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1,868 Hardware open-source and Linux related news articles on Phoronix since 2006.

Linux Patch Sparks Differing Views Over External Monitor Handling With iGPU vs. dGPU
Linux Patch Sparks Differing Views Over External Monitor Handling With iGPU vs. dGPU

Canonical kernel engineer Kai-Heng Feng posted a patch on Tuesday for capable laptops to switch their external monitor connections to be routed through a laptop's discrete GPU rather than the integrated GPU. With select laptops this can be done with an ACPI call but raises questions among upstream developers rather this change is indeed desirable.

17 August 2022 - Laptop + External Monitor - 31 Comments
There Is Another Debate Over An AI Accelerator Subsystem For Linux
There Is Another Debate Over An AI Accelerator Subsystem For Linux

With there recently being a number of new driver proposals for various AI-focused accelerators for the Linux kernel, currently they either go into "char/misc" as the random catch-all area of the kernel or within the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem traditionally used for GPU drivers. There's been yet another discussion happening this week over introducing a formal "accelerator" subsystem in the kernel for the growing number of AI devices that may be seeking to provide open-source drivers.

4 August 2022 - Linux Kernel Accelerator Subsystem - 11 Comments
Aquacomputer Quadro Fan Controller Support Coming With Linux 5.20
Aquacomputer Quadro Fan Controller Support Coming With Linux 5.20

Introduced last year in Linux 5.15 was the Aquacomputer driver that started off as a hardware monitoring "HWMON" sensor driver supporting Aquacomputer's D5 Next water-cooling pump. In Linux 5.19 that driver was extended to support the Aquacomputer OCTO fan controller under Linux and now for v5.20 it's extended to support the company's QUADRO fan controller.

30 July 2022 - Aquacomputer QUADRO - 6 Comments
TUXEDO Computers Announces Water-Cooled Linux Laptop Support
TUXEDO Computers Announces Water-Cooled Linux Laptop Support

Earlier this year TUXEDO Computers announced their Stellaris 15 Gen4 laptop that when stationary could be water-cooled using their TUXEDO Aquaris water-cooling solution. Oddly for this Bavarian Linux PC retailer that was a Windows-only feature, but today they have announced Linux support for this laptop water cooling solution.

15 July 2022 - TUXEDO Aquaris For Linux - 18 Comments
IBM Announces New Power10 Servers

IBM this morning announced more Power10 servers being added to their portfolio, now including mid-range and scale-out platforms based on this latest POWER architecture.

12 July 2022 - POWER10 - 37 Comments
New Lenovo AMD Laptops With Pluton Co-Processor Reportedly Only Boot Windows By Default
New Lenovo AMD Laptops With Pluton Co-Processor Reportedly Only Boot Windows By Default

At least some of Lenovo's new AMD Rembrandt powered laptops with Microsoft Pluton security co-processor are set by default to only trust Microsoft's key and not the Microsoft 3rd Party UEFI CA Key that Linux distributions and others use for UEFI Secure Boot support. Thus by default only Microsoft Windows will boot with the default firmware configuration on some new Lenovo laptops.

8 July 2022 - Silly Lenovo... - 53 Comments
Linux 5.20 To Support The XP-PEN Deco L Drawing Tablet
Linux 5.20 To Support The XP-PEN Deco L Drawing Tablet

The XP-PEN Deco L is a recently launched graphics drawing tablet with its Linux support backed by a user-space binary blob package. But thanks to some USB reverse engineering from a community developer and discovering the hardware's "magic data" needed for initialization, this drawing tablet will be supported by a proper kernel driver in the next Linux kernel cycle.

18 June 2022 - XP-PEN Deco L - 5 Comments
Linux 5.19 Heavy On Intel Power Management & Thermal Improvements
Linux 5.19 Heavy On Intel Power Management & Thermal Improvements

The power management, ACPI, and thermal control updates are ready for Linux 5.19. This cycle there is a lot of PM/thermal work as usual on the Arm side while Intel also continues with a lot of changes from new hardware support to improving overheat handling of laptops for S0ix handling.

25 May 2022 - Power Management, ACPI, Thermal - 1 Comment
Linux Continues Playing Catch Up To Windows For Desktop Hardware Monitoring Support
Linux Continues Playing Catch Up To Windows For Desktop Hardware Monitoring Support

In recent kernel versions there has been an uptick in new driver activity around improving hardware sensor monitoring support for AMD/Intel desktop motherboards, but still it's generally behind that of the support found under Microsoft Windows. With Linux 5.19 there is more hardware monitoring "HWMON" subsystem work with improving sensor coverage on various motherboards and other components.

