Hardware News Archives
Linux On The 2012 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro?

Since yesterday's keynote at the beginning of Apple's WWDC event where they announced several new MacBook products, I've received a number of emails asking about the Linux support for these 2012 MacBook Air models and the next-generation MacBook Pro.

12 June 2012 - Apple MacBooks - 55 Comments
A New Open-Source GPU Comes About

After writing last month the open-source graphics card is dead and why the open-source graphics card failed, this weekend I received an email that begins with "Open Graphics! Here we go again! As our master thesis work we have implemented a open source graphics accelerator."

4 June 2012 - Another One - 11 Comments
The Open-Source Snapdragon Driver Wasn't Killed

Back in April I wrote about an open-source graphics driver for Qualcomm's Snapdragon. This reverse-engineered driver project was actually started by an employee of Texas Instruments -- a competitor to Qualcomm -- but was being done since it was some of the only ARM hardware out there where the developer wasn't tainted by NDAs. Since Phoronix delivered the announcement of this Snapdragon GPU driver, there hasn't been much news to report.

30 May 2012 - ARM Linux - 4 Comments
ARM Is Raised For The Linux 3.5 Kernel

There's a growing number of features coming about for the Linux 3.5 kernel. Covered so far has been the DRM GPU drivers, input, input, and other areas. The ARM architecture has also been enhanced with Linux 3.5.

30 May 2012 - ARM Architecture - 5 Comments
Why The Open-Source Graphics Card Failed

Last week I wrote that the open-source graphics card is dead. The developer behind Project VGA has now written a lengthy email to me to explain why the open-source graphics card is no more.

28 May 2012 - Explanation - 18 Comments
Open-Source ARM Mali Driver Update (Lima)

This weekend at LinuxTag 2012, an update was shared concerning the state of the Lima driver project -- the initiative to create a reverse-engineered, open-source ARM Mali driver.

27 May 2012 - It's Still A WIP - 9 Comments
Running The OMAPDRM On Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Besides Ubuntu 12.04 on ARMv7 being much faster, thanks to hard-float and other improvements, the Texas Instruments OMAP DRM driver is also available to provide a KMS experience for some hardware.

22 April 2012 - TI OMAP DRM - 3 Comments
LM_Sensors 3.3.2 Brings Linux Sensor Improvements

It's been a while since having anything to talk about concerning LM_Sensors, the user-space side to Linux hardware sensor monitoring, but yesterday they finally put out a new release. The LM_Sensors 3.3.2 release is about two months behind schedule but comes with several changes.

15 March 2012 - New Release - Add A Comment
Myths About Secure Boot: Security, Microsoft, Etc

For those interested in the whole UEFI situation concerning "Secure Boot" and how it will affect Linux when more hardware vendors begin promoting it with Microsoft Windows 8, Matthew Garrett has written about some of the myths for Secure Boot.

15 February 2012 - Matthew Garrett - Add A Comment
Razer BlackWidow, Other Products On Linux?

The Razer BlackWidow is an incredibly well constructed mechanical keyboard, but how well does it work under Linux? Has the Razer product support at Linux improved at all recently?

3 January 2012 - Keyboards - 16 Comments
HP Open-Sources webOS & Enyo App Framework

Hewlett-Packard announced today what it will do with webOS, after announcing in August major changes would come to webOS and it would sell its PC business (later they changed their mind). HP hasn't changed their mind about webOS, but what they are going to do with it is quite good: Hewlett-Packard is open-sourcing webOS and its Enyo application framework.

9 December 2011 - Hell Yes! - Add A Comment
Linux Hybrid Graphics Will Be A Mess For A While

Most of you know this already, but: hybrid graphics, the technology concept of having dual GPUs (generally a low-power IGP and a high-performance discrete GPU) and being able to seamlessly switch between them depending upon load and battery life, is a mess under Linux. It will continue to be a mess for the near-term.

31 October 2011 - Hybrid Graphics - 15 Comments
HP Is Going To Keep Its PC Business

Back in the middle of August HP said they would be selling their PC business and also discontinuing operations for their webOS devices and exploring what to do with their webOS software stack. Today Hewlett-Packard has announced they will actually be keeping their PC business.

27 October 2011 - Backwards - 5 Comments
Motherboards With Broken ASPM On Linux

One of the many OpenBenchmarking.org features that haven't yet been fully taken advantage is the opportunities presented by the vast collection of system hardware/software information and logs that have been submitted to this collaborative testing platform from Phoronix Media. OpenBenchmarking.org is much more than just being a storage place for benchmark results. After writing a simple plug-in this morning, here's a list of many motherboards that have broken PCI-E Active State Power Management support from their BIOS, which can lead to greatly increased power consumption under Linux.

10 October 2011 - ASPM On Linux - 40 Comments

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