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How An Old PowerMac G5 Compares To Modern Intel CPUs

With Debian and Ubuntu dropping 32-bit PowerPC support in their future releases, you may be curious how the older PowerPC hardware compares to Intel's modern x86 processors if you are wishing to switchover. Here are some benchmarks.

14 February 2017 - PowerPC - 40 Comments
HDMI Audio Patches Posted For Raspberry Pi's VC4 Driver

If these patches land soon, the Raspberry Pi could beat newer AMD graphics cards to having mainline HDMI audio support via their respective Linux kernel DRM drivers (with the AMDGPU audio support still being held up by DAL/DC mainlining efforts). Eric Anholt managed to finally put out the VC4 HDMI audio code for review.

7 February 2017 - Raspberry Pi - 5 Comments
The MSI C236A Workstation Motherboard Continues Working Out Great For Skylake Xeons

Just in case any of you now are thinking about building a Xeon E3 v5 "Skylake" workstation-ish system now that the prices are getting lower, I just wanted to pass along that the MSI C236A WORKSTATION motherboard is still serving me very reliably and ended up picking up another one of these boards when a Supermicro Skylake board stopped working.

8 January 2017 - C236A Workstation - 2 Comments
The State Of TPM2 Support On Linux, Better Support Coming

With Microsoft having begun to mandate TPM2 (Trusted Platform Module 2) support be present in all platforms for newer versions of Windows, these chips are going to become a lot more common to laptops and desktops. Thus veteran kernel developer James Bottomley is looking closely at the current and future support for TPM2 on Linux.

3 January 2017 - TPM2 - 20 Comments
WD Blue 250GB SSD Linux Benchmarks

While I have owned many Western Digital hard drives over the years, last week was my first time trying out one of the company's new solid-state drives (SSDs) under Linux. Some Linux benchmark results to share for reference today are of the WD Blue 250GB (WDS250G1B0A) SATA 3.0 SSD.

25 December 2016 - WD Blue SSD - 6 Comments
Fully Open POWER System Only Raises 12% Of Goal, Extends Funding Another 30 Days

If you have been interested in the Talos Secure Workstation as a fully open system down to the firmware and based upon the POWER8 architecture but have been put off by the $3,700+ USD price simply to obtain the motherboard, they have extended their crowdfunding campaign by another thirty days with only having hit 12% of their goal.

15 December 2016 - TALOS Secure Workstation - 21 Comments
December Has Been A Very Exciting Month So Far For Linux/OSS Enthusiasts

We are just half way through December yet it's been a very exciting month already due to the Linux 4.9 release, the never-ending work on open-source graphics drivers, the Linux 4.10 merge window, and much more. So far this month I've already written 152 original news articles as well as a dozen Linux hardware reviews / featured multi-page articles.

15 December 2016 - 152+ Articles - 4 Comments

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