News Category: Desktop

Hardware Is the New Software

Hardware is the new software Baumann, HotOS’17 This is a very readable short paper that sheds an interesting light on what’s been happening with the Intel x86 instruction set architecture (ISA) of late. We’re seeing a sharp rise in the number and complexity of extensions, with some interesting...
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The Evolution of the Standard COTS Server in Modern Data Centers

Standardization on x86 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers within the data center has been a movement for some time because the architecture offers versatility, cost-savings, easier integrations, more attractive maintenance and management profiles, and, overall, a lower total cost of ownership...
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​How to Use Linux's Built-In USB Attack Protection

There are USB sticks that will destroy your computer, USB sticks loaded with spyware, and even official enterprise USB sticks infected with malware. Last, but never least, when it comes to stealing data from a computer, you can't beat a USB stick. There are devices like the USG USB stick firewall,...
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How to Create a Docker Swarm

If you've worked with Docker containers, you already understand how powerful they can be. But did you know you can exponentially up the power of Docker by creating a cluster of Docker hosts, called a Docker swarm? Believe it or not, this process is really simple. All you need is one machine to...
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3 Off-the-Shelf Linux Computers Compared

While the options for Linux computers from commercial vendors are still needles in the proverbial haystack of OEM Windows equipment out there, there are more and more options available to a consumer who wants a good, solid device that's ready-to-use with no messing around. Still, there are more...
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Linux Foundation: Introduction to Linux Course Review

The Linux Foundation offers a number of online courses via the edX platform including an Introduction to Linux. One very attractive feature of these courses is that they are free to take, although you can pay an additional fee of $99 (around £75) for a formal 'certificate of completion' if you wish...
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7 Cool KDE Tweaks That Will Change Your Life

The great thing about KDE's Plasma desktop is that it's universally familiar enough for anybody to use, but it's also got all the knobs and switches needed to become a power user. There's no way to cover all the great options available in the customizable desktop environment here, but these seven...
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ARM’s New Processors Are Designed to Power the Machine-Learning Machines

On the eve of Computex, Taiwan’s big showpiece event where PC makers roll out the latest and best implementations of Intel CPUs, mobile rival ARM is announcing its own big news with the unveiling of a new generation of ARM CPUs and GPUs. Official today, the ARM Cortex-A75 is the new flagship-tier...
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The Mainframe vs. the Server Farm: A Comparison

 Let’s take a look at what the mainframe really is, and consider its use cases. Mainframe Workloads What do you use a mainframe for? Complex, data-intensive workloads, both batch and high-volume online transaction processing (OLTP). For example, banks do a lot of both. When customers access their...
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Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Data Science

When it comes to scientific computing, few names are more well known than Stephen Wolfram. He was the creator of the Mathematica, a program that researchers have been using for decades to aid in their computations. Later Wolfram expanded Mathematica into a full multi-paradigm programming language,...
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