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Purism Announces The "Librem Key"

Remember back in May when Purism partnered up with Nitrokey as they wanted to work on a USB-based PGP SmartCard? They have now announced the Librem Key as a result of that work.

20 September 2018 - Purism Librem Key - 16 Comments
Linux 4.19 Is Looking Good So Far, At Least On Intel Xeons

This weekend I decided to fire up the current Linux 4.19 development kernel on the dual Intel Xeon Gold 6138 test platform based on the wonderful Tyan GT24E-B7106. At least for this system, it's really benefiting from the new kernel that will be released as stable in October.

10 September 2018 - Linux 4.19 Early Tests - 3 Comments
You Can Now Tell Linux At Boot-Time If You Don't Trust Your CPU Random Number Generator

Covered on Phoronix back during the Linux 4.19 kernel merge window was the new option for distribution vendors or those compiling their own Linux kernel to decide whether you trust the CPU's random number generator. That compile-time functionality has now been re-worked to allow for a boot-time option so users can more easily indicate whether they trust their own processor's RNG.

9 September 2018 - CPU RNG - 17 Comments
SiFive Releases HiFive Unleashed RISC-V Open-Source Boot Loader With DDR Initialization

Back in June we brought up how some of the SiFive HiFive Unleashed initialization code was closed-source for this developer board built around the RISC-V open-source processor ISA. One of the pain points was the DDR memory initialization code being closed-source but then SiFive announced they would allow for a fully open-source boot process. They've now made good on their word with their new open-source project.

7 September 2018 - Free The Boot - 5 Comments
Purism's Librem 5 Making Progress In GTK4 Toolkit Usage, Kernel Upbringing

Purism announced earlier this week that the Librem 5 smartphone has been delayed to April 2019. In trying to make that date not slip further, which they attributed this three-month delay on NXP hardware errata, they continue working quickly on the software side of this privacy-minded GNU/Linux smartphone puzzle.

6 September 2018 - Librem 5 - 16 Comments
Libre Computer's Renegade Elite Offers USB-C With DP, PCI-E x4, 4GB LPDDR4, 6 Cores

While yesterday we looked at the Renegade ROK-RK3328-CC Libre Computer Board, they already have the successor well in the works. The Renegade was interesting as for just dollars more than the Raspberry Pi it offers better performance, Gigabit Ethernet makes the networking potential a lot more than the slow Ethernet on the Pi, there is USB 3.0 connectivity, and its using DDR4 memory, among other technical advantages. But the new Renegade Elite even puts that to shame.

5 September 2018 - Renegade Elite - 33 Comments
It Looks Like Raptor Is Gearing Up To Release A New Open-Source POWER System

Raptor Computer Systems began their open-source hardware expedition with the POWER8-based Talos Secure Workstation that was quite expensive but last year launched the Talos II platform with IBM POWER9 processors and earlier this year launched the Raptor Talos II Lite systems at a cheaper price-point but still quite a significant investment compared to x86_64 AMD/Intel products. They've been pushing ahead on making their platform more viable for Linux users as well as more affordable and it looks like they will soon be launching a new product.

30 August 2018 - POWER Desktop? - 77 Comments
Realtek USB3 Hubs Will See Firmware Updates Delivered On Linux Via Fwupd/LVFS

Linux firmware updating is on a roll with the fwupd updating utility and the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) for the distribution of these firmware files recently seeing AKiTiO Thunderbolt device support and NVMe SSD firmware updating being the next big task. Richard Hughes of Red Hat has also revealed he's been working on USB3 hub firmware support in conjunction with Realtek.

28 August 2018 - Realtek Firmware Updates - 9 Comments
IBM Scores More POWER Open-Source Performance Optimizations

Following our POWER9 Linux benchmarks earlier this year, IBM POWER engineers have continued exploring various areas for optimization within the interesting open-source workloads tested. Another batch of optimizations are pending for various projects.

19 August 2018 - POWER Tuning - 7 Comments
Qualcomm Adreno 600 Series Support Submitted For Linux 4.19

Following the main DRM features update for Linux 4.19, a secondary pull request has now been submitted that offers up the nine thousand lines of code for bringing up the Adreno 600 series support for supporting the very latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs.

17 August 2018 - Adreno A6xx - 6 Comments

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