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Windows 10 vs. Windows WSL vs. Linux - Ubuntu / openSUSE / Debian
     Fri, Apr 13 2018 | 9:01A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With Debian having been added to the Microsoft Store earlier this month for running Debian 9 on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) plus in wanting to do some fresh updates prior to Microsoft shipping their Spring Creators Update, here are some fresh benchmarks of various Linux distributions and their raw performance, the current major Linux distributions available on WSL, and then also the native Windows 10 performance in the various supported tests."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Microsoft Spectre + Meltdown Patch Schedule Rev. 2.0
     Sun, Feb 25 2018 | 12:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft quietly released their Windows Spectre and Meltdown patch schedule. This schedule listed the patches they have released so far, or are about to release. For your convenience, we have divided and sorted them according to the applicable Windows version.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARPTECHARP

Windows 10 WSL vs. Linux Performance For Early 2018
     Sun, Feb 25 2018 | 12:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Back in December was our most recent round of Windows Subsystem for Linux benchmarking with Windows 10 while since then both Linux and Windows have received new stable updates, most notably for mitigating the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities. For your viewing pleasure today are some fresh benchmarks looking at the Windows 10 WSL performance against Linux using the latest updates as of this week while also running some comparison tests too against Docker on Windows and Oracle VM VirtualBox."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Apple Spectre + Meltdown Patches Detailed!
     Sun, Feb 11 2018 | 9:01A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What are the Apple Spectre and Meltdown patches that have been released so far, and what can we expect in the future? Read on and find out! Don't forget to SHARE!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Intel Spontaneous Reboot Issue With Spectre 2 Patches
     Sat, Feb 10 2018 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The efforts to mitigate the threat of the Meltdown and Spectre exploits appears to be WORSE than the threat itself. Many Intel systems will randomly and spontaneously reboot after installing microcode updates that protect against Spectre 2. No shit.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Benchmarks... So Far
     Wed, Feb 07 2018 | 3:33P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We run the newly-released Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition benchmark through its paces"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Windows 10 Updates Are Bricking AMD PCs! Rev. 3.0
     Thu, Feb 01 2018 | 9:03A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft stopped pushing a number of Windows 10 updates, including the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation patches, because they were bricking some AMD PCs. Read all about this developing story! In this update, we added 6 more CPUs affected by these Windows 10 updates, as well as the official word from AMD.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

 
KB4078130 : Emergency Windows Update To Disable Intel Spectre Patches!
     Mon, Jan 29 2018 | 4:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You may recall our extensive coverage of Intel’s buggy Spectre 2 patches that were causing random and spontaneous reboots in over 800 CPU models. It’s gotten so bad that Microsoft was forced to issue KB4078130 – an emergency update to disable the Intel Spectre 2 mitigations that were causing the spontaneous reboots.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Wine Takes Minor Performance Hit Running Windows Programs On Linux With KPTI
     Fri, Jan 12 2018 | 12:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With word this morning that Wine performance may be impacted by the Linux KPTI patches stealing the spotlight this week, I ran some basic benchmarks of Wine in different configurations looking at the performance impact of the kernel page table isolation patches."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Windows 10 Updates Are Bricking AMD PCs!
     Wed, Jan 10 2018 | 2:38P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft has stopped pushing a number of Windows 10 updates, including the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation patches, because they were bricking some AMD PCs. Read all about this developing story!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Windows 10 Updates Are Bricking AMD PCs
     Wed, Jan 10 2018 | 1:37P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft has stopped pushing a number of Windows 10 updates, including the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation patches, because they were bricking some AMD PCs. Read all about this developing story!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Patched Desktop PC: Meltdown & Spectre Benchmarked
     Tue, Jan 09 2018 | 7:41P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following up to our initial testing of the Meltdown patch for Windows 10, today we're looking deeper into the matter by testing a patched desktop system, by addressing the two now famous security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, by applying the OS-level patch and a firmware update, more precisely a motherboard BIOS update.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Testing Windows 10 Performance Before and After the Meltdown Flaw Emergency Patc
     Fri, Jan 05 2018 | 1:10P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The IT world was caught by surprise this week when it was disclosed that nearly every processor sold in the last 20+ years powering all forms of computers could be exploited due to two major hardware flaws (read our 'what you need to know' article). Discovered last year by Google’s Project Zero team, manufacturers have been investigating and working on a fix for months, although the public just came to know about this now.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

macOS High Sierra Root Bug Explained Rev. 2.0
     Fri, Dec 15 2017 | 4:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Internet is abuzz with the shocking revelation that now everyone can hack an Apple computer… as long as it’s using the latest macOS High Sierra operating system. Let us explain what’s going on, and share with you the workaround for the macOS High Sierra root bug. In this update, we added a new section on the Apple bug fix (Security Update 2017-001), and additional information on the root bug.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Radeon vs. NVIDIA With Windows 10 & Ubuntu Linux
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 4:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"A few days back we published some Windows 10 vs. Linux gaming benchmarks with two Radeon graphics cards. For putting those numbers into better perspective, here are the results now when adding in two competing NVIDIA graphics cards on both operating systems."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

New Features Of Linux 4.15: AMDGPU DC, RISC-V, EPYC Benefits
     Mon, Dec 04 2017 | 4:02P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The merge window is effectively over for Linux 4.15 with it being the 14th day of the process, although 4.15-rc1 might not end up coming out today due to Linus Torvalds' traveling around the US Thanksgiving holiday. But with Torvalds tending to not approve major last minute additions to new kernels, we don't anticipate any last minute surprises and therefore here is our feature overview of the changes and new features of Linux 4.15. This is arguably the most exciting and feature-packed kernel update ever."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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