First off, there's a lot of exciting Linux hardware reviews that are upcoming on Phoronix... There's the ASUS Zenbook Haswell ultrabook that was talked about yesterday (along with the updated photography equipment) as my Retina MacBook Pro replacement that will be reviewed and benchmarked at length, along with Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS performance numbers for the Intel Iris HD Graphics 5100 sported by this lightweight but powerful UX301LA system. This review will feature comparisons against several Clarksfield, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, and Haswell laptops on Linux. Additionally, in the coming days on Phoronix will be a good number of other Linux hardware reviews:
- ASUS MX279 27-inch monitor.
- MSI B85M-P33 motherboard as a decent micro-ATX Haswell product.
- MSI X79MA-GD45 motherboard for the Intel Ivy Bridge Extreme.
- SilverStone Raven RVZ01 as one of my favorite mini-ITX cases with a great number of features that make it perfect for living room Linux gaming systems and HTPCs.
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 HDD.
- ASUS PB278Q 27-Inch WQHD LED-lit PLS Professional Graphics Monitor.
Those are just hardware reviews for the next week or two that I've been in the process of testing and will be wrapped up soon enough.
There will also be several interesting software articles, including a look at the Ubuntu 14.04 LUKS on LVM and eCryptfs disk encryption, Intel 2D GLAMOR vs. UXA vs. SNA benchmarks on the latest open-source Intel HD Graphics code, and a 6-way Ubuntu 14.04 desktop environment 2D/3D comparison. Plus many more with my habit of writing hundreds of news stories each month and usually at least one featured, multi-page article each and every day.
Adding more excitement to March is the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco later in the month. GDC will be very interesting this year due to the increasing number of Linux games and even AMD covering everything so I'm at GDC and will learn more about their OpenGL ambitions. A few days after that I'm back out in California for the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley. Expect a lot more Phoronix coverage out of this always great annual event.
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