Old Net Burst Tests, Ubuntu Phone & Assembly x86 Were Popular Topics Last Month
Written by Michael Larabel in Phoronix on 1 July 2015 at 10:14 AM EDT. 1 Comment
Here are our highlights on Phoronix for the month of June.

During June on Phoronix were 16 featured articles/reviews and 273 original news stories. In June on Phoronix we celebrated Phoronix turning eleven years old and the Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 release marked seven years of our leading public, open-source benchmarking software.

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With the PSA out of the way, here were the top news stories on Phoronix:

BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Phone Being Released Next Week
Beginning next week the BQ Aquaris E5 pre-loaded with Ubuntu Phone will become available in Europe.

The Big Features Of The Linux 4.1 Kernel
If all goes well, the Linux 4.1 kernel will be released before the day is over. Linux 4.1 is yet another exciting update and here's a look at some of the most prominent work found in this new kernel version.

More Of The Linux Kernel's x86 Assembly Code Gets Rewritten In C
More of the Linux kernel's complicated and poorly maintained x86 Assembly code continues to be rewritten in modern and clean C.

Intel Skylake & Broxton To Require Graphics Firmware Blobs
Intel's upcoming Skylake and Broxton hardware will require some binary-only firmware blobs by the i915 DRM kernel graphics driver.

It's Been Three Years Since Linus Torvalds' Huge NVIDIA Rant
It's been three years since Linus Torvalds did his very public shaming of NVIDIA over their Linux support and called them the worst company he ever dealt with, gave them the finger, etc.

New Features To Look Out For With The Linux 4.2 Kernel
With Linux 4.1 likely being released in the next week, for Phoronix-reading Linux enthusiasts it's time to start thinking about Linux 4.2. Here's a look at some of the new features coming for this next kernel cycle.

Kubuntu 15.10 Could Be The End Of The Road
While tensions appeared eased yesterday between the Ubuntu and Kubuntu camps with Jonathan Riddell stepping down from his leadership roles, that may not be the end of the story.

Microsoft Will Start Supporting SSH For Windows Systems
Microsoft announced today they will begin contributing to the OpenSSH project, as well as enabling PowerShell to be a native SSH client. In the Windows world it has been traditional to use a program such as PuTTY to remotely manage Unix boxes from Windows clients, but no more.

Linux 4.2 Will Tweak The CFQ Scheduler For SSDs To Offer Better Performance
The Linux 4.2 kernel will make the CFQ I/O scheduler default to its IOPS mode when on solid-state drives, which should boost performance.

Don't Bet On "X12" Succeeding X11 Rather Than Wayland (Or Mir)
While there's long been an X.Org Wiki page with some pipe dreams for X12 as the successor to the X11 protocol, don't bet on it ever happening.

The top reviews / featured-length articles were:

Comparing Today's Modern CPUs To Intel's Socket 478 Celeron & Pentium 4 NetBurst CPUs
With Phoronix having turned 11 years old last week, there's been several interesting articles looking at the historical performance of Linux, large GPU/driver comparisons, etc. Today is arguably the most interesting birthday article yet. I dug out an old Intel Socket 478 system with the i875p Canterwood chipset and Pentium 4 and Celeron CPUs that still manage to power up. I compared the Linux performance of this 11+ year old system to a variety of today's x86 and ARM systems. Beyond looking at the raw performance, the performance-per-Watt was also measured to make for a very interesting look at how CPU performance has evolved over the past decade.

Linux 4.1 Offers Potentially Dazzling Performance
Besides presenting a lot of new kernel features and functionality, the upcoming Linux 4.1 kernel release is potentially very exciting if you're an owner of certain classes of Intel hardware that offer better performance under this new kernel -- and in some cases, better battery life. Here's some tests from yet another system I found exhibiting some promising results from this new 2015 summer kernel version.

Intel Compute Stick Performance Surprises Under Ubuntu Linux
Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer in a variety of benchmarks comparing it to other low-power x86 and ARMv7 hardware.

AMD A10-7870K Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux
Two weeks ago AMD launched the A10-7870K "Godavari" APU. As there haven't been too many independent benchmarks of the A10-7870K yet, this week I picked up the new high-end APU and have been running a plethora of performance tests under Ubuntu Linux. Here's the first batch of the AMD A10-7870K Linux tests.

CompuLab's Fitlet Is A Very Tiny, Fanless, Linux PC With AMD A10 Micro
Over the past few weeks I've been testing out the CompuLab Fitlet as a neat little Linux PC powered by an AMD A10 Micro-6700T APU with Radeon R6 Graphics. The model I've been testing features 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD with the mentioned A10 Micro APU all while being fanless and being smaller than an Intel NUC. The performance out of this tiny computer is quite impressive and reinforces that good things can come out of small packages.
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