinions and predictions, all fatalistically fixated on one question. Will it die soon?

Raspberry Pi: Tiny Computer That Runs Linux

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linuxjournal.com: 700MHz processor, 256MB of RAM. It doesn't seem that long ago since I was running a desktop PC like that. However, these are the specs of a new keyring-sized computer to be released by a UK not for profit company.

Lenovo's MeeGo Netbook: Hands On

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pcmag.com: But there have been signs of life here at Computex 2011, beginning with Asus's launch of the EeePC X101. And now there's the Lenovo Ideapad S100, which was spotted in the wild running a version of MeeGo that's actually usable. Let's take a closer look.

How Unity, Compiz, GNOME Shell & KWin Affect Performance

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phoronix.com: In this article are the first results of this testing of Unity with Compiz, the classic GNOME desktop with Metacity, the classic GNOME desktop with Compiz, the GNOME Shell with Mutter, and the KDE desktop with KWin. These configurations were tested with both the open and closed-source NVIDIA and ATI/AMD Linux drivers.

Asus Eee PC X101: $200 netbook that will run MeeGo Linux or Windows 7

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liliputing.com: Asus is getting back into the Linux netbook game with the introduction of the Eee PC X101. The company is positioning the new netbook as a thin and light model, measuring just 0.7 inches thick and weighing just 2.1 pounds.

Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent

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phoronix.com: For those Intel "Sandy Bridge" hardware customers that may be trying out the recent release of Fedora 15, the experience is decent and is in much better shape than the troubling support in Ubuntu 11.04.

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    While the recently released X.Org Server 1.20 has initial support for XWayland with EGLStreams so X11 applications/games on Wayland can still benefit from hardware acceleration, in its current state it doesn't integrate too well with Wayland desktop compositors wishing to support it. That's changing with a new patch series.
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  • Geometry & Tessellation Shaders For Mesa's OpenGL Compatibility Context
    With the recent Mesa 18.1 release there is OpenGL 3.1 support with the ARB_compatibility context for the key Gallium3D drivers, but Marek Olšák at AMD continues working on extending that functionality under the OpenGL compatibility context mode.
  • Mesa Begins Its Transition To Gitlab
    Following the news from earlier this month that FreeDesktop.org would move its infrastructure to Gitlab, the Mesa3D project has begun the process of adopting this Git-centered software.

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

Comment Ubuntu 18.04, launched last month, included a new Welcome application that runs the first time you boot into your new install. The Welcome app does several things, including offering to opt you out of Canonical's new data collection tool. The tool also provides a quick overview of the new GNOME interface, and offers to set up Livepatch (for kernel patching without a reboot). In my review I called the opt-out a ham-fisted decision, but did note that if Canonical wanted to actually gather data, opt-out was probably the best choice. Read more

How CERN Is Using Linux and Open Source

CERN really needs no introduction. Among other things, the European Organization for Nuclear Research created the World Wide Web and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, which was used in discovery of the Higgs boson. Tim Bell, who is responsible for the organization’s IT Operating Systems and Infrastructure group, says the goal of his team is “to provide the compute facility for 13,000 physicists around the world to analyze those collisions, understand what the universe is made of and how it works.” Read more