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Run Chrome OS From a USB Stick or as a Virtual Machine
     Sat, Jun 11 2011 | 4:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Chrome OS notebooks from Acer and Samsung are expected to launch next month at $349 and $429, respectively. The fact that you can get a more powerful netbook with Windows 7 pre-installed for roughly the same price, or even less, is already putting some people off. But that doesn't mean you should disregard Google's operating system without so much as giving it a try -- especially since it's available as a free download for you to test on your own hardware. While you'd normally have to build Chromium OS from source to try it out on your computer, several developers have released installable builds that will save you the trouble. We'll show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive with Chrome OS or run the it using a free virtual machine.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

An In-Depth Look at Ubuntu 11.04
     Sun, May 15 2011 | 4:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After months of anticipation, Ubuntu 11.04, codenamed 'Natty Narwhal', has launched in its final form. The big news this time around is that the OS ships with Canonical's 'Unity' desktop environment as default - a large risk on behalf of the company. To see if that risk paid off, let's take an in-depth look to see what Unity's made of.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

GCC 4.6 Compiler Performance With AVX On Sandy Bridge
     Sun, May 15 2011 | 9:03A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While we are still battling issues with the Intel Linux graphics driver in getting that running properly with Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs (at least Intel's Jesse Barnes is now able to reproduce the most serious problem we've been facing, but we'll save the new graphics information for another article), the CPU performance continues to be very compelling. Two weeks ago we published the Intel Core i5 2500K Linux benchmarks that showed just how well this quad-core CPU that costs a little more than $200 USD is able to truly outperform previous generations of Intel hardware. That was just with running the standard open-source benchmarks and other Linux software, which has not been optimized for Intel's latest micro-architecture. Version 4.6 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) though is gearing up for release and it will bring support for the AVX extensions. In this article, we are benchmarking GCC 4.6 on a Sandy Bridge system to see what benefits there are to enabling the Core i7 AVX optimizations."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Asus SBW-06C1S-U Slim USB External Blu-Ray Writer Review
     Thu, Apr 14 2011 | 4:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Ultimately, Asus' portable Blu-Ray drive has a lot going for it. USB bus power makes it convenient to pick up and take anywhere, the ultra-slim design and blue LEDs look fantastic, and the drive reads and writes everything from a simple CD-R's to recordable BD media reliably."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Graphics Performance Analysis
     Tue, Apr 05 2011 | 9:01A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Microsoft released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to the public. We wanted to check if there are some gaming performance gains included the upgrade, so we ran NVIDIA's and ATI's flagship graphics cards through our VGA benchmarking suite.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Performance Analysis
     Wed, Mar 23 2011 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" Windows 7 is the best Windows yet, at least that’s my opinion of it. Think what you like, you’re entitled to your own opinion of course. I’m not going to get into an arguing match with you about Win 7 and XP, Vista, OSX etc, this is not what this article is for, take it elsewhere please. If you want to know more about how Windows 7 Service Pack 1 might affect your computer then this is where you want to be. I’ve taken quite a bit of time to run many test on three separate computers with Windows 7 installed, both 32bit and 64bit versions. From my experience I’ve learned a bit and I thought I’d share that with you today, so read on to learn what I learned about how the new Service Pack affects your system."
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS

VirtualBox 4.0 OpenGL Acceleration Leaves Room For Improvement
     Sat, Mar 12 2011 | 9:00A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"VirtualBox, the Sun/Oracle virtualization platform, has supported OpenGL acceleration and Direct3D acceleration within virtual machines for more than two years. When the host system has hardware GPU acceleration, OpenGL/Direct3D calls can be passed from the guest to the host when the VirtualBox guest driver is installed. There has been the Linux 3D support since VirtualBox 2.2 and was initially limited to OpenGL 1.4 support and in the summer of 2009 it turned to OpenGL 2.0. We had not delivered any early benchmarks as the initial support was too buggy, but even with the recently released VirtualBox 4.0, while the support is usable and stable for the most part, it is still far from being very efficient and will crash under some OpenGL software."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
     Tue, Mar 08 2011 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“There’s little doubting that this new release of RHEL is a worthwhile investment, enabling customers to take full advantage of the latest multi-core hardware with the promise of even greater scalability in the future. New buyers and those deploying new servers should certainly have no hesitation in choosing RHEL 6 to host their Linux applications. Whether it’s worth rushing out and upgrading existing systems is less clear cut. Especially, for customers with large numbers of Xen virtual machines who may prefer to wait a while before going through the pain of migrating to the new KVM technology in this release.”
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSCOMPUTINGWORLD

