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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
ARM Cortex-A15 big.LITTLE Pitted Against Intel, AMD

Yesterday I began posting quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 SoC benchmarks using an ODRIOID-XU with Exynos 5 Octa, which has a quad-core Cortex-A15 paired with the "little" quad-core Cortex-A7. In this article are more benchmarks of the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa compared to various AMD and Intel CPUs.

22 October 2013 - ODROID-XU - 18 Comments
ARM Cortex-A15 Quad-Core Linux ODROID-XU Tests

When the first ARM Cortex-A15 SoCs started rolling out in devices I found the dual-core A15 performance to be crazy fast for ARM and still find the Cortex-A15 performance to be great for low-power devices. Now, however, there's quad-core Cortex-A15 SoCs and even with the big.LITTLE architecture these four A15 cores can be paired with four A7 cores. In this article are our first benchmark results to share of a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa with a 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 configuration paired with a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor.

21 October 2013 - ARM Cortex-A15 - 20 Comments
The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk?

Every once in a while Phoronix readers that see photos of my office setup inquire about the glass computer desks I use. These particular desks are very functional, built well out of glass and metal, and are surprisingly affordable.

20 October 2013 - Glass Desk - 8 Comments
UPower 1.0 Release Is Moving Closer

The 1.0 release of UPower, the abstraction layer for enumerating power devices and other power-related tasks that were formerly handled by HAL and then formerly known as DeviceKit-Power, is approaching.

16 October 2013 - UPower 1.0 - 3 Comments
Imagination Unveils "Warrior P-Class" Processor

Imagination Technologies, a name notorious amongst Linux users largely over the company's shoddy Linux driver support for their PowerVR graphics cores, unveiled a new processor core today. Announced today in London was Imagination's first MIPS "Warrior P-Class" CPU core.

14 October 2013 - Imagination - Add A Comment
Linux Gets Extended Hardware Error Log Driver

A set of eight patches were published today for the Linux kernel that implement an extended hardware error log driver that provides enhanced Intel MCA event logging. With this driver, certain errors are more useful for users like being able to report the particular memory RAM DIMM where a memory corrected error happened and other detailed information not currently exposed via the Linux kernel.

11 October 2013 - Linux Hardware Error - Add A Comment
Kickstarter-Based Open-Source GPU Launches

As first reported yesterday on Phoronix, there's a new effort to raise one million dollars for a LGPLv3-licensed FPGA-based shader-supported graphics processor. Today the Kickstarter campaign kicked off with details in full on this new project.

9 October 2013 - Kickstarter GPU - 27 Comments
One Million Dollars For A Shader-Based LGPLv3 GPU

A company is going to attempt to open-source their graphics accelerator 2D hardware design under the LGPLv3 license. Additionally, they claim for one million dollars they would be able to come up with a 3D shader-based open-source graphics accelerator.

8 October 2013 - Kickstarter Attempt - 45 Comments
The State Of Open-Source ARM GPU Drivers

Rob Clark of the fast-growing Freedreno project provided a status update earlier this week at the X.Org Developers' Conference concerning his open-source ARM Qualcomm graphics driver, the Lima driver for ARM' Mali, GRATE for NVIDIA's Tegra, and Etnaviv for Vivante graphics hardware.

27 September 2013 - ARM Graphics - 8 Comments
LM-Sensors Sensor-Detect Is Causing Hardware Issues

As a forewarning if you use LM-Sensors' sensor-detect program for detecting available hardware sensor/monitoring drivers of your system hardware, the open-source program is causing "serious trouble" for some newer hardware.

26 September 2013 - Sensors-Detect - 6 Comments
IBM To Throw Another $1 Billion USD Towards Linux

Yesterday's exciting news from LinuxCon NA 2013 was Gabe Newell's keynote where he talked about Linux as the future of gaming and exciting news coming next week. Today the interesting topic at LinuxCon is about IBM investing another billion dollars towards Linux and promoting its POWER architecture.

17 September 2013 - IBM Linux - 7 Comments
Apple Not Yet Committing LLVM/Clang A7 Support

Apple released the iPhone 5S today and it's powered by their own A7 chip, which is a 64-bit ARM SoC and claims to be up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of its predecessor. The Apple A7 SoC has over one billion transistors and its interesting to see it being a 64-bit processor while ARM doesn't yet have out its own 64-bit chips in the wild yet. While the A7 is interesting, Apple isn't yet ready to comment on the compiler support.

10 September 2013 - Apple A7 - 21 Comments
PengPod Claims It Will Transform PC & Tablet World

PengPod, a low-quantity Linux tablet vendor, released the PengPod 1040 tablet today that they claim will "transform the PC and Tablet world by merging both elegantly together to fit any lifestyle." But will it really pan out?

9 September 2013 - PengPod 1040 - Add A Comment
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

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