Void Linux, Solus, Manjaro, Antergos, Sabayon & Clear Linux Put To A Performance Battle

Given last week’s new images release of the rolling-release, systemd-free, original-creation Void Linux I decided to take it for a spin with some fresh benchmarking as it had been two years or so since last trying out that Linux distribution with its XBPS packaging system. For seeing how the performance compares, I benchmarked it against some of the other primarily enthusiast/rolling-release/performant Linux distributions including Antergos, Clear Linux, Debian Buster Testing, Fedora Workstation 29, Manjaro 18.0, Sabayon Linux, Solus, and Ubuntu 18.10.

Source: Phoronix

Retail IoT is still coming into its own in 2019

Retailers see some tantalizing possibilities for using IoT technology in their businesses, but 2019 seems likely to feature more pilot programs and small-scale testing than widespread upheaval.

Bridging the gap between online and in-person shopping, increased automation, and new ways to engage with customers (mostly by showing them ads) are all concepts with major upside for retailers, but the technology has only recently started to take hold.

Some of IoT’s presence in the retail world isn’t retail-specific. Companies use asset-management systems, integrated HVAC and other smart-building tech just like many other industries, according to analysts, but physical retailers have been having a tough time across the board lately, and investments in new technology can quickly fall down priority lists.

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Source: Network World

What network pros need to know about IoT

Architecting for the Internet of Things creates a whole new ballgame for network pros.

Gartner predicts there will be more than 20 billion IoT devices in the world by 2020. About 40% of them will be deployed in the enterprise – monitoring air quality in factories, improving energy efficiency in offices, tracking assets across the supply chain, detecting equipment failures, and much more.

These devices will also be shuttling petabytes of data across thousands of IT networks, presenting new challenges in management, data governance, and compliance.

Source: Network World

The State Of Heterogeneous Memory Management At The End Of 2018

Heterogeneous Memory Management is the effort going on for more than four years that was finally merged to the mainline Linux kernel last year but is still working on adding additional features and improvements. HMM is what allows for allowing the mirroring of process address spaces, system memory to be transparently used by any device process, and other functionality for GPU computing as well as other device/driver purposes…

Source: Phoronix

Best Linux Desktop Environments: Strong and Stable

A desktop environment is a collection of disparate components that integrate together. They bundle these components to provide a common graphical user interface with elements such as icons, toolbars, wallpapers, and desktop widgets. Additionally, most desktop environments include a set of integrated applications and utilities.

Source: LXer

Uber Joins The Linux Foundation as a Gold Member

Uber has decided to join The Linux Foundation as a Gold member, the company announced at the Uber Open Summit 2018.

Furthermore, Uber is now part of the TODO Group as well, which according to an official press release, is specifically supposed to allow companies that are participating in the initiative to collaborate on projects and tools based on open-source solutions.

Uber’s focus on open source has become a priority for the company given its latest projects, and following investments in data vizualization, machine learning, and projects like Jaeger, it makes sense for the company to join The Linux Foundation.

Microsoft also a member

With a Gold member status, Uber will get access to a series of other technologies, like the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Hyperledger, EdgeX Foundry, Automotive Grade Linux, and Core Infrastructure Initiative.

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Source: Softpedia

Twitter Alerts: A Trick for the Twitter-averse

I’m not a registered Twitter user and have never managed to think of a compelling reason to be one. In fact, the only time I ever really have or want anything to do with Twitter is when some Twitter feed comes up in an internet search. And all I do in those cases is read any relevant text and move on. Recently, however, I became interested in joining a service that sends out invitations periodically on Twitter. Not having an account and not being interested in much of anything else Twitter represents or offers, I’m at a distinct disadvantage in this case. . . .

Source: LXer