There is a silent battle going on behind the curtains between the major operating systems. When it comes to gaming, for example, Windows is still the leader. If we're talking about Linux, then everyone knows that it owns the server market. Mac OS X looks pretty and has a few applications that are still making the system a tool for media production. When it comes to Live systems, neither Windows nor Mac OS X can hold a candle to Linux.
The installer is a very handy tool that is unique to the Intel platform. All the other developers from NVIDIA and AMD don’t even dream of providing a proper installer, but somehow the Intel dev managed to make this a reality.
“The Intel Graphics allows you to stay current with the latest enhancements, optimizations, and fixes to the Intel Graphics Stack to ensure the best user experience with your Intel graphics hardware. The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux is available for the latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora,” reads the official announcement.
For this weekend's Linux benchmarks we are looking at the performance of the Intel P-State and ACPI cpufreq drivers and comparing their scaling governor options when testing from an Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition system running with the Linux 3.15 development kernel.
Given that there's been renewed concerns recently about Intel's P-State driver causing odd performance problems and other performance issues related to the scaling governor, from the Linux 3.15 kernel this week I did some fresh tests of using both the intel_pstate and acpi_cpufreq drivers while also trying out their various scaling governor choices: performance, powersave, ondemand, conservative.
The OpenELEC developers are not waiting around for XBMC to get a new stable release and they have adopted the first 13.1 Beta 1 that was made available a couple of days ago. It's likely that they analyzed what the new XBMC was fixing and decided it was safe to implement in their stable version.
“This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.0.0 . Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated XBMC with the last fixes to XBMC 13.1 beta1 which contains a lot of fixes for issues found after the XBMC-13.0 release (some of them we already shipped with OpenELEC-4.0.0).”
Back in March I wrote about Tux3 might finally make it into the mainline Linux kernel and that information panned out on Friday when Tux3's lead author, Daniel Phillips, called for its code to be reviewed and offered for it to be mainlined within the kernel source tree. Tux3 development is also moving over to a Kernel.org code repository.
Tux3 is a versioning file-system that succeeds the Tux2 file-system that ran into patent issues several years back. Tux3 has been under development on and off since 2008 but is finally in a state where it's feature-comparable to EXT3, has offered fsck support since last year, and it's reported to have wild performance claims that put it on par with other leading Linux file-system.
Linux Lite is a distribution based on Ubuntu LTS releases, and this is the main reason we don't see builds made for this OS more often. Ubuntu LTS versions are only made available every two years and it takes the Linux Lite developers a while to make the proper adjustments.
In the case of Linux Lite 2.0 it also means that users will get five years of support, which the developers say is the usage time for this distribution. The operating system is said to work out of the box and users should not preoccupy themselves with the installation of drivers or any other components.
Previously, I reported that there was a breakout for GNU/Linux on desktops in Canada, according to StatCounter. That continues.From the chart, one can see a gradual rise from ~1% until school was let out at many Canadian universities. Has GNU/Linux gained mindshare amongst students? Is there some kind of summer research project going on? Is some big university rolling out GNU/Linux clients? I have not been able to find any reports on such activity but I will keep hunting.
We're still a few weeks away from the release of the Linux 3.15 kernel but open-source Intel developers have already sent in another drm-next pull request to land more of their kernel graphics driver changes for Linux 3.16.
Intel already sent in their initial intel-drm-next code for Linux 3.16 at the end of April and it included initial Intel Cherryview support, improvements to Intel Broadwell support, run-time power management for Broadwell and Sandy Bridge, Gen7 command parser work, and a lot more.
It is my pleasure to announce the release of v3.2.0 of the xfsprogs
package. This release has been a long time in the making with a lot
of effort from many people:
- just over a year since v3.1.11 was released
- 323 commits
- 17 contributors
- 10 code reviewers
- 232 files changed
- +29549/-24432 lines of code
The major feature that this release brings is support for the
version 5 on-disk format. This new format provides significant
reliability enhancements such as metadata CRCs, object back owner
references and improved crash recovery reliability.