Clear Linux Now Riding On Linux 4.8.1, Ships AVX2-Optimized Python
Written by Michael Larabel in Clear Linux on 17 October 2016 at 07:53 PM EDT. 31 Comments
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Intel's Clear Linux open-source operating system continues advancing as one of the less heard of but highly performant rolling-release distributions for servers, cloud, containers, and other applications.

Clear Linux Highlights #4 was published today to make known some of the latest improvements. Some of the recent packaging changes include landing GNOME 3.22 components, adding Wayland 1.12, introducing Apache Maven, and updates to various existing packages. Some of the notable updates are using Linux 4.8.1, systemd 231, Vim 8.0, Emacs 25.1, and Node.js 6.8.

The news today also mentions that Clear Linux is now shipping an AVX2-optimized Python build alongside their stock Python build. The AVX2 Python build is used automatically on supported systems for providing faster performance of sensitive Python modules. Advanced Vector Extensions 2 is present with Intel CPUs from Haswell and newer (or Carrizo and Zen on the AMD side).

More of these highlights can be found from the Clear Linux mailing list.

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