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The State Of TPM2 Support On Linux, Better Support Coming

With Microsoft having begun to mandate TPM2 (Trusted Platform Module 2) support be present in all platforms for newer versions of Windows, these chips are going to become a lot more common to laptops and desktops. Thus veteran kernel developer James Bottomley is looking closely at the current and future support for TPM2 on Linux.

3 January 2017 - TPM2 - 20 Comments
WD Blue 250GB SSD Linux Benchmarks

While I have owned many Western Digital hard drives over the years, last week was my first time trying out one of the company's new solid-state drives (SSDs) under Linux. Some Linux benchmark results to share for reference today are of the WD Blue 250GB (WDS250G1B0A) SATA 3.0 SSD.

25 December 2016 - WD Blue SSD - 6 Comments
Fully Open POWER System Only Raises 12% Of Goal, Extends Funding Another 30 Days

If you have been interested in the Talos Secure Workstation as a fully open system down to the firmware and based upon the POWER8 architecture but have been put off by the $3,700+ USD price simply to obtain the motherboard, they have extended their crowdfunding campaign by another thirty days with only having hit 12% of their goal.

15 December 2016 - TALOS Secure Workstation - 21 Comments
December Has Been A Very Exciting Month So Far For Linux/OSS Enthusiasts

We are just half way through December yet it's been a very exciting month already due to the Linux 4.9 release, the never-ending work on open-source graphics drivers, the Linux 4.10 merge window, and much more. So far this month I've already written 152 original news articles as well as a dozen Linux hardware reviews / featured multi-page articles.

15 December 2016 - 152+ Articles - 4 Comments
Roccat Open-Source Project To End New Linux Device Support

For the past number of years there's been good Linux support for Roccat devices, mostly various mice/keyboard gaming peripherals. This has done by developer Stefan Achatz working with Roccat and he's done a great job supporting their hardware but now he's stepping back from the project.

12 December 2016 - Roccat Linux - 40 Comments
Qualcomm Falkor (Centriq) Patches For The Linux Kernel

This week Qualcomm announced they are now sampling the first 10nm 48-core ARMv8 SoC based upon their in-house "Falkor" design. With these SoCs branded as the Centriq 2400 series soon to reach partners and potential customers, Qualcomm has published some Falkor V1 patches for the Linux kernel.

11 December 2016 - Qualcomm Falkor - 2 Comments
More Random Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts & Others Into Tech

Last week I shared some 2016 Holiday Gift Ideas For Linux Enthusiasts, Gamers. Since then more ideas came to mind with other interesting tech gift ideas, particularly for Linux/open-source enthusiasts, as well as other favorite gadgets and interesting devices I've come across in the past year. So here are some more ideas of stocking stuffers and other fun purchases for the holidays.

4 December 2016 - 2016 Holidays - 9 Comments
POWER8 Talos Workstation Drops Price Slightly, Long Way From Being Funded

Last month the Talos Secure Workstation launched on crowd-funding as a fully-open libre, modern system powered by a POWER8 processor priced at $4k for the motherboard or $18k for the complete system. They have only raised less than 10% of their funding goal so far but have now cut costs a bit.

20 November 2016 - Talos Secure Workstation - 43 Comments
GTX 1060 vs. RX 480 - The ~$200 GPU Decision For Linux Gamers

Without a doubt, the Radeon RX 480 is a great ~$200 USD graphics card for someone caring a lot about open-source driver support. But with the Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 also costing about the same, what's the better decision for a Linux gamer who may not be religious about his driver choices? Here is some food for thought.

19 November 2016 - NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux - 160 Comments

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