Clear Linux News Archives

93 Clear Linux open-source and Linux related news articles on Phoronix since 2015.

Clear Linux Will Now Handle Up To 512 CPU Cores / vCPUs
Clear Linux Will Now Handle Up To 512 CPU Cores / vCPUs

Following yesterday's article looking at the performance of Intel's Clear Linux running on AMD EPYC 4th Gen "Genoa" with great performance results even though Clear's kernel was limited to 320 of the 384 available logical CPU cores for the EPYC 9654 2P setup, the kernel has now been adjusted to handle up to 512 CPUs.

28 December 2022 - CONFIG_NR_CPUS - 30 Comments
Intel's Clear Linux Taps -O3 For Its Kernel Builds
Intel's Clear Linux Taps -O3 For Its Kernel Builds

While Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux rolling-release distribution is known for its aggressive performance optimizations, their kernel build had been going with the default "-O2" optimization but last week did switch over to rolling their kernel with -O3.

12 August 2022 - Clear Linux -O3 Kernel - 49 Comments
Using Distrobox To Augment The Package Selection On Clear Linux, Other Distributions
Using Distrobox To Augment The Package Selection On Clear Linux, Other Distributions

While our testing has consistently shown how Clear Linux can deliver leading performance on Intel/AMD x86_64 platforms, one of the user criticisms to that distribution has been around the limited selection of packaged software especially on the desktop side. But the rather interesting Distrobox can help address that by leveraging Podman or Docker to run other Linux distribution user-space software packages atop.

9 January 2022 - Distrobox - 39 Comments
Intel's Clear Linux To Divest From The Desktop, Focus On Server + Cloud Workloads
Intel's Clear Linux To Divest From The Desktop, Focus On Server + Cloud Workloads

Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux has made some inroads in the desktop space over the past two years with providing a nice desktop installer last year, enhancing their documentation, and making available more desktop packages. Clear Linux has offered some of the fastest performance even for desktop workloads like web browser performance and has worked out equally well on AMD hardware. But moving forward they are going to be shifting back to their roots on focusing on server and cloud workloads.

23 April 2020 - Clear Linux Shift - 42 Comments
Is Clear Linux Just A Toy Distribution By Intel?

A user experimenting with Clear Linux had an opinion to share on their mailing list and referred to it as a "toy" distribution and some of our readers have expressed similar opinions on it. Here is the response by one of the Intel developers central to Clear Linux's development.

18 March 2020 - A Response - 40 Comments
Intel's Clear Linux Has Code In Place To Begin Handling Proprietary Packages Like Chrome & Steam

One of the most frequent critiques of Intel's Clear Linux distribution has been its lackluster support in dealing with proprietary/third-party packages like the Google Chrome web browser and Valve's Steam gaming client. Since last summer, Clear Linux has been working on their third-party packaging support with their unique "bundles" system, but not much has been heard on the matter since.

13 March 2020 - Code But No Docs - 13 Comments
Clear Linux Defined Linux Performance These Past Few Years

With our various ending-2019 and end-of-2010s articles, the standout on the Linux performance front has certainly been Intel's Clear Linux in consistently delivering the leading Linux x86_64 performance throughout all of our testing on many different tests and hardware platforms. Here's a look back at some of the Clear Linux highlights.

29 December 2019 - Clear Linux Performanc - 4 Comments
Video: 100+ Daily Performance Tests For Clear Linux + Intel's Other Full-Stack Optimizations

A month ago at the Open-Source Summit Europe 2019 in Lyon, France, Intel's Kelly Hammond who serves as the company's Senior Director of System Platform Software talked up their open-source contributions with a particular emphasis on performance. The video from that keynote was recently published for those curious about Intel's open-source work in the name of performance, including Clear Linux.

1 December 2019 - Kelly Hammond Keynote - 12 Comments
Clear Linux vs. Ubuntu 19.10 Video Encoder Performance On The Core i9 9900K

Often when doing cross-distribution benchmarks, readers often comment on the performance of Clear Linux particularly for video encoding use-cases as surprisingly different from other distributions. Some argue that it's just over the default CPU frequency scaling governor or compiler flag defaults, so here is a look at that with Ubuntu 19.10 daily benchmarked against Clear Linux.

20 September 2019 - Clear Linux Video Encode Speed - 9 Comments
GNOME 3.34 Should Be Hitting Clear Linux "Soon-ish"

For those anxious to make use of GNOME 3.34 with its many own performance improvements atop Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux rolling-release distribution, it looks like the wait is still going on for a few more days but is coming "soon-ish" to the platform.

20 September 2019 - GNOME 3.34 + Clear Linux - 38 Comments
Clear Linux Rolls Out Revamped Documentation

While Arch Linux remains the gold standard for quality Linux documentation, Intel's Clear Linux has rolled out a new documentation web-site to assist new/existing users in making use of this performance-optimized and security-oriented Linux operating system.

14 August 2019 - Clear Linux - 8 Comments
A Third-Party Installer Allows Clear Linux To Run On Microsoft Windows WSL

For more than one year we've been hearing of Clear Linux working on Windows WSL support to allow for this performance-optimized Linux distribution to run within Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux. There isn't an official release yet, but at least now is a third-party installer/script for making it possible to setup such a configuration.

