Hardware News Archives
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
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
The BQ Ubuntu Phone Will Be Stocked With Binary Blobs

The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone announced today that will begin selling next week via "flash sales" is certainly interesting from the software side with being the first official Ubuntu Phone, but from a hardware side, it's less than exciting.

6 February 2015 - BQ Blobs - 16 Comments
Linux Support For The Broadwell Dell XPS 13 Isn't Yet In Shape

While the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Broadwell processor is playing fairly well under Linux, the new Dell XPS 13 laptop/ultrabook that's been of interest to many Phoronix readers still has a lot of work ahead although it's effectively usable right now.

3 February 2015 - Broadwell XPS 13 - 34 Comments
The Raspberry Pi 2 Makes A Big Difference Even For Web Browsing

The just-announced Raspberry Pi 2 is said to be six times faster than the original Raspberry Pi thanks to finally moving over to ARMv7 and going with a quad-core SoC design. While the RPi2 doesn't compete with the higher-end ARM SBCs that cost more and perform dramatically better, the Raspberry Pi 2 speed improvement is very noticeable even for tasks like web browsing.

2 February 2015 - Raspberry Pi 2 Speed - 27 Comments
Linux Benchmarking... Even Faster & A Very Interesting February

While benchmarked the most this month on Phoronix was the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Broadwell CPU given its the latest-generation Intel microarchitecture, February on Phoronix will be much more interesting if you're at all interested in servers or workstation hardware... Or just seeing what's possible if you happen to have a ton of system memory and disks.

30 January 2015 - Tons Of Memory - Add A Comment
My Initial Intel Broadwell Linux Experience With The ThinkPad X1 Carbon

On Thursday my Broadwell-powered Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop/ultrabook finally arrived for some Linux testing of Intel's exciting Haswell successor. While many tests are forthcoming of this third-generation X1 Carbon -- including Broadwell Windows vs. Linux benchmarks -- here's my initial experiences over the first ~10 minutes with this new hardware.

23 January 2015 - Lenovo X1 Carbon - 24 Comments
Asynchronous Device/Driver Probing For The Linux Kernel

While Google's Chrome OS supports asynchronous device/driver probing, the mainline Linux kernel does not. However, patches are working toward this feat in order to speed up the kernel's boot process for hardware/drivers that are slow at probing.

17 January 2015 - Async Driver - 22 Comments
My Next Linux Ultrabook: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon With Core i7-5600U

As a follow-up to my post from this weekend about plans to get a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Broadwell ultrabook for Linux testing, I've now finalized in my decision and have some more thoughts to share for any Linux users planning to soon get an Intel Broadwell laptop/ultrabook for your favorite open-source operating system.

13 January 2015 - Intel Broadwell Linux Laptop - 41 Comments
Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Power Consumption On An ASUS Zenbook

In upgrading to the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Broadwell ultrabook, I'm debating whether to switch back to Fedora after having used Ubuntu for a number of years on my main production system after some falling out with a few less then stellar Fedora Core releases back in the day (of course, on test systems, there's plenty of Fedora around here but this is just about deciding on my next main OS for business tasks). In waiting for the new Broadwell ultrabook, I've been running some fresh Ubuntu and Fedora Linux tests on some other laptops/ultrabooks in the office.

12 January 2015 - Battery Power - 19 Comments
Linux Tests Are Coming Of The New Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Broadwell)

One of my big highlights of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week was Lenovo's launch of the Broadwell-based X1 Carbon ultrabook/laptop... It looks like the best ThinkPad in years! Many others seem to also think this new X1 Carbon is a winner, and with being one of the first Broadwell designs available in the US, is going to be benchmarked shortly on Phoronix.

11 January 2015 - X1 Carbon - 21 Comments
Tamil: Bringing Open-Source Graphics To ARM's Mali T-Series

It's been a while since last having anything to report on the Lima graphics driver as the project by Luc Verhaegen to provide a open-source, reverse-engineered ARM Mali driver. While it's been a while, it seems Luc is still working on the driver -- or what he's now calling the "Tamil Driver" as the Lima driver for ARM's Mali T-series hardware.

8 January 2015 - Tamil Driver - 5 Comments
The Top Linux Graphics Articles Of 2014: Testing Lots Of GPUs

Beyond the thousands of Phoronix news article this year with hundreds of them being concerned about Linux graphics as outlined already in various end-of-year top ten lists, published thus far this year (with another one or two still likely coming today) on Phoronix were 345 featured-length, multi-page articles to complement the shorter open-source Linux news pieces. Of the 345 articles, 132 of them were Linux graphics card reviews and other articles concerned about GPUs under Linux and/or Linux graphics drivers.

31 December 2014 - Linux Graphics - Add A Comment

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