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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
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
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
The Allwinner A10 and A13 video decode support has been reverse-engineered as open-source.
30 August 2013 - Allwinner A10/A13 - 7 Comments
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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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
The Ubuntu desktop images for the IBM PowerPC architecture are set to be eliminated.
30 July 2013 - Ubuntu PowerPC - 49 Comments
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 Holdings has published a new DRM driver under the GPL.
25 July 2013 - ARM PL111 - 2 Comments
Canonical has listened to the feedback regarding their crowd-funded Ubuntu Edge smart-phone. The company still needs to raise 32 million dollars in the next month, but they have decided to lower the per-unit prices on the phone.
24 July 2013 - Crowd-Funding - 63 Comments
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