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Windows 10 Hands-On Review – Microsoft Makes Big Steps Forward
     Tue, Jun 16 2015 | 12:02P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently Microsoft unveiled the next version of its massively popular Windows operating-system: Windows 10. The oddly named successor to Windows 8 aims to bring back the familiarity of Windows 7, while still bringing something new and fresh to the table. After the lukewarm reception of Windows 8, Microsoft is obviously attempting to distance the next version of their OS by skipping version 9 all-together. No doubt this is an attempt by their marketing team to make Windows 10 seem like a much larger step-way from Windows 8; telling users that all the problems that came with it are now fixed. But are they? Is Windows 10 really everything Microsoft claims? Today we’ll find out as much as we can about the future of the Windows platform as we go hands-on with the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Windows 8.1 - still a dead duck or worth the move for 4K?
     Mon, May 11 2015 | 1:21P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows 10 retail is almost upon us and today we wanted to take another look at Windows 8.1 – as it stands this year. Based on our polls a substantial percentage of KitGuru readers didn’t move to Microsoft’s latest operating system … but is it time for a look now if you just bought a 4K screen? It is worth bearing in mind that Microsoft will offer a FREE UPGRADE to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year. So the question remains, should you install Windows 8.1 now and get the free upgrade to 10 when it becomes more stable later this year?

Windows 10 Technical Preview
     Mon, Apr 13 2015 | 3:48P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
TR's Cyril Kowaliski has spent some time with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and he's jotted down his thoughts about each of the major new features and changes. His conclusion? This has the potential to be the best Windows release since Windows 7.

Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials Overview
     Tue, Apr 07 2015 | 12:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Microsoft drops another one on my lap. I had already covered what I thought was Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and its functions and flavors when I learned about Essentials. Essentials is still built for a NAS device, but it adds some fantastic functionality to the platform. Some of these include Active Directory Services, Computer Backups, and IIS.

AMD’s plans to counter NVIDIA’s launch of G-Sync
     Thu, Mar 19 2015 | 8:47P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When using the FreeSync display inside the VRR window, which is unique to each monitor model, the gaming experience is drastically improved over traditional VSync enabled or disabled configurations. You get a clean, tear-free and stutter-free animation and PC games look better than they ever have on an AMD GPU. The NVIDIA G-Sync experience and the AMD FreeSync experience in this case are basically identical."

4K Ultra HD Graphics Card Testing On Ubuntu
     Fri, Mar 13 2015 | 12:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" right around the corner we have out today some new benchmarks of various AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when testing them with the latest Linux GPU drivers on Ubuntu 14.04 at 4K (3840 x 2160)."

Mac OS X And iOS Top Report Of Most Vulnerable Operating
     Mon, Mar 09 2015 | 12:03P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Conventional wisdom in years past was that hackers didn't bother to exploit Apple's OS X operating system because its relatively insignificant market share didn't warrant wasting resources to attack it. The reasoning was, why bother with OS X when Windows was pushing over 90 percent of the worldwide OS market? However, in recent years, Apple has seen an uptick and now pretty much dominates, when it comes to notebooks priced over $1,000.

Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Overview
     Fri, Mar 06 2015 | 4:02P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows Storage Server is an exciting development in the storage platform. It can run on nearly any spec'd hardware and allows for simple management of storage appliances across a wide variety of manufacturers. Unlike customized NAS OS from other platforms, you get similar features and functions across an array of manufacturers. It is offered in two flavors, provides simple management, and runs like a champ. Additionally, having familiarity with Windows Server operating systems allows administrators to dive right in.

Linux Benchmarks Of NVIDIAs Early 2015 GeForce Line-Up
     Tue, Jan 27 2015 | 10:05A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following yesterday`s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 launch, here`s an 11-way comparison looking at all of NVIDIA`s Maxwell GPUs as well as many Kepler and Fermi GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Beyond the raw OpenGL performance, the thermal and power efficiency data is also available for the tested range of GeForce 900/700/600/500/400 series graphics cards."

Install Windows 10 Preview From A Flash Drive @ Bjorn3d.com
     Tue, Jan 27 2015 | 8:59A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Its that time again, yet another version of windows to install. You can wait for long boring periods of time and install from an optical drive or you can supercharge the install from a Flash Drive. We show you how to do it. "

AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver
     Thu, Jan 15 2015 | 12:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Summary: "AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD."

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/980: Windows vs. Ubuntu Linux Performance
     Sun, Jan 11 2015 | 1:17P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this week I posted some benchmarks showing NVIDIA`s Linux Driver Continues Running Strong Against The Windows Driver that also included the open-source Nouveau driver results in the mix too. However, due to using the Nouveau driver, the newest GeForce GTX 970/980 graphics cards were left out of testing as the open-source driver doesn`t yet fully support these newer Maxwell GPUs. In this article though we`re going back to compare the Windows vs. Linux performance of these two high-end NVIDIA GPUs at a UHD 4K resolution too."

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
     Wed, Dec 31 2014 | 4:05P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since last month`s Linux review of the GeForce GTX 980 as NVIDIA`s newest high-end GPU powered by their Maxwell architecture, many Phoronix readers have been requesting Ubuntu Linux tests of the GTX 970 too. I`ve now got my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am putting it through its paces today."

Skylake processor delay to weaken Windows 10 notebook demand
     Wed, Dec 24 2014 | 3:35A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel's Skylake-based processors, originally expected to launch in early third-quarter 2015 to support the release of Windows 10-based notebooks, may not become available until the end of the third quarter or early fourth-quarter 2015. The delay is expected to hurt demand for Windows 10 notebooks.

Hidden Explorer Shell Options in Windows 8
     Sun, Nov 30 2014 | 11:58P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are hidden Explorer shell options in Windows 8 that allow you to completely exit the shell. The best part is that no registry settings are required.

Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance
     Tue, Nov 25 2014 | 1:45P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While I delivered some OS X 10.10 Yosemite preview benchmarks back in August, here`s my first tests of the official release of Apple OS X 10.10.1 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 Linux. Tests were done of OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.10.1 against Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn when running the benchmarks under both GCC and LLVM Clang compilers."

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