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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

Sailfish SDK Update Switches From X11 To Wayland

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

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

Ubuntu Desktop To Drop PowerPC Support

The Ubuntu desktop images for the IBM PowerPC architecture are set to be eliminated.
30 July 2013 - Ubuntu PowerPC - 49 Comments

Amazon Has The Best Low-Cost Keyboard In A While

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 Publishes New DRM Graphics Driver

ARM Holdings has published a new DRM driver under the GPL.
25 July 2013 - ARM PL111 - 2 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

KDE Vivaldi Tablet Finally Shipping For QA Testing

KDE's Vivaldi tablet is finally starting to ship... but only for QA testing and the open-source tablets haven't yet received their certification.
22 July 2013 - Vivaldi - 72 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

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

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