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: Hands On
     Wed, Mar 02 2011 | 4:05P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Microsoft has made Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 available to all of its customers. Not sure if you need them or not? It's not a very glamorous update, but consider that SP1 for Windows 7 includes under-the-hood updates to security and stability. There are a few service improvements within the desktop OS, but they're for very specific issues.”
  FULL STORY @ WINDOWS

When It Works, Intel Core i5 2500K Graphics On Linux Are Fast
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 2:25P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After a month of headaches for Intel and myself, there are now Sandy Bridge graphics benchmark results from the Intel Core i5 2500K under Linux to finally publish. Sandy Bridge was a tough launch for Intel in terms of the Linux coverage with the media having problems building a working driver stack and then when I finally got my hands on a CPU, I ran into an entirely different set of show-stopping problems. The developers still have not solved the biggest original issue yet, but Intel sent out a new motherboard and another CPU and it happens to "just work" nicely under Linux. When using the latest bits of their open-source Intel Linux graphics code, the performance on the Core i5 2500K is actually quite impressive compared to other open-source Linux drivers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 Performance-Test
     Thu, Feb 03 2011 | 12:05A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A service pack for Windows is usually meant to fix Bugs and bring along the one or the other new function. But also performance increases could be seen in the past. HT4U.net presents, if Enthusiasts can expect their systems to perform better with Windows 7 and SP1.
  FULL STORY @ WINDOWS

Running Ubuntu 10.10 in a Virtual Machine
     Fri, Jan 28 2011 | 4:03P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ever feel like you have been chained to your current operating system? Have you thought about switching to something new before but never got around to finding the right one? Well here is your chance to explore something new. Ubuntu 10.10 released this past October and has amazed me the more I started using it. This guide will show you how to install a virtual machine with Ubuntu 10.10 installed straight from your Windows desktop.
  FULL STORY @ UBUNTU

How To Troubleshoot Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Installation Issues @ NGOHQ.com
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:16P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A new service pack always brings some excitement, but unfortunately it also brings new issues too. Just a few days ago, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM build was leaked, and there have been already reports of installation problems. Even yours truly, has encountered one. In fact, that`s why Microsoft hasn`t released SP1 officially yet; they are waiting for developers and OEMs to ensure drivers and 3rd party software are 100% compatible with SP1. First of all, I bet you wondering what`s so cool about SP1? Well, SP1 brings 625 hotfixes, most of which weren`t released to Windows Update. Additionally, SP1 also brings improved HDMI audio performance and support for an AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) instruction set that was introduced in Intel Sandy Bridge processors. So I can`t blame you for wanting to install SP1 as soon as possible, but if you`re afraid of installation issues, or already suffering some – we`re here to help."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 6:53P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As successful as Windows 7 has been, everyone has been wondering when Microsoft will release Service Pack 1 for Windows 7. In fact, when Microsoft intends to release Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is of great interest to many corporations which make it a point to migrate to a new Microsoft operating system only after the first service pack is issued. So when do you expect Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 to be released? We aren't very sure ourselves, but let's see what our source says... In this revision, we added details of the 64-bit version of Service Pack 1, as well as clarified the estimated date of release to web. Take a look at the updates!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 4:31P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 includes previously released updates and delivers a number of powerful new features for Windows Server 2008 R2 for virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). New techniques in memory management with the addition of Dynamic Memory functionality, as well as the ability to deliver full-fidelity graphic experiences in remote and virtualized environments with RemoteFX, enable organizations to realize the greatest possible potential from their infrastructure. Microsoft continuously collects feedback on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems from its customers and partners. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. These enhancements are typically made available in the form of regular updates delivered via Windows Update and, in some cases, the Microsoft Download Center. All updates are then rolled-up, along with additional enhancements, into a single package called a Service Pack. By integrating these updates into a thoroughly tested single service pack, Microsoft aims to provide a single high-quality update that will minimize both deployment and testing complexity for customers."
  FULL STORY @ WINDOWS 7

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