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 Friday, 6-June-2008  03:34:29 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

The Phoronix.com Web site had its four year anniversary yesterday and to mark the occasion they've released version 1.0 of the Phoronix Test Suite for Linux. "The Phoronix Test Suite is an impressive, fast-developing general-purpose testing suite for both software and hardware on Linux...Its range and flexibility set it apart from the current batch of benchmarking tools," said Carla Schroder, author of The Linux Cookbook and The Linux Networking Cookbook.

Techware Labs provide some tips which may help if you're having a hard time choosing a mouse pad. Believe it or not, choosing a mousepad is just as important as the mouse you use! With gaming as intense as it is today, shouldn't you be at the top of your game? Today, Ian Garris looks at mousepads and tells us how to make a decision on the perfect mousepad.

June 8 marks the 30th anniversary for Intel's 16-bit 8086 microprocessor − the first of a long line of x86-based microprocessors. Why has the x86 been so successful for so long, beating back and in some cases completely vanquishing competing microprocessor architectures? For starters, the x86 came along at just the right time. By 1978, computing had been migrating from huge, expensive mainframes to smaller, cheaper minicomputers for several years. The desktop was the logical next frontier.

Intel have been fined approximately USD$25 million by South Korea's antitrust regulator for "offering discounts to prevent customers from buying products from Advanced Micro Devices Inc." Intel offered about $37 million in rebates over 2 1/2 years to Samsung and Trigem on the condition that they wouldn't buy from Advanced Micro, according to commission's statement. The practice helped Intel's market share average at 91.3 percent in the five years ending in 2005 in Korea, higher than 79.6 percent globally, according to the statement.

Hackzine.com link to the Gentoo-Linux Wiki which looks at using the RAM on your video card as swap space in Linux. If you are into the headless or console experience, there are a couple of ways to put your machine's graphics card to good use. Most new boxes come with a GPU that has a substantial amount of RAM that is normally used for direct rendering. Using the Memory Technology Device (MTD) support in the Linux kernel, you can actually map the video card RAM to a block device and format it for swap use or as a ramdisk.

Network World has an article looking at a recent security assesment by McAfee which suggests that domains in Hong Kong and China are the "most dangerous" places to surf the Web based on country domain. Hong Kong (with its .hk domain) had ranked 28th in last year's study but jumped to No. 1 to gain the "most dangerous" title. China, which had ranked #11 in last year's report, jumped to the #2 spot for riskiest this year. The McAfee report says 19.2% of all sites tested associated with .hk were dangerous and 11.2% associated with .cn were.

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