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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.
5 March 2014 - Samsung - 7 Comments
Last week we talked about Broadcom finally open-sourcing their VideoCore IV 3D Graphics Stack and it is indeed the real McCoy, but the $10,000 Quake III bounty has yet to be claimed for getting it to work on the Raspberry Pi.
5 March 2014 - Raspberry Pi - 13 Comments
The BlueZ Linux Bluetooth stack now has support on Android for the Bluetooth GATT profile.
3 March 2014 - BlueZ - 1 Comment
In celebrating two years that Raspberry Pi has been around, Eben Upton has announced today that they are open-sourcing their OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 graphics stack for the Broadcom VideoCore IV 3D graphics subsystem and it will help the Raspberry Pi with having a truly free graphics stack.
28 February 2014 - VideoCore - 71 Comments
After Google landed "Bay Trail" support in Coreboot and then followed up with more Bay Trail changes for a forthcoming Chromebook with one of these low-power processors with in-house graphics, the support for this "Rambi" device is being rounded out.
27 February 2014 - Coreboot
Many Phoronix readers may recall the Improv ARM development board announced back in November that would be comprised of "open hardware" and be running Mer OS and compatible with Wayland. The Improv board was worked on by Aaron Seigo and other KDE developers with a focus on running either the Plasma desktop or Plasma Active, among other possibilities. While they hoped to ship the Improv in January, it's still not shipping yet to those who ordered.
26 February 2014 - March Shipping - 15 Comments
It looks like the Google Chromebooks powered by Intel's Atom and Celeron "Bay Trail" SoCs may be very imminent now... More code is being pushed into the open-source Coreboot project for bringing up Bay Trail support.
24 February 2014 - Coreboot
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise given the plentiful leaks in the mobile space, but Nokia today announced three mobile devices running Google's Android operating system rather than Windows Phone or MeeGo/Harmattan or Asha.
24 February 2014 - Nokia Android - 5 Comments
BlueZ 5.15 has been released to provide an updated Bluetooth stack for Linux and with this release does come some new functionality.
22 February 2014 - BlueZ 5.15 - 12 Comments
Reside@HOME is an innovative communication device that's Linux-powered and allows families and loved ones to stay in touch with their elderly parents / family members as long as possible, even as they begin experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer's and other elderly conditions. In it's most basic software form, Reside@HOME is a remotely-managed Linux software platform that on the receiving-end can be used by the elderly and even those with early stages of Alzheimer's and other neuro-degenerative conditions.
17 February 2014 - Reside@HOME Linux
The Coreboot open-source alternative to using proprietary motherboard BIOS firmwares now supports a new AMD Fusion motherboard in the upstream code.
16 February 2014 - Coreboot - 10 Comments
Raspberry Pi super-computing clusters have been attempted before, but usually they don't turn out as nice as this new one that's comprised of 40 Raspberry Pi boards inside of an acrylic chassis.
15 February 2014 - Raspberry Pi - 23 Comments
The OpTiMSoC is an effort to produce your own many-core System-on-Chip design using Verilog.
14 February 2014 - OpTiMSoC
ARM Holdings has announced the Cortex-A17 processor for mid-range SoC designs.
11 February 2014 - Cortex-A17 - 6 Comments
While new games continue to be announced for Linux almost daily and Valve's SteamOS and Steam Machines efforts are pushing more hardware vendors towards looking at Linux support, leading gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer still goes without Linux support.
28 January 2014 - Razer - 22 Comments
Yesterday I delivered some interesting results showing Freescale's i.MX6 quad-core ARM SoC outperforming one of the original Intel Atom SOCs, with both devices being from low-powered Linux-friendly CompuLab PCs. While the full review of the i.MX6-based CompuLab Utilite is still being written, here's some more preview benchmarks comparing the quad-core i.MX6 to the Atom Z530 to a NVIDIA Tegra 2 to a low-power Ivy Bridge CPU.
25 January 2014 - ARM + x86 - 1 Comment
For the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of playing with CompuLab's Utilite Computer. The Utilite is a miniature ARM desktop computer powered by Freescale's i.MX6 SoC and is running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This is a speedy little Linux system that for some workloads can blow past Intel's original Atom Z530 "Poulsbo" SoC system.
24 January 2014 - Utilite Performance - 17 Comments
For those that have been wanting to try out the Linux-based Mer-derived Qt-friendly Sailfish OS but are unable to obtain Jolla's first, expensive, and limited quantity phone, the Finnish company is porting Sailfish OS to Google's Nexus devices.
23 January 2014 - Sailfish OS - 24 Comments
The latest Lenovo device picking up unofficial support for booting with Coreboot is the X230.
22 January 2014 - Lenovo X230 - 13 Comments
Offered through the UEFI interface on the ASUS A88X-PRO motherboard with the new AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" APU is a "GPU Burst" mode with auto, turbo, and extreme settings. In this article this performance option for Kaveri's Radeon R7 Graphics is going to be tested under Ubuntu Linux.
20 January 2014 - GPU Burst - 6 Comments
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