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Yesterday I delivered some interesting results showing Freescale's i.MX6 quad-core ARM SoC outperforming one of the original Intel Atom SOCs, with both devices being from low-powered Linux-friendly CompuLab PCs. While the full review of the i.MX6-based CompuLab Utilite is still being written, here's some more preview benchmarks comparing the quad-core i.MX6 to the Atom Z530 to a NVIDIA Tegra 2 to a low-power Ivy Bridge CPU.
25 January 2014 - ARM + x86 - 1 Comment
For the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of playing with CompuLab's Utilite Computer. The Utilite is a miniature ARM desktop computer powered by Freescale's i.MX6 SoC and is running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This is a speedy little Linux system that for some workloads can blow past Intel's original Atom Z530 "Poulsbo" SoC system.
24 January 2014 - Utilite Performance - 17 Comments
For those that have been wanting to try out the Linux-based Mer-derived Qt-friendly Sailfish OS but are unable to obtain Jolla's first, expensive, and limited quantity phone, the Finnish company is porting Sailfish OS to Google's Nexus devices.
23 January 2014 - Sailfish OS - 24 Comments
Offered through the UEFI interface on the ASUS A88X-PRO motherboard with the new AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" APU is a "GPU Burst" mode with auto, turbo, and extreme settings. In this article this performance option for Kaveri's Radeon R7 Graphics is going to be tested under Ubuntu Linux.
20 January 2014 - GPU Burst - 6 Comments
The ColorHug has been one of the more successful OpenHardware projects of recent times. The ColorHug is an open-source display colorimeter for calibrating LCD panels for accurate displays. This open-source hardware was designed by GNOME's Richard Hughes and obviously features first-rate linux support. He's now working on a new ColorHug+ device.
20 January 2014 - ColorHug+ - 7 Comments
For those curious how HPC Challenge, the widely-used HPC benchmark, fairs for the AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU, here's some HPCC benchmark results.
17 January 2014 - HPCC Benchmarks - 2 Comments
Several test profiles were updated this night on OpenBenchmarking.org for Phoronix Test Suite users.
11 January 2014 - Linux CPU Benchmarks
Freedreno, the leading open-source ARM graphics driver, has picked up an important performance-boosting feature inside of its Gallium3D driver inside mainline Mesa.
9 January 2014 - Freedreno Gallium3D Binning
Razer, the company known for their gaming peripherals, announced at CES today their "Christine" project that is a PCI Express modular design. All components are individually packaged and allows anyone to easily assemble a PC.
7 January 2014 - Project Christine - 21 Comments
Imagination Technologies, a brand opposed by many Linux users due to their often troublesome Linux graphics drivers provided by many Imagination PowerVR licensees, is out at CES this week with new Series 6 architecture graphics processors.
7 January 2014 - Imagination Series 6 - 6 Comments
Many Phoronix readers likely recall the glory years of the open-source-friendly Linksys WRT54G router that for some is still a great device and there's still the thriving OpenWRT community. Good news out of CES today is that Linksys is letting the WRT54G live-on in the form of the 802.11ac-based WRT1900AC.
6 January 2014 - WRT1900AC - 15 Comments
A new RAID library is under development for the mainline Linux kernel that supports up to six parities.
6 January 2014 - SnapRAID - 1 Comment
An Ubuntu developer has proposed 32-bit UEFI support within new Ubuntu Linux install images to support the new "Bay Trail" laptops and other hardware that requires 32-bit UEFI support.
31 December 2013 - 32-bit Ubuntu UEFI - 14 Comments
For those with some spare CPU cycles this holiday season, there's a new high-performance computing benchmark available via the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org. The latest workload that can be run via our fully-streamlined, automated, and reproducible benchmarking platform is the up and coming HPCG test.
27 December 2013 - HPCG
Beyond the Zenbook Prime SSD tests, some more performance data to share this Sunday from the ASUS UX32 ultrabook is of the battery power consumption when running some NVIDIA Optimus Linux tests and kernel comparisons.
22 December 2013 - Linux Power Draw - 4 Comments
While Calxeda was leading (and driving) the ARM server race for a while with their Linux-friendly power-efficient ARMv7 EnergyCore SoCs, they're now out of the race as the company is shutting down.
20 December 2013 - Calxeda ARM Server - 6 Comments
The open-source libCEC library continues to advance in providing better support for the CEC bus in HDMI so that Linux boxes can more easily interact with CEC-enabled A/V devices.
19 December 2013 - CEC Library - 3 Comments
Gummiboot, the simple and open-source UEFI boot manager, now has support for displaying a user-defined splash screen.
16 December 2013 - Gummiboot Splash - 8 Comments
While /dev/random was made faster and more random in Linux 3.13, in light of the NSA controversies and that Intel/VIA hardware encryption and random generators may not even be trustworthy, there's been a rework in how reseeding happens for the Linux kernel's random component.
15 December 2013 - /dev/random - 1 Comment
Yesterday I shared the first Phoronix tests of Ubuntu running on the Acer C720 Chromebook, a ChromeOS-focused device powered by an Intel Celeron "Haswell" processor. The performance was great -- as was the build quality and features -- for being a $199 USD device that can be loaded with other operating systems too.
13 December 2013 - Acer C720 - 10 Comments
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