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Lima Graphics Driver Can Beat ARM's Binary Blob

The open-source Lima graphics driver that's a reverse-engineered user-space software driver for ARM's Mali graphics core, is now faster than the official ARM binary graphics driver in certain cases, such as when running Quake 3.
6 February 2013 - Lima Performance - 2 Comments

The Video Acceleration State On Linux GPU Drivers

For those of you curious about the state of hardware-assisted video playback acceleration on the Linux graphics drivers, here's a brief overview.
5 February 2013 - Video Acceleration - 29 Comments

Ubuntu 13.04 Will Have Better Exynos 5 Chromebook Support

Ubuntu 13.04 will feature better support for the Samsung Chromebook that's powered by the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM SoC.
5 February 2013 - Chromebook

Freedreno Gallium3D Driver Might Be Merged Soon

The open-source "Freedreno" Gallium3D driver that provides reverse-engineered 3D support for Qualcomm's Adreno/Snapdragon graphics processor is turning out to be in quite good shape. Freedreno is one of the first good ARM Gallium3D drivers and it might soon be merged into Mesa.
3 February 2013 - Freedreno Gallium3D - 7 Comments

Three PC Brands Where SecureBoot On Linux Is Botched

Matthew Garrett has written a new article summarizing the state of UEFI/SecureBoot on Linux. Overall, the situation isn't good if you're using hardware from one of three major vendors.
1 February 2013 - Secure Boot - 17 Comments

Google Pushes "Project PIANO" Into Coreboot

Project PIANO was merged today into the Coreboot code-base, which is for mainline TianoCore boot support.
30 January 2013 - Project PIANO

Google Is One Of The Biggest Backers Of Coreboot

Last week I pointed out how Google is contributing a lot to Coreboot since they are enjoying this open-source BIOS/UEFI because they can ship it on Chrome OS devices for allowing very fast boot times, great customization possibilities, and good security with having full source access. In this article are some development statistics surrounding Coreboot to show the most prolific contributors, the pace of development, and other traits for this open-source project formerly known as LinuxBIOS.
25 January 2013 - Coreboot - 2 Comments

ACPI Support Continues To Be Improved In Linux

There's a number of ACPI updates that are being shown off and will likely make their debut in the Linux 3.9 kernel for improving the power management support.
23 January 2013 - ACPI Power Management - 2 Comments

Gummiboot Is Still Simply Booting EFI Systems

It's been over six months since last writing about Gummiboot, a simple EFI boot-loader. While there hasn't been any major news since than on this EFI boot-loader that's less than one year old, it continues to be actively developed.
22 January 2013 - Gummiboot - 2 Comments

Google Continues Working A Lot On Coreboot

Last year I wrote about Google becoming more involved with the Coreboot project for an open-source BIOS replacement for many motherboards/laptops. Google has been very interested in Coreboot since for their Chrome OS on the OEM Chromebooks they can achieve "super fast boot times" while being stable, secure, and can be quite customized with the open-source project. Google continues to invest heavily into the upstream Coreboot project.
18 January 2013 - Google Coreboot - 9 Comments

Qualcomm Announces The Snapdragon 800

Another hardware announcement from the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is Qualcomm announcing the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series processors.
8 January 2013 - Snapdragon 800 - 4 Comments

David Airlie Announces "Reverse Optimus" Multi-GPU

David Airlie has announced work on "Reverse Optimus", which is a new approach he's taking for poking laptops with multiple GPUs, namely the NVIDIA Optimus laptops with a discrete NVIDIA GPU and integrated Intel graphics.
7 January 2013 - Reverse Optimus - 13 Comments

ARM 64-Bit Support For The X.Org Server (AArch64)

Support for AArch64, the 64-bit ARM architecture, is being prepped for the X.Org Server.
3 January 2013 - ARM 64-bit

Ubuntu Linux For Mobile Phones Announced

Canonical officially announced Ubuntu Phone OS today, it's attempt at pushing the popular desktop Linux distribution onto mobile devices. However, for the moment, if you're just an end-user don't get too excited.
2 January 2013 - Ubuntu Phone OS - 49 Comments

Open webOS Running On The Google Nexus 7

The developers behind the Open webOS project have brought the mobile operating system to Google's Nexus 7 tablet.
1 January 2013 - Ported - 4 Comments

The Most Popular Linux Hardware Of 2012

Here's a look at some of the most popular PC components for Linux users this year.
30 December 2012 - Linux Hardware - 5 Comments

Linux On The Microsoft Surface Won't Be Easy

If you were hoping you would be able to run your favorite Linux distribution on Microsoft's new Surface Tablet, it doesn't look like it will be an easy task to accomplish.
29 December 2012 - Surface Tablet - 18 Comments

REAPER Audio May Be Coming To Linux

The REAPER digital audio workstation software may be coming to Linux per a statement by its developers.
25 December 2012 - Reaper Software - 18 Comments

ARM CoreSight Support Published For Linux

A CoreSight framework and CoreSight trace component drivers for Linux have been introduced. ARM's CoreSight provides on-chip debug and trace capabilities.
20 December 2012 - ARM CoreSight

TI OMAP5 Support Comes To Their DRM Driver

Andy Gross of Texas Instruments has published initial support for graphics handling on the OMAP5 SoC. This support is for their open-source DRM kernel graphics driver.
20 December 2012 - OMAP5 DRM - 1 Comment

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