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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 - Add A Comment
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
Flashrom To Support Flashing ATI Graphics Cards

We have learned that Flashrom, an open-source program for flashing the BIOSes on many different motherboards / chipsets, is soon going to be picking up support for flashing the video BIOS image on ATI graphics cards. Specifically, it should be possible to flash the BIOS of the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series and potentially the Radeon HD 2000/3000 (R600) series too. This is a matter actively being worked on and can be confirmed via the project's #coreboot IRC channel.

13 May 2009 - Oooo, BIOS Flashing Fun - 58 Comments
ALSA 1.0.20 Released, Many Fixes & Improvements

With three months having passed since the release of ALSA 1.0.19, it is now time for an update to the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. ALSA 1.0.20 was announced this morning and it brings forth a slew of bug-fixes and other audio driver updates for Linux.

6 May 2009 - New ALSA Linux Sound Release - Add A Comment
AVG Ventures Into Linux Malware Protection

While anti-virus and anti-malware is not much of a problem on Linux at this time, AVG has added this anti-malware protection to their Linux security software. AVG has supported Linux for sometime when it comes to virus and spam protection, but with version 8.5 they have expanded their anti-malware support. Besides that there are also many other improvements to the AVG Linux support like a new anti-virus filter, improved system resource handling, multi-core CPU support, and a new virtual file-system.

4 May 2009 - Anyone Need It? - 24 Comments
PulseAudio 0.9.15 Brings Major Improvements

While a test release has been around for a few months, last night PulseAudio 0.9.15 was officially released. This open-source sound server has a number of significant enhancements in this latest update. PulseAudio 0.9.15 introduces native support of Bluetooth audio devices using BlueZ, Apple Airport Express support, flat volume support (similar to Vista's audio controls), on-the-fly reconfiguration of audio devices, and native support for 24-bit samples. The on-the-fly reconfiguration of audio devices is great and as a result there is now proper S/PDIF support.

14 April 2009 - Go Experience That Audio - 29 Comments
Creative Labs Continues To Shaft Linux

It has been a while since last mentioning the Creative X-Fi sound cards at Phoronix, but it's not because the Linux support is all nice and working now that Creative open-sourced their X-Fi driver, but rather things have stalled. The X-Fi sound cards still are a sore spot on Linux and there isn't "out of the box" support in major Linux distributions.

24 March 2009 - The Creative X-Fi Hell Continues - 40 Comments
Caustic Graphics Will Provide Linux Support

Caustic Graphics, a brand-new company to the computer graphics scene that hopes to compete with AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA when it comes to ray-tracing power, announced the CausticRT on Monday. The CausticRT is "the world's first massively accelerated ray-tracing system" and can be found in CausticOne, which is their first product and it promises to deliver ray-tracing performance that's reportedly 20 times faster than the modern computer. While 20 times is great, by next year they hope their graphics/ray-tracing accelerator will be 200 times faster. For more on Caustic Graphics and what they hope to achieve when it comes to graphics and ray-tracing, visit Caustic.com.

11 March 2009 - New Graphics Firm To Support Linux - 7 Comments
LM_Sensors 3.1.0 Released, Plenty Of New Work

As we shared would be coming soon, LM_Sensors 3.1.0 was just released by Jean Delvare. This significant update to the LM_Sensors 3 code-base has a significantly reworked sensors-detect utility, various improvements to the LM_Sensors library (libsensors), a new /etc/sysconfig/lm_sensors format, and a new default sensors.conf configuration file.

1 March 2009 - Sensor Monitoring On Linux - Add A Comment
New LM_Sensors Coming, Brings New Features

Jean Delvare of the LM_Sensors project has announced that a new release of this open-source system monitoring program will be coming soon. LM_Sensors 3.0.3 arrived nearly a half-year ago, but given the number of changes since then, the next release will be LM_Sensors 3.1.0.

