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  • Catalyst 15.9 Is Imminent With Many Steam Linux Game Fixes (Phoronix)
    A long overdue Catalyst Linux update should be out soon, in fact, potentially before the day is through...
  • MSI DS502 USB Gaming Headset Works On Linux (Phoronix)
    When buying the MSI X299 SLI PLUS for our initial X299 + Intel Core X Series Linux benchmarking from NewEgg it came with the MSI DS502 Gaming Headset as a free gift. Curiosity got the best of me today, and it actually works just fine under Linux...
  • The Kubuntu Focus KDE Linux Laptop Arrives (Phoronix)
    Soft-announced earlier this week was the Kubuntu Focus as a high-end Linux laptop pre-loaded with the KDE flavor of Ubuntu. The Kubuntu Focus produced in cooperation with Mindshare Management, Kubuntu itself, and German manufacturer Tuxedo Computers will officially launch in January and begin shipping shortly thereafter while a review sample arrived in our lab today...
  • Benchmarking VirtIO Performance Within DigitalOcean's Cloud (Phoronix)
    How does toggling VirtIO affect the performance of virtual machines / droplets within DigitalOcean's public cloud? Here's some benchmarks...
  • Btrfs RAID5/RAID6 Support Finally Get Fixed (Phoronix)
    Over the summer we wrote about Btrfs RAID 5/6 code was found to be unsafe and likely would need a rewrite. Months later, patches have finally emerged to fix the faulty Btrfs RAID 5/6 code...
  • Benchmarks Of LLVM Clang 6.0 Through Clang 10.0 Compilers (Phoronix)
    At the end of 2019 I ran some GCC 5 through GCC 10 compiler benchmarks while here are the similar tests conducted on the LLVM side for seeing how the Clang C/C++ compiler performance has evolved over the past few years...
  • Antergos: An Easy, Quick Way To Try Out Arch Linux (Phoronix)
    I decided to give Antergos a whirl to see how this Arch Linux variant works. For those pressed for time or looking at an easy path for setting up an Arch Linux installation, Antergos seems to get the job done well.
  • Modularizing GCC Gets Discussed, Again (Phoronix)
    There's yet another conversation taking place within the GCC camp about modularizing the GNU Compiler Collection...
  • EXT4 & Btrfs Regressions In Linux 2.6.36 (Phoronix)
    Recently when benchmarking the Btrfs and EXT4 file-systems we were left surprised that the performance of the next-generation Btrfs file-system had regressed against EXT4 to the point where the evolutionary file-system is measurably faster in a greater number of disk benchmarks. In fact, even with solid-state drives and Btrfs offering an SSD optimized mode, it still conceded to EXT4. It turns out that in the Linux 2.6.35 kernel, Btrfs regressed. This regression should have been fixed with the Linux 2.6.36 kernel, but recently when benchmarking EXT4/Btrfs against ZFS-FUSE on a 2.6.36 development snapshot we found its performance to still be poor for Btrfs compared to EXT4. To confirm where these two most prominent Linux file-systems are at right now, we have new EXT4 and Btrfs performance results from the Linux 2.6.34, 2.6.35, and 2.6.36-rc3 kernels.


  • Microsoft's Linux / Open-Source Actions Of 2017 (Phoronix)
    It's been another interesting year of Microsoft open-source/Linux announcements...