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UEFI Mode On Linux Still Bricking Samsung Laptops

It turns out the Samsung laptop issue whereby the hardware would become bricked when booting Linux in UEFI mode is not fixed. There were patches recently applied against the kernel that were supposed to address the problem, but it turns out that there are still problems ahead.

7 February 2013 - Not Fixed - 7 Comments
Freedreno Gallium3D Shows Much Promise

In continuation of the article noting Freedreno Gallium3D might be merged soon, here's the video showing off the progress of this open-source Gallium3D graphics driver that was made to support the Qualcomm Adreno hardware.

6 February 2013 - Freedreno - 4 Comments
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
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
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
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 - Add A Comment
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
Samsung Exynos DRM Prepares For New Kernel

Yet more to report on with Linux 3.8... Samsung developers responsible for the Exynos DRM graphics driver component have readied their exynos-drm-next tree for pulling with new features.

14 December 2012 - Linux 3.8 Happenings - Add A Comment
Thunderbolt Support Still Has Problems On Linux

While there were some initial problems with Thunderbolt support on Linux, most of the early problems with the new technology have been worked out with recent kernel updates. Unfortunately, some problems remain with this high-speed I/O interface.

14 December 2012 - Thunderbolt - 10 Comments
Freedreno Gallium3D Driver Begins To Work

The open-source Freedreno driver that is a reverse-engineered software stack for Qualcomm's Adreno/Snapdragon graphics processor continues to quickly hit new milestones. The Freedreno Gallium3D driver that's been worked on for the past month is beginning to function.

11 December 2012 - Gallium3D - 6 Comments
Loongson Hardware Is Still A Tough Find

While the Loongson MIPS64 CPUs have been available for a while now as a Linux-friendly chip, they are still tough to find in the western countries. New benchmarks reveal that the ARM SoCs are becoming a much more compelling offer for those caring about performance.

10 December 2012 - Loongson - 12 Comments

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