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System76's Pop!_OS Is Exploring Intel's Clear Linux Performance/Power Optimizations

When Ubuntu-loaded laptop and desktop vendor System76 announced their new Ubuntu downstream last year as "Pop!_OS" it began as mostly cosmetic changes to the desktop shell and other minor improvements. Over time they've been investing more into it with work items like a better installation process, but it looks like they will be diving deeper as they begin exploring performance and power optimizations.

13 April 2018 - Pop!_OS Power + Performance - 11 Comments
More Windows Server vs. Linux Benchmark Tests With Spectre/Meltdown Mitigations

Last week I posted an article looking at the Relative Spectre/Meltdown Mitigation Costs On Windows vs. Linux. Today from a different system and using Windows Server 2016 rather than Windows 10 are some fresh benchmarks doing a similar comparison with different hardware and also looking at the Spectre and Meltdown mitigation performance impact again on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Clear Linux.

31 March 2018 - Kernel VA Shadow - 2 Comments
Slax Linux Distribution Begins Planning For Its First 2018 Release

Arriving last Christmas was a rejuvenated release of Slax, the long-running, lightweight Linux distribution with its development restarting last year and having shifted from being a Slackware derivative to Debian and moving from KDE to Fluxbox+Compton. Those involved are working on a new Slax release for 2018.

21 March 2018 - Slax 2018 - 2 Comments
Some Windows Server 2016 vs. Linux Network Benchmarks

A Phoronix Premium supporter recently requested some Windows vs. Linux networking performance benchmarks. That is being done as part of a larger comparison also featuring the popular BSDs, but for some initial measurements, here are some Netperf networking performance metrics on Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and various Linux distributions.

15 March 2018 - Initial Tests - 26 Comments
OpenMandriva Switching Back From RPM5 To RPM4

It was seven years ago that Mandriva 2011 switched to using RPM5 from RPM4, but now for the next OpenMandriva release they are transitioning back to using RPM4 and with that making use of Fedora's DNF.

5 March 2018 - RPM4 - 25 Comments
Linux From Scratch 8.2 Released

For fans of Linux From Scratch for assembling your own operating system, LFS and BLFS 8.2 are released in time for some weekend adventures.

3 March 2018 - LFS 8.2 - 2 Comments
Solus Releases Linux Driver Management 1.0

The Solus Project this week released Linux Driver Management 1.0, a library created by this innovative Linux distribution for enumerating system components and detecting matches between said components and packages/drivers providing additional functionality.

28 January 2018 - Linux Driver Management - 34 Comments

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