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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
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
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
There's a new way to pound your Linux/BSD systems very hard for burning them in, checking the system's reliability, and stressing them to the max.
7 January 2015 - Stress-Run - 9 Comments
Samsung Electronics announced today, one week prior to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, that all of their Smart TVs this year will be powered by the Linux-based Tizen operating system.
1 January 2015 - Tizen - 22 Comments
Earlier this month with the release of Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 and the new Phoromatic, the LinuxBenchmarking.com test farm was announced.
31 December 2014 - LinuxBenchmarking.com - 2 Comments
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
Here's another year-end Linux list... Well, three this time. This go-around is looking at the most popular NVIDIA, Intel, and AMD Linux news items of the past year.
30 December 2014 - Top Stories
A new patch has been proposed today for the Linux kernel that would allow the PlayStation 3 Eye camera to capture at much higher frame-rates.
29 December 2014 - PlayStation 3 - 9 Comments
On Christmas Eve, Marvell announced the release of a new open-source driver for one of its 802.11ac chips in cooperation with Linksys.
26 December 2014 - WRT1900AC - 4 Comments
James Bottomley has updated the open-source UEFI Secure Boot Tools for Linux distributions to build against the UEFI 2.4 specification.
23 December 2014 - UEFI Secure Boot Tools
Last month I wrote about the Librem 15 as an open-source Linux laptop to the firmware, albeit it showed a number of shortcomings. Since then there's been a number of updates and other news sites are reporting on this "open-source friendly laptop", while here's my latest thoughts on this high-end Linux laptop.
23 December 2014 - Librem 15 - 20 Comments
The latest low-cost, Linux-friendly ARM single board computer is the Orange Pi that's trying to ride off the success of the Raspberry Pi.
22 December 2014 - Orange Pi - 20 Comments
Richard Hughes is looking to develop an open-source USB ambient light sensor as an OpenHardware initiative.
22 December 2014 - Ambient Light Sensor - 5 Comments
Earlier this year we wrote about lowRISC as an open-source SoC design using the RISC-V ISA. LowRISC hopes to ultimately get into volume silicon production and now they've released some documentation describing two planned features.
20 December 2014 - lowRISC - 9 Comments
Merged already for Linux 3.19 were significant power management and ACPI changes while a second serving of ACPI+PM updates have been requested for pulling just prior to the end of the 3.19 merge window.
20 December 2014 - Power Management - 1 Comment
In 2015 we might see an open hardware random number generator that would connect to the system via an SD card slot.
19 December 2014 - Open-Source Hardware RNG - 25 Comments
For a number of months David Airlie at Red Hat has been working on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP MST) handling for Linux. Keith Packard over at Intel is now playing with DP MST too for bettering modern 4K display support on Linux within X.Org Server based environments.
17 December 2014 - 4K DP MST - 9 Comments
For anyone that may be in need of some USB wired network adapters, Plugable offers a few different options that are low-cost and work well with Linux -- in fact, Linux is mentioned on the product packaging.
16 December 2014 - USB2/3 NICs - 13 Comments
The MIPS architecture improvements and new features for the Linux 3.19 kernel are aplenty due to many MIPS patches not being merged for Linux 3.18 and then aside from that a lot of developers sending in lots of new work.
13 December 2014 - MIPS
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