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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
New MIPS Architecture Does Virtualization, SIMD

MIPS Release 5 was announced today as a new MIPS processor architecture that encompasses MIPS32, MIPS64, and microMIPS instruction set architectures. MIPS "R5" brings in two years of work to deliver new processor features.

6 December 2012 - MIPS Release 5 - 6 Comments
Freedreno GPU Driver Still Being Actively Developed

While there hasn't been much to report on with the open-source Freedreno driver in recent months -- a reverse-engineered attempt at creating a free 3D driver for Qualcomm's Adreno/Snapdragon graphics processor -- it's still being developed with new Git commits continuing to be common.

5 December 2012 - Freedreno - 3 Comments
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 - 16 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

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