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Rainmeter 4.5.2 Build 3541
by Razvan Serea
Rainmeter is a free, open-source platform that enables skins to run on the desktop. Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
Rainmeter is the best known and most popular desktop customization program for Windows. Enhance your Windows computer at home or work with skins; handy, compact applets that float freely on your desktop. Rainmeter skins provide you with useful information at a glance. It's easy to keep an eye on your system resources, like memory and battery power, or your online data streams, including email, RSS feeds, and weather forecasts.
Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player - all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking. Rainmeter is at once an application and a toolkit.
Rainmeter is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU GPL v2 license.
Rainmeter 4.5.2 Build 3541 changelog:
Section variables: Fixed an issue with the EscapeRegExp and EncodeUrl section variable measure parameters. Download: Rainmeter 4.5.2 Build 3541 | 2.4 MB (Open Source)
View: Rainmeter Home page | Rainmeter 4.5 Release Notes
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Latest Ubuntu 21.10 blows the wind out of Windows 10 / 11 in certain performance tests
by Sayan Sen
Microsoft's next-gen Windows 11 OS is set to release publicly on the 5th of October which is about a week earlier than the release date for Ubuntu 21.10 (codenamed "Impish Indri"), the latter being on October 14. As a result, folks over at Phoronix were curious and wondered what the performances differences might be like between the two upcoming operating systems.
According to the benchmark results obtained in the comparison across several workstation applications, it seems Ubuntu 21.10 is quite a bit ahead by around 50%, or much more, in some of the tests especially those that involve more dependency on the CPU, indicating that the OS is probably better at utilizing the available CPU resources than Windows. GPU-based applications however have generally tended to favor Microsoft's OS, however, the performance gaps aren't as big in Windows' favor.
The test system used by the publication consists of:
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X GeForce RTX 3090 16GB RAM Windows 10 21H1 / Windows 11 Build 22000.168 Ubuntu 21.10
From the numbers, it is noticeable that Windows 11 doesn't really offer much of any significant improvement, if at all, over Windows 10, at least with this build version. The final image that shows WebP image encoding exhibits a certain anomaly as it is observed that the Windows 10 system is much faster than the Windows 11 one, possibly indicating some bug in the latter.
Overall, Ubuntu 21.10 appears to be ~10% faster than Windows 10 and slightly more so in the succeeding Windows 11 build. You can find the full performance review with a lot more benchmark numbers on Phoronix's website linked in the source link below.
Source and images: Phoronix
By News Staff
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By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft offers GPU-accelerated ML training on Windows 10 and WSL via TensorFlow-DirectML
by Usama Jawad
Over a year ago, Microsoft announced that it is working with hardware vendors to offer GPU-accelerated training of machine learning (ML) models on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). A preview for this began in June 2020. The outcome of this initiative is TensorFlow-DirectML, a fork of TensorFlow that leverages DirectML to provide cross-vendor hardware acceleration for training ML models on Windows 10 and WSL. Today, this open-source GitHub project has exited preview and become generally available.
Microsoft has touted that utilizing TensorFlow-DirectML is quite easy as it can be installed in a Python environment by running the command "pip install tensorflow-directml". After that, it will automatically integrate with your existing scripts that train models. The Redmond tech giant says that it worked directly with students and professionals to provide coverage for their scripts, and optimize operators such as batch normalization and convolution. This process involved enhancing GPU scheduling and memory management mechanisms too.
Microsoft collaborated with vendors such as Nvidia, AMD, and Intel to ensure that a smooth experience is offered across Windows 10 and WSL, so that training is accelerated on DirectX 12-capable GPUs. As it stands, the system requirements for TensorFlow-DirectML are as follows:
Moving forward, Microsoft has assured that it will continue optimizing the project further with targeted operator support. You can check out the open-source initiative on GitHub here.
Linus Torvalds is not much of a fan of GitHub's "absolutely useless garbage merges"
by Sayan Sen
A few days ago, Paragon Software Group, a company that deals with various storage technologies, submitted a pull request for its NTFS read/write driver dubbed NTFS3 for the upcoming Linux 5.15 kernel.
Linux head honcho Linus Torvalds however wasn't too pleased with the submission. While Torvalds really didn't have too much of an issue with the NTFS3 pull request itself, he was rather annoyed however at the GitHub merge commit in it, as apparently, the Linux boss does not like GitHub merges much, if at all.
Here's what Linus Torvalds has said in a response to Paragon Software in a rather familiar stern manner about the GitHub merges:
Finally. Torvalds also revealed what he would much rather prefer instead of GitHub when it comes to Linux kernel merges:
So command line it is for Linus Torvalds then.