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The reverse-engineered Freedreno driver for open-source Qualcomm Adreno graphics support is quickly taking shape as the leading ARM Linux graphics driver for the (non-Android) Linux desktop.
30 July 2013 - ARM Linux Graphics - 9 Comments
The Ubuntu desktop images for the IBM PowerPC architecture are set to be eliminated.
30 July 2013 - Ubuntu PowerPC - 49 Comments
If you happen to need a low-cost keyboard that's quite reliable yet simple and doesn't cost much at all, there's a very nice USB keyboard from Amazon.
29 July 2013 - AmazonBasics Keyboard - 58 Comments
ARM Holdings has published a new DRM driver under the GPL.
25 July 2013 - ARM PL111 - 2 Comments
Canonical has listened to the feedback regarding their crowd-funded Ubuntu Edge smart-phone. The company still needs to raise 32 million dollars in the next month, but they have decided to lower the per-unit prices on the phone.
24 July 2013 - Crowd-Funding - 63 Comments
Less than 24 hours ago there was the start of Canonical's crowd-funding campaign for Ubuntu Edge. In the next month the Ubuntu Linux makers want to produce a high-end smart-phone running Ubuntu Phone OS, but in order to do so they need 32 million USD. In the first day they are off to a good start and have made more than three million dollars.
23 July 2013 - Ubuntu Edge - 53 Comments
KDE's Vivaldi tablet is finally starting to ship... but only for QA testing and the open-source tablets haven't yet received their certification.
22 July 2013 - Vivaldi - 72 Comments
We have long known that Jolla, the company founded by former Nokia employees, has been toying with Wayland for their future smartphones. We now have confirmation that right from the start their first phone will be running on Wayland.
13 July 2013 - Wayland Phone - 61 Comments
Viking OS is an open-source head-mounted display (HMD) operating system for wearable computing, including smart glasses. The operating system is derived from FreeBSD to integrate more closely with Apple.
11 July 2013 - Open-Source HMD - 13 Comments
Rob Clark has expanded his Freedreno efforts from just being a reverse-engineered user-space (Gallium3D) graphics driver for Qualcomm's Adreno/Snapdragon hardware. Rob has now written his own DRM/KMS kernel driver for dealing with the Snapdragon graphics hardware.
6 July 2013 - Qualcomm Snapdragon - 20 Comments
UEFI Linux specialist Matthew Garrett is currently exploring the options for supporting Intel's Rapid Start Technology under Linux.
5 July 2013 - Intel Rapid Start Technology - 14 Comments
Support for newer hardware input devices should be better with the in-development Linux 3.11 kernel.
4 July 2013 - Linux Input - 2 Comments
Beyond the exciting x86 architecture changes that are always under the microscope for the Linux kernel, and lately the great ARM work, IBM has an interesting set of POWER architecture changes for Linux 3.11.
4 July 2013 - Linux 3.11 POWER - 15 Comments
Version 0.2.3 of the Oculus SDK for the popular virtual reality (VR) headset was released yesterday. While we know they have been planning to officially support Linux, with this new v0.2.3 SDK the support is finally here.
3 July 2013 - Oculus SDK 0.2.3 - 3 Comments
In the middle of doing a large AMD/Intel/NVIDIA multi-way closed-source vs. open-source Fedora-based Linux OpenGL performance comparison, I also ran a fresh round of OpenCL benchmarks on the GPUs backed by CL-capable proprietary drivers.
1 July 2013 - Catalyst Leads On OpenCL - 49 Comments
Yesterday I posted benchmarks of the AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D driver looking at the open-source driver performance for the Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards. The performance is comparatively very poor right now compared to earlier generations of AMD Radeon hardware that is better supported. But how does the open-source performance compare between the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series and the NVIDIA GeForce 400/500/6000 "Fermi" and "Kepler" on Nouveau? Here's benchmarks.
29 June 2013 - AMD vs. NVIDIA Sources - 11 Comments
Samsung has added S3C64XX SoC support to their Exynos DRM graphics driver, updated their DeviceTree support, and has begun utilizing the Common Clock Framework.
28 June 2013 - Linux 3.11
The operating system at the heart of Sony's PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD 9.0.
23 June 2013 - FreeBSD 9.0 - 243 Comments
While the popularity and future of the Apple/Intel Thunderbolt interface can be debated, the current state of Thunderbolt on Linux still leaves a fair amount to be desired. While on the state of Linux hardware support, the Google Chromebook Pixel does work with modern Linux distributions, but not all support has been perfected.
20 June 2013 - Plus Pixel Too - 22 Comments
As a hopeful blow against imagination Technologies and their licensing of the PowerVR SGX graphics IP across the ARM SoC industry, NVIDIA has announced they too will get into the graphics IP licensing game. NVIDIA will begin licensing its "Kepler" graphics technology for in use by tablets, smart-phones, and other new form-factors.
19 June 2013 - PowerVR - 14 Comments
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