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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
MSM DRM Will Support New Hardware In Linux 3.14

An early patch-set has been sent out by Rob Clark as he prepares the "MSM" DRM driver changes for the Linux 3.14 kernel. This open-source DRM graphics driver will support at least two new boards in the next kernel development cycle.

8 December 2013 - Freedreno DRM - 4 Comments
Six-Way Ubuntu Linux Laptop Benchmarks

The latest open-source Linux benchmarks out of Phoronix is a six-way Linux laptop performance comparison featuring laptops/ultrabooks from Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, ASUS, and Apple.

4 December 2013 - Linux Laptop Performance - 10 Comments
Apple Thunderbolt Linux Hot-Plugging Support

Andreas Noever has published a set of twelve Linux kernel patches that add a driver for the Intel "Cactus Ridge" Thunderbolt controller and ultimately allows for Thunderbolt hot-plugging support on Apple hardware.

1 December 2013 - Thunderbolt - 6 Comments
Crystal HD Decodes New Linux Support Improvements

A couple years ago Broadcom released the Crystal HD as a standalone hardware video decoder chip. While there's been an open-source Linux driver for the Crystal HD, we haven't heard much about it in recent months, but that changed this morning.

30 November 2013 - Broadcom Crystal HD - 9 Comments
NDISwrapper 1.59 Now Supports Modern Kernels

With most WiFi adapters and other network hardware having native Linux drivers these days, there hasn't been much to report on with the NDISwrapper project in months -- the project that allows using Windows network drivers on Linux. Changing that is today's NDISwrapper 1.59 release.

28 November 2013 - Windows WiFi Drivers - 8 Comments
Jolla's Smartphone Launches Today

Jolla's first smartphone officially goes on sale today! The device, of course, is running the MeeGo-derived Sailfish OS with Wayland and there's Android app compatibility.

27 November 2013 - Jolla Sailfish Phone - 46 Comments
Freedreno ARM GPU Driver Keeps Hitting Milestones

The Freedreno open-source graphics driver project that's a clean-room reverse-engineered implementation of the Qualcomm Adreno graphics core on the company's ARM SoCs keeps reaching new milestones. While the driver is mostly just worked on by Rob Clark and without any support from Qualcomm, it's quickly becoming the flagship open-source ARM graphics driver for the Linux desktop.

24 November 2013 - Freedreno Graphics - 7 Comments
Ubuntu To Try Switching From DMRAID To MDADM

Besides wanting to enable SSD TRIM support for Ubuntu Linux, developers are also looking at moving from DMRAID to MDADM for fake/software RAID configurations on the desktop operating system.

19 November 2013 - Fake RAID - 15 Comments
Ubuntu Aims To TRIM SSDs By Default

During the first day of the latest virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, Canonical developers plotted out the enabling of TRIM/DISCARD support by default for solid-state drives on Ubuntu.

19 November 2013 - SSD TRIM/DISCARD - 16 Comments
OS X 10.9 Mavericks Benchmarks On The 2012 Retina MBP

For those curious how the performance is impacted for the 2012 "Ivy Bridge" Retina MacBook Pro when upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, here's some fresh open-source benchmarks comparing the 10.8.5 and 10.9.0 releases for this Core i7 laptop with Intel HD 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.

18 November 2013 - Ivy Bridge Retina MacBook Pro - 2 Comments
Linux 3.13 Supports The Neonode zForce

There's many exciting Linux 3.13 kernel features already, but we have another one to talk about today. In the input subsystem update for 3.13, support for the Neonode zForce has been added, an interesting touch-screen technology based on infrared light fields.

16 November 2013 - Input Pull - Add A Comment
IBM: Memory Power Management Savings Measurable

An IBM Linux Technology Center has shared that enabling experimental memory power management within the Linux kernel has dropped one of their test system's power consumption by about 2.6% but it's likely even more with experimental hardware.

12 November 2013 - IBM Power - 6 Comments
Intel, AMD HDMI Audio Improvements In Linux 3.13

Takashi Iwai sent in the sound driver audio pull for the Linux 3.13 kernel on Sunday. This update features HDMI audio improvements for Intel and AMD hardware, among other Linux sound improvements.

11 November 2013 - Sound Pull - 6 Comments
OpenWFD: Open-Source WiFi Displays For Linux

David Herrmann, the open-source Linux graphics developer of fame for working to kill CONFIG_VT via work on numerous projects and many other open-source contributions, has started a new open-source project. Herrmann's latest initiative is OpenWFD, an open-source implementation of the WiFi Display Standard / Miracast.

2 November 2013 - OpenWFD - 8 Comments
It Looks Like The Open-Source GPU Will Fail Again

It looks like the latest attempt at producing an open-source graphics processor down to the hardware level -- an open-source FPGA GPU design -- will fail and not come to fruition with its targeted Kickstarter campaign.

2 November 2013 - Open-Source GPU - 15 Comments
OpenMoko Might Live On With N900 Phone Base

It's been a long time since hearing anything out of the OpenMoko camp, but Golden Delicious that worked on the GTA04 / OpenPhoneux is now trying for a new initiative. The company wants to develop the Neo900, which would be based around the once-popular Nokia N900 case but utilize upgraded internal components.

2 November 2013 - OpenMoko - 23 Comments
VIA Launches Its Own ARM Development Board

The latest company now offering low-cost ARM development boards for pushing their platform to ARM Linux and Android developers is VIA Technologies. VIA claims their new Springboard platform is "the fast path from prototype to production" and only costs $100 USD, but the specifications aren't all that impressive.

31 October 2013 - VIA ARM - 17 Comments
The ASUS "Bay Trail" T100 Is Not Linux Friendly

Last week I bought the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA, which is one of the first Intel "Bay Trail" devices in the United States. At a cost of $399 USD, it isn't as cheap as some Bay Trail devices talked up by Intel, but I was eager to see how the "Valley View" graphics would perform and all-around how this Atom SoC would run under Linux. Sadly, the ASUS T100TA appears to be a crap wreck at this point for running Linux.

27 October 2013 - ASUS Bay Trail - Add A Comment

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