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The State Of The VC4 Driver Stack, Early Work On VC5

Eric Anholt of Broadcom just finished presenting at XDC2017 Mountain View on the state of the VC4 driver stack most notably used by the Raspberry Pi devices. Additionally, he also shared about his early work on the VC5 driver for next-generation Broadcom graphics.

21 September 2017 - XDC2017 - 2 Comments
Purism's Librem 5 Smartphone Crosses $200k In Funding

In two weeks now Purism has managed to raise over $200,000 USD towards their dream of building a privacy/free-software-minded smartphone running their own custom Linux-based software stack. But they remain a long ways to go from their $1.5 MM goal.

7 September 2017 - Long Ways To Go - 8 Comments
Sound Updates Ready To Be Heard On Linux 4.14

Takashi Iwai of SUSE has mailed in his sound driver updates for the Linux 4.14 kernel. This time around there isn't too many speaker-shattering changes, but a wide range of fixes and a few notable changes.

6 September 2017 - Linux 4.14 Sound Drivers - 10 Comments
Purism Highlights Challenges During Coreboot Development

Taking a brief break from their Librem 5 smartphone campaign, there's a new Purism blog post today that explains at length why this summer's Librem laptop shipments were delayed due to a pesky Coreboot bug lasting weeks and what it took to come to a workaround.

29 August 2017 - Unbootable Systems - 24 Comments
Work Begins On Kernel DRM Driver For BCM7268 With VC5

Eric Anholt of Broadcom has been working on a new VC5 Gallium3D driver for supporting a new generation of Broadcom 3D graphics hardware that goes beyond the "VC4" 3D notably used by the current Raspberry Pi boards. So far he's been working on this new VC5 Gallium3D driver but now he's beginning work on the related Direct Rendering Manager kernel driver for this next-gen hardware.

28 August 2017 - Broadcom BCM7268 - Add A Comment
Purism's Librem 5 Is Nearing $100k In Funding, But A Long Journey Remains

This week Purism announced their plans for the Librem 5 smart-phone as a GNU/Linux smartphone that is privacy-respecting, as open as possible, and costs $599 USD. The company believes they can have the phone ready for release by early 2019 if they raise $1.5 million USD over the next two months. In just about three days they have raised nearly $100,000, but it's not clear if the pacing will continue to reach the milestone in time.

27 August 2017 - Librem 5 - 50 Comments
Jolla Announces Sailfish X

As some more Linux phone news this week besides Android Oreo and Purism's Librem 5 smartphone effort, Jolla has just announced their plans for shipping Sailfish X.

25 August 2017 - Sailfish X - 38 Comments
The Passive Cooling Paradigm: Atlast Solutions Ultimate Fanless Core i7 7700T

For your Linux hardware interest this evening is a reader-contributed guest review of the Atlast Solutions Ultimate Fanless Core i7 7700T under Linux. Thanks to Luuk van der Duim for testing this fanless computer and sharing his results with us at Phoronix. Reader opinion pieces, Linux hardware reviews, and other article are happily accepted by contacting us.

21 August 2017 - Atlast - 26 Comments
Allwinner sun4i DRM Queues HDMI CEC Support For Linux 4.14

With this weekend marking the 4.13-rc6 kernel release, David Airlie will be cutting off new material accepted into DRM-Next for then merging during the Linux 4.14 kernel merge window. As such, DRM maintainers this weekend are busy submitting the last of their new feature material they hope to see in Linux 4.14.

19 August 2017 - Linux 4.14 Allwinner - 2 Comments

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