Qualcomm announced this morning their next-generation 64-bit processors for what they hope yields "the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences" with a ton of new features and capabilities.
There's continued work with the Linux 3.15 kernel for bettering ARM hardware support on Linux, but overall there isn't anything overly exciting by the SoC changes this merge window.
AAEON, a company owned by ASUS that specializes in industrial and embedded platforms for applications ranging from railroads to the military, sent over their AAEON EMB-BT1 board that's loaded with an Atom E3825 Bay Trail SoC. A full Linux write-up of this exciting mini-ITX board will be coming soon on Phoronix, but for some weekend benchmarks are some initial results for the E3825 when running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
A few months ago we wrote about Linksys Reviving The WRT54G Router In 802.11AC Form. Belkin, which owns Linksys, has begun releasing code for this new router -- the WRT1900AC -- but with this early code is still some glaring problems.
Users of the Samsung Exynos DRM driver will see several updates appear with the Linux 3.15 kernel.
The "HID" pull request was submitted this morning for the Linux 3.15 kernel merge window and it presents new hardware support along with Windows 8.1 multi-touch protocol support.
David Airlie has begun hacking on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport handling for the open-source DRM/KMS graphics drivers.
Besides suspend and resuming much quicker, the Linux 3.15 kernel also has many other ACPI and power management improvements.
Just over one month ago Broadcom opened up their VideoCore IV 3D graphics driver stack and now it's been brought to work on the Raspberry Pi low-cost ARM board -- to the extent that it can run Quake III.
Numascale's NumaConnect technology allows organizations to build scalable, shared-memory systems from standard AMD servers using the Norwegian company's high-speed interconnect interface.
While Thunderbolt was promising from a technology perspective, it hasn't seen too much adoption outside of Apple systems and the Linux support is still plaguing developers and causing nightmares among Linux users.
Today at the Game Developer's Conference was an interesting session with OpenGL developers from Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA jointly talking about reducing OpenGL driver overhead.
In celebration of last week's Phoronix Test Suite 5.0-Plavsk release we are giving away several $100 Amazon gift cards to Linux users.
Developers working on Replicant OS, a free and open-source spin of Google's Android operating system, have claimed to uncover a backdoor into the device's file-system for several Samsung Galaxy mobile devices using the stock Android image.
Eurocom is the latest laptop vendor now offering Linux as a laptop when buying one of their high-end laptop models.
This month will be a great month for Phoronix-reading Linux enthusiasts for a variety of reasons.
The ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-DH71T is a Haswell-based Intel ultrabook that I have found to be quite interesting and will be carrying out a large number of Linux tests (and Windows 8.1 vs. Linux benchmarks) from this laptop that sports Intel Iris Graphics 5100, dual SSDs, and other impressive features.
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.
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.
The BlueZ Linux Bluetooth stack now has support on Android for the Bluetooth GATT profile.
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.
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.
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.
BlueZ 5.15 has been released to provide an updated Bluetooth stack for Linux and with this release does come some new functionality.
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.
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.
The OpTiMSoC is an effort to produce your own many-core System-on-Chip design using Verilog.
ARM Holdings has announced the Cortex-A17 processor for mid-range SoC designs.
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.
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.
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