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Reviews: Camangi WebStation Android Tablet PC
2010-05-11 15:17:40 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Bigbruin.com has published a review on the Camangi WebStation Android Tablet PC

"Tablet PCs aren't anything new, but with the launch of the iPad the buzz is definitely strong these days. Camangi offers a tablet PC that first made its debut late in 2009, and after a bit of refinement was relaunched in the spring of 2010. This review is going to take a look at the "new and improved" Camangi WebStation 7" Android based tablet PC."

>> Camangi WebStation Android Tablet PC

Reviews: AMD Radeon HD 4290 On Linux
2010-05-05 18:42:06 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted a review on the AMD Radeon HD 4290 running on Linux

"Last week we delivered benchmarks of the AMD Athlon II X3 425 processor running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS while this week we are continuing in benchmarks from this triple-core budget processor as we try out its gaming performance when paired with an AMD 890GX motherboard boasting integrated Radeon HD 4290 graphics."

>> AMD Radeon HD 4290 On Linux

Reviews: AMD Athlon II X3 425 On Linux
2010-04-30 16:28:06 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix takes a look at the AMD Athlon II X3 425 processor running under Linux

"Earlier this week AMD announced the Phenom II X6 processors that are designed to offer "unbeatable" performance thanks to its six physical processing cores while not being priced too high. However, should you not be interested in the latest high-end CPUs, there still is a plethora of lower-end AMD parts on the market. One of AMD's low-priced offerings is the Athlon II X3 425, which is a triple-core AM3 processor that can easily overclock past 3GHz and is priced to sell at around $70 USD."

>> AMD Athlon II X3 425 On Linux

Reviews: AMD FirePro V3800 & FirePro V5800
2010-04-26 08:50:32 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted a review on the AMD FirePro V3800 & FirePro V5800 running under Linux

"Earlier this month we reviewed the brand new ATI FirePro V8800 graphics card, which was AMD's first workstation graphics card based upon the Evergreen GPU refresh (derived from the consumer-grade Radeon HD 5000 series ASICs), and it was a magnificent performer. The FirePro V8800 played well with AMD's proprietary Linux driver and the OpenGL performance was terrific with sizable gains compared to AMD's previous ultra high-end workstation graphics card, the FirePro V8750, that was launched last year. The FirePro V8800 also introduced Eyefinity support and other features to the AMD workstation world. This morning AMD is expanding their selection of new FirePro products based upon the Evergreen architecture with the introduction of the FirePro V3800 and FirePro V5800, which are to address the entry-level and mid-range workstation segments, respectively. We have been testing out these new AMD FirePro graphics cards over the past week and have the Linux benchmarks to share."

>> AMD FirePro V3800 & FirePro V5800

Reviews: Lexmark's Linux Secret
2010-04-02 09:38:39 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix tried out the Lexmark Pro905 Platinum under Linux

"Most of the time at Phoronix we focus on looking at the Linux graphics performance of the software drivers and hardware, since traditionally that has been one of the most troubling areas of Linux hardware support. Tides though have turned as AMD continues to back their own open-source strategy with providing documentation and pushing out code that enables open-source hardware support from 3D acceleration to power management, while Intel continues to back their fully open-source model too. Another area of hardware support that has caused much grief for users has been with printer support. Printers are not nearly as complex as a modern-day graphics processor, but the different vendors have not been quick to offer up any Linux support -- and binary-only drivers frequently back the ones that do. There is one printer manufacturer though that as of last year has begun supporting Linux from top to bottom with their entire line-up of printers. Not only are they providing CUPS drivers, but also they are even printing Tux in the corner of every box they ship right besides the Windows and Apple logos. Do you know who we are talking about? Probably not, but it's Lexmark. After months of wrangling within the company, Lexmark has stepped up to become a Linux and open-source friendly company. We are seeing how far this Linux support extends as we try out the Lexmark Pro905 Platinum multi-function printer."

>> Lexmark's Linux Secret

Reviews: Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Performance
2010-03-29 21:21:57 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix compared the performance of Mac OS X 10.6.2 and Ubuntu 10.04

"While we are just weeks away from delivering the most comprehensive Mac OS X vs. Windows 7 vs. Linux benchmarks, and Apple is on the heels of releasing the major Mac OS X 10.6.3 update, for those impatient ones today we have published an extensive set of tests comparing the performance of Mac OS X 10.6.2 against a development build of Ubuntu 10.04. This is our first time exploring how Canonical's Lucid Lynx can compete with Apple's Snow Leopard."

>> Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Performance

Reviews: Benchmarks Of Nouveau's Gallium3D Driver For NVIDIA
2010-02-17 17:36:12 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted Benchmarks of Nouveau's Gallium3D Driver For NVIDIA

"As we shared a few days ago, Fedora 13 will provide OpenGL acceleration support for NVIDIA graphics cards via the Nouveau driver when installing the Mesa DRI experimental drivers package. There is finally 3D acceleration for NVIDIA graphics cards using an open-source driver on Linux without having to depend upon NVIDIA's official binary driver. What makes this open-source 3D support for NVIDIA GPUs even more interesting is that it is atop the Gallium3D driver architecture rather than classic Mesa. With that said, we are providing early benchmarks of the Nouveau Gallium3D driver in Fedora 13 with two GeForce graphics cards as we compare the performance to NVIDIA's official Linux driver."

