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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 - 5 Comments

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

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

LM_Sensors 3.0.3 Released

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

Atheros HAL Under Free Software License

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

MacBook Air Gains LM_Sensors Support

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

ALSA 1.0.18 RC3 Has Been Released

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 1.0.17a & 1.0.18-rc1 Released

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

Atheros Releases 802.11n Linux Driver

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

Foxconn Does Hate Linux Support

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

Dell Outlines More Ubuntu 8.04 Details

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...

Dell Offers Ubuntu PC With ATI Graphics

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

Dell Now Shipping Ubuntu 8.04 LTS PCs

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

XGI Linux Support Takes A Final Blow

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

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