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Qualcomm's Open Kernel Driver Leads To A Dirty Mess

Well, it sounded nice when Qualcomm announced an open-source 2D/3D kernel driver for their Snapdragon platform that's used by phones like the Nexus One and Dell Streak, but it turns out that their user-space Linux driver that hooks into this kernel driver is currently a closed-source blob. This has led to the eternal debate about open-source kernel components but with only closed-source components.
1 July 2010 - Closed User-Space Bits - 17 Comments

Qualcomm Releases Open-Source 2D/3D Kernel Driver

If you happen to have Google's Nexus One or other phones based upon Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, there is great news today. Qualcomm has just released an open-source 2D/3D kernel driver for their OpenGL ES graphics processor. This Qualcomm kernel driver provides support for interrupts, command streams, context switching, memory management, etc. Qualcomm is looking to push this code into the mainline Linux kernel ASAP.
1 July 2010 - For Nexus One, Etc - 4 Comments

Unifying The ARM Linux Platform With Linaro

There's a slew of ARM-based devices coming to the market from netbooks to smartphones, but for Linux users the ARM platform has traditionally struggled as its rather fragmented between the hardware and software. Mark Shuttleworth has a blog post describing this fragmentation and challenge for software developers to target ARM devices, but fortunately there is a cure. In that same post, Mark announces Linaro and his hopes for this industry project.
3 June 2010 - Linaro Project Launches - 7 Comments

A Plethora Of Cloud Computing Benchmarks

One of the companies that we have been collaborating with on some of the features for the Phoronix Test Suite has been CloudHarmony, which is a company that seeks to provide an assortment of information on different cloud computing platforms and offerings from the various firms. Using the Phoronix Test Suite they have been benchmarking a plethora of different cloud computing platforms and today they have published a huge batch of results -- benchmarks from over 150 different cloud server configurations from 20 different providers!
1 June 2010 - Tons Of Cloud Benchmarks - 1 Comment

Synaptics Gesture Suite Ported To Linux

On Friday we were briefed by Synaptics that they would be "announcing much-desired capabilities for notebook PCs running Linux and other open source operating systems", which we found out to mean that they were bringing their Synaptics Gesture Suite software to Linux. Today this announcement has now been made in the form of a press release.
19 April 2010 - Multi-Touch, Etc - 11 Comments

ALSA 1.0.23 Is Here With Better Linux Audio

As the first update in 2010, ALSA 1.0.23 has been released this morning to replace ALSA 1.0.22 that was released last December. Like usual, this update to the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture brings mostly individual driver fixes but there is also support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 and a few ALSA core fixes.
16 April 2010 - New ALSA Release - 40 Comments

Another Hardware Vendor Joins The Linux Foundation

LG Electronics is joining the likes of Intel, AMD, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and many other hardware vendors that are corporate members of the Linux Foundation.
14 April 2010 - Guess Who? - 29 Comments

DisplayLink Gets Better In Linux 2.6.34 Kernel

Bernie Thompson, one of the developers working on the DisplayLink Linux support, has written in this weekend to inform us of pending improvements to the DisplayLink frame-buffer driver (udlfb) that will be present in the Linux 2.6.34 kernel. It was nearly a year ago that DisplayLink began supporting Linux so that these USB-powered GPUs/displays would work nicely and with an open-source driver.
14 March 2010 - New Features, Improvements - 2 Comments

Multi-GPU Lucid Hydra On Linux: No Plans Yet

Last year the Lucid Hydra 200 was announced as a unique, universal multi-GPU solution. The Hydra 200 is a custom chipset that allows the graphics rendering workload to be split between multiple graphics processors, but the graphics cards do not need to be tied to a particular vendor. Lucid Hydra can work with NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards like SLI and CrossFire, respectively, but you could have a mix of NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards connected to a single motherboard boasting a Hydra 200 chipset.
7 March 2010 - Lucidlogix - 12 Comments