13 February 2009 - LM_Sensors 3.1.0 To Come - 4 Comments
Texas Instruments Shows Mini Projector At X.Org

A representative from Texas Instruments had showed up in the X.Org development room yesterday to show off one of their new products: a very tiny projector. This projector has a mini HDMI integrated connector for video input, uses LEDs and DLP technology for display, and can easily fit within your palm.

8 February 2009 - Very Small, Has Mini HDMI, Etc - 8 Comments
Phoenix Strikes HyperSpace Deal With ASUS

ASUS was the first company to ship SplashTop, an embedded instant-on Linux environment, on any of its products. They began by offering SplashTop on select ASUS motherboards, then it turned into ASUS notebooks, and then to many more ASUS products. However, Phoenix Technologies has now wooed ASUS into shipping HyperSpace on their notebooks.

21 January 2009 - HyperSpace & ASUS In Bed - 8 Comments
ALSA 1.0.19 Released With Many Changes

There were no release candidates or any official test builds this time around, but ALSA 1.0.19 was released this morning. There are many changes to be found in this latest update for the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. Among other changes, the popular HDA codec driver has received many improvements, fixes, and support for new audio devices.

19 January 2009 - A New Linux Sound Release - 15 Comments
HP Bringing Linux To Its Business Customers

Hewlett-Packard has announced this morning they will be introducing Linux as an operating system choice for business desktop customers. HP will start by offering SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop starting with their HP Compaq DC5850 SFF PC, which is an AMD-powered system that will only cost $519 USD.

10 December 2008 - Loaded With SuSE Enterprise - Add A Comment
ALSA 1.0.18a Released With Fixes, Updates

This news is coming a few days late, but the ALSA project has quietly released ALSA 1.0.18a as a minor update to its collection of sound drivers for Linux. This isn't a major update but a collection of updates on top of ALSA 1.0.18 final. Among the changes are build fixes against the Linux 2.6.28 kernel, support for new ASICs, Intel HDMI audio support, and new ASICs being supported by various drivers/codecs. This ALSA release does not incorporate Creative's open-source X-Fi driver or any other Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card support.

17 November 2008 - Not A Major New Release - 1 Comment
ALSA 1.0.18 Final Now Available, Lots of Changes

It's been almost two months since ALSA 1.0.18 RC3 was released and about four months since ALSA 1.0.17 made it out the door, but today the final version of ALSA 1.0.18 is now available. This update to the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) contains a number of significant updates and even quite a few changes since the third release candidate.

29 October 2008 - Still Without Creative X-Fi Support - 2 Comments
Lenovo Rebrands SplashTop As "QuickStart"

Lenovo has announced this morning that they will begin shipping SplashTop-enabled netbooks. Next month Lenovo will be shipping "QuickStart" (just their re-branded version of SplashTop) on their new Atom-powered IdeaPad S10e. The press release can be read on the Market Wire.

28 October 2008 - Lenovo Gets In Bed With DeviceVM - Add A Comment
LM_Sensors Patches Support New Hardware

On the first of October we talked about a new LM_Sensors patch that supports new AMD CPUs and it had arrived almost immediately after the release of LM_Sensors 3.0.3. With almost a month having by since we last talked about this open-source hardware sensor monitoring project, there are a number of new patches that have come about to support new hardware.

26 October 2008 - And Instantaneous Power Sensors - Add A Comment
SplashTop Security Hole Still Exists

Back in August we were the first web-site to share how SplashTop Linux could be hacked and the following month we shared about a SplashTop security problem where the contents of any attached hard drives are exposed freely to the network, if you're not running a hardware firewall. This issue was discovered by Kano, a Phoronix Forums member and the developer behind the Kanotix distribution. DeviceVM had been notified of this blatant security issue, but it still appears the problem has gone unresolved.

26 October 2008 - When Will It Get Fixed? - 1 Comment
A $15 USB 802.11g WiFi Adapter For Linux

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
LM_Sensors For ATI Graphics Cards

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
ALSA Driver For The Creative X-Fi Appears

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
A Year Later, X-Fi Drivers Still Horrific

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
PulseAudio Picks Up Bluetooth Support

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

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