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There's Talk Again About An "Open To The Core" Ubuntu Laptop

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 - 44 Comments

PowerVR SGX Driver Code Gets Leaked

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

Qualcomm Looks To Get Into The ARM Server Business

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

Jolla Launches Tablet With Sailfish OS 2.0

Jolla has delivered on their teased new device as the "Jolla Tablet" as an exciting tablet running Sailfish OS 2.0.
19 November 2014 - Crowd-Funded Tablet - 25 Comments

Numascale Builds A 5184 AMD Core Shared Memory System

Our friends at Numascale have assembled the world's largest shared memory system to date: 5184 CPU cores with 20.7 terabytes of shared memory.
18 November 2014 - Numascale - 7 Comments

Nokia Releases The N1, A Nice Looking Android 5.0 Tablet

What's left of Nokia after selling off their phone/device divison to Microsoft, the Finnish company has unveiled their first new piece of hardware: the N1 Android tablet.
18 November 2014 - Nokia N1 - 31 Comments

Jolla Begins Teasing Possible New Device, Announcement Next Week

It looks like next week there will be a new Sailfish device announcement from Jolla.
14 November 2014 - Jolla Sailfish - 27 Comments

Gizmo 2 Development Board Powered By AMD SoC

The Gizmo Explorer Kit has been available for a while now as an open-source, mini x86 development board to compete with the many ARM development boards available to consumers and developers. The Gizmo 2 has now been announced as the second-generation development board. Like the original Gizmo, the Gizmo 2 is powered by an AMD SoC with Radeon graphics.
11 November 2014 - Gizmo 2 - 41 Comments

Raspberry Pi Model A+ Launches, Costs Just $20

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is out with the new Model A+ board that follows in the foot steps of this summer's release of the Raspberry Pi Model B+.
10 November 2014 - Model A+ - 12 Comments

Blk-mq/SCSI-mq Are Looking Real Good For Linux Disk Performance

It's been a while since last having any major news to report on the multi-queue block layer for the Linux kernel, but that blk-mq and more recent scsi-mq work is progressing well.
7 November 2014 - Multi-Queue Block Layer - 2 Comments

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 - 3 Comments

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 - 23 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 - 7 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

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