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Making its rounds on the Internet today is news that Microsoft is writing drivers for Linux. Yes, really. No, they are not to sabotage the hardware support on Linux or anything to impair the platform, but rather to provide Linux support for their Hyper-V virtualization system. These Microsoft drivers for Linux are licensed under the GPLv2 and Microsoft is hoping they will get accepted into the mainline kernel.
21 July 2009 - For Their Virtualization Platform - 15 Comments
Support for the Creative X-Fi sound cards on Linux has been a mess to say the least. These high-end audio processors were released by Creative Labs about four years ago and there still isn't pleasant support for the X-Fi series on Linux. Months after the sound cards launched there was word from Creative Labs that they would provide a Linux driver complete with support for ALSA and OpenAL with EAX.
14 May 2009 - The Day Has Finally Come! - 83 Comments
We have learned that Flashrom, an open-source program for flashing the BIOSes on many different motherboards / chipsets, is soon going to be picking up support for flashing the video BIOS image on ATI graphics cards. Specifically, it should be possible to flash the BIOS of the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series and potentially the Radeon HD 2000/3000 (R600) series too. This is a matter actively being worked on and can be confirmed via the project's #coreboot IRC channel.
13 May 2009 - Oooo, BIOS Flashing Fun - 58 Comments
With three months having passed since the release of ALSA 1.0.19, it is now time for an update to the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. ALSA 1.0.20 was announced this morning and it brings forth a slew of bug-fixes and other audio driver updates for Linux.
6 May 2009 - New ALSA Linux Sound Release - 8 Comments
While anti-virus and anti-malware is not much of a problem on Linux at this time, AVG has added this anti-malware protection to their Linux security software. AVG has supported Linux for sometime when it comes to virus and spam protection, but with version 8.5 they have expanded their anti-malware support. Besides that there are also many other improvements to the AVG Linux support like a new anti-virus filter, improved system resource handling, multi-core CPU support, and a new virtual file-system.
4 May 2009 - Anyone Need It? - 24 Comments
While a test release has been around for a few months, last night PulseAudio 0.9.15 was officially released. This open-source sound server has a number of significant enhancements in this latest update. PulseAudio 0.9.15 introduces native support of Bluetooth audio devices using BlueZ, Apple Airport Express support, flat volume support (similar to Vista's audio controls), on-the-fly reconfiguration of audio devices, and native support for 24-bit samples. The on-the-fly reconfiguration of audio devices is great and as a result there is now proper S/PDIF support.
14 April 2009 - Go Experience That Audio - 29 Comments
It has been a while since last mentioning the Creative X-Fi sound cards at Phoronix, but it's not because the Linux support is all nice and working now that Creative open-sourced their X-Fi driver, but rather things have stalled. The X-Fi sound cards still are a sore spot on Linux and there isn't "out of the box" support in major Linux distributions.
24 March 2009 - The Creative X-Fi Hell Continues - 40 Comments
Caustic Graphics, a brand-new company to the computer graphics scene that hopes to compete with AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA when it comes to ray-tracing power, announced the CausticRT on Monday. The CausticRT is "the world's first massively accelerated ray-tracing system" and can be found in CausticOne, which is their first product and it promises to deliver ray-tracing performance that's reportedly 20 times faster than the modern computer. While 20 times is great, by next year they hope their graphics/ray-tracing accelerator will be 200 times faster. For more on Caustic Graphics and what they hope to achieve when it comes to graphics and ray-tracing, visit Caustic.com.
11 March 2009 - New Graphics Firm To Support Linux - 7 Comments
As we shared would be coming soon, LM_Sensors 3.1.0 was just released by Jean Delvare. This significant update to the LM_Sensors 3 code-base has a significantly reworked sensors-detect utility, various improvements to the LM_Sensors library (libsensors), a new /etc/sysconfig/lm_sensors format, and a new default sensors.conf configuration file.
1 March 2009 - Sensor Monitoring On Linux
Jean Delvare of the LM_Sensors project has announced that a new release of this open-source system monitoring program will be coming soon. LM_Sensors 3.0.3 arrived nearly a half-year ago, but given the number of changes since then, the next release will be LM_Sensors 3.1.0.