24 May 2022 - Linux 5.19 Hardware Monitoring - 11 Comments
Upgraded Linux-Friendly Framework Laptop Shifts To Intel 12th Gen "Alder Lake"
Upgraded Linux-Friendly Framework Laptop Shifts To Intel 12th Gen "Alder Lake"

The Framework Laptop is a modular laptop design that launched a year ago and is designed to be upgrade-friendly and allows users for switching out lots of components from different ports to the motherboard itself. And the laptop is Linux-friendly -- see my Framework Laptop review from last year. For new systems or those wishing to upgrade their laptop's motherboard, Intel Core 12th Gen "Alder Lake" is now available.

19 May 2022 - Framework Laptop - 31 Comments
VP9 Encoder & Other Media Functionality Of Tesla's FSD Chip To Be Upstreamed In Linux
VP9 Encoder & Other Media Functionality Of Tesla's FSD Chip To Be Upstreamed In Linux

With the Linux 5.18 kernel reaching stable in the next week or two there is basic support for Tesla's FSD chip. That Samsung-based SoC for powering Tesla's full-self driving technology has the basic support pieces in place for this kernel while Samsung engineers are working on ironing out other portions of the SoC support for future kernel releases.

17 May 2022 - Tesla Full Self-Driving Chip - 22 Comments
Open-Source Firmware For The MSI Alder Lake Motherboard Taking Shape
Open-Source Firmware For The MSI Alder Lake Motherboard Taking Shape

Last month was the surprising news of open-source Coreboot working on a readily available Intel Alder Lake motherboard. That work for the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 motherboard is being carried out by independent firmware consulting firm 3mdeb and using the Dasharo open-source firmware distribution with Coreboot.

11 May 2022 - Dasharo - 11 Comments
ASpeed AST2600 BMC Support For DisplayPort Landing In Linux 5.19
ASpeed AST2600 BMC Support For DisplayPort Landing In Linux 5.19

The "AST" DRM/KMS driver for ASpeed chips in Linux 5.19 is adding support for DisplayPort outputs... Leading to the era of hopefully seeing more servers with DisplayPort outputs to eventually replace VGA that is still very common on server platforms for display purposes.

6 May 2022 - AST2600 + DisplayPort - 22 Comments
Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 Announced With Intel Alder Lake, RTX 30 Graphics
Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 Announced With Intel Alder Lake, RTX 30 Graphics

While most of the Linux pre-loaded laptops these days ship with GNOME or a desktop derived from GNOME components, the Kubuntu Focus has been one of the most notable exceptions for using KDE Plasma and also optimized for workflows around deep learning, programming, dev ops, and more. Today the company announced the Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 laptop with upgraded hardware.

28 April 2022 - Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 - 17 Comments
DisplayLink USB Display Driver 5.5 Supports Newer Linux Kernel Versions, Fixes

While early on DisplayLink's USB2-based devices were friendly with Linux and had upstream open-source driver support, their newer USB3-based display hardware has relied on a binary driver focused on just supporting Ubuntu. Last month DisplayLink released an updated version of that binary blob ahead of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

10 April 2022 - DisplayLink 5.5 - 8 Comments
Aquacomputer OCTO Fan Controller To Be Supported By Linux 5.19
Aquacomputer OCTO Fan Controller To Be Supported By Linux 5.19

Mainlined into the Linux kernel last year was the Aquacomputer HWMON driver initially for their D5 Next water cooling pump. That driver was then extended to support the Aquacomputer Farbwerk 360 RGB controller and now for Linux 5.19 is extended to also support Aquacomputer's OCTO fan controller.

8 April 2022 - Aquacomputer OCTO - 7 Comments
Wacom Talks Up Their Linux Support
Wacom Talks Up Their Linux Support

As longtime Linux users likely know or even those reading Phoronix over the years, Wacom devices have generally worked well on Linux. Not that it should be particularly surprising, Wacom recently published a blog post talking up their twenty years of Linux support for their various drawing pens and tablets.

2 April 2022 - Wacom = Good Linux Support - 30 Comments
Google Has A Problem With Linux Server Reboots Too Slow Due To Too Many NVMe Drives
Google Has A Problem With Linux Server Reboots Too Slow Due To Too Many NVMe Drives

Hyperscaler problems these days? Linux servers taking too long to reboot due to having too many NVMe drives. Thankfully Google is working on an improvement to address this where some of their many-drive servers can take more than one minute for the Linux kernel to carry out its shutdown tasks while this work may benefit other users too albeit less notably.

29 March 2022 - Linux Shutdown Issue - 42 Comments

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