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Freescale's iMX DRM Driver Sees Big Changes

Published on Friday was a massive set of 72 patches to improve the Freescale iMX DRM driver that's currently within the Linux kernel's staging area.
1 November 2014 - iMX DRM

Has The Sky Fallen? Qualcomm Contributes To Freedreno's DRM/KMS Driver

In an interesting change of events, Code Aurora on the behalf of the Qualcomm Innovation Center has added Adreno A4xx product support to the Freedreno-spawned DRM/KMS "MSM" driver.
31 October 2014 - DRM MSM - 20 Comments

DisplayLink USB 3.0 Support Sounds Like A Mess

While DisplayLink's USB2-based graphics adapters tend to be well supported under Linux even with a DRM/KMS driver, there's been no support for the newer DisplayLink USB 3.0 devices.
31 October 2014 - DisplayLink

PulseAudio Gains A Native Bluetooth Headset Backend

PulseAudio now has a native headset backend for dealing with Bluetooth headsets.
31 October 2014 - Bluetooth HSP - 6 Comments

Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs

The Linux kernel is finally being optimized for use of solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) that follow the ATA 3.2 standard.
29 October 2014 - SSHD SATA - 7 Comments

An Intel-Based Ubuntu Touch Tablet Is Planning To Launch Soon

Today we've received some information a device dubbed the "UT One" that is an Ubuntu Touch tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor and aims to ship in December.
29 October 2014 - UT One - 30 Comments

MIAOW: An Open-Source GPU Design Based On AMD's Southern Islands

A new open-source GPU design has been published designed to run on FPGAs... What makes this "open hardware" project more interesting than past designs is that their compute unit was designed around AMD's public "Southern Islands" instruction set architecture.
29 October 2014 - MIAOW - 9 Comments

Amazon Launches The Fire TV Stick

Just months after launching the Fire TV, Amazon today introduced the Fire TV Stick, which is like a mix of a Roku/Chromecast and the Fire TV.
27 October 2014 - Fire TV Stick - 10 Comments

SteelSeries' QcK Remain Great, Affordable Mouse Pads For Linux Gamers

Earlier this month we reviewed some of the newest high-end mouse pads from XTrac. If you're looking for a new mouse pad due to finally amassing a decent selection of Linux game titles, the SteelSeries QcK remains one of the most affordable and suitable choices.
26 October 2014 - QcK - 14 Comments

Ubuntu 14.04 In The Power8 Cloud From RunAbove

Yesterday I shared my preview of RunAbove's PowerPC cloud using IBM's latest POWER8 CPUs. RunAbove's PowerPC cloud currently offers an instance type up to 176 threads, for which I've spent the past few days of benchmarking. While initially the only operating system enabled in the POWER8 cloud was Fedora 19, now Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is also an option.
25 October 2014 - PowerPC - 5 Comments

Sandusky Lee: Great Cabinets For Storing All Your Computer Gear

If you're after some metal storage cabinets for housing all your extra computer gear, the Sandusky Lee Welded Steel Classic Storage Cabinet is a winner.
25 October 2014 - Computer Cabinet - 8 Comments

Open-Source, Linux Support For Corsair Link Devices Slowly Materializing

Corsair Link comes down to a proprietary protocol for allowing Corsair products within the "Link" ecosystem to allow for a centralized, easy-to-use control panel for fans, water coolers, and more. Corsair doesn't provide any Linux support for Corsair Link, but open-source developers are filling in the gaps.
23 October 2014 - Corsair Link - 3 Comments

Imagination Releases Full ISA Documentation For PowerVR Rogue GPUs

Imagination Technologies released the PowerVR SDK v3.4 this morning and while it may not sound too interesting for most Phoronix readers, it's a very interesting release in that for the first time they are providing full instruction set documentation for their latest PowerVR GPUs.
21 October 2014 - Rogue - 41 Comments

New ARM Hardware Support For Linux 3.18 Kernel

There's new ARM SoCs supported by the Linux 3.18 kernel.
9 October 2014 - ARM Linux 3.18

TYAN Launches Its First OpenPOWER Reference System

Our hardware friends at TYAN have announced their first customer reference system built around OpenPOWER, the collaboration around IBM's Power Architecture with the Power ISA and other technology being opened up. TYAN's "Palmetto System" is promoted as being innovative, collaborative, and open.
8 October 2014 - TYAN OpenPOWER

Linux 3.18 Improves FocalTech, Razer Sabertooth & Other Input Devices

The input subsystem pull request was mailed in on Tuesday to Linus Torvalds for the Linux 3.18 kernel merge window.
8 October 2014 - Input Pull - 3 Comments

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

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