Hardware News Archives
8 December 2013 - Freedreno DRM - 4 Comments
An early patch-set has been sent out by Rob Clark as he prepares the "MSM" DRM driver changes for the Linux 3.14 kernel. This open-source DRM graphics driver will support at least two new boards in the next kernel development cycle.
7 December 2013 - Coreboot Power - 10 Comments
After landing hardware support improvements last week for Coreboot, the open-source BIOS firmware replacement now has another new feature: ACPI power limiting and it's been implemented for Intel Haswell CPUs.
4 December 2013 - Linux Laptop Performance - 10 Comments
The latest open-source Linux benchmarks out of Phoronix is a six-way Linux laptop performance comparison featuring laptops/ultrabooks from Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, ASUS, and Apple.
1 December 2013 - Thunderbolt - 6 Comments
Andreas Noever has published a set of twelve Linux kernel patches that add a driver for the Intel "Cactus Ridge" Thunderbolt controller and ultimately allows for Thunderbolt hot-plugging support on Apple hardware.
30 November 2013 - Broadcom Crystal HD - 9 Comments
A couple years ago Broadcom released the Crystal HD as a standalone hardware video decoder chip. While there's been an open-source Linux driver for the Crystal HD, we haven't heard much about it in recent months, but that changed this morning.
28 November 2013 - Windows WiFi Drivers - 8 Comments
With most WiFi adapters and other network hardware having native Linux drivers these days, there hasn't been much to report on with the NDISwrapper project in months -- the project that allows using Windows network drivers on Linux. Changing that is today's NDISwrapper 1.59 release.
27 November 2013 - Gummiboot v39
It's been a while since last talking about Gummiboot, the FreeDesktop.org project that serves as a simple UEFI boot manager, but it is still (slowly) progressing.
27 November 2013 - Jolla Sailfish Phone - 46 Comments
Jolla's first smartphone officially goes on sale today! The device, of course, is running the MeeGo-derived Sailfish OS with Wayland and there's Android app compatibility.
26 November 2013 - iBuyPower Linux Steam Box - 39 Comments
Word has now gotten out that iBuyPower is planning to introduce their own Steam Machines device next year that is powered by the Linux-based SteamOS and will be using an AMD processor and AMD graphics.
26 November 2013 - Vote Now! - 52 Comments
If you have been curious how a particular laptop is performing on Linux, now is your chance to voice your request as I will be buying two laptops this week for Phoronix testing and benchmarking under Linux.
24 November 2013 - PixelSense Touch-Screen - 3 Comments
The touchscreen on the Microsoft PixelSense (Surface 2.0) is now supported by the mainline Linux kernel.
24 November 2013 - Freedreno Graphics - 7 Comments
The Freedreno open-source graphics driver project that's a clean-room reverse-engineered implementation of the Qualcomm Adreno graphics core on the company's ARM SoCs keeps reaching new milestones. While the driver is mostly just worked on by Rob Clark and without any support from Qualcomm, it's quickly becoming the flagship open-source ARM graphics driver for the Linux desktop.
23 November 2013 - ACPI Hotkeys
For those using the Coreboot open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement on Lenovo laptops, the proprietary hotkeys have now been implemented.
19 November 2013 - Fake RAID - 15 Comments
Besides wanting to enable SSD TRIM support for Ubuntu Linux, developers are also looking at moving from DMRAID to MDADM for fake/software RAID configurations on the desktop operating system.
19 November 2013 - SSD TRIM/DISCARD - 16 Comments
During the first day of the latest virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, Canonical developers plotted out the enabling of TRIM/DISCARD support by default for solid-state drives on Ubuntu.
19 November 2013 - Coreboot GRUB2 - 9 Comments
Coreboot's latest development code now features GRUB 2 as an alternative to SeaBIOS in its build system.
18 November 2013 - Ivy Bridge Retina MacBook Pro - 2 Comments
For those curious how the performance is impacted for the 2012 "Ivy Bridge" Retina MacBook Pro when upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, here's some fresh open-source benchmarks comparing the 10.8.5 and 10.9.0 releases for this Core i7 laptop with Intel HD 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.
16 November 2013 - Input Pull
There's many exciting Linux 3.13 kernel features already, but we have another one to talk about today. In the input subsystem update for 3.13, support for the Neonode zForce has been added, an interesting touch-screen technology based on infrared light fields.
15 November 2013 - Linux Tablets - 60 Comments
Canonical with their Ubuntu Touch initiative isn't the only project that's failed to deliver as of yet with a successful non-Android Linux tablet.
12 November 2013 - IBM Power - 6 Comments
An IBM Linux Technology Center has shared that enabling experimental memory power management within the Linux kernel has dropped one of their test system's power consumption by about 2.6% but it's likely even more with experimental hardware.