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Ubuntu 12.04 vs. Windows 7: Intel Sandy/Ivy Bridge Loses On Linux
     Thu, May 03 2012 | 11:21A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here`s a comparison of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS versus Microsoft Windows 7 performance when it comes to using Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors with integrated graphics. While the Sandy Bridge graphics performance was once faster when it came to OpenGL with the open-source Linux driver, that`s no longer the case. The Linux OpenGL performance for both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge hardware is now slower in most GL workloads than Intel`s Windows 7 x64 driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS KVM Virtualization Battles 8.04.4 10.04.4 LTS
     Sat, Apr 21 2012 | 5:25P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While recent testing has shown how Ubuntu 12.04 LTS KVM/Xen/VirtualBox virtualization compares between Intel`s Sandy Bridge and AMD`s Bulldozer platforms, in this article is a different look at the KVM virtualization performance of the forthcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating system. In this review is a look at the KVM virtualization performance of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS compared to the earlier Ubuntu 10.04.4 and Ubuntu 8.04.4 Long-Term Support releases."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Hands On With Windows 8 Consumer Preview @ TechReviewSource.com
     Wed, Mar 28 2012 | 4:25P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
First Developers got a look, now it`s time for the rest of us to try out Windows 8. Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the leading OS maker unveiled Windows 8 Consumer Preview, making it available for the public to download and install on any Window 7-capable PC. Before you try it out, check out our first impressions."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

Ubuntu 12.04 KVM/Xen Virtualization: Intel vs. AMD
     Wed, Mar 28 2012 | 3:02P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the upcoming availability of Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin being a Long-Term Support (LTS) release that will be quickly making its way into many enterprise environments, here`s a look at the virtualization performance of this popular Linux distribution. In particular, being looked at is the Linux virtualization performance of KVM, Xen, and Oracle VirtualBox compared to bare metal when using Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme and AMD Bulldozer hardware."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

The Windows 8 Power Struggle: Metro vs Desktop
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 2:05P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We've been looking forward to Windows 8's Consumer Preview for months. This, after all, is Microsoft's big chance to show what they've been working on and unveiling bit by bit for the past year; a chance to evaluate the sum total of changes and advancements baked into the next-generation operating system. We'll discuss some of the features of Metro and Desktop (aka Classic) separately, but our overall focus will be on how the two environments interact with each other. Metro, Microsoft's new UI, is bold, a dramatic departure from anything the company has previously done in the desktop/laptop space, and absolutely great. It's tangible proof that Redmond really can design and build its own unique products and experiences. Now, let's consider Desktop mode and then look at how they mesh, or don't.
  FULL STORY @ METRO

Configuring a Windows 8 Virtual Machine
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 9:00A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the launch of Windows 8's Consumer Preview, you're probably itching to spend some quality time with Microsoft's latest operating system. Although you may have already downloaded the ISO, we bet some of you haven't decided how you're going to install it. Fortunately, running Windows 8 in a virtual machine solves all that: it won't remove your current OS, you can access it anytime you want without rebooting and it doesn't require any extra hardware. What's more, the test OS can be deleted in only a few mouse clicks.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview In A VirtualBox Virtual Machine
     Mon, Mar 05 2012 | 1:55P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new virtual machine is all ready to use and powered by Windows 8. Depending on your hardware and how much memory and processing power you were able to allocate, the experience may nor many not be the smoothest. Nevertheless, it should give you a good idea of what the OS looks like and how it operates. Then, using that information, if you think the new beta operating system is for you, you can start planning a bare metal install on some physical hardware."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

 
Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO Images - Download + Try It
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:58P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Install directly from the ISO file to a virtualized PC by using Oracle's VM VirtualBOX or burn the ISO image to DVD-R and install as normal. Instructions are provided on this page. Developer tools are available for download from Windows Dev Center.

64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB) 
32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB) 

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

 

  FULL STORY @ MICROSOFT

News: Windows 8-Ball Consumer Preview
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:25P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In his latest blog post, TR`s David Morgan gets acquianted with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and explores how the Metro interface affects the traditional desktop."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

A Quick Look at Windows 8 Consumer Preview @ Techgage
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 4:25P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft this week released the first Consumer Preview of its upcoming Windows 8 OS, and despite being far from final launch, what`s been delivered here is quite impressive. Join us as we take a quick look at the installation, Metro interface and apps, along with a couple of other notable features tweaked for Windows 8."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

Windows 8 Consumer Preview
     Fri, Mar 02 2012 | 2:26P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"During the second half of 2011 Microsoft previewed their new Operating System, Windows 8 by making a developer edition available. Despite the name anyone could download that build of Windows 8 and play about with it and many did. Since then the developers have been busy working away on the new OS and this week saw the release of a Consumer Preview which is the latest milestone in the development cycle and one which Microsoft feel is well suited to general consumers trying out.

Today we take a look at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, how to install it, what the basic OS experience is and how it performs, compared to Windows 7 on AMDs latest FX CPU and Radeon 7700 series GPU."

Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images
 
An ISO image must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. Instructions are provided on this page. Developer tools are available for download from Windows Dev Center.

64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39

Product Key:   DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

 

  FULL STORY @ PERFORMANCE

Mac OS X 10.8 vs. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Performance
     Thu, Feb 23 2012 | 4:47P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Regardless of whether you`re an Apple fan or not, by now you`ve likely heard the information about Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that began making its rounds on the Internet since last week. But how`s the performance of Mac OS X 10.8 and how will it compare to the competition on the Linux side, namely Ubuntu 12.04 LTS? In this article are our first benchmarks of the developer preview release of Mac OS X 10.8 compared to Mac OS X 10.7.3 and then Ubuntu 11.10 plus the latest Ubuntu 12.04 LTS development snapshot."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Intels Medfield Still A Botched Binary Mess Under Linux?
     Mon, Jan 09 2012 | 9:57A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the next-generation Ivy Bridge hardware may not be shown off this week at CES2012 (in public that is, in private that`s a different story), what Intel and their partners will be promoting heavily this week in Las Vegas is their Medfield platform. But how well supported under Linux is this next-generation Intel mobile platform? Are there going to be more binary blobs coming out for Linux?"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Enabling and Testing SSD TRIM Support Under Linux @ Techgage
     Sat, Dec 24 2011 | 11:12P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Owning an SSD that supports TRIM is great, but while Windows users have the benefit of having TRIM enabled for them, Linux users need to take the manual route - at least, at this point in time. In this article, we tackle the simple process of doing so, and also show how to verify that TRIM is indeed working as it should be."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

Nokia Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7.5 Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Thu, Dec 15 2011 | 11:51A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nokia Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7.5 Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Launched recently the Lumia 800 is Nokia`s first Windows based phone and one of the first handsets in a new wave of devices on the platform. With the latest OS, version 7.5 (Mango), we have been using the handset for a week now in day to day use, read on to find out our thoughts on the handset and OS."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

TechwareLabs Editorial: 5 Ways OS X Lion Will Increase Productivity
     Mon, Dec 12 2011 | 5:24P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Apple announced a slew of new features to Apple?s upcoming operations system OS X 10.7 Lion at their recent World Wide Developers Conference. Apple actually showed off Lion last November, and the developer preview has been out since February, but that of course didn?t stop Apple from showing it off some more. With all this time to think of it?s new features, and it?s July release getting ever closer, I thought I?d talk a little about how I think 5 of Lions 250+ new features will increase your productivity."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

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