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Jolla's First Smartphone Powered By Wayland

We have long known that Jolla, the company founded by former Nokia employees, has been toying with Wayland for their future smartphones. We now have confirmation that right from the start their first phone will be running on Wayland.
13 July 2013 - Wayland Phone - 61 Comments

FreeBSD Powering Open-Source Wearable Computing

Viking OS is an open-source head-mounted display (HMD) operating system for wearable computing, including smart glasses. The operating system is derived from FreeBSD to integrate more closely with Apple.
11 July 2013 - Open-Source HMD - 13 Comments

DRM/KMS Driver Published For Snapdragon Graphics

Rob Clark has expanded his Freedreno efforts from just being a reverse-engineered user-space (Gallium3D) graphics driver for Qualcomm's Adreno/Snapdragon hardware. Rob has now written his own DRM/KMS kernel driver for dealing with the Snapdragon graphics hardware.
6 July 2013 - Qualcomm Snapdragon - 20 Comments

Intel Rapid Start Being Toyed With For Linux

UEFI Linux specialist Matthew Garrett is currently exploring the options for supporting Intel's Rapid Start Technology under Linux.
5 July 2013 - Intel Rapid Start Technology - 14 Comments

Input Device Support Gets Better For Linux 3.11

Support for newer hardware input devices should be better with the in-development Linux 3.11 kernel.
4 July 2013 - Linux Input - 2 Comments

IBM Continues Advancing PowerPC For Linux

Beyond the exciting x86 architecture changes that are always under the microscope for the Linux kernel, and lately the great ARM work, IBM has an interesting set of POWER architecture changes for Linux 3.11.
4 July 2013 - Linux 3.11 POWER - 15 Comments

Oculus SDK Update Officially Supports Linux

Version 0.2.3 of the Oculus SDK for the popular virtual reality (VR) headset was released yesterday. While we know they have been planning to officially support Linux, with this new v0.2.3 SDK the support is finally here.
3 July 2013 - Oculus SDK 0.2.3 - 3 Comments

AMD Catalyst vs. NVIDIA OpenCL Performance

In the middle of doing a large AMD/Intel/NVIDIA multi-way closed-source vs. open-source Fedora-based Linux OpenGL performance comparison, I also ran a fresh round of OpenCL benchmarks on the GPUs backed by CL-capable proprietary drivers.
1 July 2013 - Catalyst Leads On OpenCL - 49 Comments

AMD Southern Islands vs. NVIDIA Fermi/Kepler On Gallium3D

Yesterday I posted benchmarks of the AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D driver looking at the open-source driver performance for the Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards. The performance is comparatively very poor right now compared to earlier generations of AMD Radeon hardware that is better supported. But how does the open-source performance compare between the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series and the NVIDIA GeForce 400/500/6000 "Fermi" and "Kepler" on Nouveau? Here's benchmarks.
29 June 2013 - AMD vs. NVIDIA Sources - 11 Comments

Samsung Continues Advancing Its Exynos DRM

Samsung has added S3C64XX SoC support to their Exynos DRM graphics driver, updated their DeviceTree support, and has begun utilizing the Common Clock Framework.
28 June 2013 - Linux 3.11

Sony's PlayStation 4 Is Running Modified FreeBSD 9

The operating system at the heart of Sony's PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD 9.0.
23 June 2013 - FreeBSD 9.0 - 243 Comments

Thunderbolt Still Has Problems For Linux

While the popularity and future of the Apple/Intel Thunderbolt interface can be debated, the current state of Thunderbolt on Linux still leaves a fair amount to be desired. While on the state of Linux hardware support, the Google Chromebook Pixel does work with modern Linux distributions, but not all support has been perfected.
20 June 2013 - Plus Pixel Too - 22 Comments

NVIDIA To License Its Kepler GPU Technology

As a hopeful blow against imagination Technologies and their licensing of the PowerVR SGX graphics IP across the ARM SoC industry, NVIDIA has announced they too will get into the graphics IP licensing game. NVIDIA will begin licensing its "Kepler" graphics technology for in use by tablets, smart-phones, and other new form-factors.
19 June 2013 - PowerVR - 14 Comments

Intel Haswell-Based Apple MacBook Air, HD 5000 Benchmarks

Earlier this week at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the refreshed MacBook Air laptops were released and based upon Intel's new Haswell processors. The brand new 11-inch Apple MacBook Air with the beautiful Core i5 Haswell CPU and Intel HD Graphics 5000 GPU is already within the Phoronix labs and being benchmarked.
15 June 2013 - Apple MacBook Air - 19 Comments

Allwinner SoC Still Unlikely For Upstream Linux Kernel

While Allwinner ARM SoCs are found within massive amounts of the low-cost Android tablets manufactured in China, and there is some open-source Allwinner Linux kernel support, it's still unlikely that the patches will land upstream anytime soon.
5 June 2013 - Allwinner Linux - 20 Comments

Qualcomm Publishes New ath10k 802.11ac Driver

Qualcomm developers have posted their new mac80211 driver for the Qualcomm Atheros QCA98xx 802.11ac wireless adapters for use with the Linux kernel.
3 June 2013 - ath10k - 1 Comment

Windows 8 Hardware Has Another Problem For Linux

With a brand new PC certified for Microsoft Windows 8 and shipping the OS, even if you don't plan to use the operating system, it can be difficult to bypass the Windows license agreement before wiping it to install your favorite Linux distribution.
29 May 2013 - Windows 8 Hardware - 102 Comments

Raspberry Pi's Raspbian Improves Its Performance

The Debian-based "Raspbian" Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi ARM development board is now a heck of a lot faster thanks to recent software improvements.
28 May 2013 - Raspbian Benchmarks - 8 Comments

Freedreno Gallium3D Now Banging The Adreno A3XX

One month after Rob Clark began developing his Freedreno Gallium3D stack for Qualcomm's Adreno A3xx hardware, he's beginning to achieve visual success. While the code hasn't yet been merged into mainline Mesa, on an A320 as found on the Google Nexus 4 he has es2gears (the OpenGL ES version of glxgears) successfully running on this open-source code.
20 May 2013 - Rob Clark's Driver - 10 Comments

Jolla Announces Their First Phone

The ex-Nokia developers that formed Jolla to work on Sailfish OS to work on a new range of Linux-based smartphones to start where MeeGo left off, have announced their first smartphone.
20 May 2013 - Jolla Smartphone - 56 Comments

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