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System76 Moves Ahead With Preparing To Manufacture Their Own Desktop Linux PCs

Back in April 2017 was the announcement that System76 would begin designing and manufacturing their own systems beginning with desktops and to be followed at a later date by their own laptops, rather than relying upon whitebox designs that they currently retail with their Ubuntu/Pop!_OS-loaded PCs. The Colorado-based company is inching closer to fully realizing their goal.

17 July 2018 - System76 Factory - 19 Comments
A Look At The Windows 10 vs. Linux Power Consumption On A Dell XPS 13 Laptop

With the current-generation Dell XPS 13 XPS9370-7002SLV currently being tested at Phoronix, one of the areas I was most anxious to benchmark was the power consumption... For years it has been a problem of Linux on laptops generally leading to less battery life than on Windows, but in the past ~2+ years there has been some nice improvements within the Linux kernel and a renewed effort by developers at Red Hat and elsewhere on improving the Linux laptop battery life. Here are some initial power consumption numbers for this Dell XPS 13 under Windows 10 and then various Linux distributions.

10 July 2018 - Dell XPS Power Usage - 34 Comments
SiFive To Release Code As Open-Source For Fully Initializing The RISC-V Board

Last week we noted how some of the code to boot the RISC-V SiFive HiFive Unleashed development board was closed-source. That upset some in the Coreboot community with hoping for a more open development board built around the RISC-V open-source processor ISA. The good news is that SiFive will soon be releasing the necessary code for initialization as open-source.

1 July 2018 - RISC-V Open-Source Boot - 12 Comments
MintBox Mini 2 With Linux Mint 19 Ready To Ship

Announced back in March was the MintBox Mini 2 as a collaboration project by CompuLab and Linux Mint. That tiny Linux PC is now available for order given the imminent release of Linux Mint 19 "Tara".

27 June 2018 - MintBox Mini 2 - 12 Comments
Purism's Librem 5 To Rely On Secondary Processor For Binary Blobs

With not being able to deliver a 100% fully free software / libre system, the Librem 5 smartphone will rely upon a secondary processor for dealing with the necessary binary blobs for hardware initialization to keep them out of touch from the U-Boot boot-loader and Linux kernel.

19 June 2018 - Secondary CPU Just For Blobs - 33 Comments
RISC-V Changes Merged For Linux 4.18, Early Perf Subsystem Work

Initial RISC-V architecture support was added to the Linux 4.15 kernel and in succeeding kernel releases have been mostly modest updates. With Linux 4.18 the RISC-V changes are on the small side still, but with a few notable additions for this open-source, royalty-free processor ISA.

16 June 2018 - RISC-V For Linux 4.18 - 6 Comments
Linux 4.18 Continues Onboarding Centaur x86 CPUs

As reported a few months ago, the new Chinese x86 CPU venture formed between the government of Shanghai and VIA has been working on Linux support for these new x86 CPUs and that onboarding has continued with Linux 4.18.

4 June 2018 - VIA Centaur - 3 Comments
Red Hat Developer Posts DisplayLink DRM/FB Driver Improvements

It's been a while since last having any Linux driver progress to report on for the DisplayLink hardware that is found in many of the USB-powered displays. Fortunately, Red Hat developer Mikulas Patocka has posted a set of improvements to the DisplayLink kernel drivers of the UDL-KMS DRM driver and the UDLFB frame-buffer driver.

3 June 2018 - DisplayLink Linux Driver - Add A Comment
A Reusable DRM Module To Be Worked On For "Underserved" Graphics Hardware

While Kevin Brace of the OpenChrome project as the lead and only developer left working on this open-source VIA driver stack has restarted the discussion towards mainlining the OpenChrome DRM/KMS driver, he has decided to take a break from that for a few weeks and to focus on developing a "reusable DRM module" to help other vintage/obscure graphics hardware.

31 May 2018 - Reusable DRM For Underserved Graphics - 4 Comments

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