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Earlier this year we wrote about lowRISC as an open-source SoC design using the RISC-V ISA. LowRISC hopes to ultimately get into volume silicon production and now they've released some documentation describing two planned features.
20 December 2014 - lowRISC - 4 Comments
Merged already for Linux 3.19 were significant power management and ACPI changes while a second serving of ACPI+PM updates have been requested for pulling just prior to the end of the 3.19 merge window.
20 December 2014 - Power Management
In 2015 we might see an open hardware random number generator that would connect to the system via an SD card slot.
19 December 2014 - Open-Source Hardware RNG - 22 Comments
For a number of months David Airlie at Red Hat has been working on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP MST) handling for Linux. Keith Packard over at Intel is now playing with DP MST too for bettering modern 4K display support on Linux within X.Org Server based environments.
17 December 2014 - 4K DP MST - 9 Comments
For anyone that may be in need of some USB wired network adapters, Plugable offers a few different options that are low-cost and work well with Linux -- in fact, Linux is mentioned on the product packaging.
16 December 2014 - USB2/3 NICs - 13 Comments
The MIPS architecture improvements and new features for the Linux 3.19 kernel are aplenty due to many MIPS patches not being merged for Linux 3.18 and then aside from that a lot of developers sending in lots of new work.
13 December 2014 - MIPS
Jiri Kosina has lined up his HID subsystem changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel that include more multi-touch device work and other input improvements.
12 December 2014 - HID - 2 Comments
They say a picture is worth one thousand words, but how many Linux systems is a picture worth?
5 December 2014 - Benchmarks!!!! - 26 Comments
While many Linux users still cringe over hearing Imagination Technologies due to their shoddy Linux graphics driver history with the PowerVR series and lack of open-source friendship, their MIPS Creator CI20 development board just became available for sale and in the months ahead we'll see how their Linux support evolves.
4 December 2014 - Imagination - 21 Comments
One month ago was the surprising contribution by Qualcomm's Innovation Center that they were adding new hardware support to Freedrenon, the open-source and reverse-engineered Gallium3D driver for Adreno graphics hardware. Qualcomm's contributions haven't ended and they're looking to add more patches -- including for HDCP support.
3 December 2014 - Freedreno Gallium3D - 9 Comments
Coreboot has been ported to work on another Intel motherboard. This new support target is for older Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors but the motherboard can still be purchased via retail channels and sells for only about $70 USD.
30 November 2014 - SNB/IVB - 19 Comments
ARM's security extensions are in the process of being bettered on Linux.
29 November 2014 - TrustZone
Last week Jolla launched the Jolla Tablet with Sailfish OS 2.0 that's set to take the waters next year. The Jolla Tablet launched via crowd-funding and thus far it's been wildly successful. Given the success, Jolla has added some stretch goals to the campaign that ends in December.
28 November 2014 - Jolla Tablet - 15 Comments
"Open-source computers" seem to be the latest promoted concept up for funding on popular crowd-funding sites.
26 November 2014 - IMP - 25 Comments
While there's been an ongoing discussion this week about delivering a $500 "open to the core" laptop that runs Ubuntu Linux and would be comprised of open-source software down to the firmware and Coreboot, announced last week was a high-end laptop that also aims to promote free/libre software. Though don't get out your wallets quite yet.
25 November 2014 - Librem - 50 Comments
Bq held a media event today where many were hoping the first Ubuntu Phone would be officially unveiled, but that was not the case with Ubuntu receiving no mentions during the event.
25 November 2014 - Bq - 1 Comment
Last week Amazon started shipping their new Fire TV Stick device to compete with the likes of Google's Chromecast. I've been trying out the Fire TV Stick since its launch date last week and have been happy with the device, especially considering its low cost.
24 November 2014 - Fire TV Stick - 5 Comments
Given the recent crowdfunding success around the Jolla Tablet, there's talk again about crowdfunding a truly open-source laptop that's running Ubuntu and would be priced around $500 USD.
22 November 2014 - $500 Ubuntu Laptop - 48 Comments
Luc Verhaegen has out a new blog post about Imagination's PowerVR SGX user-space driver source code and the microcode source also getting leaked. However, don't get too excited.
22 November 2014 - PowerVR - 23 Comments
While Qualcomm is still dominating in the mobile phone chip world as the largest supplier of SoCs for smartphones, the company has ambitions of getting into the server market.
21 November 2014 - Qualcomm Servers - 10 Comments
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