Using Clear Linux As A Desktop Linux Distribution - It Works Well But With Some "Papercuts"

While I am a big fan of Intel's Clear Linux distribution for its raw performance on x86_64 hardware that for most workloads goes unsurpassed by any other Linux platform out-of-the-box, there has been a lot of Phoronix readers wondering how well it could function as a standard desktop Linux distribution. With upgrading my main production system earlier this month, I decided to try out Clear Linux and now with 200+ hours into using it as the OS on my main production system, I figured it'd be good to share my initial thoughts.

Linux Seeing Support For The HyperBus

The Linux kernel is in the process of receiving support for the HyperBus, a high performance DDR bus interface used for connecting the processor/controller/ASIC to "HyperFlash" flash memory or "HyperRAM" DRAM.

10 Hours Ago - Linux Kernel - Linux HyperBus - 3 Comments

18 February

It's Still Undecided Whether Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Will Support 32-bit x86 (i386)

Ubuntu 17.10 dropped its i386 / 32-bit x86 installer image while the i386 port has remained part of the package archive. Other Ubuntu derivatives over the past year have also moved to drop their 32-bit installer images and with Lubuntu/Xubuntu now ending their ISOs for that port, it's hitting the end of the road. Now for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, there might not even be the i386 port.

18 February 06:21 PM EST - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 20.04 - i386 - 50 Comments
Outreachy Summer 2019 Applications Open With Expanded Eligibility

Outreachy, the program formerly known as the Outreach Program for Women and intended to get more females and other under-represented groups in technology engaged with Linux/open-source projects, has opened up their application process for those seeking a summer internship while receiving a $5,500 USD stipend.

18 February 03:06 PM EST - Free Software - Outreachy Summer 2019 - 42 Comments
Linux 5.0 I/O Scheduler Benchmarks On Laptop & Desktop Hardware

Our past tests have shown that while most Linux distributions default to "none" for their I/O scheduler on NVMe solid-state storage, that isn't necessarily the best scheduler decision in all cases. Here are tests using the Linux 5.0 Git kernel using laptop and desktop hardware while evaluating no I/O scheduler, mq-deadline, Kyber, and BFQ scheduler options.

18 February 10:00 AM EST - Software - 11 Comments
Chamferwm: A Vulkan-Powered X11 Window Manager

While we have talked about the possibilities of writing a Vulkan Wayland compositor and there was even a short-lived Vulkan renderer for KDE's KWin, it's also possible to write a X11 window manager around the Vulkan interfaces.

18 February 09:03 AM EST - Vulkan - Chamferwm - 27 Comments

17 February

Fedora 31 Planning To Use Cgroups V2 By Default

While the Linux kernel has shipped Cgroups V2 as stable since early 2016, on Fedora and most other Linux distributions it hasn't been enabled by default over the original control groups "Cgroups" implementation. But come Fedora 31 later this year, they are now planning to make it the default.

17 February 12:07 AM EST - Linux Kernel - Fedora 31 - 1 Comment

16 February

15 February

Proton 3.16-7 Updates Against DXVK 0.96, New FAudio

It's been a while since Valve issued a new Proton update for their spin of Wine that powers Steam Play for running Windows games on Linux. Fortunately, in time for any weekend gaming, a new Proton release is now available.

15 February 10:00 PM EST - Valve - Proton 3.16-7 - 15 Comments
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks

Announced at the end of January was the Samsung 970 EVO Plus as the first consumer-grade solid-state drive with 96-layer 3D NAND memory. The Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSDs are now shipping and in this review are the first Linux benchmarks of these new SSDs in the form of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB MZ-V7S500B/AM compared to several other SSDs on Linux.

15 February 11:41 AM EST - Storage - 6 Comments
Nouveau Driver Picks Up SVM Support Via HMM

The Nouveau kernel driver has queued patches for introducing Shared Virtual Memory (SVM) support for this open-source NVIDIA driver as a step forward to its OpenCL/compute opportunities.

15 February 07:17 AM EST - Nouveau - Shared Virtual Memory - 3 Comments

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