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Running Modern Linux On The CompuLab Trim-Slice

At the beginning of last year I tested the CompuLab Trim-Slice, which was a great ARM-based Linux desktop for the time. While the hardware now shows its signs of aging in the fast-paced ARM world, modern Linux distributions can still be loaded up on the platform.
5 March 2013 - CompuLab Trin-Slice - 1 Comment

GCC Link-Time Optimizations On The ARM Cortex-A9

The ARM Linux benchmarks continue. This time around we're looking at how the GCC LTO (Link-Time Optimization) performance fairs when running from a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Cortex-A9 tablet.
2 March 2013 - Benchmarks - 1 Comment

Linux EFI Tools Supports Manipulating UEFI Signatures

Version 1.4 of the Linux efitools package is now available and it supports reading and manipulating the UEFI signatures database.
1 March 2013 - efitools

LG Acquires WebOS From HP, To Ship WebOS On TVs

LG Electronics announced today that they are acquiring webOS from Hewlett-Packard. The game-plan for this mobile Linux operating system that originally came from Palm is to use it on LG Smart TVs.
25 February 2013 - WebOS - 8 Comments

IBM Continues Work On POWER8 In Linux 3.9 Kernel

The PowerPC architecture update for the Linux 3.9 kernel is made up mostly of bug-fixes and minor updates, but there are a few highlights. Most of the major work revolves around the yet-to-be-released POWER8 hardware.
24 February 2013 - PowerPC

Linux Kernel Support Coming For Billions Of Chips

The Linux 3.9 kernel will likely be introducing support for the line of Synopsys ARC700 processors. More than one billion ARC-based chips are shipped annually by Synopsys licensees and now the mainline Linux kernel can finally begin tapping this hardware.
22 February 2013 - Synopsys

Linux 3.9 Kernel Improves ARM Hardware Support

The Linux 3.9 kernel will be another exciting update not only for common x86 users but the ARM hardware support continues to advance too.
22 February 2013 - Linux 3.9

Dell Puts Out Updated Ubuntu Linux Laptop

Dell has released an updated XPS 13 laptop that now has an 1920 x 1080 FHD display while shipping Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
18 February 2013 - Updated Ubuntu - 51 Comments

ARM: This Open-Source Stack Will Only Grow Louder

Luc Verhaegen has warned ARM that his Lima graphics driver project will only "grow louder and louder" as its performance becomes more competitive with their closed-source Mali graphics driver and eventually may reach (or surpass) feature parity.
13 February 2013 - Luc Verhaegen - 14 Comments

Linux Foundation Releases Secure Boot System

The Linux Foundation has finally released its UEFI Secure Boot system that's intended for independent Linux distributions and software developers to more easily have access to a signed boot shim.
8 February 2013 - Linux Foundation - 10 Comments

UEFI Mode On Linux Still Bricking Samsung Laptops

It turns out the Samsung laptop issue whereby the hardware would become bricked when booting Linux in UEFI mode is not fixed. There were patches recently applied against the kernel that were supposed to address the problem, but it turns out that there are still problems ahead.
7 February 2013 - Not Fixed - 7 Comments

Freedreno Gallium3D Shows Much Promise

In continuation of the article noting Freedreno Gallium3D might be merged soon, here's the video showing off the progress of this open-source Gallium3D graphics driver that was made to support the Qualcomm Adreno hardware.
6 February 2013 - Freedreno - 4 Comments

Lima Graphics Driver Can Beat ARM's Binary Blob

The open-source Lima graphics driver that's a reverse-engineered user-space software driver for ARM's Mali graphics core, is now faster than the official ARM binary graphics driver in certain cases, such as when running Quake 3.
6 February 2013 - Lima Performance - 2 Comments

The Video Acceleration State On Linux GPU Drivers

For those of you curious about the state of hardware-assisted video playback acceleration on the Linux graphics drivers, here's a brief overview.
5 February 2013 - Video Acceleration - 29 Comments

Ubuntu 13.04 Will Have Better Exynos 5 Chromebook Support

Ubuntu 13.04 will feature better support for the Samsung Chromebook that's powered by the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM SoC.
5 February 2013 - Chromebook

Freedreno Gallium3D Driver Might Be Merged Soon

The open-source "Freedreno" Gallium3D driver that provides reverse-engineered 3D support for Qualcomm's Adreno/Snapdragon graphics processor is turning out to be in quite good shape. Freedreno is one of the first good ARM Gallium3D drivers and it might soon be merged into Mesa.
3 February 2013 - Freedreno Gallium3D - 7 Comments

Three PC Brands Where SecureBoot On Linux Is Botched

Matthew Garrett has written a new article summarizing the state of UEFI/SecureBoot on Linux. Overall, the situation isn't good if you're using hardware from one of three major vendors.
1 February 2013 - Secure Boot - 17 Comments

Google Pushes "Project PIANO" Into Coreboot

Project PIANO was merged today into the Coreboot code-base, which is for mainline TianoCore boot support.
30 January 2013 - Project PIANO

Google Is One Of The Biggest Backers Of Coreboot

Last week I pointed out how Google is contributing a lot to Coreboot since they are enjoying this open-source BIOS/UEFI because they can ship it on Chrome OS devices for allowing very fast boot times, great customization possibilities, and good security with having full source access. In this article are some development statistics surrounding Coreboot to show the most prolific contributors, the pace of development, and other traits for this open-source project formerly known as LinuxBIOS.
25 January 2013 - Coreboot - 2 Comments

ACPI Support Continues To Be Improved In Linux

There's a number of ACPI updates that are being shown off and will likely make their debut in the Linux 3.9 kernel for improving the power management support.
23 January 2013 - ACPI Power Management - 2 Comments

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