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As was pointed out in the Phoronix Forums, there is now an open-source utility to configure your Razer DeathAdder mouse under Linux. This DeathAdder Linux program can control the LEDs as well as altering the scanning resolution, frequency, and profiles. While this program is aimed for the DeathAdder mouse on Linux, it also supports changing the scan resolution for the Razer Krait mouse.
16 August 2007
Within the last few days the official website for the ALSA project (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) website received an overhaul. The ALSA project website is now Wiki-based with a brand new appearance. The supported sound card matrix is also now on the Wiki and is still laid out by manufacturer but with a new format. The latest version of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture remains at 1.0.14, but the ALSA 1.0.15 release candidates will hopefully begin soon.
10 August 2007 - 1 Comment
Making news on the Internet in the past 24 hours has been the "Medison Celebrity Laptop", which claims to be a $150 USD laptop that ships with an Intel Celeron 1.5GHz processor, a 14" LCD screen, 802.11g wireless, and uses Fedora Linux. For such a low price this looks like an incredible deal, but its validity can be questioned. Medison says that its phone lines are "temporarily closed", specific information on the Medison Celebrity laptop is limited, and there is a rather long turn-around time. Beyond these points that have already been brought up in the electronic world, there is a equal if not greater number of questions surrounding Valdi Ivancic, Medison's CEO and president, and his past business activities.
25 July 2007 - 4 Comments
Dell knows it won't happen overnight, but along side wanting to ship audio/video codecs, Intel Wireless 80.211N support for Linux, Broadcom Wireless for Linux, and being able to ship notebooks and desktops with Compiz Fusion enabled, Dell would like to see improved ATI Linux drivers. At Ubuntu Live 2007, Amit Bhutani had a session on Ubuntu Linux for Dell Consumer Systems, where he had shared a slide with Dell's "area of investigation", which Amit had said is essentially their Linux road-map. Amit had also stated that the NVIDIA 2D and 3D video drivers were "challenges in platform enablement". Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the driver must be improved for the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source, but improved). Dell currently ships desktop Linux systems with Intel using their open-source drivers as well as NVIDIA graphics processors under Linux. Amit had went on to add that new Dell product offerings and availability in other countries will come later this summer.
23 July 2007 - 11 Comments
LM_Sensors 2.10.4 has been released, which adds Linux 2.4 kernel support for the Winbond W83627EHG, user-space support for the SMSC DME1737, and support for a variety of other ASICs. The complete set of changes for 2.10.4 can be read from their change log and you can download this latest hardware monitoring package from the LM_Sensors Wiki.
19 July 2007
Many Linux users are after lobbying hardware manufacturers for open-source graphics drivers or specifications for complex pieces of hardware, but an effort is underway to get hardware specifications for something very simple, a remote control. The Logitech Harmony 880 is a universal remote that contains a color LCD display and has proved to be a very popular peripheral and can interface with everything from a TiVO to a computer and other home appliances. For the past few months Phil Dibowitz has been working on writing a Linux driver for this $250 USD remote control.
7 July 2007
An announcement has been made on the LM_Sensors home-page that version 2.10.4 of this hardware monitoring program will be available in mid-July. This maintenance release will add support for a few new chips and fix some outstanding bugs. The specific changes that will be found in LM_Sensors 2.10.4 can be found in the trunk CHANGES. The final release is currently planned for July 16.
30 June 2007 - 1 Comment
Dell had started shipping two desktops and one notebook last month that was loaded with Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn", but based upon the sales and success so far with these Linux-loaded PCs in the United States, they are in the process of expanding their Ubuntu selection. Now being offered at Dell is Ubuntu on the Inspiron 1420N notebook with a number of customization options. Expect more Dell Ubuntu desktops and notebooks in the near future. Hewlett-Packard may also be joining the US Linux consumer PC party as well.
27 June 2007
Announced on the OpenSolaris forums by 4Front Technologies is that they will be open-sourcing the Open Sound System (OSS) on June 14th. 4Front's Open Sound will be licensed under the CDDL for Solaris and GPLv2 for Linux, BSD, and other platforms. This is great news and you can share your thoughts on it in the Phoronix Foruns. Additional information will come a week from today, June 14, when the announcement is officially made.
7 June 2007 - 3 Comments
After months of waiting, Dell has finally announced on their Direct2Dell blog that they will be offering their US customers the option of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn on the Dell XPS 410n, Dimension E520n, and the Inspiron E1505n laptop. These Dell Ubuntu systems all will be available for less than $1000 USD. Dell has also pledged to continue to work forward on working with vendors to improve Linux drivers.
