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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 - 31 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
System76 vs. The LVFS Firmware Updating Service

This week the latest open-source drama was a differing of opinions between Richard Hughes of Red Hat who maintains Fwupd and LVFS for Linux firmware updating from the desktop and that of Linux PC vendor System76.

12 May 2018 - Open-Source Drama - 45 Comments
Qualcomm Reportedly Wanting To Exit ARM Server CPU Business

Calxeda as the first interesting ARM-based servers didn't pan out and the company went bust, attempts by the likes of AMD at ARM server CPUs so far have not panned out, and now today is a report that Qualcomm is looking to end its Centriq server CPU line or sell off that division.

9 May 2018 - Centriq Death - 12 Comments

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