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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
Back in February, AMD's John Bridgman had expressed hope in providing LM_Sensors support for monitoring the GPU temperature and fan speed on ATI graphics cards. He was hoping to get the needed documentation to the LM_Sensors project in March, but that hadn't happened and currently AMD's focus is on open-source R600/700 series 3D support. However, interest in LM_Sensors support for ATI graphics cards has been rejuvenated on the sensor project's mailing list.
19 October 2008 - No, Sensor Monitoring Is Not Here Yet - 10 Comments
Just a few hours after publishing A Year Later, X-Fi Drivers Still Horrific for Linux, believe it or not but we have a new Creative X-Fi driver. ALSA, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, now has an experimental Creative X-Fi driver. Takashi Iwai, a developer at Novell/SuSE, has ported the open-source X-Fi driver (named sbxfi) found in the Open Sound System (OSS) over to ALSA.
10 October 2008 - Perfect Timing, Eh? - 18 Comments
After Creative Labs Duped Linux For Vista, it was just a year ago that they had released their X-Fi Linux driver. That initial driver in 2007 had only supported 64-bit Linux, wasn't targeted at newer versions of GCC, and had a whole host of other problems. This past April they then tried again at X-Fi Linux drivers and this time managed to deliver 32-bit and GCC 4.x support. Since then though no new binary drivers have appeared and a year later we remain with only a half-functioning beta driver.
9 October 2008 - Creative Still Sucks At X-Fi On Linux - 29 Comments
The group of developers behind PulseAudio, the Linux sound server that's quickly becoming the de facto standard, has today put out their 0.9.13 milestone release. For a large part this release just incorporates bug-fixes that have been addressed in the past month since 0.9.12, but there is one interesting new feature. PulseAudio 0.9.13 introduces support for Bluetooth audio devices, including the dynamic detection. This Bluetooth audio support was done by a student programmer as part of Google's Summer of Code project this year. The Bluetooth support is currently considered experimental but it is enabled by default. For the complete change-log with PulseAudio 0.9.13, check out the their milestone page.
6 October 2008 - Thanks To Google Summer of Code - 3 Comments
LM_Sensors, the leading open-source project for providing hardware monitoring support on Linux (such as with component temperatures, voltages, fan speeds, etc), had its last official release in May with version 3.0.2. While the changes aren't as substantial as the LM_Sensors 3.0 release last year, Jean Delvare has today announced the release of LM_Sensors 3.0.3.
28 September 2008 - Two Sensoring Improvements - 4 Comments
Last year the MadWiFi project abandoned their proprietary HAL in favor of using OpenHAL. OpenHAL is a open-source HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) that was developed by OpenBSD for their Atheros WiFi driver. They also seized work on the earlier MadWiFi driver to focus on the new ath5k driver. This summer Atheros had then released the ath9k driver for 802.11n ASICs on Linux after hiring two of the MadWiFi developers.
27 September 2008 - Atheros 802.11abg HAL Under ISC - 16 Comments
There hasn't been a new LM_Sensors release since May when version 3.0.2 was released. Since then there has been quite a bit of new work going on within this free software project that provides system sensor monitoring on Linux. Intel Core i7 monitoring support was added back in August to LM_Sensors, for example. Today a set of five patches for Apple hardware has appeared on the LM_Sensors mailing list. In the last patch, LM_Sensors support for the Apple MacBook Air was added. This allows the accelerometer, back-light, and thermal sensor to be used on systems with the latest LM_Sensors code. This small MacBook Air patch can be found here.
17 September 2008 - Read Your Apple Sensors On Linux
Version 1.0.18 RC1 of ALSA was just released a month ago and it was quickly followed by a second release candidate for this Linux sound system. However, it's taken nearly a month for the third 1.0.18 release candidate to come together.
11 September 2008 - It's Coming A Bit Later Than Normal - 7 Comments
ALSA 1.0.17 was released a month ago, but being released today by the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture camp is a small update in the 1.0.17 series and the first release candidate for ALSA 1.0.18.
18 August 2008 - Linux Sound Architecture Updates - 9 Comments
Last September we reported that MadWiFi was abandoning their proprietary HAL and really the driver itself for that matter. The developers behind the popular MadWiFi Linux driver were ceasing work on it in favor of starting up a new driver called ath5k using OpenHAL. Two of the key developers were also hired by Atheros, the wireless chipset company itself. Through these recent improvements, Atheros has went from a company being criticized for their lack of Linux support to one with impecable possibilities.
26 July 2008 - 802.11n Linux Wireless Improves - 7 Comments
Receiving publicity on SlashDot today is word that Foxconn refuses to support Linux. Foxconn is a large OEM motherboard manufacturer, but according to a thread on the Ubuntu Forums, they refuse to support Linux. There is a bug in one of their DSDT tables for their BIOS that's causing installation issues with Linux. The DSDT for Windows is correct, but Foxconn isn't interested in issuing a (simple) update to fix the Linux support. However, this isn't surprising to us. We've known that Foxconn does not wish to support Linux at all. Going back to 2006, Foxconn has told us at Phoronix that they aren't interested in Linux on their motherboards and they have no desire to support it. For more on motherboards under Linux, check out our motherboard reviews.
