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Linux-Powered Endless Computer Raises $100k+ In A Few Days

Launched this week on Kickstarters was Endless Computers, a $169 Linux PC for the developing world. Quite quickly the project has already surpassed its $100k USD goal.
18 April 2015 - Endless Computers - 20 Comments

Linux Audio Is Being Further Modernized With The 4.1 Kernel

Takashi Iwai sent in his sound driver updates for Linux 4.1, which includes major modernization with the standard bus for ALSA in the sequencer core and HD-audio code.
16 April 2015 - Linux 4.1 Audio/Sound - 42 Comments

The Massive Linux Benchmarking Setup Is Chugging Along

It's going on one month now that our massive new server/benchmarking Linux and open-source benchmarking farm has been operational. So far things are going great and continuing to churn out a lot of performance data for the very latest Git code of the Linux kernel, Mesa, LLVM/Clang, and other projects on a daily basis.
15 April 2015 - Linux Benchmarking - 9 Comments

Linux 4.1 To Bring Support For NCQ Autosense

While usually not presenting any major features each release cycle, the libata feature pull request for Linux 4.1 is a bit more interesting this time around.
14 April 2015 - NCQ Autosense - 5 Comments

fwupd: Simple, Open-Source Device Firmware Updating

As part of the work towards allowing easy UEFI/BIOS updates from the Linux desktop in a standardized manner, Richard Hughes has been developing the new fwupd component.
10 April 2015 - fwupd - 2 Comments

Allwinner: "We Are Taking Initiative Actions Internally"

Allwinner has been taking a lot of heat lately for violating open-source licenses with their Linux binary blob components. They then got caught obfuscating their code to try to hide their usage of open-source code, shifted around their licenses, and has continued jerking around the open-source community.
1 April 2015 - Allwinner Open-Source Violations - 22 Comments

Automatically Managing The Linux Benchmarks Firing Constantly

In continuation of this morning's article about Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room that detailed my month-long process of building out the new Linux automated benchmark server room, here's details on the software deployment side.
29 March 2015 - Phoromatic - 2 Comments

The Most Common, Annoying Issue When Benchmarking Ubuntu On Many Systems

When constantly benchmarking dozens of systems daily in a fully-automated manner there's one issue particularly on Ubuntu that's proved over the past few months to be most annoying...
26 March 2015 - Silly Booting Issue - 23 Comments

Allwinner Continues Jerking Around The Open-Source Community

While Allwinner has been caught violating the (L)GPL and resulted in obfuscating their code and playing around with their advertised licenses, now this ARM vendor is taking things a step further.
25 March 2015 - Open-Source Jerks - 32 Comments

Libinput 0.13 Changes The Tap Motion Threshold

Libinput 0.13 was released today as one of the final steps before Libinput 1.0.
24 March 2015 - libinput - 3 Comments

What Linux vs. OS X Performance Tests Should Be Run Next?

A new Apple Mac Mini happened to arrive at Phoronix that sports Intel Iris Graphics. It's now time to start benchmarking this Apple system with Intel Core i5 processor and run some comparative tests against Linux.
22 March 2015 - OS X vs. Linux vs. Windows? - 32 Comments

Allwinner Plays Around With Licenses On Its Media Codec

Allwinner has yet to clarify their license position on their media codec code or fully open up their encode/decode library for that matter when it's fairly clear they're violating the GPL and recently they've been trying to cover it up by obfuscating their binaries.
21 March 2015 - Allwinner - 2 Comments

Allwinner Caught Obfuscating Their Improperly Licensed Code

Allwinner is pushing their way to the top of the list of companies hated by the open-source community...
19 March 2015 - Allwinner Debacle - 32 Comments

ColorHug ALS Is An Open-Source Ambient Light Sensor

The ColorHug ALS is an ambient light sensor developed by Richard Hughes to dynamically control the brightness of laptop panels -- for laptops that don't have a built-in light sensor for said purpose.
17 March 2015 - ColorHug ALS - 2 Comments

HSA Foundation Releases HSA 1.0 Official Specification

The HSA Foundation yesterday announced the official v1.0 release of their Heterogeneous System Architecture specification.
17 March 2015 - HSA 1.0 - 8 Comments

Qualcomm Announces DragonBoard 410c With 64-bit ARMv8 SoC

Qualcomm announced the DragonBoard 410c yesterday as their first design in compliance with Linaro's 96Boards standard. The DragonBoard 410c will be available to developers this summer and be powered by Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon SoC.
13 March 2015 - DragonBoard 410c - 21 Comments

An LGPL-Licensed, Larrabee-Inspired GPGPU Processor

A Phoronix reader pointed out this weekend the Nyuzi Processor, an GPL/LGPL-licensed design that's inspired by Intel's failed Larrabee graphics processor design. The Nyuzi Processor is fully open-source with its Verilog, documentation, tests, compiler/tools, etc.
9 March 2015 - LGPL GPGPU - 14 Comments

QuIC Continues Contributing To Open-Source MDP DRM/KMS Driver

Qualcomm's Innovation Center continues contributing to the open-source MDP DRM driver that started out as a reverse-engineered display driver for Qualcomm's ARM SoCs via Rob Clark as part of the Freedreno project.
6 March 2015 - Qualcomm - 3 Comments

Benchmarks Of The $129 8-Core 64-bit ARM Development Board

Announced last month was the HiKey 8-core 64-bit ARM development board being based upon the HiSilicon Cortex-A53 SoC. This HiKey board came out of 96Boards as the first certified board by the Linaro Community Board Group. I happen to have some early benchmarks of this eight-core AArch64 development board running Linaro/Debian.
6 March 2015 - HiKey ARM Cortex-A53 Board - 7 Comments

Valve Starts Listing The Steam Machines In The Steam Store

Valve has started showing off the Steam Controller and the many different Steam Machines within the Steam Store.
5 March 2015 - Steam Machines - 47 Comments

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