Back in the middle of April I wrote about the Improv ARM development board not yet shipping and many of the early pre-order customers being frustrated that the open-source-friendly hardware still isn't shipping months past its original ship date. Since then, there's still been no official update and it looks like one of their suppliers isn't even working with them anymore.
In June we should start seeing the Allwinner A80-based hardware designs hitting the market for a much needed performance boost for Allwinner SoCs.
The work by David Airlie of Red Hat's DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport is beginning to show success.
A few Phoronix readers have written in with excitement thinking in recent weeks - including this morning - that ARM open-sourced their Linux/Android graphics driver... But in reality, nothing has changed.
Clpeak is a relatively new open-source tool for querying the peak capabilities of OpenCL devices under Linux.
A new update was recently released for Jolla's Sailfish OS for running on Google's Nexus 4 smart-phone.
Those in need of an affordable external DVD writer that's USB 2.0 based and will work with Linux, Amazon has a simple yet reliable and Linux-friendly slim external DVD burner that doesn't cost too much.
For those that may be looking for a PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet adapter, the TP-LINK TG-3468 is a suitable choice and costs just $12 USD and runs well with Linux.
One of the newer supports of Phoronix.com is eRacks, a company specializing in open-source systems -- primarily rackmounts and other high performance hardware -- since 1999.
Announced last year was an open-source ARM development board running Mer with an aim of supporting X.Org and Wayland based environments and would be powerful enough to run KDE's Plasma Active environment. The Improv is now three months past its original ship-date and there's no indication of the low-end dual-core Cortex-A7 + 1GB RAM hardware shipping anytime soon.
A second Git pull request has been made for the ACPI and power management code within the kernel for Linux 3.15.
Belkin announced today they are starting to ship the WRT1900AC, their WRT54G open-source router successor that now supports 802.11ac and other modern features. Belkin is working on open-source OpenWRT support for this new router.
Qualcomm announced this morning their next-generation 64-bit processors for what they hope yields "the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences" with a ton of new features and capabilities.
There's continued work with the Linux 3.15 kernel for bettering ARM hardware support on Linux, but overall there isn't anything overly exciting by the SoC changes this merge window.
AAEON, a company owned by ASUS that specializes in industrial and embedded platforms for applications ranging from railroads to the military, sent over their AAEON EMB-BT1 board that's loaded with an Atom E3825 Bay Trail SoC. A full Linux write-up of this exciting mini-ITX board will be coming soon on Phoronix, but for some weekend benchmarks are some initial results for the E3825 when running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
A few months ago we wrote about Linksys Reviving The WRT54G Router In 802.11AC Form. Belkin, which owns Linksys, has begun releasing code for this new router -- the WRT1900AC -- but with this early code is still some glaring problems.
Users of the Samsung Exynos DRM driver will see several updates appear with the Linux 3.15 kernel.
The "HID" pull request was submitted this morning for the Linux 3.15 kernel merge window and it presents new hardware support along with Windows 8.1 multi-touch protocol support.
David Airlie has begun hacking on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport handling for the open-source DRM/KMS graphics drivers.
Besides suspend and resuming much quicker, the Linux 3.15 kernel also has many other ACPI and power management improvements.
Just over one month ago Broadcom opened up their VideoCore IV 3D graphics driver stack and now it's been brought to work on the Raspberry Pi low-cost ARM board -- to the extent that it can run Quake III.
Numascale's NumaConnect technology allows organizations to build scalable, shared-memory systems from standard AMD servers using the Norwegian company's high-speed interconnect interface.
While Thunderbolt was promising from a technology perspective, it hasn't seen too much adoption outside of Apple systems and the Linux support is still plaguing developers and causing nightmares among Linux users.
Today at the Game Developer's Conference was an interesting session with OpenGL developers from Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA jointly talking about reducing OpenGL driver overhead.
In celebration of last week's Phoronix Test Suite 5.0-Plavsk release we are giving away several $100 Amazon gift cards to Linux users.
Developers working on Replicant OS, a free and open-source spin of Google's Android operating system, have claimed to uncover a backdoor into the device's file-system for several Samsung Galaxy mobile devices using the stock Android image.
Eurocom is the latest laptop vendor now offering Linux as a laptop when buying one of their high-end laptop models.
This month will be a great month for Phoronix-reading Linux enthusiasts for a variety of reasons.
The ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-DH71T is a Haswell-based Intel ultrabook that I have found to be quite interesting and will be carrying out a large number of Linux tests (and Windows 8.1 vs. Linux benchmarks) from this laptop that sports Intel Iris Graphics 5100, dual SSDs, and other impressive features.
The performance of several different Samsung laptop models will soon improve under Linux thanks to an important kernel fix that will appear in the Linux 3.15 kernel. This important patch addresses some ACPI issues and system performance issues for multiple Samsung laptops that have plagued Linux for at least two years.
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