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Lenovo Issues Yoga Laptop BIOS Update To Fix Linux Woes

Last month was the controversy over some Lenovo Yoga laptops not working with Linux that was first alleged to be due to a Microsoft "Signature PC" requirement that later turned out to be incorrect. Well, the good news now is that Lenovo has issued a BIOS update and should allow for better Linux compatibility.

27 October 2016 - Lenovo BIOS Linux Fix - 12 Comments
Raspberry Pi VC4 Graphics Driver Working To Support QPU Shaders

The latest Raspberry Pi graphics driver hacking by Eric Anholt of Broadcom has been working to support QPU shaders by this open-source driver stack. QPUs are the shader core of the graphics hardware found in the Raspberry Pi SoC, but come up short of supporting OpenCL or OpenGL compute shaders.

12 October 2016 - Raspberry Pi QPU - Add A Comment
DRM Driver Changes Sent In For Linux 4.9, Sadly No Changes For Nouveau

David Airlie a short time ago submitted the Linux 4.9 DRM subsystem update, including the much sought after open-source Direct Rendering Manager driver improvements. There's a lot of good stuff in here, but sadly the Nouveau changes look like they're going to have to wait until Linux 4.10.

11 October 2016 - DRM LInux 4.9 - 21 Comments
Fresh AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL LInux Benchmarks - 11 GPUs

While running the fresh NVIDIA vs. AMD Vulkan Linux benchmarks (that also included some OpenGL numbers too), I had also taken the opportunity to run some fresh OpenCL compute benchmarks of the latest NVIDIA 370 proprietary Linux driver against AMDGPU-PRO on different graphics cards.

9 October 2016 - OpenCL Compute GPGPU - 14 Comments
Linux 4.9's CPUFreq To Make Greater Use Of Scheduler Info, IOWait Boosting

The past few kernel releases there's been a redesign of CPUFreq and P-State code for being able to make use of the kernel's scheduler utilization data by these CPU frequency scaling drivers. That work also led to the introduction of the Schedutil governor. Work along this line has continued for Linux 4.9.

3 October 2016 - Linux 4.9 Power Management - Add A Comment
The (No) Phoronix Oktoberfest 2016

Similar to last year, unfortunately there is no Phoronix Oktoberfest meet-up in 2016 unlike in a number of years prior, as unfortunately I am missing the yearly pilgrimage/holiday.

17 September 2016 - Oktoberfest Season - 53 Comments
There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development

Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

29 August 2016 - Who Knows - 19 Comments

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