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Roku—Breaking the Linux Not Invited Rule

Article Source Linux Journal
April 15, 2009, 8:34 am

Many of you probably are familiar with the Roku media streaming device. In a partnership with Netflix, the Roku is one of several officially supported devices for streaming the large collection of Netflix's available movies and television shows.

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Red Hat and Intel: Smart processors, virtualization boost efficiency and performance

Article Source Red Hat Magazine
April 14, 2009, 1:52 pm

On Monday March 30, Intel announced the availability of their much anticipated new line of processors, the Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 series–nicknamed Nehalem. Red Hat, a long-time partner of the market-leading chip maker, collaborated on the chip’s debut...

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Free to a Good Home: Junk

Article Source Linux Journal
April 10, 2009, 9:14 am

I was pricing a low-end desktop computer the other day. When configuring it, I noticed that if I added a four-year warranty, it would cost more than the entire system! We've really come to the point where computer hardware is like a plastic fork. If a tine breaks off, it gets thrown away. Sadly,...

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A Linux Netbook Done The Right Way: the Sylvania g Netbook Meso

Article Source ONLamp
April 1, 2009, 9:01 am

In just over two months of use so far I have been very impressed with the Sylvania g Netbook Meso. None of the issues, hardware or software, that I encountered with the original g Netbook, are seen in the somewhat newer model. The Meso has proven to be an upgrade in performance, in reliability, a...

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SSD vs. SATA RAID: A performance benchmark

Without going into details, SSDs may use single-level cell (SLC) or multi-level cell storage, with SLC drives typically offering better performance.

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Benchmarking hardware RAID vs. Linux kernel software RAID

In testing both software and hardware RAID performance I employed six 750GB Samsung SATA drives in three RAID configurations -- 5, 6, and 10. I measured performance using both Bonnie++ and IOzone benchmarks. I ran the benchmarks using various chunk sizes to see if that had an effect on either hardware or software configurations.

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