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Samsung's Exynos DRM Driver Keeps Advancing

In addition to the Samsung Exynos ARM SoCs being really attractive right now due to the impressive performance of the A15-based Exynos 5 Dual, the hardware is also nice for its open-source DRM graphics driver that keeps advancing.

29 November 2012 - Exynos - 6 Comments
Linux Users Might See A PowerVR Holiday Surprise

It seems the binary curtain among ARM graphics vendors may finally be falling. Aside from NVIDIA contributing to the open-source Tegra DRM driver and other interesting actions recently in the ARM Linux space, Imagination Technologies may finally becoming more open. It's looking like there may be a surprise open-source play out of Imagination for PowerVR graphics in the near future.

25 November 2012 - AMD Linux - 15 Comments
Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A15 Linux Benchmarks Continue

After having a few more days to run and benchmark the Samsung Chromebook, it continues to be a very interesting notebook computer. For $250 USD this notebook packs a Samsung Exynos 5 Dual SoC, which bears a dual-core 1.7GHz ARMv7 Cortex-A15 processor and delivers rather good performance results. Here's some more performance numbers when loading up the Chromebook with Ubuntu Linux.

24 November 2012 - Linux Benchmarks - 5 Comments
Samsung Arndale Board Exynos 5 Dual Benchmarks

The Arndale Board is a dual-core ARMv7 development board built around the Exynos 5 Dual SoC, which features the new ARM Cortex-A15. As shown in yesterday's Samsung Chromebook benchmarks on Linux, the Exynos 5 Dual packs very good performance for being a low-power ARM chip.

21 November 2012 - Samsung Arndale - 6 Comments
Lenovo UEFI Only Wants To Boot Windows, RHEL

It turns out that for at least one of Lenovo's computer models, their UEFI implementation is explicitly checking for Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux and refusing to boot the UEFI-installed system if neither operating system is reported.

16 November 2012 - Lenovo - 33 Comments
NVIDIA, AMD Push High Performance GPUs

With SuperComputing's SC12 conference kicking off today in Salt Lake City, AMD and NVIDIA have both come out with their new high-end GPU products for compute purposes.

12 November 2012 - Super Computing - 1 Comment
Linux Consumers Should Still Avoid S3 Graphics

Whenever writing about VIA Technologies on Phoronix, S3 Graphics always comes to mind due to its relations with HTC and VIA. In fact, it's the only time that S3 Graphics usually ever comes to my mind aside from when talking about S3 Texture Compression. Anyhow, after writing this morning about the VIA KMS driver still not being mainline, it's worth reminding uninformed Linux users that S3 Graphics products remain poorly supported under Linux.

11 November 2012 - S3 Graphics - 15 Comments
ARM, Imagination Technologies Take Over MIPS

MIPS Technologies has announced today that their patent portfolio is being bought out by a company largely backed by ARM while Imagination Technologies will be taking over the MIPS company.

6 November 2012 - Buy Out - 16 Comments
Raspberry Pi GPU Driver Turns Out To Be Crap

While it looked hopeful at first with today's announcement of a fully open-source graphics stack for the Broadcom VideoCore found in the popular Raspberry Pi development board, upon closer examination it's actually not that good.

24 October 2012 - Raspberry Pi - 62 Comments
How To Port Linux To Your ARM Hardware Device

One of few very technical and worthwhile sessions during the openSUSE Conference at this weekend's LinuxDays event was about porting Linux to new ARM-based hardware devices.

23 October 2012 - OpenSUSE Conference - 1 Comment
Tests Continue From The 5-Watt Ubuntu ARM Server

After yesterday publishing the first extensive benchmark results for the Calxeda EnergyCore ECX-1000 ARM Servers in the form of the 1.1GHz and 1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 nodes running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.10, here are more benchmarks to share today from the "5-Watt ARM Server" on Linux.

18 October 2012 - Calxeda ARM Highbank - 3 Comments
Linux Foundation Comes Up With SecureBoot Plan

The Linux Foundation has shared their plan for how they intend to deal with UEFI SecureBoot for running Linux on PCs that have this Microsoft-pushed feature for trying to secure the system boot process.

10 October 2012 - UEFI - 17 Comments
Apple iPad 2 As Fast As The Cray-2 Super Computer

A university research director has shown that Apple's iPad 2 is as fast as the Cray-2 vector super-computer out of Cray Research from the 1980's. With some work to to the software, the iPad 2 performance benchmark result is quite impressive.

16 September 2012 - ARM Benchmarking - 31 Comments
Wacom Tablet Support Might Be Axed From Qt 5

While Wacom tablets command most of the graphics tablet market-share, within the open-source Qt world it seems not many people actually care about these input devices. Wacom support -- after being pressed by many long-standing open bugs -- is being talked about for removal from Qt 5.0.

8 September 2012 - No One Likes It - 31 Comments

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