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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

HTC & Valve Partnered Up For The Steam VR Headset

Valve teamed up with hardware manufacturer HTC to produce the HTC Revive, a.k.a. the SteamVR Headset.
1 March 2015 - HTC+Valve - 35 Comments

The Quest For Decent, Low-Priced Server Cases & Racks/Cabinets

Here's another quick update on the process of building out the new open-source benchmarking server farm... The construction of the room is going along nicely and I'm currently evaluating a few different server chassis and racks/cabinets.
27 February 2015 - Low-Cost Server Building - 22 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

RISC OS Now Works With The Raspberry Pi 2

The original RISC OS open-source operating system now supports the new second-generation Raspberry Pi 2 development board with BCM2836 SoC.
25 February 2015 - RISC OS - 11 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

Linux BIOS/UEFI Updating Is Going To Get Much Better With UEFI 2.5

The forthcoming UEFI 2.5 specification has an addition that will be exciting for many Linux enthusiasts... BIOS/UEFI updating from the Linux desktop will be a real and stable feature regardless of motherboard vendor and their general lack of Linux utilities.
23 February 2015 - UEFI 2.5 Feature - 35 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

Toshiba Laptops To Have Improved Support In Linux 3.20

The platform-drivers-x86 pull request has been filed for the Linux 3.20 kernel and it includes some prominent additions.
19 February 2015 - platform-drivers-x86 - 4 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 - 10 Comments

New ARM Platform Support For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

With the next kernel -- regardless of whether it be known as Linux 3.20 or Linux 4.0 -- it will contain support for new ARM platforms.
17 February 2015 - Linux 3.20/Linux 4.0

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

PlayStation 3 Support Is Still Being Worked On Within The Linux Kernel

The PowerPC architecture updates for the Linux 3.20 kernel, including some improvements for the Sony PlayStation 3 game console.
12 February 2015 - PS3 Power Linux - 9 Comments

Raspberry Pi 2 Linux Benchmarks: Arch, Raspbian & Overclocking

Thanks to the open-source Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org, there's already many benchmarks of the new quad-core Raspberry Pi 2.
11 February 2015 - Raspberry Pi 2 - 14 Comments

Sound Updates For Linux 3.20 Improve HP Laptops, Other Features

The sound changes for the Linux 3.20 kernel aren't too incredibly exciting but there's some improvements for HP laptops, support for some new audio hardware, and a variety of other changes.
11 February 2015 - Linux 3.20 Sound - 15 Comments

New Input Drivers Coming To Linux 3.20

There's new input drivers for Linux 3.20 and improvements to the existing input drivers with this next kernel version.
11 February 2015 - Input - 4 Comments

Linux 3.20 To Fully Support The IBM z13

Last month IBM announced the z13 micro-processor for their z13 mainframe computers. IBM claims the z13 is the "world's fastest microprocessor" and now with Linux 3.20 there's full support.
11 February 2015 - IBM z13 - 9 Comments

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