This month will be a great month for Phoronix-reading Linux enthusiasts for a variety of reasons.
The ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-DH71T is a Haswell-based Intel ultrabook that I have found to be quite interesting and will be carrying out a large number of Linux tests (and Windows 8.1 vs. Linux benchmarks) from this laptop that sports Intel Iris Graphics 5100, dual SSDs, and other impressive features.
The performance of several different Samsung laptop models will soon improve under Linux thanks to an important kernel fix that will appear in the Linux 3.15 kernel. This important patch addresses some ACPI issues and system performance issues for multiple Samsung laptops that have plagued Linux for at least two years.
Last week we talked about Broadcom finally open-sourcing their VideoCore IV 3D Graphics Stack and it is indeed the real McCoy, but the $10,000 Quake III bounty has yet to be claimed for getting it to work on the Raspberry Pi.
The BlueZ Linux Bluetooth stack now has support on Android for the Bluetooth GATT profile.
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.
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.
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.
BlueZ 5.15 has been released to provide an updated Bluetooth stack for Linux and with this release does come some new functionality.
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.
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.
The OpTiMSoC is an effort to produce your own many-core System-on-Chip design using Verilog.
ARM Holdings has announced the Cortex-A17 processor for mid-range SoC designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those curious how HPC Challenge, the widely-used HPC benchmark, fairs for the AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU, here's some HPCC benchmark results.
Several test profiles were updated this night on OpenBenchmarking.org for Phoronix Test Suite users.
Freedreno, the leading open-source ARM graphics driver, has picked up an important performance-boosting feature inside of its Gallium3D driver inside mainline Mesa.
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.
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.
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.
A new RAID library is under development for the mainline Linux kernel that supports up to six parities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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