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Throughput Performance with a Disk-Based Journal

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linux-mag.com: Turning from Metadata performance to throughput performance, we examines the impact of journal size on ext4 when the journal is disk-based. Dig into the numbers and see what you can do to improve throughput performance.

A Nouveau 3D Driver That Works For Old NVIDIA Hardware

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phoronix.com: While there is now DRM support in the Linux 2.6.33 kernel for the Nouveau driver that carries the bits for kernel mode-setting, 2D (EXA) acceleration, and other fundamental functions on NVIDIA graphics processors, the Gallium3D driver still is incomplete. However, a new Mesa DRI driver has emerged for Nouveau that provides *working* 3D support for older NVIDIA hardware.

Ubuntu Has Another Special ATI Catalyst Driver?

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Hybrid Graphics Comes To Linux In Crude Form

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phoronix.com: While the support for graphics processors on Linux in the free software stack has improved a lot over Linux, there still are entire areas of support missing, such as with supporting NVIDIA's SLI or AMD's CrossFire technologies.

Advice on building a Linux box

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ghacks.net: I get a lot of questions on Linux hardware: “What’s the best piece of hardware X for Linux?” “Should I go route A since I’m using Linux?” Which video card? Which sound card? Which networking card? Processor? Motherboard? Will it all work with Linux?

It's official: Nokia’s Booklet 3G hates Linux.

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I highly doubt that Nokia specifically sought out the awful GMA 500 for their netbook. This is but one of many cautionary tales on the dangers of outsourcing components. Company outsources chips to save money, supplier provides chips but not source code for drivers, Linux community suffers. Lather, rinse and repeat.

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ATX mobo includes USB 3.0 and SATA III

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linuxfordevices.com: MSI announced an ATX-format motherboard based on Intel's P55 chipset that supports LGA1156-socketed Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. The "P55-GD85" offers connections including USB 3.0, SATA II, SATA III ports, RAID , PCI Express, PCI, and FireWire, and offers a Linux-based fast-boot OS called "Winki."

Breaking the Nokia Booklet, Part 3: No joy with Jolicloud.

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Jolicloud was especially disappointing for me as one of the lead coders on the Jolicloud project is Canadian superstar Adam McDaniel. And the rest of Jolicloud works so well — WPA-encrypted WiFi, for example — it’s a real shame that the Booklet’s standout feature isn’t available to this OS.

Linux Motherboard Follies

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linuxplanet.com: Since I stuck my toe in the multi-core CPU waters, it's been an interesting journey. Interesting, that is, in the sense of the famous Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." When it comes to computers, these times are a bit too interesting for my liking.

Breaking the Nokia Booklet, Part 2: A win for Wubi.

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Two things are clear from this experience: (1) Nokia made a very poor choice with the GMA 500, and (2) Wubi is a fantastic way to get Linux on your freedom-hating machine.

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