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Linux Kernel Works To Make Better Random Reseeding

While /dev/random was made faster and more random in Linux 3.13, in light of the NSA controversies and that Intel/VIA hardware encryption and random generators may not even be trustworthy, there's been a rework in how reseeding happens for the Linux kernel's random component.
15 December 2013 - /dev/random - 1 Comment

More Ubuntu Benchmarks Of The Haswell Chromebook

Yesterday I shared the first Phoronix tests of Ubuntu running on the Acer C720 Chromebook, a ChromeOS-focused device powered by an Intel Celeron "Haswell" processor. The performance was great -- as was the build quality and features -- for being a $199 USD device that can be loaded with other operating systems too.
13 December 2013 - Acer C720 - 10 Comments

Exciting Upcoming Linux Hardware Reviews, Articles

While many people work less over the holidays, this isn't the case at Phoronix and there's many exciting articles coming out daily for the better part of the next month. Here's a look, including our annual year-in-review articles of the Linux graphics drivers, etc.
12 December 2013 - Month Of Articles - 9 Comments

MSM DRM Will Support New Hardware In Linux 3.14

An early patch-set has been sent out by Rob Clark as he prepares the "MSM" DRM driver changes for the Linux 3.14 kernel. This open-source DRM graphics driver will support at least two new boards in the next kernel development cycle.
8 December 2013 - Freedreno DRM - 4 Comments

Coreboot Gets Support For Haswell Power Limiting

After landing hardware support improvements last week for Coreboot, the open-source BIOS firmware replacement now has another new feature: ACPI power limiting and it's been implemented for Intel Haswell CPUs.
7 December 2013 - Coreboot Power - 13 Comments

Six-Way Ubuntu Linux Laptop Benchmarks

The latest open-source Linux benchmarks out of Phoronix is a six-way Linux laptop performance comparison featuring laptops/ultrabooks from Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, ASUS, and Apple.
4 December 2013 - Linux Laptop Performance - 10 Comments

Apple Thunderbolt Linux Hot-Plugging Support

Andreas Noever has published a set of twelve Linux kernel patches that add a driver for the Intel "Cactus Ridge" Thunderbolt controller and ultimately allows for Thunderbolt hot-plugging support on Apple hardware.
1 December 2013 - Thunderbolt - 6 Comments

Crystal HD Decodes New Linux Support Improvements

A couple years ago Broadcom released the Crystal HD as a standalone hardware video decoder chip. While there's been an open-source Linux driver for the Crystal HD, we haven't heard much about it in recent months, but that changed this morning.
30 November 2013 - Broadcom Crystal HD - 9 Comments

NDISwrapper 1.59 Now Supports Modern Kernels

With most WiFi adapters and other network hardware having native Linux drivers these days, there hasn't been much to report on with the NDISwrapper project in months -- the project that allows using Windows network drivers on Linux. Changing that is today's NDISwrapper 1.59 release.
28 November 2013 - Windows WiFi Drivers - 8 Comments

Gummiboot Is Now Slowly Striding Forward

It's been a while since last talking about Gummiboot, the FreeDesktop.org project that serves as a simple UEFI boot manager, but it is still (slowly) progressing.
27 November 2013 - Gummiboot v39

Jolla's Smartphone Launches Today

Jolla's first smartphone officially goes on sale today! The device, of course, is running the MeeGo-derived Sailfish OS with Wayland and there's Android app compatibility.
27 November 2013 - Jolla Sailfish Phone - 46 Comments

What Laptops Would You Like To See Tested On Linux?

If you have been curious how a particular laptop is performing on Linux, now is your chance to voice your request as I will be buying two laptops this week for Phoronix testing and benchmarking under Linux.
26 November 2013 - Vote Now! - 52 Comments

Microsoft PixelSense Gets Linux Touchscreen Support

The touchscreen on the Microsoft PixelSense (Surface 2.0) is now supported by the mainline Linux kernel.
24 November 2013 - PixelSense Touch-Screen - 3 Comments

Freedreno ARM GPU Driver Keeps Hitting Milestones

The Freedreno open-source graphics driver project that's a clean-room reverse-engineered implementation of the Qualcomm Adreno graphics core on the company's ARM SoCs keeps reaching new milestones. While the driver is mostly just worked on by Rob Clark and without any support from Qualcomm, it's quickly becoming the flagship open-source ARM graphics driver for the Linux desktop.
24 November 2013 - Freedreno Graphics - 7 Comments

Coreboot Now Has Lenovo Hotkeys Support

For those using the Coreboot open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement on Lenovo laptops, the proprietary hotkeys have now been implemented.
23 November 2013 - ACPI Hotkeys

Ubuntu To Try Switching From DMRAID To MDADM

Besides wanting to enable SSD TRIM support for Ubuntu Linux, developers are also looking at moving from DMRAID to MDADM for fake/software RAID configurations on the desktop operating system.
19 November 2013 - Fake RAID - 15 Comments

Ubuntu Aims To TRIM SSDs By Default

During the first day of the latest virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, Canonical developers plotted out the enabling of TRIM/DISCARD support by default for solid-state drives on Ubuntu.
19 November 2013 - SSD TRIM/DISCARD - 16 Comments

Coreboot Now Has An Official GRUB2 Payload

Coreboot's latest development code now features GRUB 2 as an alternative to SeaBIOS in its build system.
19 November 2013 - Coreboot GRUB2 - 9 Comments

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Benchmarks On The 2012 Retina MBP

For those curious how the performance is impacted for the 2012 "Ivy Bridge" Retina MacBook Pro when upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, here's some fresh open-source benchmarks comparing the 10.8.5 and 10.9.0 releases for this Core i7 laptop with Intel HD 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.
18 November 2013 - Ivy Bridge Retina MacBook Pro - 2 Comments

Linux 3.13 Supports The Neonode zForce

There's many exciting Linux 3.13 kernel features already, but we have another one to talk about today. In the input subsystem update for 3.13, support for the Neonode zForce has been added, an interesting touch-screen technology based on infrared light fields.
16 November 2013 - Input Pull

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