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Rockchip's DRM Driver Continues To Progress

Back in August Rockchip published a DRM driver for their SoCs. While this driver has yet to be mainlined, Rockchip continues revising the open-source driver to address upstream developer feedback.
28 September 2014 - Rockchip - 4 Comments

Early Adopters Already Hit By Fedora Dropping Old Linux GPU Drivers

While it's been known since last year that Fedora wants to get rid of old GPU drivers that don't have DRM/KMS support and their plans moved forward months ago to rid the system of old GPU drivers, some Linux enthusiasts running against the latest Fedora development code are surprised their GPU driver vanished.
24 September 2014 - Crusty GPUs - 44 Comments

ACPI On ARM: Good Or Bad For Linux?

Linux kernel developers currently have mixed feelings whether ACPI on ARM will be beneficial or not.
24 September 2014 - Who Knows - 9 Comments

Linux 3.17 Has Basic Support For The Xbox One Controller

While I've written extensively about the Linux 3.17 kernel and its many new features, there is an interesting addition that was merged for Linux 3.17 that I missed out on noticing (or that of Anzwix) until today.
22 September 2014 - Xbox One - 11 Comments

Tizen Smartphones Reported To Launch In November

It looks like Tizen smartphones might finally see the light of day later in the year.
19 September 2014 - Tizen - 15 Comments

VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3, Pushes 32.4 Gbits/sec

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) this morning officially unveiled the DisplayPort 1.3 specification that takes DP 1.2a even further.
15 September 2014 - DisplayPort 1.3 - 24 Comments

The Meizu MX4 Phone With Ubuntu Is Expected To Be Out In December

Back in February we wrote about Ubuntu having two phone partners with plans to launch in 2014. Those partners were BQ and Meizu, with the latter Chinese brand at least now expecting to have a working Ubuntu Touch software stack in December to begin shipping their Unicorn-loaded phone.
14 September 2014 - Ubuntu MX4 - 18 Comments

These Stainless Steel Chilling Sticks Won't Cool What You Want

As some other cooling hardware coverage this weekend besides the Scythe Mugen MAX CPU heatsink review is a look at two stainless steel chilling sticks that promise to be handy, but in reality come up short.
14 September 2014 - Beer Chiller - 19 Comments

Samsung Reportedly Designing Its Own GPU

Reports are coming out that Samsung for the past few years has been working on its own original graphics processor design.
14 September 2014 - Samsung GPU - 22 Comments

CompuLab's Intense-PC2 Is A Great Haswell-Based Mini Linux PC

Compared to most Linux PC vendors targeting consumers that are just selling re-branded white box systems with Linux preloaded, CompuLab continues to have an interesting set of original offerings that are Linux-friendly and built really well. The latest system we've had the pleasure of trying out is the Intense-PC2.
13 September 2014 - Intense-PC2 - 7 Comments

AXIOM Beta Open-Source Camera Moves Closer To Reality

The first digital cinema camera comprised of open-source software and open hardware is closer to becoming reality.
11 September 2014 - AXIOM Beta - 12 Comments

Matrox Releases New Multi-Head PCI-E Graphics Cards

Matrox is out with new professional graphics cards in their new C-Series product line-up. These new graphics cards designed for driving multiple displays -- including a quad-output fan-less graphics card -- will be supported under Linux.
11 September 2014 - Matrox C-Series - 17 Comments

Debian & The FSF Launch A Linux Hardware Database

The Free Software Foundation and Debian have hooked up to help free software users in the search for finding Linux compatible hardware... In a different approach from the other Linux compatibility lists and hardware databases, they are only promoting hardware that doesn't require any proprietary software or firmware.
8 September 2014 - H-Node - 20 Comments

Scrap-Ma-Bob: A Great Cup Holder For Any Desk

While not directly tech related, a great desk accessory I recently picked up is the Ensign Group Scrap-Ma-Bob Cup and Bag Clamp-On Holder.
7 September 2014 - Cup Holder - 15 Comments

MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

While most if not all of the modern motherboards produced by MSI allow BIOS/UEFI updating to happen from within the BIOS setup utility and done using a USB flash drive -- as is also the case with most other motherboard vendors -- for Linux users the updating can be a bit more of a headache for MSI motherboards.
31 August 2014 - UEFI/BIOS - 36 Comments

See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs

This holiday weekend (in the US) can be a great time to test your Linux system to see how it's performing against the latest AMD and Intel processors to see if it's time for a good upgrade.
31 August 2014 - Experiment - 16 Comments

Imagination Launches A MIPS Development Board

To compete with the growing number of single-board development computers in the ARM space and even in the x86 space, Imagination Technologies has introduced their first public MIPS single-board computer for developers. While it won't likely see the success of the Raspberry Pi, it's an interesting piece of hardware to say the least and hopefully we'll be able to benchmark it at Phoronix.
30 August 2014 - MIPS - 24 Comments

Getting Involved With The New Raspberry Pi Graphics Driver

Eric Anholt, formerly a lead developer on Intel's Linux graphics driver, has been quickly working away at the VC4 Gallium3D driver and related code now being a Broadcom employee tasked with making an open-source driver for the Raspberry Pi. If you're looking to try out his in-development driver or help him out in the driver creation process, he's published a brief guide to lower the barrier to entry.
30 August 2014 - VC4 Gallium3D

Linux 3.17 Will Detect If Your Toshiba Laptop Is Falling Down

The x86 platform driver updates were sent in on Saturday by Matthew Garrett and besides some clean-ups and various quirks / minor additions for new devices, there's a new driver for generating falling laptop events for Toshiba laptops.
16 August 2014 - Freefall - 8 Comments

UEFI Forum Officially Announces ACPI 5.1

While Linux kernel developers have already been working on ACPI 5.1 support since it brings ACPI on ARM, and there's partial support in the Linux 3.17 kernel, the UEFI Forum today finally announced the official release of the ACPI 5.1 specification.
12 August 2014 - ACPI 5.1 - 1 Comment

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