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Intel's NUC, NVIDIA, Debian Drew In Lots Of Linux Interest

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Published on 28 February 2014 07:00 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix
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This month on Phoronix there were 294 news articles and 28 featured-length articles covering various interesting open-source and Linux related topics. Here's a look at some of our most striking content over the past month.

~98% of the articles this month on Phoronix were once again offered by your's truly, still putting out an average of over 10 news articles per day plus a featured-length article (Linux hardware review, benchmarking article, etc) every day of the week. You still won't find a more prolific source of enthusiast-related Linux content, particularly when it comes to hardware and graphics, so if you appreciate all of this work invested please subscribe to Phoronix Premium or also consider making a PayPal tip, shopping with our Amazon.com affiliate link, or making a Bitcoin contribution.

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Now here's a look at our most high profile stories this month on Phoronix:

Manjaro vs. Ubuntu vs. Fedora vs. OpenSUSE Benchmarks
The latest Linux distribution benchmarks to share at Phoronix are a comparison of Manjaro Linux 0.8.8, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in its current development state, openSUSE 13.1, and Fedora 20. All tests were done from an Intel Core i5 4670 Haswell system to look at the current state of various Linux distributions when it comes to various areas of open-source performance.

Intel Atom Bay Trail NUC Kit On Linux
With the early Atom "Bay Trail" hardware being disastrous for Linux, when Intel recently announced their Bay Trail based NUC Kit we were anxious and decided to give this unit a go. The Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYK packs an Intel Celeron N2820 Bay Trail CPU and motherboard supporting up to 8GB of DDR3L system memory and 2.5-inch HDD/SSD in a 116 x 112 x 51 mm form-factor. In this article is a rundown of the Phoronix experience so far for this Atom NUC Kit and how well it's running with Ubuntu Linux.

9-Way NVIDIA GeForce Linux Benchmarks On Their New Beta Driver
Following last week's exciting NVIDIA 334 Linux beta driver release, here are benchmarks from nine different GeForce graphics cards to complement yesterday's 9-way AMD Radeon comparison on Ubuntu with the latest Linux driver beta.

Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS Performance Benchmarks
For those curious how the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" performance has evolved with the new hardware enablement stacks of the Long-Term Support point releases, here are some fresh benchmarks this weekend looking at the new release of Ubuntu 12.04.4.

CompuLab Utilite: A Tiny, Low-Power, Low-Cost, ARM Linux Desktop
When it comes to Linux-friendly hardware vendors one of my favorite companies to deal with at Phoronix is CompuLab. The Israeli PC vendor isn't just rebadging some OEM systems and slapping on a Tux sticker nor are they assembling some x86 systems that individuals could easily build at a lower cost. We have reviewed several interesting low-power Linux PCs from them in the past and today may be one of their most interesting products yet, the Freescale i.MX6-based Utilite. In this review is a look at the Utilite Pro, which is my new favorite pre-assembled ARM Linux desktop.

NVIDIA GeForce Power Efficiency: From The 6600GT To The GTX 750 Ti
When NVIDIA was doing their press briefings for their new Maxwell architecture they frequently talked up its power efficiency and how the power efficiency is four times greater than where it was four years ago with Fermi... But how is Maxwell and NVIDIA's power efficiency compared to hardware from ten years ago? In this article we have done fresh benchmarks -- with power consumption, thermal, and performance-per-Watt measurements -- of NVIDIA's mid-range graphics cards from the week-old GeForce GTX 750 Ti to as far back as the GeForce 6600GT (NV43) graphics card from 2004.

Intel Linux 3.3 To Linux 3.13 Kernel Benchmarks
The latest kernel benchmarking that happened at Phoronix was testing every major Linux kernel release from Linux 3.3 through the latest stable Linux 3.13 release from an Intel Sandy Bridge system to see how the kernel performance has evolved during the hardware's lifetime for key subsystems.

SilverStone PS08: A Decent, Ultra Low-Cost Micro-ATX Case
With being in the process of assembling a new automated test farm for Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org / Phoromatic test purposes, when it came to finding new computer cases I ended up finding a decent choice with SilverStone. While SilverStone is known for their very expensive and high-end cases, the Precision PS08 is less luxurious but sells at a very nice price.

The most popular news items for February were meanwhile:

Ubuntu Has Two Phone Partners, Launching In 2014
Mark Shuttleworth has just revealed there's two manufacturing partners for Ubuntu Mobile and they will have devices shipping in 2014.

GCC & LLVM Developers May Begin Collaborating
As an interesting turn of events after Richard Stallman called LLVM a "terrible setback" and the discussion that ensued, it turns out that the GCC and LLVM/Clang developers might start to better collaborate under some sort of open-source compiler initiative.

Wine On Android Is Making Progress, Running Solitaire
Last year was the last time we had a chance to talk about Wine on Android for running Windows programs on Google's mobile operating system. While it's not quite mainline yet, Wine on Android has been making much progress and can now run Windows' Solitaire game on your Android device.

An Overview Of The Linux 3.14 Kernel Features
With yesterday's release of the Linux 3.14-rc1, here's a look at the top features that were merged for introduction in the Linux 3.14 kernel.

A Look At The New Firefox UI On Ubuntu Linux
After yesterday's article about the new Firefox UI landing in the Aurora channel, here's some screenshots showing what the new Firefox marked at 29.0a2 looks like on Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu To Abandon Upstart, Switch To Systemd
As a huge surprise move for Valentine's Day, Mark Shuttleworth has announced Ubuntu Linux will be abandoning the Upstart init system and be migrating to systemd.

A Nicely-Built 40-Core Raspberry Pi Cluster
Raspberry Pi super-computing clusters have been attempted before, but usually they don't turn out as nice as this new one that's comprised of 40 Raspberry Pi boards inside of an acrylic chassis.

Enlightenment 1.9 Alpha Pre-Release Surfaces
The first pre-release of Enlightenment E19 is now available for early adopters on this next major release that has been dubbed "MYSTERY RELEASE 2K14!" by its developers.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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