A few years ago was the Kickstarter-backed effort to open-source a real GPU hardware design albeit from a late 90's design. That effort ultimately failed just raising $12k of a $200k USD goal, but the GPU design was released under the GPLv3 anyways.
At the beginning of the month I wrote about That Open, Upgradeable ARM Dev Board Is Trying To Make A Comeback, the EOMA68-spec'ed project formerly known as the Improv Dev Board. It's still using the same (rather slow) Allwinner SoC but has since seen some improvements and there's also a laptop compatible route too. The project has now raised more than $50k USD, but their goal is still three times that at $150k they are trying to raise over the next month.
The input updates for Linux 4.8 bring support for the Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen controller, among other improvements.
Rafael Wysocki on Tuesday submitted his power management and ACPI pull request feature updates for the Linux 4.8 kernel.
Many news reports this morning are indicating that Japan's SoftBank is working out a deal to buy ARM Holdings and that a deal could be officially announced as soon as this morning.
Thunderbolt networking support is still being worked on for the mainline Linux kernel.
Peter Hutterer has announced the first release candidate of the upcoming libinput 1.4 release for this input handling library used by X.Org, Wayland, and Mir systems.
Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 821 SoC this morning as its fastest processor to date and comes out slightly ahead of the Snapdragon 820.
Linux input expert Peter Hutterer at Red Hat has shared an upcoming feature of libinput 1.4: mode switching support for graphics tablet (e.g. Wacom tablets) for switching through different behavior depending upon button presses.
Veteran X.Org/X developer Keith Packard along with well known open-source advocate Bdale Garbee have been working on an "inexpensive yet robust" USB-based hardware random number generator.
The folks at CompuLab have announced their latest Linux-friendly PC, the fitlet-RM. The Fitlet-RM is described as "the smallest PC for extreme conditions" and is fanless.
Remember that Improv Dev Board using an open-source, upgradeable design and running Mer from 2013~2014 before the project collapsed? It's back now in the form of a new crowdfunding campaign with some changes to the hardware and the option of a build-your-own laptop.
If you have been in the market for a dual LCD monitor mount but the price has set you off, there's a great deal right now on such a monitor mount.
For your viewing pleasure this afternoon are some fresh NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900/1000 benchmarks with the 367.27 display driver compared to various Radeon GCN GPUs using a patched Linux 4.7 kernel and Mesa 12.1-dev Git as of this past weekend.
The folks at MediaTek in Hsinchu announced the Helio X20 Development Board today as the first development board using a tri-cluster, deca-core design.
If you missed the article earlier this month about Building A Massive L-Shaped Desk For A Better Workflow, More Monitors and Space, the second desk is now completed.
Following the recent Windows vs. Linux AMDGPU-PRO / RadeonSI testing, GTX 1080 Windows vs. Linux results, and yesterday's Intel Windows vs. Linux benchmarks, here is a look at all three sets of numbers when using some OpenBenchmarking.org magic to merge the data-sets and normalize the results.
With the Linux 4.7 kernel there is an initial Mediatek DRM display driver while further improvements to this open-source code are coming for Linux 4.8.
Version 9.0 of the once-controversial PulseAudio sound server is now available for your open-source audio needs.
With Phoronix.com having turned 12 years old earlier this month (and Phoronix Test Suite turning 8) plus finishing up my custom build of a butcher-block and steel pipe computer desk, I figured it'd be fun to take a look at my Phoronix office layouts over the years.
If you happen to be in the market for a 4K 28-inch display, here's the latest one I have purchased for our Linux hardware testing here at Phoronix. Right now it also appears to be for a very competitive deal at one particular e-tailer.
Reports are once again circulating that Samsung is looking at easing its reliance on Google's Android by switching more of their devices over to running on their Linux-based Tizen project.
Initial patches were published this week for adding initial NVMe-over-Fabrics support for the Linux kernel as set out by the NVMe 1.2b specification. This target implementation is the basics of making this new specification a reality and one of the first public implementations.
Hans de Goede at Red Hat has been working on a DRM KMS kernel driver for the Grain Media GM12U320 hardware.
Here is the continuation of yesterday's article that was a 10-way NVIDIA GPU Linux comparison with now having more NVIDIA results in plus also testing various AMD GCN GPUs using Linux 4.6.0 and Mesa Git.
Expect many hardware announcements this week for Computex. ARM Holdings this morning lifted the lid on their Cortex-A73 and Mali-G71.
Last week Takashi Iwai of SUSE sent in the main audio/sound changes for the Linux 4.7 kernel but with the 4.7 merge window not being quite over yet, he's sent in a second helping of sound driver updates.
Following the DRM feature pull for Linux 4.7 sent at the beginning of the week, David Airlie has now sent in a batch of "DRM fixes" for Linux 4.7 that does include some new functionality too.
The Linux Kernel's PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) interface now has an atomic API for those writing drivers for fans, LEDs, vibrators, and other supported devices.
Coming up in a short while I have some fresh AMDGPU-PRO BETA 2 (the fresh -PRO "hybrid" driver release) for OpenGL graphics performance while here are some quick OpenCL compute metrics.
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