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Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Kubuntu/Lubuntu Power Tests

Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Kubuntu/Lubuntu Power Tests

With the extensive Linux power consumption tests that I've been carrying out to solve some nasty Linux kernel power regressions and find other areas for optimization, one of the requests that has come in frequently is to compare the power consumption of the KDE, GNOME, Unity, Xfce, and LXDE desktops. After the article earlier this week to look at how the desktop environments / compositing window managers affect OpenGL performance, I carried out a quick desktop power test. In this article are battery power consumption results for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu.

Project Zomboid – How I died

Project Zomboid – How I died

It was yesterday morning that I first read about the latest indi title to be hitting up the forums of the inter-tubes, generating a similar sort of underground buzz to that of Minecraft. Kotaku had an article on it, describing how in Project Zomboid (a name that I’m still struggling to speak out loud in a serious fashion) the writer had died from burning some soup. Ha, what a noob I thought, and fired off an email to the creators, requesting a code to give the game a try. Being the high powered, executive journalist type that I am, (of course) they were nice enough to oblige me.

Is Fedora 15 Faster Than Ubuntu 11.04?

Is Fedora 15 Faster Than Ubuntu 11.04?

Ending out May, we have an interesting set of tests comparing the performance of Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04. This is looking at the "out of the box" performance of both operating systems on three different systems. Not only is the actual test result looked at, but we also compared the power consumption of the two operating systems.

Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent

Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent

For those Intel "Sandy Bridge" hardware customers that may be trying out the recent release of Fedora 15, the experience is decent and is in much better shape than the troubling support in Ubuntu 11.04. It is not in tip-top shape as there are some recent optimizations in the Linux kernel and Mesa that haven't landed in Fedora 15 (at least not yet in the form of an update), but it's suitable overall.

Intel Sandy Bridge On Ubuntu 11.04 Is Still Troubling

Intel Sandy Bridge On Ubuntu 11.04 Is Still Troubling

When Intel released their "Sandy Bridge" processors in early January with next-generation graphics, the Linux support was widely criticized as although they had been working on the open-source Linux driver for nearly one year at that time, it wasn't a pleasurable "out of the box" experience and building open-source graphics drivers on Linux can be a real pain. With Ubuntu 11.04, which was released at the end of April, this "Natty Narwhal" release still largely misses the Sandy Bridge support train.

Sunrise Iguana

Sunrise Iguana

ITSM (IT Service Management) has long been considered an expensive, rigid support process that is expensive but unavoidable—but does it need to be this way? We’ve been looking at Sunrise Software’s latest release of its ITSM platform application Sostenuto, in particular the inclusion of its new self-service portal, Iguana.

15 Web Browsers Tested and Benchmarked

15 Web Browsers Tested and Benchmarked

We hope this testing helped you out and helped you learn or discover something you didn't know about web browsers before reading this. Our testing shows that in all of the benchmarks except for one that the fastest Microsoft Windows based browser is once again Google Chrome. Chrome 11 is the fastest public web browser and Chrome 12 is the fastest beta web browser that you can download today to use today...

Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04

Microsoft’s Windows may be the most used operating system, but there are others, most notably open source Linux. A popular alternative on servers, Linux is also available for desktops, with a plethora of so-called “distros” (short for distributions) to choose from, one of which is Ubuntu, possibly, the most popular of the lot.

Microsoft Windows Intune

Microsoft Windows Intune

Specialist software is supposed to help, but that in itself can be a challenge with, in most cases, a dedicated server and database required before you can even start. So why not put the management tools in the cloud, leaving you to concentrate on getting on with the job? Exactly what Microsoft thought, and the thinking behind its newWindows Intune service.

The Tests Showing Ubuntu 11.04 On A Power Consumption Binge

The Tests Showing Ubuntu 11.04 On A Power Consumption Binge

Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" is set to be released on Thursday and while there are a number of new features to talk about in this latest release, the Phoronix Test Suite software has been busy analyzing the performance of this latest release. There is open-source graphics driver improvements leading to some performance improvements (such as Radeon KMS page-flipping), the famous ~200 line Linux kernel patch to improve responsiveness, and various other enhancements that catch our fancy in Ubuntu 11.04. However, one area where there is a frightening regression in Ubuntu 11.04 is with its power consumption. For mobile devices in many workloads, Ubuntu 11.04 is consuming noticeably more power than in any of the past Ubuntu Linux releases. Sadly, no one seems to have noticed in time since continuous integration testing on Linux seems to happen so haphazardly right now.

Shogun 2 Performance w/ AMD Radeon HD 6850

Shogun 2 Performance w/ AMD Radeon HD 6850

As you can see from our results the AMD Radeon HD 6850 graphics card had absolutely no problem playing Total War: Shogun 2 at even the highest settings possible in the game title. Can you imagine what kind of results you would get with a higher end crossfire setup? As you can see the AMD Gaming Evolved Concept has come together to create a game experience that not only looks great on your screen, but it also plays well even without the use of super expensive high end graphics cards...

Firefox 4

Firefox 4

The browser wars continue to rage with Microsoft, Mozilla, Google and others all keen to have us use their products, and theirs alone, to access the wonders of the Worldwide Web. New versions are appearing thick and fast with, in March this year, two significant new releases—the first from Microsoft with Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) closely followed by Firefox 4 from Mozilla a mere week later. We’ve already reviewed IE9, now it’s the turn of Firefox, with a look at just what version 4 of the Mozilla browser has to offer.

Test Driving The QEMU-KVM KMS Driver

Test Driving The QEMU-KVM KMS Driver

Just hours ago a new Linux KMS driver entered the world for the Cirrus GPU. Yes, as in that from Cirrus Logic for an ancient CL-GD5446 ASIC, this was a 2D-only 64-bit VisualMedia accelerator. But, fortunately, it is not for the actual hardware itself but rather the virtual incarnation that is emulated by QEMU and QEMU-KVM. Those running a Linux KVM virtualization stack with QEMU and the Cirrus adapter can now benefit from a kernel mode-setting driver.

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 DP2 Battles Ubuntu 10.10

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 DP2 Battles Ubuntu 10.10

Upon the release of the first Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" Developer Preview, we had delivered early benchmarks of this Apple operating system slated for release this summer. Since then, there has been the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Developer Preview 2 (DP2) so we have carried out an updated set of Mac OS X 10.7 performance benchmarks. This also includes a comparative look at the Mac OS X Lion performance against Ubuntu Linux 10.10.

Best iPad 2 Apps

Best iPad 2 Apps

Are you one of the lucky owners of a Apple iPad 2? If so, you may be new to the huge selection of apps available and could do with an overview of some of the top-picks. This guide highlights some of the best and most useful applications available in various categories, so it’s just as valid if you are looking to play games or find something to help with your business.

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