24 May 2007
John Hull, the manager of Linux OS Technologies at Dell, has shed some more light on the Linux push happening at Dell. In the Direct2Dell Blog, Hull reiterates that the default Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" media will be installed on select Ubuntu desktops and notebooks. He goes on to mention that some restricted closed source drivers will be used (circa Wireless and modems) and that Dell is establishing a Linux Wiki. What Dell will not be offering under Linux are any extra proprietary audio or video codecs and some hardware options. More information on Dell's Linux systems should come out into the spotlight shortly.
21 May 2007 - 1 Comment
If you were hoping to use a Creative X-Fi series sound card under Linux in the near future, think again. Last June we told you that Creative was planning on Q2'2007 for delivering a binary blob to support the X-Fi series along with delivering full support for ALSA and OpenAL v1.1 with EAX effects. Creative has now updated their open-source page saying that their closed-source X-Fi Linux driver will not even be in a public beta until the end of third quarter or fourth quarter this year. With the beta not even being available until the end of the year, we would be very surprised if Creative Labs will even deliver a stable X-Fi driver this year at all. What's the reason for this delay? It's due to Microsoft's Vista: "It has taken more resources than expect[ed] to redesign our software and drivers for Vista." Keep in mind that the driver they will be delivering to Linux X-Fi owners isn't even open-source.
17 May 2007
In March we told you that Dell would start shipping Linux PCs, but all of the details were yet to be determined. However, it's now official that Dell has chosen Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn as the Linux distribution that will begin shipping on select Dell notebook and desktop computers. Ubuntu availability on select products should begin this month with Dell now fully supporting Mark Shuttleworth's creation. This announcement became official when Dell and Canonical issued a joint statement today on the matter. Additional information is available at Tech Target.
1 May 2007 - 4 Comments
Last month with Dell's launch of their IdeaStorm website it made Linux a top priority for not only Dell servers but also notebook and desktops. As a result of the overwhelming feedback, Dell will shortly be introducing notebooks and desktops in the United States that ship with Linux pre-installed! This is a great accomplishment of having Linux being a factory installed option. No Linux distribution(s) have yet been named for what will be supported. More information is available from Dell. There is also a discussion in the Phoronix Forums: Dell Confirms plans to use Linux.
29 March 2007 - 3 Comments
The SilverStone Sugo SG03, the successor to the Sugo SG01, is now officially launched! The SG03 Evolution product page is available showing off several product photographs, reversible PSU support, light and compact design, dual GPU support, and greater expansion possibilities. The design of the SG03 is completely radical compared to the original Sugo. As mentioned in our recent review of the SG01B-W Evolution, the SilverStone SG03 will likely ship in April (but could be delayed to May). The SG03 is also being shown off by SilverStone at CeBit.
17 March 2007
When combining the LinuxBIOS with the Linux kernel, BusyBox, a petite X11 server, Matchbox window manager, and rxvt, the LinuxBIOS is capable of possessing a graphical user interface. Uwe Hermann has covered this LinuxBIOS interface as well as linking to a YouTube video that shows off the GUI. There are also screenshots on the LinuxBIOS Wiki.
10 March 2007
The GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4 is the first desktop motherboard to officially support the LinuxBIOS. This NVIDIA-based AM2 motherboard features SLI support and a whole lot more while being supported by the LinuxBIOS. More information on this GIGABYTE motherboard is available here. We'll work on a Linux review of this motherboard shortly.
25 February 2007
According to newly revealed information, Dell customers are wanting Linux pre-installed on their notebooks and desktop PCs. In fact, it is one of the most requested features from this leading PC manufacturer; having the ability to multi-boot into Windows XP or Windows Vista or no Microsoft partition at all are among the options. More information is available at Dell Idea Storm.
21 February 2007
Over the weekend we had conducted an interesting overclocking experiment in the middle of a Michigan blizzard. While the Pentium 4 530 and Abit AW9D had not made it as far as we had hoped, it certainly was an interesting and enjoyable experiment. If you enjoyed our Overclocking, The Natural Way article, please be sure to Digg the article.
4 February 2007
Along side Intel's Xeon 5300 series launch, Tyan is today introducing the TyanPSC Typhoon 600 series of personal supercomputers. The Typhoon 600 series use the Clovertown quad-core processor, well, many quad-core processors. The TyanPSC T-650QX offers a total of 40 cores for a total amount of 256 GFLOPS of power while the T-630DX provides 128 GFLOPS of power. More on the TyanPSC Typhoon 600 series can be found here.
14 November 2006
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