LM_Sensors 3.1.2 Released: Better HW Support

Jean Delvare has announced the second point release for the LM_Sensors 3.1 series, which was introduced last March. The LM_Sensors 3.1.2 release delivers better Linux system sensor monitoring support by preemptively adding support for future kernels and HID devices in libsensors, the sensord daemon has received a lot of clean-ups, and sensors-detect is better detecting the supported sensors with drivers.
2 February 2010 - And Other Updates - 7 Comments

LM_Sensors Gets A New Configuration Utility

There hasn't been a whole lot to report on in regards to LM_Sensors, the main sensor monitoring package and its kernel drivers for thermal/fan/voltage polling on Linux. It was nearly a year ago that LM_Sensors 3.1 was released, but since then we have run into plenty of new hardware (such as the ASRock ION 330HT-BD and ASUS Eee PC 1201N) that is not yet supported by drivers for LM_Sensors. While this does not improve the hardware support, a new sensor configuration utility has been unveiled for LM_Sensors.
14 January 2010 - sensors-config.py

ASUS Eee PC 1201N Netbook On Linux Update

My sabbatical with Windows is coming to an end next week, but during the past three weeks I have been using the brand-new ASUS Eee PC 1201N exclusively. This ASUS netbook that packs an Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor, NVIDIA ION graphics, a nice 12" display that runs at 1366 x 768, and 2GB of RAM has been working out quite well. During the times that I dual-boot into Ubuntu 9.10, everything continues to run quite smoothly as I had mentioned in the ASUS Eee PC 1201N review.
8 January 2010 - ASUS Eee Netbook - 22 Comments

DeviceVM Releases SplashTop 2.0

Back in October of 2007 we were the first to tell the world about SplashTop, an instant-on Linux environment that was embedded into ASUS motherboards and since then has appeared on various other motherboards, netbooks, and notebooks. We later shared more details about SplashTop, new features, and other details. However, for the past year or so we haven't talked much about SplashTop as there hasn't been too much to say and the "instant-on Linux" scene has become much more crowded with various new lightweight Linux distributions.
7 January 2010 - New Version - 2 Comments

ALSA 1.0.22 Released With Plenty Of Changes

The free software developers behind the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) have just unleashed their quarterly update to this Linux audio driver package. There are plenty of changes with ALSA 1.0.22 but among them are continued work on the CMI8788 Oxygen APU, a few fixes for the Creative X-Fi sound card support that was introduced this year, numerous improvements to the HDA and HDA Intel drivers, and countless improvements to other Linux kernel audio drivers and codecs.
17 December 2009 - Linux Sound Update

PulseAudio 0.9.20 Arrives With Fixes

If you have been running into problems with PulseAudio on your system, an update has been made available this morning that you may want to try. PulseAudio 0.9.20 was released and it carries bug-fixes and translation updates, but not much more. Among the PulseAudio fixes are for the Bluetooth audio support, core fixes, and many ALSA-related changes.
11 November 2009 - New PulseAudio Release - 81 Comments

S3 Graphics Linux Driver Supports OpenGL 3.1

Hitting our inbox just minutes ago was a press release announcing the S3 Graphics 5400E graphics processor. The 5400E is designed to be a power-efficient GPGPU processor with dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connection support. The product page for the S3 Graphics 5400E has just been made available.
22 October 2009 - New Driver Update - 17 Comments

ALSA 1.0.21 Released With Many Driver Updates

With it being a few months since the release of ALSA 1.0.20, it's now time for the ALSA 1.0.21 update. The ALSA driver package update (finally) brings the Creative X-Fi Linux driver officially along with a horde of updates to the other drivers and more.
31 August 2009 - Including Creative X-Fi, Oxygen - 11 Comments

Shopping For Linux Compatible Hardware

At the request of many Phoronix readers, we are looking at setting up an Internet shop to help those with shopping for Linux compatible hardware and computer parts that are open-source friendly. This would be a Linux store ran in conjunction with Amazon.com and their associates program.
20 August 2009 - We Can Help - 81 Comments

Microsoft Has Written Drivers For Linux

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

Finally, A Creative X-Fi Driver Going Into ALSA

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

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