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Pixman Has Improved Gradients, Is Much Faster

While Cairo is frequently mentioned on Phoronix, mentioned less but used by Cairo (as well as the X.Org Server) for pixel manipulation is the Pixman library. Soeren Sandmann announced a new release candidate of Pixman 0.19.6 this afternoon and it has a few interesting changes worth noting...

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A Peek Into the Future of Intel Processors

Brian Krzanich, a senior vice president at Intel in charge of manufacturing, talks about the future of Intel manufacturing and chips.

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OpenMP and MPI Duke it Out in Benchmarks

Douglas Eadlne over at Linux Magazine writes that benchmarking OpenMP vs. MPI is a recipe for surprise: In a previous column, I had an opportunity to test OpenMP and MPI on a brand new 8-core SMP machine. My interest was to see how well MPI codes worked on an SMP platform.

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Get the Most Battery Life from a Linux Laptop

If Linux is your primary on-the-go computer OS, you'll find that it's really versatile in handling power consumption — if you know how to get around its settings. A poster at the Productive Geek forums shows us some power-saving setups.

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Development Release: Astaro Security Gateway 8.1 Beta

Angelo Comazzetto has announced the availability of a public beta release of Astaro Security Gateway (ASG) 8.1, a specialist Linux distribution for firewalls and gateways: "With the success of the ASG 8.0 launch, we will begin today the open beta program for users which want to test the....

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GeeXboX Develops The OpenBricks Framework

The developers behind the GeeXboX multi-media Linux distribution have written in to inform us a new framework they have been developing and just released called OpenBricks. The OpenBricks Embedded Linux Framework is "an enterprise-grade embedded Linux framework that provides easy creation of custom distributions for industrial embedded devices. It features...

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