The two firmware binary blobs for the mwlwifi driver (88W8864 and 88W8897) have been added to the linux-firmware Git tree. The mwlwifi driver is used by the WRT1900AC router, the device inspired by the WRT54G.
Adding to the feature list for Linux 4.4 is more complete TPM 2.0 support.
A pull request has just been sent in that in turn will target Linux 4.4 for offering on-demand device probing for helping platforms using Device Tree / OpenFirmware.
Thanks to the weather getting cooler, our power use from the constant open-source Linux benchmarking at Phoronix has dropped slightly over the past month, while it's still well above 2,000 kWh and about four times as high as last year.
Open-source support is still being worked on for GPU switching with pre-Retina Apple MacBook computers.
Eric Anholt has published an updated BCM2835 KMS driver for supporting the Raspberry Pi budget SBCs with this DRM driver.
While it's 2015, a serial port benchmark was just added to the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org.
While most Phoronix readers are familiar with Linux system providers System76 and ZaReason, less of you probably are familiar with eRacks even though they've been building open-source systems since the late 90's.
While last quarter was exciting for Linux users as was all of the open-source activity last month, this final quarter of 2015 is looking to be even more exciting for Linux enthusiasts.
Back in 2012 was a call for deprecating Linux FBDEV drivers in a move to try to kill off the FBDEV subsystem in favor of modern DRM drivers. As I've brought up several times since, FBDEV drivers are still kicking in the Linux kernel. Sent out today thought was another call to try to encourage developers to stop developing FBDEV drivers.
Jolla has begun fulfilling their orders on the crowd-funded Jolla Tablet.
If you're lucky enough to find some capable 64-bit ARM (AArch64) hardware, the latest open-source Linux packages are working out well in the 64-bit ARM world for providing a decent Linux desktop experience.
At last week's XDC2015 conference in Toronto, Jamey Sharp talked about hardware graphics acceleration support on microkernels.
Over the past few months on Phoronix there's been many stories about fwupd, ESRT, and other components related to running UEFI system firmware updates from the Linux desktop. But what's the current status?
With Libinput 1.0 having been released, Peter Hutterer has found himself working on another open-source Linux input project: libratbag. This new library is for interacting with configurable mice on Linux, as is common to gaming systems.
Qualcomm's Innovation Center (QuIC) sent out patches this morning for providing open-source hardware enablement for their new Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) via the free software MSM DRM/KMS driver.
Besides getting a number of stitches to my foot this weekend in the hospital, equally as painful was receiving the latest electric bill for our mass open-source / Linux benchmarking efforts. The power use over the past month was the second highest electrical use of the year.
The Librem 13 has been an effort to be a 13-inch crowd-funded laptop that "respects your rights" and follows in the foot-steps of the previously-funded Librem 15.
Just over three years ago was a call by an open-source developer to deprecate the Linux kernel's FBDEV drivers. While more companies these days are investing more into DRM drivers, FBDEV drivers are still maintained by the latest Linux kernel releases.
The latest pull request to talk about for the Linux 4.3 kernel are the input driver updates.
Linux audio driver developers are still working on Skylake-related support, but all of that initial code is now present for Linux 4.3 in conjunction with the latest Intel processors.
Already mailed in for the Linux 4.3 kernel merge window this week were the numerous ARM SoC updates while being sent in over the night were the ARM64/AArch64 architectural changes for this next version of the Linux kernel.
If you've found yourself in need of fully analyzing the performance and power of modern Linux systems, there's a great new resource, assuming you have some time on your hands for some reading.
The MIPS architecture updates have landed in the kernel Git code for Linux 4.3.
Rafael Wysocki mailed in the power management and ACPI updates this evening for the Linux 4.3 kernel merge window.
Samsung's Inki Dae has sent in a second pull request for the Exynos DRM driver for work he hopes to land with the DRM pull into the Linux 4.3 kernel.
It's not often that there's improvements in the Matrox "mgag200" DRM/KMS driver to talk about, but there is this morning.
Recently within our forums there was a request to do performance-per-dollar benchmarks and reporting. Today I came up with a way to make this process very easy and trivial, that you can do too when carrying out your own open-source Linux tests.
The Dattobd driver was open-sourced earlier this month by Datto Inc. The Datto Block Driver is for taking block-level snapshots and incremental backups.
Earlier this year I wrote about protecting our Linux test farm with the Nest Protect. While I own ten of these "high tech smoke detectors" and initially recommended, I no longer trust them after a long night.
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