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Allwinner Plays Around With Licenses On Its Media Codec

Allwinner has yet to clarify their license position on their media codec code or fully open up their encode/decode library for that matter when it's fairly clear they're violating the GPL and recently they've been trying to cover it up by obfuscating their binaries.

21 March 2015 - Allwinner - 2 Comments
Qualcomm Announces DragonBoard 410c With 64-bit ARMv8 SoC

Qualcomm announced the DragonBoard 410c yesterday as their first design in compliance with Linaro's 96Boards standard. The DragonBoard 410c will be available to developers this summer and be powered by Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon SoC.

13 March 2015 - DragonBoard 410c - 21 Comments
An LGPL-Licensed, Larrabee-Inspired GPGPU Processor

A Phoronix reader pointed out this weekend the Nyuzi Processor, an GPL/LGPL-licensed design that's inspired by Intel's failed Larrabee graphics processor design. The Nyuzi Processor is fully open-source with its Verilog, documentation, tests, compiler/tools, etc.

9 March 2015 - LGPL GPGPU - 14 Comments
Benchmarks Of The $129 8-Core 64-bit ARM Development Board

Announced last month was the HiKey 8-core 64-bit ARM development board being based upon the HiSilicon Cortex-A53 SoC. This HiKey board came out of 96Boards as the first certified board by the Linaro Community Board Group. I happen to have some early benchmarks of this eight-core AArch64 development board running Linaro/Debian.

6 March 2015 - HiKey ARM Cortex-A53 Board - 7 Comments
Allwinner Continues Violating The LGPL

It's been a week since Allwinner's most recent proof of violating of the (L)GPL license for FFmpeg and libVP6. In the week since, they haven't rectified the issue but today just slapped in a LICENSE file saying the non-existent code is LGPL.

4 March 2015 - GPL Violations - 17 Comments
Imagination Already Has A Vulkan Driver In The Works For PowerVR GPUs

While hearing "PowerVR" tend to make Linux users cringe over memories of past Linux driver issues with Imagination's binary blobs, Imagination is among the vendors now experimenting with the new Vulkan graphics API and SPIR-V IR. Imagination too has already put out one of the first demos using this new graphics API.

3 March 2015 - PowerVR Vulkan - 10 Comments
Another Step Closer On The New Linux Benchmarking Test Farm

Our new Linux benchmarking test farm that's much cleaner and more organized than the current implementation shown at LinuxBenchmarking.com is a step closer to reality. By the end of this week this new farm controlled by Phoromatic and powered by OpenBenchmarking.org and the Phoronix Test Suite should be powered up.

2 March 2015 - Test Farm - 10 Comments
ALSA 1.0.29 Released

It's been more than a half year since the last ALSA release for improving Linux sound while out today is v1.0.29 of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.

26 February 2015 - ALSA 1.0.29 - 2 Comments
More Proof That Allwinner Is Violating The GPL

Allwinner has been accused multiple times in the past of violating the GPL license by not providing Linux/Android kernel source code or U-Boot source, along with using LGPL-licensed code within their binary blobs, etc. Today there's new "definitive proof" of Allwinner's GPL violations.

25 February 2015 - Allwinner GPL Violation - 38 Comments
Valve Is Rolling Out Their Own VR Dev Kit Hardware

Next week at the Game Developers' Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Valve will be demoing their own VR headset hardware. This will make next week even more exciting beyond showing off the next-generation OpenGL API and this VR hardware will surely be supported under Linux/SteamOS.

24 February 2015 - Valve VR Hardware - 16 Comments
EZchip Announces 100 Core 64-bit ARM Chip

An Israeli company known as EZchip has introduced their TILE-Mx processors that ship in up to 100-core 64-bit ARM configurations with up to 200 Gigabit Ethernet throughput.

23 February 2015 - 100-Core ARM Chip - 19 Comments
Qualcomm Announces Four New Snapdragon Processors

Qualcomm announced yesterday the introduction of four new Snapdragon processors that the company says will "take 4G LTE and multimedia to new heights". These new processors are the Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415.

19 February 2015 - Cortex-A72 - 29 Comments
Libinput Patches Add Touchpad Gestures & Wacom Tools

In getting Wayland's input support ready for prime-time usage and with Fedora 22 switching its X.Org input stack to libinput, Red Hat developers have been very busy getting libinput to reach feature parity with the conventional X.Org input code.

18 February 2015 - Libinput Tablets/Touchpads - Add A Comment
Thoughts On Intel Boot Guard Impairing Coreboot

Last week we were first to relay the Coreboot discussion about how Intel Boot Guard in modern PCs is preventing alternative UEFI/BIOS from being used and others have since carried the story too. Matthew Garrett, a name well known to those following UEFI / Secure Boot Linux support, has blogged about his views on Boot Guard.

16 February 2015 - Boot Guard - 17 Comments

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