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Gummiboot, the simple and open-source UEFI boot manager, now has support for displaying a user-defined splash screen.
16 December 2013 - Gummiboot Splash - 8 Comments
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Canonical with their Ubuntu Touch initiative isn't the only project that's failed to deliver as of yet with a successful non-Android Linux tablet.
15 November 2013 - Linux Tablets - 60 Comments
An IBM Linux Technology Center has shared that enabling experimental memory power management within the Linux kernel has dropped one of their test system's power consumption by about 2.6% but it's likely even more with experimental hardware.
12 November 2013 - IBM Power - 6 Comments
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