10 August 2019 - Windows Subsystem for Linux - 17 Comments
A Look At Intel's Clear Linux Performance Over The Course Of July

Over the course of July, Intel's rolling-release Clear Linux distribution shifted from Linux 5.1 to the brand new Linux 5.2 kernel, pulled in the latest GCC9 branch compiler fixes, updated to Python 3.7.4, rolled out a new OpenJDK build, and had many other package updates and original optimizations applied.

1 August 2019 - Clear Linux July - 4 Comments
Clear Linux Moving Ahead With Their Third-Party Packaging Support

In recent months we've heard of Intel engineers working on better supporting third-party packages on Clear Linux that would be akin to Arch's AUR, Ubuntu's PPA, or Fedora's Copr systems for allowing unofficial/third-party packages to be more easily made available particularly in cases of closed-source software. It looks like that internally that system is now in beta as they work towards having more software available on Clear Linux.

25 July 2019 - Clear Linux Third-Party Beta - 25 Comments
Clear Linux Could Soon Be Faster Within Containers On AVX2 Systems

While Clear Linux as part of its standard bare metal installations has long defaulted to having an AVX2-optimized GNU C Library installed by default, it turns out that it wasn't part of the default os-core bundle as used by containers. That though is changing and should yield even better out-of-the-box performance when running Clear Linux within containers.

17 July 2019 - Clear Linux Containers + AVX2 Glibc - 3 Comments
Benchmarks Of The Various Kernel Flavors Of Clear Linux
Benchmarks Of The Various Kernel Flavors Of Clear Linux

Last month Clear Linux rolled out new kernel options as bundles for those wanting to run a mainline/vanilla kernel build on this Intel open-source distribution without their extra patches applied as well as other options. Here are some benchmarks of those different kernel flavors available to Clear Linux users.

6 June 2019 - Clear Linux Kernels - 4 Comments
Clear Linux Moving Ahead With Blocking dmesg Access For Non-Root Users
Clear Linux Moving Ahead With Blocking dmesg Access For Non-Root Users

Most Linux distributions allow unfettered access to dmesg for seeing the kernel log outputs, but seeing as kernel addresses can be dumped to this output and could be exploited by bad actors, Clear Linux is joining the select few Linux distributions so far blocking non-root users from seeing this output mostly used for debugging purposes.

1 June 2019 - CONFIG_SECURITY_DMESG_RESTRICT - 49 Comments
Intel Is Hosting A Clear Linux Event Tomorrow In The Bay Area

If you have been curious about Intel's Clear Linux distribution given its stellar performance, usability improvements now with its new desktop installer and forming of the Clear Linux Developer Edition, and growing industry adoption, tomorrow they are hosting a public event in Santa Clara, California.

28 May 2019 - Clear Linux Meetup - 2 Comments
Clear Linux Achieved Even More Performance Improvements During April

While Clear Linux has been outperforming other Linux distributions the past several years, it's a never ending job for them of continuing to lead the way in squeezing more performance out of x86_64 hardware on Linux. During the month of April, some more performance improvements were achieved though also a few regressions appeared to have slipped into their builds.

2 May 2019 - Juicing Linux Performance - 15 Comments
Intel's Clear Linux Already Forging Plans To Land GCC 9 & LLVM 8

While we have looked extensively at the performance of generated binaries of user-space applications built under GCC 9, soon we'll be able to benchmark a complete system image built under this annual compiler update to the GNU compiler as Clear Linux is planning a quick roll-out of the soon-to-be-released compiler.

1 March 2019 - GCC 9 + LLVM 8 - 11 Comments
Clear Linux Has A Goal To Get 3x More Upstream Components In Their Distro

For those concerned that running Clear Linux means less available packages/bundles than the likes of Debian, Arch Linux, and Fedora with their immense collection of packaged software, Clear has a goal this year of increasing their upstream components available on the distribution by three times.

21 February 2019 - Clear Linux 2019 Goal - 17 Comments
How Clear Linux Optimizes Python For Greater Performance

Clear Linux's leading performance isn't limited to just C/C++ applications but also scripting languages like PHP, R, and Python have seen great speed-ups too. In a new blog post, one of Intel's developers outlines some of their performance tweaks to Python for delivering greater performance.

13 February 2019 - Python Performance Tuning - 13 Comments
Linux Steam Integration 0.7.3 Released With Annoyance Fixes

Solus founder Ikey Doherty who is back working for Intel on the Clear Linux team and brought the Linux Steam Integration (LSI) into that fold has issued a new release of this software for improving the Steam integration on Linux.

15 January 2019 - Linux Steam Integration 0.7.3 - 7 Comments
Intel's Clear Linux Ups Their Desktop Offering, Rolling Out New Installer
Intel's Clear Linux Ups Their Desktop Offering, Rolling Out New Installer

For those that may have been wanting to try out Clear Linux of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center on desktops/workstation, it's now easier to do thanks to a new "desktop live" image accompanied by a new OS installer to make it more akin to conventional desktop Linux distributions.

28 November 2018 - Clear Linux Desktop Live - 6 Comments
Clear Linux Developers Weigh Supporting Snaps

While Clear Linux augments their package/bundle archive with Flatpak support on the desktop, they are currently deciding whether to also support Snaps that are commonly associated with Ubuntu Linux.

7 November 2018 - Clear Linux + Snaps - 31 Comments

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