Intel Atom processor used by ultra-mobile PCs, smart phone, other portable and low-power applications. Ubuntu announced Ubuntu Linux Remix, the new operating system will be targeted to OEM vendors that are building their own netbooks for sale to end users. From the press release:
Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced that it will be demonstrating a reworked desktop image of Ubuntu built specifically for a new category of portable Internet-centric devices – netbooks. These affordable, power-efficient, small screen devices, based on the ground breaking low-power micro-architecture of the Intel Atom processor, and Ubuntu allow consumers to enjoy email, instant messaging, Internet surfing and on-line access to photos, videos or music with an affordable, reliable device.
=> Canonical Showcases Ubuntu Netbook Remix at Computex
Splashtop is a proprietary pre-boot environment, developed by DeviceVM, which allows you to rapidly access certain applications without the need to boot your main operating system. Splashtop boots out of the BIOS on your PC motherboard, and launches a lightweight Linux stack capable of running certain applications like the Splashtop web browser, and the Skype VOIP program. The Splashtop environment allow you to open a web browser, check email, watch videos, instant message, and place VOIP calls within seconds instead of minutes.
Splashtop is currently available only on the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe / WiFi AP motherboard. That motherboard is available most places where ASUS PC components can be purchased.
I’ve old Intel Celeron 1.7 with 512 MB and 3 x 80GB hard disk FreeSAN SAN device. I’m not thinking to get ASUS P5E3 Deluxe and add 3x 1TB to improve my home storage :)
My friend has this board (P5E3 Premium/WiFi-AP @n) and it has some crazy overclocking abilities. It also supports DDR3 RAM.
More information Linux’s biggest victory so far – Splashtop to ship on ASUS motherboards
Yet another Linux success story; From the article:
The Philippine government’s official weather service, PAGASA, has replaced its SGI supercomputer with a clustered Debian Linux system that can process information vital to protection against typhoons, floods, droughts, tsunamis and other wild weather conditions at a fraction of the cost.
The cluster includes eight PCs running as a single node, connected via a gigabit switch, each with dual 64-bit Intel Xeon processors running the Debian Linux OS.
=> Debian Linux cluster beats supercomputer in tsunami warnings (via ./)
SAP and Intel , the world’s biggest makers of business software and microchips, will jointly offer servers pre-packaged with SAP software aimed at medium-sized firms, the two companies said.
SAP aims to provide customers with a 45% savings on implementation and a 25% savings on total cost of ownership over what they’d typically spend for a comparable hardware/software combo, said Jans Peter Klaey, president of global SME at SAP, in an interview.
The server is available in five Northern European countries and should reach 20 countries this year.
=> SAP, Intel to offer out-of-the-box servers for SME’s
FreeBSD 7.0 stable has been released and available for download. FreeBSD is back to its incredible performance. According to some benchmarks on both Intel and AMD 64 bit systems FreeBSD 7.0 being faster than Linux 2.6 when running PostreSQL or MySQL. It has experimental support for Sun’s ZFS filesystem. gjournal can be used to set up journaled filesystems, gvirstor can be used as a virtualized storage provider. Please see complete release note including upgrade instructions here. There is also interview published with FreeBSD developers
Download FreeBSD 7.0
You can download FreeBSD 7.0 ISO file from FTP server
You can also use Bittorent to grab FreeBSD 7.0 ISO files
A TOP-like tool for monitoring system latency and its causes for Linux system.
The Intel Open Source Technology Center is pleased to announce the release of version 0.1 of LatencyTOP, a tool for developers to visualize system latencies. Skipping audio, slower servers, everyone knows the symptoms of latency. But to know what’s going on in the system, what’s causing the latency, how to fix it… that’s a hard question without good answers right now.
LatencyTOP is a Linux tool for software developers (both kernel and userspace), aimed at identifying where in the system latency is happening, and what kind of operation/action is causing the latency to happen so that the code can be changed to avoid the worst latency hiccups.
(Fig. 01: LatencyTOP in Action [ Image Credit: Intel Corp. ])
=> Visit official project site to download LatencyTOP software. Please note that you also need to patch Linux kernel.
This small guide may come handy…
From the article:
One great thing about Linux is that you can transplant a hard disk from a machine that runs a 32-bit AMD XP processor into a new 64-bit Intel Core 2 machine, and the Linux installation will continue to work. However, if you do this, you’ll be running a 32-bit kernel, a C library, and a complete system install on a processor that could happily run 64-bit code. You’ll waste even more resources if your new machine has 4GB or more of system memory, and you’ll be forced to either not use some of it or run a 32-bit Physical Address Extension (PAE) kernel. Cross-grading to the 64-bit variant of your Linux distribution can help you use your resources more wisely. A disclaimer: changing the architecture of your Fedora installation from 32 to 64-bit isn’t recommended or supported in any way. Perform this at your own risk after creating a suitable backup.
=> Upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Fedora Linux without a system reinstall [linux.com]