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Benchmarking CompuLab's Small, Low-Power Linux PCs

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

Freescale's i.MX6 SoC Smacks The Old Intel Atom Z530

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

Jolla Ports Sailfish OS To Google Nexus 4

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

Coreboot Gets Ported To The Lenovo X230 Ultrabook

The latest Lenovo device picking up unofficial support for booting with Coreboot is the X230.
22 January 2014 - Lenovo X230 - 13 Comments

Testing The AMD Kaveri GPU Burst Turbo/Extreme

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

OpenHardware ColorHug+ Announced

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

HPC Challenge Benchmarks For AMD A10-7850K Kaveri

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

Coreboot Improvements Land For Lenovo Laptops

It's been an exciting past few weeks for the open-source Coreboot project. After 2013 was ended by the FSF endorsing its first (Coreboot-powered) laptop and Google landing a lot of Coreboot changes to benefit the increasingly popular Chromebooks, January already got off to a good start with AMD Gizmosphere support coming to mainline Coreboot and Allwinner A10 / Cubieboard support. The latest work in the Coreboot world are Lenovo laptop improvements.
13 January 2014 - Coreboot Lenovo - 11 Comments

Updated Open-Source Linux CPU Benchmarking Weekend

Several test profiles were updated this night on OpenBenchmarking.org for Phoronix Test Suite users.
11 January 2014 - Linux CPU Benchmarks

ARM Allwinner A10, Cubieboard Come To Coreboot

The Allwinner A10 ARM SoC is now supported by Coreboot along with the A10-based Cubieboard.
9 January 2014 - Allwinner A10 - 19 Comments

Freedreno Gallium3D Gets A Performance Boost

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 Comes Up With An Interesting Modular PC

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 Announces New Series 6 Architecture GPUs

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

Linksys Reviving The WRT54G Router In 802.11AC Form

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 - 14 Comments

SnapRAID Yields A New RAID Kernel Library For Linux

A new RAID library is under development for the mainline Linux kernel that supports up to six parities.
6 January 2014 - SnapRAID - 1 Comment

32-bit UEFI Support Proposed For Ubuntu Linux

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

Another New Linux HPC Benchmark To Run

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

NVIDIA Optimus Linux Power Battery Tests

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

Calxeda Is Now Out Of The ARM Linux Server Race

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

Free Software Foundation Endorses Its First Laptop

The Free Software Foundation today has come out for "the first time we've ever been able to encourage people to buy and use a laptop as-is." The Free Software Foundation now backs one laptop model as respecting the customer's freedoms, but are the hardware specs any good?
19 December 2013 - FSF Laptop - 50 Comments

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