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Allwinner: "We Are Taking Initiative Actions Internally"

Allwinner has been taking a lot of heat lately for violating open-source licenses with their Linux binary blob components. They then got caught obfuscating their code to try to hide their usage of open-source code, shifted around their licenses, and has continued jerking around the open-source community.
1 April 2015 - Allwinner Open-Source Violations - 18 Comments

Automatically Managing The Linux Benchmarks Firing Constantly

In continuation of this morning's article about Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room that detailed my month-long process of building out the new Linux automated benchmark server room, here's details on the software deployment side.
29 March 2015 - Phoromatic - 2 Comments

The Most Common, Annoying Issue When Benchmarking Ubuntu On Many Systems

When constantly benchmarking dozens of systems daily in a fully-automated manner there's one issue particularly on Ubuntu that's proved over the past few months to be most annoying...
26 March 2015 - Silly Booting Issue - 23 Comments

Allwinner Continues Jerking Around The Open-Source Community

While Allwinner has been caught violating the (L)GPL and resulted in obfuscating their code and playing around with their advertised licenses, now this ARM vendor is taking things a step further.
25 March 2015 - Open-Source Jerks - 32 Comments

Libinput 0.13 Changes The Tap Motion Threshold

Libinput 0.13 was released today as one of the final steps before Libinput 1.0.
24 March 2015 - libinput - 3 Comments

What Linux vs. OS X Performance Tests Should Be Run Next?

A new Apple Mac Mini happened to arrive at Phoronix that sports Intel Iris Graphics. It's now time to start benchmarking this Apple system with Intel Core i5 processor and run some comparative tests against Linux.
22 March 2015 - OS X vs. Linux vs. Windows? - 32 Comments

Allwinner Plays Around With Licenses On Its Media Codec

Allwinner has yet to clarify their license position on their media codec code or fully open up their encode/decode library for that matter when it's fairly clear they're violating the GPL and recently they've been trying to cover it up by obfuscating their binaries.
21 March 2015 - Allwinner - 2 Comments

Allwinner Caught Obfuscating Their Improperly Licensed Code

Allwinner is pushing their way to the top of the list of companies hated by the open-source community...
19 March 2015 - Allwinner Debacle - 32 Comments

ColorHug ALS Is An Open-Source Ambient Light Sensor

The ColorHug ALS is an ambient light sensor developed by Richard Hughes to dynamically control the brightness of laptop panels -- for laptops that don't have a built-in light sensor for said purpose.
17 March 2015 - ColorHug ALS - 2 Comments

HSA Foundation Releases HSA 1.0 Official Specification

The HSA Foundation yesterday announced the official v1.0 release of their Heterogeneous System Architecture specification.
17 March 2015 - HSA 1.0 - 8 Comments

Qualcomm Announces DragonBoard 410c With 64-bit ARMv8 SoC

Qualcomm announced the DragonBoard 410c yesterday as their first design in compliance with Linaro's 96Boards standard. The DragonBoard 410c will be available to developers this summer and be powered by Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon SoC.
13 March 2015 - DragonBoard 410c - 21 Comments

An LGPL-Licensed, Larrabee-Inspired GPGPU Processor

A Phoronix reader pointed out this weekend the Nyuzi Processor, an GPL/LGPL-licensed design that's inspired by Intel's failed Larrabee graphics processor design. The Nyuzi Processor is fully open-source with its Verilog, documentation, tests, compiler/tools, etc.
9 March 2015 - LGPL GPGPU - 14 Comments

QuIC Continues Contributing To Open-Source MDP DRM/KMS Driver

Qualcomm's Innovation Center continues contributing to the open-source MDP DRM driver that started out as a reverse-engineered display driver for Qualcomm's ARM SoCs via Rob Clark as part of the Freedreno project.
6 March 2015 - Qualcomm - 3 Comments

Benchmarks Of The $129 8-Core 64-bit ARM Development Board

Announced last month was the HiKey 8-core 64-bit ARM development board being based upon the HiSilicon Cortex-A53 SoC. This HiKey board came out of 96Boards as the first certified board by the Linaro Community Board Group. I happen to have some early benchmarks of this eight-core AArch64 development board running Linaro/Debian.
6 March 2015 - HiKey ARM Cortex-A53 Board - 7 Comments

Valve Starts Listing The Steam Machines In The Steam Store

Valve has started showing off the Steam Controller and the many different Steam Machines within the Steam Store.
5 March 2015 - Steam Machines - 47 Comments

The New Open-Source Linux Test Farm Is Almost Operational

Here's another update on the construction of the new Linux benchmarking test farm.
5 March 2015 - Construction Update - 7 Comments

System76 Introduces The Broadwell-Powered, Ubuntu-Loaded "Meerkat"

Our friends at Ubuntu PC vendor System76 yesterday revealed their Meerkat Ubuntu desktop system.
4 March 2015 - System76 Meerkat - 1 Comment

Allwinner Continues Violating The LGPL

It's been a week since Allwinner's most recent proof of violating of the (L)GPL license for FFmpeg and libVP6. In the week since, they haven't rectified the issue but today just slapped in a LICENSE file saying the non-existent code is LGPL.
4 March 2015 - GPL Violations - 17 Comments

Pricing Details On The Alleged MJ Ubuntu Tablet Design

A few days after receiving the revised specifications for the "MJ Tech" Ubuntu Tablet, I've received their pricing information for this tablet that will hopefully ship later in the year.
3 March 2015 - Ubuntu Tablet Pricing - 1 Comment

Imagination Already Has A Vulkan Driver In The Works For PowerVR GPUs

While hearing "PowerVR" tend to make Linux users cringe over memories of past Linux driver issues with Imagination's binary blobs, Imagination is among the vendors now experimenting with the new Vulkan graphics API and SPIR-V IR. Imagination too has already put out one of the first demos using this new graphics API.
3 March 2015 - PowerVR Vulkan - 10 Comments

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