Bufferbloat is the excess buffering of packets resulting in high latency, jitter, and lower network throughput. There's been efforts to battle bufferbloat within the Linux kernel going back a long time while this week another new patch has surfaced.
For those curious about the performance out of the sub-$100 USD "Chinese netbooks" using the low-priced Wondermedia SoCs, here are some benchmarks.
If you are a newcomer to Linux you may not even have an idea what Ndiswrapper is even though it was very much used a number of years ago, but nevertheless, Ndiswrapper 1.60 has been released.
Raptor Engineering has published new information around their proposed high-performance Talos Secure Workstation that for around $3k is a high-end POWER8 motherboard.
Matt Fleming at Intel sent out the set of patches he intends to submit as the queue of EFI changes for what will become the Linux 4.7 kernel. He noted of this queue, "this is probably the biggest EFI pull ever sent, and there quite a few different topics covered."
Linux kernel developer Matthew Garrett has revised his work around improving power management for modern Intel systems via SATA.
For those making use of DPI panels with the Raspberry Pi but haven't been able to try out the open-source VC4 driver stack rather than the binary blob due to its lack of DPI support, that is changing in Linux 4.7.
Many Phoronix readers have been inquiring about any Linux hardware review and benchmarks of the Dell XPS 15 (9550) Skylake laptop. Here are some Linux benchmark resources.
Here are benchmarks of ten different ARM SBCs/boards including the Banana Pi M3, ODROID-XU4, ODROID-C2, Raspberry Pi 3, Orange Pi PC, Orange Pi Plus, Orange Pi One, ODROID-C1+, Banana Pi M2, and the Raspberry Pi 2 using their respective flavors of Ubuntu/Debian/Raspbian/Armbian.
A Phoronix reader wrote in excitingly that there have been a few Lima commits this week. Lima, of course, being the open-source, reverse-engineered graphics driver for ARM Mali hardware.
ARM developers today posted their first public version of a DRM driver for their Mali Display Processors.
ALSA 1.1.1 is out today as the newest version of this Linux audio library, utilities, plugins, and tinycompress for the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.
Here's the first Skylake motherboard to have failed on me after just four months of daily benchmarking.
Recently when writing about the tiling work and other changes being done in the "basement server room", a Phoronix reader asked how I do so without being concerned of the basement flooding and destroying the 60+ computers.
The thermal updates were submitted today for the Linux 4.6 kernel merge window and there's a very important fix for at least some newer Lenovo laptops. The fix should end up getting backported to current stable series, but if you have a Lenovo laptop and have been seeing slower performance on recent Linux kernel versions, you'll want to upgrade.
There are already many new features for the Linux 4.6 kernel but with the two week merge window not being over yet, new pull requests are still trickling in. The latest pull is the x86 platform driver updates that offer improvements to various Intel-powered laptops.
AMD's HuskyBoard still isn't shipping even though it was originally supposed to launch last year as a developer board powered by their ARMv8-based Opteron SoC. While the LeMaker Cello is moving forward as an ARM developer board using the Opteron A1100, 96Boards recently updated their web-site with new Enterprise Edition (EE) board details.
Rumors have been flying today that Apple is in advanced talks to buy out Imagination Technologies.
The ARM SoC updates were mailed out on Sunday afternoon for the Linux 4.6 kernel and it provides mainline support for thirteen new SoCs!
New wireless hardware support and other networking improvements will be present in the Linux 4.6 kernel.
There are a number of input driver improvements en route for the Linux 4.6 kernel.
For the majority of you reading this relying upon Serial ATA (SATA) drives, the upcoming Linux 4.6 kernel will support runtime power management of the AHCI host controller for saving more power on your system when idling.
The IBM POWER architecture updates were sent in today for Linux 4.6 and includes the first early bit of work on supporting the next-generation POWER9 processors.
Jiri Kosina submitted the HID driver subsystem updates today for the Linux 4.6 merge window and come with some noteworthy changes for mobile/desktop users.
Broadcom's Eric Anholt sent in the VC4 DRM driver updates today for DRM-Next merging to in turn get into the Linux 4.6 kernel merge window.
Paolo Bonzini has sent in the KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) changes for the Linux 4.6 kernel merge window, which he describes as "one of the largest releases for KVM."
Today only you can get a quad-core ARMv7 development board for less than $15 USD.
While waiting on the new tile in the server room to dry, I figured I would share a brief update on the state of the air cleaning systems being used.
Over the past week of running benchmarks on the Raspberry Pi 3 we have seen how warm this new $35 quad-core ARM 64-bit developer board can get and it's significantly hotter than the Raspberry Pi 2.
With the Linux 4.5 kernel comes the net Etnaviv DRM kernel driver while some improvements have already been baking for Linux 4.6.
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