>> Benchmarks Of Nouveau's Gallium3D Driver For NVIDIA

Reviews: Open-Source ATI R600/700 Mesa 3D Performance
2010-02-10 11:04:54 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix takes a look at the performance of the Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series graphics cards using the open-source ATI Linux graphics stack with the Mesa R600/700 DRI driver.

"As we alluded to last week, we have been in the process of benchmarking many Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series graphics cards using the open-source ATI Linux graphics stack with the Mesa R600/700 DRI driver. We have now carried out our first batch of R600/700 3D tests using this constantly evolving open-source driver to provide OpenGL acceleration and here are the results."

>> Open-Source ATI R600/700 Mesa 3D Performance

Reviews: Intel Core i3 530 Clarkdale On Linux
2010-01-29 15:57:44 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted a review on the Intel Core i3 530 Clarkdale running on Linux

"Earlier this month Intel rolled out their new Clarkdale processors that are built on a 32nm process and making them rather unique is that integrated on the dual-core Westmere-based part is an integrated graphics processor. The Clarkdale CPUs launched under the Core i3 and Core i5 brands (along with a Pentium version) and since their launch have received favorable reviews, well, under Windows. We have now received our Core i3 processor and have carried out various processor benchmarks under Linux to see how well Clarkdale runs with the penguins."

>> Intel Core i3 530 Clarkdale On Linux

Reviews: ECS NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB Review
2010-01-22 22:45:41 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted a review on the ECS NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB running under Linux

"A month after NVIDIA launched the GeForce GT 220 graphics card they rolled out the GeForce GT 240, to further fill the performance void between the GT216-based GT 220 and the GeForce GTS 250 that had been around since March. The $100 GeForce GT 240 has received some praise for its low-power consumption while delivering a decent level of performance for being a mid-range graphics card, but of course, those reviews have been when tested under Microsoft Windows. We finally have our hands on a GeForce GT 240 graphics card from the folks over at ECS Elitegroup to see how this GT215 graphics card performs under Linux."

>> ECS NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB Review

Reviews: ASUS Eee PC 1201N On Linux
2009-12-22 11:06:41 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted a review on the ASUS Eee PC 1201N running under Linux

"For the past year my netbook of choice has been the Samsung NC10 as while it shipped with stock Intel Atom hardware like other netbooks such as the Dell Mini 9 and earlier ASUS Eee PCs, the Samsung was built very well and possessed a rather large and well laid out keyboard for only being a 10.6" mobile computer. Catching my attention recently though has been the ASUS Eee PC 1201N netbook, which packs quite a bit of horsepower with offering the Intel Atom 330 dual-core CPU and NVIDIA's ION platform to provide compelling graphics capabilities. The Eee PC 1201N also ships with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a 1366 x 768 display that measures in at 12.1". Oh yeah, ASUS claims a several hour battery life for this $500 USD netbook too along with a full-size keyboard. As was alluded to last week, I ended up purchasing the ASUS Eee PC 1201N as soon as it was made available on the Internet. This is now the initial Phoronix rundown on the 1201N for how it works with Ubuntu Linux, including many benchmarks."

>> ASUS Eee PC 1201N On Linux

Reviews: Testing Out Linux File-Systems On A USB Flash Drive
2009-11-11 22:19:08 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix is testing out Linux File-systems on a USB Flash Drive

"In past articles we have delivered plenty of file-system benchmarks from testing out EXT4 to Btrfs to NILFS2. We have also delivered benchmarks from traditional hard drives to solid-state drives. One area though where we have not published any file-system benchmarks is for USB flash drives. Most users end up staying with the default FAT32 file-system for flash drives, but are there any performance advantages to using EXT3, EXT4, XFS, Btrfs, or ReiserFS? We have the benchmarks today to share atop the latest Linux 2.6.32 kernel build."

>> Testing Out Linux File-Systems On A USB Flash Drive

Reviews: ECS Elitegroup P55H-A Review
2009-11-07 12:13:24 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted a review on the ECS Elitegroup P55H-A running under Linux

"Back in September we published a launch-day Linux preview of Intel's Lynnfield processors and provided Core i5 / Core i7 benchmarks. With that initial testing of the Lynnfield processors and the new Intel P55 Chipset we had used an Intel DP55KG "Kingsberg" motherboard, but since then many P55 motherboards from different vendors have flooded the market. One of the P55 motherboards to be introduced for the budget-conscious consumer is the P55H-A, which comes from ECS Elitegroup. This motherboard is very reasonably priced while offering support for up to DDR3-2200MHz memory (in an overclock mode), solid capacitors, dual PCI Express x16 slots, and S/PDIF audio support."

