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IdeaPad Slidebar Driver Comes In For Linux 3.12

The input merge happened for the Linux 3.12 kernel merge window. When it comes to input drivers for this next major Linux kernel release, the main addition is a Slidebar driver for Lenovo Ideapad laptops.

8 September 2013 - Linux 3.12 - Add A Comment
Talking Linux Hardware Support, Phoronix History

For those interested in more of my personal views on Linux hardware support, good Linux-compatible hardware, and other open-source/hardware/benchmarking related topics, earlier this week I was on the Everyday Linux podcast talking about such Phoronix topics.

7 September 2013 - Everyday Linux User - 13 Comments
Lemote's Playing With Loongson Radeon UVD

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
System76 Serval Pro vs. Gazelle Pro Linux Laptops

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
TOSHIBA 128GB Q-Series SATA 3.0 SSD Linux Tests

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
Ubuntu Is Close To Recommending 64-Bit By Default

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
NVIDIA/AMD Still Reportedly Working On Mir Drivers

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
Linux Can Work On The 2013 MacBook Air

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
Oculus Rift Is Easy To Setup On Linux

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
Ubuntu Edge At $11M With Less Than Three Days Left

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 Shutting Down Ubuntu Friendly

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 0.9.7 Refines Support For A Lot Of Chips

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 Opens Up POWER Architecture For Licensing

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
Linux Is Still A Lemon On The 2013 MacBook Air

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
Freedreno DRM/Gallium3D Shines Well For ARM

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
Canonical Lowers Ubuntu Edge Pricing

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
Ubuntu Edge Crosses $3.1M In Its First Day

Less than 24 hours ago there was the start of Canonical's crowd-funding campaign for Ubuntu Edge. In the next month the Ubuntu Linux makers want to produce a high-end smart-phone running Ubuntu Phone OS, but in order to do so they need 32 million USD. In the first day they are off to a good start and have made more than three million dollars.

23 July 2013 - Ubuntu Edge - 53 Comments
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

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