13 February 2009 - LM_Sensors 3.1.0 To Come - 4 Comments
A representative from Texas Instruments had showed up in the X.Org development room yesterday to show off one of their new products: a very tiny projector. This projector has a mini HDMI integrated connector for video input, uses LEDs and DLP technology for display, and can easily fit within your palm.
8 February 2009 - Very Small, Has Mini HDMI, Etc - 8 Comments
ASUS was the first company to ship SplashTop, an embedded instant-on Linux environment, on any of its products. They began by offering SplashTop on select ASUS motherboards, then it turned into ASUS notebooks, and then to many more ASUS products. However, Phoenix Technologies has now wooed ASUS into shipping HyperSpace on their notebooks.
21 January 2009 - HyperSpace & ASUS In Bed - 8 Comments
There were no release candidates or any official test builds this time around, but ALSA 1.0.19 was released this morning. There are many changes to be found in this latest update for the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. Among other changes, the popular HDA codec driver has received many improvements, fixes, and support for new audio devices.
19 January 2009 - A New Linux Sound Release - 15 Comments
Hewlett-Packard has announced this morning they will be introducing Linux as an operating system choice for business desktop customers. HP will start by offering SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop starting with their HP Compaq DC5850 SFF PC, which is an AMD-powered system that will only cost $519 USD.
10 December 2008 - Loaded With SuSE Enterprise
This news is coming a few days late, but the ALSA project has quietly released ALSA 1.0.18a as a minor update to its collection of sound drivers for Linux. This isn't a major update but a collection of updates on top of ALSA 1.0.18 final. Among the changes are build fixes against the Linux 2.6.28 kernel, support for new ASICs, Intel HDMI audio support, and new ASICs being supported by various drivers/codecs. This ALSA release does not incorporate Creative's open-source X-Fi driver or any other Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card support.
17 November 2008 - Not A Major New Release - 1 Comment
It's been almost two months since ALSA 1.0.18 RC3 was released and about four months since ALSA 1.0.17 made it out the door, but today the final version of ALSA 1.0.18 is now available. This update to the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) contains a number of significant updates and even quite a few changes since the third release candidate.
29 October 2008 - Still Without Creative X-Fi Support - 2 Comments
Lenovo has announced this morning that they will begin shipping SplashTop-enabled netbooks. Next month Lenovo will be shipping "QuickStart" (just their re-branded version of SplashTop) on their new Atom-powered IdeaPad S10e. The press release can be read on the Market Wire.
28 October 2008 - Lenovo Gets In Bed With DeviceVM - 5 Comments
On the first of October we talked about a new LM_Sensors patch that supports new AMD CPUs and it had arrived almost immediately after the release of LM_Sensors 3.0.3. With almost a month having by since we last talked about this open-source hardware sensor monitoring project, there are a number of new patches that have come about to support new hardware.
26 October 2008 - And Instantaneous Power Sensors
Back in August we were the first web-site to share how SplashTop Linux could be hacked and the following month we shared about a SplashTop security problem where the contents of any attached hard drives are exposed freely to the network, if you're not running a hardware firewall. This issue was discovered by Kano, a Phoronix Forums member and the developer behind the Kanotix distribution. DeviceVM had been notified of this blatant security issue, but it still appears the problem has gone unresolved.
26 October 2008 - When Will It Get Fixed? - 1 Comment
If you've been looking for a very affordable USB WiFi adapter that works with Linux, you may be interested in the Encore ENUWI-G2. This 802.11g WiFi adapter has a USB 2.0 interface and supports 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, and WPA2. What makes this USB WiFi adapter to some though is its price-tag, which is less than $15 USD at many online retailers. Does this cheap WiFi adapter work with Linux though? Yep, you can use ndiswrapper if you want to use the Windows driver or you can use the rtl8187 Linux driver.
24 October 2008 - Here's One Working With Ubuntu - 12 Comments
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