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ARM Changes Come About For Linux 3.12 Kernel

Among the ARM changes for the mainline Linux 3.12 kernel is adding platform support for the Allwinner A20 and A31 SoCs along with continued work on NVIDIA's Tegra 4 support.
6 September 2013 - ARM Merges - 2 Comments

Lemote's Playing With Loongson Radeon UVD

Many Phoronix readers seem to be infatuated by the MIPS-based Loongson systems, while the hardware is hard to find -- and even if you manage to find it in western markets, it's very expensive. For those fond of the Loongson processors and happen to have a Radeon chipset, Lemote is playing around with Radeon UVD video acceleration.
5 September 2013 - Loongson - 9 Comments

System76 Serval Pro vs. Gazelle Pro Linux Laptops

For those curious how the performance of System76's high-end Linux laptops have evolved over the past two years, here are some benchmarks comparing the latest Gazelle Professional "Haswell" laptop against the Serval Professional from the Intel "Sandy Bridge" days.
31 August 2013 - System76 - 3 Comments

TOSHIBA 128GB Q-Series SATA 3.0 SSD Linux Tests

Up for some quick Linux benchmarking this Friday afternoon are tests of the Toshiba Q Series HDTS212XZSTA 128GB SATA III Solid State Drive. This SSD drive has been pitted against five other HDD/SSD disk drives on Ubuntu Linux for some interesting performance tests.
30 August 2013 - TOSHIBA HDTS212XZSTA - 1 Comment

Allwinner Video Decode Gets Reverse-Engineered

The Allwinner A10 and A13 video decode support has been reverse-engineered as open-source.
30 August 2013 - Allwinner A10/A13 - 7 Comments

Ubuntu Is Close To Recommending 64-Bit By Default

While x86_64 hardware has been very common for years and it's now almost impossible to find new PC hardware that is x86-only, the Ubuntu download pages have continued to recommend the 32-bit version of Ubuntu Linux by default for new desktop installations. Fortunately, that may finally change.
29 August 2013 - Ubuntu 13.10 x86_64 - 31 Comments

A New Campaign For A Fully Open-Source Computer

A new crowd-funding campaign seeks to produce "the first truly free and fully open-source computer utilizing only non-proprietary hardware and software under the GNU General Public License."
28 August 2013 - TransObj - 12 Comments

NVIDIA/AMD Still Reportedly Working On Mir Drivers

During the first day of the latest virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, there were some brief remarks made concerning the state of the NVIDIA and AMD Catalyst binary drivers in supporting the Mir Display Server for Ubuntu.
28 August 2013 - Binary Blobs - 39 Comments

Linux Can Work On The 2013 MacBook Air

As soon as Apple launched their Haswell-based MacBook Air I purchased the "ultrabook" for its long battery life, great build quality, and impressive design. However, running Linux on the 2013 MacBook Air has been a pain. It wasn't running cleanly but it looks like the major kernel booting problem comes down to a UEFI interaction issue.
25 August 2013 - Hardware Issues - 19 Comments

Oculus Rift Is Easy To Setup On Linux

For those wondering about using the Oculus Rift VR system on Linux for a virtual reality 3D gaming headset, it should work just fine on your favorite Linux distribution.
23 August 2013 - Oculus Rift - 7 Comments

Ubuntu Edge At $11M With Less Than Three Days Left

There's only two and a half days left to Canonical's Ubuntu Edge crowd-funding campaign for building a high-end smart-phone running Ubuntu. Unfortunately, the campaign is still about twenty million dollars short of its $32M goal.
19 August 2013 - Ubuntu Edge - 87 Comments

Canonical Is Shutting Down Ubuntu Friendly

Canonical is going to finally shutdown Ubuntu Friendly, their community approach for users to share with other Ubuntu users how well their laptops/desktops work with the Linux distribution.
15 August 2013 - Ubuntu Friendly - 30 Comments

Flashrom 0.9.7 Refines Support For A Lot Of Chips

Flashrom is the leading way for flashing BIOS/firmware images on hundreds of flash chips, hundreds of motherboards, and dozens of PCI devices. Released today was Flashrom 0.9.7 as the first major update in one year's time and with it comes almost 150 changes to the open-source BIOS/firmware flashing project.
14 August 2013 - Flashrom - 4 Comments

IBM Opens Up POWER Architecture For Licensing

IBM is now following in the steps of ARM Holdings and has decided to allow for licensing of their CPU architecture. IBM and a group of other companies wanting a stake in IBM's POWER architecture have also founded the OpenPOWER Consortium group.
7 August 2013 - IBM POWER - 47 Comments

Sailfish SDK Update Switches From X11 To Wayland

The Jolla Mobile developers that are in the midst of their first smart phone just updated their SDK to support Qt 5, Qt Quick 2, and Wayland.
2 August 2013 - Sailfish OS - 62 Comments

Linux Is Still A Lemon On The 2013 MacBook Air

While the 2013 Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air has been on the market for the better part of two months, the Linux kernel still isn't playing nicely with this very light laptop that under OS X boasts a long battery life.
31 July 2013 - Haswell MacBook Air - 38 Comments

Freedreno DRM/Gallium3D Shines Well For ARM

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

Ubuntu Desktop To Drop PowerPC Support

The Ubuntu desktop images for the IBM PowerPC architecture are set to be eliminated.
30 July 2013 - Ubuntu PowerPC - 49 Comments

Amazon Has The Best Low-Cost Keyboard In A While

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 Publishes New DRM Graphics Driver

ARM Holdings has published a new DRM driver under the GPL.
25 July 2013 - ARM PL111 - 2 Comments

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