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HSA Foundation Releases HSA 1.0 Official Specification

The HSA Foundation yesterday announced the official v1.0 release of their Heterogeneous System Architecture specification.
17 March 2015 - HSA 1.0 - 8 Comments

Qualcomm Announces DragonBoard 410c With 64-bit ARMv8 SoC

Qualcomm announced the DragonBoard 410c yesterday as their first design in compliance with Linaro's 96Boards standard. The DragonBoard 410c will be available to developers this summer and be powered by Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon SoC.
13 March 2015 - DragonBoard 410c - 21 Comments

An LGPL-Licensed, Larrabee-Inspired GPGPU Processor

A Phoronix reader pointed out this weekend the Nyuzi Processor, an GPL/LGPL-licensed design that's inspired by Intel's failed Larrabee graphics processor design. The Nyuzi Processor is fully open-source with its Verilog, documentation, tests, compiler/tools, etc.
9 March 2015 - LGPL GPGPU - 14 Comments

QuIC Continues Contributing To Open-Source MDP DRM/KMS Driver

Qualcomm's Innovation Center continues contributing to the open-source MDP DRM driver that started out as a reverse-engineered display driver for Qualcomm's ARM SoCs via Rob Clark as part of the Freedreno project.
6 March 2015 - Qualcomm - 3 Comments

Benchmarks Of The $129 8-Core 64-bit ARM Development Board

Announced last month was the HiKey 8-core 64-bit ARM development board being based upon the HiSilicon Cortex-A53 SoC. This HiKey board came out of 96Boards as the first certified board by the Linaro Community Board Group. I happen to have some early benchmarks of this eight-core AArch64 development board running Linaro/Debian.
6 March 2015 - HiKey ARM Cortex-A53 Board - 7 Comments

Valve Starts Listing The Steam Machines In The Steam Store

Valve has started showing off the Steam Controller and the many different Steam Machines within the Steam Store.
5 March 2015 - Steam Machines - 47 Comments

The New Open-Source Linux Test Farm Is Almost Operational

Here's another update on the construction of the new Linux benchmarking test farm.
5 March 2015 - Construction Update - 7 Comments

System76 Introduces The Broadwell-Powered, Ubuntu-Loaded "Meerkat"

Our friends at Ubuntu PC vendor System76 yesterday revealed their Meerkat Ubuntu desktop system.
4 March 2015 - System76 Meerkat - 1 Comment

Allwinner Continues Violating The LGPL

It's been a week since Allwinner's most recent proof of violating of the (L)GPL license for FFmpeg and libVP6. In the week since, they haven't rectified the issue but today just slapped in a LICENSE file saying the non-existent code is LGPL.
4 March 2015 - GPL Violations - 17 Comments

Pricing Details On The Alleged MJ Ubuntu Tablet Design

A few days after receiving the revised specifications for the "MJ Tech" Ubuntu Tablet, I've received their pricing information for this tablet that will hopefully ship later in the year.
3 March 2015 - Ubuntu Tablet Pricing - 1 Comment

Imagination Already Has A Vulkan Driver In The Works For PowerVR GPUs

While hearing "PowerVR" tend to make Linux users cringe over memories of past Linux driver issues with Imagination's binary blobs, Imagination is among the vendors now experimenting with the new Vulkan graphics API and SPIR-V IR. Imagination too has already put out one of the first demos using this new graphics API.
3 March 2015 - PowerVR Vulkan - 10 Comments

Another Step Closer On The New Linux Benchmarking Test Farm

Our new Linux benchmarking test farm that's much cleaner and more organized than the current implementation shown at LinuxBenchmarking.com is a step closer to reality. By the end of this week this new farm controlled by Phoromatic and powered by OpenBenchmarking.org and the Phoronix Test Suite should be powered up.
2 March 2015 - Test Farm - 10 Comments

HTC & Valve Partnered Up For The Steam VR Headset

Valve teamed up with hardware manufacturer HTC to produce the HTC Revive, a.k.a. the SteamVR Headset.
1 March 2015 - HTC+Valve - 35 Comments

The Quest For Decent, Low-Priced Server Cases & Racks/Cabinets

Here's another quick update on the process of building out the new open-source benchmarking server farm... The construction of the room is going along nicely and I'm currently evaluating a few different server chassis and racks/cabinets.
27 February 2015 - Low-Cost Server Building - 22 Comments

ALSA 1.0.29 Released

It's been more than a half year since the last ALSA release for improving Linux sound while out today is v1.0.29 of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.
26 February 2015 - ALSA 1.0.29 - 2 Comments

RISC OS Now Works With The Raspberry Pi 2

The original RISC OS open-source operating system now supports the new second-generation Raspberry Pi 2 development board with BCM2836 SoC.
25 February 2015 - RISC OS - 11 Comments

More Proof That Allwinner Is Violating The GPL

Allwinner has been accused multiple times in the past of violating the GPL license by not providing Linux/Android kernel source code or U-Boot source, along with using LGPL-licensed code within their binary blobs, etc. Today there's new "definitive proof" of Allwinner's GPL violations.
25 February 2015 - Allwinner GPL Violation - 38 Comments

Valve Is Rolling Out Their Own VR Dev Kit Hardware

Next week at the Game Developers' Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Valve will be demoing their own VR headset hardware. This will make next week even more exciting beyond showing off the next-generation OpenGL API and this VR hardware will surely be supported under Linux/SteamOS.
24 February 2015 - Valve VR Hardware - 16 Comments

EZchip Announces 100 Core 64-bit ARM Chip

An Israeli company known as EZchip has introduced their TILE-Mx processors that ship in up to 100-core 64-bit ARM configurations with up to 200 Gigabit Ethernet throughput.
23 February 2015 - 100-Core ARM Chip - 19 Comments

Linux BIOS/UEFI Updating Is Going To Get Much Better With UEFI 2.5

The forthcoming UEFI 2.5 specification has an addition that will be exciting for many Linux enthusiasts... BIOS/UEFI updating from the Linux desktop will be a real and stable feature regardless of motherboard vendor and their general lack of Linux utilities.
23 February 2015 - UEFI 2.5 Feature - 35 Comments

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