>> ECS Elitegroup P55H-A Review

Reviews: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 On Linux
2009-10-19 20:21:22 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix takes a look at the NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 on Linux

"Days prior to AMD's release of the ATI Radeon HD 5750 and Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards, NVIDIA released their GeForce G 210 and GeForce GT 220 graphics cards. Both of these NVIDIA graphics cards are for low-end desktop systems, but part of what makes them interesting is that they are the first NVIDIA GPUs built upon a TSMC 40nm process. To Linux users these graphics cards are also interesting in that they fully support all of the current features of VDPAU for Linux video decoding, including MPEG-4 support. We picked up an XFX GT220XZNF2 GeForce GT 220 1GB graphics card for this round of benchmarking on Ubuntu Linux."

>> NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 On Linux

Reviews: Nero Linux 4 - Still the Best Burning Tool for Linux?
2009-10-12 10:15:46 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Techgage.com posted a review of Nero's latest burning application for Linux, appropriately called Nero Linux 4.

"One of the best features of Linux is its sheer number of free available applications. But once in a while, certain commercial offerings offer enough features and an ease-of-use that makes it worthy of consideration. Nero Linux is one of those. Now in its third iteration, Nero Linux remains the definitive optical-burning tool for the OS."

>> Nero Linux 4 - Still the Best Burning Tool for Linux?

Reviews: Another Look At Intel's Lynnfield Linux Performance
2009-09-23 20:05:01 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix took another look at Intel's Lynnfield Linux Performanc

"Earlier this month we provided a launch-day preview of the P55 Chipset on Linux along with benchmarks from the Core i5 750 and Core i7 870, which are the new quad-core Lynnfield processors. We noticed some odd performance issues under Linux when testing out these new processors, but Intel has since chimed in and we are in the process of running an updated set of tests."

>> Another Look At Intel's Lynnfield Linux Performance

Reviews: Suse Studio review
2009-09-09 22:34:20 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

IT Pro have a Suse Studio review

"One of the biggest benefits of GNU/Linux is that you can change absolutely anything to suit your needs - right down to the source code itself. In fact, many distributions are exactly this - specific packages bundled together for a particular use with no other changes made. Ubuntu Studio for instance is merely Ubuntu with all the software installed as standard for video editing. Suse Studio on the other hand, is not a video editing distribution, but instead a powerful web-based platform that designed to enable you to create custom Suse based distributions in a matter of minutes."

>> Suse Studio Review

Reviews: Intel Core i5 750, Core i7 870 Linux Benchmarks
2009-09-08 16:29:30 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted Intel Core i5 750, Core i7 870 Linux Benchmarks

"Now that we have provided a brief overview of the Intel P55 and how it functions under Linux, our larger area of concentration is looking at the Linux performance of the P55 with the new Core i5 750 and Core i7 870 processors. We have a number of benchmarks in this article along with more information on these Lynnfield processors."

>> Intel Core i5 750, Core i7 870 Linux Benchmarks

Reviews: Presto Instant-On Operating System Review
2009-09-03 11:01:17 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

HotHardware.com posted a review on the Presto Instant-On Operating System

"With the growing popularity of inexpensive netbooks and nettop PCs, the Linux operating system (often installed on the lowest-priced budget units) is reaching a wider audience--although nowhere close to giving Windows or the Mac OS a run for their money (albeit the Mac OS is based on Linux). Some pundits even argue that the Linux OS has finally matured enough to the point where everyday computer users can use it with little trouble. This might be arguable, but the often free or inexpensive nature of the different Linux distributions, as well as the plethora of free open-source Linux applications, makes the OS an appealing option to users on a budget.

But what if you could "dumb down" the Linux OS to its bare essentials, limit its focus to mostly Web-based tasks, make it dead-simple to use, and sell it for less than $20? Could that appeal to users? The folks over and Xandros think so with their Linux-based Presto OS."

>> Presto Instant-On Operating System Review

Reviews: OCZ Agility SATA 2.0 SSD 120GB Review
2009-08-11 10:00:40 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Phoronix posted a review on the OCZ Agility SATA 2.0 SSD 120GB running under Ubuntu Linux

"Back in May we reviewed the OCZ Vertex SSD, which performed well against a Super Talent SSD and two different rotating mobile HDDs. This OCZ SSD was not exactly cheap but it was not too expensive either and it ended up receiving our Editor's Choice award. Since then, OCZ Technology has introduced the Agility SATA 2.0 Solid-State Drives. The Agility is designed to fill OCZ's mainstream SSD offerings with models up to 120GB in size, MLC flash memory, 64MB cache, and slightly better prices. In this review we are testing out the OCZ Agility 120GB Serial ATA 2.0 SSD, under Ubuntu Linux, of course."

>> OCZ Agility SATA 2.0 SSD 120GB Review

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