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A Call To Stop Making FBDEV Linux Frame-Buffer Drivers

Back in 2012 was a call for deprecating Linux FBDEV drivers in a move to try to kill off the FBDEV subsystem in favor of modern DRM drivers. As I've brought up several times since, FBDEV drivers are still kicking in the Linux kernel. Sent out today thought was another call to try to encourage developers to stop developing FBDEV drivers.

24 September 2015 - Linux FBDEV - 13 Comments
Libratbag: A New Library For Configurable Mice On Linux

With Libinput 1.0 having been released, Peter Hutterer has found himself working on another open-source Linux input project: libratbag. This new library is for interacting with configurable mice on Linux, as is common to gaming systems.

15 September 2015 - libratbag - 15 Comments
Our Linux Benchmarking Power Use Still Around 3,000 kWh A Month

Besides getting a number of stitches to my foot this weekend in the hospital, equally as painful was receiving the latest electric bill for our mass open-source / Linux benchmarking efforts. The power use over the past month was the second highest electrical use of the year.

13 September 2015 - 3k kWh - 54 Comments
Linux 4.3 Implements New ARMv8.1 Features

Already mailed in for the Linux 4.3 kernel merge window this week were the numerous ARM SoC updates while being sent in over the night were the ARM64/AArch64 architectural changes for this next version of the Linux kernel.

4 September 2015 - ARM64 / AArch64 - Add A Comment
Open-Source Performance-Per-Dollar Benchmarking

Recently within our forums there was a request to do performance-per-dollar benchmarks and reporting. Today I came up with a way to make this process very easy and trivial, that you can do too when carrying out your own open-source Linux tests.

20 August 2015 - Perf-Per-Dollar - 3 Comments
I No Longer Have Any Trust In The Nest Protect

Earlier this year I wrote about protecting our Linux test farm with the Nest Protect. While I own ten of these "high tech smoke detectors" and initially recommended, I no longer trust them after a long night.

16 August 2015 - Nest Protect - 48 Comments
Qualcomm Publishes Some A3xx Register Documentation

Are the ARM SoC vendors deciding to become more open? Besides NVIDIA contributing to the open-source Nouveau driver for Tegra K1+ hardware and making improvements in that area, Qualcomm started contributing to the Freedreno / MSM driver project last year, which is the reverse-engineered, community-based driver for Adreno graphics hardware. Qualcomm has now taken a significant step forward and actually released some register documentation!

15 August 2015 - Qualcomm A3xx Docs - 4 Comments
Libdrm 2.4.63 Makes Official The AMDGPU Support

Marek Olšák of AMD this morning announced libdrm 2.4.63 as the newest version of this DRM Library that interfaces between the Linux kernel DRM drivers and the user-space DDX and Mesa components, among other user-space graphics code.

14 August 2015 - Libdrm AMDGPU - 1 Comment
Raspberry Pi KMS-Only, No-3D Driver Under Review

Just hours after writing about the Raspberry Pi firmware driver being under review for possible inclusion into Linux 4.3, Eric Anholt has posted some stripped down versions of his VC4 DRM driver for review.

13 August 2015 - RPi VC4 KMS DRM Driver - 14 Comments

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