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Broadcom Open-Sources VideoCore IV 3D Graphics Stack

In celebrating two years that Raspberry Pi has been around, Eben Upton has announced today that they are open-sourcing their OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 graphics stack for the Broadcom VideoCore IV 3D graphics subsystem and it will help the Raspberry Pi with having a truly free graphics stack.

28 February 2014 - VideoCore - 71 Comments
The Mer-Powered "Improv" Board Is Running Behind Schedule

Many Phoronix readers may recall the Improv ARM development board announced back in November that would be comprised of "open hardware" and be running Mer OS and compatible with Wayland. The Improv board was worked on by Aaron Seigo and other KDE developers with a focus on running either the Plasma desktop or Plasma Active, among other possibilities. While they hoped to ship the Improv in January, it's still not shipping yet to those who ordered.

26 February 2014 - March Shipping - Add A Comment
Nokia Announces Its Three Nokia X Android Devices

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise given the plentiful leaks in the mobile space, but Nokia today announced three mobile devices running Google's Android operating system rather than Windows Phone or MeeGo/Harmattan or Asha.

24 February 2014 - Nokia Android - 5 Comments
Reside@HOME: Linux For In-Home, Assistive Elderly Health Care

Reside@HOME is an innovative communication device that's Linux-powered and allows families and loved ones to stay in touch with their elderly parents / family members as long as possible, even as they begin experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer's and other elderly conditions. In it's most basic software form, Reside@HOME is a remotely-managed Linux software platform that on the receiving-end can be used by the elderly and even those with early stages of Alzheimer's and other neuro-degenerative conditions.

17 February 2014 - Reside@HOME Linux - Add A Comment
A Nicely-Built 40-Core Raspberry Pi Cluster

Raspberry Pi super-computing clusters have been attempted before, but usually they don't turn out as nice as this new one that's comprised of 40 Raspberry Pi boards inside of an acrylic chassis.

15 February 2014 - Raspberry Pi - 23 Comments
Razer's DeathAdder 6400 DPI Gaming Mouse On Linux

While new games continue to be announced for Linux almost daily and Valve's SteamOS and Steam Machines efforts are pushing more hardware vendors towards looking at Linux support, leading gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer still goes without Linux support.

28 January 2014 - Razer - 22 Comments
Benchmarking CompuLab's Small, Low-Power Linux PCs

Yesterday I delivered some interesting results showing Freescale's i.MX6 quad-core ARM SoC outperforming one of the original Intel Atom SOCs, with both devices being from low-powered Linux-friendly CompuLab PCs. While the full review of the i.MX6-based CompuLab Utilite is still being written, here's some more preview benchmarks comparing the quad-core i.MX6 to the Atom Z530 to a NVIDIA Tegra 2 to a low-power Ivy Bridge CPU.

25 January 2014 - ARM + x86 - 1 Comment
Freescale's i.MX6 SoC Smacks The Old Intel Atom Z530

For the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of playing with CompuLab's Utilite Computer. The Utilite is a miniature ARM desktop computer powered by Freescale's i.MX6 SoC and is running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This is a speedy little Linux system that for some workloads can blow past Intel's original Atom Z530 "Poulsbo" SoC system.

24 January 2014 - Utilite Performance - 17 Comments
Jolla Ports Sailfish OS To Google Nexus 4

For those that have been wanting to try out the Linux-based Mer-derived Qt-friendly Sailfish OS but are unable to obtain Jolla's first, expensive, and limited quantity phone, the Finnish company is porting Sailfish OS to Google's Nexus devices.

23 January 2014 - Sailfish OS - 24 Comments
Testing The AMD Kaveri GPU Burst Turbo/Extreme

Offered through the UEFI interface on the ASUS A88X-PRO motherboard with the new AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" APU is a "GPU Burst" mode with auto, turbo, and extreme settings. In this article this performance option for Kaveri's Radeon R7 Graphics is going to be tested under Ubuntu Linux.

20 January 2014 - GPU Burst - 6 Comments
OpenHardware ColorHug+ Announced

The ColorHug has been one of the more successful OpenHardware projects of recent times. The ColorHug is an open-source display colorimeter for calibrating LCD panels for accurate displays. This open-source hardware was designed by GNOME's Richard Hughes and obviously features first-rate linux support. He's now working on a new ColorHug+ device.

20 January 2014 - ColorHug+ - 7 Comments
Razer Comes Up With An Interesting Modular PC

Razer, the company known for their gaming peripherals, announced at CES today their "Christine" project that is a PCI Express modular design. All components are individually packaged and allows anyone to easily assemble a PC.

7 January 2014 - Project Christine - 21 Comments
Imagination Announces New Series 6 Architecture GPUs

Imagination Technologies, a brand opposed by many Linux users due to their often troublesome Linux graphics drivers provided by many Imagination PowerVR licensees, is out at CES this week with new Series 6 architecture graphics processors.

7 January 2014 - Imagination Series 6 - 6 Comments
Linksys Reviving The WRT54G Router In 802.11AC Form

Many Phoronix readers likely recall the glory years of the open-source-friendly Linksys WRT54G router that for some is still a great device and there's still the thriving OpenWRT community. Good news out of CES today is that Linksys is letting the WRT54G live-on in the form of the 802.11ac-based WRT1900AC.

6 January 2014 - WRT1900AC - 15 Comments
32-bit UEFI Support Proposed For Ubuntu Linux

An Ubuntu developer has proposed 32-bit UEFI support within new Ubuntu Linux install images to support the new "Bay Trail" laptops and other hardware that requires 32-bit UEFI support.

31 December 2013 - 32-bit Ubuntu UEFI - 14 Comments
Another New Linux HPC Benchmark To Run

For those with some spare CPU cycles this holiday season, there's a new high-performance computing benchmark available via the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org. The latest workload that can be run via our fully-streamlined, automated, and reproducible benchmarking platform is the up and coming HPCG test.

27 December 2013 - HPCG - Add A Comment
NVIDIA Optimus Linux Power Battery Tests

Beyond the Zenbook Prime SSD tests, some more performance data to share this Sunday from the ASUS UX32 ultrabook is of the battery power consumption when running some NVIDIA Optimus Linux tests and kernel comparisons.

22 December 2013 - Linux Power Draw - 4 Comments
Calxeda Is Now Out Of The ARM Linux Server Race

While Calxeda was leading (and driving) the ARM server race for a while with their Linux-friendly power-efficient ARMv7 EnergyCore SoCs, they're now out of the race as the company is shutting down.

20 December 2013 - Calxeda ARM Server - 6 Comments
Linux Kernel Works To Make Better Random Reseeding

While /dev/random was made faster and more random in Linux 3.13, in light of the NSA controversies and that Intel/VIA hardware encryption and random generators may not even be trustworthy, there's been a rework in how reseeding happens for the Linux kernel's random component.

15 December 2013 - /dev/random - 1 Comment
More Ubuntu Benchmarks Of The Haswell Chromebook

Yesterday I shared the first Phoronix tests of Ubuntu running on the Acer C720 Chromebook, a ChromeOS-focused device powered by an Intel Celeron "Haswell" processor. The performance was great -- as was the build quality and features -- for being a $199 USD device that can be loaded with other operating systems too.

13 December 2013 - Acer C720 - 10 Comments
Exciting Upcoming Linux Hardware Reviews, Articles

While many people work less over the holidays, this isn't the case at Phoronix and there's many exciting articles coming out daily for the better part of the next month. Here's a look, including our annual year-in-review articles of the Linux graphics drivers, etc.

12 December 2013 - Month Of Articles - 9 Comments

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