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  1. Indeed, Vulkan is basically Mantle with the...

    Indeed, Vulkan is basically Mantle with the platform and architecture specific bits stripped out.

    As one pcper commenter pointed out, Mantle and Vulkan are almost identical down to the function...
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    The X3 chips are not built by Intel. Instead,...

    The X3 chips are not built by Intel. Instead, Spreadtrum/RockChip just use the Intel Atom design in their chips.

    It is interesting that they did not go with PowerVR graphics instead of Mali, as...
  3. IOMMU sounds like a good idea in theory, in...

    IOMMU sounds like a good idea in theory, in practice the situation is much less rosy.

    An IOMMU would be good, if

    they work correctly
    the operating system knows about their existence
    the...
  4. As I don't know anything about how GPUs work,...

    As I don't know anything about how GPUs work, I'll have to take your word for it. Also that that parts which are not constrained by the same GPUVM tables are sufficiently isolated from parts that...
  5. I disagree that such a distinction between...

    I disagree that such a distinction between firmware and microcode is useful.

    It is certainly not from an ethical point of view, as it does not matter which of the many processors in the system...
  6. Almost every proprietary driver has stopped...

    Almost every proprietary driver has stopped working with newer kernels at some point. Maybe you can name a few proprietary drivers which are continually updated to newer kernels?

    For example,...
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    After creating a new mode with xrandr, you need...

    After creating a new mode with xrandr, you need to add it to the monitor you want.
    $ xrandr --addmode DVI-I-2 1600x900_60.00

    However it is even better to put the modeline in X.org configuration:...
  8. One desire to replace UEFI comes from the fact...

    One desire to replace UEFI comes from the fact that UEFI is a horribly complex specification, clocking in at over 2,000 pages. This is almost impossible to implement correctly and securely. The other...
  9. Both checkbox solutions for home directory...

    Both checkbox solutions for home directory encryption and full disk encryption offer approximately the same degree of security against moderately sophisticated attackers.

    Having access multiple...
  10. A sophisticated evil maid would install DMA based...

    A sophisticated evil maid would install DMA based malware in the Intel ME where it is almost undetectable and may come complete with exfiltration techniques based on network packet jitter.

    You are...
  11. I think the usual hierarchy of driver freedom...

    I think the usual hierarchy of driver freedom goes like this (sorted from good to bad):

    Free drivers based on open specifications
    Free drivers based on reverse engineered specifications
    Free...
  12. I have a Medion Akoya E1318T netbook...

    I have a Medion Akoya E1318T netbook running Gentoo. I chose the Kabini due to AES-NI support, which low-end Intel CPUs typically have fused off.

    fuc progs are executed by a microcontroller inside...
  13. As I said before, there are in my opinion grey...

    As I said before, there are in my opinion grey areas and better/worse kinds of firmware. PS3 firmware which contains the whole operating system is certainly of the worse kind. The closed Broadcom...
  14. Yes, the attack can be used against Linux. Which...

    Yes, the attack can be used against Linux. Which is the point: Even though you think you are only running free software, some proprietary firmware can still subvert your system, especially during...
  15. Correct. PROM is ok and EPROM is presumably also...

    Correct. PROM is ok and EPROM is presumably also ok (unless the manufacturer installs a UV lamp somewhere inside his device ;)). But proprietary firmware in Flash-EPROM, EEPROM or other writable...
  16. @Kano I explained the FSF position, that is all....

    @Kano
    I explained the FSF position, that is all. I do agree with some of what they say and disagree with other things they say.
    But if you don't mind running proprietary software at all, then you...
  17. It appears that you are not familiar with the GPU...

    It appears that you are not familiar with the GPU firmware situation. Let me explain the FSF position:

    If the firmware is not replaceable (e.g. in ROM) then it is ok, as you could see it as part...
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    Windows 10 Technical Preview users just got AMD...

    Windows 10 Technical Preview users just got AMD Catalyst 15.2 (15.200.1006.0000) via Windows Update, so it seems to be ready. No official download from AMD website nor sign of a Linux version yet,...
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    With the proprietary drivers you mean? Because...

    With the proprietary drivers you mean? Because radeon has working power management, nouveau reclocking is still quite incomplete especially with Maxwell.

    And the thread starter wants to play...
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    Good thing that the thread starter explicitly did...

    Good thing that the thread starter explicitly did not ask about gaming performance in Linux. Only video playback and desktop stuff.

    That is patently false.

    If you prefer the open source drivers...
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