25 July 2008 - We've Known It For Years - 27 Comments
Last week Dell started shipping Ubuntu 8.04 PCs and even with a Dell option for ATI graphics. Today a few more details surrounding Dell's adoption of Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" have been shared.
24 July 2008 - John Hull Starts Talking...
Yesterday we shared that Dell has started shipping Ubuntu 8.04 PCs. Initially there are only three "Dellbuntu" PCs (two notebooks and one desktop) with this Long-Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu, but additional models will begin appearing as soon as next month. While it wasn't covered by the Direct2Dell blog, we've discovered another interesting bit of news: Dell has made an ATI option available for these Linux PCs.
19 July 2008 - Dellbuntu PCs Go For Radeon - 15 Comments
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS had shipped back in April, but up until now owners of Dell PCs would have had to install this "Hardy Heron" update manually if they were interested in benefiting from the Linux 2.6.24 kernel, GNOME 2.22, and the other improvements within this desktop Linux distribution. Today, however, Dell has announced that they have begun shipping select desktops and notebooks with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.
18 July 2008 - Dellbuntu Notebooks, Desktops Get Hardy
Back before ATI had acquired Macrosynergy from XGI, XGI Technology had a semi-hopeful future of producing low-to-mid-range graphics cards and presenting consumers with an additional choice. Their binary Linux drivers had sucked, and that's putting it in nice words. XGI's Linux driver for earlier AGP-based Volari GPUs was limited to Linux 2.4 kernel support, was late in supporting versions of X.Org, and it was just a complete mess. However, as we had exclusively shared, XGI was considering an open-source driver (this was back in 2005, long before ATI started their open-source strategy and prior to Intel providing GPU documentation).
15 July 2008 - It Has No Developers Left... - 2 Comments
Over the past month we've seen three release candidates for ALSA 1.0.17, but arriving today is the final stable build. There are hundreds of changes between ALSA 1.0.16 and 1.0.17. The Oxygen driver used by some high-end audio processors such as those found on the Razer and ASUS sound cards has received a number of improvements as well as a long list of HDA Codec and HDA Intel improvements. Many new APUs are also supported by ALSA 1.0.17 through the various drivers. To much dismay, however, the Creative X-Fi series still isn't supported by the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. The Open Sound System added X-Fi support and we were hopeful that ALSA support was coming, but sadly it has not. More information and download links are available at ALSA-Project.org.
14 July 2008 - Still No Bloody Creative X-Fi Support - 8 Comments
This morning ASUS has announced the expansion of their Eee PC family with the introduction of three new models. These three new models use Intel's Atom processor, which makes them the first Netbooks. In addition to sporting an Atom processor, the 901 and 1000 use Solid-State Disks (SSDs), 1GB of DDR2 memory (or up to 2GB with the 1000/1000H models), and a battery life of nearly eight hours. The ASUS Eee PC 1000 / 1000H have a 10" screen while the 901 is sized at 8.9" and they all weigh 2~3 lbs. All three models do have GNU/Linux operating system availability. The ASUS Eee PC 901 is available today (with a price tag of $600 USD) while the two other models will be released later this month.
8 July 2008 - New Atom-based Netbooks Released - 2 Comments
Alienware, the PC manufacturer known for their high-end gaming notebooks and desktops, has been evaluating the business opportunity in providing a Linux OS option for some of their products. Phoronix reader Ahmad Yasser had contacted us to remind the Linux community that Alienware is running a Linux-based system survey to "gauge the level of interest consumers like you have in buying a new computer that features a Linux-based operating system." This survey isn't brand new but had first appeared a few months back. The questions consist of whether you're a current Alienware customer, whether your interest is in notebooks or desktops, would Alienware be appealing with a Linux-based OS, reasons for choosing Linux over Microsoft Windows, the likelihood of purchasing a Linux-loaded Alienware PC, and related questions.
7 July 2008 - High-End PC Gaming Manufacturer - 7 Comments
If you haven't yet made the move to LM_Sensors 3, you may be interested to know that LM_Sensors 2.10.7 has been released. This update to the legacy branch of LM_Sensors has a number of fixes, removes some dead code, fixes some functionality, adds Intel ICH10 support, has minor code cleanups, and solves a Linux 2.6.26 kernel compatibility issue. While the added Intel ICH10 support caught our attention, also now supported by the LM_Sensors 2.10 branch is support for VIA's C7 CPU as well as the lm90, adm1032, lm99, lm86, max6657, adt7461. The sensors-detect program can now also detect the SMSC SCH5127, National Semiconductor LM64, and ASUS F8000, Dallas DS1631. Detection and support for a number of ASICs have also been fixed in this release. The complete change-log can be found at the LM_Sensors website. If you're not using your distribution's package management system, downloads can be found on this page.
3 July 2008 - Linux 2.6.26 Compatibility, Etc...
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