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ATI Radeon HD 5450 On Linux

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phoronix.com: In this article we are reviewing the ATI Radeon HD 5450 "Cedar" graphics card, which is AMD's lowest-end Evergreen GPU but will set you back less than $50 USD.

Know Your Hardware

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linuxaria.com: On linux there are some simple commands that allow you to see what the OS is seeing (that does not always correspond with the hardware in the machine). Today we will see some.

ATI R600 Classic Mesa 7.9 Performance

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phoronix.com: As we have talked about in numerous articles now and delivered various benchmarks for different graphics processors from those using a classic Mesa DRI driver to the newer NVIDIA/ATI hardware with Gallium3D support, Mesa 7.9 brings a lot to the table.

In praise of floppies

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kmandla.wordpress: Behold the floppy, a miracle of post-modern technology! Does your computer still have a floppy drive? Count yourself among the lucky! Why? Thousands of reasons!

Multicore may not be so scary - Linux will keep up

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web.mit.edu: Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more ‘cores,’ or processing units, to computer chips.

Loss Leaders and Linux

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broadcast.oreilly.com: I bought a low-end, small footprint desktop: an eMachines EL-1300G. The cost at a local big box retailer was $159. The first thing I did with my system when I got it home was make sure that it powered up and seemed to work. The second thing I did was wipe the hard drive and load Linux.

The joy of installing hardware in Linux

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cristalinux.blogspot: Linux is often regarded as a great operating system, specially in the server arena. When it comes to home use, though, there are still several weak spots, hardware management and support being one of the most important.

Intel Mesa 7.9 Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: With Mesa 7.9 just around the corner and it sporting a new GLSL compiler, support for new OpenGL extensions, and months worth of other changes to core Mesa and its drivers, we decided to run some benchmarks.

Fedora presents...Graphics Test Week this week

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It's been creeping up, and now it's time: the world-famous Graphics Test Week begins tomorrow, with the Fedora 14 Nouveau Test Day! That is 2010-09-28. As always, the event runs all day in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC (you can connect with WebIRC). To complete Graphics Test Week, the Radeon Test Day takes place the following day, Wednesday 2010-09-29, and Intel Test Day takes place Thursday 2010-09-30.

Linux Desktop PC on Steroids From ZaReason

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linuxplanet.com: I asked independent Linux OEM vendor ZaReason for a high-end super-powered Linux desktop PC to review, and they delivered 8-core madness right to my door.

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