Beyond always thinking about cooling improvements and energy efficiency enhancements for the room where the 60+ systems are carrying out daily Linux benchmarks, I also tend to toy around with ways to minimize dust and ensure clean air. Here's the latest air cleaner I deployed.
A second feature pull has been submitted of ACPI and power management material for the Linux 4.5 kernel merge window.
With the Linux 4.5 kernel the ARMv6/ARMv7 platforms are now multi-platform after five years of work.
A popular graphics benchmark particularly for iOS and Android users has been GFXBench to measure the performance of the graphics processor. GFXBench supports OpenGL and OpenGL ES, but while it has long supported Android, only today is the company now supporting non-Android Linux platforms.
A request recently came in (yes, from a premium user) for doing some fresh benchmarks atop the brand new Linux 4.4 kernel while comparing the P-State and CPUFreq CPU scaling drivers and their different scaling governor options.
Takashi Iwai sent in this weekend the sound/ALSA code updates targeting the Linux 4.5 kernel.
While the modifications I did to the big basement Linux server room back in December have been yielding excessive "free heat" and the heating bills this winter have been at a minimum, I've already begun thinking of ways to improve the cooling of our benchmarking basement by the time summer rolls around.
Back on Halloween there were patches published to provide Allwinner A10 display engine support via a new DRM driver called sun4i-drm. We hadn't heard much more about that driver until this week.
There's a rather hefty pull request of PowerPC architecture updates pending for the Linux 4.5 kernel.
SUSE's Jiri Kosina sent in his pull requests today for the subsystems he maintains within the mainline Linux kernel.
How would you like a powerful PC that is all passively cooled -- thanks to a special design, able to naturally dissipate 200 Watts -- that can drive four 4K displays, four hard disks, multiple Ethernet ports, can handle a discrete graphics card, and is made of aluminum? Oh yeah, and is from a Linux-friendly company.
Intel's Rafael Wysocki has sent in the refreshed ACPI and power management code that's targeting the Linux 4.5 kernel merge window.
If you still are relying upon a PS/2 mouse, it really is time to think about upgrading to a USB mouse, but keep reading as there are some changes with Linux 4.5.
Ittiam has announced an OpenCL-based VP9 encoder for high performance, power efficient HD video encoding.
Linksys has gone ahead and is finally providing open-source DD-WRT support for their latest WRT routers.
Imagination has announced the PowerVR Series7XT Plus graphics processor from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Oculus Rift pre-orders opened up this morning for $599 USD and an anticipated ship date of April. However, the Facebook-owned company isn't yet back to providing Linux support.
When running the tests recently for the NVIDIA Linux Driver 2015 Year-in-Review and How AMD's Proprietary Linux Driver Evolved In 2015, I also ran some extra tests comparing the AMD Radeon Software 15.12 and NVIDIA 358.16 proprietary drivers when looking at their CPU usage, memory consumption, and other system sensors.
Released a few days back was a modified Linux kernel that can run on the PlayStation 4. With a Sony PlayStation 4 hack by "fail0verflow", it's possible to run a Linux desktop on this latest-generation game console. Now these device hackers have managed to get the PlayStation 4 working with the Radeon Gallium3D driver.
The WiFi Alliance has announced the new HaLow technology in preparation for this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
While Jolla was saved last month by a fresh round of financing, even now not everyone who backed the Jolla Tablet project on IndieGoGo will be receiving a tablet.
While there will be many Android-powered devices, various appliances powered by Linux from drones to kitchen appliances, and other products internally relying upon Linux and open-source software, don't expect to find much with regard to the Linux desktop and even Steam Machines will seem to be rather low-key.
Matthew Garrett presented this week at the Chaos Computer Club's 32C3 conference about the state of boot security.
If you happened to receive some new computer hardware this Christmas or are weighing a possible upgrade with Skylake PCs becoming more common and AMD Zen coming out next year, you might as well benchmark your system against our vast collection of other systems to see how the performance stacks up.
Eric Anholt is hoping to see mainline support for the Raspberry Pi 2 with the Linux 4.5 kernel.
As part of our end-of-year testing, a Phoronix reader had inquired about whether Linux made any strides in 2015 for improving power efficiency or extending battery life for any broad number of mobile Linux systems.
The Rockchip DRM driver for supporting the display component of the company's ARM SoCs is now ready with its support for atomic mode-setting.
Within the basement server room there have now been over 500,000 benchmarks completed for Phoronix and LinuxBenchmarking.com.
Many Phoronix readers have been intrigued by the Pine A64, a Kickstarter project for manufacturing the first $15 ARM 64-bit single-board computer. That cheap ARM64 SBC is powered by the Allwinner A64 SoC and the good news is that there's work underway on allowing for mainline Linux kernel support.
Our friends at Lover Pi, an Amazon-based retailer of various ARM development boards, are offering some holiday discounts for Phoronix readers.
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