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A Linux Program To Overclock Your AMD CPUs

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phoronix.com: Besides Linux drivers for gaming peripherals (like mice and other things) being an area where Linux tends to struggle compared to the level of support and functionality offered under Windows, enthusiast-oriented programs for being able to overclock your CPU and RAM is another area where Linux really provides no suitable alternatives.

A Gaming Mouse Vendor That Has Linux Drivers

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phoronix.com: While Razer and Logitech manufacturer some terrific mice for computer gamers along with other gaming peripherals, they unfortunately do not provide any official Linux support. But there is now at least one new vendor supporting such efforts.

ATI Radeon HD 5450 On Linux

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phoronix.com: In this article we are reviewing the ATI Radeon HD 5450 "Cedar" graphics card, which is AMD's lowest-end Evergreen GPU but will set you back less than $50 USD.

Know Your Hardware

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linuxaria.com: On linux there are some simple commands that allow you to see what the OS is seeing (that does not always correspond with the hardware in the machine). Today we will see some.

ATI R600 Classic Mesa 7.9 Performance

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phoronix.com: As we have talked about in numerous articles now and delivered various benchmarks for different graphics processors from those using a classic Mesa DRI driver to the newer NVIDIA/ATI hardware with Gallium3D support, Mesa 7.9 brings a lot to the table.

In praise of floppies

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kmandla.wordpress: Behold the floppy, a miracle of post-modern technology! Does your computer still have a floppy drive? Count yourself among the lucky! Why? Thousands of reasons!

Multicore may not be so scary - Linux will keep up

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web.mit.edu: Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more ‘cores,’ or processing units, to computer chips.

Loss Leaders and Linux

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broadcast.oreilly.com: I bought a low-end, small footprint desktop: an eMachines EL-1300G. The cost at a local big box retailer was $159. The first thing I did with my system when I got it home was make sure that it powered up and seemed to work. The second thing I did was wipe the hard drive and load Linux.

The joy of installing hardware in Linux

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cristalinux.blogspot: Linux is often regarded as a great operating system, specially in the server arena. When it comes to home use, though, there are still several weak spots, hardware management and support being one of the most important.

Intel Mesa 7.9 Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: With Mesa 7.9 just around the corner and it sporting a new GLSL compiler, support for new OpenGL extensions, and months worth of other changes to core Mesa and its drivers, we decided to run some benchmarks.

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